A-Z of family friendly things to do this summer in Doncaster!
Summer is most definitely on the way! As restrictions ease and we want to head out and about, you might be looking for things to do with the kids in Doncaster.
Doncaster is a very family friendly town, so who better to take over Visit Doncaster’s Instagram Stories for a day than Mumbler! The Mumblers have made it really easy for you to plan your summer, see what’s open, what’s new in Doncaster, do you need to book, is it buggy friendly, is there a baby change…all the important things that mum’s (and dads) need to know when booking a family day out. You can find all the stories takeover content over on our (Visit Doncaster) Instagram highlights.
The fabulous team of Mumblers, led by Doncaster Mumbler have reviewed some of their favourite places to bring you an A-Z of fun, safe, family friendly venues and attractions to enjoy this summer in Doncaster. Thank you to North Leeds, Hull and Wakefield Mumblers who popped over to Doncaster for a quality day out with their families, you all look like you had lots of fun!
As you will see from the below A-Z, there's sooo much to do in Doncaster that you will most likely want to consider staying over for a few days to enusre you pack in as much as you can. Check out Doncaster's range of quality accommodation and get booking today: https://www.visitdoncaster.com/stay/
Meet Alan. He lives with his other Alpaca friends and family at Tickill Alpaca’s, tucked away in Tickhill. Doncaster Mumbler Caroline took a stroll with Alan, Archie, Strawberry Cheesecakerecently.
“You can do Alpaca trekking in the countryside with the Alpacas or enjoy the ultimate glamping experience. I obviously live in Doncaster but am so tempted to book a glamping tent one weekend, it looked brilliant. There are three glamping tents available if you want to enjoy a staycation and you’ll be in the same field as the Alpacas, so they’ll come and say hello! The owners have created a great space for campers, with a play area too, so it’s a lovely spot to have a mini break”.
- Alpaca Trekking: £20 per Alpaca (Max 2 people per Alpaca)
- Alpacamping: £95 per tent/night (Sleeps up to 6)
- Portaloo and handwashing facilities on site
Good to know:
- No age restrictions for the Alpaca walking, but children under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult. The walk will be on ground. The experience lasts about 1 hour including petting and feeding.
- Booking required for all activities here
- It really is tucked away, you will need the postcode below.
Tickhill Alpacas at Sunny Acres, Hindley Lane, off Apy Hill Lane, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9BF
Situated in Doncaster town centre, Bake, Battle and Roll is a Board Game cafe and Doncaster Mumbler Debbie went along recently.
” I visited Bake, Battle and Roll with my eight year old son and I can’t recommend this place highly enough. They have a massive selection of board games to play – from really simple ‘Orchard Toys’ type games to teenager and adult. All the games are organised into shelves of difficulty so it’s easy to select one that’s appropriate. Rachel and James (the owners) are so friendly and helpful and are great at recommending games or talking you through instructions to get you started as quickly as possible. The food is delicious and very reasonably priced – I had a panini and my son had a bacon sandwich. They do a wide range of drinks including milkshakes and smoothies. They have also recently introduced a vegan menu and I overheard another customer commenting on how delicious the vegan milkshakes are. We stayed for a couple of hours, but could’ve stayed longer if it wasn’t for our parking ticket running out. Great for a rainy day activity or to tie in with some other activities to make it a great day out in the town centre”.
Price: We paid £22.50 for food, drinks and gaming time.
Good to know:
- Also great for parents of children with additional needs (SEND), they are a very inclusive business
- If you’re a new mum you’ll find a warm welcome as they are part of the We Support Our Mums Scheme which helps breastfeeding mums feel more comfortable feeding when out and about.
Bake Battle & Roll, 24-26 Wood Street, DN1 3LW
Cast is Doncaster’s theatre, home to our beloved Christmas pantomime and a great place for all ages to enjoy. Situated in the Cultural & Civic Quarter, Doncaster Mumbler were able to enjoy a production for kids during May half term – Twisted Tales – which was brilliant.
This summer 2021, look out for Music of the Spheres (19th June), which is an outside production, with performers moving through the space and around the audience within land-based Spheres- – a theatrical spectacle. The performance will take place on Sir Nigel Gresley Square, so take a chair or blanket to sit on. Tickets are free but must be pre-booked.
Price: Prices for performances vary. See What’s On here
- Toilets and baby change available
- Food: We were able to order refreshments via an app and then they were delivered straight to us! They arrived in minutes!
Good to know:
- Things are slightly different, with some rows of seating sectioned off to allow for social distancing. There was plenty of space between us and other households.
- We were required to wear our masks during the performance, aside from when we were eating and drinking.
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
This is the new home for Doncaster Libraries and Heritage Doncaster in the Civic and Cultural Quarter. Situated on the site of the old Girls High School and the former Waterdale site of Hall Cross School, the building looks fantastic. It is absolutely worth a visit this summer.
Doncaster Mumbler had a trip to the Children’s Library during half term.
“It was very light and colourful, with views in to the museum and outside. The choice of books was brilliant, Mini Mumbler found a Harry Potter section so we lost her to Hogwarts for a bit. It’s a lovely place to sit for an hour and read. It was very easy to sign up for a library card and children can take up to 12 books out at a time, with up to a month to read and return (although renewals can be done online).”
Look out for the Summer Reading Challenge this year too as Doncaster libraries will be participating.
“In terms of the Museum and Gallery, I did this as a separate tour and it was fascinating. There are lots of exhibits, it’s a huge building! First stop when you enter is the Rail Heritage Centre, with the Green Arrow and No. 251 locomotive inside the building, plus a KOYLI (Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) area. We enjoyed taking a look back at Doncaster and seeing the sarcophagus, the Danum shield and the old sitting room, with an old TV. There was a typical old fashioned shop for children to explore and lots of interactive elements with buttons to press and videos to watch. The Art Gallery which is at the top of the building was really impressive, with some works loaned from the likes of the British Museum. It was very peaceful up there and we really enjoyed it.”
- Toilets available on each floor
- There are lifts throughout the building (the building is fully accessible by wheelchair/Pram/Pushchair)
- The cafe is not yet open, but keep an eye out following the further easing of restrictions
Good to know:
- You must pre-book. Although free, you can book a library or museum session here
- You are required to wear a mask during your visit
- Hand sanitiser points are available on entry and throughout the museum
- There was a little shop on the way out and they had some great stuff (viking swords and other toys, souvenirs)
Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BZ
Fancy a challenge? Mumbler Debbie went along to Enigma Escape Rooms in Doncaster town centre to try it out!
“I visited Enigma with my 8 year old friend and his 9 year old friend. We did the ‘hostage’ room- which mentioned on the website it was suitable for families. I didn’t really know what to expect as I’d never done an escape room before, but we had a great time and my son says he’d like to go back again. It definitely got us thinking (there is a button to press for hints if you get stuck). It’s a great activity for older children, and the other rooms would be good for teens (or children who aren’t easily scared)”.
Price: £68 for four people. (I saw a sign that said you could do a second room afterwards for half price.
Facilities: Toilets available.
Good to know:
- Pre-book here
- Masks must be worn at all times
37 Hallgate, Doncaster, DN1 3NR
Boston Park Farm is a favourite amongst local families and is really accessible if you’re visiting from further afield. I know we love it. Doncaster Mumbler Rachael, along with her little girl and new baby boy went along for the day. Rachael’s first trip out as a new mum, with two children under 5 was a bit daunting, however she was in good hands with Boston Park Farm!
They know what children (and mums) need. A working farm, there is so much to enjoy there.
“My favourite part of the farm are the children’s play areas – lots to keep the kiddies busy and heaps of fun. The farm contains many different animals that the children can feed, outdoor play areas, indoor soft play, a sand pit, bouncy castle, Go-Karts and a hay bale pyramid”.
Look out for the Maize Maze during July to October, which is a lot of fun too, plus they are building a new pig barn which will be accessible for visitors.
Price: Family Ticket from £15.00 to £20.00, Adult from £2.50 to £4.50, Child (3-12 years) from £5.50 to £6.50, Toddlers (1 & 2 Years) £4.50, Baby under 1 Free. They also do a 1 adult and 1 child ticket from £8 to £11. Book here
Entry to the Maize Maze is included in your admission ticket when it is open.
- Indoor cafe and Outdoor Kiosk (the Snack Baa), both of which serve plant-based food.
- Toilets, baby change and disabled toilets
- Plenty of tables and chairs inside and outside (picnic’s allowed outside)
Good to know:
- Pre-booking is necessary here
- You’ll need a mask for walking through inside areas
- High Chairs available
- The animal trail and maize maze is accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs
- Welcome breastfeeding mums and can warm milk or baby food for you
Boston Park Farm, Doncaster, DN7 6DS
Book a Big Splash session at the Dome this summer and enjoy being back in the swimming pool.
Doncaster is lucky to have an amazing fun pool with slides, fountains and other fun stuff! Swimming in the lagoons is fun for all the family, from toddlers (there’s a great toddler area) to tweens and teens.
Rachel from Hull Mumbler visited over half term…
“We had a great afternoon swimming at Doncaster Dome! I haven’t been since I was a teenager and I have loved it just as much as my kids, it’s felt like a properly normal day out. There are time slots to pre-book at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm and you get 90 minutes. It was limited numbers and didn’t feel crowded and it meant the slide queues were short”.
Price: Adult – £7.50, Junior (Under 16)- £5.50, Infant (Under 3)- £3.00
- Toilets and baby change
- Showers are not in use during the current phase of re-opening
Good to know:
- Reduced numbers of people in the pool during each session
- Pre-booking required here
- All customers must arrive beach ready
- Lockers require £1 coin (if you don’t have one, locker tokens are now on sale on site
- Children under 8 years (maximum of 2 children to one adult)
- Children under 4 years (one adult per one child)
- The Ice Caps Skating is now also re-open
- You’ll need a mask for some areas as you go through to the changing rooms
Doncaster Dome, Lakeside, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN4 7PD
Whilst the hall museum remains closed, the lovely park at Cusworth and the children’s play area is open.
A perfect place to unwind and picnic, enjoying the outdoors after a busy day shopping in Doncaster! A huge hill to roll down, some trees for shade if you need them with little ones and a nice lake to walk around (it’s a fairly short circular walk).
Price: Free, although car parking charges apply
- Toilets are open 10am-4pm
- Brewhouse and Butlers tea rooms provide refreshments
Cusworth Hall, Cusworth Lane, DN5 7TU
Conisbrough Castle (an English Heritage Site) is a great place to visit this summer. Doncaster Mumbler had not visited for many years and the kids had never been, so they explored it recently!
“A great place right on our doorstep! The gorgeous sunshine meant that we could laze around on the grass whilst waiting to climb the impressive tower (wasn’t a long wait, but numbers were limited for obvious reasons). The kids loved exploring and climbing the ruins. We were also given a quiz sheet, so the kids enjoyed doing that and there were lots of hills to roll down outside the castle!”.
Look out for the Community Heritage Open Day at Conisbrough Castle this summer (Saturday 21st August), where there will be fighting knights, Viking burials, WWII activities, birds of prey, kids rides and more.
Price: Family Ticket £19.80 (2 adult and up to 3 children) or £12.20 (1 adult and up to 3 children), Adult £7.60, Concession £6.90, Child £4.60, Under 5’s free. Book here
- There are some toilets in the shop near the entrance to the castle
- There is no cafe, we took our drinks and sat on the grass.
Good to know:
- We found a little play area at the bottom of the castle, with a little stream and woodland walk. We also walked all around the outside of the castle which was a fairly short circular route, good for little ones. Take binoculars, Mini Mumbler loved looking out from the top of the tower.
Conisbrough Castle, Castle Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 3BU
Jump and climb and jump some more at Flip Out, a trampline and activity park, located in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Centre! Doncaster Mumbler visited during half term.
“It was our first time back there in about 18 months and we realised how much the kids had grown during lockdown! My littlest Mumbler was able to now climb up on to some of the platforms and both kids managed the climbing wall a bit easier. We all loved it, I had a bounce too. The session wasn’t too busy and it was so much fun”.
- A family pass for the trampolining is £38 for 4 for 1 hour or £48 for 2 hours (See all pricing here)
- There is a toddler area (for under 5’s) located next to the cafe, with ‘Stay and Play’ sessions running 10am-3pm during term time, Monday to Friday. £6 for the day and includes the bouncing arena too, so that little ones can explore with parents.
- Toilets and baby change available
- Cafe, with reasonably priced food and drinks
- We bought a slush in a refillable cup and were told that we could get a free refill every time we took the cup back!
Good to know:
- No lockers at the moment, so you might want to limit what you take in with you if you’re bouncing with the kids.
- I noticed new seating overlooking the arena from the mezzanine, so you can watch the kids if you aren’t bouncing
- The soft play used to be free, but there is now a charge.
- You’ll need a mask for walking through to the cafe etc.
Flip Out Doncaster, Frenchgate, St Sepulchre Gate, DN1 1SW
Normally you’ll find Claire with lots of little tots in her baby classes (Tots Play Doncaster), however during half term she took her own not so little tots to Kingswood to do a mini review for us!
“We had a pirate-tastic time at Kingswood Adventure Golf in Hatfield. There are adult, child and family tickets available, helping to keep the cost down. We loved that there is a Gang of Five ticket available too for £20, as usually family tickets only accomodate 2 children.
When it comes to fun with kids, we all know it’s a case of ‘just add water’. Our Pirate gang loved that many of the obstacles included water features and I’m pretty sure they aimed to miss just so they could dip their hands in to retrieve lost balls. The course would be easily attempted with smaller children and is pushchair friendly if you’re taking younger ones too; under 3’s are free of charge. It took us about 45 minutes to complete the course with our intentional water shots, and some of our pirate gang played the holes more than once as they were having such good fun!”
Prices: Adult £6.00, Scallywags (4-14) £4.50, Stowaways (3 years and under) free. Ships Crew of Four £18 (1 adult & 3 children or 2 adults & 2 children), Gang of Five £20 (2 adults & 3 children or 1 adult & 4 children)
Facilities: Though we didn’t eat this time, there is a large family friendly dining area as well as toilet and changing facilities and smaller takeaway refreshments available.
Good to know:
- There’s no pre-booking with this attraction, just turn up on the day and pay for your round at the main golf club reception. Handy if the British weather is being unpredictable!
There is lots to do around Doncaster Lakeside, whether that is a walk in the fresh air around the beautiful lakes (stopping to feed the ducks), shopping at Lakeside Village or having something to eat at the new Herten Triangle restaurants.
Hull Mumbler had a walk around the lake on their visit to Doncaster and it made for a full day out in Doncaster, after enjoying swimming at the Dome.
If you fancy shopping, there is something for everyone at Lakeside Village (free parking), including a play area for children to blow off a bit of steam and they have FREE Adventure Golf available all summer! They also have award winning baby change facilities at Lakeside and are doggy friendly in a lot of the shops.
The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, located just off the M18 at Lakeside has re-opened and is a great place to go as a family. Doncaster Mumbler visited recently with the kids and Grandad and everyone enjoyed it.
“The museum is a lot larger than I realised! There were planes and helicopters of every description, inside and outside, some of which the kids could sit in the Cockpit, which they found really good fun. There was also a helicopter simulator, so a few interactive things that they really liked. There is a ‘Blitz’ area, which has sound effects and shows a typical kitchen during WWII and so much history relating to our local area. We spent a good few hours there and the kids found it really interesting. Under normal circumstances there is also a dressing up room, which is currently closed due to Covid, but there was plenty to keep them all interested”.
Price: Adult £6.50, Seniors £5.50, Children (u16) £3, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £15, Children under 5 are free. We have a Mumbler discount ***2 for 1 when you quote Mumbler ***
Facilities: There is a small shop which sells hot and cold beverages, cakes, snacks and ice creams. You can also take a picnic. Plenty of outdoor seating available.
Good to know:
- The site is fully accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs.
- Parking available (they are situated at Lakeside)
- No Pre-Booking required
South Yorkshire Air Museum, Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7NW
Hot Dog’s & Burgers to set you up for an amazing time at Sunnybank (they’ve been twice voted Mumbler’s favourite place to eat out with kids in the Doncaster Mumbler awards).
Doncaster mumbler had a brilliant afternoon at Sunnybank during half term.
“The kids had an hour on the bouncy castles (there are a few different ones partitioned off and sessions run hourly for an hour. This prevented it from being too crowded on there and there are tables and chairs within the bouncy castle bit too).
There is a free play area, with tractor to climb on and other climbing frames, then lots of outdoor activities such as electric vehicles on a little track, a bungee trampoline, Hook a Duck, the Crazy Adventure Golf. We do the golf each time we go as the kids love it”.
Price: The food is reasonably priced and then you buy tokens to go on the bouncy castles, crazy golf etc. These range from £2.50/£3.50 to do a particular activity. It’s a bit like a fairground, but you don’t need cash as you can pay by card (the hut to get tokens is by the electric cars)
- Lots of outdoor seating available, or you are able to take your food inside.
- To get food or drink, you either join the queue for the burger/hotdog stall or join the queue for Ice Creams.
- Slush’s were available on the hook a duck, we just paid at the token kiosk, so if the kids need a drink quick we found this a good option.
- Toilets available inside
Good to know:
- No pre-booking required
- Remember your suncream, it’s mostly outside
- You might want to take bottles of water for yourselves and the kids as it’s not possible to get one quickly
- Plenty of space for pushchairs
- You’ll need a mask for inside areas (ie going to the loos)
Mumbler Claire and her family popped to Hatfield Moors to enjoy a walk in the sunshine.
“If you go down to the woods today, you’re in for a big surprise as you may find a delicious slice of red velvet cake or a marshmallow or three waiting in the Hideout!
We visited Hatfield Moors Nature Reserve on a beautiful sunny Saturday on the hunt for a little hidden gem we’d heard of. We found the car park well signposted just opposite Boston Park Farm. Once parked, we followed the Dragonfly trail to take a short stroll through the woods. This is one of three marked trails through the reserve and is easily managed with pushchairs as there are no narrow tracks, hills or steps. The Hideout can also be accessed via the main path on the left of the gates to the reserve if this is open.
The Hideout is waiting in a beautiful setting about halfway along the trail. It’s just the cutest converted horsebox, now repurposed by the wonderful Nikki and her family to offer hot and cold drinks, ice cream, the most delicious homemade cakes and even a complimentary ‘pupacino’ for our pampered pooch. There’s a firepit ready to toast marshmallows if that’s what takes your fancy. There’s also plans on the way for different menu offerings, but we got the impression nothing was too much trouble here, definitely get in touch with Nikki if you have something special, a larger scale gathering or picnic in mind. I’ll be encouraging my class mums to organise an outing here soon although I’m slightly reluctant to spread the word about our new favourite treat stop as I’m a little worried the next time I visit, there’ll be none of the best red velvet cake in the world left for me!”
Price: Just coffee’s and cakes at The Hideout – the prices were so reasonable and we couldn’t have wished for a more peaceful setting or friendly service. No charge for Hatfield Moors
Facilities: Toilets are available if needed, and if you go anywhere with children, you’ll know they’re always needed! Lots of parking available too.
P is for Potteric Carr!
What can we say. Rachael from North Leeds Mumbler went along to Potteric Carr. Here’s her review, however her amazing photos of their day are literally down the toilet. Anyone with a toddler might feel Rachael’s pain – you take the toddler to the loo and out falls your phone in to the…well you know the rest.
So, here’s Rachel and here’s what she had to say, but sadly no amount of rice meant that her amazing photos could be salvaged.
“Whoooooop!! We loved our visit to Potteric Carr – especially going round on the Spider’s Tale Story Trail! It was a great way to see different parts of this beautiful site, and my daughter loved finding the different homes on the activity sheet. There’s LOADS to see – it’s much bigger than I thought! Our walk was just under 2 miles and we didn’t even cover half of it. We saw lots of wildlife and loved the sculptures dotted about. The cafe has a fab viewing platform if you fancy sitting outdoors, and a great little gift shop”
Price: Adults £4.50 and children £3 (although I didn’t have to pay for my 2 year old). A family ticket is £11 for two adults and up to four under 16’s.
- There are lots of toilets – we definately found those. They’re in the cafe.
- The cafe has hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food and snacks. Seating inside and outside.
- We took a pushchair around with us on the Discovery Trail (which is where the Story Trail is based). It was fine in dry weather if you have big wheels! It did get a little muddy, and I wouldn’t like to try it off-season unless I had an off-road buggy.
- Booking was not required
- You can collect the story trail sheets from the visitor centre – make sure to take your own pencil though!
YWT Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB
Doncaster Mumbler discovered Quarry Park recently and loved it!
“It’s a great park to use as a destination for a picnic this summer. Lots and lots of open space, a few different play areas and a woodland walk. My children particularly enjoyed the zip wire and walking through the woods. We spotted a lot of dogs so I think it is a popular place to take the furry members of your family too! The Friends of Quarry Park do an amazing job of looking after the park and keeping it spotlessly clean.”
- You can grab a drink at the Subway near to the car park (which is near the post office, High Street, Dunsville)
- Please help the friends of Quarry Park by taking your litter home if you do decide to have a picnic.
The Wool Market is home to a variety of international street food outlets and bars right in the heart of Doncaster town centre. Doncaster Mumbler visited during half term.
“There is something for the whole family at The Wool Market. What I loved is that I could have Rumba Chicken from Taste Peru, my daughter had Rustic Pizza and my son had chicken nuggets! So something for everyone. I was very tempted by the Tapas, so will have to pay another visit for that. It was really easy to order via the app (you do need to order separately with each street food vendor but it really didn’t take long) and the food was delivered surprisingly quickly, literally a few minutes. There is loads of seating inside and outdoors, with a view of the impressive corn exchange if you are sitting outside and you can have a wander around Doncaster Markets afterwards. I’m excited to have a girlie afternoon tea booked in a few weeks time to celebrate a friends big birthday and the great thing is that there is Gin available too! So that will be an entirely different experience without the kids!”.
Facilities: Toilets available inside the Wool Market
Other Information: You’ll need a mask when walking around the Wool Market.
The Wool Market Doncaster, Market Place, DN1 1BN
Something else new that has just popped up in the Cultural & Civic Quarter in Doncaster town centre. Mumbler Debbie popped along to see Peter Rabbit 2 at the new Savoy Cinema.
“I enjoyed a trip to the new Savoy cinema with my 8 year old son and a couple of friends. It’s right next door to the Cast Theatre and you could combine your visit with a trip to the new Danum Gallery, Cupcakes2Love or Bake Battle & Roll to make a nice little day out. The staff were friendly and welcoming and there’s a good range of food and drink available. We bought ourselves a fizzy cherry drink (Cherry Crush?!) which was lovely! On our way through to the screens I noticed a big pile of booster seats that you could help yourself to – great if you have a little one with you.
The seats we had chosen were little sofas. This was definitely my favourite thing about our visit and I’ve never seen it in a cinema before. It meant I could snuggle up with my son, whilst watching the film, and gave him enough room to move around to get comfy. I wish they had seats like that available when he was younger as it might’ve prevented me trying to watch films with him sitting (not very still) on my lap. People seemed to be spread out in the cinema and from what I could see, most people removed masks whilst watching the film. Overall I’d recommend the Savoy and will definitely be visiting again soon”.
Price: Adult £6.99, Child £5.49, Snr Citizen £5.49, Student, £5.49, Family 2 adult + 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children £22.00
- Toilets available
- Party room available for kids parties (although currently unavailable under current Covid restrictions)
- Take a mask for walking to your screen
- 4 hour parking is available for £1 in the Civic Quarter car park – you have to validate your ticket at the cinema
Mumbler Claire went bowling at Ten Pin Doncaster in half term…
“Hands up if you’ve forgotten how much fun Tenpin bowling is. Yes us too! So we visited Tenpin Doncaster in half term to refresh our skills and have some family fun.
You’ll need to book your session in advance but they have some great deals on to help keep the costs down including family bowling from £26.40 with burger meal add ons if you’re working up an appetite. The Tenpin Tuesday deal with half price bowling and 50% off selected drinks is also a great offer as is the Friday Frenzy at 25% off. All offers and deals are on the website so it’s worth choosing your day carefully to help save the pennies.
Covid safety is still on all our minds. Each lane is screened off and at the time of visiting, masks were to be worn if not exempt or eating and drinking. Bowling balls have been colour coded to help keep them for the sole use of each group which is a neat solution.
Though we didn’t eat on this occasion, but there is a good selection of fast food on offer. We did order drinks via the Tenpin app using the QR code by our lane. They arrived quickly and it’s actually far easier than visiting the bar when you have little ones to watch.
It’s worth taking some spare change if you have older children as the chances of dodging the arcade machines are slim!
My only complaint is that our children decided the lane barriers which keep balls from ending up in the gutter and the ramps to avoid lifting heavy balls were only for children and not to be used by mums or dads. So that’s the only reason we got soundly beaten by the kids!”
Tenpin Doncaster, The Leisure Park, Bawtry Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7NW
Of course! Did you know we have unicorns in Doncaster at Equine Dreams of Bawtry! Doncaster Mumbler Lyndsay took her two little girls to enjoy a Unicorn ride during half term.
“We had four laps around the paddock on the unicorns and children from the age of two can participate. Both of my little girls enjoyed the unicorn ride and they were allowed to stroke the unicorn afterwards and they were encouraged to hold on to it’s horn and close their eyes to make a wish. There are also horses, a Zebra named Ziggy, Alpaca trekks and a small petting farm where you can feed the Alpacas, Sheep Donkeys and Ponies. There is also a fairground ride for young children priced at £1.50 a go”.
Prices: Our unicorn ride was £10 per child. Pony rides are £5 per child. The petting zoo is £7 per child and £2 per adult.
Facilities: The area is pushchair and wheelchair friendly, however there is no baby changing area or disabled toilet.
Equine Dreams of Bawtry, North View Farm, Bawtry Road, Tickhill, DN11 9HA
Whilst Brodsworth Hall itself has not yet reopened, keep an eye out later this month for information on when it is open again. An English Heritage site, Brodsworth Hall allows you to catch a glimpse of Victorian life in the ‘conserved as found’ country estate. The grounds and gardens are open and are stunning in all seasons. Doncaster Mumbler Lyndsey went along recently.
“We had a lovely day exploring the gardens and had lunch in the tea room. We had beautiful weather and were able to sit outdoors. The little ones really enjoyed all of the little hidden areas within the grounds. They loved playing hide and seek behind the bushes and trees as much as they enjoyed the children’s playground!”.
Price: Current entry costs are £12.60 per adult and £7.60 per child (under 5’s are free) and family/concession tickets are available. Pre-book tickets here
- Tea room (with indoor and outdoor seating) which serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, sandwiches, children’s lunch boxes etc.
- Highchairs are not freely available at the moment but are available on request.
- Toilets with disabled access and baby changing units
- A lovely play area which was very quiet when we visited on a week day.
Good to know:
- The gardens and grounds are mostly accessible for pushchair/ wheelchair use although accessing some areas involved going up and down steps. Wheelchair users could potentially find it difficult to access some areas which involve going uphill as the paths are laid with gravel.
Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ
Enjoy a walk in the woods and visit the sensory garden with their new pirate ship! Doncaster Mumbler Caroline visited recently.
“Last time I visited Sandall Beat Woods, I was amazed by how peaceful it was. It’s tucked away, behind Doncaster Racecourse off Leger Way and there is a car park, plus various routes to take. You’re surrounded by nature and there are usually activities happening during school holidays, like their recent half term activity to make a bird snapper. It is an excellent location for a picnic. It’s free to visit too, so a great option for a summer day out with the kids exploring nature”.
- The public toilets are not yet open again due to Covid restrictions.
- There is a children’s play area (currently undergoing a revamp)
Sandall Beat Community Environment Centre, Sandall Beat Woods, Off Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 5QB
So this place is very new! Just opened, it’s an indoor skatepark. Take to the ramps on your skateboard, BMX, in-lines or scooter and test your skills. They have various challenges to take on and if you’re just starting out, there are mini ramps to start on. Get your adrenaline pumping!
Price: Between £10 for a 2 hour session
Twisted Skateparks, Unit 3, Marsh Gate, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 8AF
What else would Y be for! Doncaster is home to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which just keeps getting bigger and better! Vicki from Wakefield Mumbler popped over with her family for a visit in half term.
“There’s been a huge redevelopment recently and the new area is big and provides some great viewing areas of the new animal zones – we loved Point Lobos with the chattering sea lions! Head to Caramba for lunch or a sit down and ice cream. It’s a lovely shaded seating area that is normally a lot quieter than the main eating areas. Don’t miss the fab playgrounds”.
Price: Adults £21-£22, Child (3-15 years) £19-£20
- Toilets, Baby Change and Changing Places available
- Various cafes for food and drink available
- Loads of playgrounds!
Good to know:
- My top tips are to Take a buggy…you’ll need it as there is a lot of walking, to carry picnic, snacks and a little one.
- Head to the woodland area to escape the hot summer sun for a bit
- Arrive around lunchtime and you’ll miss the early crowds
- Take plenty of breaks as it’s now a big place to walk around!
- Pre-booking is necessary here
Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster, DN9 3HQ (This is a new postcode as there is a brand new entrance)
Did you know that Bawtry Paintballing Fields is not just paintballing? Doncaster Mumbler went along for a Zip Wire, Tree Trekking and Archery experience.
“We have done tree trekking before, but not in Doncaster! When we arrived at Bawtry Paintballing Fields, we immediately saw the tree trekking as it is up above you in the car park. My husband and daughter who is 9 got fitted out with their harnesses and did a training session/safety briefing before heading up in to the trees. Word of warning, it is very high up and a fairly hard tree trekking experience for kids, but if they’ve the height, a sense of adventure and no fear of being up there they’ll love it. It’s different to anything I’d ever seen as there was a BMX to ride across a platform which looked really tricky (I stayed down on the ground with my littlest mumbler who was too short). Minium height is 130cm. We also did a bolt on archery session, which both kids were able to do and they loved it. In fact my 7 year old showed us all how it was done! We were shown what to do and how to safely shoot and then collect our arrows. We all really enjoyed it. We spotted a lot of paintballing groups and also parties of younger children having a birthday party. The venues is in the middle of the forest and we enjoyed some food afterwards – chips were lovely!”.
Price: We paid £25 per person for the Tree Trekking and Zip Wire and the Archery is £20 per person for 1 hour, although you can add it on for half price if doing another activity, to extend your day.
Facilities: There are toilets and food available, we had chips and burgers as we were starving after all the activities.
Good to know: For tree trekking, it is advertised as 6+, although the minimum height is 130cm. Children are required to clip themselves on and off the safety wire and various points. There was a very extensive safety briefing and the staff were great, really helpful and informative.