Family Days Out South East Leeds

Animals & Birds

Featured Listing

St. Aidans RSPB Reserve

St Aidans RSPB reserve is managed by the RSPB for visitors and wildlife, on behalf of Leeds City Council.

Visit our new visitor centre with cafe, shop & toilet facilities. There are 12km of trails, plus the transpennine trail which passes the nature park on the southern side. The main trails take you amongst a variety of habitats including reedbed, wetland, meadows and woodland.

See website for directions and facilities – accessible from Woodlesford, Methley and Allerton Bywater. Suitable for bikes and pushchairs.


Featured Listing

The Deep

Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.

The Deep has its own Café serving a range of homemade hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a Snack Bar half way round open in peak times. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food. The Deep is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.

Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme. Don’t forget your Day Plus Pass which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).

During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts and face painting at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.

The Deep, Tower Street, Kingston upon Hull, HU1 4DP. 01482 381000.

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.

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Cannon Hall Farm

The perfect family day out in the pennine hills with hundreds of animals, an amazing adventure playground, huge indoor play, farm shop and restaurants. Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply.

Bark House Lane, Hawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT. 01226 790427.


Harewood House

You can expect the unexpected at Harewood with special events and themed weekends throughout the season to surprise you. Whether you want to visit the House and its wonderful collections, relax in the gardens or play on the playground, come to Harewood. We think you‘ll be delighted!

Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LG. 0113 218 1010.


Lotherton Hall

Fancy a day out to remember? Why not relax and unwind at Lotherton with a fine Edwardian country house, extensive grounds, bird garden zoo, Red Deer Park, nature trails, gardens, café, shop and two children’s play areas. Accessible site. Admission fee applies. 

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB. 0113 378 2959.


Meanwood Valley Urban Farm

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm is a working farm with a wide variety of animals, market gardens and woodland walks. Also visit the Hungry Hedgehog cafe, farm shop, and adventure play area for under 12’s. Accessible site, toilet facilities. Open daily, small admission charge. 

Meanwood Valley Urban Farm, Sugarwell Lane, Leeds, LS7 2QG. 0113 262 9759


RSPB Fairburn Ings

With pond dipping, regular fun events and walks to help you get away from it all, RSPB Fairburn Ings is the ideal place for adults and children to find out more about wildlife. Visitor centre open daily except Christmas day. Small parking charge. Accessible paths. Shop, snacks & toilet facilities.

Fairburn Ings, Castleford, WF10 2BH. 01977 628191


Swithens Farm

Welcome to Swithens Farm – a friendly place with a focus on families, fun and fabulous fresh food! Open farm, play barn, cafe, farm shop & butcher’s. We do great kids parties and special holiday events too. Find us online or call 0113 282 8828 for information. Closed Mondays.

Swithen’s Lane, Rothwell, Leeds LS26 0BT


Temple Newsam House & Farm

Explore Temple Newsam house, enjoy a picnic in the grounds, have fun in the adventure playground or meet the animals on the farm. Don’t miss our special school holiday and seasonal events throughout the year. Accessible site. Cafe & toilets facilities. Open Tuesday-Sunday. Admission charge for house & farm.

Temple Newsam Estate, Leeds, LS15 0AE. 0113 336 7461.


Tropical World

Tropical World offers a unique opportunity to explore the jungle, desert, nocturnal and aquatic habitats with plants and animals such as crocodiles, butterflies, bats, snakes and a gorgeous family of meerkats! Shop, cafe & toilet facilities.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER. 0113 237 0754

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

The Yorkshire Wildlife Park is a unique walk through wildlife park located just outside Doncaster. The wildlife attraction brings families in touch with some of the world’s most beautiful – and at risk – species. Open daily, special events throughout the year. Accessible site. Admission charges apply. Find us online for more information.