Days Out Doncaster

Museums, Attractions & Gardens


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The Danum Gallery, Library and Museum houses an art gallery, two museums, a library, a rail heritage centre inside a unique purpose built cultural centre.

Now open for pre-booked visits from Saturday 29th May 2021.

Book online here 

 

 

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

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

Call 01302 751 698

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The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is re-opening on 18th May 2021!*

There are lots of measures in place to help keep everyone safe during their visit, from social distancing to sanitiser points and increased cleaning.

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

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

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

Located a few minutes from M18 junction 3, near Lakeside (you can walk from the Lake).

Last admission 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 us on 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)

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01302 761616

*in line with government restrictions

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 www.stockeldpark.co.uk

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.

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

Tel: 01937 586333
enquiries@stockeldpark.co.uk 
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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 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

 

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, Hope Valley , Derbyshire, S33 8WA

Bouncy Land

Re-open 12th April

Bouncy Castles, Fair Ground Rides, Zip Wire, Climbing Fort, Snack Bar

Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey, DN21 4JL

 

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Catch a glimpse of Victorian life at this ‘conserved as found’ country house.  Brodsworth Hall was built and the pleasure gardens laid out, in the 1860s, as an up-to-date new home for the Thellusson family and their servants. It survived with remarkably few changes until taken on by English Heritage in 1990. The gardens have been restored, and the faded and worn interiors gently conserved, telling the story of the changing fortunes of the people who lived and worked here.  Wander the many rooms of the house, roam the gorgeous gardens, stop for tea in the tearoom, and discover the recently restored game larder.

Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

 

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

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 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 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

 

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: Hardwick Old Hall

Discover the stately ruins of the birthplace of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England. Ascend through four floors to enjoy spectacular views over the Derbyshire countryside and Hardwick New Hall. Take your time and admire the spectacular decorative plasterwork on your way up.  Then learn more in our fascinating exhibition and visit Bess’s New Hall next door.

Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

 

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

 

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

 

 

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.

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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.

Price:

  • 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

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

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.

 

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

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, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN

 

 

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.

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Pirates Cove Adventure Cove

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.

Price

  • 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

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

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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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

 

 

Savoy Doncaster

NEW Cinema, Opened 17th May 2021

Waterdale, DN1

 

 

 

Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

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

Scott Road, Selby, YO8 4BL

Sunnybank Gardens & The Yorkshire Ice Cream Farm

Now Open everyday for Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries, Sandwiches, Bar, Crazy Golf, Children’s Go Karts, Play Area.

11am-5pm

Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN7 6PH
01302 842 954

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

Re-open from 17th May 2021

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

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

The Wool Market Doncaster

The whole family can enjoy a meal at The Wool Market – even if you all fancy different things!

From Pizza to Ice Cream there is something for everyone:

Indoor seating reopen from 17th May 2021

  • Don Valley Tap
  • Hungry Dragon
  • Liquor Lab
  • Lollie Jades Cupcakes
  • Mr Mac
  • Movida
  • Rustic Burger Co
  • Rustic Pizza Co
  • Scrapes Ice Cream
  • Taste Peru
  • Zaytuna
  • Indian Food Hawker

Wool Market Doncaster. Market Place, DN1 1BN

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 all of the family no matter how young or old.

Opening times are from 10.30am until 5.00pm, admission is free, we visited recently (Dec 2019) and they were building a new car park.

Beautiful surroundings, arts and crafts gallery, outside play area and seasonal trails. There is 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

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

Tropical World

Discover your inner explorer at Tropical World – an unforgettable journey through rainforest, magroves, 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.

 

Twisted Skatepark Doncaster

NEW indoor Skatepark

01302 439875

Doncaster, DN5 8AF

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

 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Doncaster is home to the UK’s No. 1 walk through wildlife adventure!

You are guaranteed some family fun at the home of some of the most amazing animals on the planet, from the only polar bears in England to majestic lions, tigers, black rhino and the new Usurri brown bears.

Open from 10am-6pm, last entry to the park is at 5pm.

Having visited the Wildlife Park many many times, we always love it! It’s a full day of fun, our favourites being the giraffes and the lions! My children also love the play areas (of which there are plenty – indoors and outside).

See our most recent Mumbler review here 

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Brockholes Lane
Branton
DN4 6T
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