Blog » Free activities

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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….

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

×