Days Out South Leeds

Parks & Playgrounds

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


In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!

Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.

Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!

In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!

Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!

Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!

For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit

Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.

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

01937 586333


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Cannon Hall Farm

The perfect family day out in the pennine hills with hundreds of animals, an amazing adventure playground, huge indoor play, farm shop and restaurants. Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Bark House Lane, Hawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. 01226 790427.

Garforth Skate Park & Playground

Skate park and adjacent enclosed play area with swings, slide, roundabout and climbing frame. Car parking off road.

Garforth Skate Park, Ninelands Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NT

Harewood House

You can expect the unexpected at Harewood with special events and themed weekends throughout the season to surprise you. Whether you want to visit the House and its wonderful collections, relax in the gardens or play on the playground, come to Harewood. We think you‘ll be delighted!

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG. 0113 218 1010.

Kirklees Light Railway

A Great Family Day Out! Climb aboard our little steam trains for a scenic railway journey from Clayton West to Shelley, in the beautiful South Pennine Foothills. Cafe, shop, playground, miniature railway, picnic areas and bouncy castle. Special seasonal events. Birthday parties.

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Clayton West HD8 9XJ. 01484 865727

Lotherton Hall

Fancy a day out to remember? Why not relax and unwind at Lotherton with a fine Edwardian country house, extensive grounds, bird garden zoo, Red Deer Park, nature trails, gardens, café, shop and two children’s play areas. Accessible site. Admission fee applies. 

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB. 0113 378 2959.

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a working farm with a wide variety of animals, market gardens and woodland walks. Also visit the Hungry Hedgehog cafe, farm shop, and adventure play area for under 12’s. Accessible site, toilet facilities. Open daily, small admission charge. 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Lane, Leeds, LS7 2QG. 0113 262 9759

Middleton Park

NB Due to COVID19 the cafe is currently open for takeaway only (including hot food & drinks including toasties, cappuccinos etc) but the toilets remain closed. The events programme also is currently on hold. Check the Friends of Middleton Park website for up to date information. Trains are running a revised schedule, pre-bookings only through the Middleton Railway website.
Middleton Park stretches across 630 acres, including 200 acres of woodland and a designated nature reserve. Middleton Woods Nature Reserve is the largest ancient woodland in Leeds, home to numerous mammals, birds and amphibians and a plethora of wildflowers including bluebells.


Town St, Middleton, Leeds LS10 3SH

National Coal Mining Museum Adventure Playground

Opening on 1st August 2017 is our brand new Adventure Playground! It’s looking amazing – our favourite is the pithead zip wire. Best of all it’s totally FREE to use so if you want to add to your day at the Museum it’s a perfect way to let the kids run off a bit of steam. You can even make a special trip just to use the playground & our cafe is just nearby.

National Coal Mining Museum, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH.

Nostell Priory

National Trust maintained 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, adventure play area, cafe & shop. Special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE. 01924 863892

Rodley Park Elf Trail

The fabulous community of Rodley have created their very own community funded ‘Elves of Rodley park’; 100 fairy door homes are scattered amongst the trees (none in the woods).

Please adhere to current local government guidance regarding travelling and stay local.

How does it work?

All the doors are named. By the elves post box there are printed lists (or download below). Make sure you bring a pen, if you find all 100 elf names post your entry into the post box with your details to be in the running to win a prize.

If you’re lucky, you may find a key hanging from the elf doors, but please if you find one, only take one. So many more doors and decorations to see. Join the Elves of Rodley Park Facebook Group to share your discoveries and pictures!

This is an organised trail, please do not bring your own fairy doors!

Roadside parking and small playground. The trail is in the main park, so pram friendly.

Download the checklist by clicking the link below!

EORP Checklist


Shay Field Playpark, Carlton

Two play areas and sports field. Small enclosed play area for under 5s, larger more adventurous open play area including climbing, high slide, basket swing and zip line.

Just off Shay Field Lane, Carlton, WF3 3QU.

Springhead Park, Rothwell

A large leafy park with a stream, bird garden, three children’s play areas, skate park and tennis courts. Look out for special events throughout the year such as Bonfire night and Santa’s helicopter landing.

Free parking. Cafe & toilets.

Park Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0ET

Temple Newsam House & Farm

Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss our special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Admission charge for house & farm.

Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. 0113 336 7461.

The Hepworth Wakefield

The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth. Regular special events & kids art sessions. Cafe, shop, outdoor play area. Free. Closed Mondays.

Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW. 01924 247360

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the UK’s leading open-air art gallery, with 500 acres of beautiful historic parkland and six indoor galleries

Now open – advance booking essential.