10 Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire

We loveeee adventure playgrounds; don’t you?!  The bigger, the better in my opinion and last year we found some cracking ones I’d like to share with you. If you have any recommendation for 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire I would love to hear your favourites to check out this summer so be sure to send them in! Here goes…

10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire


Chatsworth House Farmyard & Playgrounds

Chatsworth House Playgrounds 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

The adventure playgrounds at Chatsworth are fantastic! Chatsworth House in the Peak District is a wonderful day out and one of our firm favourites. The gardens are truly amazing and exploring them are a day out on their own! But the magic happens for kids at Chatsworth in the farmyard and playgrounds.

The friendly farm is lovely and clean with friendly animals split over 2 floors with a lift for accessibility. Kids can get the chance to take part in guinea pig handling, sitting on the large tractor & in school holidays, themed crafts and trailer rides. Upstairs, above the main barns a slope takes you right up to the most amazing adventure playgrounds! The surroundings are beautiful with a stream running and plenty of nature play opportunities. Take a bucket and spade for paddling and collecting rocks.

The actual playgrounds are just something else. There’s tons of space and LOTS to play on. A variety of play frames and areas means every child has something to choose from depending on their ability with fun for everyone (even adults). Equipment is suitable for toddlers right up to teens. There’s toddler frames, sand and water play areas, swings, tunnels, rope park and a much bigger and advanced adventure playground with trampoline, big slides and fantastic views over the peaks!

If you drive it definitely is worth booking your tickets for the farmyard & playgrounds online where your parking is included making it a very reasonable price for a fantastic day out. There are plenty of spaces to picnic and a snack hut up there, plus a cafe down at the farmyard and toilets. The good facilities top it all off. 🙂 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire
National Coal Mining Museum For England

A day out here is completely FREE and the adventure playgrounds were new in 2017. They’re pretty good and there’s tons to have fun on plus spaces to picnic. We were really impressed when we went in January 2018 (read my review here), the playground is amazing and for free you can’t go wrong.

The playground has areas suitable for tots up to teens with frames, slides, tunnels, zip wire, roundabouts, infant area and adventure trail. It’s all new so very clean and shiny, too.

There’s lots more to do there, too, like enjoy the nature trail, see the pit ponies, explore the museum, go underground in the mines or have fun in the indoor under 5’s play area (Eric loved it).

Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield

10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire
Rather Valley Adventure Play

Adventure Play Valley at Rother Valley Country Park is a staffed adventure playground costing £3 per child or £2 with parking ticket. It’s available for private hire/children’s parties and is open daily during season (weather permitting) from 10:30am. It’s a lovely adventure playground for toddlers, especially.

At adventure play valley you’ll find lots of fun equipment for children to burn off steam plus a little snack hut for refreshments. If that isn’t enough, there’s another free children’s playground, land train, cafe and animal farm. Plus lots of water sports! Read this review which Nikki sent in from our community group, they had a fantastic time there! 🙂 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

Tropical Butterfly House, Falconry & Wildlife Centre, Sheffield

Best things to do at Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire
Adventure playground

The adventure playground at Tropical Butterfly House is soooo unique and very impressive. It’s all handmade through a bespoke company making it a piece of art. Made all from wood, it’s very fun and inside you’ll find hidden mythical creature rubbings on the walls, plus funky art!

Outdoor play at Tropical Butterfly House is amazing in general with lots of little areas including wet play, sand play, under 5’s area, diggers and rides. We love it; read my blog post here about it! By the playground are toilets and picnic tables so you can settle down if you’re going to be there a while. The slides are really fun and don’t forget the zip wire!

Clifton Park & Museum, Rotherham

Clifton Park & Museum, Rotherham 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire
Clifton Park & Museum, Rotherham

Free days out are awesome and Clifton park is one of them! When I first went last year I couldn’t believe how great it is and free, too. You must go! There’s a lovely little museum with interactive stuff for kids and cafe, and looooots of play areas outside with a variety of things to do to keep busy.

In the warmer months the water splash is very popular with 3 separate areas for all ages, a paddling pool and snack hut. There’s lots of spaces to set up picnic or even BBQ around the water and it gets very busy with families enjoying themselves! Next to the water splash area is a funfair, mini golf and land train stop (which all cost) but the playgrounds are all free. There’s slides, toddler area, sand pit area, bigger slides, adventure trail and scooter/skate park. Very fun and very good for a free day out.

Wheelgate All-Action Theme Park, Nottinghamshire

wheelgate 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire

Ok so not in Yorkshire but I just HAD to include this; it’s not far at all! Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park is an amazing day out which we personally love! There’s so much to do for toddlers and it’s fantastic value for money especially if you manage to bag a discount/sale offer ticket (which they have throughout the year for just £7).

On the park you’ll find lots of play areas for all abilities such as toddler areas, the fantastic new adventure playground (which is HUGE), play village, farm, maze, model village, soft play centres, rides, sand pits, big slides, water rides, aviary, miniature train, tropical house and I’m sure there’s still more I’ve missed!

Last time we went to Wheelgate the adventure playground had just been opened and it’s very, very good! We were super impressed. Wheelgate is really big for a day out and we never usually manage to do absolutely everything there. Plus it’s really great that you pay to get in then everything is included so no paying for extras is a bonus! 🙂 Read our review and watch our video here.

10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

Nostell Priory, Wakefield

Nostell Priory, a 18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens, owned by National Trust can be found in Wakefield and is home to a wonderful adventure playground. Families can also enjoy garden trails, walks, cycling, den building, geocaching and treats in the cafe.

Family trails are available, too, and the adventure playground is waiting for you to go wild in with a 30ft long zip wire, wobbly bridges, climbing cottages, horses and lots, lots more!

Williams Den, Brough

Williams Den 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire
Williams Den – 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

Newly opened just last year in 2017, Williams Den is a very unique adventure attraction with lots of adventure play areas. Concentrating on outdoor and nature play, there is so much for kids to do at Williams Den. It’s a fantastic experience both in and outdoors, where families can explore, play, run, discover and build.

With several play areas such as wet and sand play, indoor adventure play, outdoor den building, caves, climbing frames and zip wire plus great facilities it’s guaranteed it’ll be a adventurous day out.


Magna Adventure Science Centre, Rotherham

Magna Adventure Science Centre 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire
Magna Adventure Science Centre Sci-Tek

Adventure playgrounds at Magna are pretty impressive and annual passes are available, making it very budget-friendly. The outdoor play areas, Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek are huge with loads to do for all ages. Think toddler equipment, rope park, water park and jets, castles, swings, zip wires and everything in-between. It’s split into areas and great place for a picnic, too.

We were pretty impressed with the playgrounds at Magna and think kids of all ages will have loads of fun there. Don’t forget to explore inside, too.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

YWP 10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in (& near) Yorkshire
10 Best Amazing Adventure Playgrounds in & near Yorkshire

You’ll be spoilt for choice at YWP with the amount of play areas they have there! The indoor play area is like a big adventure playground, too, so whatever the weather you can have lots of fun.

Outside there’s a variety of play areas all around the park, all adventure playground style and very fun for children. There’s a variety of equipment with slides, climbing frames, ropes, tunnels, zip wires, wooden houses and picnic areas.

I hope you love these amazing adventure playgrounds and be sure to send in any recommendations for ones you know and love!

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  • April 6, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Each of these parks are examples of brilliant creativity. I particularly liked the Wheelgate All Action theme park in Nottinghamshire. Proximity to nature and safe playground equipments with a little dash of fantasy are all ingredients of an amazing playground.


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