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10 winter days out in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 05 January 2018

A new glass floor over one of Yorkshire’s most spectacular natural sights has opened to the public Photo Charlotte Graham

A new glass floor over one of Yorkshire’s most spectacular natural sights has opened to the public Photo Charlotte Graham

©2017 Charlotte Graham

Ideas to help you stretch your legs and in some cases your mind

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

Yorkshire Wildlife Park opened in 2009 is built on a former riding school and farm, near Doncaster. It’s a centre for conservation and welfare, and has more than 400 animals including 70 different species. Take one of the various tours and ‘get up close and personal with a meerkat, monkey around with a baboon feed a lion, a tiger or even a polar bear’. Rare Visayan warty pigs are among the park’s latest additions.

yorkshirewildlifepark.com

 

Jorvik Viking Centre, York

The Jorvik Viking Centre suffered extensive damage in the Christmas floods in York in December 2015, the centre re-opened in the Spring of 2017 after a multi-million pound ‘reimagining’ that saw the introduction of a range of new interactive features that bring the Viking story in York alive.

www.jorvikvikingcentre.co.uk

 

How Stean Gorge, Yorkshire Dales

A new glass floor over one of Yorkshire’s most spectacular natural sights has opened to the public. How Stean Gorge is a unique limestone gorge in the Yorkshire Dales, carved over thousands of years. The steep sided chasm over half a mile in length and up to 80 ft deep in places is already a popular outdoor attraction for abseiling, gorge scrambling and exploring caves. The outdoor and adventure activities centre is open seven days a week from 9am-5pm.

howstean.co.uk

 

RSPB Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve, Castleton

Dusk on a cold winter evening is a magical time for wildlife watching. Join a guided walk to take in the sights and sounds as the light changes and darkness take over the reserve. Look out for owls, deer and birds flocking together to form roosts. This walk, suitable for everyone, lasts about two hours on good footpaths; sturdy footwear is recommended as well as warm clothing and a torch.

rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fairburnings/about.aspx

 

Eureka National Children’s Museum, Halifax

Eureka in Halifax has been open for over 25 years and has gone a long way to prove that the old adage of ‘learning can be fun’ is correct in many ways. They have added a number permanent features over the years, including the ‘Things’ gallery and the ‘Global Garden’ and there are plenty of special exhibitions and activities throughout the year.

eureka.org.uk

 

Brimham Rocks, Nidderdale

Stroll through 320 million years of history and geology at Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire. You can the see the famous rock formations such as the Sphinx, the Watchdog, the Camel, the Turtle and the Dancing Bear which led to the area to be recognized as being a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The site is open from 8am and is free to enter, but there is a car park fee. There are also regular walks and photo workshops organised by the National Trust.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brimham-rocks

 

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire

This world class exhibition space celebrated 40 years in 2017 and a number of galleries will reopen in 2018. You can walk the extensive grounds and experience the range of outdoor exhibitions on display. If the weather is too cold, you can stay indoors and take in the numerous events and exhibitions that are hosted here throughout the year.

ysp.org.uk

 

National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

There are eight floors of fun to be found at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford, you can visit the Wonderlab on the third level, newest and most interactive gallery in the museum, there are also multiple floors of exhibitions on various themes and you can even caych the latest film releases on the 60ft IMAX screen.

scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk

 

The Deep, Hull

Millions of people visited Hull during the UK Capital of Culture celebrations, but one place that has attracted visitors to the city for more than a decade is The Deep, an aquarium and sea life centre on the bank of the Humber. The centre is home to over 3,500 fish and sea creatures and there are plenty of events and activities, but one of the most popular attractions is feeding time for the Gentoo penguins.

www.thedeep.co.uk

 

Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

Tropical isn’t a word you would associate with Yorkshire, even in the height of summer. In the Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield, you can explore the indoor rain-forest; home to butterflies, birds, bats, crocodiles and other exotic species from around the world.

www.butterflyhouse.co.uk

 

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