As we start to adjust to our new normal, one thing is for certain- much more planning is needed in our lives! With many of our favourite venues advising pre-booking, it’s harder to make those last-minute decisions. But don’t worry you still have choices! Here are 7 places to visit locally that don’t need you to pre-book tickets.
None Go Bye Farm
If you like to see and feed animals, None-Go-Bye is a great place to take your children. Not only do you not need to pre-book, but it’s nice and cheap too (£1 per adult and 50p per child including a bag of feed)! A clear one-way system is in place to walk around the animal enclosures, where you can expect to see goats, pigs, alpaca, donkeys and geese! Browse the Farm shop to enjoy their own produced meats and other local produce. Read more here
Make a Day of It: Head to Yeadon Tarn, for a walk around the Lake, a play at the playground and feeding the ducks.
Leeds City Museum
With FREE entry, six galleries, and a programme of family-friendly exhibitions, Leeds City Museum is a great place to visit with children. Just be warned it’s not the easiest to navigate with a buggy! This October Half-term there’s a scavenger hunt to spot the joy in the teeny, tiny and tiddly things in the museum. Read more here.
Make a Day of it: Yipeeeeee! You’re in the City Centre!! There’s lots of shopping and eating to enjoy. For something a little different, have you ever done the Owl Trail to find the 25 owls around Leeds? Download the map here and learn about Leeds’ rich heritage as you search!
Abbey House Museum
Explore Victorian life in Leeds with a trip to Abbey House Museum and transport yourself back to the 19th century! Inside this wonderful museum are realistic Victorian Streets, including the ‘High Street’, a poorer residential district and even a Victorian Drinking House! Upstairs, the childhood galleries hosts a range of 19th century toys, games and dolls!
Make a Day of it: Just across from the museum is the glorious Kirkstall Abbey, where you can wander around the historic ruins of one of the most complete Cistercian monasteries in Britain! Take a football to kick around in The Abbey Park, and enjoy a bite to eat in the cafe. There’s a play area there too!
Wakefield’s Story Trail Walks
There are four-story trails now around Wakefield, which involve bit of activity to encourage children to do the walks! My absolute favourite is the Gnome Roam, which is a 1.8-mile walk through the beautiful forest at Newmillerdam to find the Gnomes. At each gnome, you have to do a little activity! Another popular choice is the Room on the Broom Trail at Anglers, where sculptures and models are based on the popular story. To learn about the other story trail walks, head over to Wakefield Mumbler’s post on this.
Make a Day of it: If you head to Angler’s there is much more to see than the Room on the Broom Trail…. with a great play area and cafe. Also head to Haw Park Wood which is just magical!
Oakwell Hall & Country Park
Just outside Leeds in Kirklees, Oakwell Hall offers families an insight into a post-English Civil War household. Entry to Oakwell Hall is currently free, and open between 12pm and 4pm and weekends.
Make a Day of it: The real fun for children comes in the extensive grounds! There’s a great Nature trail (not buggy friendly), playgrounds for younger and older children, a scrummy cafe, and download the Love Exploring App to do a Dinosaur Safari!!
Leeds Industrial Museum
A great choice for a rainy day, this place is HUUUUUUUUUUUGE! There are loads of interesting spaces and displays including a media gallery and an old 1920s cinema (which is my personal favourite)! Sadly you can’t sit in the cinema at the moment but you can still pop inside to take a look and they should be showing film reels from the archives. They often screen family favourites in there and it’s only £9 for a family ticket. Hopefully, that will start up again next year. There’s also the Leeds to Innovation exhibition and pop around the side to check out the Colour Garden whilst you’re there!
Make a Day of it: Pop just across the little footbridge to get to Cardigan Fields, which is jammed pack with entertainment including restaurants, a trampoline park, IMAX Cinema and Fast Food.
Follow a Local Trail
There are so many local trails to follow!
Scultpure Trail, The Chevin, OtleyLocal Artist, Shane Green has created Nine timber sculptures which make up a 2.5km route walking you back in time through the Chevin’s history. The trail starts with a mountain bike with a compass and a climber, this is to represent the Fawkes family donation of the Danefield areas to the public. Ending the trail is a 7ft caveman holding a stone-tipped spear!
Skipton Treasure TrailThe perfect way to see the sights and attractions of Skipton on a sunny afternoon.Follow the trail, solve the clues, see the sights!
Geology Trail, The Chevin, OtleyEight stone carvings make up the 3km geology trail helping to explain how the Chevin’s steep slopes and gritstone crags and boulders were created. With the trail passing by Jenny’s Cottage, the views over Wharfedale are spectacular!Or if you fancy going a little further afield maybe try…
The Aire Valley Sculpture Trail, SaltaireThis trail, which starts from the bridge on Victoria Road, is an integral part of improving the use of the footpathalongside the River Aire between Baildon Bridge and Saltaire.This exciting development has been created for the benefit of residents and visitors to Saltaire and Shipley.It takes about 40 minutes there & back, stopping to look at the 15 pieces of art work. It is easy walking on the recently cleaned up river side path & the pieces are well worth studying as the more you look the more you discover.The trail is ideal for families!
Birchfield is a great day out at any time but currently, they have the Pumpkin Festival running. The carving barn is where the creativity begins! Whether it’s spooky, scary or happy you can let your imagination run wild. Leave the mess with us, feed the slimy insides of your pumpkin to the hungry pigs in the farmyard. Then you can walk through the spooky maze, enjoy a Woodland walk and hone your skills in the den building area before o visiting the Farm animals in their outdoor animal pens.
Entrance fee for the carving barn, farm maze and woodland walk £3.00 per person.
The Folly: Museum of North Craven Life
The Museum of North Craven Life is accredited through the Arts Council and holds a rich collection of objects and archive material that reflects the social, cultural and industrial heritage of North Craven.
Discover the fascinating history of Settle, from its foundation in 1249 to the present day. Imagine yourself back in 1953 with our Coronation Pageant exhibition, and take a free activity pack to inspire your own photography adventure!
Activities for children include drawing, colouring-in and origami, as well as I-SPY and quizzes designed to challenge visitors of all ages.
Children & NHS Staff go FREE. £5 per adult.
Will be free from 24th October- 1st November for half term.