Every year now for the past 4 years we have made a trip with friends to the wonderful Stockeld Park in Wetherby for a walk around the Enchanted Forest. This years visit took place on the 16/11/2019.
On arrival parking is well managed and we are quickly shown to the disabled parking area where there is plenty of room in between the cars, even though there are no marked bays.
We got to the park about 3pm and headed into the woodland cafe for some lunch. It was extremely busy and we waited about 5 minutes for a table. There is usually a large queue for the food, however again this is something which is really well managed and you do get served relatively quickly.
Prices are fair with an adult meal being around £8.95 and children around £6.25 The food was nice, and freshly cooked so no complaints there! To view the full menu (including prices) click here >> Winter Menu
The only downfall is the fact that there is only one disabled toilet . This can be a struggle to use at peak times due to there also being a baby change area in there so other members of the public use this in addition to just disabled guests even with the two further baby changing units in the baby room and two change units in the toilets.
During the winter season (14th November-06th January) There are a number of fantastic activities to take part in including the Winter Illuminations, enchanted forest, the Nordic Ski trail, ice skating, Santa’s Grotto, Snowflake maze and of course the play areas throughout the Enchanted Forest.
There are a number of ticket options available and we chose a ticket which includes the Forest and the Maze. This was prices at £16 per ticket and is payable for everyone over the age of 2, however there are cheaper options if you pre-book online.
The first activity we ventured on was the Enchanted Forest and winter illuminations! I would highly recommend you wait until dark to complete this activity as it really magical!
Why not check out our video below!
Throughout the walk there are a number of stop off points where you can access interactive areas. Unfortunately the two main play areas are not disabled friendly however Charlie was able to access and use the Bongo Drums, Piano, Children’s Kitchen Play area, and large Xylophone! Another thing to note is that there are toilets and a small coffee hut half way round, however again there was no disabled toilet which was disappointing.
Make sure if you can you stay a while at the hut and watch the light and sound show over the lake! It really is magical and made us all feel very “chrismassy!”
Why not view our full video of the light show below!
Continuing around the walk there are a number of other play areas, interactive toys, light shows and even a fairy garden to find. We said goodbye to the magic mirror and then it was off to our next adventure, the maze!
This was the first time we had done the maze, and unfortunately we were running out of time! There are lots of interesting things to see in here and do, but again things such as Dr Who’s tardis didn’t have a ramp and so Charlie was unable to access these parts, however the main maze is all accessible. We didn’t get to see the whole maze unfortunately this year due to time, however I am sure that we will be back next year and will ensure we leave more time for this activity!
We all really enjoy Stockeld Park and it certainly gets in the mood for Christmas! We will most certainly return next year. Remember to leave time to visit the lovely gift shop too before you leave for some wonderful decorations!
For more information on Stockeld park including the other events they run throughout the year please visit:
Thanks for reading and if you choose to go we hope you too have a wonderful time x