Woweee! 100+ Things To Do For Sheffield Families!!

Hello everyone! Today I bring to you a huuuuuge blog post which is the ONLY list you need for family days out & ideas for things to do in Sheffield . Jam packed full of indoors, outdoors, museums, parks and playgrounds, family walks and much more… you shouldn’t be stuck for things to do once you read this! It’s a big one so please make sure to save this to your bookmarks then you can come back to it throughout the year. 🙂 100+ Things To Do For Sheffield Families This Summer!!

Please note this blog was created in Summer but is applicable for all year round!!

We love FREE days out as I’m sure you do too, so if you’re particularly looking for those to keep the costs down then head over to these posts:

Without further ado let’s get started! This is split into 8 separate sections so you can find what you need easier. There is Parks & Playgrounds | Museums | Water Parks & Splash Play | Outdoors | Farms & Animals | Big Days Out & Attractions | English Heritage & National TrustLists. Enjoy!

100+ Things To Do For Sheffield Families This Summer!!

Parks & Playgrounds

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Left-Right: Norfolk Heritage Park, Rivelin Valley Park, Elsecar Park & Millhouses Park.

Ruskin Park, S6 3JQ. This playground is Walkley includes a sandpit.

Graves Park S8 9FL & Woodseats Playground, two big playgrounds the Graves Park playground has a large sandpit, zip wire, swings, slides and trampolines. Plus there is a free animal farm.

High Hazels Park, S9 4PE large playground with sandpits.

Forge Dam S10 4GL, a wonderful day out with a lovely cafe, woodlands, playground and walking trails. One of our favourite free family days out: read this!

Endcliffe Park, S11 7AB, good park for families with funfair, nice cafe, parkour and large playground. Plus woodlands and open fields for running around!

Rother Valley Country Park, S26 5PQ, sporting facilities, cafes, walks around the water, playgrounds and some animals.

Rivelin Valley Park, S6 5GL wonderful park with free water park, nature trails, woodlands, cafe, good big playground.

Norfolk Heritage Park, S2 2PL large park with ancient woodlands, cafe and community centre. New adventure playgrounds!

Crookes Valley Park, S10 1DJ just behind Weston Park Museum, small playground but has all you need for lots of fun, plus family pub and a walk around the water.

Hillsborough Park and Hillsborough Park Walled Garden S6 2AS, a wonderful park with duck pond, library, beautiful walled garden (a must visit) and playground with new climbing frame/slide, plus fields for games/running around. Get this free trail for 10 things to spot!

Bole Hill Recreation Ground S10 1QH, lovely playground high up in the hills with fantastic views over the city, rocks to climb, BMX track and picnic areas.

Heeley People’s Park S2 3DJ, combine this with a visit to Heeley City Farm to make a really good, all round freeday out. The park has great equipment plus little bike track and paths winding around.

Highfield Adventure Playground – Commuunity run and staffed adventure playground with mud kitchens, slides, ropes, sand pits and cafe. Check opening times.


Queen’s Park, Chesterfield has sand, lots of play equipment and a little train.

Elsecar Park, Barnsley is an award winning park with a reservoir, lovely playgrounds with sandpits for the kids, cafe, little bike track, mini golf and just across from Elsecar Heritage Centre.

Cliffe Park in Dronfield, has a new adventure playground, all free, with large play areas, cafe, sandpits and is proving to be very popular! Right near the train station, too.

More Parks:

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100+ Things To Do For Sheffield Families This Summer!!


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Weston Park Museum in Sheffield is fantastic for kids and always free! Plus there’s a cafe/picnic area upstairs, park and Crookes Valley Park behind it. Don’t forget this free trail.

Kelham Island Museum shows the very best of Sheffield steel work history, industrial metal works, and includes interactive galleries, old cobble stoned streets and shops, tools, and has a little good soft play area for the little ones with slide and ball pit. Plus cafe.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is an absolute must-visit, so much interactive fun for little ones, plus annual passes!

We recently discovered Wakefield Museum and it’s free, very fun and has lots to play with, in the same building as a lovely modern library and cafe. Highly recommend a day out here as you can get the free shuttle from Wakefield Westgate (opposite the museum) to The Hepworth Gallery, too! Lots more free things to do in Wakefield here.

National Science & Media Museum in Bradford has free entry and it’s a very big museum with an imax cinema and a sensory Wonderlab exhibition which is very fun for little ones.

MSI Manchester is free and really, really good for all ages. Totally recommend that one. Manchester museum is totally brilliant too, so many specimens, taxidermy, animals and dinosaurs to see. Very family friendly and free.

We love getting hands on at National Emergency Services Museum & sitting in all the vehicles!

Royal Armouries is free in Leeds and you can catch a FREE boat taxi from the station to the museum (so fun). The museum has loads of space, cafe, picnic areas & a play area with building, castle, dress up, puppets, colouring etc.

Clifton Park and Museum has a little play room on the museum for kids with buttons to press, little cave, rocking horse, colouring table. It’s free & there’s a museum trail, cafe & loads to do outside with rides, mini golf & adventure playgrounds.

Fancy a trip to Leicester? This is what we thought about the National Space Centre.

More museums:

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Indoor play

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Medieval Mayhem is the newest, biggest and most adventurous indoor play centre in Sheffield. Plus during summer there is an outdoor play area featuring sand pits, chalk boards and free lollies! Activities run every day from messy play, crafts and singing. See inside here.

Kiddy Winx Play Cafe in Rotherham is great for babies & toddlers with role play toys and imaginary stations like shops, bakery and dress up. Great cafe & always have activities on.

Big Apple Play City is a big play centre in Rotherham suitable for up to 14 years old. Clean, big and cafe serving hot food. Separate toddler area & Baby Sensory room included in entry. Can get very busy

Monkey Bizness in centertainment is another big soft play, has separate toddler area with ball pit, small slides & walkers etc

Playmania Sheffield is great for little ones especially for toddlers, has big role play garage & supermarket to pretend play in, play frame with slide & smaller baby area, great food menu with vegan options

Big Tops Play Centre in dinnington popular with families, large play centre with lots to do!

Try something a little different: crafts and outdoor play at Crafty Kids, Pot House Hamlet.

Jam Packed Guide of 100+ Things To Do For Sheffield Families This Summer!!

Water play & Splash Parks

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Rivelin Valley Park, Sheffield S6 5GL will have the free splash park open daily in school holidays! It’s very popular and there’s a paddling pool, too.

Langold Country Park, S81 9QW is open every day with a bigggg free splash park “sea scroudels” and good playgrounds.

Clifton Park & Museum in Barnsley has a fantastic free water splash area, great playgrounds and funfair. Water splash on daily during Rotherham half term holidays.

Millhouses Park, S7 2QQ has a small water play area perfect for toddlers and is open every day, plus cafe, boating lake and playgrounds.

Aqua-Tek at Magna adventure Science Park in Rotherham reopens for half term and water fun is on daily, annual passes available.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry centre has a good water splash area with lots of sand, toys, diggers and adventure playground. Included in admission (plus has half term event on).

Peace Gardens in Sheffield City Centre is a great place to splash around in the fountains, they are on daily and during Sheffield By The Seaside.

Bakewell Park is a good day out in the lovely historical village and in the playground has a free water play area.

Chatsworth House adventure playgrounds are really big and include lots of sand pits, water tables and a stream to paddle in. We love it.

Kings Park in Retford was recently recommended by a reader and sounds amazing! Free with splash park, playgrounds, tennis courts, the lot. Plus free panto and family shows in summer.

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Mother Cap, Longshaw Estate, Botanical Gardens, Wyming Brook.

Hunt for boggarts at Longshaw Estate, National Trust on the edge of Sheffield. It’s free! Plus you must go down for a picnic at Padley Gorge (and paddle, of course!)

Explore the lovely village of Castleton and visit Perevil Castle

There’s an outdoor swimming pool and fantastic playground in Hathersage; very worth a visit!

We love a walk around Ladybower Reservoir. Sooo picturesque 🙂

Ride a miniature train at Abbeydale Miniature Railway. Taking a picnic is a must and check opening times before you go as they’re only open on very select days. It’s such a lovely day out.

I really recommend finding Bamford Mill; it’s truly a hidden paradise, and there’s a new playground in Buxton, too!

Fancy a long walk but close to Sheffield? Try walking from Grindleford to Hathersage via Bolehill Quarry; I love this walk!

Buxton has a fantastic park in the Pavilion Gardens. It’s a lovely day out plus there’s a cafe, lots of nice shops, caves, museum and walks.

Tissington Trail is a wonderful flat path running all the way from Ashbourne to Buxton. You can cycle, scoot, walk or run! We did a few miles from Ashbourne and highly recommend it. Dovedale and Ilam Park are close by and wonderful.

Sheffield Manor Lodge has historical ruins, discovery centre, outdoor play (maze, sandpit) and history tours of the ruins open every Sunday.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens is free to visit, open daily and really worth a visit. it’s beautiful and has a good cafe, lovely toy shop and little areas to explore.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, near Wakefield is a free day out. Open air gallery with cafes and picnic areas.

Renishaw Hall & Gardens: a stunning country estate with private house. Award winning gardens with trails, children’s garden, sculptures, water features and cafe.

We love a day out at Low Bradfield & walks around Damflask Reservoir – not far from north Sheffield, with playground, places to eat, bowling green and countryside walks.

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Farms & Animals

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Wentworth Garden Centre, Rotherham – Lovely garden centre with shops, historic walled garden, aquatic centre, cafe and family farm. The family farm has 2 playgrounds and a sandpit, plus a brand new water/sand play area.

Graves Park has a free animal farm and very good playgrounds; the largest park in Sheffield.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster is a popular zoo for families. Lots of animals to see, play areas both indoor and outdoor, shopping village and places to eat make this a very popular attraction.

Heeley City Farm – one of our favourite free days out in Sheffield and has a fantastic vegan/vegetarian cafe.

Aston Springs Farm, Rotherham – enjoy a woodland trail seeing the animals, picnic areas, wildlife pond and places to eat, drink and shop down at the main centre. There’s a pizza restaurant with indoor play, farm shop and even a paint a pot studio.

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Big Days Out / Attractions

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Robin Hood Wheelgate park & Sewerby Hall and Gardens

National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield is a FREE day out and has adventure playgrounds, nature trail, museum with indoor play area, pit ponies and half term activities.

Meet the characters from Room on the broom on the FREE adventure trail at Anglers country park, Wakefield.

Heading down to the seaside when it’s good weather is an absolute must! I love Cleethorpes and there’s so much to do there for kids, it’s all close together and easy to get to by train from sheffield. Scarborough and Bridlington are also good seaside places near Sheffield.

Explore the large and wonderful Roundhay Park in Leeds for a free day out. Cafe, play areas, land train, old castle ruins, lakes and near to Tropical World (under 5’s free). Find out more things to do in Leeds here.

Have lots of fun at Markeaton Park, Derby and free entry.

We really liked Wheelgate theme park near Nottingham, a great attraction for toddlers with loads to do; indoor and outdoor, animals, trains, water park, adventure playground, maze, rides, etc., Don’t forget dads get in for £5 over Fathers Day weekend.

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Scarborough and Bridlington and two lovely seaside destinations. In Scarborough why not go up to Scarborough castle or visit Peasholm Park? There’s also Sealife and Aplamere Water Park. In Bridlington, take the land train to Sewerby Hall & Gardens. We love it.

I really recommend Web Adventure Park in York. There’s indoor and outdoor play, a farm and looooads of sand pit and water play. So much to do at a really reasonable price.

The Deep in Hull is the most popular aquarium in the UK and is pretty impressive. There’s so much more to do in Hull, too, we loved all the free museums especially the Streetlife Museum.

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English Heritage & National Trust

  • Coinsbrough Castle, English Heritage
  • Bolsolver Castle, English Heritage
  • Brodworth Hall, English Heritage
  • Longshaw Estate, National Trust – Free
  • Lyme Park NT
  • Belton House NT
  • National Trust Clumber Park
  • Nostell Priory
  • Ilam Park
  • Fountains Abbey
  • National Trust Hardwick – read my review!

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