Days Out Wakefield

Free activities

Featured Listing

National Coal Mining Museum, Caphouse Colliery WF4 4

The Museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm (closed 1st January and 24th-26th December annually).

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is a unique place where the history of mining over several centuries is preserved both above and below ground.

Call:01924 848 806

Featured Listing

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton WF4


“The perfect antidote to the stuffy and staid traditional gallery environment, here families are free to wander through the Park’s 500 acres without constraint. A uniquely family-friendly modern art experience.”
Junior Magazine




YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland.

With 60 works in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch the sculptures. Family favourites in the Park include Playground by artist collective Greyworld, a musical sculpture that children will love to step across, and Crawling by Sophie Ryder, a half woman, half hare made from domestic items and plastic toys.

Families will also enjoy walks in the newly restored lakes and woodland where they’ll discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.

Facilities for families include:
Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
Highchairs in the Restaurant and Café
Family-friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
Picnic areas
Pocket money souvenirs and affordable children’s accessories available to purchase in the YSP Shop and Café



Downloads for families
Downloads are available to enhance the family experience- click here
For more resources, including downloadable tours and podcasts visit the Learning section

Family events
There are regular family-friendly events to take part in at YSP. Find out about upcoming activities

Please see our school holiday section and events calendar for details of events for families and Children plus lots of open spaces indoors and out for all ages to enjoy, a great family day out!

FREE (parking charges apply and some vents also have a small charge)

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG

Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour, Whitley WF12

Come and enjoy our home made award winning Jersey Ice Cream whilst taking in the stunning views over the Calder Valley.

Entry is free, so bring the children to meet the animals. Enjoy our delicious home made ice cream and award winning sorbets, then burn off some energy in the outdoor play area.

Open 10:30am-6pm every day except Christmas Day

Newmillerdam Country Park, Wakefield WF2 6QQ

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes it is likely to be muddy though so be prepared!

Car park

Charges apply 8am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Pay and Display Machine
Maximum stay: 10 hours
Up to 1 hour – 60p
Up to 2 hours – £1
Up to 4 hours – £1.30
Over 4 hours – £1.70

Pugneys Country Park, Wakefield WF2

At the Pugneys Watersports Centre you can try your hand at a fantastic range of activities.

Good paths for bikes, pushchairs and wheelchairs. There is also an outdoor adventure playground for the children.

Outdoor gym trim trail, Download the free documents here

Call: 01924 302 360

Tee Cup Cafe, Elsecar Park S74

@Elsecar Park

open 9am-5pm 7 days

Cafe serving breakfast, coffee, drinks and English cuisine.

Suitable for children.

Takeaway and outdoor seating available

The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, WF1

FREE Admission

Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm
Closed Mondays, except local school holidays and bank holiday Mondays

Please note that Gallery 5 (Hepworth Gift) and Gallery 6 (Tim Sayer) will be closed on Saturday 17 September, 11.30am – 2.30pm, due to a private event.

Wed 28 Sept, 10am – 6pm
Thurs 6 Oct, 10am – 9pm

‘One of the finest contemporary art museums in Yorkshire’ The Independent. Free entry. Closed Mondays except local school holidays & bank holidays.

Look out for our Explore & Draw stations in the galleries. Borrow looking tools, handling objects and drawing materials to explore the galleries and create your own artworks.

The Hepworth Gallery Art Pods 2018

Explore and Draw Totes, 2018

10am – 5pm, Free

Borrow an Explore & Draw tote to discover the artworks in the gallery with your family.

Available to borrow from the Picnic Area.

Suitable for families with children aged 2-12.

Call 01924 247 360