Hello friends and a very warm welcome to issue 17!
This week, due to incredibly popular demand, we’ve a slightly different newsletter format for you!
As so many of you have now asked us for more ‘things to do in Yorkshire’ inspiration, we’ve decided to draft a special edition newsletter jammed full to the brim of ideas for you!
Our original Yorkshire guide
has proven to be a huge
success and we’ve loved hearing about and seeing the trips that it has helped to inspire (And a big shout out to the lovely couple I overheard in our Harrogate Tipi the other night who were working their way through it…all!) - But
with those summer holidays now firmly upon us, and record levels of staycation occupancy, you good people are telling us that you are needing more and more creative ideas for great Yorkshire days out!
Therefore friends, we have listed several new attractions below for you to suit all; we truly hope that, in some small way, we can help you and your families make the most of your summers together.
(And… if you do go out and about, let us know friends! here is our Instagram account!
PS this list was compiled with our friends at Wakefield Council (Arts, Culture and Leisure) who are doing some wonderful work for the area.
The National Coal Mining Museum 🔨
Where: Wakefield. Description: Explore Caphouse Colliery, a mine which experienced more than 200 years of coal production. Its charismatic guides are former miners, who will help you to understand more about the people and communities at the heart of the industry. After you’ve finished your tour, take a trip to the stables to meet the horses and ponies. There are acres of beautiful woodland to explore, as well as an Adventure Playground for the kids to enjoy. What’s more it’s Summer @ Pit from now until Sunday 5th September, an interactive event allowing you to get a sense of how miners spent their summer holidays. Cost: Free
Where: Castleford. Description: Diggerland is the ultimate adventure UK theme park experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery. There are 20 different rides and drives offering fun for all ages (subject to height restrictions). Younger visitors can enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits, coin operated rides and much more. Cost: £11.40 - £22.80, children under 90cm go free
Xscape Yorkshire ❄️
Where: Castleford. Description: Xscape Yorkshire is the ultimate, fun-fuelled day out destination. Activities include skiing, snowboarding and sledging on real snow at Snozone, wall-to-wall trampolining and urban climbing at Gravity, 70ft skycoaster and bungee experience, LaserZone laser tag, Volcano Falls adventure golf, Tenpin bowling and 4DX at Cineworld. Plus, there’s a free outdoor play area for little visitors aged 6 years and under. Cost: Variable
Pugney’s Country Park 🤽
Where: Wakefield. Description: Explore Pugney’s Country Park by rail on its 7¼” gauge passenger-carrying miniature railway. Once you’ve got your bearings, take part in the park’s Blown Away Adventure trail. Based on the charming children’s book by local author Conrad Burdekin, there’s loads of activities to do, including puzzles, counting, a zipline, and lots more. You can even do your best impression of the Grand Old Duke of York, marching up to the top the hill, arriving at Sandal Castle. If you have any energy left, why not finish off with a visit to the awesome pirate adventure playground! Cost: Free, train tickets cost £1-£2
Pontefract Castle 🏰
Where: Pontefract. Description: A place of family-friendly adventure, Pontefract Castle is free to enter with no need to book. With historic ruins to explore and bags of open green space to run and play in, it’s the perfect place to create your own castle adventure. Climb to the top of the keep and see the surrounding Yorkshire countryside. Younger visitors can also test out their soldier skills with fun civil war training activities. Browse the gift shop or enjoy a tasty treat in the Liquorice Café while the children let off some steam in the new castle-themed playground. Cost: Free
Festival of the Earth 🌍
Where: Venues across the Wakefield district, including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Art House and Wakefield Theatre Royal. Dates: Saturday 12th July – Sunday 31st October 2021
Description: The Festival of the Earth is an exciting collection of events, activities and workshops, including breath taking art installations and live theatre performance, taking place across the Wakefield district. The festival will encourage visitors to make positive environmental changes to their daily lives, tackle climate change, and have fun all at the same time. Cost: Variable
Key events part of the Festival of the Earth:
Ithaca: Fire and Ice 🔥🧊
Where: WX (the Former Market Hall), Wakefield Dates: Friday 20th August – Saturday 4th September 2021
Description: A 2-week immersive sound and light installation enabling visitors to experience the dramatic changes already happening to Earth’s climate and the impact of our actions are now making on the planet. Cost: Free Link: https://experiencewakefield.co.uk/event/fire-and-ice/
Where: Wakefield Cathedral Dates: Friday 20th August – Monday 30th August 2021 Description: Wakefield Cathedral will play home to a stunning 7-metre replica of Earth created by artist Luke Jerram, featuring detailed NASA imagery. Each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 18 kilometres of Earth’s surface, allowing visitors to see our planet floating in three dimensions, accompanied by a specially made surround-sound musical composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones. Cost: Free. Link: https://experiencewakefield.co.uk/event/gaia/
Corn Maze 🚜
Where: Farmer Copleys, Pontefract Dates: Saturday 31st July – Monday 6th September 2021. Times: Every day from 10:30am
Description: Farmer Copleys has one of the largest Corn Maize Mazes in Great Britain, with a mini-maze for smaller children and a large maze for all the family to do together. The mazes are interactive, with loads to do including rubbings, games sheets and Maze-0-Vision, plus more activities in the Fun Park for all to enjoy. Cost: £8 - £10, under 2s go free
🕶️ By the way, if you haven’t secured your summer Staycation yet…erm, it REALLY is the time to get clicking now!
That’s all for this week, as ever, thank you so much for reading and engaging with us, we appreciate it and every time someone new subscribes…we smile.
Stewart - Group Director of Sales & Marketing at Cedar Court Hotels Yorkshire; if you are on LinkedIn, connect with me here 👈
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