Park with magical maze, boats and one of Europe’s largest indoor playgrounds named best UK family attraction in 2024

Stockeld Park, North Yorkshire
-Credit: (Image: Stockeld Park)

A park loved by families in Manchester has been named the UK's top outdoor family attraction for 2024.

Stockeld Park is packed with activities for kids of all ages and includes The Magical Maze, Buccaneer Boats on the lake and indoor and outdoor play areas.

The indoor one - called Playhive - is one of Europe's largest indoor playgrounds and features four interconnected worlds of space, air, the jungle, and sea.

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Playhive is one of Europe's largest indoor playgrounds
Playhive is one of Europe's largest indoor playgrounds -Credit:Stockeld Park

Families can explore high-level walkways, spiralling tunnel slides, a toddler zone, interactive games and a whole lot more.

The adventure park, which is open at weekends and throughout the school holidays, is between the towns of Wetherby and Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, and around an 80-minute drive from Manchester.

Most of the activities, including pedal go karts, outdoor inflatables, maze and woodland play areas, are included in the entry fee, while you need to pay extra for the boats, which you can ride on the beautiful lake in the heart of Enchanted Forest.

Buccaneer Boats on the lake
Buccaneer Boats on the lake -Credit:Stockeld Park

The forest itself has a trail for families to follow and includes all sorts of things to see and do - some with an Alice in Wonderland theme such as a slide coming from a giant teapot.

Stockeld has taken the number one spot in a list of top family outdoor attractions in 2024, with Cheshire's Ice Cream Farm coming in at number three.

The list was put together by playground surfacing company Soft Surfaces, which used reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor.

Other activities there include the Woodsands Cove giant sandpit adventure playground, the Teepee Encampment adventure playground, a Tangle Tree Climb offering a tree rope adventure, Spider's Lair playground with nets, tunnels and zip wires, and Farmer Foster's Barnyard with a pirate ship and Viking swings.

Playhive is one of Europe's largest indoor playgrounds
Playhive is one of Europe's largest indoor playgrounds -Credit:Stockeld Park

The full list of top attractions includes:

  1. Stockeld Park

  2. National Coal Mining Museum

  3. The Ice Cream Farm

  4. Marsh Farm

  5. Ferry Meadows Country Park

  6. Coombe Abbey Park

  7. Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

  8. Pecorama

  9. Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground

  10. Cattle Country Adventure Park

Tickets for Stockeld Park cost from £12.50 for a Playhive slot at weekend, up to £25 for anytime Adventure and Playhive. The Summer Adventure tickets, for the main school holidays July 20 to September 2, go on sale from June 8. Visit the website to book.