Location: On the B265 between Bewerley and Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HQ.
Opening Hours: Open daily all year round. Band stand concerts Sundays May – through August
Additional Information: Pay and display (coins only) car park opposite the main entrance in the Showground. Dogs welcome in the main park, not on the fenced off playground area.
Spa Gardens is a beautiful park right in the heart of Ripon. It’s been recognised for its high-quality maintenance and facilities and has been awarded Green Flag status.
In the centre of the park is a splendid Victorian bandstand, where band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. For birdwatchers, carefully sited nesting boxes have encouraged many varieties to make a home in the gardens. There’s also a cafe serving home cooked food and cakes, and you can enjoy a round of crazy golf or try playing bowls.
The newest addition to Spa Gardens is a series of tree sculptures depicting characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll spent time as choirboy at Ripon Cathedral and is said to have been inspired to create the characters by the cathedral’s animal carvings.
“Chainsaw Mick” was commissioned to create the carvings using the trunks of a cypress tree. As well as a very lifelike Alice, these garden sculptures include the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.
In 2011, the Friends of Spa Gardens worked with us to secure funding for the restoration of the war memorial and the Marquess of Ripon statue.
The war memorial, at the entrance to Spa Gardens, has been named the best war memorial in the town class several times in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards.
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Things to do/see: Free outdoor play area, indoor play barn (£1 entry for those eating in the diner), ice cream, coffee, milkshakes plue whole dine-in menu available. Lots of fun on the whole family!
Location: Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, BD23 6EU
St Johns Way
Borrage Green Lane
Off Doublegates Ave
Newton Le Willows,
(Behind) Newton-Le-Willows Village Hall,
Newton Le Willows,
Off Hazel Road
Things to do/see: Great play area ideal for nursery & primary school age children which includes:
• A giant sand pit • A giant race trace with ride-on and push-along vehicles • Grassed picnic area • An aviary with exotic birds • Alpacas • Wallabies • Guinea Pigs • Rare Breed Pigs • Friendly Shetland Pony • Pheasants • Pygmy Goats • Rheas • Rabbits
Location: Hirst Road, Carlton, Goole DN14 9PX
Cost: £1 for adult entry and under 2’s are free. £4 for over 2’s.
Call: 01405 869622
Skelton on Ure
Things to do/see: Set in the beautiful Nidderdale countryside there is lots to do here. Including an adventure trail with fairy garden and giant spider web to climb on, clues to solve along the trail, interactive sculptures, giants chair, experience Victorian life in an old barn and much more. There is also a cafe and campsite at Studfold.
Location: Studfold, Lofthouse, HG3 5SG
Opening Hours: OPEN SEASONALLY 10.30am – 5pm (last admission 3.30pm) from the Easter holidays to end of September. Weekends only during term time but open every day in the holidays. Cafe open and picnics can be pre-ordered.
Cost: Adults – £6.00, Children – £5.00, Under 3 – Free
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Beautiful gardens with nature trails, a children’s trail, a large lake, picnic area and children’s play area. Includes bird of prey centre.
Mid-February to 13th November: Daily from 10am – 5pm
Meet the Owls at 11.30am
Flying Displays at 1.30pm & 3.30pm
14th November to Mid-February: Daily from 11am – 3pm.
From the website – Meet the Owls at 11.30am (until schools return after Christmas break), Flying Display at 1.30pm (all winter, weather dependent)
COST: R.H.S. Members (Free With Card with *, except on Special Event Days)
January, February, July, September and December Only. Arboretum and Bird of Prey Centre:
Family (2 + 2)
Family (2 + 3)