There are a few diamonds out there and allow for a lovely way to spend an hour or so in the sunshine.
Wilton Park – WF17 8NN
It has a standard playground at one end, but when the cafe opens at the other end, there is a boatload of outdoor toys to play with for the children. In between is a lake where on weekends you can watch model boat enthusiasts navigate their boats on the water. If you fancy the half mile walk up a big hill through the woods, there is Bagshaw Museum (free) which will entertain for an hour.
Valley Gardens, Harrogate – HG1 2SZ
This is probably one of the best pure playgrounds, with relatively new and diverse equipment and enough to go round as well. Perhaps more suited to school age children, there is plenty of space within the playground and the gardens themselves to allow children to run free. You can also play crazy golf and there is an open paddling pool for the summer months.
Pudsey Park – LS28 7RR
The actual playground is pretty run down and not the best at all. However, the small animal enclosure is a little unusual but nonetheless worth the trip. There are quite a number of small animals to look at and while you can’t touch them, it is all indoors so you can enjoy in the relative warmth. It is free as well!!
Manor Heath Park, Halifax – HX3 0EB
A lovely park hidden away even though it is just a mile away from the town centre. Quite a large playground but a large sand/water play area which means that it makes the list. (Make sure you take a spare set of clothes!). There is a butterfly/tropical enclosure within the park for a bargain price of £1 each. This doesn’t get nearly enough publicity as the larger Tropical World in Leeds.
Wharfe Meadows Park, Otley – LS21 2BH
Situated next to the River Wharfe this is a large playground with cafe and a short walk into the town. Free street parking is available albeit a squeeze at times, but there are plenty of playground toys to play on, especially for the older children.
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