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Family Days Out in Wakefield - 10 Things To Do This Summer Holiday

10 July 2019

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We’ve taken a look at things to do in the summer holidays in Leeds, now its Wakefields turn. Filling those 6 weeks doesn’t have to be a challenge there is plenty going on around the Wakefield area, why not give one of these a try. 

1. Pugneys Country Park 

Explore the outdoors this summer holiday, get a picnic together and head to Pugneys Country Park to roam free over 300 acres of park.  Take a walk around 1 of the 2 Lakes, or if your kids are water babies why not enrol them in one of the many water activities, including sailing, windsurfing or canoeing. If you would prefer to keep your feet firmly on solid ground, why not hire bikes to take a tour of the park!

2. The Hepworth Wakefield 

A list of Wakefield activities wouldn’t be complete without a trip to The Hepworth. The impressive building is home to some of the most creative modern and contemporary art. Throughout the summer holidays, The Hepworth has multiple drop-in sessions to suit all ages, letting kids explore their creative side! Try everything from Summer Art Club to Sound Sculptures. Even better, the messy play stays away from your carpets! 

3. Wakefield Museum 

Wakefield Museum is a great way for kids to interact with the history of their home town, through exciting exhibitions, start your journey in the prehistoric era and make your way through to modern-day! There are a number of special events going on throughout the summer holidays including a family fun day and Mini museum Explorers. 

4. Hemsworth Water Park and Play World 

Want a beach without travelling to the coast? Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld is a great day out for kids of all ages. The park itself has 2 lakes with sandy beaches, a bit of sun and imagination and you could almost be abroad! The larger of the 2 lakes has pedalos available, whilst fishing is also available all year round. On dry land, Playworld is an adventure play park sure to put a smile on any child’s face with slides, sandpits and climbing frames what more could you want. 

5. Theatre Royal Wakefield

Who doesn’t enjoying the theatre; Wakefields very own Royal Theatre makes for a real treat! Whilst there are plenty of shows coming to town over the summer holiday if you think your child would prefer a starring role than sat in the stalls, the Performance Academy Bitesize is a week-long course, allowing them to learn some of their favourite musicals and explore the art of musical theatre! 

6. National Coal Mining Museum 

The National Coal Mining Museum aims to keep the stories of the coal mining era alive through education, memories and heritage. The museum itself is a family-friendly day out giving you the chance to explore different aspects of life inside and around the pit. Throughout the summer holidays, the National Coal Mining Museum is home to a variety of exciting events, from Mining Memories to Seaside @ Pit, join in with beach games and summer fun for all ages! 

7.Nostell Priory and Parkland

Take a trip to the 18th century Nostell Priory and Parkland to see an exhibition of impressive interiors. Based on a spacious plot of 300acres, choose to take a stroll around the seasonal gardens or visit the ever-popular adventure play area.  There is plenty going on throughout the summer holidays, from wild outdoors with messy play in the gardens, to cycling skills and splat workshops, all free with the normal admission charges! 

8. Code Moon at Wakefield Library 

If your child has a flair for technology and is aged between 10-14 why not get them involved in the free coding sessions at Wakefield Library! The four-lesson course with Ocean Park Studios will teach them how to design and program computer games! Booking is essential. 

9. Fun Swim session at Sun Lane Leisure 

Let your water babies enjoy fun floats at Sun Lane Leisure Centre, during the family fun swim! A perfect way to burn some energy, brush up on those swimming skills and have an afternoon of fun! 

10. Sandal Castle 

If you’re looking for a picturesque backdrop to your day out, look no further than Sandal Castle. With views stretching for miles over both the River Calder and the City, it’s an impressive spot for a picnic. Whether you fancy a hike or a day exploring the history, Sandal Castle is a must-visit this summer. 



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