60 Things to do in West Yorkshire This Summer

Summer is here at last and the school holidays are looming! I have compiled a list of 60 things to do in West Yorkshire this summer holidays. I could have gone on forever as there seems to be so much going on and so many lovely places to visit.  We are totally spoilt for choice.  


  • Shibden Hall and Park Explore the grade 2 listed house, enjoy the park with it's land train,  miniature railway, play area and Lake with rowing boats for hire.  We love it here and as an added bonus, parking is really cheap! The cafe does a lovely hot chocolate if you happen to visit on a rainy day. 
  • Eureka! Visit The National Childrens Museum and learn in a hands on fun way. Eureka is celebrating it's 25th birthday this year. 
  • National Coal Mining Museum Learn about the history of mining, meet the pit ponies and head 140m down for an underground tour.
  • The Room on the Broom Trail Head to Anglers Country Park in Wakefield and complete the two mile Room on the Broom Trail. 
  • Lister Park A beautiful park in Bradford that we only discovered recently. Outdoor sculptures and the home of Cartwright Hall Bradford art gallery which has a brand new Hockney gallery this summer. 
  • National Science and Media Museum Check out the fab new Wonderlab exhibition, hands on learning which we recently visited. 
  • Temple Newsam Head to Temple Newsam with a picnic,  visit Home Farm, explore the house or just enjoy the grounds.
  • Charlottes Ice Cream Parlour It isn't summer without ice cream! Head to Charlottes for delicious ice cream, animals, a lovely play area and beautiful views. 
  • Leeds City Museum Visit Leeds City Museum in Millennium Square, explore the five floors of exhibits and take part in some of the summer holiday activities
  • Royal Armouries Britains national museum of arms and armour is a great place to spend an afternoon with kids. Lots to see and do and it is free. 

  • Thornes Park Head to the park to feed the ducks, kick a football around, make use of the skate park, ride the minute railway and burn some energy in the playground.
  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park We absolutely love the sculpture park, it is a great place to have locally. This summer there are some fab new artworks to see as well as old favourites. 
  • The Hepworth I was so pleased to see The Hepworth recently be crowed Msueum of the Year. Such a great place to visit and I recommend joining the family activities they have going on throughout the summer. 
  • Roundhay Park Over 700 acres of parkland, lakes, woodland gardens and playgrounds, Roundhay park is a great place to explore with the kids. 
  • Tropical World Located inside Roundhay Park, Tropical World is home to all sorts of exciting and exotic animals from meerkats and monkeys to crocodiles and snakes. 
  • Another World Adventure Centre Great activities for children and adults. I love the sound of grass sledging! You can just turn up and have a go. 
  • The Rainbow Factory A storytelling wonderland for children. The Rainbow Factory is somewhere a little bit different, telling stories through theatre,  crafts and games.
  • Leeds Donkey Sanctuary Grab a bag of carrots or apples and visit the beautiful donkeys. 
  • Bradford Industrial Museum  Displays of textile machinery, steam power, printing machinery and motor vehicles. There are various family workshops on over the summer 
  • Kirkstall Abbey Explore the abbey and find out about it's history. Check out the visitor centre for events going on. Take a look at our muddy visit
  • Abbey House Museum Located opposite Kirkstall Abbey this family friendly museum has plenty to keep you busy. Explore Victorian streets, dress up and check out the fairytale exhibition. 
  • Greenhead Park One of the largest parks in Huddersfield,  Greenhead Park has loads to offer. Two lovely play areas, a miniature railway, skate park and our favourite part, the paddling pool. 
  • Beaumont Park Huddersfields oldest park features two play areas, woodland walks and pond with waterfall and fountain. 
  • Bradford Police Museum  Located in the old police station, the museum looks into the history of policing and also has a Victorian court room. 
  • Bradford Ice Rink If you are blessed with more balance than me why not go ice skating? There are family sessions and skating aids for younger children.
  • The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre Visit the donkey sanctuary and visitors centre.  Maybe even adopt a donkey! 
  • Swithens Farm Head to Rothwell to visit the open farm with soft playmy cafe and farm shop.
  • Meanwood Valley Urban Farm A 24 acre farm close to Leeds City Centre. Stroke and feed the animals and enjoy the play area. You can read about our recent visit to the farm. 
  • Tolson Museum Find out the history of Huddersfield at the Tolson Museum. 
  • Wilton Park and Bagshaw 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 including ancient Egypt.
  • Kirklees Light Railway A great family day out in the summer. Ride on the trains and take in the beautiful views. Have a picnic and play. Look out for special events and deals on groupon. 
  • Middleton Park Explore the ancient woodland with it's pits, play in the playground and have lunch in the cafe. 
  • Middleton Railway The worlds oldest working railway! With a variety of engines running depending on day, you can ride the train to Middleton park, have a play and ride back again. Don't forget to explore the free museum.
  • Lotherton Hall The house and gardens are open to explore with both outdoor and indoor play and activities, there is plenty to keep you busy. There are special events over summer including Edwardian weekend and Owl Day. 
  • Nostell Priory National Trust properties always offer a great day out and Nostell Priory is no exception.  Explore the parkland, enjoy the natural play area and head inside the house. We had a lovely visit last summer. 
  • Diggerland We visited Diggerland a couple of years back and the boys still talk about it now. It is such a great day for any digger loving kids and adults! 
  • RSPB Fairburn Ings  A great place to observe nature , see what you can spot.
  • Wakefield Museum  Located in Wakefield One, Wakefield Museum is small but is a fun way to spend a couple of hours and entry is free! 
  • Newmiller Dam  A lovely walk for the whole family. Feed the ducks, explore the woods and build a den
  • Oakwell Hall and Country Park. The hall dates back to 1583 and is open to visitors. 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.
  • Pontefract Castle Visit the castle and tour the dungeon. The castle is holding various events throughout the summer holidays. 
  • Farmer Copleys Fancy an a maize-ing maze? Pop down to Farmer Copleys where their famous corn maze is ready for action.  Alongside the maze are plenty of other family activities. And of course head into the farm shop for some tasty treats (I recommend the huge cornflake cakes). 
  • Dearne Lea Tea Rooms Yummy ice creams served at a working dairy. Go late in the day and you can watch the cows be great milked. 
  • Harewood House Visit the stunning Harewood House where this summer there are a whole host of Alice in Wonderland themed activities both inside and out. 
  • Castleford museum Become a roman for the day at Castleford Museum.With various family activities on during the holidays this is yet another free museum in our area.
  • Xscape Yorkshire Skiing, snowboarding, bowling, trampolining and so much more going on for all ages. 
  • Pugneys Watersports Centre Take advantage of dry days and head for a walk, scoot or bike ride around Pugneys lake. Drop into the pirate themed play area andtake a ride on the train. f you are feeling mone adventurous book yourself onto canoeing or windsurfing lessons. 
  • Sandal Castle Take the path from Pugneys upto the castle and admire the views. 
  • Playworld A huge four storey soft play plus a large roller skating rink. 
  • Ogden Water Nature Reserve  The perfect place for a picnic and feeding the ducks.  
  • Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld  Head to Hemsworth to enjoy the waterparks two lakes with sandy beaches, have a ride on the pedalos and enjoy the outdoor adventure playground.  
  • Adrenaline International 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.
  • Grasshoppers Visit Tong Garden Centre and tire the little ones out in the outside play area. Giant sandpit, jumping pillow, zip wires and race tracks to drive around.  
  • Manor Heath Park and The Jungle Experience 
  • Leeds Industrial Museum  Explore the industry's that shaped Leeds at Armly Mills. Lots to see including a working waterwheel, factory machinery, a working 1920's cinema and restored Victorian cottages.  
  • Keighley and Worth Valley Railway With steam trains running every day over the summer a visit here will please all ages. The railway is famous for it's appearances in many TV programmes and films(including The Railway Children).
  • Thackray Medical Museum Explore the world of medicine through interactive galleries. Become a disease detective and use real medical instruments. 
  • Hardcastle Crags 400 acres of unspoilt woodland to explore and family friendly  Gibson Mill visitor centre with hands on displays. The centre is off grid making it unique in the UK. 
  • Thwaite Mills Watermill One of the last water powered mills in Britain, Thwaite Mills is nestled on an island. Explore the house, visit the engineers workshop and see the wheels in motion. 
  • Standedge Tunnel  Take a boat ride beneath the Pennines in Britain's longest, deepest, highest canal tunnel. 
 


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