During the May half-term, I decided it was time for us to try another Ice Cream Parlour from my post – 10 Great Ice Cream Parlours in Yorkshire. We spent a lovely couple of hours at Beacon Hill Farm Ice Cream parlour near Whitby in North Yorkshire. We’d never been before and we would certainly return. It’s a lovely place to visit with an excellent trail and wonderful ice cream. You can also take a tent and stay overnight (prebooking is essential).
Beacon Hill Farm Ice Cream Things To Do Review
When we arrived we decided to head straight for the ice cream parlour. It is also a tea room and they serve a range of hot and cold food and drinks. The only seating when we visited was outside but it was a lovely warm day so we were more than happy to eat outdoors. They have two freezers full of ice cream.
This is your warning – it could take your kids ages to choose. They have around 24 flavours of ice cream and 3 sorbets. All of their ice creams are made on-site on their farm. They use double cream, fresh whole milk and there are no artificial colours or flavours.
I decided to go for one of their 3 special sundaes which was a lemon lush. My son wanted mango sorbet which seemed an odd choice for him. We managed to persuade him to have the kids dinosaur special which was any ice cream with dinosaur shapes, a flake and chocolate sauce. I couldn’t finish mine but it was so tasty and refreshing.
You can use the toilet block that serves the campsite. There is also a play area at the top of the camping field that customers are welcome to use. It has a nice fenced off area with things to climb, swing, slide and play on. There were also a couple of goats to say hello to which my son was delighted about.
In normal times there is a cosy tea room indoors plus an indoor bouncy castle.
After a quick play, we headed out on their new nature trail. This is also free and it was excellent. I am guessing that they have been very productive during the last lockdown as there has been a lot of care, thought and detail paid to the nature trail. My son absolutely loved it and it’s great for sparking kids imaginations.
The trail was easy to find as they had signs up around the field. You start by walking down a stone/gravel type track. The track was like this all the way around. I think you would struggle a bit with a buggy so best to take a baby carrier if you have really little ones.
It was nice to see some effort has gone into the path though as it should keep it pretty much mud-free. We walked past some highland cows and there is a bird viewing area (although we didn’t spot any). You can see what the track was like in the photo below.
At the start of the trail, there’s a sign explaining that painted rocks have been hidden along the trail. Your task is to find as many as you can and re-hide them. We found about 5 and re-hid them all. Sometimes it’s the little things that kids love the most. My son loved this aspect of the trail and he took great delight in rehiding what we’d found.
The trail itself took us about 30 minutes as there’s quite a lot to see and play with along the way. There are some wonderful wooden animal sculptures, a surprise that I won’t tell you about, steps down a hill carved into a tree and a fun camp area with wooden play kitchens and tents. This could keep your kids busy for ages with imaginative play.
There was also a fairy dell with doors to spot, a den building area and more. If you walked the trail without playing and hunting for stones etc. the walk is relatively short. It is what you and your kids make it. We loved it and it’s free. Although I’m sure they’d love for you to purchase some ice cream! Plus you’d be mad not to!
Beacon Hill Farm Ice Cream FAQ & Further Information
Address: Sneaton, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 5HS, North Yorkshire
Category – Ice Cream Parlour – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
FREE. You can visit the play area and nature trail for free. It is the kind of place where you simply must purchase some ice cream.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Ice cream parlour, outdoor play area and a nature trail with plenty of imaginative play. There are toilets and a tea room.
When are they open?
They are open for most of the year. For up-to-date information please visit their website.
Is there food available?
There is a tea room serving hot and cold food and drink plus homemade ice creams.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome on a short lead, they are not permitted in the playground.
Are they accessible?
They are not accessible.