Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, off the A1079 between York and Beverley is a beautiful place for a day out, with plenty to keep children entertained.
With entry costing just £4.80 for an adult and nothing for the under fives, this is a much cheaper day out than some of the other public gardens in this neck of the woods (I'm looking at you, Castle Howard).
Mind you, what you save in entry fees, you can easily spend on fish food. It's just what you do when you come here. The enormous lake in the middle of the gardens is home to hundreds and hundreds of fish, and they are HUNGRY. No child I've ever met has been able to resist the urge to gleefully lob fistfuls of food pellets at them or just empty the whole cup into the lake in one go in the case of my son, who is generous to a fault. In return you are treated to such a spectacular show of gaping mouths, twisting and splashing that it's very tempting to head straight back to the gift shop for another cupful.
But there are plenty of other things to do here. Gardens to explore, ice creams to buy, and a small museum to mooch around. It rather charmingly houses the collection of exotic stuff picked up by Major Percy Marlborough Stewart in the process of circumnavigating the globe eight times about a century ago. Presumably because his heirs couldn't think of what the hell else to do with it. The fact that many of the exhibits are taxidermised animals leads one to suspect that Major Percy might well have been a bit handy with a rifle, but from a toddler's point of view it's pretty cool to be able to get that up close and personal with a massive tiger.
The majority of our time was spent in the play area, which being fenced off from the rest of the gardens and generously supplied with picnic tables, had a lot to recommend it. There is a small cafe on the site, but picnics are obviously welcome too.
Seaton Delaval Hall is a National Trust Property. It has a playground made from natural materials, formal gardens, picnic areas, walks and wide open spaces to let your little ones run about. There are photographic and ...