The ‘hidden gem’ beach and adventure park 40 minutes from Leeds

This water park in Wakefield is perfect for a spot of paddling

Just 40 minutes out of Leeds is a beautiful water park that’s been described as a ‘hidden gem’ by locals.

Located in Wakefield, the spot is popular with locals for its sandy beach and grassy play areas, as well as its open water paddling opportunities.

It’s got two lakes – the largest of which is well suited for pedalo rides with its sandy beaches; whilst the smaller lake is designed to be a conservation area to attract local wildlife.

Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld has a gorgeous sandy beach / Image: TripAdvisor

In the play area, there is a giant trampoline to bounce on, a giant tunnel slide and even pedalos to take out into the water – as well as a small slide with climbing frames and swings which is better suited to young families.

And that’s not all. There’s also a sweet little cafe selling drinks and tasty snacks, making it a top choice for parents looking for something to do with the little ones.

Given the heatwave we’ve just been having, let’s be honest – who doesn’t want to go and take a dip in a nice cool body of open water? We certainly do.

Open from 10 am to 8 pm, why not check it out this weekend before the storms hit and the nice weather takes a turn for the worse?

It’s a great spot for the little ones on a hot day / Image: Hemsworth Waterpark, The Lakeside Café Bar & Beach Shop

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“We visited the cafe and was served by a very friendly lady! The sausage rolls had just been taken out of the oven! They were lovely. She also recommended the salted caramel cheese cake! It was amazing. We will be definitely going back,” said one reviewer.

“Good for kids my daughter and my friend’s children enjoyed it. Spent a few hours there which was enough,” said another.

The adventure park also has an epic tunnel slide that the kids will love / Image: Hemsworth Town Council

“Pleasant little find. Family friendly. Easy spend a good portion of the day here with the family.
Family of 7 aged between 15and 3 and everyone enjoyed it,” added a third.

There are bathroom facilities open to use on-site, just remember to take your rubbish home with you if you visit – this is a natural place and should be left as it’s found.

Find Hemsworth Water Park and Playworld at Hoyle Mill Rd, Kinsley, Pontecraft WF9 5JB.

Feature image – TripAdvisor

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