May Bank Holiday Fun In and Around Bingley!

This May bank holiday seems to have come around really quickly, probably because of the VERY late Easter holidays this year! We’ve not really had much time to plan what we are going to do with ourselves, but thankfully some of the lovely Bingley Mums on our facebook page have been really helpful with advice and tips for things to do in the Bingley area this bank holiday! Here’s a few, please feel free to add your own in the comments below!

1) St Ives – an oldy but a goodie. Stroll around the lake, get an ice cream, play in the adventure playground. Have a picnic, get a latte in the cafe, stroke some horses, hunt for a Gruffalo, the list is endless! This bank holiday the visitor centre is also open on Saturday and Monday 11 – 3pm.

St Ives Bingley
St Ives Bingley

2. Go for a lovely lunch in Bingley – try one of our local cafes; Taylormade Treats, The Coffee House, The Loft or Great Shakes! Support local businesses so they can support us.

3. Shipley Glen Tramway will be open this weekend AND bank holiday, a really good value way to spend some time, go for a picnic on Shipley Glen after your ride! Please see my previous post here.

Shipley  Tramway
Shipley Tramway

4. The National Media Museum is open as normal all weekend, great for when the weather isn’t so great. We went last week and had a great time, we took our own food though the cafe looked really good and was actually very reasonably priced too. Good educational day out!

5. Take a train! Take the Keighley Worth Valley Railway to Haworth – get off at Haworth station for a play in the park, then make your way into the village, it’s lovely. For us, the cost is too much but I know there are ways to get reduced fares, might be worth a look! The Bronte Parsonage on the other hand is great value and your ticket lasts a year (£18 for a family ticket)

6. Another option for train lovers is the Bolton Abbey – Embsey line.  I like this option as there are so many things to do for children in that area. Start your day at Hesketh Farm Park (family ticket is £20) and take a picnic to have outside in the playground.

Hesketh Farm Park
Hesketh Farm Park

When you’re done, head over to the train station at Bolton Abbey and this weekend there is a Branch Line event taking place (£15 for adults). When you’ve ridden on the train, finish your day at the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour. This is a total favourite with Bingley Mums and you’ll probably bump into at least five people you know! Watch your children play on the lovely wooden ships and boats while you enjoy a delicious ice cream – total winner! There’s also an American style diner with lots of hot dogs, sundaes, that sort of thing.

yorkshire dales ice cream
yorkshire dales ice cream

Not forgetting Bolton Abbey itself! Park up for £6 then have a nice walk in bluebells, cross troll bridges, play sword fights with sticks, feed ducks, look at trees and birds. Watch people crossing the famous stepping stones, skim stones across the river, play hide and seek in the abbey, fun times!

Bolton Abbey in Spring
Bolton Abbey in Spring

7. Ilkley Carnival! On Monday the 5th May Ilkley is hosting its yearly carnival with rides, stands and a parade! Entry is £4 for adults and £1 for children. Get there early to secure parking.

8. Skipton Waterway Festival – bands, morris dancers, boats and more!

9. Spend the day in Saltaire! Walk along the river and canal to end up in the Boathouse or have an ice cream from the barge. Then take a visit to Robert’s Park or Salt’s Mill.

Can you add any suggestions?

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