Days Out Doncaster

Museums, Attractions & Gardens


Boston Park Cottage Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster DN7 6DS

Boston Park Farm is still a traditional working farm. The animal trail allows children to get up close with a wide range of farm animals. You can pet and feed most of the animals and on special days there are animal handling sessions. The whole experience is geared up to suit children up to around 10 years old.

There is outdoor play equipment, a mini maze and bale pyramid, plus an indoor soft play area, suitable for children up to 8 years old. There is also a separate barn with a big sand pit.

Little Farmers Playgroup – see weekly classes and playgroups for more information

Posted by Boston Park Farm on Monday, 6 January 2020

Maize Maze during summer – July to October 2019

Admission – Farm and Tearooms

  • Off Peak entry to the cafe, animal trail and play areas is £2 for adults and £5 for children (3+) Toddlers (1&2 years) £4 and under 1’s FREE.
  • Peak entry to the farm and Maize Maze (when open) is £4 for adults, £6 for children (3+) £4 for Toddlers (1&2 Years) under 1’s FREE. Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) is £19

Open every day from 10am-4pm (until 5pm in summer holidays)

01302 844818

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Cusworth Hall Museum

The museum collections reflect the daily lives of people in Doncaster from the 18th century to the present day.

Today, visitors can step inside the Hall’s Great Kitchen where many feasts were prepared and view the stunning paintings on the ceiling of the chapel.  Admission to the museum is free. Opening times:

  • Monday to Wednesday- 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday- 10:30am to 4:15pm
  • Thursday and Friday- closed

Cusworth Park

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 (car parking charges apply) 

Food & Drink

Situated in Cusworth Hall’s former stable and coach house, Butlers Tea Room and Bistro serves meals, snacks and drinks – please visit their website  for full details including opening hours.

The newly opened 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

Download and print some trails to do with the kids at Cusworth Hall here

NEW DONCASTER MUSEUM AND CENTRAL LIBRARY OPENING SUMMER 2020

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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.

Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play as well as large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for all ages.

At Stockeld Park there’s a large outdoor, real ice rink which is covered, meaning you can ice skate in any weather! The ice-skating rink transforms into a roller blading rink in the warmer seasons – fun all year round! As well as the ice rink there is also the impressive 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 for birthday parties.

Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and a large 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

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Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

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The Deep

Tower Street, Hull, HU9 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)  01482 381000.

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium that is home to almost 3,500 fish including green sawfish, sharks and tropical fish. Not forgetting an array of invertebrates, amphibians, turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins!

Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. . Enjoy the fun and educational interactive and audio-visual presentations on your voyage of discovery.

Highlights include the daily dive show, touchpool sessions, twice-daily penguin feeds, the underwater tunnel and bubble lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.

The Deep has its own café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a snack bar that is open in during peak times inside the attraction. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food.

The Deep is fully accessible for people with disabilities or accessibility requirements and can provide and range of things to help visitors enjoy a more pleasant visit.

Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme.

Don’t forget to sign up to the Day Plus Pass scheme which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).

During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.

 

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

 

Ashworth Barracks Museum

Home to an ever growing collection of military items used throughout multiple conflicts, since the investiture of the first Victorial Cross in 1856.

Cafe – you don;t need to be a museum visitor to use the cafe. Hot and cold food run by volunteers.

Ashworth Barracks, Cedar Road, Balby, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 9EY

01302 850198

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

 

 

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.

 

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

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.

 

Normanby Hall Country Park

Great, affordable day out for all the family. It is worth getting the family pass if you are likely to go a few times in the year (there is an option that covers 2 adults and up to 5 children if in the same car).

Bear in mind that during the winter months, the pass covers you for parking and entry to the house. There is no charge on the gate.

Duck pond, trees to climb, open areas to cycle scoot or walk. Great place for a picnic. They have a a brilliant splash pad and two play areas which are great for all ages, with things for under 5’s and older children alike such as zip wire.

They now also have Go Ape on site too.

 

NT: Nostell Priory and Parkland

Country house, gardens and parkland.

Children’s outdoor play area, walks and tours and out door activities.

 

NT Clumber Park

Clulmber park is a special and important place, one of just a handful of Grade 1 registered parks in the country. One of the top 5 most visited National Trust places in the country, there is something for everyone.  Great for walking, cycling, exploring there is a great play area too.

Clumber Park, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3AZ

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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Summit Indoor Adventure – Selby

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.

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 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

 

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.

 

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