Sunday, 15 January 2017

Things to do in Dewsbury With Kids

If you follow me on social media or read my blog regularly you will know that as a family we love to get out and about. Yorkshire is so beautiful and there is so much to do. Today I am focusing on things to do in Dewsbury with kids, some of these are in Dewsbury itself, others a short drIve away.
I wrote last year about the closure of Dewsbury Museum and sadly it has now closed but there is still plenty of things to do in Dewsbury to keep you busy.

1. Crow Nest Park This is probably our favourite place in Dewsbury. When Seb was born we lived right by this park and I have lots of memories of walking him around the duck pond and playing in the snow. A green flag award winning park which is lovely in any season. Ducks to feed, grass to picnic on, a playground, outdoor gym and a secret garden. There is a cafe too just in case you fancy a cuppa or an ice cream.

Crow nest park, Dewsbury

2. Dewsbury Country Park A great space to take the kids when they need to run and be free. The boys had fun here splashing in puddles recently. Dewsbury Country Park is being transformed into the largest new woodland in West Yorkshire.

Dewsbury country park

3. Charlottes Ice Cream Parlour My boys love a trip to Charlottes Ice Cream Parlour. As well as the tasty ice creams and milkshakes there are animals, crazy golf, a brand new playground and gorgeous views. In school holidays there are also tractor rides, minature train rides and a giant inflatable slide.

Charlottes ice cream Parlour

4. The Pie Shed This is the perfect place to visit with the kids for a treat of cake and milkshakes. Their cakes are amazing and the range of milkshakes is pretty amazing too. Who doesn't want a unicorn milkshake?

The pie shed, Dewsbury unicorn milkshake

5 Wilton Park and Bagshaw Museum Or as we call it Batley Park and Museum. The park has a lovely big playground,  ducks and swans to feed, a cafe and some nice baths to walk. The museum is great for a small local museum with interesting exhibits from both local history and further afield.

Wilton park, Batley

6. Oakwell Hall and Country Park A bit further on from Batley is Oakwell Hall and Country Park. The hall dates back to 1583 and is open to visitors, we visited last year as part of Heritage Open Day. As well as the house (which has connections with the Brontes) there are beautiful gardens to enjoy. The Green flag award winning country park is lovely for a walk and there is a gift shop, nature trail and great play area too.

Oakwell hall

7. National Coal Mining Museum Around 10 minutes drive from Dewsbury the National Coal Mining Museum is a great place to visit for all ages. Learn all about the history of mining, take a trip 140m underground, meet the ponies, go on a nature trail, tour the site on the on site train or enjoy the play areas. 

8. Savile Town Wharf and Shepley Marina On a sunny day you can't beat sitting at the wharf, seeing the canal boats and having a drink at The Leggers Inn while the kids play on the play frames. Every summer the whole town comes to enjoy Dewsbury Canal Boat Festival (29/30th July 2017) with boat rides,  ice cream and donkeys. Down the road in Mirfield is Shepley Marina which on selected dates runs boat trips for all the family to enjoy.

Canal boat trip

9. Dewsbury Library Dewsburys main library in town has a large well stocked children's area. Every Wednesday there is a story time and craft session and during the holidays there are often activities on including the reading challenge during the summer holidays. 

10. Dewsbury Sports Centre Head to the sports centre and take the kids swimming. The centre offers lessons for all ages as well as normal swim sessions and there is a slide open on selected days. 

11. Soft Play Tire the kids out by taking them to soft play. There is one soft play in Dewsbury itself which is Krazy Kingdom, as well as soft play is also has a trampoline park.

12. Adrenaline International Based in Liversedge Adrenaline International is one of Europe's largest family entertainment centres. Both a trampoline park and soft play along with a cafe for refreshments we can't wait to visit.

13. Royds Park Minature Railway Based in Royds Park in Cleckheaton this minature railway is on our list of places to visit once the weather warms up a little bit

14. Pets at Home If your kids love animals check out Dewsburys Pets at Home who run free workshops throughout the year. Some are after school, some at weekends and some during the school holidays.

If you want to travel a bit further take a look at 60 things to do in West Yorkshire for some great places to visit.  There is so much to do! 

Popular this week