Days Out Ripon and Nidderdale

Parks & Playgrounds

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Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground

mumbler - Ripon-23Things to do/see: Children’s playground, public toilets, basketball court, plenty of grass space for picnics and to run around on, bandstand, cenotaph.

Location: On the B265 between Bewerley and Pateley Bridge, HG3 5HQ.

Opening Hours: Open daily all year round. Band stand concerts Sundays May – through August

Additional Information: Pay and display (coins only) car park opposite the main entrance in the Showground. Dogs welcome in the main park, not on the fenced off playground area.


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Ripon Spa Gardens

Spa Gardens is a beautiful park right in the heart of Ripon.  It’s been recognised for its high-quality maintenance and facilities and has been awarded Green Flag status.

In the centre of the park is a splendid Victorian bandstand, where band concerts take place on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. For birdwatchers, carefully sited nesting boxes have encouraged many varieties to make a home in the gardens. There’s also a cafe serving home cooked food and cakes, and you can enjoy a round of crazy golf or try playing bowls.

Tree sculpture

The newest addition to Spa Gardens is a series of tree sculptures depicting characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Carroll spent time as choirboy at Ripon Cathedral and is said to have been inspired to create the characters by the cathedral’s animal carvings.

“Chainsaw Mick” was commissioned to create the carvings using the trunks of a cypress tree. As well as a very lifelike Alice, these garden sculptures include the Caterpillar, Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit.

Restoration

In 2011, the Friends of Spa Gardens worked with us to secure funding for the restoration of the war memorial and the Marquess of Ripon statue.

The war memorial, at the entrance to Spa Gardens, has been named the best war memorial in the town class several times in the Yorkshire in Bloom awards.

Facilities include:

  • Sun Parlour café
  • Victorian bandstand
  • band concerts – Sunday afternoons from May to August
  • statue of the Marquess of Ripon
  • war memorial
  • colourful seasonal bedding displays
  • toilets with disabled access
  • nine-hole crazy golf – more information about games in parks
  • 18-hole putting green
  • flat bowling green
  • three tennis courts in Spa Park
  • tree trail and quiz
  • Green Man trail – more than 30 Green Man plaques are hidden among trees and flowerbeds in the gardens. See how many you can find and record them on the trail sheet
  • refurbished play area in Spa Park

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Aiskew Park

Kingfisher Drive,

Bedale,

DL8 1XG


Bedale Park

Bedale Park,

DL8 1AA


Billy Bob’s Ice Cream Parlour

Things to do/see: Free outdoor play area (pre-book only) ice cream, coffee, milkshakes plue whole dine-in menu available. Lots of fun on the whole family! Opening from 12th April 2021.

Location: Calm Slate Farm, Halton East, Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, BD23 6EU

 


Bishop Monkton Play Area

St Johns Way

Bishop Monkton

HG33QX


Boroughbridge Rec Play Area

Springfield Road

Boroughbridge

Y051 9AZ


Borrage Green Play Area

Borrage Green Lane

Ripon

HG4 2JH


Camp Close Play Area

Datlamires Lane

Ripon

HG41TT


Doublegates Play Area

Off Doublegates Ave

Ripon

HG42TU


Glasshouses Playground

Lupton Close

Glasshouses

HG3 5QX


Grove Lane Play Area

Grove Lane

Ripon

HG4 1TH


High Parks Tea Rooms Park

Newton Le Willows,

Bedale,

DL8 1TP


Kirby Overblow Play Area

Wharfe View

Kirkby Overblow

HG3 1HN


Leeming Bar Park

Leeming Bar,

Bedale,

DL7 9AY


Markington Play Area

Kingwood

Markington

HG3 3NT


Masham Rec Play Area

Silver Street

Masham

HG4 4DX


Millfield Play Area

King Street

Ripon

HG4 1PJ


Newton Le Willows Park

(Behind) Newton-Le-Willows Village Hall,

Station Road,

Newton Le Willows,

Bedale,

DL8 1SP

 


Paddies Park Play Area

Stonebridgegate

Ripon

HG4 1LH


Ponderosa Play Area

Off Hazel Road

Boroughbridge

Y051 9UT


Skelton Play Area

Jubilee Close

Skelton on Ure

HG4 5AJ


Spa Park Play Area

Church Lane

Ripon

HG4 2AY


Stockeld Park – Wetherby


Studfold Adventure Trails

A magical experience for young children in the wonderful Yorkshire Dales. Discover Clues, Fairies, GoKarts, Tractors and many interactive activities. Including an exciting brand new adventure trail for 2021! Open school holidays and weekends until the last week in September (midweek can be pre-booked by groups)

Location: Studfold, Lofthouse, HG3 5SG

Opening Hours: 10am- 5pm. Last entry 2pm.

Pre-booking is essential – 01423755084

 

 


Stumpcross Play Area

Wetherby Road

Boroughbridge

Y051 9HS


The Oaks Play Area

The Oaks

Masham

HG4 4DT


Thorpe Perrow

Beautiful gardens with nature trails, a children’s trail, a large lake, picnic area and children’s play area.

COST: R.H.S. Members (Free With Card with *, except on Special Event Days)


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