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5 Yorkshire Day Trips That Are Back on the Table

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

Fancy a day out?

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall

From wildlife parks to nature reserves, you can now organise a post-lockdown day out in God’s Own County…

Now we can get out and explore the wonders of Yorkshire, what’s stopping you from planning an epic day out? You can meet exotic animals at a wildlife park, swing through the forest on a treetop adventure site or enjoy a day of art at an open-air gallery. There’s something for everyone here, so pick a date and get ready for a big day out. After all, you deserve it, right?

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

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You can see over 400 animals spread across 15 different habitats at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. From black rhinos to leopards, lions and polar bears, they have loads of rare species here. All of their indoor and outdoor walkthroughs are back open as is the Tsavo Bakehouse, the Caramba Cafe and the Masai Coffee House. To make your visit as safe as possible, they’ve got plenty of signage to help maintain social distancing and hand sanitising stations across the site.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TB. You need to book ahead online.

The Forbidden Corner

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Tucked away in a quiet corner of the Yorkshire Dales, The Forbidden Corner is one of Yorkshire’s most unusual family-friendly attractions. It’s home to a labyrinth of weaving underground tunnels and chambers, with a series of a dead-ends to keep you alert. You’ll walk through four acres of mazy gardens, passing impressive statues and water features as you go. They’ve got social distancing measures in place and hand sanitising stations across the site.

The Forbidden Corner, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 4TJ. You need to book ahead online.

Go Ape

Go Ape Temple Newsam

Go Ape’s treetop adventure is the perfect way to burn off steam. Strap up and venture through the woodland canopy of the Menagerie Wood as you navigate a series of nerve-jangling zip lines, teetering bridges and nail-biting rope swings, before you reach the stomach-dropping 11-metre Plummet that marks the end of the course. All equipment is sanitised after use, social distancing measures are in place and there are hand sanitising stations across the site.

Go Ape, Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 0AE. You need to book ahead online.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is back open and there are over 500 acres of glorious parkland to explore. As you walk, you’ll stumble on a series of captivating exhibitions and installations. British artists like Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Antony Gormley take centre stage, but there are over 80 different sculptures to see at any one time. They’ve got a one-way system, social distancing measures and hand sanitising stations across the site.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG. You need to book ahead online.

The Piece Hall

The Piece Hall

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The Grade I-listed Piece Hall is one hell of a day out. Originally an 18th-century cloth hall, it’s been beautifully restored and is now home to a delightful array of shops, restaurants and museums. The incredible internal piazza is a sight to see, it’s surrounded by three tiers of balcony-style walkways, and there’s never been a better time to visit. They’ve got a one-way system, social distancing measures and hand sanitising stations in place.

The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1RE. It’s open to walk-ins.

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