Best Things To Do & Days Out In Wakefield, West Yorkshire

See and learn something a bit different as you discover some of the quirky things to do in Wakefield on your next family day out.

Get your explorers hat on at Wakefield Museum, where you can stand on the back of the fierce Calman crocodile, which was captured in South America by the local 19th century naturalist and explorer, Charles Waterton. Discover other objects and anomalies from the past as you learn about love, war, crime and play through the eyes and stories of the people that lived here long ago.

Keep that door to history open on this Wakefield family day out with a visit to Sandal Castle. Walk around the ruins of this 13th century stone castle, which has now been extensively explored and excavated. Go to the visitors centre to piece together the artifacts that were found to tell the story of medieval life.

The Hepworth Museum is a huge gallery that’s very welcoming to children. They provide a trail aimed at those aged 5-12 to help families move through the exhibition and keep them engaged, and there’s an outside play area with a wooden pirate ship and a zip wire that makes for a perfect riverside picnic spot.

For something a bit different than the usual soft play and bowling alleys, head roughly five miles out to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Discover 60 open-air pieces of art situated in 500 acres of 18th century parkland. Informal and free for children to run around, it truly is an installation with a difference!

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Wakefield Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Wakefield
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Follow your sense of adventure and crack the mystery of the Wakefield Treasure Trail! There are 20 clues to be found around the city; solve them all...

The Den Play Cafe

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Discover a play space where your little ones can get creative and let their imaginations run free! The Den Play Cafe is a warm and friendly play area...

Wakefield Museum

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Wakefield Museum the main displays tell the story of Wakefield's history and that of the people who shaped it. No boring chronology here! Themes s...

Cheeky Monkeys Wakefield

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Cheeky Monkeys offer a large multi level and definitely multi colour adventure play frame which features all the classic fun features and padded equi...

Cineworld Wakefield

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Up for going to the movies? If you want to see the top family-friendly releases, the best place to go is Cineworld Wakefield. Share the magic of the...

The Hepworth Wakefield2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Hepworth Wakefield has over 1,600 sq m of light-filled gallery spaces, making it one of the largest exhibition spaces outside of the capital and...

Thornes Clarence Park

  • Wakefield
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Keeping your kids active is easy at Thornes Clarence Park. With 60 hectares of open space to explore there is plenty of fun to be had. In the skate p...

Happy Days Play Centre

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Happy Days Play Centre Happy Days features 2 separate areas designed to provide loads of fun in a nicely safe environment for pre-walkers all the way...

Xscape Yorkshire

  • Castleford
  • Indoor
  • Crazy Golf

Xscape Yorkshire is an entertainment hotspot, offering everything you’ll need for an adventure, all under one roof. With activities from laser tag an...

Sandal Castle2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder and Yorkshire countryside. The motte and bailey castle has been extensivel...

Wacky Warehouse - Stanley Ferry Marina

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Wacky Warehouse at the Stanley Ferry Marina provides kids up to 4ft9 a fun range of indoor play features spread over several floors of climbing maze,...

Pugneys Country Park

  • Wakefield
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Pugneys Country Park is a 250 acre site that used to be an open cast mine, as well as a sand and gravel quarry, before it was turned into a country p...

Fuzzy Eds at Sun3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for soft play? If you’re in the Wakefield area, then head on over to Fuzzy Ed’s Sun, where your under-12s are welcome to explore the soft pla...

Go Ape Temple Newsam

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Escape boring everyday life on an adventure high in the trees at Go Ape Temple Newsam. Enjoy a variety of aerial challenges for the whole family. Pic...

Kirklees Light Railway

  • Huddersfield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

All aboard! Step into Kirklees Light Railway in Huddersfield, the home of Yorkshire’s Great Little Steam Trains, where you can hop on and take a ride...

Wacky Warehouse - The Walnut Tree

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Wacky Warehouse The Walnut Tree offers an indoor adventure play structure for kids under 4ft9 in height and 10 years, plus enclosed toddler and b...

The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you ready for an adventure? Join Toni Setter - local piano tuner - on the trail for a magical golden flute on The Leeds Treasure Hunt Trail. Capt...

Battlefield Leeds

  • Leeds
  • Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Battlefield Leeds offers an exciting outdoor activity where everyone can play safely and have a great time whatever your ability. You just need to be...

The Play Station

  • Ossett
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Play Station is a party venue where there is a wide range of different themed parties from balloon parties to Hannah Montana and football parties...

Crafty Owls Pottery Cafe and Art Studio5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Wakefield
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Crafty Owls ‘Paint your own Pottery cafe and Art Studio Crafty Owls offers something for everyone at our family friendly 'Paint your own Pottery' caf...

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