We’ve just got home from spending 6 days away going to 5 different cities and experiencing loads of new things. It was so much fun and I’m feeling totally feeling inspired to plan more trips after this that cram in lots of things to see within a short space of time! There are so many places I want to visit in England, near Sheffield and afar, I really should start some sort of bucket list to keep track of them before I forgot. This post came from that very idea.
Maybe you could tell me what you think about it if you’ve already been, share a review, tell me what to expect or if I shouldn’t bother? I’d love to know what your top places are to visit, too!
12 Unique Places I Really Want To Visit
Williams Den, HU15 2LS
Williams Den is a new unique family attraction near Hull. It’s all about the love for playing outdoors and it seems to be totally up our street. I’ve heard mixed reviews from people I know, but overall good experiences. There’s so much to do and play with at Williams den, from mud kitchens, building, outside wooden frames and climbing, dens, amphitheatre, tyre making and indoor adventure themed fun, too. The indoors stuff looks like it’s still outdoors…. which is so cool, I’ve never seen that before.
The food looks to be decent and the overall style seems like it would be all stripped back, natural and quite modern. I love anything to do with outdoors and the style of adventure playgrounds; I wonder if we would like this?
I’m unsure what the perfect age is for Williams Den, and it also isn’t very public transport friendly. For us to get there we would have to get a train to nearby station probably Brough then a long walk or taxi. Prices for over 3 year old start at £6.50, and adults start at £5.50.
Mother Shipton’s Cave, HG5 8DD
This is the oldest UK’s tourist attraction in Knaresborough and somewhere I’ve never been. despite it’s age I didn’t find it until early last year and it was put straight on the bucket list. I sort of forgot about it until I saw really good reviews from the easter Peter Rabbit event which looked absolutely amazing.
Mother Shipton’s Cave has a park, old petrifying well, 2 playground, hidden corners, woodland and riverside paths, ancient trees, adventure playground and it’s dog friendly. Photos of it look both magical, fairy-tale like and spooky! I’m so intrigued and really want to go.
It’s right by the Knaresborough castle, too, and not far from York. There’s a train station 5/10 minutes away so getting there wouldn’t be a problem. Last time I looked at trains the fares seemed to be a little expensive from Sheffield so maybe one for booking in advance.
Sundown Adventureland, DN22 0HX
This place is so, so popular and it kills me that I can’t get there as it’s not suitable for public transport… which really, really sucks for families without a car.
I’m pretty sure I must have been there when I was a kid but I can’t remember; I might have been very young. Photos of it look quite familiar, though, so maybe I have? Sundown Adventureland is a little theme park made especially for toddlers, in Retford. It looks so cute and kooky. The theme park is specifically for under 10’s with lots of outdoor, indoor play, angry birds themed land, rides, cafes, tractors, toy town, farm and loads of good events on their calendar.
It really does look amazing for little ones and I’ve never heard a bad review about it. Fingers crossed we can get there one day.
The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction, LA23 3BX
I recently picked up a leaflet for this whilst in Blackpool and it took me back to my childhood. I remember going to Beatrix Potter attraction as a little girl, I was so young so seeing as I can remember it it must be pretty special.
The World Of Beatrix Potter is in Windermere, close to the train station, and is very reasonably priced I think at only £7 per adult. There is a self-led tour/trail which they recommend takes up to an hour through the gardens, then there is a beautiful shop and tea room. There’s even the tale of tiggy winkle, the tale of mr Jeremy fisher and so many more character favourites.
I think although it doesn’t look very big, there would be so many lovely bits and pieces to take photos of, just look at and I expect it would be very aesthetically pleasing!
Newcastle upon tyne is in north east England and a very popular city! I’ve never been but I’ve heard very good things about it for families with loads to do in and around the tyne, most of which I found from my favourite blogger North East Family Fun.
I honestly wouldn’t know where to start as there seems to be a lot to do not only in Newcastle but in surrounding areas, too. I’d probably want to start with exhibition park, discovery museum and Saltwell park in Gateshead.
Trains from Sheffield can get to Newcastle is just over 2 hours, so around the same time as it would take to get to London.
Markeaton Park, DE22 4AA
This was recommended to me from hayley in our community group and since looking into it it looks fantastic, and free; so even better! Markeaton Park is one of the most popular attractions in East Midlands.
Loads to do at this park like play areas, shopping village, orangey, walks and gardens, sports, golf, adventure play, model railway and pedal boats. Donkey rides, paddling pool, canoes, bike track are just some of the many things to do at this park.
Derby isn’t hard to get to at all from Sheffield and I would probably combine it with something else in the area, like Ashbourne or Leicester.
Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld, WF9 5JB
Another fantastic looking park in Pontefract. Hemsworth Water Park & Playworld has lakes and sandy beaches, playgrounds, wildlife areas and pedalo rides. The play world area looks to have a good playground with adventure play equipment and sandpits. The play world is free under 2s but £3 over.
BeWILDerwood, NR12 8JW
Bewilderwood is a fun, imaginative and unique adventure playground in Norfolk near Norwich. There’s magical treehouses, intriguing characters and woodlands inspired by fairytales. This place looks truly fantastic and very fun… zip wires, stories and playgrounds sound like a dream come true for an outdoorsy day out in the woods.
I would expect this place to be something like what you’d expect in Alice In Wonderland. A truly enchanted world of outdoor play. The website isn’t very informative when it comes to getting there by public transport but on the map it doesn’t seem like Bewilderwood is miles away from a major village/city, though I’m not 100% sure.
I’ve never step foot in Scotland and I’m just itching to. We really don’t have any excuse with trains from Sheffield regular and quick! The price of train fares has always put me off with flying being the cheaper option. Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland and I’ve been told of how beautiful it is, how much there is to do from amazing castles, good shops and places to eat, the royal mile and gorgeous parks. The architecture looks truly stunning and I’d been told it’s such a friendly place to be.
I’d love to go and explore the natural landscaped areas in the hills. Edinburgh Castle would be my first point of call; how beautiful does it look?! Apart from that I’d be stuck as to where to go and how to start exploring Edinburgh.
Langold Country Park, S81 9NW
Langold Country Park is popular with families for the good water play and playgrounds. It’s not far from Sheffield, just 5 miles north of workshop but hard to get to by public transport which is why we haven’t been yet.
The water splash park is completely free and looks great for little ones, plus there’s playgrounds, open grassed areas, lakes, wildlife, cafe and everything you’d need for a good park day out. We must go, especially as it’s completely free.
Belton House, NG32 2LW
I’ve been seeing a lot of good things about the playgrounds at Belton House; they look realllyyyyy good! Belton House is a National Trust country estate in Grantham, Lincolnshire. There’s a deer park, Italian and dutch gardens and the most amazing looking adventure playground.
On the National Trust website, they say the playgrounds are suitable for all ages… “Make a splash with water, create some noise with the chimes and music blocks or simply wander further into the wood and build a den. There’s endless possibilities of fun for the whole family in Belton’s award-winning playground.” How good does that sound? I’ve seen little reviews on my community group which look fantastic.
I *think* I’ve been here before but I can’t remember much. Whitby is a seaside town in Yorkshire and it looks very picturesque. I imagine coloured houses, lots of Instagram-looking places (haha), pretty boats, cobbled streets and cute places to eat. There’s Blue Flag beaches, shipping ports and Whitby is home to Dracula with the dramatic Whitby Abbey.
I really want to take Eric as he loves the seaside and I think Whitby is definitely the most beautiful Yorkshire seaside there could be. I wouldn’t know where to begin with finding somewhere to stay as I assume lovely holiday cottages of all shapes, styles and sizes are available for seaside breaks away.
And more places on my bucket list…
- Bolton Abbey
- Castle Howard
- Hebden Bridge
- Saltaire; been before but really want to go back!
I’m lucky to have already gone to so many places I’ve been desperate to go since we’ve had Eric; this is what inspired me to start this blog! Some of my most favourites:
- London, specifically South Bank, Central London, museums and Battersea Park/Zoo
- MSI Museum, Manchester
- Hull, specifically all the free museums!
- Wakefield, for Anglers Country Park, Wakefield Museum & Hepworth Gallery
- Chatsworth House Farm & Adventure Playgrounds
- Eureka! The National Children’s Museum
- Ashbourne and Dovedale, Ilam Park
- Seaside: Scarborough, Cleethorpes, Filey and Bridlington
- Legoland Discovery Centre, Manchester
- Leeds Tropical World & Roundhay Park
- And just this week we have been to Birmingham Thinktank Museum (amazing!), National Space Centre, Liverpool and Blackpool; reviews coming soon!
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