9 magical places to take the kids in Hull this bank holiday weekend – and some won’t cost a penny

It’s the August Bank Holiday weekend, and the perfect opportunity to book in some all-important family time.

With the summer holidays still ongoing and an extended weekend for parents, this August Bank Holiday brings the chance to make memories to treasure forever.

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And as parents, we know those early years pass extremely quickly, within the blink of an eye, and before we know it they are too grown up for magical family fun.



There’s plenty to do in Hull and surrounding areas

But the best times don’t have to involve expensive trips to Disneyworld, exotic holidays or the latest theme parks.

There are actually plenty of magical places to visit right on our doorstep, here in Hull and slightly further afield.

Here are some to take your children before they grow up – and some don’t cost a penny.

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1. Hunt for fossils on Hessle Foreshore



Hessle Foreshore

Kids will enjoy playing, searching and discovering fossils on the foreshore in Hessle. You can then venture into the realm of little Switzerland, and top it off with a drink and something to eat at The Country Park Inn.

It’s fabulous in the summer, with ice cream vans perfectly placed along the shores of the river.

2. Ride the buses at the Streetlife Museum of Transport



The Streetlife Museum
The Streetlife Museum

A visit to the museum may sound dry – but not at Streetlife.

This free museum is not only educational, but lots of fun, too.

You can venture into the old-fashioned mock-up shops, take a tour of bygone buses and carriages, and see what Hull and the world was like before cars and modern transportation.

It’s also nestled in Hull’s beautiful High Street, and is surrounded by historic landmarks.

3. Take a splash at one of Hull’s paddling pools



**PARENTAL PERMISSION GRANTED BY CHILDS PARENTS** Kids playing in the fountain at Centenary Square, Birmingham, July 15 2021, ahead of the heatwave forecast for the weekend in the UK.

There are six free paddling pools and water play parks which open during the summer holidays every year in Hull.

Children will be able to cool off by making a splash at either Alderman Kneeshaw, Oak Road Playing Fields, Bude Road, Pickering Park, West Park and Ings Park.

Click here for a full list of paddling pools in Hull.

4. Walk above the tree tops on Humber Bridge


The Humber Bridge is closed northbound after a three-car crash
The Humber Bridge

Take a stroll over the bridge to Barton, taking in the amazing panoramic views of Hull and East Yorkshire, then make your way to the Waters’ Edge Visitor Centre, where you’ll find an exhibition about the history of the bridge and the people who worked on it, fun children’s activities and a gift shop.

There is also a lovely adventure playground at the park at the end of the bridge, featuring climbing towers with slides, a wide selection of swings, spinning dishes, monkey bars, springers and trampolines.

5. Pretend to be a superhero or princess at Burton Agnes Hall



Burton Agnes Hall and Gardens

Every year Burton Agnes Hall hosts a Superhero and Princess Party for visitors to enjoy free activities including superhero magic shows, princess pampering, bouncy castles, balloon modelling and a superhero assault course.

Partygoers can also enjoy a thrilling treasure hunt, navigate the maze, play giant games in the walled garden, chill out in the nature garden, and search for animal figures and woodland creatures in the woodland walk.

Children are also invited to take part in the fancy dress competition, with fun prizes for the best dressed superhero and princess.

6. Climb the fortress at Fort Paull



A 12ft concrete dinosaur is moving from Fort Paull to Cottingham
A 12ft concrete dinosaur is moving from Fort Paull to Cottingham

This is Yorkshire’s only remaining Napoleonic Fortress and it’s a fantastic day out for all the family.

Explore 500 years of history within the walls of the superb Napoleonic fortress.

Set in ten acres with magnificent views over the Humber estuary.

Fort Paull is located just outside of the village of Paull in East Yorkshire. Car parking is free.

7. Take a secret woodland walk at Hessle Business Park



The walk is just a 15-minute drive from Hull

A thriving business park may not be the first place you think of when you imagine the perfect spot for a peaceful wander. But that is exactly what the developers behind the Bridgehead Business Park in Hessle have achieved.

With hundreds of trees and thousands of herbs and shrubs, the 1km woodland trail circles the business park, providing a perfect place for both workers and visitors alike to escape.

There is also plenty to look at as you wander. With the help of pupils from nearby schools All Saints Junior School and Hessle High School, a collection of artworks have been added along the route.

The woodland walk circles the 50-acre business park, and is already a popular lunch break destination for workers. It is however also open to visitors, who can park up and enjoy a stroll through the trees.

8. Look through the smallest window in England

You think you’ve seen tiny windows? You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen England’s smallest at The George Hotel in Land of Green Ginger.

The window was originally used to see guests arrive at the 17th-century coaching inn.

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9. Spend the day with dinosaurs

The first inhabitants of Hull’s regenerated Humber Street, Dinostar is an interactive dinosaur museum for children. Highlights include a Tyrannosaurus Rex skull, Triceratops bones you can touch and their own unique Dinosaur Sound Box.

The dinosaur and fossil shop offers genuine and replica fossils plus a range of dinosaur toys. Admission costs £3 for adults, £1.50 for children and there are concessions available too.