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Half term is just around the corner, which means we need to find ways to entertain the kids. If you're stuck for ideas of things to do in York and the surrounding areas, then why not check out some of the best play areas in the region? We've compiled a list of 10 of our favourite playgrounds for you to check out over the coming week.
Acomb Green play area sits right in the heart of York and is a public green space that is situated a short distance from Acomb Front Street. The site itself is 3 acres in size, which gives your children a wide expanse to run and play. With adventure trails to traverse, swings and a slide, this playground provides everything you need for a fun day out. There's also picnic benches for the adults to sit back and relax, while sharing some hot tea and sandwiches.
Situated across from the York District Hospital, Clarence Gardens is a small, traditional public gardens that is enclosed by trees to offer space to breathe in a busy urban setting. Encompassing a well-equipped children's playground that is suitable for all ages, it incorporates natural play with plenty of free space to run around in. The focal point of this playground is the two stunning play towers that are joined together by rope bridges, aptly named 'Twin Peaks'.
Dunnington play area is a fantastic day out for all the children, with plenty of adventure to be had. The playground features a zip line, a large rope swing, timber climbing area and bird's nest basket climbing pole. A firm favourite in the area, this playground will guarantee enjoyment for all ages.
Owned by Elvington Parish Council, this playground is suitable for all ages and is safe and secure with a solid wooden fence around the perimeter. Children can expect fun and laughter in this colourful play area, with access to a tyre swing that twists 360 degrees, a tunnel to crawl through, a wooden climbing frame with rope ladders to traverse, and a wooden castle which everyone loves! What child doesn't love to make believe that they are prince and princess at the top of a castle?
Based in Bramham near Leeds, Freely Lane play area is a welcomed escape for families. The Pyramid Peak towers with forest climber and rope play offer extreme adventure, as well as an orbital roundabout, climbing whirl and sit-in car springer for the younger children.
North Cave play area is located on Church Street in North Cave, Hull and is a large sized playground recommended for all age groups. With picnic benches to sit and enjoy a few snacks in the sun while watching your children swing and play until their heart's content, this playground is one of the best in the area.
Children can imagine that they're sailing the seven seas and walk the plank at Bank Top play area in Robin Hood's Bay. The wooden pirate ship installation is a real showstopper and creates the ideal role playing equipment for young children. The idea of the pirate ship is very fitting for the area's smuggling heritage and is a real credit to the village it's situated in. We would definitely recommend visiting this one! You can also treat the family to a lovely fish and chips supper before heading home as there are certainly plenty of restaurants nearby, including Wayfarer Bistro, Smugglers and Ye Dolphin.
This quaint playground features the amazing Ramshamble Tower System, which is an organised shamble of wood that has a platform to climb, crawl and traverse up to, as well as a slide down to the bottom. Ulleskelf playground has something for all ages including a nest swing, clatter bridge and flower talk tube for interaction between each other. Kids can let their imaginations run wild using the special role play station with shop counters, helping them to build self confidence and social skills.
Wheldrake play area is located off Broad Highway in Wheldrake, York. It offers something for everyone and is highly recommended for children who need to let off some steam. Featuring a multi-use games area to play sports such as football and basketball, as well as a 4-tower cube system with climbing wall, crawl through tunnel, fireman's pole, scramble and traverse net, there is plenty for your little monsters to be entertained with.
This lovely playground in Wigginton in North Yorkshire is a fun day out for the family. The playground is 3.5 acres and has a children's play area, younger children's playground, enclosed dog walking area and a large expanse of luscious green grass and trees, known as Willow Garth. The play area features a bespoke tower system that has an extra wide slide so that adults can freely accompany a young or disabled child. Going a little further this half term? Look out for...
Trentham Estate is located near the small village of Trentham near Stoke-on-Trent, and remains a firm favourite when it comes to going on a fun day out with the family. Children have plenty to choose from when it comes to the playground equipment here, including a challenging assault course to keep the mind going, a zip wire to take a giant leap on, and swings to push their friends on. However, the real centrepiece is the adrenalin pumping Altitude Tower, which is a mountainous wooden pyramid tower with a slide taking little thrill-seekers down to the bottom.
Windmill Park in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees is a magnificent playground, with a huge tailor made windmill sails climber for children to clamber and climb on. The windmill tower has 3 platforms, balconies and a curved tubular slide to reach the bottom, creating fun for all ages. Do let us know if you visit any of these magnificent playgrounds over the half term holidays and let us know what you think!