Places

There’s loads of things for families to do in Wakefield! Whatever your interests, there are activities for every age at venues all over the District.

Art is for everyone - even the littlest members of your family! The Hepworth Wakefield makes visiting with children easy. Pick up an Explore and Draw tote bag, and use tools and prompts to explore exhibitions together as a family. Or, if you’ve been inspired, pop into an Art Pod and work together as a family to make something influenced by your favourite pieces of art, using a range of creative tools.

And if you’ve been bitten by the art bug, take a trip to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Set in five hundred acres of fields, hills, woodland and lakes, it’s the ideal place for kids to run and play, while the stunning works of sculpture spark creativity in young and old alike. Look out for special family activity days throughout school holidays.

The National Coal Mining Museum has got tons for families of all ages to get into. Its interactive exhibitions provide plenty of buttons to push and activities for little ones to engage in, and the star of the show, the thrilling underground tour, is fascinating for grownups, but easy to understand and so interesting that little ones will also be captivated. Once you’re back in the light of day, you can take a walk along the museum’s nature trail, let off steam in the adventure playground, or introduce yourself to the delightful pit ponies (they’re seriously cute).

There’s a whole world of fun to be had at Wakefield Museums and Castles. Dress up like a Roman Centurion at Castleford Museum, play at being a grocer at Pontefract Museum’s recreated Buttercross, cook up a (pretend!) storm in Wakefield Museum’s 1950s kitchen, or have a go at the Civil Wars Soldier Training Activities on Pontefract Castle’s information boards.

It’s an annual tradition (oh, yes it is!): Theatre Royal Wakefield’s pantomime is known throughout the district for its humour, excitement and infectious fun. Kids from one to one hundred won’t fail to be charmed by the yearly extravaganza (even the title reveal is fast becoming an event!).

And there’s so much more. Get out and about and explore the great outdoors at RSPB Fairburn Ings. Follow the Blown Away trail at Pugneys Country Park, the Room on the Broom trail at Anglers Country Park and Newmillerdam’s Gnome Roam trail. Or have an indoor adventure at Xscape - a game of crazy golf, followed by bowling, and laser quest, perhaps?