Days Out Calderdale

Small Outdoor Parks & Play Areas

Featured Listing

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, a conservatory and an animal house, which is open every day, between 10am and 4pm.

The play area includes a zip wire, a space net, an inclusive climbing unit and a fully inclusive roundabout.

Centre Vale Park is also home to Lucky the dog, who featured on a Channel 4 show hosted by TV illusionist Derren Brown, and gained a reputation for bringing luck to anyone who touched it. Lucky sits in Samuel Fielden’s room, in the remains of the old Centre Vale Mansion, within the park.

The channelled River Calder runs along the north-eastern boundary of the park, which has been awarded Green Flag status.

Centre Vale Park, Burnley Road, Todmorden.


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

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:


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.

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 to October) for splashing around during warm summer days.

Pop indoors to the Jungle Experience; glasshouses with botanical gardens and habitats for a huge variety of plants, butterflies and animals, such as fish, quails and terrapins.  Zones include The Time Zone, The Savage Garden, Butterfly World and The Lily Pod. The Jungle Experience costs £1 per person. Children aged 2 and under are free.

Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience, Manor Heath Road, Halifax. 01422 365631.

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 also one of the best surviving examples of a Joseph Paxton Park. Created in 1857, it was donated to the people of Halifax by Sir Francis Crossley, and has been awarded the Green Flag status.

People’s Park, King Cross Street, Halifax. Phone 01422 284428.

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 Wilderness Garden, the cascade and pools, restored tunnels within the terrace walls that lead through to Cunnery Wood, the site of the old kitchen garden.

There’s a lake where you can feed the ducks (duck food sold in the café) or hire a rowing boat, pitch and putt and depending on the season, a miniature railway and a land train (charges apply).

The kids can burn off steam in the playground and there is a café for refreshments afterwards.

There’s also a permanent dry stone walling exhibit.

Inside Shibden Hall, which dates back to 1420, you can enjoy a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there, including Anne Lister, whose life is soon to be explored in a new BBC drama written by Sally Wainwright. There is a 17th century barn and workshops with a carriage collection and displays including a blacksmiths, coopers, wheelwrights and saddlers.

Special events run throughout the year.

Shibden Park, Godley Lane, Halifax. Shibden Hall, Lister’s Road, Halifax. Phone: 01422 352246.

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 greens.

Depending on the time of year, you might see bluebells, wild garlic, tree creepers and herons.

You could also bring a picnic and explore the natural woodlands, or follow the Clifton beck path.

Wellholme Park, Bradford Road, Brighouse