Places I want to go: BIG 2019 days out/trips plans

Hi everyone! So I’m definitely publishing this a bit late as we’re already in April but… we’re about to have quite a big life change (another baby!) and I thought it was the perfect time for this. I’ve got all of these ideas scribbled down in notepads and memorised in my messy head, so it’s about time for my own good I organised these plans!

2019 has already been huge for us, we’ve had a few holidays and lots of trips already… probably enough to cover a whole year but even with a new baby on the way, you know us! There’s still so many places I want to go and things I want to see this year.

I’ve compiled a list of trips and days out which I think are realistic. A sort of bucket list of places I want to go for the rest of the year. If you’ve been to any please let me know your thoughts, tips and if it’s any good!!

All of these will be by public transport as we don’t drive, and any recommendations for places to stay are most welcome!

Overnight stays in West Yorkshire

Roundhay Park, Leeds
Roundhay Park, Leeds


We like to stay over in Leeds as a base for lots of days out. Although there isn’t that much to do in actual Leeds City Centre, there’s so many days out around in the area and in West Yorkshire. Staying over in Leeds gives us 2 days, with at least one FULL day out on the 2nd day to go somewhere outside of Leeds (Bradford, Halifax or outskirts of Leeds).

I’d also really like to go back to Abbey House Museum & Kirkstall Abbey.

Idea one: Day 1. get the Water Taxi to Royal Armouries and Day 2. Re-visit Tropical World and Roundhay Park.

Idea two: Day 1. Any of the above or Abbey House Museum, and Day 2. Temple Newsam, Harewood House or Lotherton Hall

Halifax, Bradford, Skipton

Idea one: Eureka! with an overnight stay in Halifax, day 2 visiting Shibden Hall and Park

Idea two: National Science & Media Museum with an overnight stay in Bradford, day 2. Explore/visit Salts Mill & Saltaire and Roberts park (and squeeze in Bradford Industrial museum)

Idea three: Manor Heath Park in Halifax, overnight stay in Skipton with day 2 visiting Thornton Hall Farm Country Park

Idea four: St Ives Estate, Bingley with overnight stay in Bradford, day 2 Oakwell Hall Country Park in Birstall

Also considering in Halifax, Bradford and Skipton:

  • Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
  • Bolton abbey & Hesketh Farm Park, near Skipton (possibly overnight stay in Ilkley for Bolton Abbey)

Overnight stay in York

I want to go to Stockeld Park which might mean staying over in Wetherby, or a long bus journey from York.

We go to York a lot and have York Museums Trust membership cards which work like annual passes, meaning a number of museums & art galleries are free return visits so we would probably combine a trip with doing some of those. We like National Railway Museum but have been so many times in the last 12 months it might be a good idea to give that one a rest and try to visit some new places. I’d like to go back to Web Adventure Creepy Crawlies, though as it’s been about 2 years since we went there.

New places on my to-visit close to York are Castle Howard, Beningborough Hall and Yorkshire Air Museum… on public transport this needs lots of planning.

Itinerary ideas:

Day 1. York Castle Museum/York Castle Gardens/places with YMT Card, overnight stay and day 2. Web adventure Creepy Crawlies. Or 1. York Castle Museum, etc., train/bus to Wetherby, stay over then day 2 Stockeld park.

Day 1. YMT Card days out in York, bus to Malton, overnight stay in Malton then bus to Castle Howard.


haven reighton sands Scarborough

We usually go to Haven in Filey once a year, but I’m not 100% sure that will happen this year. However, I really want to visit a few places in Scarborough. Either it’s going to be a weekend at Haven in Scarborough, or an overnight in a B&B or maybe on route to somewhere else (like to/from York or Whitby).

On my to visit list in Scarborough is Peasohlm Park, Scarborough Castle and the North Bay Railway. I’d love to go back to Sewerby Hall in Bridlington, too.

Idea one: 7 days at Primrose Valley Haven, and visit all those places in one week plus use the Haven facilities and enjoy the beaches.

Idea two: Few nights in airbnb/cheap hotel in Scarborough, visit those places then on to Bridlington, stay there a night or on route to York.

Idea three: Friday-Monday at Primrose Valley Haven, using mostly as a base to visit Scarborough and Sewerby Hall in Bridlington.

Belton House / Lincoln & Nottingham

Belton house
Belton House

I have my eye on staying at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham. I want to visit National Trust Belton House which supposed to have the biggest playground in Lincolnshire. It looks amazing. The hotel, Belton House, is right on the grounds next to it, with a golf course, a pool/spa, and it looks sooooo fancy. It’s about £80-£100 a night so really out of our league but I’m extremely tempted to do this trip.

Lincoln Castle is on my to-visit list so we could always combine with the Belton House idea, and Nottingham for Wollaton Hall (it’s free and great!).

Iterinary ideas:

Idea one: Belton Hotel for a treat, with day 1 enjoying the hotel/grounds then day 2. full day out at Belton House NT

Idea two: Nottingham for Wollaton Hall with a stay over, day 2. train to Lincoln for Lincoln castle

AirBnB with pool

Some AirBnb properties in the UK have THEIR OWN POOLS!! I want to rent our own place for 1 or a few nights and have a pool to ourselves.

This one in Thorner near Leeds has an outdoor heated pool (!!), this little cottage in York has an indoor heated pool, I love the look of this farmhouse apartment in Holmfirth.

A holiday at this luxury Peak District home with pool in Ashbourne looks really tempting, it’s very close to Dovedale and on the Tissington Trail.

Manchester parks & Z-Arts

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids January 19/20

Definitely want to see the Julia Donaldson exhibition at Z-Arts this year, I have my eye on one of the quieter sessions and thinking of going towards the end of this year.

Manchester is another place we go regularly and stay overnight, either in a cheap hotel or the YHA. We love Manchester for the museums. Itinerary ideas are usually based around what museums we want to see and we would combine these with going to z-arts. Another idea, though, is combining a trip to Manchester with Buxton as it’s only a short train journey away.

I’d also like to see Heaton Park in Manchester.

Overnight stay in Harrogate

29 top best favourite days out, trips & holidays of 2018 RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate Review

RHS Harlow Carr is an absolute must visit for this year, I loved it last autumn and really must go back. Valley Gardens is a fantastic park in Harrogate, too, and we could easily go for an overnight break just for those two places.

However, Knaresborough is somewhere I’d like to go and never been before, so I’d like to fit that in next time. Knaresborough Castle and Mother Shipton’s are two places on my list.

Holiday trip to London

Sky Garden in London: Things To Do For Free in London with Kids

It goes without saying… we love London & try to visit every year. There’s not much to say about this one, we have done a lot of things in London already but keep going back as it just gets better every time.

Places we would visit again are probably a mix of things from our last trip, Battersea Childrens Zoo, Kew Gardens now the children’s areas should be renovated and a few old favourites. As students, me and Ollie lived there so being familiar with London really helps. Eric loves it and I can’t wait to go back already.

I’d really love to see the summer exhibition 2019 at Royal Academy of Arts. It was my absolute favourite thing to do when I lived in London, we’ve been back once since when Eric was tiny and he just went in the sling! Maybe I could consider going for my birthday and leave the kids with Ollie in a cafe nearby 😉

These Yorkshire days out…

Revisits back to National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield, Room on the broom trail in Wakefield, Nostell Priory in Wakefield (an overnight stay to do 2/all of this will be the best way). Lots to do in Wakefield!

I’d like to go back to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and perhaps an overnight stay in Doncaster to do all of these things in one trip: Doncaster Dome, South Yorkshire Aircraft museum and Sandall Beat Woods.

Up in North Yorkshire I’m dying to visit Ripon for Fountains Abbey and Forbidden Corner in Leyburn isn’t far from there but not accessible by public transport; so really not sure how we’re going to get there. These are two I think are just a bit too far and tricky to get to, we probably won’t manage these ones.

I want to do the North York Moors Railway, and I’m thinking we could possibly start at Pickering all the way to Whitby, then stay in Whitby. There could even be scope from then going from Whitby down to Scarborough to do the things on my Scarborough list. Nearby to visit places are Eden Camp in Malton and Flamingo Land (but I’d only go off-season for cheaper tickets and want to got to the water park).

Days out not in Yorkshire

Thinktank Museum in Birmingham was an amazing day out last year and a museum I MUST go back to this year. Perhaps an overnight stay in Birmingham with Dudley; Black Country Living Museum looks good.

Heights of Abraham is becoming a traditional day trip for us, in 2018 it was my birthday day out and a fantastic one. I’d stay at Willersley Castle Hotel again, Cromford Canal was lovely and it’s close by to Crich Tramway Village although not sure we would do both Heights of Abraham & Crich in the same trip (quite expensive!)

Going back to Leicester for the National Space Centre is high up on my list, I think Eric is a better age for it now, and Abbey Park was nice… definitely worth a re-visit. We’d have to stay overnight or it would be a late trip home after all of that in one day, but it’s Leicester is close to East Midlands Aeropark which I think Eric would love. The next open days there are 23rd June and 11th August.

I’m dying to go to the RHS Chatsworth Flower show in June this year, I’ve wanted to go forever. The prices though… 🙁

YHA Hathersage and long walks

Lovely Walk at Lodge Moor & Wyming Brook

YHA Hathersage and Haworth are both on my list, we are YHA members so get a discount, too. Although we live close to Hathersage I’d love to spend a full 2 days walking and the overnight trip there would mean we don’t have to worry about getting home in time for dinner.

I want to do more Peak District walks once I’m not pregnant anymore, we can just put baby in the sling, Eric can walk or Ollie can carry him, and we can just go. I feel like it’s been ages since we did that.

This might seem like a lot but I love a challenge! You can read what we got upto last year here. What’s on your bucket list this year? I’ll be sure to report back at the end of the year with what we did end up doing 🙂

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