Maguires Country Parks: Activities To Do Around Your Park Whatever The Weather

This upcoming Bank Holiday is the perfect time to escape to one of our parks to relax, and have some fantastic days out with family and friends.

So, we’ve created a list of some of the best activities that surround our parks in North Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland. Whether you’re heading down with the kids or looking for a quiet weekend with your partner, we’ll be sure to share the perfect activity with you, no matter what the weather brings!

Tackling Thirsk

The National Railway Museum is only a 35 minute drive from our Swaleside Country Park and has been voted as the top attraction in North Yorkshire on Tripadvisor! It has over 6,000 objects on display (over 100 being locomotives) and is the largest museum of its kind in Britain. 

If the kids would rather give the museum a miss, then you can always rely on Light Water Valley for a fun day out!

A bit closer to our sites is the Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, only a 10 minute journey from Swainby and 25 minutes from Swaleside. Featuring many incredible birds, you will get to learn all about these wonderful predators.

 

Discovering Darlington

The Rockwell Local Nature Reserve was restored a decade ago, with plenty of features, such as new meanders and a diverse habitat for kingfishers and water vole. Let us know if you catch a glimpse of one!

Rockwell Nature Reserve is the perfect place for a walk for you and the family, to take in all its beautiful features. It’s also only a 15 minute drive from Newbus Grange Country Park.

If you’re looking for entertainment, the Darlington Hippodrome is a must. At less than a 10 minute drive from Newbus Grange, their diary is packed full, and on Saturday 29th of May you can see the Sound of Music! What a classic. 

Navigating Northumberland

The Northumberland Country Zoo is a fan favourite of the Forget Me Not Country Park community. Including a Tractor Museum, an outdoor play area and a wide variety of animals, such as meerkats and llamas, it’s the perfect family day out. 

Further up the coast, we have the unforgettable experience that is the Lindisfarne Priory. Cross the dramatic causeway to reach the island of Lindisfarne, where the ancient monks built their priory nearly 1,400 years ago! Both Ord House and The Kaims Country Parks are less than 30 minutes away too. What are you waiting for?!

Finally, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens has some of the most enchanting architecture in the country, an exquisite medieval castle and over thirty acres of outstanding gardens. Be prepared to be blown away when you visit, because it will be an experience you will never forget. Trust us on that.

Can you think of any activities we’ve missed? Let us know on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and you might as well follow us whilst you’re there too! We have plenty more information about our parks here, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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