Telephone: 01924 235276
The wonderfully inclusive Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre helps bridge the gap between disabled and able-bodied children of all ages and abilities, offering a variety of fun, stimulating and above all accessible activities where they can all play and learn together! The entire place is wheelchair and pushchair friendly throughout with well trained and supportive staff on hand if you need them too.
Kids of all kinds can use the zip wire slides, have a mini holiday on the beach area with pirate ship (yar!) and hit the sandpits, plus enjoy outdoor play equipment and indoor soft play with slides and balls aplenty! There's also a nature trail with quiz leaflet if it's all too much and they could do with a quiet stroll away from the excitement!
Plus you can get hands on in the Bunny Barn (aww) and Reptile Room (eek!) with supervised handling sessions; visit tropical and cold water fish plus their buddies the crabs and snails in the Aquatica Zone; plus take pony rides (every day during summer, weekends only in winter)! You can also pick up animal food for 50p which you can feed to their lucky llamas, picky pigs, greedy goats, snacking sheep, delightful donkeys and rockin' reindeer.
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When it comes to lunch (because you will be here all day, guaranteed!) they've got picnic tables scattered all around the farm including an undercover area for whichever extreme the Great British Summer is throwing at you, but also an ice cream parlour and restaurant if you don't fancy toting the extra kit. You can also book children's parties here too!
Plus summer holidays events often include things like Falconry Displays, Magic Shows and Circus Skills Workshops!
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It may be worth checking out Ponderosa's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.
We do strongly suggest you contact Ponderosa before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.
2016 Opening Details:
1st April to 31st October (Including Easter Holidays and the October Holidays) 10am to 5pm (last entry at 4pm).
Open all bank holidays and school holidays 10am to 5pm.
Please Note: Play Barn is weekends and holidays only!
"are we there yet?"
From Manchester: Come off the M62 at Junction 26 - turn right onto the A638 - Follow this road through Cleckheaton - Turn right at the clock tower in Heckmondwike centre. The centre is sign posted on the right. Turn down Station lane, under the railway bridge, past Al Murad tiles and we are the next left turn. From Leeds: Turn off M62 at Junction 27 (Showcase Cinema) and pick up the A62 towards Huddersfield. Through 6 sets of light and turn left into Heckmondwike centre - then turn right at the clock tower in Heckmondwike centre. The centre is sign posted on the right. Turn down Station lane, under the railway bridge, past Al Murad tiles and we are the next left turn.
Prices & Admission
Family Ticket £19
Under 2s go free
Please see the website for Playbarn and Combination Ticket prices.
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