The most child friendly afternoon tea in Yorkshire?

As an Expater, there are things I miss from ‘home’… Sunday newspapers, breakfast cereal and most of all, afternoon tea.

Alas, dainty porcelain tea cups and hushed formality don’t blend well with my boisterous kids. But hoorah, sandwiched between the Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors, High Parks tea room is a wonderfully child friendly cafe.

There’s a play village with a shop, cinema, cafe and stables…

High Parks play area

High Parks tea room play area

play area

pretend afternoon tea

children's tea room play area

… and a adventure playground with a fort, seesaw, mini tractors and football ground. I love it so much, we’ve been many times over the years, from toddler to big boy.

playground at High Parks

High Parks playground

There’s an enchanted forest too. Fairies, goblins, witches and all things hocus pocus lie along the trail.

faery forest

fairy trail

fairy forest

Coming from Chile, we felt the bitter northern frost more keenly. So this trip was all about woolly hats and snuggles.

fairy forest trail

child friendly tea room

If you’re coming with a dog (dogs are welcome at High Parks), do keep them on the lead. My mum’s West Highland Terrier was eyeing up the chickens for his afternoon tea.

cafe where dogs are allowed

High Parks is also home to these cuties, Dicky and Lily. ‘No Sebastian darling, we cannot have a pet pony’.

cafe with farm for kids Yorkshire

ponies on farm in cafe near the Dales, Yorkshire

In the chaos that accompanies dining with three young children (‘Muuuuuuum, I need a wee… again’), I didn’t have time to take any photos of the afternoon tea itself. To give you an idea, the menu is more hearty farmer than delicate old lady style.

Chunky sandwiches, steaming jacket potatoes, creamy Dales ice cream, doorstop wedges of cake and good old Yorkshire Tea. Surprisingly, nearly all the cakes were dairy free and vegan.

It’s not fine dining, it’s not dainty. It’s delicious and it’s great for kids and parents alike.

High Parks tea room

High Parks tea room also offers a wood cabin set within the forest. For more see


  1. laura agasin
    January 27, 2020 / 2:43 pm

    Beautiful pics and most of all to cherish. Yes, tea in fancy cups are a must! thanks for posting.

    • Nina
      January 27, 2020 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks Laura! I’m back to Chile soon so I’m making the most of British afternoon tea in the meantime x

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