Day out with Kids Sleights England
There are a huge number of activites to keep your children amused and entertained whilst in or around Whitby. I have tried to divide the list into 'Good Weather' and 'Not so Good Weather' activities. I hope that your stay in Whitby is warm and sunny, but it is England after all, so it's worth being prepared for all eventualities!
Top 10 'Good Weather' Children's Activities in Whitby
Whitby West Cliff Beach
1. The Beach
For children of all ages, the beach is the perfect destination on a fine day. For sandy beaches, Whitby has the large West Cliff Beach. West Cliff Beach has approximately 2 miles of sand and stretches from the West Pier, past the colourful beachhuts and along to Upgang. In the summer months there are lifeguards in attendance. Deckchairs and windbreaks are available to hire from the slipway near the West Pier. Donkey rides, close to the West Pier, are a favourite with the children.
West Cliff Beach is a wonderful stretch of sandy beach, where families can play, paddle, collect shells, play ballgames, build sandcastles and fly kites, just to mention a few activities. Dogs are restricted from the 1st May to the 30th September.
Sandsend has a large sandy beach beach cafe and shop (see Coastal Villages, Sandsend page), again dogs are restricted from 1st may to the 30th September.
Rocky Shore at Robin Hood's Bay
Robin Hood's Bay has a rocky shore, which is great for searching in rock pools, although take care, the rocks can be slippy. Footwear, with a good grip is also a good idea, the barnacles can make the rocks quite sharp (see Yorkshire Coast, Robin Hood's Bay page). There are toilets at top of slipway. Beaches can be fantastic fun for children, but always take care, tides can come in very quickly and currents can be strong.
Pannett Park Playground
2. Pannett Park
The regeneration of Whitby's Pannett Park has provided a wonderful children's play area for kids (see Pannett Park page). Built on Whitby's maritime theme, it incorporates designs from local children and caters to children of all ages. The play area is easily accessed from the top of Chubb Hill Road or St Hilda's Terrace. Note, for parents of smaller children, avoid the large stones around the hammock. They look nice, but children could easily slip on them.
3. Whitby West Cliff
On the West Cliff, there are a number of activities suitable for children. There is a 'pitch and put' golf green for older children, close to the leisure centre. Near the Cliff lift, is the Crazy Golf, always a favourite the old and young alike! On the West Cliff there is an outdoor paddling pool with public conveniences closeby. A new skateboarding area has recently been built.