These are our top 6 things to do for families at the yorkshire coast for February half term 2024

1. Stargazing at Dalby - 9 to 25 February 2024

Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the night sky, learning about stars, asterisms, constellations, star-hopping and how to navigate the night sky. Use telescopes and binoculars to view the planets, the Moon and stunning deep space objects such as double stars, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae.  Book online at Stargazing at Dalby.

2.  Go Ape at Dalby Forest

Go Ape Dalby is an adventurer’s paradise.

Go Ape at Dalby forest offer a Treetop Challenge, Treetop Adventure, plus Forest Segways.

One of the great things about Dalby is the sense of excitement and anticipation which builds as the course unfurls before you. The Challenge course is a high one – you’ll find yourself 35 metres up in the air so bring your head for heights. Whether pushing yourself to the max or finding your young adventurer’s feet, Dalby Forest delivers.

3.  Robin Hood's Bay Ghost Walks

Join the Whitby Story Teller on a unique tour through streets and alleyways of Robin Hood's Bay as you listen to Tales of the Strange and Supernatural. Journey into a mysterious past of Spirits, Shipwrecks, Smugglers, Local Folklore and Legend. The tours take at 6.30pm on select days through February Half Term. No need to book, just check the timetable and turn up. Some of Rose's famous guests include Johnathan Ross and Joanna Lumley! 

4. Cycle sections of the Cinder Track

Bike ride to Ravenscar along the Cinder Track to see the seals! This is a short but steep section of the disused railway line that runs along the coast from Whitby to Scarborough.  It is easy to access from Sea Fern along the farm track just past the middlewood farm caravans.  If you don't have bikes you can hire them from Bay Hire in Scarborough. Bay Hire now offer drop off and collection from our accommodation via our private minibus shuttle service thus allowing you to cycle a large section of the track and return by minibus. Sea Fern is approximately 14 miles from Scarborough and it would take around 2h 45 minutes to cycle this section.   Add aditional time if you want to stop at Hayburn Wyke Hotel for lunch or for afternoon tea at the tea rooms in Ravenscar.

5.  Junior 4x4 Driving Experience

At North Yorkshire Off Road Centre, Robin Hood's Bay it's not just the adults who can enjoy the fun at their off road centre. 

Junior sessions are designed to let the kids, age 10 - 16, take the controls of our 'Traditional' Defender 110 TDCi.  Serious terrain, but under the safe guidance a DVSA approved instructor and driving at around 5 miles per hour.  No previous driving experience is necessary (in fact those who've never driven before often pick it up the fastest), for tackling steep hills, water holes, slippery mud and side slopes.  At £225 for a 2 hour session, this would definitely be a half term treat, but there's room for a family of 4 to enjoy the ride and 2 or 3 children can share the session time, so its really fun for all the family.

6. Go on a Fossil Hunting Safari

The Yorkshire coast is probably the second most popular area in the UK for fossil hunting. The same Jurassic fossils, famously found along Dorset’s Heritage Coastline, can be found here. There are lots to be found if you know where to look and reptile remains are frequently being found here! For over 25 years Fossils-uk have been running family fossil hunting tours here on the North Yorkshire Coast, not only for beginners but also for the enthusiastic amateur geologist. This 3 hour tour costs just £20 for adults and £10 for children and is just a 10 minutes drive from Seafern Cottage.

Sunday 11th February 2024 at 08.45 am or Tuesday 13th February at 10 am at Saltwick Bay "In the Footprints of Dinosaurs"


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