Guest Post: Free days out in West Yorkshire

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Read our guest post from Superbreaker Robert for some great ideas for free days out in West Yorkshire that will keep the kids entertained this Autumn Half Term…


With Autumn half term just around the corner I thought I would share some of our my family’s favourite free days out in West Yorkshire that we have enjoyed during the holidays this summer.

1)      The National Media Museum in the centre of Bradford has 10 floors of exhibits and loads of things to see and do. It celebrates everything media related from TV and cinema to radio and photography. The museum is free to visit but if you want to see a film in the IMAX cinema then there is a charge for that. My sons love having a go at reading the news and learning how to be a cameraman in the mock TV studio, as well as all the interactive exhibits. During the school holidays there are often special activities for children.  It’s well worth a visit!

2)      The National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.  On arrival you are provided with a hard hat and torchlight before taking the lift underground to one of the oldest working mines in the country. Each time we have been our guides have painted an amazing picture of what life was like working underground.

3)      Five Rise Locks in Bingley – We usually park in the centre of Bingley before walking along the canal to see the staircase of locks. My children enjoy seeing all the canal boats travelling through the locks and up and down the canal.

4)      Ogden Water Country Park and Nature Reserve is located just outside Halifax and is a 34 acre reservoir surrounded by woodland and moors. If you are into ‘Geocaching’ then you should visit Ogden Water (Geocaching is similar to an orienteering treasure hunt whereby little boxes have been hidden around the country with clues of how to find them on the Geocaching website). There are loads of hidden Geocaching treasures around the lake and within the woods and lots of different walks to explore.

5)      St Ives Estate near Bingley is an amazing country park with woodland walks and one of the best adventure playgrounds in Yorkshire, according to my children!  I am always amazed that this park offers free entry to visitors. Again St Ives is perfect for people who enjoy searching for Geocaches and we have found many Geocaches around the woods this summer.

Hopefully this has offered you a few ideas for the next school holidays!

What tips for free days out do you have – whether in York and the surrounding areas or somewhere further afield?

Get some top tips on what to do and where to go during the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire right here!

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