What stunning weather we’ve had today in Yorkshire – a great end to half term, although it’s a shame we’re all back to work and school tomorrow when the forecast is set to be nice this week! We’ve been exploring some of our region’s finest towns and cities this week to bring you our top list of city parks to visit with the family. Just pack your mini pork pies, a slice of cake and a bottle of fizzy pop, and away you go!
Roundhay Park, Leeds
Famous for its huge lake and scenic paths, Roundhay Park is something of an institution in Leeds. It’s actually one of the largest city parks in Europe, and it’s easily accessible by bus or car, being just 3 miles north of Leeds city centre. There’s loads to do, from wandering round the formal gardens to boating on the lake, playing tennis on one of the recently-refurbished courts, or exploring Tropical World butterfly house.
2) Meanwood Urban Farm
Established in 1980, Meanwood Urban Farm is a 24 acre working farm that runs lots of community development schemes, from teaching young people about the environment to offering conference hire facilities. It’s open to the public daily, and with entry priced at just £2 for adults and 50p for children it’s a really affordable way to get some ‘countryside’ in the middle of town. With lots of cute animals and plenty of green space to explore, it might not be an urban ‘park’, but it’s still a fab place to take a picnic.
3) Sheffield Botanical Gardens
An absolute gem just a mile southwest of Sheffield city centre, the botanical gardens were restored in 2004, and are a must-visit on a sunny weekend. The formal gardens are laid out in lots of different styles, and there are lawns, woodland and even a huge glass pavilion to explore. Keep an eye out for Music in the Gardens during July, and Art in the gardens during September.
4) City Park, Bradford
We had to finish our list with one of the most unusual parks in Yorkshire – the award-winning city park in the centre of Bradford. Its Mirror Pool is the largest urban water feature in the UK, and on its own is well worth a look. At times tranquilly reflecting the sky, it also hosts water fountain and light shows – the kids will love it.
Photo of Roundhay Park courtesy of Flickr