Places

A cultural extravaganza

Experience a riot of music and dance at the summertime Caribbean Carnival or winter special Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. There’s live music and children’s creative workshops at Upmarket Sundays and the LBT, and you’ll find family shows throughout the year at Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley Town Halls. Settle down with popcorn at the Odeon Cinema.

Run riot

Go roller skating at Playworld, and get the heart racing at Laserzone in Yorkshire’s largest arena, jump around at The Zone’s enormous indoor play gym, or use the fantastic play equipment at Beaumont and Greenhead Parks. Older kids will enjoy the spooky Shuddersfield trail, or ten pin bowling. Fly your kite and blow the cobwebs away at Castle Hill, or Oakwell Hall Country Park.

Learn something new

Spark young imaginations at Tolson, Bagshaw or Dewsbury Museums. Stirley Community Farm is open for drop in sessions on the first Sunday morning of each month with family friendly activities and tours.

Huddersfield Observatory is open to the public on clear nights between October and late March for a special view of the sky. Spend an afternoon spotting rare animal breeds at Ponderosa, and treat the family to a creamy ice-cream churned daily at Charlotte's Jersey Ice-cream Parlour.

Get outdoors

Savile Town Wharf is a beautiful location on the Calder and Hebble Navigation Canal – have a bite to eat in the canal-side cafés then take a leisurely stroll to Shepley Bridge Marina in Mirfield. The Huddersfield Narrow Canal from Huddersfield to Marsden has a gentle towpath stroll through quaint villages. Enjoy family friendly cycling along a disused railway line on The Spen Valley Greenway.

Explore the largest new woodland in the north, Dewsbury Country Park. There are 1000 meters of footpath, including an accessible route for wheelchairs and prams. A circular walk around Scammonden reservoir takes you through a range of upland habitats.