Half term ideas for Wakefield and the Five Towns that you can still do in Tier 2 lockdown

The first half term of the year is almost upon us, and many parents are beginning to think about ways to keep their little ones busy this holiday.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 7:00 am
But with Tier 2 restrictions currently in place across the Wakefield district, some of the usual activities might not be an option. We've put together a list of 15 of the best half term activities across Wakefield and the Five Towns this October.

But with Tier 2 restrictions currently in place across the Wakefield district, some of the usual activities might not be an option. We've put together a list of 14 of the best half term activities across Wakefield and the Five Towns this October. Some attractions may need to be booked in advance.

The National Coal Mining Museum has now reopend its Overground Experience, including the chance to chat with miners, meet pit ponies and let off some steam in the adventure playground. Admission to the museum is free, but all visitors will need to pre-book an arrival slot.
Set in more than 300 acres of parkland, Nostell offers a splash of culture as well as the for a great half term adventure. The National Trust encourages walking and cyclic across the site. Parking should be booked in advance at nationaltrust.org.uk/nostell

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Family theme park Diggerland promises fun for the whole family, with the chance to ride, drive and operate real diggers. The park is open throughout the half term holiday from 10am to 4pm.
One of the district's most popular attractions, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located in the grounds of the historic Bretton Hall. As well as installations from some of the biggest names in sculpture, the park features more than 500 acres of parkland - perfect for a half term morning stroll.
Wakefield Council's Story Trails offer a chance to explore the district's parks while reading stories. Families are encouraged to scour the parks and complete their activity packs. The trails can be found at Newmillerdam, Pugneys and Anglers Country Parks.
Located in Rothwell, Swithens is a working farm, which has been run by the same family for almost 60 years. The farm offers a festive Halloween pumpkin patch, as well as the chance to meet animals including pigs, sheep, cows, goats, chickens and more. Entry should be booked in advance.
If you're looking for something a little more exciting this half term, why not give Go Ape a go? The tree top adventure at Temple Newsam offers different levels of challenges, including zip lines, Tarzan Swings and much more. Tickets should be booked in advance at goape.co.uk
The RSPB site at Fairburn Ings has reopened to visitors, and promises the chance to spot a whole host of wildlife. With pushchair-friendly walks and a selection of takeaway snacks and drinks, it's the perfect place for a day out this half term, no matter the weather.
Many of Wakefield's gyms and fitness centres have now reopened to the public, with a variety of options, including swimming, available to book. Visit sports.wakefield.gov.uk/Horizons/sports to find out more or book today.
If you're hoping to get into the Halloween spirit this October, look no further than Farmer Copleys. The family-run farm, between Pontefract and Featherstone, offers visitors their choice of more than 130,000 pumpkins, as well as a selection of spooky entertainment. Tickets must be booked in advance.
A favourite with families, Thornes Park offers acres of land to explore, as well as an ever-popular children's play area. If you're looking for something a little more laid back, try and park's walled gardens, or take a stroll down to the duck pond.
The Old Quarry Adventure Playground, known locally as The Addy, offers free and open-access play for children and young people aged 5 to 19. Roaring fires and autumnal activities will be on offer throughout half term. Sessions should be booked in advance.
Unveiled last year, The Louisa Fennell Walking Trail offers a walk through the city as it was more than 100 years ago. The walking trail provides a glimpse of the city centre through the eyes of watercolour artist Louisa Fennell. Visit forgottenwomenwake.com for a map of the route.
Tucked away in Roundhay Park, Tropical World is home to a huge selection of exciting and exotic animals. The site is open from 10am to 4pm each day, with a reduced capacity, and tickets must be booked in advance.