Set within a vast 2,000 acre countryside estate a mere 30 minutes’ drive from 42 The Calls, Stockeld Park offers a fun-filled day out for the whole family. Open during school holidays and peak seasons, it combines a wealth of permanent outdoor and indoor attractions with seasonal additions; from outdoor ice skating in the winter to a 1.2km electric scooter trail in the summer. Its Halloween and award-winning Christmas Adventures alone now attract over 100,000 visitors every year...and its no wonder with its stunning rural setting, whole host of adventurous activities and free parking.
Where Magic is Made & Adventures Begin
Boasting the largest maze in Yorkshire and an Enchanted Forest that offers an exciting outdoor activity around every corner, it’s easy for Stockeld Park to deliver on its tag-line ‘where magic is made and adventures begin’. The mile-long Yew tree maze is home to both hidden treasure and a castle-shaped viewing tower; ideal for locating an escape route above its 8ft tall sides!
Meanwhile, adventure playgrounds offer the chance to climb aboard wooden pirate ships, test skills on webs of rope, take a turn on the dragon swing and slide down tea pouring out of a giant tea pot. Should the weather turn for a few minutes, a large indoor play area is home to an array of games machines and inflatable play area that includes a bouncy castle and ball-fountain. Whatever the weather, Stockeld Park will provide interactive and creative play opportunities for all ages.
Alongside its permanent attractions, Stockeld Park also boasts a fun-filled seasonal events calendar that’s split into different themes according to the time of year. Its Easter Adventure may include the likes of a petting farm with rabbits, ducks and lambs, alongside an Easter egg trail, traditional egg and spoon races, and roller skating. While, once summer arrives, visitors can look forward to racing go-karts, exploring woodland via an electric scooter and showing off their artistic flair during craft activities.
Fancy dress and spooky special events will haunt over Halloween… however the Christmas Adventure is what it’s most famed for. Little ones can follow a Nordic ski trail, skate on the outdoor ice rink and visit Santa’s grotto. Parents can peruse the largest Christmas shop in the North of England, which specialises in LED tree lights, luxury gifts and delicious treats made by local producers. While the whole family can enjoy choosing a Christmas tree that’s been grown on the Stockeld estate; picking between a hand-pruned Norman Fir, Norway Spruce or Blue Spruce that vary in height between 4ft to an impressive 12 ft. With such a variety of activities on offer, Stockeld Park is the ideal destination for an unforgettable day out whatever the season.
Stockeld Park House
As well as home to an outstanding park, Yorkshire’s largest Christmas tree plantation and three farms, the Stockeld estate also has its very own mansion. Stockeld House was completed in 1763 and built in the style of a Palladian Villa; inspired by designs by the 16th century Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. It’s had a varied story, having initially been commissioned by Sir William Middleton, before playing centre stage to the very first high profile divorce case in history due to a scandal between Middleton’s nephew’s wife and the Estate groom.
It was then bought by industrialist Robert John Foster in 1875 and was the site of over 500 births when it became a maternity hospital during WW2. Remaining in the family, the now Grade I listed building is currently home to Foster’s great grandson Peter Grant, his wife Susan and their five children. Those seeking further information can arrange a private tour around the house’s grand surroundings and enjoy exploring its fascinating history.
Inspiring imaginations and providing a seemingly endless array of experiences within a beautiful Yorkshire countryside setting, Stockled Park can deliver the ultimate family day out during a stay in Leeds.