Before we moved to Yorkshire I hadn’t heard of Stockeld Park before. But when I did I was really keen to visit. We were lucky enough to visit the other day and it’s a great family-friendly day out in North Yorkshire. Stockeld Park is situated on the outskirts of Wetherby and not too far from Harrogate. There are so many fun things to see and do there which I will cover in my review of Stockeld Park below. It’s certainly a full day out and with an enchanted forest, go-karts, roller rink, maze and some amazing adventure playgrounds it’s somewhere a little bit different.
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This was day 39 of our #80dayschallenge to have at least 80 days out in one year.
Summer Day Out Review Stockeld Park
There are plenty of signposts to let you know you’re going the right way for Stockeld Park. We arrived at 9:50 am, 10 minutes before opening and parked up easily near the main entrance. The person manning the ticket office was also very efficient and we were soon entering the park. You enter via their gift shop and into a large cafe.
We made a toilet stop here and found a large indoor bouncy castle, a bouncy slide, large wooden playhouse and wooden train for climbing on. These are the only indoor things to do at Stockeld Park. Stockeld is a very much outdoor day out. In the winter they change their facilities and have nordic ski-ing, ice-skating, illuminations at night and more.
We had lunch in the cafe. My Mum and I chose a Caesar salad at £8.95 each and my son had a kid’s sandwich box. The food was excellent and I would recommend (we paid).
After a quick play in here, we headed outside. I will outline the things to do outside below.
Maze at Stockeld Park
The Maze at Stockeld is one of the main attractions. It took us around 50 minutes to complete and find the middle, perhaps a little less. At first, we were thinking that it was going to be a really easy maze as you start by following a path that has no choices for you to make. In the end, there were plenty of choices, dead ends and wrong moves made. We thought it was one of the best mazes we’ve ever been to. There’s plenty to find along the way. Your main quest is to find swords and write the colour of the gems down on your trail sheet to enter a competition afterwards online.
We used the maze maps along the way when we were really stuck. They were very useful and I doubt we’d have found the middle without them. We certainly found everything that there was to find. My son loved the musical instruments along the way and the road signs. It was a great way to keep the kids entertained along the way. We also came across some bridges, towers and more.
At the middle of the maze, we found a silver globe with the earth on it and around the edge, they have buttons to press which tell you facts about our world. Luckily we also found all the swords which in places were really tough to find. The exit from the maze is super easy.
After we conquered the maze we headed to the large field at Stockeld Park.
Summer Inflatable Fun
They have a really big inflatable assault course for the summer at Stockeld. It was about 27oC when my son went on it so only managed three goes before he got really hot. He absolutely loved it though, especially as he could race one other child. Make sure you take socks, luckily I always have a pair in my bag. It looked great fun. They also had a large inflatable slide.
Farmer Foster’s Barnyard
Farmer Foster’s Barnyard is situated in the large field and is one of the loveliest themed playgrounds I’ve ever seen. It’s perfect for children aged 3-10. My son loved playing on the tractors and pretending the bit behind them was a jail. There’s plenty to slide, swing and climb on plus a big tunnel. Next to here they also have a peddle go-kart track which was too busy for a photo. Aside from a large coach trip of teenagers, we found the park not too busy considering it was the summer.
Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park
The Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park was our favourite thing to do of the day. It’s a lovely long trail through woodland which considering the heat of the day it was perfect for us as it was so shady. Along the way, you will find plenty of Adventure playgrounds and enchanted themed surprises. There are four playgrounds in the woodland which include Teepee encampment, Tangle tree climb, Woodsands Cove and Spider’s Lair. They were all equally fun and perfect for my 5-year-old. He had such a great time and loved challenging himself on the slightly harder play equipment and playing imaginative play with other children on pirate ships and more.
Teepee encampment has some great sound effects. They have a fun speedy tube slide plus a few things to climb on. Next, to here we found a fairy tree with buttons to press that made sounds or made things move.
All around the enchanted forest, there is a big long circle of astroturf. This is for the nordic skiing that they have in the winter. It looks great fun!
Between here and the next play area we found plenty to keep us entertained. There was a giant storybook with a caterpillar for a slide, Rapunzel’s tower, witches house, dragon and more.
Next we came to the Tangle Tree Climb area. This had quite a few challenging things for my son and he relished the challenge. It was nice to see him being confident on equipment that he would have shied away from in the past.
As well as finding the swords with jewels in the maze we also had to find shields along the trail. These are letter coded. As mentioned above once you collect them all you enter them online to enter a competition.
After you have left this playground you can play some lovely music to persuade the fairies out of their houses.
We then made our way to Woodsands cove. Here there are pirate ships to play on, plenty of sand and a big swing lots of kids can go on together. They also had a pizza van here for the summer and we bought an ice lolly each to cool us down. There are quite a few picnic benches in this area. A little further on was Gretel’s Cabin which also serves ice-cream, hot and cold drinks and snacks.
In this area, they have the Buccaneer boats. These were pretty popular and we didn’t have time to queue. I was quite surprised by the queue as you have to pay £6 per boat and you can only fit 2 people in a boat. Everything else (apart from the boats and laser tag) is included in the admission price.
There were a few more enchanted things to find around here such as an Ogre, mushroom houses and a teapot with a slide. There was then the last playground which was the Spider’s Lair. There were lots to climb on and explore here as well. A big favourite for my son was the zip wires which he went on at least 6-8 times.
After the Spider’s lair, there are a few more enchanted things to find including Grandma’s house with a wolf, sunflowers that spray water, a boot house and the final thing an enchanted mirror that passes on compliments.
Roller Skating at Stockeld Park
This is one for us to return for. I used to roller skate a lot as a child and to be able to try it in the admission price was perfect for us. It was, however, far too hot by now and we sadly had to give it a miss. They even loan out helmets for the inexperienced, plus of course the roller skates – proper 4 wheel roller skates. This turn into an ice skating rink for the winter and is located next to the main cafe.
We all had a lovely day out at Stockeld Park. Thank you for having us. My son actually said thank you for a lovely day out to me before we left which although he is normally very polite he doesn’t normally say that. He did genuinely have a lovely day out and so did myself and my Mum.
You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance. For summer 2019 a day pass costs £14.00 in advance which is a saving of £1.50. This is for any person aged 2 or over. Under 2’s are free.
Stockeld Park is a magical seasonal attraction, they open during most school holidays (and a little extra at Christmas!). For opening times and to book tickets please follow this link. For somewhere nearby to stay we like the Cedar Court Hotel in Harrogate.
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