I first heard about STOCKELD PARK towards the end of 2014. It was somewhere I’d really wanted to visit during December to experience their Christmas events, but I had a list longer than available weekends and we never made it. However, it has been moved forward onto this years list, so fingers crossed!
The park, located in the vale of York, is based upon 2000 acres of land and has been privately owned by a family since 1875. The estate is made up of farming land, plus Yorkshires biggest and finest Christmas tree plantation. The land also houses 3 tenanted farms, plus 28 let properties.
Stockeld Park, the attraction, has many different areas of things to see and do:
Ice Skating – Skate as a pro or an amateur within the wonderful outdoor settings of Stockeld Park. Skates are available from a child size 7 up to an adult 13. They also have penguin skate aids for younger skaters, which are available to hire at a charge of £2 per half an hour. I believe this rink in warmer months is turned into a ‘retro roller rink’.
Enchanted Forest – The acres of woodland are scattered with play areas, magical and interacting sculptures, houses and beings. Let your imagination run wild.
Amazing Maze – Stockeld’s very own, homegrown, 8ft high yew tree maze is one to marvel at.. That is once you reach the castle viewing tower. Along the way, you’ll come across comical ‘street’ signs, musical instruments and audio. Once in the centre, you’ll find a beautiful Children Of The World sculpture with playable audio recordings of some fascinating facts, which, are actually quite fascinating.
Trail – A 1.2km trail can be followed weaving through the enchanted forest and around the lake. This green carpet in winter months is used for Nordic Skiing. It’s advised against for children below 8 years old, due to the distance and it being quite tiring. Warmer months see electric scooters go whizzing around it. These have an additional charge of £5 per circuit, with solo riders having to be aged 8 years and over.
For when the weather gets the better of us and reminds us we’re in England, Stockeld has it covered with an inflatable bouncy pillow, bouncy/ball castle, mega lego building blocks, a wooden train and play house.
There are also a gift shop, chopper go karts, inflatable zone, picnic and play area, pumpkin patch and plenty of refreshment cabins.
Attractions can be seasonal, as I mentioned above, so if you are interested in visiting, it’s best to check their website to see what is on offer.
Stockeld Park is definitely a gem in the woods and a brilliant family day out for any time of the year. The attention to detail and imagination that has gone into the enchanted forest alone is amazing. It’s a brilliant concept and it works.
I look forward to returning in summer to take full advantage of all on offer and then again in December as their Christmas ‘Adventure’ sounds truly magical.