For families, Wakefield offers plenty of activities. RSPB Fairburn Ings provide visitors the opportunity to catch a glimpse of wildlife in the natural habitat via a network of wooden walkways through the reserve. Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Woods burst with wildlife all year round and rangers provide family activities for explorers to enjoy. For adrenaline junkies head to Xscape Castleford, home to SnoZone, one of only three venues in the UK where you can ski, snowboard and toboggan on a real snow slope and FlowHouse, which offers visitors a chance to learn to surf indoors.
The National Coal Mining Museum is a fantastic snapshot of Yorkshire's mining heritage. You can descend over 140metres underground escorted by a real life miner to discover the foundations of Yorkshire! The free museum hosts many events and exhibitions during the year including a traditional Miners Gala and there is also a mine style cafeteria on site. There is plenty to do for families, see the pit ponies, take a walk along the mines nature trail or visit Hope Pit, a restored Victorian Mine.
Kids of all ages (and adults too) will love an afternoon exploring the sculptures and playing in the scenic green fields of the Sculpture Park. With plenty of large and fascinating art works, the park is a great place to give younger children their first taste of sculpture in relaxed, spacious surroundings.
Extend your stay in Wakefield by staying at Holiday Cottage YSP a former estate workers cottage within walking distance of Yorkshire Sculpture park
If you're looking for action and excitement then head to Xscape - a thrilling extreme activities destination where you can experience snowboarding and skiing on an indoor snow slope, try your hand at rock climbing or play adventure golf. Afterwards, relax with shopping, a meal at one of the many restaurants or a night out at the Cineworld Cinema - the choice is yours. If you prefer your snow melted, Pugneys Country Park is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, featuring two lakes which are popular for canoeing, sailing and windsurfing.