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Things to do in Wakefield

Historic industrial city located on the River Calder at the edge of the Pennines

Are you looking for things to do in Wakefield? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.




 

  Attractions

Hemsworth Water Park And Playworld

Large lakes,playgrounds,miniature railway and more make this a great family day out.
Hoyle Mill Road
Kinsley
Pontefract
WF9 5JB

01977617617

 

Sandal Castle FREE

Castle ruins and visitor centre in a scenic location.
Manygates Lane
Sandal
Wakefield
WF2 7DS

01924249779

 

Xscape

Enormous entertainent complex with a vast range of attractions ranging from snowboarding to shopping.
Colorado Way
Glasshoughton
Castleford
WF10 4TA

01977664794

 

Sno! Zone

Indoor ski and snowboard centre.
Colorado Way
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 4TA

01977523091

 

The Hut

The Hut provides great opportunities and activities for young people from the age of 6 –18, including bowling, indoor sports, outdoor sports and activity days.
Kershaw Avenue, Airedale
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 3ET

Recommended by Neil Kennedy, Castleford
“Fantastic venue, for childrens parties, Bowling, Roller Skating and lots more, great and informative staff, excellent facilities for Sports and Leisure ”

 

Lauderdale Aisle, St Mary's Church FREE

The former sacristy of the great 15th-century parish church, with a splendid monument of early 17th-century date, in marble.
In Haddington on the A1.
EH41 4DD

 

Dunglass Collegiate Church FREE

The church was founded in 1450 for a college of canons by Sir Alexander Hume.
1m north west of Cockburnspath off the A1.
TD13 5XF

 

Fairburn Ings RSPB Nature Reserve FREE

RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife.
RSPB Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre
Newton Lane
Castleford
WF10 2BH

 

Steeton Hall Gateway

English Heritage - A fine example of a small, well preserved manorial gatehouse dating from the 14th century.
near South Milford
North Yorkshire
LS25 5LX

 

Nostell Priory

National Trust - Magnificent 18th-century mansion.
West Yorkshire
WF4 1QE

 

Hailes Castle FREE

A beautifully sited ruin incorporating a fortified manor of 13th century date, extended in the 14th and 15th centuries.
1.5m south west of East Linton of the A1.
EH41 4PY

 
 

  Children's Activities

Xplore

Indoor soft play centre and glow in the dark mini-golf course.
Colorado Way
Castleford
WF10 4TA

01977553355

 

Diggerland

Digger themed adventure land. Great family day out.
Willowbridge Lane
Whitwood
Castleford
WF10 5NW

08712277007

Recommended by Judi Sutherland, Bradford

 
 

  Museums

Castleford Forum Museum FREE

Display and interpretation of significant artefacts from the Council's Castleford collections.
Castleford Forum
Carlton Street
Castleford
WF10 1BB

01924305356

 

Pontefract Museum FREE

Discover the history of Pontefract told with fascinating objects housed in a beautiful art nouveau building.
5 Salter Row
Town Centre
Pontefract
WF8 1BA

01977722740

 
 

  Parks

Pugneys Country Park FREE

Pugneys Country Park is a great day out with two lakes and a modern watersport centre and cafe.
Asdale Road
off Denby Dale Road
Wakefield
WF2 7EQ

Recommended by Veronica Bates, Wakefield

 

Kippax Meadows FREE

Tucked away next to the village of Kippax, this mix of meadow and scrub provides a small network of paths to gain some fresh air.
Mount Pleasant Kippax
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 7AT

 

Hollinghurst Wood Nature Reserve FREE

This stand of woodland located in Great Preston provides a haven for nesting birds who also use the nearby St Aidans wetlands area.
Great Preston
Leeds
South Yorkshire
WF10 2HY

 

Townclose Hills Nature Reserve FREE

This SSSI gives a stunning show of wildflowers, thanks to its magnesian limestone soil. The woodland is traditionally coppiced.
Westfield Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS25 7JB

 

Rothwell Pastures Nature Reserve FREE

This site is based around a network of streams, meadows and a disused railway line.
Stone Brig Lane, Rothwell
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS26 0XE

 

Owl Wood And Pit Plantation FREE

These two semi-mature woodlands located just off the Lines Way are connected and there is plenty here for local wildlife.
Doctors Lane
Leeds
West Yorkshire
WF10 2AQ

 

The Lines Way FREE

The Lines Way, developed along a disused railway line stretches for four miles, providing access to several wildlife sites.
Allerton Bywater
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 2GB

 

Willow Garth Nature Reserve FREE

Provides a window to the past, at a time where the countryside was a mosaic of different habitats each varied in their structure.
Stocking Lane
Knottingley
West Yorkshire
WF11 9AA

 

Letchmire Pastures Nature Reserve FREE

A wild reclaimed former colliery site, with a young woodland and meadow where bee orchids are now plentiful.
Main Street, Allerton Bywater
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 2DL

 

Ledsham Bank Nature Reserve FREE

A botanist's dream come midsummer, Ledsham Bank is alive with colour from the fantastic displays of wildflowers.
Holyrood Lane
Ledsham
West Yorkshire
LS25 5LL

 

Water Haigh Woodland Park FREE

Water Haigh Woodland Park is an intimate matrix of inter-connected pockets of broadleaved woodland, pasture, hedgerow and wetland.
Fleet Lane
Woodlesford
West Yorkshire
LS26 8WW

 
 

  Bowling

Wakefield Superbowl

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
180 Doncaster Road
Wakefield
WF1 5HG

 

Bowlplex Castleford

Ten Pin Bowling complex.
Colorado Way
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 4TA

01977668111

 
 

  Cinema

Cineworld Wakefield

Multi-screen cinema.
Westgate Retail and Leisure Park
Colinsway
Wakefield
WF2 9SH

03303334444

 

Cineworld Castleford

Multi-screen cinema.
Colorado Way
Castleford
WF10 4TA

03303334444

 
 

  Theatre

Theatre Royal

Popular local theatre.
Drury Lane
Wakefield
WF1 2TE

01924211311

 

Castleford Phoenix

Popular local theatre.
Airedale Community Campus
Crewe Road
Castleford
WF10 3JU

01977664566

 
 

  Golf

Normanton Golf Club

Golf Club.
Harfield Hall
Wakefield
WF3 4JP

 

Mid Yorkshire Golf Club

Ideally located in the heart of Yorkshire, where from the moment you drive into the stunning parkland setting you will be inspired by the warm friendly atmosphere and attention to detail of this hidden gem.
Havercroft Lane
Darrington
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 3BP

01977-704522

 

Pontefract & District Golf Club

Golf Club.
Park Lane
Pontefract
West Yorkshire
WF8 4QS

 
 

  Leisure centres

Castleford Lock Lane Sports Centre

Community sport and fitness centre.
Lock Lane
Castleford
West Yorkshire
WF10 2JU

01977510200

 
 

  Water sports

Lightwaves Leisure Centre

Swimming pool, fitness centre and many other activities available.
Lower York Street
Wakefield
WF1 3LJ

01924302315

 

Castleford Swimming Pool

Indoor swimming pool. Lessons available.
Aketon Road
Castleford
WF10 5DU

01977722055

 

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