Looking for the perfect family day out now that the summer holidays are over? Yorkshire Attractions provides you with an insight into the very best family activities taking place this September.

Discover new adventures with Yorkshire Attractions this September at the best theme parks, museums, animal attractions and adventure sites Yorkshire has to offer.

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Take a journey and explore The Deep after dark, plunging from the sunlight to midnight zones of the big blue. Meet ocean scientists and get hands on with some of the most exciting and current sea-life research whilst being surrounded by the spectacular marine life. Or get your thrills at Lightwater Valley Theme Park in Ripon. Now open on weekends throughout September and October.  You can find out who is the bravest in the family with over 35 rides and attractions to enjoy!

Tropical World - Easter

If that doesn’t get your heart racing, have you tried the new activities now open at Xscape Yorkshire? Test your nerve on the 70-foot-high skycoaster with bungee experience and urban climbing, take on winter-themed escape rooms, or have your mind boggled with virtual reality simulators. Looking for something more tranquil? Leave the urban jungle behind and experience an unforgettable journey through rain forests, mangroves and desert at Tropical World, Leeds.  Say hello to the cheeky meerkats, slithering snakes and beautiful butterflies before heading to the Tropical World Cafe for tasty refreshments.

Fancy becoming a trainee ranger at D.I.N.O basecamp? Join Cannon Hall Farm on September 8th and 9th for a fully immersive dinosaur adventure! Extract pre-historic goo, handle a baby dinosaur, meet a T-Rex and go dinosaur fossil hunting with guided tours from Chief Jurassic Rangers. Continue the journey of historical discovery with a trip through Viking York and discover the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life at  JORVIK Viking CentreOrder your commemorative coin when you pre-book your tickets and experience a Viking demonstrating how coins were created, taking home the one made just for you!

Looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained now the eldest are back at school? Hepworth Wakefield is now taking bookings for their September and October Toddle Tuesday events. Enjoy a relaxing morning getting creative with your little ones, from 18-months to four years, and let someone else clear up the mess. Get crafty in the Early Years classroom at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum with two days dedicated to its youngest visitors on 6th and 7th September. Alternatively, join Eureka! at the end of the month for two days of Animal Antics and get close to various fluffy friends.

Emily Bronte making thunder roar

Adventure into the Haworth home of the inspirational Brontës and discover where they wrote their trail-blazing novels. This month, Bronte Parsonage Museum celebrate the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth with the captivating Making Thunder Roar exhibition, including commissioned contributions from Maxine Peake, Lily Cole and Helen Oyeyemi. Or, enjoy a day of luxury with Keighley and Worth Valley Railways Sparkle and Steam event. On Saturday 29th September climb aboard the beautiful Jubilee carriage for a delightful journey through the Bronte country, whilst enjoying a premium prosecco-tasting experience and fabulous afternoon tea.

The school holidays might be over but that doesn’t mean the action-packed adventures at the Royal Armouries Museum have ended! Join the museum on 15th and 16th September for a spectacular weekend spotlighting the skilled archer and hero of the Indian epic poem ‘The Mahābhārata’. Expect combat displays, craft activities, have-a-go sessions, interactive demonstrations and much more. Or step into the set of Yorkshire’s favourite soap and experience the exciting world of telly with the Emmerdale Studio Experience. Delve into your favourite story lines and discover the characters you love, and love to hate, as they’re brought to life in an immersive and exciting tour. Fancy getting your hands dirty? On Saturday 8th & 29th September 2018, Diggerland are hosting the ultimate Dumper Racing Experience! This is the perfect way to spend a fun day out with family and friends!

Seeds of Hope at Harewood House

Escape the summer blues with a splendid Afternoon Tea at Lotties Coffee Lounge. The quaint coffee lounge at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre is the perfect setting for a relaxing family outing and the ideal way to finish an unforgettable day meeting mini beasts, meerkats and butterflies. Or, explore Harewood House’s latest Autumn exhibition, Seeds of Hope and journey through the untold tales of WW1. Be transfixed by the experiences of those who worked on the estate 100 years ago, with the immersive work exploring themes of self-sufficiency, resilience, healing and hope.

Following the success of last year’s event, join Thornton Hall Country Park on Sunday 16th September for a day of fairy dust and magic. Meet Peter, Tink and Hook at the ‘Neverland Event‘ and watch your little one’s faces light up with live performances, interactive workshops and lots of farm fun. National Coal Mining Museum offers an all-weather adventure! Head inside our galleries and original pit buildings where you can try your hand at interactive displays and learn all about the big mining machines! Or alternatively, head below ground on a mesmerising mining tour.

With Halloween just around the corner, York’s SHOCKolate Story will be celebrating the scariest time of year with a terrifyingly fun Trick or Treat walking tour. Weave your way through York’s ancient streets and be tantalised by the terrifying tales of the Ghoulish Count Fectionary. Join the spooky adventure at Yorkshire Wildlife Park this Halloween and come face to face with the park’s newest inhabitants – the recently rescued Japanese Brown Bears. Face your fears at Flamingo Land Resort with their abundance of frightfully awesome rides and attractions. Take on the alien mothership with Hero or look into the eye of the Pterodactyl as your fears reach new heights.

City Cruises York Santa Experience

Psst! With Christmas just around the corner we have a list of events worth noting in your diary.  Get into the festive spirit with Magna Science Adventure and their Family Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th of November. Enjoy a mix of seasonal craft and gift stalls, festive food and drink, traditional fairground rides and a visit with Father Christmas in his grotto! This is the perfect family day out to kick off the festive season. For the most magical event on the River Ouse, take a journey on City Cruises York Santa Experience throughout December. Prepare to be whisked away to the North Pole as you’re welcomed into Santa’s enchanting Grotto with a chance to meet Mr Clause himself.

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