Half term has arrived here in Yorkshire! We may not be having the sunniest of weeks, but this time off from school is great to get your kids out and about for a bit of fresh air, so we’ve put together a list of just some of Yorkshire’s half term hot spots:
Harlow Carr Gardens:
Location: Harrogate, HG3 1QB
Price: Around £13 for an adult and £6 for a child, but if you book online in advance you can save 10% off the original ticket price.
Ran by the Royal Horticulture Society, Harlow Carr boasts beautiful gardens as well as loads of open space and activities for the kids to enjoy. For half term, they’ve put on a week of ‘Mud & Machines’, allowing kids to pull on some wellies and jump in giant muddy puddles. With real diggers and demonstrations from the Harlow Carr team, this is a winner for kids and adults alike.
Harlow Carr are also running some stunning exhibitions including Women in Horticulture and Japanese Gardens taking place in the Bath House, so if getting covered head to toe in mud isn’t your thing, maybe give those a try.
Location: Wetherby, LS22 4AN
Price: £13.50 including ice- skating rink, £8.50 excluding skating.
Stockeld Park is a brilliant place for a bit of ‘February Fun’, as they like to call it. Filled with an abundance of activities including ice skating, a huge enchanted forest, a forbidden maze, loads of playgrounds and tonnes of crafts/games, Stockeld Park is the perfect place for an adventure filled day out with the little ones. Although a lot of the activities are aimed at older children (8+), there is lots of playparks indoor and outdoor for the little ones to enjoy, too.
Specifically for half term the park are putting on a ‘Disco on ice’ on Saturday 17th Feb as well as a kids comedy show on Sunday 18th Feb at 1pm and 3pm (this might be a good place to leave until the last weekend). You can also hire an electric scooter for £5, so kids can whizz around to their heart’s content.
Location: Wakefield, WF4 1QE
Price: £5.80 for children, £11.50 for adults.
National Trust property Nostell Priory is a calmer, more tranquil choice of location. With beautiful 18th Century architecture and acres of gardens, it is a truly stunning spot. The actual house is unfortunately closed, but beautiful gardens and park areas make up for that.
Nostell Priory also has a massive play area with a woodland trail/quiz, a choice of family activity packs so you can tailor your day to your familie’s needs, and plenty of great open space with tracks for cycling. They also provide accessible tracks through the parks so everyone can join in on the fun. The tea rooms are also gorgeous and a lovely way to have a bit relaxation time. If the weather decides to perk up later in the week, they also have loads of space for picnics if that’s more up your street.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park:
Location: Wakefield, WF4 4JX
Price: FREE entry, small parking fee.
YSP is an absolutely brilliant place for kids to let their creativity juices flow. Not only is the park totally free, but it’s full of beautiful green space and amazing art work, too. After celebrating its 40th birthday last year, the park has tonnes of open air exhibitions going on, meaning there’s loads of exciting things to discover.
Notable exhibitions going on at YSP this week include their Revolt & Revolutions exhibition, The Garden of Good and Evil, and MADE, showcasing up and coming modern artists.
As well as this, YSP is extremely family friendly, with over 500 acres of stunning grounds, art studios where kids can get creative, and outdoor building sessions on a Tuesday. It’s a great place to let your kid’s imagination run wild.
Location: Halifax HX1 2NE
Price: £12.95 for the year.
National Children’s Museum EUREKA! is ALWAYS a hit with the kids. Although it can get super busy during the school holidays (especially on those rainy days, it’s 9 themed exhibitions are great to get your kids thinking, learning, and most importantly, having fun! Plus, its £12.95 entry fee includes an annual pass, meaning you can go as many times as you want for the entire year!
During half-term there will be a special week of ‘circus show time’ including professional circus performers. Workshops will also be running so your child can learn how to juggle, balance and tumble like the real circus acts.
EUREKA! has a café where you can buy lunch, but as it gets really busy it would probably be better to take your own packed lunch.
With zones including creativity spaces, imagination spaces, a theatre and a fully interactive digiPlayspace, EUREKA! is sure to be a fab day out for everyone in the family.
Location: Castleford WF10 5NW
Price: £19.95pp, must be booked online.
Diggerland is the BEST place for the most adventurous kids out there. A theme park full of JCBs and fun; what more could you ask for?!
Featuring loads of real, full size construction diggers and over 20 rides including the head whirling Spindizzy and the brand new Merry dig-a-round, Diggerland is a fab day out for older kids. Younger children can still join in on all the fun too, with dodgems, sandpits and play parks a plenty.
The tickets for Diggerland must be purchased online and in advance, so make sure you check the weather forecast before booking!