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Tickhill Alpacas

Alpaca walking and glamping. Alpaca Countryside walk – £20 per Alpaca Alpaca Glamping – £95 per night/sleeps 6 Sunny Acres, Hindley Lane Off Apy Hill Lane, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9BF Karen: 07881 309 166

Sandall Beat Wood

A great place to enjoy the outdoors in woodland, enjoying a picnic, walking and playing. There is a play area, sensory area and car parking. Covill’s Trail is a 2km circular path through the wood, suitable for pushchairs. If you need it, the postcode for Sandall Beat Road is DN2 6JP.  

Owlet Woods, Blyton

Recommended by Mumbler Annie in the Doncaster Mumbler Parents Chat Group  We visited during lockdown and it was a lovely magical wood with some really interesting trees, some to climb and a pond. Trees, Woodlands and Wildlife – Parking onsite.

Harwell Woods

Shared by Mumbler Annie in the Doncaster Mumbler Parents Chat Group  “Magical Wood, we park up Harwell lane just after it meets Pinfold Lane, you can park on the verge.” More information 

Monsal Trail: Peak District

The Monsal Trail is a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell. It was recommended to us by…

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Mam Tor

Mam Tor is a good mountain to climb with children, we followed a circular tour, which yo can see here , which was great for mini Mumblers little legs! The views of the peak district were amazing.

Blue John Cavern: Cavern Tours

Covid 19 Update: Tours have been reduced to a maximum of 20 visitors per tour. Masks or visors must be worn. There are 245 steps down into the cavern and back up again. Open from 9.30am daily. Perfect for family days out, visit the world famouse cavern in Castleton. Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton,…

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NT Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

We have visited here a couple of times. It is well worth a trip. We loved climbing the Abbey Ruins and following the river. There is a great adventure playground too. Reopening on 8th June, book in advance for National Trust site Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

Longshaw Estate – National Trust

A wonderful place to discover spectacular views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. Nearby Padley Gorge is great for paddling. Several car parks including the main Woodcroft car park (which has toilet facilities), plus the smaller Wooden Pole  and Haywood car parks. There is a large house, currently closed during the…

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Don Valley Way: Doncaster Heritage Walks

Several Heritage Walks ranging from 1.5 to 4.5 miles in length. Doncaster Heritage Walk: A short historical walk, visiting the river, canal and railway. An urban walk with some steps and a relatively flat footpath along the river. Conisbrough Heritage Walk: A short walk around Conisbrough with excellent views of the castle. Approximately 45 minutes, some…

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RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor

In the heart of Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley lies Old Moor, a family friendly nature reserve just waiting to welcome you. Blessed with a wide range of facilities and teeming with wildlife there is something for everyone to enjoy, from idyllic walks or wildlife watching to pond dipping and our adventure playground. In the summer our…

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Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary

Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it…

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Rother Valley Country Park

Rother Valley Country Park has so much to do for families – cycle around the lake, hire canoes, water ski, jet ski or sale. There is a large play area and a cafe. Mansfield Road, Wales Bar, Sheffield, S26 5PQ

Anglers Country Park

Within easy reach of Doncaster – huge lake to walk around (2 mile lakeside trail suitable for walkers, joggers and cyclists), Woodland walk and bird hides. plus adventure playground and picnic areas. There is also a Room on the Broom Adventure Trail. Activity packs can be purchased from the visitor centre for £2. Follow the…

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Newmillerdam Country Park

Newmillerdam Country Park has a central lake, surrounded by a surfaced path. Help Gnome Tony find his gnome friends and the bear that has scared them all away! Enjoy a scenic walk, find the sculptures and complete activities and challenges as you go. Pick up a leaflet from the dispensers in the car park. Suitable…

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Pugneys Country Park (incl Pugneys Light Railway)

Situated one mile from J39 of the M1, it is a 300 acre park – facilities for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (equipment available to hire). Cycle hire available too. There is also a pirate playground. Pugneys Light Railway is the scale miniature railway operating within Pugney’s Country Park during the summer and most school holidays….

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Lakeside Trail

Did you know that there is a FREE trail to do at Doncaster Lakeside with the kids? Find out more 

Sherwood Pines

With activity trails, play areas, bike hire, wild running and mountain biking trails, Sherwood Pines will set the scene for a great day out for all. We have visited this place a lot and love it every time. They often have different trails available such as the Zog Trail and more recently Farmageddon, which was really interactive….

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NT Wentworth Castle Gardens

There are centuries of history to explore in these gardens and perfect picnic spots, plus a castle that’s not quite what it seems! Large play area suitable for all ages too and seasonal trails around the gardens. We visited in October 2019 and did a lovely trail with the kids. Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive,…

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Thoresby Park

Covid19 Update: Reopen from 4th July. Parking £1 for up to an hour or £3 for a full day. Season passes also available if you are a regular visitor. Only accepting card payments. Thoresby Park, about 40 mins from Doncaster, is a lovely place to visit all year round with a range of attractions for…

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Thrybergh Country Park

Doncaster Rd, Thrybergh, Rotherham S65 4NU Thrybergh Country Park has something for everyone. Whether it’s a walk around the lake or you just want to relax and enjoy the local wildlife and countryside.  

Rufford Abbey Country Park

Set in beautiful parkland, there is lots to explore. Woodlands, a lake and gardens. Great for a family picnic. Lots of space. Adventure play area (free to use). Activity Pack available from the gift shop Adventure Golf Archery (open weekends and school holidays – needs to be pre-booked) Ice Cream Parlour Candy Cave shop Free…

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Warmsworth Park

Warmsworth Park is a great place to keep kids of all ages busy, with toddler and junior play areas, multi-use games area, playing fields, picnic area, wildflower area and lots of walking routes. Warmsworth Park, Edlington Lane, DN4 9LS

Town Field, Wheatley

One of Doncaster’s largest outdoor spaces, Town Field is great for walking, playing football or just enjoying the outdoors. Just outside the town centre, there are large playing fields, with multi-use games area, sports pitches and walks. Fit and Fun walks take place at this park. See our adult fitness area for more information. Town…

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Quarry Park (Nature Reserve), Dunsville

A former quarrying site is now an award-winning park and local nature reserve, with a wide range of things to see and do. There is a toddler play area, with slide, swings, a rope net pyramid and sand pit, plus a junior play area with climbing frame, tightrope walk, a hammock and zipwire. There is…

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Melton Wood Country Park, Sprotbrough

This wood and country park is a great space to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in some beautiful scenery. It is ideal for walking and cycling. Melton Wood Country Park is between Sheep Lane and Hangman Stone Road, with a small car park off Sheep Lane. Use the postcode DN5 7EB.

Howell Wood Country Park

Howell Wood Country Park is the perfect place to take a stroll and enjoy being in the outdoors. The northern part of the wood is home to a country park, which is open to the public all year round. Howell Wood Country Park, bottom of Burntwood Lane, S72 9EZ (parking available).

Highfields Country Park

Highfields Country Park is perfect for enjoying family time outdoors. There is beautiful scenery, including woodlands, wildflower areas and the lake, perfect for a nature trail. A perfect place for a picnic, there are also playing fields. Highfields Country Park, Coppice Road, DN6 7JA

Hexthorpe Park

Whether it’s seeing Doncaster’s only public bird aviary, or strolling through the historic Dell gardens, there is a lot to do at Hexthorpe Park. The park has places to play including toddler and junior play areas (we have enjoyed these in the past and there seemed to be something to suit various ages). There are…

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Denaby Memorial Park

Denaby Memorial Park has toddler and junior play areas, multi-use games area and outdoor gym equipment. They also fun a Fit and Fun Walk, starting and finishing near the park. Find out more within our adult fitness pages.  Denaby Memorial Park, between Rossington Road and School Walk, DN12 4TA.  

Creswell Craggs Museum & Heritage Centre

Walk in the footsteps of the Ice Age hunter and enter a world of fire and flint. Discover a legacy etched in stone with cave art 10,000 years older than the pyramids. Explore life on the edge of the Ice Age world. There is no charge to visit the Creswell Crags site or to walk around the lake…

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Chatsworth House

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard & adventure playground. Edensor, Bakewell, Derbyshire Call 01246 565300  

English Heritage: Peveril Castle

Explore the imposing ruins of Peveril Castle. From its hilltop position you can enjoy spectacular views of the pretty, medieval village of Castleton, as well as a magnificent panorama of Mam-Tor – the shivering mountain and site of a Bronze age hillfort. Mentioned in the Domesday survey, this castle is one of England’s earlier Norman…

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Sandall Park and Cafe

One of the largest parks in Doncaster, Sandall Park is home to beautiful scenery and a variety of facilities. There is lots of open space and lots to keep children entertained, including toddler and junior play areas, with zipwire and climbing frame, plus a brilliant new woodland adventure play area.  They also have a sensory…

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Peasholm Park Scarborough

Peasholm Park Scarborough, North Yorkshire is open for everyone to enjoy all year round, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Entrance to the Park, which is never closed, is FREE. Website

North Yorkshire Moors National Park

The North York Moors National Park is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. Find out what there is to see and do and discover how the National Park Authority works with the people who live here to care for this beautiful place. Website

Brimham Rocks

Dramatic moorland rock formations. Explore Brimham Rocks, and have a great day out at nature’s playground. This amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations makes a great day out for families, climbers and those wanting to enjoy the simple pleasures of fresh air and magnificent views over Nidderdale. We visited recently (August 2020). It’s…

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Harewood

“There are great paths around the Harewood estate (outside of the “need-to-pay” boundaries). You can park in the village hall car park where there’s an honesty box, or just down that little road (the road on the right before you get to the lights that used to have a little sofa / upholstery shop on…

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