Days Out Doncaster

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Boston Park Farm

Boston Park Farm is a fun day out for all the family!

A traditional working farm with the farm park which allows children to get up close with a wide range of farm animals. You can pet and feed most of the animals and also join in with animal handling sessions.

We have outdoor climbing frames, swings, slides, go-karts, mud kitchens and a bale pyramid to climb. Also inside there is an indoor soft play area which is suitable for children up to 8 years old, an indoor bouncy castle, play kitchen and a large indoor sandpit.

From mid July until the end of October you can also do our Maize Maze, which is included in your general admission ticket.

Our cafe, serving hot and cold meals is open everyday as well as our brand new outdoor Snack Baa, serving ice creams and other snacks. 

Pre-booking essential.

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Time really does stand still at Brodsworth Hall, one of the most unusual visitor attractions in South Yorkshire.

Inside this beautiful Victorian country house almost everything has been left exactly as it was when it was still a family home. Possessions that took more than 130 years to gather together (from the grandest piece of family furniture to family momentoes and humble domestic items) are still in their original places.

Meanwhile, the beautiful grounds (a collection of grand gardens in miniature) have been restored to their full Victorian splendour and feature a colourful array of seasonal displays.

Brodsworth Hall has a lovely adventure playground and hosts a variety of events and activities for children, which makes it the ideal choice for a family day out in Doncaster.

Here’s the full list of events taking place at Brodsworth this Summer:

Classic Car Weekend- Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June

Make Father’s Day special this year and come along to Brodsworth Hall for a weekend of classic cars. Join your fellow car enthusiasts this Spring and see a large variety of cars, from vintage vehicles to modern motors from the eighties and nineties.

Blooming Gardens- Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th June

Explore Brodsworth Hall’s beautiful historic gardens at their blooming best! Experience England’s garden story as you soak up the sights and scents of the gardens in bloom and discover garden fashions through history. We have a whole range of exciting activities going on this weekend. Click here to see the full itinery.

Brass Band Sundays- Sunday 3rd July- Sunday 25th September (excluding 4th September)

Hear Yorkshire’s finest bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and relax with an afternoon of superb music.

Victorian Falconry- Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

Watch our talented falconers in their Victorian falconry displays outside Brodsworth Hall and meet the birds in the hawk house. Watch a variety of traditional falconry birds in flight and learn how they were used for sport and food in Victorian times.

Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

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Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ


Image: Ben Harrison Photography

Built around the frontage of the historic Doncaster High School for Girls, the state of the art venue houses brand new libraries for adults and children, a Rail Heritage Centre, two museums and an art gallery.

Admission is free.



A unique, fun rustic DIY workshop based at the Yorkshire Hive.

Create beautiful pieces of wall art yourself, getting creative with colours, stains and finishes. No skills required, suitable from any age (children with parental supervision), so a great alternative family activity.

We use hand made, raw wood created on site and will guide you through the easy process of staining and painting your design. Take your new new masterpiece home with you to hang proudly or give as an extra special gift.

Open everyday, you’re welcome to drop in anytime, but at weekends it may be busier with parties so do send us a message to check.

For full details on all of our events and workshops please visit our website.

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The Twisted Knot, The Yorkshire Hive, Hurst Lane, DN9 3HQ

In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin. Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!

Stockeld Park is open every school holiday and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons. with different themes and events throughout the year.

Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!

In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!

Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!

Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!

For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit


Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

Tel: 01937 586333




The whole family can enjoy a meal and some family fun at The Wool Market!

Choose from Pizza, Indian, Peruvian, Burgers, Macaroni Cheese and more and finish off with Dessert. There is something for everyone and NEW in 2022 their leisure facilities are open:

& coming soon RETRO GAMING 👾🕹
You can book online (scan the QR Codes around the venue) or turn up and play.

The Wool Market also invites you to Mr Dan’s Sunday Funday on the first Sunday of every month from 1pm-3pm. It’s free entry and there is no booking required. The entertainment and entertainers will change monthly so please check facebook and instagram for more information.

Wool Market Doncaster. Market Place, DN1 1BN

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, picnic areas and a cafe.

There is also a Room on the Broom Adventure Trail. Activity packs can be purchased from the visitor centre for £2. Follow the trail, find sculptures, look for animal footprints, trace rubbings and have fun doing activities along the way. Accessible for pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Anglers Country Park, Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB


Apres Ice

Après ice skating rink is a new addition to a family run business, which includes the Kidz Hub next door, and is suitable for children aged four years and over, with skate sizes ranging from Infant 8 to Adult 12.

Term time opening hours: Thursday & Friday 3pm- 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am- 7pm

School Holidays: 7 days 11am- 7pm

Unit A Harworth Business Park, Blyth Road, Harworth, Doncaster, DN11 8DB

Barnsley Experience Museum & Cooper Gallery

A great, free rainy day activity which can be combined with a visit to The Old George Cafe and Barnsley Market. Both the museum and the gallery have interactive and hands on activities for children.

Parking is available close by, many of which are free at the weekend.

Church St, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 2TA

Bishops’ House, Sheffield

Steeped in history and full of charm, Bishops’ House is both a museum and Sheffield’s best preserved timber framed building. It is free to enter.

There are trails for children to follow as well as dressing up clothes.

Young families tend to spend between half an hour and an hour in the house before heading towards the playground in the park. Those with an interest in history or historic buildings can easily spend over an hour looking around.

Being located at the top of leafy Meersbrook Park provides one of the finest views over Sheffield just a few metres away from the house. Bishops’ House is also on the route of  Sheffield Round Walk and walkers will often pop in for a look around.

Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 9BE


Blue John Cavern: Cavern Tours

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 famous cavern in Castleton.

Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley , Derbyshire, S33 8WA

Castle Hills Park, Mexborough

Castle Hills Park is home to some iconic outdoor scenery, including the remains of an ancient motte and bailey castle.

Perfect if the kids are doing about Castles at school!

Castle Hills Park, S64 0HJ

Castle Howard Skelf Island Adventure Playground

A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.

Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.

Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.

Pre-booking required.

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648333

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


Clifton Park

This is a fabulous park, free to get in aside from parking. There are then optional extras (such as the splash pool in summer or the fairground rides).

Have to say, we have been loads of times and not had to spend a penny – there is loads to keep the children entertained without spending a penny. Play areas for big and little children, sand pit and lots of space to run around and picnic.

Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, S65 2BH


English Heritage: Conisbrough Castle

This romantic castle with stunning views over Conisbrough, inspired Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe and still fires the imagination today. With floors and roof restored in the lofty circular keep you can fully appreciate the magnificence of the original 12th century building. Delve into the medieval world of Lord and Lady de Warenne, and enjoy the grassy areas around the castle walls for games and picnics.

Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU


Creswell Crags 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 and gorge. It is also free to visit the shop and coffee shop.

There is a £3 charge for all day parking (the ticket machines require exact change – change is available from reception).

Creswell Crags Museum & Heritage Centre

Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3LH


Cusworth Hall (Museum and Park)

Cusworth Hall Museum

The museum collections reflect the daily lives of people in Doncaster from the 18th century to the present day. There is no charge for entry into the Museum but donations are welcome.

Cusworth Park  Toilet facilities available 10.30am-4pm. 

The historic parkland surrounding Cusworth Hall is open to the public every day of the year.  It’s the perfect location for picnics, walks with the dog, or family days out.

Children’s play areas and a playing field are also located within the park and a variety of walking trails are available from the Hall reception.  Admission to the park is free but car parking charges apply. The park also features a gorgeous river, alongside three lakes that have stunning decorative scenery.

Toilet facilities are open from 10:30- 4pm.

Food & Drink

Situated in Cusworth Hall’s former stable and coach house, Butlers Tea Room and Bistro serves meals, snacks and drinks.

The Old Brewhouse  is a cosy microbrewery and bar built into the original brewhouse which served the Wrightson family for centuries.

Cusworth Lane, Doncaster DN67TU
01302 782342


English Heritage: Bolsover Castle

With spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle, was designed to entertain and impress. Its reputation for revelry lives on as we now entertain you and your family. Wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk. Start your visit in the exhibition in the Riding House then run wild in extensive grounds (and fun play area).

Castle Street, Bolsover, Derbyshire, S44 6PR


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 fortresses and the keep was built by Henry II in 1176.

Adult £6.50, Family £16.90

Market Place, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8WQ


Equine Dreams of Bawtry (Formally known as Horseworld)

Situated between Bawtry & Tickhill, Equine Dreams is a purpose built centre offering experiences for age 2 years upwards.

  • Riding school
  • Experience Pony rides
  • Unicorn rides
  • Alpaca experience/ trekking
  • Petting rare breeds
  • Ziggy the zebra experience
  • Pony birthday parties
  • Unicorn birthday parties
  • Alpaca birthday parties
  • Home Visits available for special occasions
  • Cafe

New to Equine Dreams every Tuesday and Friday…

Magical unicorn and pony rides between 12pm and 5pm. The price is £15 which includes a lunch box. No booking required.

North View Farm, Bawtry Road, Tickhill, South Yorkshire, DN11 9HA

Call 01302 751 698



Eureka, The National Childrens Museum.

Approx 55 mins from Doncaster.

This museum is a fantastic day out and is really highly recommended for children up to about 11. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas.

The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hand-on. We have been several times, including when littlest Mumbler was a baby and always loved it.

There is a mini M& S shop for the children to work and shop in, a bank and post office. There is a car garage where you can do a MOT, the sound garden, the desert area and so much more.

There is a cafe and gift shop on site although there are indoor and outdoor picnic benches if you want to take your own. Best of all, the cost of the admission gives you for free entry for 12 months. Parking costs around £3

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE, 01422 330 069



Go Ape at Sherwood Pines

Go Ape at Sherwood Forest packs a punch with four brilliant outdoor adventures to get stuck into:

Nets Adventure– The ultimate energiser for avid climbers of all ages (1 year+), with some serious energy burning antics to be found. One adult goes free with every child under the age of 6.

Treetop Adventure– On this course there’s something for both the mad and the modest as long as you’re over 1 metre tall (children under 6 years must be supervised by a participating adult).

Treetop Adventure Plus– An extension to our Adventure experience for children aged 6+ and over 1.2 metres in height.

Treetop Challenge– A particularly challenging set of high ropes obstacles for ages 10 years+ (must be supervised by a participating adult).

Segways are also available from March 2022 which are a great way to explore the forest.

During the winter months Go Ape activities are only available at weekends and can be prebooked on

Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9JH





Gullivers Theme Park Resorts

NEW Gulliver’s Valley opening Spring 2020 in South Yorkshire! See full details

Gullivers World – Warrington, WA5 9YZ (Approx 1hr 30 mins from Doncaster)

Gullivers Kingdom – Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG (Approx 1 hour from Doncaster)

With over 80 rides, attractions and shows to see each day, Gulliver’s World guarantees you one of the best family days out in the UK. Gulliver’s World is the perfect theme park for children.

A family run theme park, specially designed for families with children aged between 2 and 13 years of age. Age-appropriate rides and attractions make this a great day out for toddlers and older children. Older kids will love the excitement of the dodgems, log flumes and tree-tops swings; while the younger ones can play around in the Clown School!

Now Open: Explore the Lost World of the Living Dinosaurs at Gulliver’s World…

Get ready for a Jurassic experience and meet our tail-thrashing dinosaurs. Perfect for dino fans, our roaring dinosaurs have roamed across the hillside and throughout the Lost World. We have more than 13 animatronic dinosaurs for you to find. Entry to this attraction is included with your standard theme park ticket, so no upgrade required!

What’s more, we don’t have lots of additional theme park prices. Families are welcome to bring along their own picnics, and parking is completely FREE.



Hall Farm Park

  • Meet the farm animals
  • Indoor play barn
  • New outdoor play area
  • Crazy golf
  • Goat walking
  • Woodland walk
  • Tractor rides

Caistor Road, South Kelsey, LN7 6PR (about 55 minutes drive from Doncaster)


Harewood House and gardens

Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.

The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods.


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 Covid pandemic.

We visited recently (about an hours drive from Doncaster) and it was a great place for a walk, with stunning views, lots of interesting trees and dens. We were amongst the grazing sheep too. There is a large pond with ducks. Toilets were open in the main car park. Parking is free for National Trust members.

Just nearby is Padley Gorge, which is brilliant for paddling.

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Lotherton Hall

There is so much to do for families of all ages at Lotherton. With an annual membership to Lotherton, you can enjoy unlimited year-round entry to the whole estate including the playgrounds, woodland play, family trails, Wildlife World, dressing up and crafts in the hall and they often have themed events during the school holidays.


  • Family ‘A’ Membership (1 adult, 3 children) is £36
  • Family ‘B’ Membership (2 adults, 2 children) is £54

Membership Includes:

  • Visit as often as you like all year round!
  • Free entry to headline event programme and discounted entry at paid-for events
  • One free family guest day ticket
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events
  • Receive regular e-newsletters with details of new developments, events, talks, exhibitions and special offers
  • Become a member up to 30 days after your first visit and Lotherton will refund your day ticket against the price of your membership*

**Offer valid up to 30 days from date of purchased ticket

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB


Magna Science & Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX,  01709 720 002

Magna is a Science Adventure Centre set in the vast Templeborough Steelworks. Explore the wonders of science and technology in our four pavillions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

Admission: Adults (16+) £13.95, Child 4-15 £11.95, Child 2-3 £5.50, Under 2’s Free (Listing update January 2022)

When you buy a full price day pass to Magna you can upgrade to an annual pass free of charge! Your pass will allow you and your family members, for whom you have purchased tickets, a further 12 months entry to Magna at no additional cost. All you need to do is complete your annual pass form when purchasing your tickets.

Magna also has a fantastic outdoor play area and splash park which are included in admission prices. The splash park is open from late May- September. If you upgrade your Magna day pass to an annual pass you could return any time you wanted to use the playground for free.

Tickets for the outdoor playground only are available on the day from Magna’s ticket desks.

Messingham Zoo

Butterwick Road, DN17 3PN


National Coal Mining Museum for England

The Museum is a family-friendly site, and aims to provide an enjoyable and informative experience for all family members.

There are several parent-and-child parking spaces at the Museum located near to the Museum entrance.

The Museum has baby changing facilities located near the Museum Café, and breastfeeding is welcome in all areas of the Museum. Children of all ages are welcome across all areas of the site

  • visit the ponies in the Stables
  • try out the interactive displays at Hope Pit
  • explore the Nature Trail
  • be creative with the art cart
  • get your hands on in the Mining Lives Gallery
  • let off steam in the fantastic new adventure playground
  • plus there’s an indoor play area ‘Little Diggers’ for Under 5’s

You can be sure of a warm Yorkshire welcome!

Our friendly team of volunteers are on hand to guide you around the Museum so don’t be shy – stop and ask for help!

Access for Families

  • All Museum buildings are accessible for pushchairs.
  • The Museum’s Nature Trail does not include any steps, but some parts can be a steep, and in wet conditions may be difficult for pushchairs or prams.
  • Many of the Museum’s buildings are on a single level, but access is facilitated in some places through either a ramp or a lift.
  • Children aged five years or over are welcome on the tour.  Our experienced guides are used to leading tours which include mixed age-groups, and will always do their best to engage, entertain and inform all participants on the tour.
  • The new Hope Pit Explore activity is suitable for children of all ages including under 5’s.
National Coal Mining Museum
for England, Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH

Tel: 01924 848 806

National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

The National Emergency Services Museum (NESM) is an independent, self-funded museum and charity dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of the emergency services and their communities, in peace and war.

In this Tardis-like building we tell the stories of all our emergency services through vintage vehicles, original objects, dynamic displays and interactive exhibitions. We offer a day out that all the family can enjoy. From climbing aboard a real fire engine to exploring life during World War II, and from vintage police cars to meeting real life Victorian criminals, there’s something for everyone. And with three floors jam-packed with items you can climb on, get in and try on you won’t be short of things to do! You can now also convert your entry ticket to an annual pass for no extra cost; meaning you can visit as many times as you like within the year for the price of a single ticket!

National Emergency Services Museum, The Old Police/Fire Station, West Bar, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S3 8PT

National Railway Museum, York

The National Railway Museum is another great option for a free, indoor day out. With a little play station for under 5s and over 300 years of railway history to explore, everyone is sure to have fun at the National Railway Museum.

Within an hour of Doncaster and very easy to reach by train as it is very close to York station.

Your ticket will be free but must be prebooked online.

Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ

Newby Hall

Ripon, HG4 5AE

Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride. About an hours drive from Doncaster.


Normanby Hall Country Park

This is a great, affordable day out for all the family. There is a duck pond, trees to climb and open areas to cycle, scoot or walk. It’s also a lovely place for a picnic. They have a brilliant splash pad and two play areas which are fun for all age groups, with things for under 5’s and older children alike (such as zip wire). They also have a Go Ape on site too.

Annual memberships offer a great value way of enjoying the park all year round. The membership is valid for a 12 month period from the date of purchase and gives unlimited year round access to the park and grounds, complimentary car parking and entry to the Hall and Farming Museum throughout the summer months. A variety of membership packages are available to be purchased online.

Day entry (purchased on arrival) is charged per person and includes entry to the park and grounds plus the Hall and Farming Museum during the summer period and is charged at the following rates:

Adult- £7.50

Children (5-16years)- £4.50

Under 5s- free

During the winter season there is only a £4 car park charge to pay and you will not be charged anything else on entry.

Normanby Hall Country Park, DN15 9HU


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.

See the National Trust website for more details.

Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY (about 1 hour 15 minutes drive from Doncaster)

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 the Autumn and did a lovely trail with the kids.

From 25th July- 30th August we’ll be taking part in ‘Come out and play this summer’. There will be activities to keep the whole family entertained, from archery and tennis to garden games and orienteering. Get creative and invent your own games or obstacle course, or discover the hidden table tennis in the Union Jack garden. Find the fun throughout the gardens and on our dedicated play field.

Adult £5, Child £2.50, Family £12.50

Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN (around 40 minutes drive from Doncaster)



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.


Pirates Cove Adventure Golf

12 holes of Swashbucklin’ Fun!

Pirate themed adventure golf course, great fun for all the family. Putt your way past the crocodile infested waters and rock pools to retrieve the treasure.


  • Adults £6, Scallywags (4-14) £4.50, Stowaways (3 and under) Free
  • Ships Crew – 1 Adult & 3 children or 2 Adults & 2 children £18
  • Gang of Five – 2 Adults & 3 Children or 1 Adult & 4 Children £20

Open all year round and floodlit.

Kingswood, Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6EP

01405 741343




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.

Blown Away adventure trail : Zoom the zip line, snap yourself in the face boards, solve the puzzle boards, count the Geese, make some noise and more…a circular route around the lake accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Asdale Road, off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ (around 40 minutes drive from Doncaster).

RHS Harlow Carr

About an hours drive from Doncaster, this beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round.

As well as beautiful planting displays, the garden also homes many fun natural play areas for adventurous children, including the Craggle Top Tree House, Log Maze, Logness Monster and the giant Woodland instruments.

After spending some time in the garden, why not relax and enjoy coffee or lunch at the famous Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms?

• Seasonal events and activities for children • Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities • Plenty of free parking • Paths suitable for pushchairs

 Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB

Ripley Castle and Gardens

Ripley is a lovely place for a stroll around the gardens and deer park.

Within the pleasure grounds  there is a small children’s play trail. Let your children release their energy and hunt for clues on our informative Treasure Hunt whilst you wander around.

There is a small outdoor play area in the grounds and they do run tours of the castle specifically aimed at children over 5yrs.

Normal adult admission is £6 and lids under 5 are free. Season tickets are just £20 per adult and RHS card holders are admitted for free (exclusions apply)


Roche Abbey

Beautifully set in a valley landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th Century, Roche Abbey has one of the most complete ground plans of any English Cistercian monastery, laid out as excavated foundations.

Founded in the 12th century as a monastry of the Cistercian order, Roche Abbey was once home to 50 monks and 100 lay brothers. Unlike other Cistercian monastries in Yorkshire, such as Rievaulx or Byland Abbey, Roche was modest in size which was more typical of the order.

Despite the monastry being supressed in 1538, and most of the buildings dismantled, the soaring early Gothic transepts of this Cistercian monastery still survive to their original height and are ranked in importance with the finest early Gothic architecture in Britain. The ruins are now also the centrepiece of a beautifully designed landscape.

Maltby, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S66 8NW

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Rother Valley Country Park

The Park has fantastic facilities for families to enjoy a brilliant day out in the fresh air. We currently have a take away service at the Stables Café located at the Park Courtyard Area, Ice Cream Vans are located in the park daily and you can bring your own picnic.

The park has plenty of open spaces to play your own outdoor games, walk, cycle visit the play areas, ride on the miniature train, feed the birds and animals at station farm.

The activity centre is located on the main lake and has pedal boats for 4 people, rowing boats for four people and canoes for 1, 2 and 3 people for leisure hire. Water zorbing is popular with children and 5 minutes in one of these will tire out the most active of children.

For families who want to learn something together the Activity Centre offers lessons and courses that you as a family can take part in together, taster sessions in canoeing and sailing, level 1 and 2 in sailing, 1 star and 2 star canoeing. You can even have an instructor for Archery for your family. Lessons and courses are to be booked in advance.

Mansfield Road, Wales Bar, Sheffield, S26 5PQ (around a 30 minute drive from Doncaster)

RSPB Dearne Valley Old Moor

RSPB Old Moor is South Yorkshire’s best kept secret; a place to spot some wonderful nature, explore and discover with the kids or just walk around in peace and quiet. There’s lots to do as a family with our new sensory garden, our playground, wild play areas and pond dipping (Easter to October). Or, discover a hidden gem away from the hustle and bustle to enjoy nature and take a breather; you could even try our Natural Wellbeing trail. Stop off at the café for hot food, cake and enjoy a hot drink with a view on our balcony with stunning views across the reserve. Our shop sells a fantastic range of gifts for all ages, wrapping paper and cards and wildlife care products so you can create a nature haven in your own outdoor space and join us in giving nature a home.
Car parking is free.
Accessibility: Old Moor is on the Trans-Pennine Trail so is very accessible locally via foot or bike. Our paths are wheelchair and pushchair friendly and we have mobility scooters available to pre-book for your visit. We have accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. Dogs are welcome in the courtyard but not on the reserve itself.
Entrance fees for non- members are: adults £5/ Under 5s free/ children £2.50 but the first child goes free.
See a special Mumbler review of the ‘toddler trail’ by local mum and childminder Louise here.
RSPB Dearne Valley – Old Moor, Old Moor Lane, Wombwell, Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley S73 0YF

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 admission but costs £4.00 parking per car.

Rufford Abbey, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9DF



Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Situated close to the city centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and now cover 19 acres on a south-west sloping site. The Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest. The Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house a wonderful collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world and provide a wonderful backdrop for the sweeping lawns with their magnificent trees and central Broadwalk.

Several winding paths take the visitor on an exploration through over 18 different garden areas based on geographical or botanical themes. Much loved by children of all ages is a rare Grade II listed Bear Pit which can be found hidden between the recently renovated Mediterranean and Himalayan gardens. A well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron (could be 312 million years old) is displayed in the Evolution garden.

Entry to the gardens is free and can be combined with a visit to The Curator’s House which is an independent café bistro set within the grounds of the gardens.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens are one mile southwest of the city centre. The main entrance is on Clarkehouse Road (S10 2LN), just along from the Hallamshire Hospital. There are also entrances at Botanical Road and Thompson Road (S11 8RB) which is off Ecclesall Road.

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

There is no need to pre-book your tickets for the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum.

***Our Mumbler discount is still valid too, which is great news.***

Open everyday throughout the school holidays. The museum is very child friendly and includes a play room!

The Museum is on an old RAF base and the majority of planes are in the hangar (which is a piece of history in itself) and if your little one has ever read Grandpa’s Great Escape, they’ll love it here.

Whether it’s bright sunshine or pouring rain, the museum is a great attraction whatever the weather! The shop also features a small cafe, serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, snacks and ice creams. There is indoor seating available in the shop, and outdoor seating spread around the site which is perfect for picnics in the warmer weather.

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is located a few minutes from M18 junction 3, near Lakeside (you can walk from the Lake).

Opening hours are 10am- 5pm with last admission at 4pm (Winter 3pm).

  • Adult £6.50
  • Children (5-16) £3 (Babies and pre-schoolers under 5 go free)
  • Senior Citizen £5.50
  • Family £15

For details of group rates (nursery groups, childminders) please call 01302 761616.

Special DONCASTER MUMBLER OFFER 2 for 1! Simply quote DONCASTER MUMBLER on arrival to enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1! (Children under 5 are free, so if you’re  family of 4 it’s equivalent to half price)

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7FB. (Please note, use DN4 7NW or Dakota Way for Sat Nav)

01302 761616

Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

Not yet re-open following closure during Covid 19.

Ride – Bowl – Play – Climb- Tek -Skate -Eat at Summit Indoor Adventure.

Scott Road, Selby, YO8 4BL

Temple Newsam Leeds

A country estate in the city of Leeds. Discover a working farm and historic house surrounded by scenic parkland.

Temple Newsam House, Off Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 OAE.

Tenpin Doncaster

Enjoy bowling in Doncaster at Tenpin

  • Bowling
  • Table Tennis, Air Hockey & Pool
  • Food and drink
  • Arcade Machines
  • Birthday Parties

The Leisure Park Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7NW

The Deep



The National Videogame Museum

Based in Sheffield The NVM is a fun day out for families and gamers and is all indoor so a great rainy day activity.

Here you can explore how videogames are made, who makes them and why they are made. You can play them and make them yourselves. You can also attend workshops to learn how they are made.

Current opening hours are:

Friday 1pm- 4pm

Saturday- Sunday 10am- 7pm (slots available throughout the day)

During the school holidays The NVM will be open from 10am- 7pm every day.

Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield, S3 8LS

Thoresby Park

Thoresby Park, about 40 mins from Doncaster, is a lovely place to visit all year round with a range of attractions for all of the family no matter how young or old.

Opening times are from 9am until 5.00pm and admission is FREE. The cost of parking is currently £1.50 for up to an hour or £3.50 for the full day.

Beautiful surroundings, arts and crafts gallery, outside play area and seasonal trails. There’s lots of space to run around and picnic.

There is a licensed cafe and some shops in the courtyard.

Thoresby Park, Thoresby Courtyard, Nr Ollerton, , United Kingdom


Tickhill Alpacas

Located on the outskirts of Tickhill, Sunny Acres is the perfect hideaway to enjoy some chill time and do something a little bit different!

Alpaca Countryside walk – £25 per Alpaca (maximum 2 people per alpaca)

Alpaca Glamping – £95 per night (Sunday- Thursday) £115 per night (Friday & Saturday). Tent sleeps up to 6 people.

Sunny Acres, Hindley Lane Off Apy Hill Lane, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9BF

Karen: 07881 309 166

Trolleybus Museum

Founded on its present site in 1969 to house, restore and run trolleybuses when they were fast disappearing from Britain’s streets, The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft has grown from a handful of vehicles and now has over 50 – the largest collection of preserved trolleybuses in the world.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, Belton Road, DN8 5SX


Tropical World

Discover your inner explorer at Tropical World – an unforgettable journey through rainforest, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world.  There is plenty to keep the kids entertained, particularly on a cold or rainy day as it’s mostly inside and it is very warm! There are reptiles, spiders and insects to see, as well as snakes and bats.

Princes’ Avenue, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 1DF.


Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse has some amazing gardens to explore, brilliant for families.

We visited in the summer and had a brilliant time, lots of quirky things to find. See our mumbler review HERE 

Children will now be able to visit the House & Gardens for free ALL YEAR ROUND when visiting with a paying adult (17+).
With a new Virtual Hide & Find Game in our Gardens and a new House trail launching soon, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied throughout the year at Wentworth Woodhouse.

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

Weston Park is an award winning, family friendly museum with lots of interactive exhibits for children as well as a cafe on site.

The museum is free to enter but it doesn’t have a car park of its own. The nearest public car park is the Q-Park on Durham Road. Visitors using this car park are able to claim 25% off the price of their parking – just ask a member of staff for a discount voucher.

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP

Williams Den

Williams Den is an exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a customer designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside.

Children can run wild and explore to their hearts content!

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS


Xscape, Castleford

With a great selection of shops, restaurants and activities, Xscape makes for a fantastic family day out. It is also directly opposite Junction 32 Outlet so perfect if you want to combine your trip with a bit of retail therapy. It takes around 30 minutes to drive there from Doncaster so not too far away either. Take a look at the list of activities here, all under one roof!

  • 4D Golf- the UKs first glow in the dark adventure golf
  • Cineworld- 14 screen cinema, including 4DX & ScreenX auditoriums
  • Funstation- carnival-style games and rides to suit kids big and small!
  • Gravity Active Entertainment- choose from 3 adventurous activities, or do all 3!
  • ImmotionVR- try out the latest in virtual reality
  • Laserzone- the best in laser tag activities
  • Snozone- the UKs premier snowsports venue
  • Tenpin- 24 bowling lanes, arcade gaming and plenty of food & drink
  • The Escapologist- choose from 4 themed rooms
  • Volcano Falls Adventure Golf- two challenging courses of 18 holes waiting to be defeated
  • Xplore Soft Play-an exciting and stimulating play experience for babies and toddlers

Xscape Yorkshire, Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford, WF10 4TA

York Dungeon

Journey through 2000 years of darkest history, bringing together iconic characters, immersive sets and thrilling special effects.

Not recommended for children under 8, children under 5 not permitted.

The York Dungeon, 12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD