Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s amazing story. She lived some 500 years ago in the times of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. She was born in a cave next to the river Nidd, delivered as lightning crackled in a violent storm. As she grew older, her prophetic visions became known and feared. She foretold the invasion and defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1488; and Samuel Pepys’ diary grimly records that Mother Shipton gave forewarning of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Beside the Cave is the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Curiosity has drawn millions of visitors over hundreds of years, to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone.
The park has several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays, with a FREE children’s trail sheet.
Open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October, 10am – 4.30pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
Just a short distance from Harrogate town centre, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.
• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs
Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel: 01423 565418
Armley Park is two miles west of Leeds city centre and is approximately 14 hectares in area. It’s the perfect location for people of all age ranges to enjoy a relaxing day out. The park gives local residents and visitors amazing views over Kirkstall Valley. It has a playground, skate park, football pitches, tennis courts, cricket wicket and woodland and canal side trails that include a section with 161 Victorian steps.
Stanningley Road, Leeds, LS12 3LW
Bramley Park is a large community park and houses sports pitches, tennis courts, a playground and a picnic area. All parking is on street outside the park, and there are no disabled parking bays. All paths are negotiable by wheelchair. Located at: Westover Road, Bramley, LS13 3PG.
Calverley Park has a range of facilities including tennis courts, bowling green, cricket pitch and a newly refurbished children’s play area. A footpath surrounds the park which is accessible to all and suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchairs.
Located at: Carr Road, Calverley, Pudsey LS28 5RH.
With parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even an amazing museum, Clifton Park has everything you could need for the perfect day out! Visit their website for more information on things to do
Clifton Park has two car parks:
Dartmouth Park offers a children’s play area and large grassy areas for the kids and dogs to run around.
Location: St Andrew’s Avenue, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0JX
This nature reserve provides home to many different species- both living in the pond and the surrounding woodland. Located at: Hall Lane, LS12 5EX. If visiting with a pushchair or wheelchair you can access the circular path surrounding the pond via the entrance on Butt Lane – otherwise there is a stepped entrance from Hall Lane.
Farnley Hall Park has approx 16 hectares of woodland walks, formal gardens and ponds. There is a new children’s play area and sports pitches. The park is accessible to all and most footpaths are suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchairs. Located at: Hall Lane, Farnley, Leeds, LS12 5HA.
Gotts Park is three miles west of Leeds city centre and is approximately 30 hectares in area. There is an 18 hole parkland golf course run by The Gotts Park Golf CIC club, who are located within the grade II listed Gotts Mansion. The park borders Armley Park and is the perfect location for people of all age ranges to enjoy a relaxing day out and gives local residents and visitors amazing views over the Kirkstall Valley.
Armley Ridge Rd, Leeds LS12 2QX.
Hop along to Grass Hoppers Outdoor Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre for proper outdoor fun. Have a bounce on the jumping pillows, zoom down the zip wire, play and dig in the giant sandpit, glide down the slides, drive around the race tracks and much more!
Grass Hoppers is set in a secure environment with café, outdoor seating and award-winning Yorkshire dairy ice cream!
Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY. Tel: 0113 285 3506
Horsforth Hall Park is a large community park in the centre of Horsforth, including large grassed area, cricket pitch, summer entertainment events, trim trail, Japanese garden, skate park, play area & cafe. The park has a specially designed outdoor integrated play facility allowing disabled and able bodied children under the age of eight to play together over a large sand pit.
Hall Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5JE
The historic site of Kirkstall Abbey attracts many visitors daily and hosts a range of activities throughout the year. This site not only houses the historic Abbey but also a visitor’s educational centre, park, cafe, river walks and frequent markets and events. Loctated at: Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS5 3EH.
Community park in Morley.
Location: 100 Middleton Rd, Morley, Leeds LS27 8DH
To the south of the city, Middleton Park is one of Leeds largest parks. It has a café, bowling greens, playground, fishing lake and community events held throughout the year. There is also a nature reserve on site, providing opportunities to spot lots of wildlife. Middleton Railway also runs through the edge of the park, with the opportunity to see small steam trains operating on, believe it or not, the worlds oldest working railway! Entry to the Railway’s museum is free, however there is a small charge to ride the train (children under 3 years travel free).
The Park doesn’t have an official postcode, but directions to the main entrance on Town Street can be found by using the postcode LS10 3SH.
Pudsey Park has something for everyone. Enjoy a relaxing stroll, visit the pets corner and tropical greenhouse, have a swing on the kids playground or enjoy a game of bowls. Toilets and Cafe Kiosk serving light refreshments on site. Located at: Church Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7RR.
Scratcherd Park has a bowling green, gardens, play area, skate board park and war memorial.
Loaction: Queen’s Promenade, Morley, Leeds LS27 9JT
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 the 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. Tel: 0113 336 7461
The Works Skatepark covers 25,000 square feet and boasts professional and bespoke ramps. The skatepark is used for BMXing, Skateboarding, Rollerblading and Scooter Riding. There are complete beginners to pro riders using the park on a daily basis. Lessons, special events, school holiday sessions, birthday parties.
Kitson Road, Leeds LS10 1NT. Tel: 0113 244 6015
West Royd Park has an open expanse of grass for games and a children’s play area. In the summer months it hosts events including Farsley Festival.
12 Sunfield Dr, Farsley, Pudsey LS28 6DS
Lots of fishing, and sailing on this tarn, but essentially an easy walk for children, good for bikes etc.With ducks to feed. A very good children’s playground near the carpark. A Planespotters paradise.
Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7UR