Day Four: Saturday The weather turned, but the blustery wind added to the experience as we drove away from the town to Coldstones Cut for a walk. The sheer scale of the quarry and the sensitive way it’s hidden from sight of the nearby roads and fields was impressive. Arthur was in his element, clambering over rocks. Then a highlight...it was the Pateley Bridge annual 40s weekend, a tribute to the war spirit which was evident across Yorkshire and the entire country. A superb afternoon with so many people in authentic dress and lots of army jeeps from the era, it was difficult to know where to look first! It’s a proper carnival atmosphere with dancers and crooners on street corners, bunting and brass bands. Arthur wanted some chocolate peanuts, so we visited The Oldest Sweet Shop in England and it was like stepping back in time.
Day Five: Sunday The cottage was so good we were sad to leave but had plans to head to Camp Kátur in Bedale, a superb glamping location on an impressive country estate. First impression is the amount of space around each tent, they’ve deliberately kept numbers down so you have
some privacy in very peaceful woodland and open fields. We were in a teepee with full use of an outdoor kitchen and all the utensils you could need. There’s a great outdoor children’s play area, with THE biggest wooden fort I’ve ever seen. That night was Arthur’s first-time sleeping in a tent, it didn’t get dark until almost 10pm, way beyond his bedtime, so he was awake late.
Day Six: Monday
Don’t miss these other amazing family attractions in Yorkshire
Weston Park Sheffield, South Yorkshire An interactive experience that brings history to life. The five family trails lead you on a weird and wonderful journey.
Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
William’s Den North Cave, East Yorkshire Set in the rolling landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds, this is a unique indoor-meets-outdoor adventure playscape.
Go Ape! Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire Soar above the trees as you fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle crossings high above the ground.
Halifax, West Yorkshire After a late-night/early The only fully interactive museum rise we had a quiet day, totally dedicated to children aged 0-11 anywhere in the UK. with such a lovely site to explore, it was nice to have time to use the facilities. Such an idyllic site for families, with a host I’ve always found talking to locals of activities, including quad biking a hugely underutilised source of and a brilliant zip wire. information and after a chance In the evening, as we were conversation, I found out about camping I did cheesy hot dogs the Wensleydale Railway and its followed by fruit with yoghurt. beautifully restored steam engines, Thankfully Arthur went to sleep that run for selected periods very early that night as we had a of the year. For our last day we special treat for our last full day.
Day Seven: Tuesday