Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

A day out to Wakefield is great option for a quick train adventure from Sheffield. There’s lots do there cheap and free. Toddler friendly museums, art, playgrounds, national trust, rainy day options and adventure playgrounds. And it’s easy to get there in less than half an hour from Sheffield with tickets under £10 return. There’s 2 train stations in Wakefield, a shuttle bus and plenty of local buses so it’s easy to get around. Here’s our Top 5 Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield… and BONUS: 4 of them are free! Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

We go on a lot of days out, especially by train, and Wakefield has to be one of my favourite places to go. This is because there’s so much to do in just one place so you can easily do 2 things in a day. I love it when you can choose 1 city or town but there’s multiple things (and cheap) to do in that place. I like packing more than 1 thing into our day. My go-to combination is the Hepworth Wakefield and a museum. Our last day trip to Wakefield combined the gallery and Nostell, it was a really nice day. Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield

Hepworth Wakefield | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Hepworth Wakefield | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

I do love the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield. It’s free. You can find it just 5 minutes from the Wakefield Kirkgate station. It has a wonderful cafe with really lovely food, books, plants and a nice atmosphere. There’s a kids menu, and some toys to play with. If the weather is nice tables outside are available in the sun (with some shade). The vibe is trendy, relaxed and cool. I’m really fond of it; the food is a real treat.

hepworth wakefield cafe | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Hepworth Wakefield Cafe | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

You can’t really spend an awfully long time there; not a whole day but, 2 hours or so is totally doable with lunch in the cafe. There is an indoor picnic area if you prefer. The outdoor adventure playground is great, Eric loves it. Plus, going up to the gallery across the bridge saying hello to the big robot is always a must!

Next port of call are the free family workshops, usually on weekdays but also during week day in term time. We’ve done bright light sculptures and sculpt and play. I really like the look of Dreamworlds, Sensory Story Time, Toddler Tuesdays (not free) and Printed Collage. Check the what’s on list because there’s always something going on and I highly recommend them. The last drop-in free workshop we did was to do with building sculptures with clay and experimenting with den building using a variety of fabrics. Eric loved it and it was completely free. The staff were really engaging, too.

Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Hepworth Wakefield | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

Upstairs in the galleries are Explore & Draw stations for little ones. “Each station links to our temporary exhibitions or collection displays and contains activities, objects and books related to the artworks. Enjoy drawing in the galleries, look in new ways at the artworks, feel objects and materials connected to exhibitions, or sit and read together.” and although Art Pods every Saturday and mon, fri in school holidays. “Each Art Pod has creative activities for families to draw, make and be creative surrounded by the artworks in the gallery. You can also enjoy reading our selection of sensory, creative books together, or play with our specially designed Hepworth inspired wooden blocks – great for little ones!”.

Eric likes the free Explore & Draw totes full with tools and prompt cards for inspiration.

Room On The Broom trail

room on the broom | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Room On The Broom trail | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

I recommend this trail to everyone! It’s free and free parking. The room on the broom trail at Anglers Country Park is a great day out. It’s a circular route around a pretty lake spotting and find characters from the room on the broom book along the way. Walking around trying to find all the sculptures is a good way to encourage little legs. There’s nice little kits available to buy from the visitors centre but you don’t need these to do the trail.

The walk is flat and suitable for scooters, bikes, prams, etc. There is a park and cafe back at the visitors centre and cafe. It’s a bus journey from Wakefield.

Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

Wakefield One / Wakefield Museum

This museum was new to us earlier this year. And wow what a good find! Very close to Wakefield Westgate station this free museum in Wakefield One has lots to play with. Dressing up, wooden play kitchen fully equipped, animals, trails, stuffed toys, wigs, train set. We loved the victorian room. Eric’s favourite part was the play kitchen.

Things To Do In Wakefield: Free Day Out at Wakefield Museum
Wakefield Museum | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Things To Do In Wakefield: Free Day Out at Wakefield Museum
Wakefield Museum | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

In the same building is a nice cafe and library, plus an area outside for eating your own food. A lovely free day out, really recommend this one.

Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

Nostell, National Trust

Nostell proxy Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Nostell | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

Nostell is a “18th-century architectural masterpiece with landscape park and gardens” National Trust property a short bus journey from Wakefield town centre.  See Thomas Chippendales interior worlds inside the house and explore the collections. Enjoy a woodland trail around the lake. Follow the winding paths around the Pleasure Grounds and Menagerie Garden. Plus there’s a woodland playground for children.

Nostell | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Nostell | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Nostell | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield
Nostell | Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

We went to Nostell a few weeks ago for the first time. I thought the woodland playground was lovely for little ones with a good variety of equipment to play with for all ages. The grounds, parklands and walks are very pretty; especially in autumn! Bursting with colour. We had a picnic near the lake. I liked seeing all the fruit and vegetables in the Kitchen Garden, Eric especially liked the pumpkins! We didn’t get enough time there and I would definitely go back again to explore more. Adult is £12.75 gift aid and child £6.40.

Top 5 (4 free!) Things To Do With Kids in Wakefield

National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Coal Mining Museum For England in Wakefield
National Coal Mining Museum For England in Wakefield

I was really impressed with the National Coal Mining Museum earlier this year. We hadn’t been before and I didn’t know what to expect, if it was very good for families, etc. It’s completely FREE and they’ve just opened a new adventure playground which is really, really good! There is a great little indoor play area with Wendy house, slide and ball pit, stories, puzzles and things to do. It’s a small soft play area especially for under 5’s inside the museum.

National Coal Mining Museum For England in Wakefield
National Coal Mining Museum For England in Wakefield

I didn’t find the museum particularly engaging for Eric but everything else to do really made the visit worth it. Once Eric is over 5 I can’t wait to take him on an underground coal mining tour.

The indoor play area, adventure playground, pit ponies, nature trail and cafe were nice. There’s regular events on so do check their website. Take a look at the adventure playground here.

Eat & drink

There’s a cafe at every place I have listed above so you can eat there. Or you can take your own, each place either an indoor/outdoor picnic area or both. 🙂

We love day trips, find out more of our favourites to try out with your kids here:

Sheffield day trips and days out with kids

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