Days Out Doncaster

Parks & Playgrounds

Adwick Park, Woodlands

A short walk from Adwick Interchange, Adwick Park is a lovely outdoor space with play areas, sports and more.

There are toddler and junior play areas, playing fields, sports facilities (including cricket and football pitches, plus a basket ball post and bowling green).

Adwick Park, Adwick -le-street, DN6 7AD


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

 


Askern Boating Lake

Askern Boating Lake has beautiful scenery, various spots and play facilities and a cafe with a view of the lake.

There are toddler and junior play areas, playing fields for the kids to have a good run around, sports pitches (football and cricket), plus places to eat (cafe and picnic areas).

If you fancy a walk, there are various walking routes.

Askern Boating Lake, Off Station Road, DN6 0JB


Bawtry Forest

If you fancy a quiet walk in gorgeous woodland then Bawtry Forest is a great place to explore. Perfect for dog walking too but make sure you have your wellies on in winter!

Bawtry Forest, Doncaster, DN10 6DA


Bentley Park

Bentley Park is a fantastic outdoor space, with the borough’s only water play area.

There are many weekly activities at Bentley Pavillion, including trampolining and gymnastics.

The park has a toddler and junior play area, with great facilities including the water play area (which is closed during the winter months), a zipwire and trampoline. There is also a big playing field.

In addition, for the older children, there is a multi-use games area, skate park, basketball post and sports pitches.

If you’re thinking about fitness, the park is also part of the Toll Bar Fit and Fun walk, which is an organised walk (FREE), which is less than 3 miles or less than an hour. For a timetable call 01302 735403 or check out details on our adult fitness page.

Bentley Park, Askern Road, Bentley (Opposite the Bentley Baptist Church).


Bouncy Land

Re-open 12th April

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

Gainsthorpe Road, Kirton in Lindsey, DN21 4JL

 


Campsall Country Park

There are lots of things to see and do at Campsall Country Park including Toddler and Junior play areas, with great facilities including a rope spider-web climbing frame and a tyre zip-wire.

Do a nature trail with the kids, taking in the beautiful scenery including meadows, woodland areas, ponds, and wildflower areas. Then take a walk around the gardens of Campsall Hall, which are open for everyone to enjoy.

There are playing fields and walking routes, including a Fit and Fun Walk. (see our adult fitness area)

Camspall Country Park, near Park Drive, DN6 9NU. (Parking available at the park).

See Mumbler review 

 


Cantley Park

Cantley Park has a range of things to see and do, whether it is a ride in the skate park, a game of pitch and putt or enjoying time outdoors.

There are toddler and junior play areas (including natural play areas), playing fields, multi-use games area, skate park, football pitches, a golfing ‘pitch and putt’ course, plus beautiful nature and scenery including woodlands, wildlife and ponds for angling.

If you’re looking to do some walking, there is a three and half mile around the park on to Sandall Beat Wood.

Cantley Park, DN4 6HD

 


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


Central Park, Scunthorpe

The main car park is accessed from the Kingsway on the A18. There is also a secondary car par park accessible from Ashby Road, the A159. Car parking here is free of charge. It is about a 30 minute drive from Doncaster. Central Park is a great place for a picnic, a walk or a bike ride.

Play Facilities at Central Park

At the centre of the park there is an excellent play facility with lots to offer for children of all ages. Featuring the Nutshell Café, this central hub is a vibrant area easily accessed from the car parks via the adjoining footpaths and the boulevard. Picnic tables are available for use in this area.

There is also a fully accessible Splashpad, suitable for accompanied children from three to 12 years old, which operates throughout the summer season. No dogs are allowed in this area.

There is a secure, fully accessible play area split into three zones for children of all ages with seating and grassed picnic areas:

  • The centre zone features a wet play area, a sand pit and a junior play area with a variety of equipment suitable for children from two to six years old.
  • Close by is a junior to teens zone with an impressive embankment slide and challenging climbing frame with monkey bars.
  • The third zone is also suitable for juniors and teens featuring a zip wire and space nets on bark safety surfacing.

No dogs are allowed in these areas.

Central Park, Kingsway, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, DN17 1BJ


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

 


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

 


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.

 


Elmfield Park

A short walk from the town centre, Elmfield Park is a great place for  walk with the little one’s. There are places to play including toddler and junior play areas and a playing field.

It’s a great place to take a picnic in the summer.

Sports facilities include tennis courts, basketball post and football pitches.

Elmfield Park, Chequer Road, DN1 2AN


Grove Gardens, Wheatley

Grove Gardens (Grove Park) has a bit of everything including places to play and sports facilities.

There are Junior and Toddler play areas, somewhere to picnic, tennis courts, football pitches, and lots of walking routes through the gardens.

Grove Gardens is between The Grove and Armthorpe Road, just above the Hillcrest Road bus stop. DN2 5LY


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 also natural play areas, a playing field and multi-games area, skate park, BMX track, tennis courts and a basketball post.

The Dell Cafe provides somewhere to sit and have something to eat and there are also picnic areas and teen sheltered seating.

We thought it was a very pretty park with lots of beautiful scenery including woodlands and the Dell. They have hosted events previously (which we have been to) including one at Halloween and they had lots of activities for the children to take part in, plus performances from local choirs etc in the bandstand. Worth looking out for as it is quite a mysterious place by night and by candlelight looked magical.

Hexthorpe Park, Bramworth Road, DN4 0HY

 


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


Kings Park, Retford

A well maintained, award winning park for everyone to enjoy with many facilities including open green spaces, a skate park, a great children’s play area, seating, a rose garden, a formal garden and wildlife gardens. There is a great variety of trees and a bridge takes you over the River Idle.

We enjoyed a day out a Kings Park last summer on a lovely sunny day. My mini mumblers enjoyed paddling in the river, playing on the playground and ice creams from the kiosk. There is also a splash park here which looked great but wasn’t in operation due to Covid-19.

Chancery Lane, Retford, DN22 6DF


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 also a playing field and sports facilities including a multi-use games area and outdoor gym equipment.

Enjoy one of the walking routes and nature walks, along with an orienteering course if you want to do some exploring.

As a nature reserve, you will be able to see a variety or wildlife, so it’s a great place for a nature trail.

Quarry Park is just over 5 miles outside Doncaster town centre on the A18 to Dunsville. Parking facilities are available near to the Post Office on the High Street, Dunsville.

 


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 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


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.

The postcode for Sandall Beat Road is DN2 6JP and there is free parking.

 


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 trail, which is an inclusive outdoor experience suitable for families whose children have special educational needs and disabilities.

A range of sports facilities are available including outdoor gym equipment, basketball post and 3 football pitches.

We have enjoyed a picnic many times at Sandall Park, but there is also a cafe.

If you’re looking to get fit, there are Fit and Fun Walks, plus the Doncaster Parkrun here. See our adult fitness pages for more information.

Sandall Park, Thorne Road (opposite KFC). DN2 5DW

 


The Pavillion Ice Cream Parlour, Tea Room & Crazy Golf

Exciting treats and different flavours of ice cream.

Rosehill Victorial Park, Rotherham S627HJ


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 Field, DN2 6BZ


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


Westfield Park, Balby

Westfield Park has a variety of things to see and do, from places to play to sports and exercise facilities.

There are toddler and junior play areas, playing fields, skate park, tennis courts, sports pitches and a picnic area.

Westfield Park, Littlemoor Lane, DN4 0LN

 


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