School's (almost) out for summer - and parents across Huddersfield are wondering how they will keep their little ones amused in the six week holidays.

There's no shortage of fun things to do locally - but costs can soon mount up.

Never fear! There are also has lots of FREE attractions for fun family days out in our area - here's 10 of the best.

 
  1. Pack a picnic for Greenhead Park
    This award-winning park is the perfect venue for a picnic on a sunny day. Shoot hoops in the basket ball court, play a set or two in the tennis courts, let the little ones loose in the play area, explore the conservatory and ornamental gardens or head to the skate park for an active day out.
  2. Admire some art at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
    Known as the 'gallery without walls', this internationally renowned free attraction offers a wide range of sculptures and modern art scattered across 500 acres of 18th century parkland. Based in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Wakefield, Yorkshire Sculpture Park also features five indoor galleries to compliment the inspiring artwork that dominates the landscape.

  3. Cycle the Calder Valley Greenway
    If you're still coming down from the excitement of the Tour de France , it costs nothing to get on yer bike and take in some of the Calder Valley's spectacular views on the Calder Valley Greenway.
    The four-mile, largely rural route connects Huddersfield and Dewsbury via woodland, farmland and riverside paths. A small section between Mirfield Railway Station and Huddersfield Road has still to be developed, but an on-road route is signposted.

  4. Shoot some hoops at Beaumont Park
    Sunny weather and sport go hand in hand, so why not head down to the basketball courts at Huddersfield's Beaumont Park and perfect your hook shot?
    The park, in Crosland Moor , Huddersfield, also has football goal posts, an adventure playground and woodland trails to follow - perfect for an active day out this summer. Click here for more information and seasonal events.

  5. Go explore Marsden Moor
    Marsden Moor offers a wealth of activities for all the family as well as breathtaking views and scenery.
    From guided walks and themed trails to geocaching and photography, the rugged moors are the ideal destination when the weather is fine. The National Trust Estate stretches across 5,685 acres and is popular with para gliders and birdwatchers. Have a picnic at Eastergate Bridge, or watch the sunset from Pule Hill - there's plenty to explore.

  6. Get inspired at Huddersfield Art Gallery
    Get your creative juices flowing and admire work by internationally renowned artists at Huddersfield Art Gallery.
    Local works by established artists and fresh new talent are also on display as part of the gallery's rotating exhibitions, and the gallery hosts a variety of event and activities for all ages to inspire visitors to get creative.
    The gallery, in Princess Alexandria Walk in Huddersfield Town Centre, is open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

  7. Take in Huddersfield's history at the Tolson Museum
    Set in the leafy surrounds of Ravensknowle Park in Wakefield Road, Tolson Museum offers a history of Huddersfield and its people through a series of curious collections. Roman artifacts, textile exhibits, birds, transport and more can be found in the grand museum, offering a picture of the town and its characters from pre-history through to present day.
    The free museum's summer opening hours, from March 1 to October 31, are Tuesday to Friday, 11am-5pm and noon-5pm on weekends.

  8. Culture and colouring at The North Light Gallery
    From photography to paintings, sketches and more, the North Light Gallery has been hosting a wide range of exhibitions for the last 13 years. A Fairtrade cafe serves hot and cold food, and the gallery's children's area lets youngsters draw, play and colour-in while adults browse the exhibitions.
    The gallery, based in Brook's Mill, Armitage Bridge, Huddersfield, is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10am-4pm.

  9. Look for wildlife at Oakwell Hall and Country Park
    Popular with Bronte fans and wildlife enthusiasts alike, Oakwell Hall and Country Park is the perfect spot for a summer picnic.
    A favourite spot for dog walkers and horseriders, the Birstall park offers woodland walking trails, plenty of green open space and an adventure playground to keep little ones active. Two educational visitor centres can help youngsters learn more about the wildlife found in the park's woods and ponds.

  10. Climb Castle Hill
    One of Huddersfield's most popular attractions, Castle Hill stands more than 900 feet above sea level and offers spectacular views. The site, a scheduled ancient monument, also features Victoria Tower, which is open to the public every day of the Easter holidays and Saturdays and Sundays, noon-4.30pm, from May 3 to July 19, then every day from July 19 to August 31.
    Climbing the hill is free, of course, but admission to the tower costs £1.75 for adults, 50p for children and £3.50 for families (two adults, two children). Kirklees Passport holders go free.

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