Free Days Out in Wakefield

Are you looking for free things to do in Wakefield? In this blog post we’ll uncover some of the best free days out in Wakefield, ensuring that you can make the most of your visit without spending a penny!

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Newmillerdam Country Park

Newmillerdam Country Park is a captivating destination that offers a delightful experience throughout the seasons. It is a true gem that can be enjoyed year-round. Whether you're looking to enjoy its natural beauty, a family-friendly activity, or an escape from the bustle of everyday life, this park is the answer!

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*Please be mindful that there may be parking charges*

Anglers Country Park

Located South-East of Wakefield is perfect for walkers, nature lovers, dog walkers and more! It has been awarded Green Flag status – recognising it as one of the best parks in the country. Enjoy a two-mile stroll along the lakeside path, which is pushchair and wheelchair friendly so everyone is able to enjoy the views the park has to offer. If you're taking your little ones, be sure to collect an Adventure Trail Activity Pack from the visitor centre and follow the Room on the Broom Trail. Along the way you will find the well-known characters from the story!

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*Please be aware that there may be parking charges and additional charges may apply for extra activities*

Sandal Castle

Sandal Castle in Wakefield is a historic castle located on the outskirts of the city. The castle played a prominent role in the Wars of the Roses and was the site of the Battle of Wakefield in 1460, where Richard, Duke of York, was killed. Today, the ruins of Sandal Castle serve as a popular visitor attraction, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area and providing insights into its rich history.

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Pugneys Country Park

Pugneys Country Park in Wakefield is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a diverse range of natural habitats to explore. Embark on the woodland trail, where you'll be treated to a glimpse of Pugneys' second lake, a bustling hub of wildlife activity. They offer bike and scooter hire if you fancy a quick outing, or if you'd rather have a leisurely afternoon taking in the views, pop along to their cafe and enjoy a fresh coffee! There are plenty of activities for children too, with various play areas for them to run around, and make sure to hop aboard the Pugneys Light Railway. The joy of riding the Light Railway is a delightful opportunity available on selected weekends. This exciting adventure is perfect for young children, providing them with an unforgettable experience. (visit for schedule details)

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*Please be aware that there may be parking charges and additional charges may apply for activities*

The Hepworth

The Hepworth is an art museum that was established on May 21, 2011. Positioned on the southern bank of the River Calder, the museum derives its name from Barbara Hepworth, a renowned artist, and sculptor who was born and raised in the city.

The museum is free to members, Wakefield District Residents and under 18's. However, the garden is open daily for everyone to enjoy.

*Please be aware that there may be parking charges*

National Coal Mining Museum

The National Coal Mining Museum is based at the site of Caphouse Colliery in Overton, Wakefield. A contemporary colliery that has witnessed over two centuries of coal production. During your visit, embark on an Underground Tour, descending 140m below ground, where former coal miners will share tales of their careers and the industry's captivating history! On weekends and holidays, don't miss the opportunity to hop aboard the battery-powered Paddy Train, once utilised for transporting miners to and from the pit, and enjoy a ride from Caphouse to Hope (and back again!).

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*Please be aware that there may be parking charges*

Walton Colliery Nature Park

If you're seeking an exciting bike ride, an adventurous horseback journey, or a leisurely stroll, Walton Colliery Nature Park is the ideal destination for you.

By following the Trans Pennine Trail in a northern direction from Haw Park Wood, you'll discover this former colliery site, featuring ponds, grasslands, plenty of wildlife, and a well-maintained network of pathways.

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Thornes Park

Situated a mere 15-minute stroll (or a quick 5-minute drive) from Wakefield city centre. Embark on a leisurely journey through the beautiful flower and rose gardens, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature. Uncover amazing plant species housed within the climate-controlled conservatory, and extend a warm greeting to the birds residing in the aviary.

For younger visitors, the park provides an exciting play area complete with jumping, sliding, and swinging opportunities. Additionally, close by lies a skate park where you can practice your skateboarding skills.

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