Young Friends

There are currently two groups for children run by our volunteers. The Very Young Friends is a group aimed at 0-5-year-olds and their parents and carers, and the Young Friends are a group for primary school aged children.


The Very Young Friends of Rowntree Park normally meet once a month on the first Thursday, at 10am.  The first 2019 meet up will be in March and will continue through the year.  They meet at the ‘woodland story circle’ in the woods near the performance area/Millenium Bridge side of the park.  The group is aimed at 0-5-Year-olds.  Attendance is free with membership of the Friends, and we ask for a £1 donation from non-members, to contribute towards costs of materials.  The dates and specific activities for each month are given via the  VYFRP Facebook page We are seeking further active members to help run this group; please email us on if you’d like to help.

The Young Friends (5 to 11-year-olds) currently run one-off sessions at weekends and in school holidays, but they are planning regular sessions from the spring.  This will be in the form of activities based around nature, the environment and the local community, along with some science and technology!  The dates and details of events being run by the Young Friends are updates on their Facebook page.

The Friends of Rowntree Park also run weekend gardening events where families with children of all ages are welcome to join.  Please keep an eye on Facebook for dates.


Previously there has been a range of activities for children including the VYF regular meetups, a Magical Woodland event, the legendary Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza, windchime making, an International picnic and Spooky Saturday in conjunction with YUMI,  Halloween crafts, a painted rock hunt, and storytelling in the park. We are really looking forward to the coming year!

Both groups welcome ideas and suggestions for events and if you have an idea for an event and would like to run it in conjunction with our groups, please do get in touch. 

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6 Comments on “Young Friends”

    • cathmortimer says:

      No need to book. Just come along. It’s looking pretty busy but all are welcome to come and play in the park! £1 per child

  1. maria says:

    Hi there for the magical play in the woods activity on June 1st do we have to pre book?Looking to bring a 5 year old and 7year old. Many thanks!

  2. Maria says:

    Hi the children really enjoyed the magical play activity. Will you be running any similar events in the summer holidays? Thanks

  3. Rachel davies says:

    Hi how young is too young for this? Would love to come along but not sure how long to wait. My baby is now 8 weeks.

    • cathmortimer says:

      Come along with your little one, whenever you are ready. People often bring tiny babies along with their toddlers, and I’m sure it’ll be fine. How much he’ll get out of it, who knows (probably just sleep through), but you will get out in the fresh air and certainly meet some nice people, yourself!

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