19 July to 1 September 2014
Reviewed by Claire Giles
We visited Stockeld Park with three kids aged 9 and 2 year old twins. The park was clearly signed posted from the road with signs telling you to slow down as approaching the park entrance which was really helpful as the entrance is on a high speed road. The car park was easy to find with plenty of spaces.
Staff members greeted us at the entrance. They were very informative and helpful. In fact the staff were all polite and very friendly throughout our visit. The first thing the kids saw was the giant inflatable slide and bouncy pillow so we stared there! I was a bit apprehensive about the slide due to its size and my girls only being two but they climbed it with ease and went on many times. We then moved onto the giant bouncy pillow and go karts which was great fun for all. Adults were allowed on the attractions with young children and some of the go karts had two seats so that adults could pedals young children round the track. Next to these was the barnyard playground which all my girls loved. The playground layout was very open so it was easy to see all three kids even when they all ran off in different directions. There were also electric scooters that could be driven on a track around the park after a short training session.
We then headed into the Enchanted Forest. Along the trail around the forest there were many interactive areas and themed playgrounds. The kids never had to walk far to find something else to interact with and there was also motion activated parts along the trail that spoke as you passed them.
The forest leads out to a retro roller skating rink which adults could go onto with children. We then came to the maze. Children were given a card on entry whereby they had to find anagram letters and answer question within the maze. There were also things to see and find within the maze to keep children entertained whilst trying to find your way out.
There was a large indoor play area with bouncy castle, inflatable bouncy pillow, playhouse, wooden train and large building blocks should the weather take a change for the worse.
A cafe was situated next to the indoor play area and there were plenty of tables situated throughout the park for those wanting to take picnics.
The park was buggy friendly and there was plenty of space to leave pushchairs near attractions whilst children play.
The entrance prices are very reasonable at £12 per adult or child. A family ticket can be purchased for £42 (based on 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Under 2’s are free. The entrance price includes everything except the electric scooters (there is an extra charge for these). There are also special events throughout the year.
We often find it hard to find places that are entertaining for all our children due to the large age gap but the attractions were suitable for all ages and we could all go on everything together. We enjoyed the park so much we have already planned to go again with friends in a few weeks time.
Tickets cost: Adult: £12, Child: £12 (Children 2 to 12 years), Family: £42 (based on 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children). Under 2s are FREE.
For more information or to book tickets visit www.stockeldpark.co.uk.
Stockeld Park. Harrogate Road, Wetherby, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN