Thorp Perrow Arboretum and Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre, North Yorkshire.

By Natalie Johnson – 17th May 2020

A fantastic family day out at Thorp Perrow Arboretum.


Set in 100 acres of stunning woodland with one of the largest collections of shrubs and trees in the North of England, Thorp Perrow really is the perfect place for kids to run free and breathe in that country air. We love that it’s dog friendly too (as long as your dog is on a lead). There’s an adventure playground, a Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre, seasonal trails and activities, plus a tea room and picnic area.

We really love visiting here, whether it be a muddy welly day or sandals and sunscreen, no visit is the same. Events, expert-led walks, and seasonally themed activities offer something for everyone and it’s good to keep an eye out for the weekends where they have open-air tribute band concerts. We’ve not had a chance to go to one of these yet, but I’m sure we will.

We usually spend a full day here but weather depending as it is all outside, apart from the tearooms. When we visit in colder Seasons we still get a good 3 to 4 hours, we just get well wrapped up and tend to de-layer as the day goes on.

We usually arrive just after 10 am and if there is a queue it doesn’t take long to go down and parking is never a problem. It was the Easter holidays so we expected it to be busy as the weather was particularly beautiful.

We were asked if we wanted to do the Easter trail – £2 per child so we did. We usually choose to do these extra activities and get a chocolate treat at the end for the kids and who doesn’t love a bit of treasure hunting!

The kids head straight for the adventure play area, its constructed with natural building materials and has a soft wood chip on the floor. There is also a sheltered sandpit for the little ones.

We don’t tend to follow a route and to be honest there isn’t really one to follow, it doesn’t need one. With the kids running ahead and exploring with their paper trails, finding the clues and missing letters in such picturesque surroundings, we just enjoy it.

The Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre is great and one of the children’s favorite places to visit. It’s set in a walled garden where you can see the birds up close and there are daily flying displays. There’s not a lot of seating and can be busy in half term but like us and many families we don’t mind finding a spot on the floor ready to watch the show. The Centre staff are extremely friendly and are always willing to answer questions from our little ones. Situated alongside the Bird of Prey Centre is the Mammal Centre, where you can stroke and feed the Wallabies (you’re able to purchase bags of food from the little gift shop inside). There are Meerkats, pygmy goats, and sheep too. Like I said this is a lovely place to bring your dog but just not in where the animals are. They have a designated area outside the Centre for your pooch to wait while you’re inside.

After a good few hours of fun and fresh air its nice to walk back to the picnic area for a much-needed refuel. There are benches dotted about as well as just outside the tearoom and still plenty of room for the kids to run and explore as you enjoy your cuppa.

Thorp Perrow is a stunning place. You really get to experience the Seasons, with its magnificent array of trees, plants, and flowers, everywhere you look it’s like a painting. I feel that its somewhere both children and adults can appreciate just getting outside and seeing how amazing Mother Nature really is.


To find out more visit: https://www.thorpperrow.com

If you feel like you would visit Thorp Perrow more than 4 times a year I would recommend upgrading your day ticket to a Season Ticket, its great value. There are days when my daughter is at school and I just come with the dogs to walk and appreciate nature in all its glory.

Admission prices are:

Adults £9.95; Children (4-16) £6.40; Family (2+2) £30.95; Family (2+3) £36.95.

Open 10 am – 5 pm but check times in the winter months as I know they differ.

Day tickets and seasonal tickets can be bought on the day.

Thorp Perrow is near Bedale, North Yorkshire both accessible from Masham B6268 and Masham-Thirsk Road B6267. Use A1 junction 51.



This is a Girl About recommendation. This means that this experience was not gifted in return for a review but paid in full by our writer and the venue had no idea that I was there. We only recommend places we absolutely love, and places that we know you’ll love too!


Nat x

Natalie Johnson NorthYorks
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Why I loved The Kitchen at Manor House at Lindley in Huddersfield?
A really decadent ‘ladies wot lunch’ spot that won’t break the bank. Delicious brunch menu and an abundence of faux florals.


Worth paying a babysitter?
This is a great place to meet a girlfriend for brunch or lunch when the kids are at school.


Stunning, over-the-top faux floral feminine features draping from the beamed ceiling of the light and airy space. Delicious, freshly-made brunch and lunch options and freshly squeezed juices. A gorgeous girly vibe; lots of well-dressed ladies of all ages nattering over a beautifully brewed coffee and a home-made cake. The Kitchen Cafe is obviously popular with the Hudderfield local ladies, and so it should be! This place is an absolute gem.


Value for money: 9/10.

Setting the scene at The Kitchen at Manor House at Lindley
Tucked away behind a pretty average high street in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, concealed by a high wall of foliage is a beautiful Georgian Manor House – The Manor House at Lindley.


Iron gates lead into a sweeping driveway and a fully functioning fountain takes centre stage slap bang in the middle of it, surrounded by perfectly pruned topiary. It all feels rather grand and a bit too indulgent for a Thursday brunch date with Girl About Yorkshire – Emma. The type of venue that surely comes with a hefty bill at the end of it all…

How wrong was I?

We parked up in the large car park with plenty of parking spots and headed round the back of the old building, and through a modern entrance that lead through glass double doors into The Kitchen Café.


Tables are on a first-come, first-served basis and there’s room for the odd pram, although it doesn’t scream ‘child-friendly, which was more than ok with us on this occasion – our little people were well out of the way at school, leaving Emma and I to chat and enjoy our delicious brunch without any interruption.


That being said, if you do have a little lady in your life, who is old enough to sit still and hold a conversation – this is a perfect venue for a little Saturday girly treat. The atrium to the right of the full-length counter featuring jugs of freshly-squeezed smoothies and scrummy looking home-made scones, cakes and other treats provides a lovely view out into the courtyard which leads through to the very well-appointed bathrooms.


It really is a beautiful setting for brunch. You won’t want to leave. Sadly, on this occasion, it wasn’t to be. The 3pm school run was calling.


Still, I excused myself and slipped away to the little girl’s room, seizing the opportunity to have a good old nosey round. I stumbled upon a very sophisticated looking cocktail bar and the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. Emma – who recently dined here, and got to stay overnight, had VERY good things to say about both. (Read her full review HERE)


I also loved the little work corner complete with desk and i-pad. I could happily set up shop for the day here.


The Menu:
The menu in The Kitchen offers a good selection of breakfast, brunch and lunch faves. I kicked off with a freshly squeezed grapefruit juice served decadenty in cut crystal and went on to order crushed Avocado and poached egg on sourdough toast. Emma opted for the pancake stack with berries, yogurt and maple syrup.


There’s a big focus on wellbeing here at The Manor House, and that’s apparent in the menu choices, which are all about healthy, fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a dollop of indulgence.


Emma’s pancakes arrived and the food envy kicked in – two good sized fresh, fluffy discs of deliciousness with a good dollop of yogurt and fresh berries – she went onto drizzle them in the ample-sized portion of honey served on the side in a miniture jar.


It soon subsided when the waiter put my ample-sized portion of smashed avocado and perfectly cooked poached egg on toasted sourdough in front of me. We both polished our plates off, and went on to order tea and a home-made scone with jam and clotted cream to share. Why the hell not!


No gripes and groans from either or us – our food was delicious, well cooked, warm, and plentiful – and it was served with a cheeky smile and a little bit of banter from our lovely young waiter and a very reasonable bill of less than £25 between the two of us at the end.


Opens daily from 6am to 7pm.


With love,

Lyndsey x


To find out more visit: https://manorhouselindley.co.uk/

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