Are you already looking for places to go and things to do for February, or summer halfterms?
Our accessibility reporter Dan has found five places around Yorkshire where you could go:
National Videogame museum – The National Videogame Museum is the UK’s national cultural centre for videogames.
We think videogames are for everyone.
At the NVM, you can explore how they are made, who makes them, and even why they are made.You can play them and make them.
You can attend workshops to learn how they are made.
You can discover careers within the UK’s fastest growing creative industry.
To find out more, visit National Videogame Museum’s website.
This is in Sheffield
0114 321 0299
Thursday | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Saturday | 10:30am – 1:00pm, 2:30pm – 5pm
Sunday | 10:30am – 1:00pm, 2:30pm – 5pm
All School Holidays: 10am – 12:30m, 1:30pm – 4pm, 4.30pm – 7pm.
Under 5’s go free
Whistlestop Valley – Located near Huddersfield, Barnsley and Wakefield it’s all aboard at Clayton West Station where you can enjoy a fun double loop on the ride-on-miniature train before jumping on the big train for a 25 minute journey through the Yorkshire countryside to Shelley Station (*Standard days only)
Swing, jump and slide through the day on the outdoor adventure playgrounds at both ends of the line and bounce to your heart’s content on their new undercover jumping pillow come rain or shine.
Stop to refuel in The Firebox Café at Clayton West Station or enjoy waffles, brownies, pancakes and scoops of ice cream with all the toppings at The Turntable dessert parlour at Shelley Station.
On selected term-time Mondays and Fridays, bring your mini-me along for the Young Engineers days: a scaled-down version of a standard day aimed exclusively at toddlers and pre-schoolers. These scaled down days include:
Return steam train ride to Cuckoo’s Nest only (total journey time of 20 minutes) – can travel unlimited times if availability allows
Unlimited platform rides on Tram No.7
Unlimited rides on the Clayton Flyer miniature railway
Unlimited jumps on The Pillow, jumping pillow
Unlimited fun in The Shed, indoor activity area
Unlimited access to the playground at Clayton West
Option to add on a Hungry Engineers afternoon tea box
There are a host of special events throughout the year to keep your little ones entertained: from Dinosaur Ranger Adventures to The Wizard Express, from Halloween Ghost Trains to Mrs Claus’ Christmas Adventure, and not forgetting the sell-out Santa Specials in November/December.
There is a large free car park at Clayton West Station. Please check the attraction’s website for the most up-to-date opening times.
Tickets MUST be booked online in advance at http://www.whistlestopvalley.co.uk.
To find out more, visit Whistlestop Valley’s website.
Telephone number – 01484 865727
http://www.whistlestopvalley.co.uk/ – website
Prices – £7.95 for adults, £7.95 FOR Children 2-16 and under 2’s are Free
Yorkshire Wildlife Park – If you like animals then this is the place to go as you can see 400 animals, 70 species of animals including Amur Leopards and Tigers, Painted Hunting Dogs, Black RHinos and Polar bears.
The innovative park offers amazing indoor and outdoor play areas, a full programme of ranger talks and feeding times and a variety of food outlets.
New for 2021, the brand new Yorkshire Hive offers a shopping, dining and entertainment experience like no other, including themed restaurant ‘Evolution’ and indoor play area ‘UpRoar’, alongside new retail outlets and a new gift shop and entrance gateway. They also opened a brand new Sea Lion reserve as well as welcoming a new family of Polar Bears,
YWP and its Foundation host regular educational events to raise awareness of issues facing endangered species and work on a variety of international conservation programmes.
Established in 2013, the Foundation has worked with many animal conservation and welfare causes ranging from polar bears to giraffes, to one of the world’s most endangered mammals, the Blue-Eyed Black Lemur.
YWP is the UK’s fastest growing wildlife attraction, offering families an entertaining and educational day out.
See YWP’s unique animal collection which also includes Lions, Black Rhinos and Giant Otters
Amazing indoor and outdoor play spaces
A range of amazing places to eat and shop
Exciting year-round education programmes and exciting events
Visitors can experience their unique packages such as ‘Behind the Scenes VIP Tours’ and other tailored animal experiences.
For more information visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park website or call 01302 535 057.
To find out more, visit Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s website.
It’s in Doncaster and the telephone number is 01302 535 057
It’s open 7 days a week 10am-6pm with last entry at 4:30pm and the website is Yorkshire Wildlife Park
£16.50 – £18.00
£14.50 – £15.00
£15.50 – £16.00
Lightwater Valley theme park – Enjoy an exciting expedition through the NEW Go Safari area! Step aboard the Savannah Express on a journey through the African wilderness. Leap for joy on Kangaroo Jump before flying high on Elephant Flight and the Monkey Drop rides. Then head over for a flight aboard the Hot Air Balloon ride.
Also new this year is Treetop Trails, formerly Treetops Nets. This much-loved attraction takes adventurers on a net walk through the tree canopy high above the park, and will now be included as part of the park’s admission price.
As well as new rides, come and enjoy Lightwater Valley’s young family favourites, including Little Dipper, Carousel, Skyrider, the Lady Bird rollercoaster, Splash Falls and many more.
Take a peaceful glide around the lake aboard a Swan Boat, and see the park from a whole other angle on the Lightwater Valley Express train.
Get behind the wheel and practice your steering on the Vintage Car ride, fly through the sky on Pirate Swinger, and make your own adventures in the indoor and outdoor play areas.
There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to know which ride to run to first!
Please check the website for opening times, prices, school holiday entertainment, and Covid-19 FAQs. In order for Lightwater Valley to control capacity to the Park, please pre-book your tickets online in advance of your visit.
To find out more, visit Lightwater Valley Theme Park’s website.
It’s in Ripon North Yorkshire
It’s open 7 days a week 1030am-5pm
The website is Lightwater Valley Amazing Value Family day out in Yorkshire
The Deep- Hull
This is another one for animal lovers, although these ones are underwater. Visit The Deep, Hull’s award-winning aquarium and be taken on a journey through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future.
The Deep is home to spectacular animals including sharks and stingrays, the UK’s only pair of Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical reef fish, Loggerhead sea turtles a colony of Gentoo penguins, and much more to keep all ages entertained.
Take a walk through the viewing tunnel and ride in the glass lift through the 10 metre Endless Ocean tank.
Little nippers can enjoy the interactive magic floor, fossil brushing station and designing their own sea creature at Digi:Sea.
The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.
Please note that all tickets must be pre booked online (including Day Plus Pass holders).
Access at The Deep
The Deep is fully accessible and offers a wide range of access aids to assist visitors with additional needs. These include audio and Braille guides, large print leaflets, foreign language leaflets, social stories, mobility aids and a Changing Places facility. Please visit the website for more details.
To find out more, visit The Deep’s website.
01482 381 000 – telephone number
It’s open Monday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm
The prices are: Adults
£13 (Under 3s FREE)
Seniors and Students £15.50
Essential Carers FREE
The website is One of the UK’s biggest and best aquariums | The Deep