Yorkshire’s youngsters spending nearly all their time indoors during the summer holidays

Research by Yorkshire Water has revealed that youngsters in Yorkshire will be spending most of the summer holidays inside rather than enjoying the great outdoors.

Less than a fifth of Yorkshire’s youngsters (17%) spend time outdoors in the region’s famous countryside, according to our survey of 1,200 people.

As the second largest landowner in Yorkshire, we have created a free outdoor adventure pack to help thousands of parents entertain youngsters and prevent boredom during the summer holidays, to try and reverse the trend.

Some of the most popular reservoirs in Yorkshire to take the adventure pack to are Swinsty, Fewston, Damflask, Winscar, Sccamonden, Langsett and Scar House.

Our daily prize draw on Facebook also offers the chance to win a luxury picnic rucksack to encourage families with young children to spend more time outdoors.

Geoff Lomas, Recreation Manager, said: “We are lucky enough to live in a county that has fantastic coastline, historic market towns and cities, and beautiful, wild countryside. However, our research has found that most youngsters prefer to spend most of their time indoors rather than enjoying the delights of ‘God’s Own County’. Our adventure pack has been designed get more youngsters participating in a range of fun outdoor activities.”

The adventure packs, aimed at under 14 year-olds, are free to download. They feature a range of fun and educational games to play outdoors, including ‘scavanger hunting’, plant spotting, cloud hunting, bird cake recipes and duck feeding.

Most visitors to our recreational sites are over the age of 55, but we would like to attract more families with young children to the woodland, reservoirs and moorland.

We currently manage 72,000 acres of countryside and welcome around two million visitors to our land every year.

You can download our free adventure pack and make the most of this week’s mini heatwave here.