School Holidays 2022 Wakefield

May Half Term Events 2022

Many places are operating pre-bookable ticketed entry only and we advise you to check with the venue / attraction before travelling.

Things to do, places to go, days out with the kids in May / June Spring Half Term 2022 school holidays in Wakefield

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May Half Term 2022

At Mumbler we love to know what is on for local families during the school holidays. Contact us here to tell us about your school holiday event or activity,


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

01634 711711
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Have a ROARRRRSOME holiday with the Love Exploring app!


Using Augmented Reality and GEO-Location, The Love Exploring app has brought dinosaurs to parks across the district, ready for families to discover this school holiday!



Find dinosaurs at:


  • Southern Washlands, Eastmoor, WF1 5SY
  • Carr Lodge Park, Horbury, WF4 5HE 
  • Illingworth Park, Ossett, WF5 0LH
  • Betty Eastwood Park, Crigglestone, WF4 3PF
  • Walton Nature Reserve, WF2 6NB
  • Green Park, Ossett, WF5 0AT
  • Lofthouse Nature Reserve, WF3 3TE
  • Haw Hill Park, Normanton, WF6 2HB
  • Purston Park, Featherstone, WF7 5LR
  • Fitzwilliam Country Park, WF9 5BZ
  • South Kirkby Green, WF9 3BE
  • Valley Gardens, Pontefract, WF8 2RR
  • Smawthorne Park, Castleford, WF10 4ES
  • Wakefield City Centre
  • Newmillerdam
  • Pugneys Country Park
  • Anglers



Press “Wakefield” and then select “Games”

Tip – make sure you’ve got a full phone battery!


This experience is similar to Pugrassic Park at Pugneys – read our review from Nov 2019

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We’ve got some brilliant child-friendly bike rides around Wakefield with playgrounds, cafes and duck ponds along the way!

Read our recommendations here


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Hop along to Grass Hoppers indoor and outdoor play area at Tong Garden Centre for a proper playtime!

You’ll find a huge outdoor adventure playground with sand pits and bouncing pillows and a large indoor play area, with sports court, big play frame and a baby and toddler zone, where your young ones can enjoy playtime – whatever the weather!

There’s also great grub including pizzas, toasties and award winning ice cream in Woody’s Kitchen!

For more information and to book your playtime session, CLICK HERE

Booking required.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY

0113 285 3506
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28th May – 5th June 2022


Visit Lotherton for Spring half term as we delve into stories old and new and travel around the world in 80 stories. There will be stories for all ages, excitement and adventure around the estate for families to get involved in. With crafts, storytellers and lots of fun.

The expansive grounds and gardens are lovely walking spots, with or without four-legged companions. Each season brings new surprises including wild garlic in the spring, a sea of colourful blooms in summer in the formal gardens and stunning autumnal colours later on in the year.

The two playgrounds mean there’s plenty of space for running about and letting off steam, with zip wires for older children to enjoy.

The evolving zoo, Wildlife World, is a real highlight and visitors can see the Humboldt penguins splash and swim in their pool. Other colourful characters include Arthur the tapir, porcupines and a flamboyance of pink flamingos.




Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

0113 378 2959
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We love getting out and about in the fresh air and exploring the great outdoors with our family!! We bought a National Trust Family Membership when our little boy was sturdy on his feet and it has been used so many times over the last 3 years!

Click here to read our favourite places within 1 hour of Wakefield.

Open daily in the school holidays & every weekend

Take a ride on the miniature railway at Pugneys Country Park! It’s a great addition to a walk around the lake and play in the adventure playground!


11am – 4pm (will be closed in inclement weather)

Asdale Road, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

07885 930523


Roll up, roll up, the Stockeld Circus is in town!

28th May – 5th June 2022




This Spring, the National Festival Circus are joining us for a half term filled with excitement! Every day throughout the Spring Adventure there will be three circus shows! (There are NO animals involved in the circus). Let your imagination run wild with the Stockeld Circus! A true feast for the eyes, a real family treat!


The National Festival Circus is a magical mix of laughter and excitement. Slapstick clowns, balancing equilibrists, fast tempo juggling, baffling magic, high flying diabolos, mesmerising spinning hoops and buckets full of fabulous fun.


Circus tickets are an add on to your Spring day passes, available on a first come, first served basis. Just select the date and time for your Spring Adventure, then before checkout, you can add your circus tickets onto your booking. Everybody requires a circus ticket, except for babes in arms.


Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN

01937 586333
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Saturday 28th May until Sunday 5th June 2022

A day filled with adventure awaits at the Web Adventure Park. Our May Half Term event is running from Saturday 28th May until Sunday 5th June and with all-day tickets available, hours of fun are guaranteed. Go for as long as you please with unlimited goes on the 12 exciting fairground rides, visit our friendly animals at the petting farm, cool off at the water zone, dig in our huge sandpit, and bounce on our 2 brand-new bouncing pillows! Dazzling Darren will also be hosting his spectacular magic and entertainment shows 3 times a day, every day.

Inside, children can let off some steam by running around our huge soft play area and whizzing down the slides. A ninja course, an under 5’s area, a baby sensory zone, a disco room, and ball cannons are also indoors. So much to explore, for children of all ages. With everything included in one ticket, it’s a full day of excitement whatever the weather.

The Park will be open daily from 9.30am – 6pm and your ticket will allow you access to the park for the full day.

Included in your ticket will be:
– Unlimited Fairground Rides
– Indoor Play
– Outdoor Play
– Bouncing Pillows
– Giant Sand Pit
– Tractor Area
– Animal Zone
– Water Play

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH

01904 692221
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Friday 3rd- Sunday 5th June

Give your kids a theatrical treat! New dance show for families, Tin Man, is coming to Leeds for the June bank holiday weekend!

Joss Arnott Dance presents this magical new retelling of a classic story, seen through the rusty eyes of the Tin Man on his journey to finding his heart and happiness.

This captivating new dance production for families with children aged 7+ explores a reimagined story of how this much-loved character would have coped against the Wicked Witch in the deep dark wood, and discovers the friends he might have met along the way.

Brilliantly humorous and touching, Tin Man will enthrall children and adults alike with its charming storytelling, bold dancing and music by award-winning composer Anna Appleby, performed live by music ensemble Psappha.

At the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 June, performances will be held at 12.00pm and 3.00pm each day. Tickets cost just £11 for adults and £9 for children


0113 220 8008
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WordFest – May 2022

Anglers Country Park

Open Daily 11am -4pm

Enjoy walking, picnicking, wildlife and bird watching as well as the Room on the Broom adventure trail.

Free to visit but car parking charges apply when staying more than 2 hours.

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

Another World Adventure Centre

Family days out with fun activities at our outdoor activity centre

Activities from 4 years to adults

Ogden, North Halifax, HX2 8YB

Castle Howard Skelf Island Adventure Playground

A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.

Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.

Pre-booking required.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648333

Castleford Museum

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.


31st May 2022, 10am – 3pm: Roman Day for SEND Families

Take a closer look at some amazing objects from Roman Castleford, explore Roman writings, and experiment with different materials to write your own messages.
SEND Families are welcome at all of our sessions but we are running this SEND session for those families who require a more relaxed atmosphere.
The session will be run with more sensory activities, more focus on independent learning, a lower light level and with a sensory tent and ear defenders available upon request.
Free, drop-in family activity


30th May & 4th June 2022, 10am – 3pm: Roman Writing

Take a closer look at some amazing objects from Roman Castleford, explore Roman writings, and experiment with different materials to write your own messages.

Free, drop-in family activity


Castleford Museum, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB

Not open on Wednesdays or Sundays

Forgotten Forest – May Half Term

An outdoor forest school and outdoor play provision that is very friendly and lots of fun.


We will listen to a story, create a craft and learn about nature. You will be able to explore the woods, make dens, climb trees, make mud pies, create tree sprites out of clay, relax in hammocks, balance and climb whilst enjoying some quality time in nature.
We will Enjoy hot chocolate and toast marshmallows around the campfire. There will also be tea, coffee and water available. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements as we can cater for all needs.
Monday 30th May 2022, 10am – 11:45am – What the ladybird heard next
Tuesday 31st May 2022, 10am – 11:45am – Gruffalo
Thursday 2nd June 2022, 10am – 11:45am – Dinosaurs
Pre-booking required via website
514 Bradford Rd, Brighouse HD6 4ED

Get back to nature at Temple Newsam

At this time of year, Temple Newsam is bursting with bright and beautiful colours! The Rhododendron walk is the main inspiration for the May Half Term holiday! Follow Temple Newsam’s nature trails to see it in full bloom. Also be sure to stop off at Home Farm to meet all your favourite farmyard friends including pigs, goats, sheep and friendly donkeys. Get up close to the animals and explore the historic surroundings of Home Farm with outbuildings that date back to the 16th century.


Phone: 0113 336 7461

Go Ape at Temple Newsam

The perfect family day out in the forest!

Go Ape’s first high-ropes experience in West Yorkshire, set within 1500 acres of parkland, the aerial adventures at Temple Newsam can be found in the heart of Menagerie Wood featuring challenging obstacles as increasing heights, a free-fall Tarzan Swing, four tree-to-tree zips and a 46ft sheer drop called The Plummet. It is a vertical drop experience that will leave you feeling seriously exposed. It’s a true leap of faith!

Phone: 01603 895500


Gravity Trampoline Park

Parent and Toddler sessions

You and your toddlers have the full use of the park without older kids so they have more space and can play as they learn, building confidence at their own pace. There are other toddlers around too so it’s good to mix.

Toddlers must be over 18 months but under 5 years and accompanied by an adult. One adult can accompany up to two toddlers

Local classes

Term time: Every weekday at 10:00am
Holiday time: Every day at 9:00am (not Sunday)

Xscape, Castleford WF10 4TA. Tel: 01977 529920

Hepworth Gallery

The Hepworth Wakefield is your space to explore, play and create together. New Explore & Draw packs have been created for families to explore our artworks, galleries and garden with specially devised looking and drawing activities!

Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW. Open daily 10am – 5pm


Kids Rule at Half Term – Brodsworth Hall

28th May – 5th June 2022


Get ready for a right royal knees-up at our Kids Rule events this May half-term. Join us in the grounds of Brodsworth Hall to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with historic performers, hands-on activities and fresh-air family fun.


Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ. Tel: 01302 722598

Magna Science Adventure Centre

Be immersed in the sights and sounds of the history of steel making and explore the incredible interactive pavilions of Fire, Water, Earth and Air crammed with fascinating hands-on activities. Let off steam in Aqua-Tek, one of the UK’s largest outdoor water play areas and Sci-Tek, one of Europe’s largest outdoor playgrounds.

Magna, Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, S60 1DX. Tel: 01709 720 002

May Half Term at Eureka

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!


Tel: 01422 330069

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE

May Half Term at Fairburn Ings

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

Pond dipping season runs April to October and is a fantastic way for families to get hands on with nature. Hire your kit from the centre and head to the ponds to explore the underwater world and the creatures who live there. £3 per kit.


9:30am – 4pm

Access is free, parking charges apply

Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH

May Half Term at Fountains Abbey

Soak up the spring light on a stroll from Fountains Abbey to Studley Royal Water Garden. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country.

Spring is a colourful time of year in Studley Royal water garden. Follow the gentle banks of the River Skell down from the abbey to the garden, which has been channelled into canals, cascades and tranquil moon ponds. There is a real sense of peace on this walk.


Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY


Enchanted Stories at Mother Shipton’s

28th May – 5th June 2022


Wander into a world of Enchanted stories at Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term!

See giant story books and a Wonderland of fairy-tale themed displays with fantastical photo opportunities throughout the ancient woodland. Watch out for the pesky dragon, The Wicked Witch of the West and the Big Bad Wolf, peek into miniature fairy houses, and sit on the Wishing Chair throne.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.


Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD


May Half Term at Newby Hall

3rd – 5th June 2022 – TractorFest


With over 1500 exhibitors and a host of entertainment, crafts, food & drink Tractorfest is a great day out for anyone, of any age interested in farm or industrial machinery.

Admission includes access to Newby’s award winning gardens, adventure playground, dollshouse and teddy bear exhibitions.


Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon, HG4 5AJ

May half term at Whistlestop Valley

28th May – 5th June 2022


Whistlestop Valley is a popular visitor attraction featuring narrow-gauge steam engines, outdoor playgrounds, a jumping pillow, a dessert parlour, a miniature ride-on railway, a cafe, a large free car park, a gift/toy shop, exclusive toddler days, special events and experiences throughout the year.


Tickets must be booked online, in advance.

Clayton West, HD8 9XJ Tel: 01484 865727

Nostell Priory

Nostell is right on Wakefield’s doorstep situated between Wakefield and Pontefract. Even if you don’t have NT membership, you can pay for parking and get access to lots of the parkland area! Our favourite walk / cycle is past the house, down towards the lake to feed the ducks and swans and then up the hill to the obelisk. You can either return on the fun cycle path down the hill or walk turning in either direction to make a circular loop back to the lake!

With NT membership, you get access to the house, the gardens at the rear of the house, as well as the outdoor adventure play area!


Parkland, Manor House, Toilets & Tearoom open

10am – 5pm

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1QE

Paulos Circus

27th May – 12th June 2022


Everyone can dream but for 2022 we want to take you inside one, inside “One Clown’s Dream.” Rocket, Isabelle & Teddy’s journey have all been seen. This conceptualization comes from my mind in a world only a circus boy could imagine, vision & dream.

For tickets – 07508 584 811

Under 2’s do not require a ticket.

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop, Pontefract, WF7 5AF


Piglets Adventure Farm

Indoor, Outdoor & Animal Fun!

Things to see and do:
Animal Petting Barn, Animal Farm Trail, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Farm Golf, Olympigs Obstacle Course, Ride-on-Tractors, Tractor and Trailor Rides, Maize Maze (seasonal), Build ‘n Play Sand Pit,
Barrel Train Ride, Pedal Go-Carts, Nature Trail, Truffles Trough, Cafe, Kiddie-bine, Farmyard, Playground

Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

Places to feed ducks

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



Places to learn to ride a bike around Wakefield

Whether you’ve got a little legs on a balance bike or a bike with stabilisers, there’s lots of places around Wakefield that will help beginner cyclists build up their confidence with learning to ride a bike!

Read our recommendations here


Platinum Jubilee events at Wakefield Libraries

28th May – 4th June 2022

Platinum Jubilee craft events for families in the Wakefield District


Wakefield Libraries

Ponderosa Zoo

The zoo is home is over 120 animals from lemurs to reindeers and is a really personal, friendly facility where children can get really close to the animals.

There are great adventure playgrounds, a cafe and a huge sandpit area.


We enjoyed a day out here so much that we had our little boys 3rd Birthday at the zoo!


10am – 5pm (summer) 10am – 4pm (winter)

Off Smithies Lane, Liversedge, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN

01924 235276

Pontefract Museum

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.


1st June 2022, 10am – 3pm: Print Your Mark

Explore the history of the printing industry in Pontefract, and use original letterpress blocks to make a striking message of your own.

Free, drop in family activity


Free entry

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

Queens and the Dragon at Trinity Walk

3rd & 4th June 2022


A walkabout dragon, stilt walkers, Queens from Game of Thrones and Frozen cosplay and walkabout face painters alongside throne photo opps are all in line to help celebrate the Jubilee this summer.

Midday – 3pm

Trinity Walk, Wakefield

Reel Cinemas

Reel Cinemas brings you amazing films at bargain prices!!!!

Tickets are priced £3.50 for an adult or child before 1pm and after 1pm £4.00 for a child (aged 12 years & below), £4.50 for an adult

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


The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1DS

The Big Picnic at Fairburn Ings

From blooming wildflowers to dazzling dragonflies there’s so much to enjoy in nature at this time of year, and with a long bank holiday weekend on the cards in June it’s the perfect excuse to gather your family for a good, old-fashioned picnic.

We’re holding Big Picnic events at more than 20 of our nature reserves over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend (2-5 June) and during the half term holidays, so whether you’d prefer to relax in the dappled shade of a woodland or take in spectacular views from a cliff top, there are plenty of places to tempt you.

With our special Wildlife Detective activity packs (just £3.50, at participating reserves), young explorers will be able to join Detective Hoot and Constable Crumb to solve an intriguing mystery, while learning how make picnics as wildlife friendly as possible.

There will be marked trails to follow, nostalgic, fun family activities and even selfie stations too, so what are you waiting for? Start planning your family’s adventure today!


RSPB Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre, Newton Lane, Castleford, WF10 2BH

Jungle Book – The Immersive Adventure, Rufford Abbey

1st – 5th June 2022


Dare you enter the deep forests of Rufford Abbey where bears, snakes and tigers roam? However most of them are friendly and breakout into the odd show tune!
Our adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, will have you singing with baloo the bear, swinging with king louie and avoiding capture by Shere Khan.

Rufford Abbey Country Park, Newark

Totally Roarsome Yorkshire

Back again for Summer 2022, an outdoor, woodland adventure trail for the whole family

Seven zones of a wild adventure trail including dinosaurs, jungle animals, pirates, superheroes and unicorns!!

Venue: Hazelwood Castle, Tadcaster

Tickets go on sale: 6pm Friday 6th May 2022

Opening: 18th June 2022

Tickets £8.95 per person, under 2’s free


Paradise Lane, Leeds, Tadcaster LS24 9NJ


Tropical Butterfly House

Explore the exotic indoor rainforest environment of our Tropical House. Home to creatures from around the world including minibeasts, butterflies, birds, bats, creepy-crawlies and caimans. Daily animal encounters give you the chance to see and learn about the habitat and lifestyle of lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, and other amazing creatures


Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQ

Tropical World

Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!

Under 5s FREE, on bus route and off road parking available.

Tropical World, Princes Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 2ER, Tel: 0113 237 0754

Wakefield Hospice Platinum Jubilee Garden Party

A garden party in Wakefield Hospice Gardens to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


Wakefield Museum

Explore the history of Wakefield and hear stories told through the eyes of the people involved in shaping our fine city.

Discover the extraordinary Charles Waterton, the Wakefield-born Victorian eco-warrior and explorer.

You can even stand on the back of our fierce caiman crocodile, captured on one of his trips to South America.



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, download the park map here


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


£6 per person, under 18’s are free (some events also have a charge)

Pre-bookable via their website

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG



Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a unique walk through wildlife park located just outside Doncaster. The wildlife attraction brings families face to face  with some of the world’s most beautiful – and at risk – species. Indoor and outdoor play area offers a fun filled day whatever the weather. Open daily, special events throughout the year.

Pre-booking required

Tongue Ln, Branton, Old Cantley, Doncaster DN4 6TB. Tel 01302 535057