It's a big, beautiful world out there, so let's get exploring!

There are so many places to experience and enjoy in the Wakefield District, and we've got pages and pages to help you discover what's right on your doorstep.

Whether it's walking, cycling or exploring the wildlife that calls our district home, we've got it all. Behold our beautiful butterfly guide below, and see how many bugs, animals and plants you can tick off on our nature spotter's guide. 

Little ones will be enchanted by the magic of the Love Exploring augmented reality app.

So don your Indiana Jones hat, and grab your Dora backback ... we're going exploring!

Know Before You Go


Please note, that while we are working hard to keep information on this website up to date, things are still changing rapidly. Experiences may be a little different and pre-booking may be required.

For information about how to Experience Wakefield again, click here.

Remember to check venue websites or get in touch with them directly before travelling.



There are loads of green places around Wakefield to explore and discover. From local pathways to vast country parks, a wonderful walk is right on your doorstep. We've rounded up some of our favourites and have included walks for all abilities.
There are loads of interesting places to cycle around the Wakefield district and even more information online, so it can be hard to know where to begin. Never fear! We here at Experience Wakefield have got some useful resources and ideas to help you get started.
Nature Spotter
Download and cut out our handy chart with pictures of some of the things you might see on a nature walk, then tick them off as you see them. You probably won’t see them all at once, so keep looking whenever you go out!



More than 30 different types of butterfly have been seen in the Wakefield district, from common garden visitors, such as the Large or Cabbage White, to rarer species like the Grayling.

Check out our beautiful butterfly guide and keep your eyes peeled as you explore all the places around our district that these winged creatures call home!

Love Exploring

Follow the map on the Love Exploring app as it uses augmented reality to lead you to your first dinosaur at Pugneys Country Park or fairy at Newmillerdam. Once you find them, they’ll have a question for you. Did you get it right? Keep going until you’ve found them all.

With guided trails, games and quizzes along the way, this is a fantastic way to get your family exploring the outdoors.

Love Exploring is completely FREE and is available to download for Android from Google Play or iPhone from the App Store.