20 of the best Yorkshire parks for free family fun

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20 of the best Yorkshire parks for free family fun

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We are lucky here in Yorkshire to have some fantastic outdoor spaces and with that comes some pretty amazing parks!  If you’re looking for the best parks in Yorkshire look no further.  We’ve rounded up 20 of the best parks to visit with your family!

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1.  Pugneys Country Park | Asdale Rd, Denby Dale Rd, Wakefield WF2 7EQ

Pugneys Country park in Wakefield has a lots on to keep kids happy including a circular walk around the lake and the new Blown Away adventure trail  based on the story Blown Away written by local author Conrad Burdekin.

“We love going to Pugneys. It’s great to run around with the running buggy as well as using the outdoor gym and the kids love the pirate adventure playground,” says Sophie Mei Lan Hale of MamaMei.co.uk and evokemediagroup.co.uk.

Adventurous families can even hire a bike or walk to the nearby Sandal Castle.

  • Play ground
  • Zip wire
  • Adventure trail
  • Bike hire
  • Cafe
  • Ice cream van
  • Nature reserve
  • Bird Hides
  • BBQ pits
  • Disabled access
  • Accessible toilets
  • Parking charges apply
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2.  Beaumont Park | Beaumont Park Road, Crosland Moor, Huddersfield, HD4 7AY

Beaumont Park is the perfect place to go for an atmospheric walk with its unique Victorian features, pathways and grottos.

  • Football goals
  • Basketball area
  • Play areas for younger and older children
  • Bike paths
  • Visitor’s Centre contains
  • Cafe (limited opening times)
  • Woodland walks
  • Bandstand
  • Cascade water feature
Greenhead Park - Spring 2014 - Panorama _ TIM HOGGARTH _ Flickr
Greenhead Park – Spring 2014 – Panorama _ TIM HOGGARTH _ Flickr

3.  Greenhead Park|Trinity St, Huddersfield HD1 4DT

Pack a picnic and head to Greenhead Park in Huddersfield for a day of outdoor fun!  There is plenty of space to play, bike, skate and paddle.

“We love Greenhead Park in Huddersfield – there are 3 different playgrounds, a large skatepark, and in the summer you can paddle in the built-in paddling pool. There are two cafes but keep an eye on the time because they close really early,” says Yorkshire blogger Lucy of Lucy at Home.

  • Two large playground areas
  • Bandstand
  • Miniature railway (small charge)
  • Skate park
  • Two cafes
  • Paddling pool
  • Ornamental lake
  • Italian gardens
  • Tennis courts
  • Zip wire
  • Bowling green
  • Duck pond

4.  Manor Heath Park | Manor Heath Road, Savile Park, Halifax, HX3 0JL

Manor Heath Park offers a great day out no matter what the weather.  There are gardens, a play area and water play as well as a small tropical house to visit (£1 entry per person).

  • Jungle experience
  • Walled garden
  • Cafe
  • Play area
  • Splash area
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5.  Oakwell Hall Country Park | Nutter Ln, Birstall, West Yorkshire, WF17 9LG

Oakwell Hall is the perfect place for a family walk, pond dipping or a play in the  playground.  You can also find a cafe, visitors centre and ice cream vans onsite.  Oakwell Hall hosts plenty of family fun days like their Colour Rush Fun Run every Autumn and activity trails during school holidays.

There is an entry fee if you wish to tour Oakwell Hall, a furnished as a family home built in the 1690s.  However, there are 100 acres of country park to explore as well as the walled gardens of the home which have no entry fee and plenty of free parking.

  • Two play areas
  • Walking trails (100 acre park)
  • Cafe
  • Shop with visitors centre
  • Accessible toilets
  • Oakwell Hall (entry fee)
  • Picnic benches
  • Walled gardens
  • Pond
  • Free parking
Bandstand in Pudsey Park by Tim Green

6.  Pudsey Park | Church Lane, Pudsey, LS28

Pudsey park packs a lot into a small space!

  • Playground
  • Bowling green
  • Skate park
  • West Leeds Country Park Visitor Centre – with native animals and an education room
  • Glass house
  • Toilets
  • Cafe kiosk serving light refreshments

7.  Shibden Park | Shibden Hall Rd, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 9XY

Shibden Park has lovely grounds and a fantastic play area.  Parking is very reasonable and you can hire boats or take a ride on the miniature railway in the summer.  You can also tour the historic grounds of Shibden Hall (admission fees apply).

  • Boating lake
  • Play area
  • Biking paths
  • Cafe
  • Shop and information centre
  • Duck food
  • Land train (fee applies)
  • Miniature railway (fee applies)
  • Shibden Hall (fee applies)
  • Car parking fees
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8.  St. Ives Estate | Bingley, West Yorkshire BD16 1BA

St Ives has a fantastic adventure playground with high towers, a rope bridge, tyre swings, sand play & natural musical toys as well as a pond and walking trails with chainsaw carved sculptures of dragons, gnomes.  There is free parking and on onsite cafe.  Read about our visit to St. Ives Estate.

  • Woodlands
  • Open moor
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Walking paths with chainsaw carvings
  • Adventure playground
  • Coppice pond
  • Cafe (duck food available)
  • Free parking

9. Roberts Park | Higher Coach Rd, Baildon, Bradford BD17 5RN

Set in the beautiful grounds of Saltaire, a Unesco World Heritage site, Roberts Park is a great trip out!

  • Play area
  • Skate park
  • Bandstand
  • Paths for walking and biking
  • Cafe
  • Ice cream van
  • Free parking next to Salt’s Mill
  • Nearby canal with walking paths
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10.  Wilton Park | Bradford Road, Batley, WF17 0AS

Wilton Park has a nice play area with free parking.   While you’re there you can visit the fantastic Bagshaw Museum and come face to face with a mummy!

  • Small lake
  • Bowling greens
  • Tennis courts
  • Play area
  • Cafe (there are toys out in the summer months)
  • Ice cream van
  • Free parking
Room on the Broom Adventure Trail, Wakefield

11. Anglers Country Park | Haw Park Ln, Wintersett, Wakefield WF4 2EB

Anglers Country Park is a must visit for Julia Donaldson fans!  There is a lovely circular walk around the lake following a Room on the Broom Trail as well as a visitor’s centre, play area and bike hire available.

  • Free parking
  • Café
  • Toilets
  • Changing Places facility
  • Bike hire
  • Pushchair and wheelchair friendly
  • Adventure playground
  • Picnic areas
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12. Millhouses Park, Sheffield | Abbeydale Rd S, Sheffield S7 2QQ

Millhouses Park has plenty of green space, a boating lake and an interactive play area with water play.

  • Play fields
  • Outdoor gym
  • Skate park
  • Obstacle course
  • Playground
  • Zipwire
  • SPLASH! waterplay
  • Boating lake
  • Cricket pitch
  • Tennis courts
  • Pitch ‘n’ Put
  • Basketball court
  • Formal gardens
  • Free toilets
  • Cafe
  • Ice cream kiosk

13. Clifton Park | Doncaster Road, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2BH

Clifton Park is a very popular place to visit during the summer months as it has a bit of everything with gardens and sport, rides and games, water play and a fantastic museum!

  • Play area
  • Museum
  • Water splash
  • Fun park
  • Mini golf
  • Clifton Express
  • Gardens
  • Cafe
  • Car parking fees
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Valley Gardens Harrogate Mama Blog

14. Harrogate Valley Gardens | Valley Dr, Harrogate HG1 2SZ

Valley Gardens in Harrogate offer English Heritage Grade II Listed gardens as well as woodland, a great play area,  skate park, paddling pool and café.  Band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

“Valley Gardens in Harrogate is beautiful and has something for everyone to enjoy. The kids love the big playground, outdoor pool, and watching the miniature boats on the pond at weekends!” says Sal Wright of hellolittlelovely.com.

  • Tennis courts
  • Pitch & putt golf
  • Crazy golf
  • Boating pool
  • Paddling pool
  • Play area
  • Cafe
  • Footpaths
  • Stunning gardens
  • Woodland walks
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15. Wharfe Meadow Park | Farnley Ln, Otley LS21 2RW

Wharfemeadows Park boarders the river River Wharfe and offers visitors a chance to walk through beautiful gardens, take a boat ride in the river or have a play at the large playground.

  • Gardens
  • River
  • Boat or pedalo
  • Playground
  • Cafe
  • Skateboard park
  • Outdoor gym
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16. East Park | East Park AvenueKingston-upon-Hull HU8 8JU, England

East Park is Hull’s largest park, and a Grade II listed park with over 130 acres of vibrant green space, animal education centre and water fun!

  • Gardens
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Playground
  • Cafe
  • Farm
  • Animal education centre (entry fee)
  • Train
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Rowntree Park, York | Tim Green | Flickr

17. Rowntree Park | Terry Avenue, Micklegate YO23 1JQ

Rowntree Park is just a short walk from the centre of the historic town of York at the edge of the River Ouse.

  • Woodland walk
  • Tree trails
  • Ornamental lake
  • Tennis Courts
  • Skate park
  • Basketball court
  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • War memorial
  • Children’s play area

18. Pesholm Park | North Bay, Scarborough YO12 7TR

Why not visit Peasholm Park on your next trip to the seaside?  Pesholm Park has been designed with an oriental theme with waterfalls, a tranquil lake and boats to hire in the summer months. It has been named one of the UK’s top 10 parks.

  • Boating lake
  • Putting green
  • Pitch ‘n’ put course
  • Tree Trail
  • Lily pond
  • Bandstand
  • Open air concerts
  • Naval warfare display
  • Ice-cream kiosk
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19. Pannet Park | Whitby YO21 1RE

Pannett Park overlooks the seaside town of Whitby and has a fantastic, nautically themed play area as well as being home to Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum.

  • Play area
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Pannett Art Gallery
  • Whitby Museum (entry fee applies)

20. Roundhay Park | Mansion Ln, Leeds LS8 2HH

Roundhay Park has over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes, woodlands, formal gardens as well as cafes, two playgrounds, and Tropical World (entrance fee applies).

“I love Roundhay Park in Leeds because there’s so many different areas and things to do, walking around the lake, going to play area, riding the train, etc…you make a full day of it which I think is rare for a public free park!” says Kate Mai-Lyn of everafterwithkids.com.

  • Demonstration gardens and plant collections
  • Parkland
  • Lake, streams and ponds
  • Woodland
  • Cafe with outdoor seating facilities
  • Public toilets
  • Playground
  • Shop

And a few more..

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21. Cononley Park | 5 Main St, Cononley, Keighley BD20 8LR

Cononley Park is located in the small village on Cononley.

“I absolutely love Cononley Park – it’s perfect for all ages, has a picnic area, scooter track for little ones, huge expanse of grass and even a little stream!” says Heather McAvan who blogs at MrsMactivity.co.uk.

  • Climbing frame
  • Climbing wall
  • Rope bridge
  • Sand pit
  • Slide
  • Zip wire
  • Skate park
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22. Lister Park | N Park Rd, Bradford BD9 4NR

Lister Park is a lovely day out with boating lake, tennis courts, play areas, water gardens and the impressive Cartwright Hall.

  • Car park
  • Play area
  • Multi games area
  • Bowls
  • Tennis
  • Lake/river
  • Boating
  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Flower garden
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16 Responses to 20 of the best Yorkshire parks for free family fun

  1. Lauren says:

    All these parks sound amazing! I wish I could be a kid again so I could just spend my days playing in parks and having picnics!
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  2. Rebecca says:

    Looks like some great parks in the area to keep those mini ones amused for the holidays! X
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  3. Jan says:

    Great list – thank you! Can we make it a Top 12 and add Valley Gardens at Harrogate and Bradford’s Lister Park in too :-)?

  4. What a fab list. Might try and see if we can get most of these crossed off over summer. Thanks for the suggestions.
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  5. Ian says:

    Can I ask when Oldham became part of Yorkshire?

  6. Kellie Kearney says:

    We really need to hop on a plane and visit Yorkshire, so many thing to do with the kids.
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  7. Sara says:

    I thought it would be helpful to flag that you list Goldenacre Park, but then describe Roundhay Park.

  8. Susan Brown says:

    I’m surprised Lister Park in Bradford (Manningham) is not listed. Nice to see Pudsey listed.

  9. Joanne Bramham says:

    All looks fantastic!

  10. Going to try some of these now the holidays are upon us as a single mum to 3 I’m hoping they save my sanity and bank balance. Thank you.

    • Thanks for taking the time to write Laura – these take a long time to put together and it’s so nice to know they’re useful to people! I hope you do have some great days out. My mom was a single mom of 5 and I know what a balancing act it can be. xx

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