LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

THINGS TO DO A TO L

Cannon Hall Farm - A great day out for all the family. Feed the animals on the farm, enjoy the children's adventure play areas, have a coffee and take a look around the deli. www.Cannonhallfarm.co.uk

Clarke Hall - This a late 17th century brick-built gentleman farmer's house in the north of Wakefield, with contemporary and replica furnishings, now used as a living history museum. http://www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/attractions/thedms.aspx?dms=13&venue=2190441

Diggerland - If you are looking for a fantastic fun day out for all the Family, Diggerland is a unique adventure park where children and adults can drive real diggers www.diggerland.com/

Delta Force Paintball ~ Paintball in Wakefield will never be the same again! Tomb Raider, just one of the awe-inspiring game zones, showpieces a vast stone pyramid set behind four large mummy statues. http://www.paintballgames.co.uk/paintball-leewood-centre

Harewood House - Harewood sits at the heart of Yorkshire, one of the treasure houses of England. The house was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land in the setting of Yorkshire’s most beautiful landscape. http://www.harewood.org/

Eureka - Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them through 100s of hands-on exhibits. http://www.eureka.org.uk/

Hepworth Gallery - The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire’s inspiring new art gallery, celebrating the area’s unique artistic legacy and exploring the work of major contemporary artists. Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, the ten superb gallery spaces make this one of the UK’s largest purpose-built galleries outside London. http://www.hepworthwakefield.org/

Hemsworth Waterpark & Play World - The Water Park has two lakes; the largest lake is available for pedalo rides and has sandy beaches; the smallest is in a more secluded area to attract wildlife. Both lakes are stocked for fishing which is available all year round. http://www.hemsworthcouncil.co.uk/waterpark.shtml

Kirklees Light Railway - A great family day out in West Yorkshire on board Yorkshire's Great Little Steam Trains - narrow gauge steam engines on a four-mile countryside railway. http://www.kirkleeslightrailway.com/content/home.php

Lotherton Hall ~ Enjoy a great day out at Lotherton Hall and Estate and explore the fine country home within extensive grounds, including a red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, cafe and extensive family play area. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall/

THINGS TO DO M TO Z

Meadow Hall Shopping -~ So what makes it so special?  Is it the 1.5 million sq ft? or the 280 stores including large and small retailers alike? or is it that it attracts over 25 million visitors per year? There's also12,000 free parking spaces onsite. http://www.meadowhall.co.uk/website/home.aspx

Magna - A great family day out. Prepare yourself for a 'hands on' mind-blowing voyage of discovery. Its gadget packed pavillions are themed around the elements of earth, air, fire and water. What are you waiting for... http://www.visitmagna.co.uk/

National Coal Mining Museum - Discover the true atmosphere of working life underground and all about how our mines were worked. Descend 140 metres underground down one of Britain's oldest working mines. The guide will take you around the workings, sharing his mining experiences with you. Each visitor is provided with a hat, belt and battery. There's much more, the little kids will love it (big kids too if we are honest) and IT'S ALL FREE TOO! http://www.ncm.org.uk/

Nostell Priory - Built on the site of a medieval priory, Nostell has been the home of the Winn family for 300 years. You can explore the large park with a range of walks. The gardens include lakeside walks, a newly planted orchard, vegetable beds and a kids' adventure playground. Inside the house itself you will find a collection of Chippendale furniture made especially for Nostell. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-nostellpriory

Roundhay Tropical World - Is one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. http://www.roundhaypark.org.uk/tropical-world-leeds/

Sandal Castle - Best known for the famous Battle of Wakefield which took place nearby in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses in which Richard, Duke of York was killed. The remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can been seen on site. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/attractions/thedms.aspx?dms=13&venue=2190573

Shibden Hall  - Set in 37 hectares of the Shibden valley, Shibden Hall is a 600-year-old medieval timber-framed manor house. It is one of England’s oldest,  built in 1420, five years after the Battle of Agincourt. The hall offers a fascinating journey through the lives of the wealthy families who were lucky enough to own it. http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/leisure/museums-galleries/shibden-hall/index.html

Temple Newsam - Is one of the great historic estates in England. Set in over 1,500 acres of parkland, woodland and farmland, it is a magnificent Tudor/Jacobean mansion. http://www.leeds.gov.uk/templenewsam/

WHAT'S ON WHEN

Fright Night

25 Oct

Fright Night is Britain's biggest Halloween party. More than 40,000 people, many in fancy dress, flock into Sheffield city centre every year for an evening of ghoulish activity, with street theatre and funfair rides providing family entertainment.
  • Wetherby Festival

    21 Oct

    Organised and undertaken by a team of experienced and committed non-professionals, Wetherby Festival fuses amateur and professional performances of drama, music and theatre. This year's event again features exciting entertainment from eclectic local and national talents.
  • Leeds International Film Festival

    03 Nov

    The Leeds International Film Festival presents screenings at venues throughout the city. The programme includes premières, retrospectives, new film-makers and old masters, as well as a children's festival, awards and a cult "fringe" section.
  • Leeds Bonfire Celebrations

    05 Nov

    Spectacular fireworks and bonfires in parks across Leeds brighten the city skyline this and every November to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. At Roundhay Park a huge bonfire is lit at around 7.30pm, followed by fireworks at 8pm.
  • Leeds Bierfest

    14 Oct

    What better way to seal an important business deal than to supply clients with an endless amount of beer? Do just that at Leeds' own Bierfest at Aspire, an event that aims to provide fun corporate entertainment.
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