The kids will be positively bouncing off the walls after lockdown 2.0, so why not treat them to an outdoor adventure?
If you’re wondering how to have a family day out in Tier 3, wonder no more because we’ve rounded up 5 fun and safe outdoor adventures in Leeds. From an urban farm full of fluffy creatures to a grand estate with a massive lake, there’s plenty to keep the whole brood entertained. We’ll level with you – the winter weather might make things a little soggy, but these days out are worth it. So zip up those coats, pull on those wellies and get out there!
Stockeld Park is the perfect place for the kids to run wild and let off steam after the month-long lockdown. It’s been turned into a winter wonderland, with a dizzying snowflake maze and sparkling illuminations that bring the Enchanted Forest to life after dark. But that’s just the start because there’s also five epic playgrounds for the kids to explore. Young adventurers won’t want to miss the hidden Tangle Tree Climb where they can tackle wobbly bridges and tip-toe across rope walks.
Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.
There are loads of nature trails and walks to enjoy in the grounds of Harewood House, so why not round up the whole family, put on your winter boots and get exploring? You can marvel at ornate gardens, go for a waterside ramble along the 32-acre lake or venture into ancient woodlands to seek out the ruins of Harewood Castle. There’s also a fantastic adventure playground, where the kids can jump, slide and swing, as you warm up with a hot drink from the Courtyard Cafe.
Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LG.
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve
Fancy a winter ramble with the whole brood? There’s no better place than St Aidan’s. You can take your pick of four different trails – the short and sweet Bowers Bimble has pushchair-friendly paths and is great for those with little legs, but for nature-lovers it’s got to be the hour-long Reedbed Ramble. As you wander through the wetlands keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of wildlife, from wigeons on the water to buzzards in the skies. It’s a muddy one, so get ready for plenty of puddles to splash in!
St Aidan’s Nature Reserve, Astley Lane, Swillington, West Yorkshire, LS26 8AL.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm
A trip to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a great way to get the family out and active this winter. Animal-obsessed youngsters will love meeting all the furry residents. There’s a pair of ginger cows, a bunch of cheeky goats and more fluffy sheep than you can count in the fields. It gets muddy, so remember those wellies! After you’ve explored the farm, why not follow the nature trails? There’s loads of native wildlife in and around the grounds, with previous sightings of foxes, badger and deer.
Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugar Well Road, Meanwood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS7 2QG.
A beautiful Tudor-Jacobean estate, Temple Newsam is a real local treasure and even though the house might be shut, there’s still plenty to do across the grounds. Bring the bikes and whizz round the endless trails that weave through the woodlands and around the lakes. Prefer a more leisurely pace? You can marvel at the beauty of the landscaped gardens, before heading over to Home Farm to meet a variety of friendly rare breed animals – see if you can spot the sheep, cows and donkeys playing in the fields.
Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE.