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!
Crag House Farm (Feb 18) has recently had some fantastic children’s outdoor play equipment installed in the gardens for children to come and ‘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.
This will supplement the nature trail, outdoor games (summer months), activity sessions and the child-friendly cafe (children’s corner) already at Crag House Farm.
Harewood sits within easy access of the vibrant cities of Leeds and York, yet in the heart of beautiful Yorkshire scenery and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. One of the Treasure Houses of England, Harewood House is surrounded by over 120 acres of gardens and parkland, with lakeside walks, an impressive Walled Garden and a collection of rare birds and plant species.
Much loved by families, Harewood’s playground appeals to all ages, with different stages to suit children as they develop, and within a stone’s throw of the Courtyard Café and of course the beloved penguins. A farm experience and Bird Garden has much to discover, with species including pot-bellied pigs and Alpacas, whilst the adventurous will always find themselves drawn to the stepping stones of the Himalayan Garden, where they can challenge their parents and grandparents to cross the stream and hide amongst the lush vegetation. A Ferry launched last summer ensures that little legs can have a rest and take time to get further round, perhaps to the picnic area and pop-up Horsebox café just outside the Walled Garden.
The House has a fascinating past, built as a showhome in the 1760s by the finest craftsmen of the time and a royal household in the 1930s when Princess Mary, Queen Elizabeth’s aunt, married Viscount Lascelles, a wealthy landowner. There is plenty to discover in and around the House, from the Curiosity Cabin just outside, where young families can learn and play together, to handling baskets and child-friendly house trails inside. End a visit with a pause in the secondhand bookshop run by friendly volunteers and it’s a full day for families to enjoy at Harewood.
Find out more at www.harewood.org
Open March – October.
Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG. Tel: 0113 218 1010. (Accessible by the No 36 bus from Leeds)
Extremally spacious and secure children’s play area, giant sandpit and outdoor picnic 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).
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
Small playground in the village of Bardsey
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
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 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.
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:
A recently extended and improved village children’s playground at Carr Green. Lots of things to do and normally quiet
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
Hop along to Grass Hoppers Outdoor Adventure Playground at Tong Garden Centre for proper outdoor fun. Have a bounce on the jumping pillows, zoom down the zip wire, play and dig in the giant sandpit, glide down the slides, drive around the race tracks and much more!
Grass Hoppers is set in a secure environment with café, outdoor seating and award-winning Yorkshire dairy ice cream!
Tong Lane, Bradford, BD4 0RY. Tel: 0113 285 3506
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!
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.
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
To the south of the city, Middleton Park is one of Leeds largest parks. It has a café, 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.
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 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 ‘Tarantella’ 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
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 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 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.
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 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
Opened Sept 2017.
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.
**Visited October 2017 and was quite wet underfoot would recommend wellies**
Wetherby Road, Scarcroft, Leeds, LS14 3AS
Nice park for all ages with great grass area adjacent for ball games.
Holywell Lane, Shadwell Village
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
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
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. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Admission charge for house & farm.
Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461.
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
Outdoor playground known as the “boat park” by our children with good open space
Street 5, Thorpe Arch Retai Park Wetherby LS23 7FE
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 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.
William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, HU15 2LS. Tel: 01430 47223
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
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
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