Perhaps you are visiting Wakefield for the day or maybe you live in Wakefield. but either way if you have found this blog post and you are interested in looking for things to do with your family in Wakefield you have come to the right place. First of all, we have some fantastic pregnancy – pre-school businesses listed in our Wakefield directory, you can find these local businesses by clicking here.
Our special guest today is one of our favourite bloggers Sophie from the fantastic Mama Mei blog. Sophie tells us about her favourite things to do in Wakefield as a family.
Favourite Things to do as a Family in Wakefield
Wakefield in West Yorkshire is often overlooked or seen as Leeds’ poorer sister but actually there is so much to do for families across the Wakefield District (which includes Pontefract and Castleford).
Here are my top 5 things to do in Wakefield
West Yorkshire History Centre
West Yorkshire History Centre has a free changing exhibition and free family activities, check out their facebook page for the latest news and events.
The Hepworth, Wakefield
Just a short walk from the History Centre (also known as West Yorkshire Archive Service) is The Hepworth Wakefield which is free to enter (although parking is £5 for the day but it is a short walk from Wakefield Kirkgate station). The Barbara Hepworth inspired gallery has a range of free crafts on during the school holidays and on weekends.
There is also an outdoor playground and UK’s largest public garden is currently being built outside the gallery next to The Calder building. There’s also stunning views from the The Hepworth Cafe over the River Calder and The Chantry Chapel (which has free heritage open days on select dates)
National Coal Mining Museum of England
The National Coal Mining Museum of England is also in the district in an area called Overton and it is steeped in history and great for an indoor and outdoor day out.
Angler’s Country Park, near Wakefield.
Anglers Country Park is free and there is a fabulous Room on the Broom trail.
Anglers Country Park is dominated by a lake, surrounded by grassland, woodland and a wetland area known as the ‘Pol’. At one time this was the deepest open cast coal mine in the country, reaching a depth of 250 feet.
Anglers has been awarded Green Flag status – recognising it as one of the best parks in the country. I’d also recommend trying out Hemsworth Water Park.
Pontefract Castle is a hidden gem in West Yorkshire with outdoor ruins and an indoor visitor centre. Make sure you take time to visit the dungeons on a tour (these cost however, £3 per person at the time of writing).
So whether it’s exploring the outdoors at National Trust’s Nostell Priory or it’s a rainy day inside Wakefield Museum, Wakefield is not a place to be overlooked.
If you are looking to find some local pregnancy – preschool classes, groups of businesses, you can click here to see our Wakefield baby and toddler directory.