Days Out Wakefield

Museums, Attractions & Gardens

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Day at Diggerland – The Ultimate Adventure Park Experience!

Enjoy 20% off standard pay on the day admission prices for Diggerland!


Diggerland is the UK’s most unique attraction where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full size construction machinery, under the guidance of fully trained staff – no driving licence required!


With 4 sites across the UK located in Kent, Devon, Durham and Yorkshire you’re never too far away from digging to your heart’s content.


Diggerland is the perfect place to take your kids for an action packed family day out. Experience the variety of rides and drives on offer – whether it’s enjoying the view on Skyshuttle, hanging tight on Spindizzy, or digging dirt with a 6 ton digger, there is something for all ages!



Admission to Diggerland includes all day access to as many rides and drives as you dare. Admission charges start for anyone 90 cm’s and taller, but visitors should be aware that height restrictions apply. Minimal charges apply for the coin-operated rides. Little visitors under 90cm’s are limited on the amount of mechanical activities they can go on, even accompanied by an adult.


There are play areas, sandpits, bouncy castles and much more where the younger guests can let off steam whilst parents can relax and just watch the fun.  The food facilities provide for all your meal and drink requirements, or you can take along your own lunch and take a seat at our outdoor picnic tables.


All you have to do is download the 20% off Diggerland voucher (click here) and present it on arrival at the Diggerland Yorkshire Park – WF10 5NW.


Want to know a bit more … Heather’s Wakefield Mumbler review from April 2017



Website: Diggerland

Phone: 0871 22 77 007

Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW

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Reel Cinemas – Kids Club

During the school holidays and every weekend morning Reel Cinemas brings you Kids Club!!


Reel Cinemas at The Ridings Centre opens on 16th August and it can’t wait to welcome you and your family!


Tickets for Kids Club are priced £2.00 for a 2D movie and £3.00 for a 3D movie!!


This week: 10am from Saturday 17th August – The Secret Life of Pets £2.00 entry per person!!


What a bargain! Oh and you get free parking at The Ridings Centre too!!



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Stockeld Park – Wetherby


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The Deep, Hull


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Xscape, Castleford

logoXscape is a place where you can play, eat or shop 364 days a year whatever the weather is doing outside. It’s packed with active entertainment, places to eat and drink, and specialist outdoor sports retailers. There’s something for all ages, whether you want a quiet coffee and a cake or a hit of adrenaline! Listed below are all the businesses that make up Xscape.


Learn to ski or snowboard on REAL SNOW at Snozone’s incredible indoor refrigerated ski slope! Snozone cater for all ages, by offering kids sledging, beginner ski and snowboard lessons and those who are more advanced can have a go on the freestyle features.

xscape sled

Scale the 47ft, Utah-inspired rock climbing tower and be suspended above the Centre’s main atrium on the Skyride. Go on – we dare you!

Gravity is Xscape Yorkshire’s latest addition, featuring wall-to-wall trampolines and even a foam pit- great for exercising, or just bouncing around and having fun!

Conquering Volcano Falls is a quest you will never forget. Set on a mysterious island amid dense jungle with a ferocious T-Rex, exploding volcano and a plunging waterfall lies 2 challenging courses of 18 holes waiting to be defeated. Book now to experience an incredible adventure for all the family.

A derelict spacecraft has crash landed into Xscape in the heart of Yorkshire. Beyond its airlock lies a 4000sqft galactic labyrinth filled with swirling smoke, strange sounds, flashing lights… and enemies!

Looking for things to do with the kids (and grown-ups!)? LaserZone is ideal for family fun, birthday parties, students, youth groups, corporate entertainment, stag and hen nights and much more.

With plenty of bowling lanes, a wide range of great tasting food and refreshing drinks, you’ll want to come back to hear the familiar sound of a strike again and again.

See all the new releases at Xscape’s new Imax Cineworld Cinema! Check out our regular film guide features via the news & offers page

Have ridiculous amounts of fun at Funstation the family arcade! Funstation is a new approach to an all-time family favourite with fun for everyone from 8 to 80 in a bright and safe environment (No driving license required for the indoor dodgems!).

xscape front

The Park is an indoor skate park located at the back of Subvert Boardstore. The Park features a wide variety of ramps and rails to suit all abilities and it’s open to skateboards, rollerblades and scooters

Your mission is to duck and dive through The Raid’s laser maze security grid and switch a fake diamond for the priceless one. Then use skill and precision to weave your way back in the fastest time possible! Lose time and points for every laser beam you break. Weekly prizes are given for the best scores!

4D Golf is unlike any crazy golf you’ve ever played, so bring the family along to putt in the UK’s first glow-in-the-dark adventure golf, with awesome 3D theming and special effects on every hole!

This fantastic simulation experience includes fast motion seating, interactive lighting and breath-taking wind effects to create the ultimate 6D motion thrill ride!
Xplore soft play and party centre offers an exciting and stimulating play experience, with its dedicated toddler area, it guarantees an indoor adventure for all ages. Plus it’s exercise in disguise!

After all that excitement and fun, you’re bound to feel a bit peckish. Try some of the fabulous food at Xscape, many of which often have great offers on to help keep the cost down!

Opening times vary please check the website

Keep up to date with offers and competition with facebook and twitter

Address: Xscape, Castleford, WF10 4TA

Call: 01977 664 794

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York Races – Family Day

Sunday 8th September 2019


The natural rhythm of a raceday allows plenty of time to get something to eat and drink as well as providing room for quality time with the family. A wide range of additional entertainments will ensure a happy day out for all ages.

It naturally attracts a family crowd and remember that under 18’s go for free (under 16 with accompanying adult only).

We will once again be joined by children’s favourite, Chase from the hit show, Paw Patrol.

The only Sunday of the season sees the return of the young riders taking part in the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.

York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX

01904 620911

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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

Elsecar Heritage Railway, Elsecar S74 8

Elsecar Heritage Railway – The Coalfield Line and wish you a very pleasant day.

Trains primarily run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Sunday services are usually at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, but please check our timetable and web-site carefully for the day you intend to visit.
We also run special events when extra trains run including a Santa Special.

Eureka, Halifax

Eureka! is a unique place for families and groups to visit, where children aged 0 to 11 are inspired to learn all about themselves and the world around them by playing, imagining, experimenting and – above all – having fun, with the caring grown-ups in their lives.
Based on the North American model of children’s museums, Eureka! opened on 9 July 1992.

Once you have paid you can get free entry for a whole year, it’s worth travelling from Wakefield even for very young children.

F1 Indoor Karting, Wakefield WF2 8

@Millenia Park

Ages 8 and above (height restrictions apply).

Junior Race School 5:30pm every other Thursday.

Adults and Children’s parties.

Arrive and drive also available.

Call:01924 201 808

Maize, Maze, Cawthorne S75 4

Get Lost in the Maize Maze, a fantastic family day out in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.

2016 Season Opening Times

Daily from 20th July – 5th Sept (inclusive)

10.30am – 6pm

Then weekends only until Sunday 2nd October (other than pre booked groups)

Torchlight Nights

Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th September and 1st October

7.00pm – 10-30pm

(subject to weather, last entry 9pm)

Call 01226 791 855

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

Nostell Priory, Wakefield WF4 1

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.

Call: 01924 863 892

Pontefract Castle

Dungeon Tours Every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Additional Tours in school Holidays (Adults £3, Children £1.50)

School Holiday Activities and workshops, check out our events calendar for details

Castle Entrance is FREE

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

Contact: 01977 723440

Wentworth Castle Gardens, Barnsley S75 3

Located in Barnsley, South Yorkshire Wentworth Castle Gardens is perfect for a relaxing family day out. Whether you want to explore the parkland or take a stroll through our historic gardens, there is something for the whole family to enjoy. We guarantee a warm Yorkshire welcome too.

We are open:

10am-5pm every day until October.
For up-to-date winter hours Call: 01226 776040