With the summer holidays here, it’s a time to get out and explore the county.
Unfortunately keeping the little ones entertained can come at a cost, so it’s important to know some places that won’t cost the earth.
In fact, across the county, we’re lucky enough to have plenty of green space as well as museums to keep children busy.
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Whether your children love to learn, play, adventure or climb, there is something to do that won’t empty your purse.
We’ve rounded up ten of Yorkshire’s best free family days out, but if there’s any more that you think should be on the list, be sure to reach out here.
The National Science and Media Museum, Pictureville, Bradford
Here you’ll only have to pay for parking. The exhibits here are forever changing meaning that even if the kids have been there before, the little ones are still unlikely to get bored.
The wonderlab is a highlight here and with a family friendly cafe as well as a picnic area, families won’t go hungry.
The wonderlab is said to make the kids feel like scientists, as the interactive gallery explore light and sound.
For museum admission, tickets must be booked online in advance.
For the duration of the holidays, the museum will be open from 10am to 4pm.
Over the holidays, they’ll be holding holiday events such as the superheroes animation workshop, the’ funk junk trolley’ and ‘Get Sonic, Get Radiophonic’.
Robert’s Park, Baildon, Bradford
In the grounds of Saltaire, Robert Park has bike and skate ramps, swings, play frames and even a zip wire.
It’s a beautiful setting, even if you have to get the coats out. There is free parking at Salts Mill which is just a few minutes away but there is also a pay and display car park.
Cow and Calf Rocks, Ilkley
It’s a natural rock formations, and whilst that may sound a little boring, the climbing opportunities and the spectacular views make it a must see attraction.
There is an outcrop and a boulder, which is where the name Cow and Calf came from, but there’s also a legend to the name.
According to it, the Calf was split from the Cow when the giant Rombald was fleeing an enemy, and stamped on the rock as he leapt across the valley.
Parking here is free.
Beaumont Park, Huddersfield
Think the ‘Secret Garden’. There’s countless adventures to be had here and it’s bound to wear the kids out for the day.
At just over 20 acres, the park has a beautifully maintained urban park but the pull is in the slightly overgrown and wilder castle area.
Hidden amongst the trail are pathways, hidden views and now, the trails are even interactive for those able to download the ‘Love Exploring’ app.
The parking here is roadside.
Room on the Broom trail, Wintersett, Wakefield
With an adventure play area, kids will be kept fascinated on the trail too with hidden footprints, drawings and statues to find all around the lake.
There is pay and display parking with a cafe too, but there are plenty of picnic tables.
Wakefield Museum, Burton Street
Here, little ones can ride the Rhubarb express with the braver ones able to stand on the back of a vicious caiman and some may even learn to spot the difference between an enemy World War 2 plane and an ally.
It’s free entry and should take about one to two hours to complete.
There is pay and display parking but situated two minutes away from the nearest train station, there’s plenty of public transport links.
Jerusalem Farm, Booth, Halifax
Woodland with a river passing through, it’s a place to paddles, to jump over stepping stones and explore.
The day can be spent here quite easily as there’s so much to explore, provided you’re got your walking boots on.
Valley Gardens, Harrogate
With a big play area and a paddling pool, families could quite happily spend the entire day here but it’s not the only thing the site has to offer.
There is woodland amongst the grade II listed gardens as well as a skate park.
If you head there on a Sunday, you may even be lucky enough to catch one of the band concerts.
Druids Temple, Ripon
It’s been dubbed one of Yorkshire’s quirkiest places and it’s certainly an interesting place to look around.
The Druids Temple was built in the late 1700’s, and it’s got an air of magic and mystique surrounding it.
The magic is sure to keep the kids amazed.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield
There are thousands of different plants to be discovered here, sure to keep kids enthralled.
There’s even a treasure hunt trail, that will take the littles ones all around the Victorian Glass House and the pond.
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