Days Out Wakefield

Walks & The Great Outdoors

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

Hettie Hikes Family Hiking Group

We are a Facebook-based group for mums, dad’s babies and toddlers based in Stanley in Wakefield. We are a new group but fast growing in following with the aim of introducing a new generation of children to the glorious nature Yorkshire is abundant with.

    We aim to be a fun and sociable way of interacting mums with other parents and kids with their natural environment. As well as the social aspect we also encourage mums to escape the house and daily grind whilst getting fitter in the process. With regular walks ranging from simple pram friendly walks around Newmillardam to baby rucksack only hikes in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales we aim to cater for all levels.
Join our group here

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

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

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

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

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