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South Yorkshire heads into tier 3 restrictions tomorrow which means we are advised against leaving the area, just in time for half term… We had plans for days out in neighbouring counties such as Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, but we’ve had to rethink our plans. When I started looking at days out in South Yorkshire I was surprised at just how many there is. And things I’d actually never even heard of before! I had to draw a line at 22 but I absolutely could have carried on going.

Of course we are lucky to have so many green spaces in Sheffield, so I haven’t mentioned every single park, walk or nature reserve as the list would have been really long. But do feel free to mention anything you think I’m missing in the comments.

1. Graves Park and Farm

Hemsworth Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S8 8LL

At Graves Park you’ll find a cafe, playground, duck pond, animal farm and of course lots of wide open space for the kids to burn off some energy. Booking is currently required for the animal farm.

Find out more here.

2. Wentworth Castle Gardens

Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN

One of our favourite days out is Wentworth Castle Gardens in Stainborough, Barnsley. Children will love exploring the gardens, parkland and castle ruins. There is also a cafe on site but unfortunately the playground is currently closed. Booking is required.

Find out more here.

3. Wentworth Woodhouse

Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

This is somewhere that is on our list for this half term, as we’ve never been before. As well as the house and gardens there is also The Flock art installation to see – 10,000 little wooden birds, each hand painted with memories of COVID-19 lockdown by members of the public.

Find out more here.

4. Boston Park Farm

Bawtry Road, Hatfield Woodhouse, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6DS

Head to Boston Park Farm in Doncaster for animals, a cafe and halloween fun this half term. Search the maize for hidden pumpkins, buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and make your own lantern. Tricks, treats, crafts and games for everyone to enjoy. Tickets must be booked in advance.

Find out more here.

5. Cannon Hall Farm

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

You can visit the animals and pick a pumpkin this October half term. You’ll also find a cafe, gift shop and farm shop at Cannon Hall. Booking in advance is required.

Find out more here.

6. Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

Brodsworth is absolutely beautiful and the perfect spot for a family day out. They have some spooky activities on this half term, including spooky woodland walks, which we are hoping to book. Tickets are required.

Find out more here.

7. Gullivers Valley Theme Park

Gulliver’s Valley, Mansfield Rd, Sheffield, S26 5QW

Brand new this year is Gullivers Valley Theme Park, located between Sheffield and Rotherham. We haven’t been yet ourselves but have heard lots of positives things. Booking is required.

Find out more here.

8. Whirlow Farm

Whirlow Lane, Sheffield, S11 9QF

I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that we have never been to Whirlow Farm, but I hear lots of good things about it. A great place to pass a few hours with some food, a visit to the animals and even a tractor tour.

Find out more here

9. Longshaw Estate

Longshaw, Sheffield, S11 7TZ

Longshaw is a beautiful place to explore and blow away the cobwebs. You’ll also find a Halloween trail this half term. Booking is required.

Find out more here.

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10. South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum

Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, DN4 7NW

I had no idea this place existed but it looks to be a great one to explore if your kids are into airplanes. The museum is dedicated to preserving and  displaying the aviation history of South Yorkshire and other areas and is suitable for people of all ages. Pre booking is not required.

Find out more here.

11. Sheffield Manor Lodge

Manor Lane, Sheffield, S2 1UJ

Sheffield Manor Lodge was built in 1516 and is famous for having held Mary Queen of Scots as a prisoner. Some even say her ghost haunts the area! Perfect for a spooky Halloween visit, and for a little bit of history if you have school age children.

Find out more here.  

12. Mayfield Alpacas

Quicksaw Farm, Fulwood Lane, Sheffield, S10 4LH

Mayfield Alpacas is a hidden gem that not many people seem to know about, but it’s a fantastic day out for all the family. Here you’ll find a wide range of animals, from alpacas and reindeers to meerkats and exotic birds. Booking required.

Find out more here.

13. Tropical Butterfly House

Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4EQ

Probably one of our favourite days out in South Yorkshire is the Tropical Butterfly House. Encounter animals such as meerkats, prairie dogs, birds of prey, butterflies and more. Booking in advance is required.

Find out more here.

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14. Our Cow Molly

Cliffe House Farm, Hill Top Road, Dungworth, Sheffield, S6 6GW

Our Cow Molly is a small farm in the village of Dungworth. Treat yourself to some of the best ice cream in Sheffield, whilst taking in the beautiful scenery. New flavours include Crunchie, Pear Drop and Rhubarb and Custard, yum!

Find out more here.

15. Clifton Park and Museum

Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, S65 2BH

At Clifton Park you will find gardens to relax in, a Museum, cafe, play park, water splash, tennis, bowls, adventure golf, train, roller coaster, jumpin’ jack, sand pit and much more. A great day out for the whole family.

Find out more here.

16. Kelham Island Museum

Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA

Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Interactive galleries tell the story from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production and what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution.

Find out more here.

17. Aston Springs Farm

Mansfield Road, Aston, Rotherham, S26 5PQ

A brilliant place to explore and play, enjoy walks along the farm and nature trail. There’s plenty of animals to see and feed, lots of fun to be had and memories to be made. Take part in the Frightening Farm Trail which runs from Sat 24th Oct up until Halloween.

Find out more here.

18. National Emergency Services Museum

Old Police/Fire Station, West Bar, Sheffield S3 8PT

Over 50 vehicles on display and three floors of exhibits housed within a stunning historic building. Why not take part in the Spooky Stories and Ghostly Trails event where you will explore the haunted fire station at night and discover some of the ghostly stories it holds while collecting your treats. Booking required.

Find out more here.

19. Wentworth Garden Centre

Hague Lane, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TF

Definitely not just a garden centre, Wentworth is set in 16 acres of historic walled gardens. Here you will find places to eat, a farm and children’s playground. And don’t forget the famous Christmas shop!

Find out more here.

20. Weston Park Museum

Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP

Weston Park Museum is the oldest museum in Sheffield and takes you through the story of the city, from prehistory right up to the present day. You will find exhibitions on people, politics, music, art, archeology and more. Free entry.

Find out more here.

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21. Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna Way, Rotherham, S60 1FD

Magna is a science centre set in the former Templeborough steelworks in Rotherham. Children get to explore and discover science, technology, design and also learn about the industrial history of the area. A great educational family day out, and perfect for a rainy day! Booking is required.

Find out more here.

22. Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster, DN4 6TB

Discover more than just the animals this half term! Take a walk through the enormous Mushroom Forest and a visit to an evil Queens Castle, if you dare! Experience the magical realm of unicorns and roam the colourful Rainbow Woods. Braver adventurers can take a trip to the Evil Dungeon…

Find out more here.

I hope this has been helpful and if you have any more suggestions, please do leave them in the comments below.

Thank you for reading.