The Summer Adventure
Having only been to Stockeld Park for the Winter Wonderland, I was unsure what to expect in summer and didn’t actually think it could possibly be as much fun.
But I have to say, it’s just as good – if not better – when the sun is out! Unfortunately for us, it rained during our visit, but that didn’t stop the fun.
Stockeld Park is a seasonal attraction – open for all of the main school holidays and closed between seasons. Prices vary throughout the season. In summer there was a one-price ticket for all, but when we visited at Christmas you could pay per activity, or pay for everything in one.
There are four main adventure zones at Stockeld Park. The winter open-air ice skating in the chilly air at Christmas is swapped for outdoor rollerblading in the sun, the Nordic ski makes way for an electric scooter trail and the magical enchanted forest walk is just as good, with several parks to stop at along the way. The maze is also open in all seasons.
- The Enchanted Forest
The enchanted forest walk is a day out in itself, without everything else on offer. After nearly jumping out my skin with the “welcome to the Enchanted Forest” voice as you walk through the gates, I think this trail was actually my favourite part of the day.
It’s great for the adults, who get the stroll through the forest, but the kids are kept well amused with three large adventure playgrounds along the way, plus plenty of other things to spot as you walk through the forest – I won’t ruin it for you by listing them.
The forest walk also includes a treasure trail you can take part in to see how many you can find as you make your way through. Halfway, there’s also a café, outside seating and toilets.
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2) The Rollerblading rink
For my five-year-old son Oliver, his favourite part was the rollerblading.
Despite it teeming it down with rain, he was desperate to get out. I think the guy giving out the skates could see I wasn’t jumping at the chance to get outside with him, so he happily took him around the rink with him.
Thanks, James, you were brilliant with him, taking your time not to rush him, teaching him how to do it and listening to his stories about school!
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3) Electric Scooter Trail
The electric scooter trail looks like great fun but costs an additional £5. We didn’t try it as my little ones are too young but it looked like a great way to get through the forest. You can also park it up half way round and stop off at the café in the forest.
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New for this year are the boats – but they’re not included in the entrance fee and are usually £6 per boat but currently there’s an introductory offer on for £3.
There’s also a farmyard play area which is designed for younger children where they can climb into the hen house or ride the tractor. Next to that is the huge inflatable slide for the older ones.
4) The Maze
And no visit is complete without a run around the maze. There’s plenty of places for outdoor picnics with lots of benches and there’s also a small undercover picnic area.
Stockeld Park has rainy days covered, too, inside there’s a large café and a big indoor play area with a bouncy castle, a cushion pillow, wooden train, large Lego bricks area with a wooden house to play in.
It’s definitely a full day out, so if you do go, give yourself plenty of time.
Reviewed August 2016
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LOCATION: Wetherby, off the A661, us postcode: LS22 4AN
OPEN: Stockeld Park is a seasonal attraction – open for all of the main school holidays and closed between seasons. There’s a Summer Adventure, a Halloween Adventure, the Spring Adventure, an Easter Adventure and a Christmas Adventure. Prices vary for each. check their website here
CALL: 01937 586333