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Family Days Out in Harrogate If you’re visiting Harrogate with children, or simply looking for a way to keep them from complaining about being bored, there’s plenty for youngsters to see and do in Harrogate.

Active children will find that they have plenty of space to run around and play in the many green areas of Harrogate and Ripon.

Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden [map], Ripon, provide a whole day of fun. Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal is the National Trust’s most visited property with more than 300,000 visitors a year and is packed with plenty to see and do.

Children can learn what it was like to be a novice monk in medieval times at the Abbey, enjoy a winter walk in search of wildlife or participate in one of the seasonal trails around the estate.

Here’s something that will certainly appeal to any gruesome girls or bloodthirsty boys as they explore the Prison and Police Museum [map], St Mary’s Gate, Ripon. Built as a House of Correction in 1686, this former Victorian prison has been converted into a museum and each cell traces the history of crime, punishment and law enforcement since the 10th century. Children can really get involved here with worksheets and educational activities.

If you want to keep the children quiet, try taking them to the beautiful Harrogate Theatre [map], Oxford Street, for an evening of fun. Kids with a head for heights will love to sit up in the God’s on what must surely be one of the highest balconies in Britain. If you’re visiting during Christmas a traditional panto should fill you with seasonal spirit. The rest of the year you can catch plenty of family-friendly shows and those specifically aimed at children.

However if your youngsters want to get involved, Harrogate Theatre has a very popular youth theatre for people aged between three and 25. Here they can learn drama, camera, media and circus skills.

For kids that are always on the go a visit to UK Superbowl on Tower Street, should prevent them from being bored. It’s 10-pin bowling on a mammoth setting and there’s also a good fast food bar where tired mums and dads to relax in whilst keeping an eye on their youngsters.

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