Coming to Filey with young children is exciting because there is a chance for them to really get to see and enjoy the many aspects of nature that the Yorkshire Coast is home to. Sharing those first moments with the young ones is truly one of life’s pleasures!
We are approaching September and October quickly and these autumn months are two of the best to visit Filey. The older children are at school and families with younger children can enjoy the milder weather.
Here are our Top 5 things to do with toddlers in and around Filey.
1 The Beach
Of course the number one thing to do with your little ones in Filey is go to the beach! When the tide is out, the soft sand expands far and wide. This provides lots of safe space for your little one to run around, build sand castles and jump in sandy puddles.
Filey Beach is particularly great at providing something for everyone. If you have dogs, the 4 mile section beyond Royal Parade is dog friendly all year round. If you prefer to not have dogs around, the middle section (Royal Parade to Cobble Landing) has restrictions from April to October.
For the little ones, near Cobble Landing there is a fab little traditional Fun Fair with a bouncy castle and Merry-Go-Round.
And the seafront is dotted with great Fish and Chip shops, cafes and ice-cream parlours.
2 Glen Gardens
Just above the beach – and opposite Glenview House – is Glen Gardens. It has a lovely playground ideal for toddlers as well as a trampoline, boating lake, crazy golf and a café for when they get hungry.
In the past, we have managed to spend half the day at Glen Gardens and then had to negotiate with the children to leave (they are tough negotiators!)
3 Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park
The Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park is ideal for something a little bit different for the children. It is just the right size, not too big or too small, for little legs to wander round and see the Donkeys, Pigs, Alpacas, Goats, Giant Rabbits, Guinea Pigs and many more. There are also a number of wildlife habitats around the park to attract birds, bats, hedgehogs and butterflies – see if your little ones can spot any!
There is a café and also picnic tables in case hunger strikes during your visit.
If you are staying at dog-friendly Glenview House with your pet, this is an attraction where you can take your furry friend with you. And if you needed any further convincing about just how family friendly this venue is, even the car park is free!
4 Playdale Farm Park
Playdale Farm Park in Cayton is a 20 minute drive from Glenview House and well worth a visit.
With an outdoor play area and a range of animals to see and feed, there is plenty to occupy your toddlers here.
With Sheep, Ponies, Llamas, Chicks and Chipmunks to see as well as a Summer Sledge Run, Frisbee Golf Course and Pedal Go Kart, you might even get a rest when they fall asleep on the way home!
5 Alpamare Water Park
15 mins in the car gets you to the new Alpamare Water Park in Scarborough. This facility is open all year round, has both indoor and outdoor areas and, best of all, under 6’s go in for free!
In normal times, there is a Spa and even a toddler session on a Friday morning which is a bit calmer for the little ones. This year, it would be wise to check the Alpamare Water Park website as Covid-19 has changed how Alpamare is operating a little.
At home in Glenview House
And finally, if you happen to get inclement weather, and don’t fancy venturing out, Glenview House has everything you need for a great day in!
In our last post, we told you all about the Baby and Toddler Friendly Features at Glenview House.
There is a lovely garden to kick a ball about it, let the kids play with the mud kitchen while you have a cuppa, play a board game, read a book or set them doing some colouring.
And of course, there is always the Smart TV with unlimited WiFi if you need it!
Have you been to any other great places for toddlers around Filey? Share them with us in the comments below so that our young ones can enjoy them too!