Days Out Wakefield

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50 Things to do before you’re 5, helps children from 0-5 become school ready. It has been developed with families to produce a fun resource that offers a wide range of experiences that builds skills and language and supports brain development in young children.
If you’re struggling for educational activities to do with the kids, 50 Things is a brilliant way to try something new or get outdoors! It will help you to find out how, where and when to do this through a free app and other resources.
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Coxley Woods

Coxley Woods … these woods have it all!! Trees, stream, duck pond, dens, wild garlic and lots of bluebells … a perfect outdoor adventure for the whole family

 

Find out what we thought here

 

(Reviewed May 2020)

 

If you’re stuck inside as the weather is miserable, cold or snowy outside check out these tried and tested ideas to keep your kids busy and not saying … I’m bored!!

Click here for indoor activities for a rainy day

 

Click here for indoor activities for babies & toddlers

 

Click here for educational TV programmes

 

Click here for indoor scavenger hunt

 

Click here for indoor safari picture hunt

 

Click here for 101 things to do indoors


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Library Storytelling

Wakefield Libraries have fun, friendly and free storytime sessions at libraries across the region!

Under 5’s can join in with stories, song and rhymes – no booking required, just turn up, new faces are always made welcome.

There are often free craft activities too!

 

To find out days and times click here

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Mumblers in other areas

If you’re planning a staycation or a day out outside of Wakefield with the kids you’ll want to make the most of your time and money.

Why not use other Mumbler sites to do research on the area that you’re visiting?

We have fully operational sites in the following areas;

Yorkshire:

Harrogate Mumbler

York Mumbler

Hull and East Riding Mumbler

Ripon and Nidderdale Mumbler

STAG Mumbler (Selby, Tadcaster & Goole)

Leeds (North Leeds Mumbler, South Leeds Mumbler, Wharfedale Mumbler)

Ryedale Mumbler

Scarborough Mumbler

Calderdale Mumbler

Doncaster Mumbler

 

Further afield:

Norwich Mumbler

Poole Mumbler

Oxford Mumbler

East Cheshire Mumbler

Gateshead Mumbler

 

Whenever we go on a walk where there are ducks, they are always being fed by people of all ages! It is such a good activity to get some fresh air and run off some energy with the kids (as well as being FREE!!)

Read our recommendations here


wakefield.mumbler.co.uk/5-places-to-feed-ducks/
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Pugneys Country Park

Dinosaurs at Pugneys!! Discover dinosaurs with Love Exploring App at Pugneys Country Park

 

Find out what we thought here

 

(Reviewed November 2019)

From museums to mining, lakeside walks to sculptures, Wakefield has lots of fun, free, family activities!

 

Click here to find out our top 5 for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anglers Country Park

The lake was once the deepest opencast mine in the UK!

At the visitor’s centre you can hire running buggies and bikes for the whole family including bike trailers for the tiniest!

Follow the Room on the Broom trail at Anglers Country Park. You can purchase activity packs from the Visitor’s Centre for £2. From the centre you’ll follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way.

Cafe and adventure playground next to the Visitors Centre

 

Parking charges apply

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

 

Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Whatever the weather, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids using their eyes and looking for things either inside your house or out in your garden!

 

Have a try of the Mumbler Autumn scavenger hunt – I’ve left them unlabelled so the bigger kids can practice their writing skills!

 

Download the Autumn Scavenger Hunt here

 

Castleford Museum

Re-opens Monday 3rd August 2020

 

Step back in time and explore the history of Castleford from Roman legions to rugby league. See a stunning Iron Age chariot or try on a pair of mining clogs.

 

Saturdays – Family Fun, 10am – 3pm (TBC)

A fun activity that everyone can join in with! Whether handling museum objects or taking part in an exciting craft activity, there’s something different to do every Saturday. What will it be this week?

Have a go at our Little Spotters History Hunt and see what you can find in our collections.

No need to book, just drop in.

 


 

Free entry

Castleford Museum, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB

Not open on Wednesdays or Sundays

 

Charlotte’s Ice Cream Parlour

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

The Meadows, Whitley Road, Dewsbury, WF12 0NQ

Children’s Animal Picture Hunt

This animal picture hunt was used at the Children’s Activity Day last year (the one where the butterfly disappeared!) and I thought it may be a useful activity for you to do with your children!

 

All you need to do is print the pictures, cut them along the dashed line (as there’s two images per A4 print out), and stick them up around the house or garden!

 

You can even get Grand Parents to join in, by doing half the trail virtually too!

 

Download the pictures here

 

Download the number hunt here

 

Download the letter hunt here

 

For my ideas of things to do whilst you’re at home with the kids, visit our dedicated page to help you through Coronavirus … CLICK HERE

 

Hepworth Gallery

Re-opens Saturday 1st August 2020 

 

The Hepworth Wakefield is an art museum in Wakefield and is free to visit. There are a range of family art activities (not running during Covid restrictions), as well as outside garden and playground.

 

 


Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW

Indoor & Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

Whatever the weather, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids using their eyes and looking for things either inside your house or out in your garden!

 

Have a try of the Mumbler indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts – I’ve left them unlabelled so the bigger kids can practice their writing skills!

 

Download indoor scavenger hunt here

 

Download outdoor scavenger hunt here

 

Moorthorpe Train Station

💜 RECOMMENDED BY A MUMBLER! 💜

For kids who love trains, pop over to Moorthorpe Train Stain, near South Kirkby (WF9 3TA) 🚄🚂☕

It’s a nice quiet train station for the kids to watch the trains passing and a great cafe right on the platform called Mallard Coffee Lounge! [Recommended – BP]

National Coal Mining Museum

Re-opens Wednesday 5th August 2020

 

You will need to pre-book in advance with NCM opens again – more details on their website.

Please note the underground mine tour and adventure playground is currently closed due to Covid-19 measures.

 

Learn about the history of coal mining & the science behind it at National Coal Mining Museum. You can travel 140m underground with a past local miner to explore England’s last deep coalmine (charge applies). See the pit ponies, run around the new adventure playground, check out the indoor soft play and take a walk around the beautiful countryside!

 

NCM, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, WF4 4RH

Newmillerdam Country Park

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 in Autumn & Winter months though so be prepared!

Take part in the Gnome Roam, find the sculptures and complete the activities and challenges as you go. Download the activity sheet here

Ice cream van often in car park

 

Car park charges apply

Newmillerdam, Wakefield WF2 6QQ

Nostell Priory, National Trust

Managed by the National Trust. Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years.

Visitors can explore 121 hectares (300 acres) of parkland with a range of walks and views. Gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard and an adventure playground.

 

Access to much of the parkland is free, parking charges apply.

Entry fees apply to non-NT members to the house, adventure playground and gardens

7am – 7pm (last entry 6pm)

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE

Pontefract Castle

Re-opened 13th July 2020

Discover the story of one of Britain’s most important castles, so vast and powerful that it was known in its heyday as the Key to the North. Experience history brought to life through fun family events and activities.

Dungeon Tours most  Fridays, and every Saturday and Sunday at 1:15pm. Additional tours in school holidays (Adults £3, Children £1.50)

Castle Entrance is FREE

The Lodge Castle Chain, Pontefract WF8 1QH (SAT NAV WF8 2JR)

Contact: 01977 723440

Pontefract Museum

Re-opening Monday 20th July 2020

 

Step inside our beautiful art nouveau building to discover a world where voting, Civil Wars and liquorice collide. Celebrate the captivating stories of Pontefract and its people, from glass-making to horse-racing, and find lots of fun for families with craft activities, a liquorice-themed soft play area, dressing-up costumes and even a market stall based on Pontefract’s Buttercross.

 

Saturdays – Family Fun, 11am – 3pm

Join us for a lively activity session that everyone can take part in! There is something different to do every week, from handling museum objects to getting creative with a colourful craft activity. There’s no need to book, just drop in.

While you’re visiting, follow a trail around the displays, try on some medieval hats or sport some colourful racing silks and ride a Georgian rocking horse.

 


Free entry

Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA

Pugneys Country Park

At the Pugneys Watersports Centre you can try your hand at a fantastic range of activities including a children’s adventure trail based on the book ‘Blown Away’ by local author – download the activity sheet here and also spot dinosaurs using the Love Exploring App (read our review here and how to access the app)

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

Hire running buggies and take a ride on the miniature railway (charges apply)

 

 

Parking charges apply

Call: 01924 302 360

Asdale Road, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ

RSPB Fairburn Ings & St Aidan’s

You can enjoy the beauty of the lake on a circular walk at any time. There are always plenty of opportunities to spot birds and wildlife.

The visitors centre and small cafe

Children can take part in pond dipping during Spring & Summer months

 

9:30am – 4pm

Access is free, parking charges apply

Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH

Summer Scavenger Hunt

Whatever the weather, a scavenger hunt is a great way to get the kids using their eyes and looking for things either inside your house or out in your garden!

 

Have a try of the Mumbler summer scavenger hunt – I’ve left them unlabelled so the bigger kids can practice their writing skills!

 

Download the Summer Scavenger Hunt here

 

Wakefield Museum

Re-opening 27th July 2020

 

Wakefield Museum has gone Egyptian mad with the opening of Gateway to Eternity: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt where you can step inside a recreated ancient Egyptian tomb.

Treasures on display include grave goods borrowed from the British Museum and National Museums Liverpool World Museum, alongside the mummy of a woman named Perenbast, a temple singer who lived over 2,500 years ago, on loan from The Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester.

 

Tuesdays – Mini Museum Explorers, 10:30am – 1pm

Drop in Egyptian themed fun for the under 5s.

This drop-in family activity session is free, and there is no need to book.

 

Saturdays – Family Fun, 11am – 3pm

Get hands on with some creative crafts or take the rare opportunity to handle our precious museum objects. There’s something different to do every Saturday.
While you’re visiting, try out one of our Digi-trails and see what treasure you can find!

This drop-in family activity session is free, and there is no need to book.

 


Free entry

Wakefield One, 159 Mulberry Way, Wakefield, WF1 2UP

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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.

 

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 entry (parking charges apply and some events also have a charge)

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG