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Things To Do & Days Out in South Yorkshire
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park From Wallaby Walkabout to Land of the Tigers with new raised platforms, all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest features are a giraffe house and a viewing platform into largest leopard enclosure in the world, where visitors come face to face with them up 10m high climbing frames!
Tropical Butterfly House Encounter the exotic and discover a wild family day out at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre! Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, lizards, a tarantula and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters!
Cannon Hall Farm Family run farm attraction featuring hundreds of animals with lots of babies always on show. Spectacular adventure playground too! Farm Shop selling home produced beef, pork and lamb. Toy and gift shop. Don't miss our famous home made pies in the delicatessen and restaurant.
Wigfield Farm is a working farm with lots of animals to see and feed. There are meerkats, donkeys, goats, cows, owls, pigs, sheep, chickens, ponies, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, rodent room and an aquatics room. We have an outside play area, a cafe and gift shop.
Aston Springs Farm is a farm which includes a farm trail with animals such as pigs, goats, deer, alpacas and donkeys. A farm shop sells produce reared on the farm and a family restaurant serves it too.
Shepherds Place Farm Fun, educational petting farm introducing you and your family to animals from home and overseas, including goats, pigs, llamas, rheas, tortoises, and more! Play area with sandpit, and supersized bouncy castle!
Magna Science Adventure Centre Power your imagination at Magna; the UK's first Science Adventure Centre and explore the four elements of fire, air, earth and water. Home to 'Sci-Tek' the largest science and technology playground in Europe, and Aqua-Tek the UK's largest outdoor water play area.
Weston Park Museum Extensive collections of all kinds with nice touches to welcome the kids like Activity Cart with quiz sheets and toys; regular Creation Station sessions and 4 differently themed trails to follow outside. Loads to see, loads to do. Bring everyone!
Clifton Park Museum One of the most modern and user-friendly Museums in the country, the twice nominated Museum of the year features famous exhibits such as Nelson the Lion and the breath-taking Rhinoceros Vase. Plus Lion's Den children's play area.
Kelham Island Museum Immerse yourselves in the sights and sounds of industrial Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the growth of the city through the Victorian Era and two world wars to see how steelmaking forged both the City of today and the world!
South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum Air museum at Doncaster Lakeside, the former site of WWII RAF Doncaster, with historic buildings and aircraft hangers, military aircraft and helicopters. You can even put yourself in the pilot seat as selected cockpits are always open!
Cannon Hall Museum, Park And Gardens A stunning Georgian country house museum with regular children’s event programme, set in 70 acres of historic parkland and beautiful gardens.
Experience Barnsley Discover the history and heritage of Barnsley and its people at this great museum and Discovery Centre that is free to visit. Hands on and interactive exhibits to enjoy.
Cusworth Hall and Park A grade I listed country house and grounds open to the public with gardens, adventure playground, lakeland and open spaces as well as a house restored to the period and museum. Free to visit.
Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery Family friendly museum that tells the story of the Doncaster area from the end of the last Ice Age to the present day, fun and informative events throughout the year. Interactive exihibits, dressing up, and giant chess! Free to visit.
The Trolleybus Museum is the world's largest collection of preserved trolleybuses, alongside other vehicles and artefacts from the same era. Rides and seasonal fun available too, if you can catch them open!
Weston Park A family friendly museum where kids are free to roam. Explore trail for under 4s plus Family Trails available. Special events and creative activities held each month. Free to visit.
Millennium Gallery See some of the unique heritage of Sheffield, including metalwork, plus a great variety of contemporary design and art exhibitions. Different events and temporary exhibits throughout the year. Free to visit.
Graves Gallery Visit the home of Sheffield’s visual art collection and enjoy the city’s art in a peaceful haven away from the noise of the city. 8 galleries to explore. Great programme of temporary exhibitions. Free to visit.
Cooper Gallery The Cooper Gallery is an exciting, family friendly art gallery in the heart of Barnsley town centre. There are lots for little visitors to do including activity areas with puzzles and books to specifically designed interactive spaces.
Metrodome Leisure Complex Offering waves in theCalypso Cove lagoon pool, 3 great white knuckle rides and more slides for the young 'uns, plus leisure waters, toddler pool, play ship and BIG diving boards.
Doncaster Dome A tropical world of exotic plants and lagoons and an alpine world of snow and ice. From the steamy Oasis to the bright lights of the Sundeck, through the fun packed Main Hall. The world within The Dome is waiting to be explored, adventure in to the world of Leisure. The place to go ice skating in Yorkshire.
Maltby Swimming Centre Standard swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform. There are lessons available plus some dry side fun too like a small kids' adventure play area.
Ponds Forge Come down and make a splash at Ponds Forge leisure pool! Whizz through the 2 flumes, float along the lazy river or jump through the big waves. There is also a smaller fun pool, for parent and toddler swimming!
Rotherham Leisure Complex Leisure pool with shallow entry and aqua flume water slide plus standard swimming pool and a smaller parent child pool.
Millhouses Park 13 hectares of Green Flag Award Winning parkland with Splash! Water Play, Skate Park, Boating Lake, plus large play park, riverside, woodland and plenty of space to run around. Open all year and free to visit.
Camelot Play Castle Multi level castle themed adventure play structure with slides, ball pit, plus toddler zone party areas.
Playmania is a multi level adventure play area with a huge selection of slides, plus tunnels, ball pits and other classic play features, plus 3 party rooms, including a disco room.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Teller Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area too.
Pirates Cove Indoor Play Centre Bright and colourful multi level childrens adventure softplay centre with 2 Bouncy Castles, 7 Slides, 3 Ball Pools and lots more! Dedicated party room that has a secret passageway back to the adventure play area!
The Big Tops Indoor Playcentre indoor family entertainment centre for the under 12s (+5s for laser tag) combining fantastic imaginative children's play facilities with an excellent, healthy eating cafe, Massive indoor soft play equipment with slides, Ball pool, Sports court, car track, toddlers' area, and Laser Tag Arena.
Megakidz Indoor Play Centre are well known for our friendly atmosphere, relaxing environment and excellent facilities for both parents and their under 8s. It's a place where your cheeky monkeys can run wild!
Monkey Bizness the premier family entertainment centre, where kids can be kidz. With separate play areas for 0 to 2, 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 year olds. The family entertainment centre has a huge triple pyramid design frame including our massive cannon arena featuring our new super canon.
Jungle Mania Play Centre Jungle themed shenanigans with all the usual gubbins: slides and balls, bridges and tunnels, baby zone and toddler construction site, plus parties.
Runaround Play Centre A fantastic playcentre for kids complete with large play frame, 4 lane Astra Slide, Spiral Slide, Ball Cannons, Large Sports Arena, Traverse Climbing Wall and separate Toddlers Area with interactive touch screen TV and ball fountain.
Ali Bongos Three levels, featuring slides, swings and cargo nets, Playstations, refurbished toddler zone and an outdoor activity area, there is enough to keep your little adventurers entertained safely for a few hours, while you relax next door.
The Play Arena An exciting family entertainment centre with a wide range of activities which will appeal to the whole family, from babies to adults, whatever the weather. At 18,000 square feet the venue is the largest in Sheffield. There is both indoor and outdoor play equipment.
The Cheswold Attached to a family oriented restaurant, this has a great little multi storey play area with a separate baby and toddler section. There are classic fun features like slides and ball pit in a safe, colourful environment.
The Play Pit Multi level 'outdoors' themed indoor play facility, offering a soft obstacle adventure up above the parents' tables and featuring all the classics and a few surprises.
Fun Factory - The Meadows Brewers Fayre is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties. All attached to a family friendly pub.
Jungle Jyms Play Centre Play Centre with 2 level play structure, separate toddler and baby area and a pool table for older children too! Very safety and security minded, as well as being up for the fun!
Time2Play Play centre with a range of soft play equipment suitable for babies, toddlers, and older children. Café with plenty of seating. A number of party packages available, including exclusive hire. Seasonal events and after school specials throughout the year.
Tiger Play Bribe the kids with some adventure play to keep them sweet about having to come shopping: with kooky indoor and outdoor play areas you'll find all the normal fun you'd expect plus things like the giant xylophone and plank walking feature!
Treasure Island Large play centre with dedicated area for babies and toddlers plus a three level play structure and sports court for older children. Great for breaking up a journey involving the M18!
Wacky Warehouse - Manor Farm Loads of features for fun exercise laid out across several levels with a separate spot for the smalls. plus Tot Club and Arts and Crafts sessions.
Wacky Warehouse - Marquis Kids up to 4ft9 welcome to rampage through the multi level adventure play zone, with a smaller safe play zone for the smaller folk. Crafts sessions and parties too.
Wacky Warehouse - Sir Jack Multi level indoor adventure play zone with slides and balls, climbing and tunnels, dedicated tot zone and regular craft sessions. All attached to a family restaurant.
Castaways Cove Large pirate themed play and party centre spread over 7,500 sq ft, with separate zones, and a multi level soft play climbing cage with designed to look like a sailing vessel complete with sails. A number of party packages available.
Kidz Krazy House Limited 8,000 square foot of play adventure with a 2 level play frame, lots of soft play blocks to build into dens and climb over, and a café with plenty of seating. Regular activity days, and a number of party packages.
Playtime Cool play centre with a 3 tier play structure, slides, a spooky maze, ball pools and an indoor bouncy castle plus a cafe and exclusive parties are a speciality.
Tots to Tens Play Centre Welcoming play centre for families with children from birth to 10 year of age. Large play frame, and eparate play area for under 5s. Plenty of features, plus a sensory area, and a variety of toys.
Astrabound Play Centre is packed to the rafters with fun and adventurous activities for children up to 12 years. There are 4 huge and exciting areas for different ages to explore and enjoy. Will you brave the 6 metre daredevil drop slide? Why not race your friends down the 4 lane Astra slide?
Jungle Monkeys Soft indoor play area with plenty to keep the little ones amused including ball pool, dizzy disc and double slide. Good range of toys, plus a dressing up box. Separate area for under 1s.
Big Apple Play A smashing New York themed adventure climbing maze, complete with skylines, yellow cabs, roadworks, cops and robbers and the Manhatten Bridge!
Play Away Play feature highlights include giant piano mat and hide lego blocks, interactive games and all the classics besides like slides, bridges and balls! Plus a bowling alley and a swimming pool too!
Blue-John Cavern and Mine Steeped in history and old mining equipment is on view inside the cavern. Guided tours are conducted through the cave system at short regular intervals. Each tour lasts 45 minutes to 1 hour during which time a series of magnificent natural water-worn caverns are seen.
Conisbrough Castle Kids love castles, and even though it is mostly ruins, Conisbrough Castle has a 90ft-high great white circular keep with six buttresses is the oldest surving of its type in England. CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT until April 2014.
Brodsworth Hall and Gardens Bring the kids along for a great day out at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens. With a hands-on resources areas and a great new family friendly exhibition there is more than enough to keep them occupied!
Elsecar Heritage Centre Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
Boston Castle and Park Explore the castle and catch some smashing views from the rooftop viewing platform, then picnic in the gardens and play in the park. Best timed to coincide with one of their seasonal events and activities!
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet Families can get hands on with history in their new interactive galleries: All About Abbeydale and The Works! Plus a wide range of fun crafts and skills activities at events throughout the year.
Sheffield Manor Lodge Discover over 600 years of history by exploring the Tudor ruins located in the once Great Sheffield Deer Park, see the animals on our working farm and find out what life was like on the eve of the Sheffield Blitz.
The Vulcan Experience A chance to see one of the most iconic aircraft ever built. Public and VIP tours led by friendly and knowledgeable guides. An enjoyable visit for all the family.
Ice Sheffield National Ice Centre Offering recreational skating, learn to skate sessions, children's birthday parties, Penguin Kids' Club and ice disco sessions. Plus intensive tuition for rapid development!
Simply Skate Public and inline skating rinks, bouncy castle for parties, cafe and a great welcoming atmosphere! Plus school holiday activities, crash courses and under 18s' Club Nights!
Skate Central of Sheffield Why not go and visit the rink that still maintains good old-fashioned family values? Varied sessions, extra sessions during school holidays.
Ice Caps At The Dome offers a unique skating environment with 2 interconnected ice rinks on different levels, to really add something different to your skate. Not different enough? How about Neon Sessions and Foam Parties?!
The Climbing Works Europe's biggest and best dedicated bouldering centre with a dedicated kid's bouldering facility called The Mini Works. Climbing classes for children, beginners and improvers. Good idea if you're looking for fun family days out in S.Yorkshire.
The Edge Climbing Centre An ideal way to get children interested in an adventure sport and a great and exciting way to exercise with the family. It's all set in a friendly environment and there is something for everyone from 7 years and up.
Foundry Climbing Regular clubs for children and adults offering instruction in indoor climbing. Also birthday parties, taster sessions and school/youth groups.
Awesome Walls Climbing Centre Why crawl when you can climb? Whether it's your first visit or you're at competition standard we'll have something for you. 14 years of climbing wall experience have gone into AWCC Sheffield. We hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to seeing you on a regular basis.
Underbank Activity Centre is a multi-activity, outdoor activity centre. We have a range of sessions and activities including Zip Line, Leap of Faith, Climb, Archery, Forest School and water sports including Kayking, Canoeing, raft building and Stand Up Paddleboarding!
The House Skatepark A terrifically well equipped facility for skating with a range of modern build classic features to train on and its all wood floors, so no concrete scars! If you're under 12 you will need an adult to stay with you and bring your helmet!
Hatfield Outdoor Activity Centre Outdoor activity centre offering land and water based activities including kayaking, canoeing, climbing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing, and more. Fully trained staff are on hand at all times to provide help, reassurance, and advice. Family canoes available. Parties catered for.
Air Kings Trampoline Park is an indoor urban playground for all ages and abilities, packed with wall to wall trampolines, twin lane Basketballs, separate Dodgeball Court and a huge Airbag. We have a great onsite Cafe too!
Tenpin Doncaster - is your one-stop-shop to a fun time for both families and friends. With cosmic bowling offering a fun alternative to regular bowling!
Hollywood Bowl Sheffield Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
Barnsley Bowl Classic family friendly tenpin bowling with gutter guards and ramps for the kids to give them a chance! Great family activity, especially when it's wet!
Superbowl 2000 Rotherham With classic tenpin bowling, arcade games and fruit machines for adults and kids, why not come and enjoy a thrilling family day out.
MFA Bowl Sheffield With 24 lanes plus arcade area, pool tables and family diner, this is a great spot for a family tournament! Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards.
Metrodome Bowling State of the art bowling facility also featuring innovative disco lights, smoke machines and top of the range themed bowling games.
Avago Karting Swinton This is an Indoor circuit with an overall length of 300 metres. They have junior and cadet driving options for younger karters and a thrilling track which includes a bridge and flyover! For over 8s.
Parkwood Karting Junior karting is ideal for children aged 8 years or older looking to get started in karting or progress their racing skills. They give tuition to new drivers to ensure they drive safely and correctly.
Tyke Racing A leading outdoor go kart track for 6 year olds upwards (height restrictions apply), with the world’s first electric lithium powered cadet karts. The purpose built track offers the ultimate racing excitement with an onsite hospitality suite.
Curious About Sheffield is a novel way to discover Sheffield. Our two unique treasure hunt style walks will keep the whole family intrigued for hours. Answer clues and match pictures, whilst reading stories about this historic ‘steel’ city. Buy or download the booklet then explore in your own time.
The Wentworth Mystery Treasure Trail Follow the directions on the Wenworth self guided Mystery themed Treasure Trail whilst hunting for the solutions to the clues set within Wentworth to eliminate the suspects and discover whodunit! A great way to get out with the kids exploring.
Rother Valley Country Park Country Park with land and water activities for all ages and abilities. Events all year. Activity centre offering; family rowing and pedal boats, water zorbing, sailing, windsurfing, canoes, single scull rowing boats, cycle hire and archery for groups. For refreshments bring your own picnic, eat in the cafe...
Clifton Park Lovely green space with several adventure play areas, crazy golf and a mini funfair! Also has tennis courts and bowling greens available for you to hire, plus a seasonal water play area with interactive jets and paddling pool!
Wentworth Castle Gardens is a great place to discover with beautiful gardens, deer park and large adventure playground for children and visitors of all ages to enjoy! There is a family friendly tearoom, gift shop and year round programme of fun events.
Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park A 17th century working water mill and 240 acre nature reserve, where families can watch wildlife in tranquil surroundings and see history come to life.
Locke Park Popular park with a play area for children up to 10 years old, a sand pit, paddling pool, cafe, bowling green, tennis courts, lots of green areas for picnicking or ball games as well as gardens and greenhouses.
Sandall Beat Wood Woodland park with a network of rides and footpaths, adventure playground and visitor centre. Also a Local Nature Reserve with plenty of wildlife to discover. Free to visit and open all year!
Endcliffe Park 15 hectares of open space just 2 miles southwest of Sheffiled city centre, with woodland, ponds, a and river, plus a large play park to boot, making this a popular place for a family day out. Free to visit.
Norfolk Heritage Park 30 Hectares of Green Flag Award Winning Victorian Park with playgrounds for under 8s and over 8s, lots of sports pitches, and the Centre in The Park with a Cafe.
Highfield Adventure Playground is a staffed sandy playground with big play equipment, loose parts to create with and little stuff for the littlies. There are also indoor activities like arts and crafts, pool and table tennis.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens 19 acres of restored Victorian garden with a stunning glass pavilion, a number of themed gardens to explore and plenty of space to play. Free to visit and open all year.
The Winter Garden A stunning green world in one of the UK's biggest glasshouses of the last century! More than 2,500 plants to see and sniff, and it's free to visit too!
Potteric Carr Nature Reserve A stunning wetland habitat with pockets of meadows and woodlands. Nature paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs, and hides for birdwatching. Wildlife includes kingfishers, deer and hedgehogs. Open all year round.
Ecclesall Woods An oasis of woodland calm in the city with pelnty of paths and bridleways to explore. Local Nature Reserve that also contains historic monuments and other heritage features.
Wheata Woods Ancient semi natural woodland with a variety of habitats and birds to spot along numerous paths and bridleways. Archaeological features to explore including bomb craters, Romano British earthworks and medieval quarry pits.
Woolley Woods Ancient bluebell wood with a number of footpaths and bridleways to explore and archaeological sites to investigate. Plenty of birds, bats and butterflies to spot, plus loads of different flowers and trees. Free to visit.
Wincobank Hill Ancient woodland covering a hill, with an Iron Age hill fort and other archaeological features. Great place to go for a historic nature ramble with the kids. Free to visit!
Penistone Paramount Old style cinema offering film, live theatre and organ recital performances in a varying showcase, which includes a great deal suited to children and families. Auditorium includes stalls, circle, stage, and the only organ of its kind in the country!
Planet Pot Pottery painting for both children and adults. Come and paint from our great selection from Cup Cakes to Plates, Egg Cups to cereal bowls. Clubs and workshops throughout the year, and we cater for parties too!
Budding Picassos Ceramic Cafe is a bright and airy paint your own pottery studio in Sheffield. We have lots of great gadgets and tools, and friendly, helpful staff to make creating your own ceramic masterpiece easy! We have also been told we serve the best hot chocolate ever!
Studio 62 - Paint a Pot A chance to get creative with the kids. “Paint a Pot” has an extensive range of pots for both adults and children to decorate in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Saturday Kids’ Club, Toddler Sessions, and School Holiday activities available.
Fired Arts Craft Cafe Paint a pot, make a mosaic or decorate using Decopatch ... if you fancy getting all creative and crafty, this could be for you.
Les Cadeaux is a “paint a pot” shop based in Darton, Barnsley. Come and paint your own masterpiece which will be glazed and fired in the kiln, or create something unique from clay. Hand and foot imprints also a specialty.
Childs Play Craft Cafe is a place to rediscover creativity and let your imagination run wild.
Quasar Sheffield Come and have a crack at laser tag, the pain-less and bruise-less way to get the thrills of combat in a futuristic live action role play arena! Zap your opponents and their base with your infra red laser gun to win eternal glory!
Lock N Load Indoor laser combat themed arena. Using the latest red dot scope technology you can have a go at a real life combat experience! Pay N Play every weekend, and Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays. For ages 8 to 70!
Laser Quest Sheffield Exhilirating laser tag in a 21st century battle zone for brave over 7s. Stalk your siblings through an exciting labyrinth in this futuristic zero contact war game! Birthday party packages available too.
Paradise Island Adventure Golf offering 14,000 square feet of Adventure Golfing spread over 2 differing 18 holes courses spread over 2 fully separate levels, packed with tropical props and jungle creatures! Great fun for all ages and abilities.
Rotherham Mini Golf is an 18 hole mini golf course ideal for a family tournament! There are water and boulder hazards, tricky landscapes and even a map of the UK to putt from South to North on!