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Axe-A-Lot

Reopening date still being decided – check back soon! Single household bookings only.  Axe throwing sessions for anyone aged five and over. Full safety briefing and instructions throughout and balloons can be put on targets and popped with knives to make it easier. Call for opening hours and availability. Netherton Mill, Holdsworth Road, Halifax. 07885…

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Reload Nerf Zone

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Army-style open Nerf shooting zone that is fun and active for the whole family. Adults can join in too, or relax in the cafe while the kids let of steam during a one hour session . Suitable for kids aged four and over. Children’s parties available….

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Dare 2 Air Huddersfield

Reopening date not yet decided Huge inflatable theme park with eight different zones. Kids and adults alike can bounce and burn off energy on the drop slides, balance beams, freefall area and inflatable Wipeout zone. Play dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, or just jump around all session – the choice is yours! Open Fridays and weekends during…

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Hover Kart Mania

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Indoor karting arena where children aged 5+ can race around on two different types of kart. There is a little track with mini vehicles for under 5s too, as well as air hockey, pool, a seating area and food. Booking advised. Birthday parties available. Hover Kart…

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East Riddlesden Hall

The garden, tearoom (takeaway), car park, lower field and toilets are open on selected days. Please book ahead and check the National Trust website for dates. Lovely former manor house with plenty of outdoor fun for the family, about 35 minutes from Halifax. Little ones will love the wild play garden with den building, a…

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Diving Boards

Children must be at least 4 feet tall and be able to swim 20m confidently in deep water on front and back. Halifax Swimming Pool: Saturdays, 11.30am-3.30pm. Sundays, 11am-3.30pm.

Windle House Farm – Haworth

Currently closed – reopening details updated soon.  The petting farm is open on Sundays between noon and 5pm. Get up close and personal with the farm animals, then enjoy the play area and refreshments in the tearoom. Windle House Farm, Lee Lane, Oxenhope. BD22 9RB. 01535 643719.

Magic Garden Play Cafe

Pop-up play cafe in Haworth Village Hall. Lovely play area for children, nice cafe and classes running regularly. Haworth Village Hall, Butt Lane. BD22 8QJ. 01535 323100.

PB’s Play Village

Soft play centre with a role play village, large baby area, sensory room and more. For ages 0-6. Whiterose Mills, Holdsworth Road. HX3 6SN. 01422 242679

The Sportsman

Free entry to this bonfire (6pm) and fireworks display (7.30pm). Charlie Fastrax soft play is open until 9pm. Food and drink available. The Sportsman Inn, Bradford Old Road, Halifax. Friday, November 2, 2018. Free entry.

Mount Tabor Bonfire

Held in The New Inn car park it’s free entry and there will be hot dogs, parkin and more. The bonfire will be lit at 6pm and fireworks will follow at 6.45pm. Saturday, November 3, 2018. The New Inn, Heath Hill Road. Free!

Fire Service HQ, Birkenshaw

As well as a large bonfire, food, drink and kids rides, there are two fireworks displays on November 3; a mini, quieter display at 7.30pm suitable for small children, and the main fireworks at 8.15pm. Gates open at 5pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm. Fire Service HQ, Birkenshaw. Tickets: Adults £6, children, £4….

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Elland Charity Bonfire

This one promises a HUGE bonfire with two firework displays, a fire dance display team, food stalls, hot drinks and cakes, fairground rides, games stalls and music, as well as washroom facilities. Gates open at 5.30pm and there will be a children’s firework display at 6pm, followed by the lighting of the bonfire at 6.30pm….

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The Sportsman Inn, Bonfire & Fireworks

FREE bonfire and fireworks at The Sportsman Inn on Friday, November 2. Bonfire lighting at 6pm. Firework display at 7.30pm. Food and drink available in The Sportsman. Charlie Fastrax Bar and soft play open until 9pm.

The Piece Hall

Currently closed Going back to 1779, The Piece Hall is a gorgeous structure with a rich history. Recently renovated and reopened, it’s a fabulous place to visit with the family. There are gorgeous shops, cafes and bars, with water features for the kids to paddle in. It’s within close proximity to Square Chapel and the…

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Family Skating – YMCA

Family roller skating sessions at the Halifax YMCA. Fridays: 6-8pm, open age. £3.50 per person including boot hire. Saturdays: Noon-1.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire. Sundays: 2-3.30pm. £3 per person including boot hire. Halifax YMCA. 13 Crossley Street, Halifax. o1422 353626.

Playworld, Huddersfield

Strap on some skates and show off your skills at Playworld Huddersfield’s roller skating rink. It’s suitable for children aged four and up, but adult supervision is recommended for young and inexperienced skaters. There’s also a four-storey soft play gym to get stuck into, with a ball pool and slides.   Two fun-packed party packages…

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Greenhead Park, Huddersfield

Beautiful park with a paddling pool, just half a mile away from Huddersfield town centre. There are two lovely children’s play areas with picnic tables, a skate park, tennis court, two cafés, a lake and a fabulous paddling pool to cool off in during the summer months. A miniature steam train chugs along a track…

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City Park, Bradford

Fantastic mirror pool with loads of fountains that just beg your feet to paddle! It’s right in the heart of the city, just outside the town hall, and makes a pleasant place to relax after visiting the National Science and Media Museum. City Park, Bradford, BD1 1HY

Flamingo Land

Starting to reopen from April 12, 2021 Theme park, zoo and holiday accommodation located near Malton, North Yorkshire. Enjoy the rides, book an “encounter” with one of the animals, or enjoy the holiday resort facilities such as The Splash Zone. Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton. 0800 40 888 40.

Calderdale Council-Run Pools

Halifax Swimming Pool: Skircoat Road, Halifax. 01422 366624 Sowerby Bridge Swimming Pool:  Station Road, Sowerby Bridge. 01422 288078. Brighouse Swimming Pool: Woodvale Road, Brighouse. 01422 288068. Todmorden Swimming Pool: Ewood Lane, Todmorden. 01706 839090.

Calderdale Ramblers

Friendly group of walkers based in the stunning countryside of Calderdale. Walks are held most weekends throughout the year, guided by leaders who know and love the area. New walkers always welcome. Activities include family-friendly and short and easy walks. For a current programme of walks, see online. Calderdale Ramblers. Contact 07790 480058.  

Gaddings Beach – Todmorden

A fabulously well-kept secret, Gaddings is a lovely little beach next to Gaddings Dam in Lumbutts village, above Todmorden. 80 feet above sea level and 60 miles inland, it’s the highest beach in England and rewards those who face the steep hike to get there (there is no road access or official parking nearby) with…

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Fun Swims With Giant Floats

Currently not running (updated January 2021) Wild and wacky sessions with giant floats, for children aged 14 and under. Brighouse Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm Sowerby Bridge Pool: Saturdays, 1.30-2.45pm  

Family Swimming

Currently not running (updated January 2021) – (some pools are open but lane swimming only) Family Swimming sessions are times to swim with children under eight. Brighouse Pool: Mondays, 9.30am-noon; Wednesdays, 10am-noon Halifax Pool (teaching pool): Mondays, noon-1.15pm & 3-3.45pm; Tuesdays, noon-3.45pm; Wednesdays, 10am-1.30pm & 2.15-3.45pm; Thursdays, noon-1.15pm & 2.30-3.45pm; Fridays, noon-3.45pm; Saturdays, 1-2.15pm; Sundays,…

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Family Fun Swims

Fun swimming for adults with children. Brighouse Pool (teaching pool): Fridays (under 5s), 9am-1.15pm; Saturdays (under 11s), 1.30pm-2.45pm; Sundays (under 11s), 9am-1pm. Sowerby Bridge Pool (teaching pool): Mondays (under 5s), 9.15am-11.15am; Fridays (under 5s), 11am-1pm; Sundays (Under 5s), 9-11.30am. Todmorden Sports Centre: Sundays, 10am-noon

The Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre

One of the largest community-run theatres in the UK, this Edwardian theatre has 480 seats and its own youth theatre group. The Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre, Halifax Road, Todmorden. 01706 814875.

Halifax Playhouse

Hosts local theatre and dance groups and professional events. Halifax Playhouse, King Cross Street. 01422 365998.

Victoria Theatre

Built in 1901, the Victoria Theatre is a flexible space for all types of performances, especially children’s shows and local dance and theatre groups. Entertainment includes regular family shows, musicals and an annual pantomime! 2018 shows include Peppa Pig’s Adventure (June), Teletubbies Live (October) and Snow White (December) Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax. Box Office:…

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Square Chapel Centre For The Arts

Arts venue offering fabulous film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows, workshops and more. Lots of family-friendly shows and events, including Relaxed Screenings in the cinema, where the volume is turned down slightly and the lights are turned up. Perfect for parents and babies. 2018 shows include: There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A…

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Vue – Halifax

Large cinema in the centre of Halifax. Mini Mornings every Saturday and Sunday from 10am, plus every day in the school holidays – £2.49 per ticket. Vue, Broad Street Plaza, Halifax. Phone 0345 308 4620.

Hebden Bridge Picture House

Thriving, independent not-for-profit cinema in Hebden Bridge. Family matinees at weekends and every day during school holidays. We serve tea in proper mugs and sell locally-baked cakes. Adults can have a glass of wine or beer at their seat, while the little ones enjoy Yorkshire ice cream or popcorn. Cash only venue. Hebden Bridge Picture…

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Rex Cinema – Elland

A wide range of films and organ concerts in an updated but unspoilt 1912 picture house. Family films are shown every Saturday and Sunday afternoons and on most weekdays during school holidays. The cinema can also be hired out for children’s parties! Rex Cinema, Coronation Street, Elland. Phone: 01422 237 2140.

Bennetts Egg Farm Cafe – Liversedge

Reopening details to be updated soon. Lovely café with outdoor seating area and animals to see. There are peacocks, little goats, rabbits and more. Perfect for summer days when the kids can play outside and you can sit in the sun. Bennetts Egg Farm Café, Croft Farm, Clough Lane, Liversedge. Phone 01274 873648.

Huddersfield Splash Park

The kids will have tons of fun at Huddersfield Leisure Centre’s Splash Park. There are water features and slides for the youngsters and larger slides for older children and adults, with water buckets, water jets, a lazy river, a small fun pool and spa pool. Sessions last 90 minutes and it’s best to book in…

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ROKT Climbing – Brighouse

ROKT Climbing Gym aims to provide a safe, energised, social atmosphere while fulfilling all your climbing needs. Choose from taster sessions, and boulder and rope inductions and courses. Children aged 5+ can try indoor caving too. There are also kids’ clubs, where they can learn to climb and meet other children. ROKTLINGS (age 5-6) and…

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Council-Maintained Parks

Calderdale Council maintains 114 equipped play areas throughout Calderdale, ranging from playgrounds to new adventure play areas, multi-use games areas (MUGAS) and skate parks. To find one close to you, log on to: www.calderdale.gov.uk  

Calder Homes Park – Hebden Bridge

Beautiful green space close to Hebden Bridge town centre and the canal. There’s an outdoor gym, children’s playground, a skate park, bowling greens, football pitch, tennis court, basketball court and a café. It’s lovely to walk on the adjacent canal towpath to watch the narrowboats sail by. Calder Homes Park, New Road, Hebden Bridge

Crow Wood Park – Sowerby Bridge

Nice park with good green spaces to run about in and a play area. There’s also a skate park, a bowling green, tennis court, basketball court and a large stone war memorial. Crow Wood Park, Rochdale Road, Sowerby Bridge.

Shroggs Park

Explore the woodland paths and pond and enjoy the playground, sports field and bowling green. There is also a Gothic drinking fountain. Parkrun takes place here every Saturday at 9am. Shroggs Park, Lee Mount Road, Halifax.

Oakwell Hall & Country Park – Birstall

The park is open but the visitor centre is closed. Toilets open at weekends between 10am and 3pm .Upper car parks and cafe only open on weekends.  Oakwell Hall dates back to 1583 and is now run as a living museum, furnished as the Batt family home in the 1690’s. There are restored gardens, a…

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Another World Adventure Centre

Planned reopening on March 30, 2021. Outdoor activity centre in Ogden with a wide range of activities. Choose from  mountain boarding, grass sledging, archery, low rope courses, slingshots with paintballs, archery, air pistols and more. Just turn up and have a go – no need to book! Birthday parties for ages 5+ include packages such…

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Electric Bowl

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Tenpin bowling with ten lanes, a dining area, pool table and licensed bar. Automatic bumpers, electronic scoring and bowling ramps make sure all the family can have fun. Glow in the dark bowling on Friday and Saturday nights. Children’s and teen parties available all week, including…

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Wainhouse Tower

It’s visible from all over, but have you ever thought about climbing Wainhouse Tower? Standing at 77 metres high, this ornate Victorian chimney is open on Bank Holidays to those brave enough to tackle the 403 steps on its internal spiral staircase. Feel like Rapunzel as you take in the breathtaking views! The tower is…

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Northcliffe Park – Shipley

Made up of Northcliffe Woods and Norman Raw Playing Fields, Northcliffe Park has something for everybody. There is a fenced-in play area, a bowling green, tennis courts (if the bowls hut is shut and the courts are not in use by the tennis club, anyone can play for free), a sports pitch and flower gardens….

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St Ives Estate- Bingley

The St Ives Estate is a fabulous free day out, a short drive from Calderdale and a huge favourite with my mini Mumblers. Made up of a gorgeous country park with woodlands, open moor, a wildflower meadow and paths throughout, it’s easy to spend the day here, parking is free and there are plenty of…

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Roberts Park – Saltaire.

Recently restored with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Roberts Park boasts a great new play area and skate park, as well as a bandstand where concerts are staged throughout the summer months. There is also a café with seating inside and out, with facilities for parents of young children and people with disabilities. Roberts…

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Cow & Calf Rocks – Ilkley

High on Ilkley Moor, the Cow and Calf Rocks are a large rock formation, also known as Hangingstone Rocks. A great place to climb – although probably for older children – with lovely views of Ilkley and beyond. Cow & Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor. Phone 01943 602319.

Golden Acre Park – Bramhope

Enjoy a lovely walk around the lake while feeding the ducks, then wind down in the newly refurbished café. If you would prefer to picnic, there is plenty of space , and an ice cream van to top it off! For a different view, follow the path to the right before the tunnel entrance for…

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Savile Park

A large park just outside of Halifax town centre, Savile Park boasts lovely views, good paths and the walking is fairly flat. Often used for family events, such as the circus and the Halifax Agricultural Show. Savile Park, Skircoat Moor Lane, Halifax.

Harold Park

This Green Flag park is a hub of the local community, with plenty to do and a variety of events through the year. There’s a fenced in children’s play area, two beautiful lakes to walk around, a bowling green, sports pitch and free exercise circuit (trim trail) for children and adults Harold Park, Park Road,…

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The Stray, Lightcliffe

Lovely grassland with mature trees (gorgeous during Cherry Blossom season) and a good children’s play area, a basketball hoop and War Memorial. The Stray, Wakefield Road, Lightcliffe.

Wellholme Park, Brighouse

Close to the centre of Brighouse, Wellholme Park boasts beautiful floral displays, a children’s play area with a double web net that stands at over 6m high, a skate park, outdoor gym and a café. You can also play crazy golf, hire one of the four tennis courts, or play on one of the bowling…

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Centre Vale Park – Todmorden

Whether it’s walking through the 33 hectares of mature oak and beech woodland, picnicking on the grass or playing in the fabulous children’s play area, there’s plenty in Centre Vale Park to help you enjoy the great outdoors. You’ll find all-weather 5-a-side football pitches, bowling greens, a skate park, a cycle way, an outdoor gym,…

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People’s Park

Located in the heart of a conservation area, People’s Park has been revitalised and restored with new facilities. There’s a children’s play area, visitor’s centre, bandstand, water features, pavilion and public toilets, and disabled access is provided through the college entrance. Events are put on through the year, including brass bands and gardening workshops. It’s…

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Jerusalem Farm & Wade Wood

With 13 hectares of nature reserve, the beautiful Jerusalem Farm and Wade Wood are perfect spots for picnics and paddling!  The kids will have great fun splashing about in the stream and there is plenty of space to play ball or Frisbee. There are picnic tables, spots in the shade and you can have a…

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Manor Heath Park & Jungle Experience

Playground open but Jungle Experience currently closed Come rain or shine, you’ll find something to do at Manor Heath. This Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award-winning park is open all year round and has a fabulous play area, outdoor gym, sunken garden, walled gardens and a café. There is also a fun water play area (April…

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Room on the Broom Adventure Trail – Wakefield

If your kids like Julia Donaldson’s Room on the Broom, they will love the adventure trail at Anglers Country Park. It’s free to explore – although the Visitor Centre sells fun activity packs for £2 – and you follow animal footprints to find your favourite sculptures from the book, trace rubbings and do activities. The…

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Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve

Ogden Water Local Nature Reserve offers tranquil walks, nature activities, ducks to feed and plenty of places to picnic. The 34 acre reservoir is owned by Yorkshire Water, and boasts many woodland trails and waterside paths to explore, including 1 1/4 miles of wheelchair accessible pathway around the reservoir and through sections of the woodlands….

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Bankfield Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Bankfield is a lovely (free!) museum in Halifax that’s great for the kids to run around in. It’s been a museum since 1887 and tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its rich and diverse collections. It’s set in a Victorian mansion in Akroyd Park…

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Shibden Park & Hall

Playground open but hall closed until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) As well as being one of West Yorkshire’s most important heritage sites, the Shibden Estate is full of fun to keep all the family entertained. The beautifully restored grounds, commissioned by Anne Lister, are wonderful to walk through and there is the tranquil…

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Charlotte’s Ice Cream & Farm – Dewsbury

Currently open for takeaway only and the animals are in the barn for the winter. Ice cream parlour, where children can meet animals such as a herd of alpacas, two wallabies, peacocks, rare breed birds, a giant rabbit, goats, friendly donkeys and, of course, the Jersey cows. There is also a giant inflatable, crazy golf…

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Ponderosa Farm, Heckmondwike

Reopening on April 12, 2021 – outdoor areas only. Wheelchair accessible farm with rare breed animals including pigs, peacocks, highland cows, goats, horses, donkeys, birds of prey, llamas and much more. You can also see reindeer, meerkats, lemurs and raccoon dogs. There is a Bunny Barn and a Reptile House (where you might get to…

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Judy Woods

Lovely woodland in Bradford, perfect for family walks. Little ones will enjoy collecting leaves and sticks, or jumping in the mud, while the older ones can explore all the interesting paths and jump over streams. Gorgeous bluebells in the spring! Judy Woods, Wyke. For details of parking and busses, view www.judywoods.org.uk

The Aire Valley Sculpture Trail, Saltaire

A lovely trail where you can look at artwork and enjoy walking along the riverside path. Ideal for families, it takes about 40 minutes there and back, stopping to look at the 15 pieces of artwork. It is easy walking on the recently cleaned up riverside path, and the pieces are well worth studying – the…

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Roundhay Park, Leeds

Roundhay Park is one of the most popular parks in Leeds, due to its size, grandeur and array of things to see and do. As well as over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes (great for duck feeding and puddle jumping in the mud on the lakeside path), woodlands and formal gardens, there are also several cafes, two…

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Lightwater Valley

Open from April 17, 2021 Theme park with a variety of rides for all ages, from rotating teacups to The Ultimate, a 1.5 mile long rollercoaster. There is also a discount shopping village. Open from March until November (check website for specific dates as only open on weekends during spring and autumn other than school…

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Diggerland – Castleford

Reopening Monday, April 12 2021 Fun day out where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery. Rides for all ages (subject to height restrictions), there are 18 different rides and drives and an array of additional activities. There are indoor and outdoor play areas,…

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Hesketh Farm Park

Reopening Saturday, May 22 2021 Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just one mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey and five miles from the market town of Skipton. There’s loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals and having fun inside – maybe in the giant…

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Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Reopening on April 12, 2021 – outdoors only. 10am-5pm. Birchfield farm is a picturesque working farm nestled in the valley of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It’s a mixed farm, with dairy, pigs and sheep grazing in the fields. It is also home to a herd of Jersey cows (whose…

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Tropical World – Leeds

Currently closed This is a lovely tropical garden with plenty to keep kids entertained (particularly on a cold or rainy day as it is very warm in the tropical greenhouse!) . There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see, as well as snakes and bats. The butterflies fly around freely and the Meer Cats are…

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Temple Newsam – Leeds

Currently closed With its beautiful park and gardens, house tour & Home Farm, Temple Newsam is a great day out.  Meet hundreds of child-friendly farm animals, such as pigs, sheep, goats, cattle and ducks, and get hands-on with the piglets and chickens running free in the yard. Throw in the play area and a picnic…

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Stump Cross Caverns, Harrogate

Currently closed The caves at Stumps Cross were then discovered in 1860 by miners who were looking for lead seams in the Yorkshire Dales. Although they didn’t find any lead, they did find the natural caverns which you can see today. The cave system at Stump Cross extends well beyond the show caves which are…

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Skipton Castle

Currently closed Skipton Castle is a medieval castle in Skipton, built in 1090 by Robert de Romille, a Norman baron, and preserved for over 900 years. You can explore every corner of this impressive history-rich castle, which withstood a three-year siege during the Civil War. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy….

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Shipley Glen Tramway

Closed until at least Easter 2021 Traditional tramway open for rides since 1896 with a museum and shop. Prams and bikes are welcome – we just want you to enjoy the tramway! Dogs, accompanied by well-behaved owners are welcome too. Open Sundays only from January 2018 to Easter (30th March) 12 noon  to 4pm From…

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Royal Armouries – Leeds

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Home to the national collection of arms and armour. Visitors can explore arms and armour from across the world and throughout time in our six themed galleries. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the objects, their uses and the people behind them in our…

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Ripley Castle & Gardens

Currently closed Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park. Within the pleasure grounds, there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around. There is a small outdoor play area in the…

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RHS Harlow Carr – Harrogate

Open but must be prebooked. Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round. As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children,…

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway

Reopening on April 13, 2021 Traditional steam train rides for all the family! Tickets are available both in advance and on the day. 0-2 years go free and 3-15 years are £5.50. The Santa Specials are brilliant, a great annual trip for the family. Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6AF. 01756 710614.

Bracken Hall Countryside Estate & Museum

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and museum is situated on the edge of Shipley Glen, a popular beauty spot. The Centre has displays relating to the natural history, geology, archaeology and local history of the area. The colourful interactive wildlife exhibits delve into the lives of badgers, frogs and bats. There are interactive displays about other…

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The Deep, Hull

Currently closed The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows,…

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Newby Hall & Gardens

Reopening on April 1, 2021 Newby Hall is an 18th century country house situated on the banks of the River Ure at Skelton-on-Ure, near Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire. A Grade I listed building, it is open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swim suits (for the water fountain bit!). There is…

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National Railway Muesum, York

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects. Visit and you can marvel at iconic locomotives, watch engineering work in progress in the Workshop, browse the object-filled Warehouse, and let off steam in the railway-themed outdoor play area. You can also…

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National Science & Media Museum, Bradford

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) With nine floors of galleries to explore, three cinemas (including Yorkshire’s biggest IMAX screen) and a packed programme of events, you’re sure to find something to inspire you. Free entry! National Science & Media Museum, Little Horton Lane, Bradford. BD1 1NQ. Open daily, 10am-6pm (Museum and…

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Magna, Sheffield

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) The Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience, packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays. Explore the wonders of Science and Technology in our four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire & Water! Splash in water, operate real JCB’s in Earth, marvel at a tornado made of…

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Lotherton Hall

Wildlife World reopening on April 12, 2021. Grounds and garden already open.  Lotherton Hall is a country house with beautiful grounds and a fabulous bird garden. Plenty to do with the children, especially in the summer when garden games such as giant Jenga, hoops and sacks for racing are laid out for you to enjoy…

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Leeds City Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Free museum in Leeds where you can come face-to-face with the Leeds Tiger, step into Ancient Worlds, see the final resting place of the Leeds Mummy and even dig for fossils. Regular events include: Rory’s Saturday Club – every Saturday (11am to 12:15pm) Family arts and…

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Leeds Art Gallery

Currently closed SatARTday Club – first Saturday of the month (11am to 4pm) Drop-in workshop for families who want to have fun being imaginative and creative together. Booking is essential for large groups, contact (0113) 247 8254. Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds. Monday closed. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm. Closed on bank holidays. Admission free.

Kirkstall Abbey

The park is currently open but the abbey ruins, visitor centre and toilets are closed. Kirkstall Abbey is a fabulous example of Medieval Cistercian abbey ruins set on the banks of the River Aire in Leeds. There is free parking at Abbey House Museum and free entry to the Abbey Visitor Centre with cafe, toilets…

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Harewood House & Gardens

The grounds and adventure playground are open with The Kiosk and Bothy Teahouse serving takeaway food and drink. Harewood House is a country house near Leeds. Designed by architects John Carr and Robert Adam, it was built between 1759 and 1771 for wealthy plantation owner Edwin Lascelles, 1st Baron Harewood. There are over 100 acres…

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Fountains Abbey

Outdoor spaces open. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Step back into a rich and dramatic past and imagine what life would have been like for the monks who first came here all those years ago. Whether you’re here to soak up the history and atmosphere, or…

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Eureka! The National Children’s Museum

Not until at least May 17, 2021 (step 3) Halifax’s Eureka is a fantastic day out and is highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything…

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Brimham Rocks – Harrogate

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale. There’s no admission charge at Brimham Rocks….

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Ravensprings Park – Miniature Railway

2021 open days not yet released –  check back soon. Have a child who loves trains? Ravensprings Park is a private park owned by the Brighouse and Halifax Model Engineers. You can ride miniature locomotives on two different railway tracks on specific dates throughout the year. There is also a large grassed area and a…

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Little Monkeys Play Centre

Children’s play centre in Sowerby Bridge for under 6’s. Soft play area, bouncy castle and trampoline, climb-on equipment, slides and more. Cafe and children’s parties available. Little Monkeys Play Centre, Unit 16D Sowerby Bridge Business Park. Contact 07577 528883

Airtime Halifax

Trampoline park and soft play centre with café. Parent and toddler sessions every morning from 10am-11am, £5. Airtime Halifax, Unit 4 Calderdale Business Park. Contact 01422 247404.

Hardcastle Crags

Hardcastle Crags is a beautiful wooded valley to explore, with 19th-century Gibson Mill at its heart. It’s run by the National Trust and there are often fun events for the kids during school holidays. There are several marked trails (you can pick up a map in the car parks or have a look online here,…

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Flying Saucers – Pottery Painting Cafe

Currently only offering paint at home kids – updated January 2021 Pottery painting café in Hebden Bridge. Choose from a plate, bowl, mug or even piggy bank, unicorn, fairy or dinosaur, decide how to paint it and sit and paint using our brushes or sponge stamps. And you can have a drink or snack whilst…

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The PotSpot – Paint Your Own Pottery

Come along to the PotSpot, paint a pot, have a chat and create something individual. We have over 300 different individually-priced pieces to choose from, and the price includes the use of colours, studio fees, glazing and firing. We advise booking during school holidays. The PotSpot, Park Street, Brigouse, 01484 400602

Hippopottery – mobile pottery painting

Hippopottery is a mobile paint your own pottery studio based in the Shibden Valley. Suitable for all ages, you can choose from a wide range of pottery pieces to paint and create gorgeous keepsakes. All pots, paints, brushes and stencils are supplied and pots are glazed, fired and returned within one week. Hippopottery, Fold Barn,…

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Chicoccino

Play gym with both indoor and outdoor areas. There are a range of free craft activities on Wednesdays (during school holidays they run most days) and paid for activities such as build your own teddy bear workshops, pot painting, peg wooden animals, jewellery making, clay making and sword decorating. Chicoccino, Church Street, West Vale, Halifax….

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Sunny Gym – Elland

Recently refurbished play gym for children aged under six, with a café. Sunny Gym, Coronation Street, Elland. 01422 372213.

Upsy Daisys – Mytholmroyd

Adventure play centre and party venue. Aimed at children aged between birth to aged 11, there is a main play area with a three-storey play frame with obstacles, tunnels, a walk bridge and four-lane slide. Sports court area with basketball rings, football goal posts, pedal car track and crawl-through characters. Party room for up to…

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Ski and Snow Activities – Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre

Snowboarding, snowtubing, skiing and kids adventure play. The slope is covered in a highly advanced material called Snowflex to create a close-to-snow experience. Charlie Fastrax indoor play includes a multi-storey play area with ball pools, climbing frames, tunnels, slides and caves. Parties and taster sessions available. Halifax Ski & Snowboard Centre, Bradford Old Road, Halifax….

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Jungle at the Junction – Queensbury

Soft play centre aimed at children aged under eight. Two tier soft play area with slide, rope bridges, swing ball and climbing areas, toddlers’ corner with ride on toys, playhouse, slide, kitchen, dolls and tools, ball pool and chill out area. Hot and cold food, snacks and beverages available. Jungle at the Junction, Black Dyke…

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The Mill Play Centre – Halifax

Play environment for both older and younger children. Baby and toddler play area, large preschool and junior play facility and an area for older children with games consoles and much more. Dining area with licenced bar. The Mill Play Centre, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax. 01422 363523.

Adventure World – Elland

Play gym aimed at children from birth to aged nine. A wide range of activities to keep your little explorers happy, from a climbing frame and ball pool to bouncy castle and trampoline. There is also ride on toys, tree house slide, a dedicated baby area and fun activities. James Street, Elland. 01422 252208.

Active – Soft Play Gym

Soft play gym for hire in Calderdale Business Park. Enjoy two hours of exclusive use of the play gym, bring your own food and drinks, external entertainers welcome. Use of kitchen facilities, sensory room hire and party fun packs available for an extra cost. Wheelchair accessible and large free carpark.  Available Saturdays and Sundays. Calderdale…

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Play Palace – Halifax

Gigantic play frame with a football pitch, huge slides, ball pits, epic obstacle courses and a café. W Parade, Halifax. 01422 353700

Fun House – Halifax

Small to medium sized play gym with a double decker play gym, bouncy castle, ball pool, baby play area and lots of toys. hot and cold food and free Wi-Fi. Perfectly suited for children up to around seven years old. Dispensary Walk, Halifax. 01422 383131.

Big Blue Frog, Halifax

Family entertainment centre with a large play frame over 6 metres high, huge slides, EDU building blocks, ball pools, rope walks, a maze of tunnels and obstacles to clamber over, and a sports area. Stead Street, Halifax. 01422 363878

The Edge Play Gym – Brighouse

New play venue in the heart of Brighouse. A great play gym for 0-8-year-olds and a funky disco room for 2-16-year-olds within a brand new, secure environment. With plenty of free parking and homemade fresh food, it’s open every day from 9.30am – 4pm on Mondays, and 9.30am – 5.45pm Tuesday to Sunday. Entry for…

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