There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained while your visiting Pickering and the local area. Here is a selection of our favourites!
- Flamingo Land Theme Park & Zoo- Situated at Kirby Misperton between Pickering & Malton, here you can experience the steepest rollercoaster in the world or maybe a gentle riverboat through safari is more your cup of tea. There are plenty of rides for all ages plus the neighbouring zoo features more than 120 species with everything from camels to kangaroos and meerkats to mangabeys, not forgetting the three species of resident flamingo.
- Dalby Forest- The 8,000 sprawling acres of this working forest north of Thornton-le-Dale offers something for everyone. Waymarked walking and cycling trails are perfect for families. There are several all-ability paths, and wheelchairs & electic buggies can be hired from the Visitor Centre.
- Go Ape- This fabulous forest adventure will definately appeal to the adrenaline junkies with hill-to-hill zip wires strung among the high boughs. Ages 10+.
- The Deep- The only submariam in the world, the Deep uses interactive displays, audio-visual presentations and breathtaking marine life to tell the story of the world's oceans in an imaginative & captivating way. Highlights include one of the deepest viewing tunnels & a funky ride aboard a glass lift throught a 33 foot tank.
- Snainton Riding Centre- This family run business has a large indoor schooling ring with a fantastic viewing gallery as well as an outdoor Menage for those beautiful summer's days. During the school holidays they also run a 'Pony Club' for children.
- York Castle Museum- York has many fine museums, this being one of the most popular. Packed with more than 400 years of the city's history including the favoured Kirkgate, a recreated Victorian street which is due to be expanded in summer 2012 so make sure you leave plenty of time to explore! Plus, dont miss the cell in which Dick Turpin was held before execution.
- Yorkshire Air Museum- Marvel at the mighty aircraft which helped to win the Battle of Britain at the largets original Second World War RAF Bomber Command station open to the public. Here you will find a collection of more than forty planes including the Halifax Bomber and more modern jets such as the Harrier & Tornado. The museum hosts a variety of special events and stages 'Thunder Days' during which the aircrafts take to the skies and the surrounding parkland feature an enjoyable 'Nature of Flight' conservation trail.
- York Maze- Created from over 1.5million maize plant's this award winning family attraction is one of the largest maze's in the world! Open from mid July to early September, you will find yourselves baffled by the maize maze and dont miss out on Crowmania ride, water wars, electric quad biking, slides and the hilarious maze of illusions.
- York Dungeon- Discover all that is grisly, gruesome & ghostly about York's eerie past. Chills and thrills are guaranteed, this attraction is not for the faint hearted! Character's & event's from the darkest chapter of the city's 2,000 year history are brought to life vividly and realistically. In the dungeons you will meet Eric Blodaxe, a viking with murder on his mind, see highwayman Dick Turpin awaiting his date with the hangman and experience the spectres who stalk the streets of England's most haunted city.
- National Railway Museum- A must see York attraction. Historic locomotives & rolling stock from Britain and around the world can be viewed up close across a vast site while remarkable displays of railwayana cover everything from engine nameplates to publicity posters. You can see locos being preserved & maintained and enjoy a broad range of fascinating events, demonstations & talks.
- Jorvik Viking Centre- Climb aboard a futuristic time capsule at this cutting egde attraction to experience what living in Viking York was really like, right down to a host of odours! Evesdrop on the conversations of the people who lived here. This groundbreaking museum is built on the site of the Viking settlement unearthed between 1976 and 1981 by archaeologists. The results of their painstaking excavations can be examined at close quarters with hi-tech audio & visual displays to bring you the sights, sounds and smells of York 1,000 years ago.
- Yorkshire Outdoors- Packed full of family fun from 4x4 off road driving & quad biking to clay pigeon shooting there is something for all ages and all abilities. Wether you are looking to try a new experience or build on old abilities, they have the skills, facilites & equipment to make your outdoor experience unforgettable.
- Royal Armouries- This museum houses a huge collection of arms & armour, more than 8,500 items across five themed galleries, the most complelling being an allied machine gunner in a First World War trench. It is enlivened by regular demonstrations including live drama and mock combat, falconry, horse shows and jousting.