Days Out in and around North Leeds

Parks & Playgrounds

Covid Update: Check the Leeds Parks and Countryside Service page before visiting as lots of Leeds parks remain closed.

Tickets are now available for the INDOOR and OUTDOOR play area at Grass Hoppers! ūü§©
Grass Hoppers is once again an ACCESS-ALL-AREAS ticket with the opportunity to play inside and outside!

*Sessions will be released one week at a time. For more information and to book your playtime session, click here

FAQs here

Grass Hoppers is a safe and secure play space for families set in the grounds of Tong Garden Centre. You’ll find a huge outdoor adventure playground and a large indoor play area where children up to the age of 10 years old can enjoy proper playtime!

The outdoor play area includes Jumping Pillow’s, Giant Sandpit, Water Play, Race Track, Zip Wire, Adventure Play Area and under 4’s pre-school area with playhouses and outdoor toys.

Booking required.  Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY

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Read our Mumbler review here.

Visit the Grasshoppers Website for more details

0113 285 3506


Enjoy a fantastic day out at Lotherton Hall, a charming Edwardian house and country estate with extensive grounds, bird garden zoo, Red Deer Park, nature trails, gardens, café, shop and two children’s play areas. Themed events run throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission fee applies. 

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959.

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Mother Shipton’s

Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.

The park is a unique, unspoilt remnant of the Royal Forest of Knaresborough. During a visit it is an old tradition to make a wish. The Wishing Well is fed by the same magical waters as the Petrifying Well and has been wished upon for over 300 years. Many visitors have been in touch to tell us their wishes have come true!

The park has several scenic picnic areas, a coffee and ice cream kiosk, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Dogs are welcome in all areas, apart from the playground.

Themed events run during school holidays.  For more information about family events visit our website.

Booking essential.

Please check the website for up-to-date opening times and any unforeseen park closures. Open weekends in March and daily from 29th¬†March ‚Äď 31st¬†October 2021.



Covid Update: House, Farm Playground now open.  Pre-booking for House and Farm required, find more details here

Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss the special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities.

House Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am -4pm, Home Farm, Daily, 10am-5pm (closed on Mondays during term time and bank holidays)

Admission charge for house & farm. Pre-booking now required.

Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461.

Aeroplane Watching at Leeds Bradford Airport ‚Äď Multiflight Cafe/Yeadon Tarn/Hawthorne Farm

Bardsey Playground

Small playground in the village of Bardsey

Beckett Park

This is a lovely quiet playground suitable for all ages. Has picnic tables just at side of playground tennis courts and a small skatepark. Parking is not great

Beckett Park, Leeds LS6

Boston Spa Playground

The new playground boasts toddler swings and a playhouse amongst other equipment for the under 5s and a variety of swings for older children, including a typhoon three-way swing and a basket swing. Older children will also enjoy the challenging climbing net and zip-wire. Also a great sandpit

Calverley Victoria Park

Calverley Park has a range of facilities including tennis courts, bowling green, cricket pitch and a newly refurbished children’s play area. A footpath surrounds the park which is accessible to all and suitable for the majority of manual and electric wheelchairs.

Located at: Carr Road, Calverley, Pudsey LS28 5RH.

Castle Howard Skelf Island Adventure Playground

Gardens & Playground now open

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.

Covid-19 update: Pre-booking required.

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

Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Map

Child Friendly Leeds have been consulting with children and young people in Leeds to find out what they would like to see on a city centre map. They have helped to co-produce an amazing map with lots of useful features and activities to do in our amazing city!

Child Friendly Leeds City Centre Map

Clifton Park, Rotherham

Clifton Park in the heart of Rotherham is a wonderful place for the whole family. With parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even an amazing museum, Clifton Park has everything you could need for the perfect day out!

Clifton Park has 2 car parks:

  • Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2BH
  • Clifton Park, Clifton Lane,¬†Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2AA

Crag House Farm Playground

Crag House Farm has some fantastic children’s outdoor play equipment in the gardens for children to ‘enjoy the great outdoors’.¬† The play equipment is thanks to the Morrison’s Foundation which supports charities which make a positive difference in local communities and Caring For Life does just that.¬† The play equipment is probably best suited to children uner 8 years.

This supplements the nature trail, outdoor games, activity sessions and the child-friendly cafe (children’s menu and activity packs) already at Crag House Farm.

Otley Road, Cookridge, LS16 7NH, Tel: 0113 2303618

East Keswick Playground

A recently extended and improved village children’s playground at Carr Green. Lots of things to do and normally quiet

Golden Acre Park

This popular park is renowned for its wonderful gardens, popular tea rooms and circular lakeside walk. Ideal for a family walk, scooter/pushchair friendly (on paths) and a great place to feed the ducks, play ball games and have a picnic

Off Arthington Road, Bramhope, Leeds LS16 8BQ Tel: 0113 261 0374

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Hop along to Grass Hoppers Indoor Play Gym and Outdoor Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre for a whole lot of fun. Explore the soft play areas, and imaginative play indoors or enjoy the jumping pillows, zip wire, and giant sandpit outdoors.

Grass Hoppers is set in a secure environment with café, seating and award-winning Yorkshire dairy ice cream!

Pre-booking required at peak times. See website for details.

Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY.  Tel: 0113 285 3506

Harewood House

Harewood’s Grounds, Gardens and Bird Garden is officially reopened to the general public. Slots will be released every Thursday evening for the following week until guidance around capacity and social distancing alters.

All visitors (including under 5s) will need to pre-book tickets.

The Courtyard Café will be open with a takeaway service. All the toilets in the Grounds and Gardens will be open with a queuing capacity in place. There are also additional hand washing facilities around key areas of the site, and hand sanitisation stations at regular intervals around the site.  More details can be found here

Horsforth Hall Park

Horsforth Hall Park is a large community park

Attractions and facilities:¬†Scenic walks,¬†Cricket pitch,¬†Summer entertainment events,¬†Trim trail,¬†Japanese garden,¬†Skate park,¬†Integrated play facility,¬†Spider’s web playground, large sandpit

Location: Hall Lane, Horsforth, LS18 5JE

The cafe at the cricket club are very child friendly and often have a bouncy castle outside during the summer on week days and a big picnic rug!

Kirkstall Abbey Park

Football and rugby pitches are available for organised groups, tennis courts can be booked and a large playground caters for younger visitors. The extensive network of paths enable walking or jogging and there are large areas of grassland for informal games and recreation.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the grounds or along the river. The park is accessible to all.

Abbey Rd, Leeds LS5 3EH

Meanwood Park

Leeds LS6 4LT

Attractions and facilities: Meanwood Valley Trail, Meanwood Nature Reserve, Children’s playground, Tennis courts, Bowling green, Picnic areas, Basketball court, Car park, Footpaths

Middleton Park

To the south of the city, Middleton Park is one of Leeds largest parks. ¬†It has a¬† caf√©, bowling greens, playground, fishing lake and community events held throughout the year. ¬†There is also a nature reserve on site, providing opportunities to spot lots of wildlife. ¬†Middleton Railway also runs through the edge of the park, with the opportunity to see small steam trains operating on, believe it or not, the worlds oldest working railway! ¬†Entry to the Railway’s museum is free, however there is a small charge to ride the train (children under 3 years travel free).

The Park doesn’t have an official postcode, but directions to the main entrance on Town Street can be found by using the postcode LS10 3SH.

Moortown Park

Opened December 2018.

A large green play space with a lovely secure dedicated play area for younger children with sandpit, swing and animals to climb on.

There are two slides, swings and great trim trail on the older part.

There is a track around the park which will double as a good bike practice area for younger children. In the summer months, there are picnic benches and lots of grassed (Will be when it has grown!) areas for ball games and flying kites!

**We visited in December and it was quite muddy under foot so would recommend wellies.

Located behind Moortown Primary School, entrance off Shadwell Lane.

Newby Hall – Ripon

Newby Hall is a great Yorkshire family day out with plenty to do for children of all ages. The¬†Adventure Garden has swings for toddlers through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. Get wet in ‚ÄėTarantella‚Äô dancing water play area by William Pye!¬†(Take swimmers & a towel!) You can ride a¬†miniature train through the gardens for a small extra cost.

Open March- September. You can take a picnic (there is cafe as well) and there are traditional ice cream shops.

Ripon, HG4 5AE. Tel: 01423 322583

Nostell Priory – Wakefield

National Trust maintained 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, adventure play area, cafe & shop. Special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE. 01924 863892

Potternewton Park

Potternewton Park is a popular park in the heart of Chapeltown, just 2 miles north east of Leeds city centre. It is just over 32 acres in size and has facilities for people of all ages.

Attractions and facilities: Open parkland and flower beds, Bowling green, Tennis courts, Playground, Skate park, Basketball court

Harehills Lane, LS7 4HA


Pudsey Park

Pudsey Park has something for everyone.  Enjoy a relaxing stroll, visit the pets corner and tropical greenhouse, have a swing on the kids playground or enjoy a game of bowls.  Toilets and Cafe Kiosk serving light refreshments on site.  Located at: Church Lane, Pudsey, Leeds, LS28 7RR.

Rodley Park

This small community park located on a hillside on the other side of Town Street from the remaining crane works building. The park contains a small garden area, playground, basketball court, paths, extensive amenity grassland areas and wooded slopes.

Roundhay Park

Roundhay Park is one of the most popular parks in Leeds due to its size, grandeur and array of things to see and do. Roundhay Park covers over 700 acres of rolling parkland, lakes (great for duck feeding), woodlands, formal gardens and contains several cafes, two playgrounds, the popular visitor attraction Tropical World and much more.

Parking available at both the upper and lower parts of the park.
The park is great for scooters and bike riding but there is also a train (weekends and BH’s) which takes you from the upper and lower parts of the park for ¬£2 a person.

Mansion Lane, off Princes Avenue, LS8 2HH

Scarcroft Playground

Great secure playground for all ages with swings, zip wire, train, slide, climbing frame, see-saw, mini obstacle course and cycle track.

Plenty of parking available.

Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, LS14 3AS

Shadwell Playground

Nice park for all ages with great grass area adjacent for ball games.

Holywell Lane, Shadwell Village

Springhead Park – Rothwell

A large leafy park with a stream, bird garden, three children’s play areas, skate park and tennis courts. Look out for special events throughout the year such as Bonfire night and Santa’s helicopter landing.

Free parking. Cafe & toilets.

Park Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, LS26 0ET


Stonegate Road Park, Meanwood

New well equipped park with large grass area for ball games and a path for scooter and bike practice.

x 2 baby and older child traditional swings, tyre swing, roundabout, spinning dish, toddler slide and climbing frame, older climbing frame with bridge¬†(fairly challenging) to the slide, see-saw rocker, chime bars and ‘sound talkers’.

Parking on road.

Stonegate Road, Meanwood, LS6 4HZ


Swinton Estate Parkland & Gardens

Stunning parkland and gardens. Enjoy a peaceful stroll around the gardens, lakes and ponds.

Entry: £5 per adult| £.2.50 per child| Unser 5s free| £12.50 for a family of four.

Or enjoy a yomp through the woodland to the Druid’s Temple at Swinton Bivouac. ¬£3 car parking charges apply.

The Arium – Leeds Parks Nursery, Cafe and Playground

  • Extremely spacious and secure children’s play area,¬† giant sandpit and outdoor picnic area.
  • Craft area.
  • Pop up family events will be running throughout the year.
  • Family friendly cafe.
  • Garden shop & plant nursery.
  • Christmas Shop and stockist of Stockeld Park Christmas Trees
  • Accessible site with plenty of parking.

Tel: 0113 378 9985  Facebook

The site is close to the A64 end of Thorner Lane. If you turn off the A64 onto Thorner Lane, it’s the second turning on your right (after the cemetery).

Thorner Playground

Recently updated playground, visited by Mumbler May 18.

“Great playground for all ages”

Located just off the ‘green’ in the middle of Thorner opposite the Mexborough Arms

Thorp Arch Retail Park – Wetherby

Outdoor playground known as the “boat park” by our children with good open space

Street 5, Thorpe Arch Retai Park Wetherby LS23 7FE

Valley Gardens – Harrogate

The premier play park in Harrogate! The equipment is fantastic here with loads to do for all ages including a zip wire, fortress, plane, paddling pool as well as the usual slides, swings etc. There is also the recently completed skate park for the older kids.

There is a kiosk selling ice creams and light refreshments in the play area and further down the gardens there is a café which sells Ripley ice-cream as well as a boating pond and bandstand.

The park also offers pitch and put, crazy golf, Frisbee gold and tennis courts.

At the top of the Gardens lie the Pine Woods.

Valley Gardens, Harrogate HG1 2SZ

William’s Den – North Cave (Nr Hull)

William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. Children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.

Special events and activities in the school holidays.

Mumbler Review 

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS. Tel: 01430 47223

Woodhouse Moor Playground

The facilities at this park include a children’s play area, skateboard park, multi-use games area (including a youth shelter and basketball hoop), tennis courts, bowling greens, kickabout area, cricket wicket, large open grassland areas and a restaurant.

Woodhouse Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6

Yeadon Tarnfield Park

Lots of fishing, and sailing on this tarn, but essentially an easy walk for children, good for bikes etc.With ducks to feed. A very good children’s playground near the carpark. A Planespotters paradise.

Cemetery Road, Yeadon, Leeds LS19 7UR

Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour (Billy Bobs)

This place has a great (free) outdoor play area with wooden structures and indoor barn area  for those having the full dining experience. Separated out into under and over 7 year olds, and just £1.00 per child entry, the bigger kids can enjoy high adventure, whilst the little ones can take it more gently in their own play space. Brilliant 1950’s style parlour serving sundaes, breakfasts, burgers and hotdogs, coffees, cakes & all sorts!

Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, BD23 6EU. Tel: 01756 711826