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Yorkshire Tots Day Out: St Ives Park, Bingley

We have had a few visits to St Ives Park in Bingley and what a fantastic day out it is!   The adventure playground is great for a range of ages, there are some interesting walks, lot of geocaching to be done, ducks to feed and a nice little cafe for coffee and a treat.  It’s easily one of our favourite family parks in Yorkshire.

St Ives Park is located at St Ives Estate just a mile away from Bingley town centre.  (If you’re using a SatNav set the postcode for BD16 1AT).  There is a small parking fee which has been newly instated.

This post has photos both from our first visit when the kids were two and three and a second visit when they are six and seven.  

St Ives Adventure Playground

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The adventure playground at St Ives Estates has high towers, a rope bridge, tyre swings, sand play & natural musical toys.  It is well designed, clean and quirky. 

 

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There is a wooden house and making music with sticks (every toddlers dream!)

 

St Ives Swings
Sometimes a mum’s just gotta have a bit of fun too!

 

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Lily loves making music with her feet.  If you step on the tiles you can make sounds come out of nearby speakers.

There is plenty there to keep older kids entertained as well. Mine now love the climbing frames and zip wire.

St Ives Estate Walks

St Ives is over 500 acres in total and there are wooden chainsaw carved sculptures of dragons, gnomes and other fun creatures dotted among the trails. You can download a walking leaflet  to help you find them all.

We only saw one chainsaw carving on walking visit as we were on a mission to find a druid’s altar (or what was once an altar according to local legend.) The walk was a nice one, mostly along flat paths. Although there wasn’t an ‘altar’ to see, the views were nice from the top.

St Ives Estate Geocache

We have just recently gotten into geocaching and there are plenty to hunt around St. Ives Estate. We have found three so far and there are plenty more to be discovered on future visits.

If you’re new to geocaching, you just need to download the Geocahing app on your phone and it will show you on a map where you can find the caches. It will also usually give you a clue to help once you’re close to the cache.

The app itself is free, but the free version only offers the information for some caches. In order to find the others you have to pay a one off or monthly subscription. We’ve only used the free version so far.

St Ives Estate Food & Drink

As everyone knows by now, I also appreciate a good cup of coffee and cake on my days out. We had our sweet tooth satisfied at the child friendly The Ivy Kitchen, conveniently located between the adventure playground and Coppice Pond. While you are there, you can also buy food for feeding the ducks.

During our last visit there was an ice cream van near the play area.

St Ives Estate Coppice Pond

After our coffee and ice cream, we fed the ducks at Coppice Pond, about a 10 minute walk from the adventure playground.  There is a downloadable leaflet about the Ponds and Water Gardens of St Ives as well as a downloadable guide on wildlife created by The Friends of St Ives if you want a peek at what you might see before you go.

We also had a look at the bird hide at the south side of Coppice Pond.  It’s a lovely, quiet spot for a bit of bird and squirrel watching (for as long as you can keep kids quiet!)

If anyone has been to St Ives for a walk I’d love to hear about it!

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  • I'm an American mum of two Yorkshire tots who love adventures! I run www.yorkshiretots.com, a website for events, news & fun for families in West Yorkshire.

15 Comments

  1. ohsogawjess says:

    This looks like a fab place! I’d love to check out the bird hide as they had one at Hollingworth Lake just round corner from where I grew up.

    #sharefriday

  2. Oh it looks wonderful. I love places like this. I really like the log cabins and good, honest, family fun.

  3. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely says:

    Oh I love days out like this. I’m always looking for fun places to visit with my two but I must confess that I have no idea where Bingley is. Off to consult google maps 😉

  4. Notmyyearoff says:

    Someone suggested Bingley to me last week as a lovely day out and it does look really good! You all look like you had a lot of fun!

  5. oh what a fab place .. i have to say that swing looked like lots of fun!
    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

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