School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

February Half Term

Please ensure you follow all covid-19 restrictions and remain in your local area this half term. For ideas to keep the kids busy at home take a look at our blog on Virtual Days Out and Entertaining The Kids At Home.

Don’t forget that it is Chinese New Year on Friday 12th of February, Valentine Day on Sunday 14th and Pancake day on Tuesday 16th! Check out our Pancake Day Ideas and share your family’s favourite pancake toppings with us on social media!


Open for the local community during lockdown. Explore the abbey, walk along the seven bridges and enjoy the water gardens.

All indoor spaces are currently closed. Pre-booking online is essential.

Fountains Ln, Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Banish the boredom, ditch the devices, and take your daily exercise at Thorp Perrow Arboretum in Bedale.

The Mammal centre is currently closed, but the tea room is open for takeaway drinks.

Please follow local restriction guidelines and pre-book online.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Thorp Perrow, Bedale DL8 2PS

Brimham Rocks

We don’t have a ticket booking system at Brimham Rocks and parking is first-come-first-served. We have limited car parking spaces and weekends and school holidays can be quite busy. If there’s no available parking, unfortunately you’ll be turned away. Please don’t park on the road as it obstructs our local farmers access to their land and prevents emergency services reaching the site.

The car park is open from 8am to dusk, all week during the winter months and is pay-and-display. The car park payment machines only take coins. There’s a ‘paybyphone’ app available to use which we advise you to download before your visit as we don’t have strong internet reception on site.

Geocaching

Discover geocaching in Ripon & Nidderdale!