Guisborough Forest – A Fun Day Out with Toddlers

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Exploring Guisborough Forest

Happy happy summer! Or at least here’s to summer making an appearance :/ We were on our merry hols recently and we were certainly very lucky with the weather. My BBC weather app seemed to change hourly and only ever got it right once rain was upon us. Sigh.

You might have read that we stayed in Haven, over on the east Yorkshire coast at Filey. The main reason we go up this way is to visit Mr D’s Granddad in Guisborough. We like to make a proper holiday rather than just go up, visit for one night and come back. And in my opinion it just wouldn’t make for a relaxing trip with little b. You just can’t rush things with a toddler! And especially not with a potty training toddler! Read my tips on how we made the 5 hour car journey easier here!Guisborough Forest family days out review mummy blog parenting family yorkshire travel days out

Cars and toddlers

Now the drive to Guisborough from Filey isn’t a short one. It took us about an hour and 20 minutes, up through Scarborough and past Whitby. We spent a couple of hours in the nursing home with D’s Granddad. B was amazing to be honest. I worried he would get bored or destroy his great Granddad’s model airplane collection. But he didn’t. He didn’t touch any of them and he amused himself with a remote control mini car instead.

After we saw Granddad, we wanted the afternoon to involve something outdoorsy and something that would allow us to all stretch our legs. Some pre-planning had been done haha and I knew that Guisborough Forest wasn’t far. I’d actually pre-emailed the forest ranger (get me!) and asked what was there that was suitable for toddlers. He kindly replied saying they had lots to do, including toilets, a café and playground.Guisborough Forest family days out review mummy blog parenting family yorkshire travel days out

Now I had planned to take B alone while D stayed with his Granddad but after watching the Serial Killer series on Really TV, I decided we’d just all stick together. Here are some photos from our little detour. As you can see from the pics, there really is a lot to do for little ones.

The perfect stop for kids!

The car park is free of charge too and there is a little gift shop with an educational/wildlife themed area. As you go past the shop and café, there is a train carriage which you can pop into. If you have a train obsessed child, you won’t get out of that one.

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A short walk past the train carriage takes you into the woods and on the left is the children’s play area. It is split in to two bits with an error for the little ones and a bit for older ones. B especially loved this, as you can see:

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Here are some photos from inside the café/educational area. They’d done it really well with lots of things that would interest a young child. There were various games and things to do as well 🙂 If you are around the area and the weather is dry, I def recommend a stop off here.

Guisborough Forest family days out review mummy blog parenting family yorkshire travel days out

Guisborough Forest family days out review mummy blog parenting family yorkshire travel days out

Have you been to Guisborough forest? We love going to Yorkshire and can’t wait to visit again!

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  1. Looks like a great time, and those trains look great. I think its hysterical that you were afraid to wander off alone after watching a TV show. Better safe than sorry! #whatevetheweather

  2. My kids would love this, they are huge fans of trains and would have great fun exploring. I especially love the educational area, so may exciting things in a small area, definitely a hit for kids! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

  3. Ahh perfect for a toddler. It\’s great that you can tie a holiday in with visiting relatives. Especially ones that might not get many visits. I feel like I\’ve been to guisborough forest before but not sure when! Thank you for linking up to #abrandnewday

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