With only a morning of pleasant weather to play around with on a July Sunday morning, we made our way to Manor Heath park in Halifax, which is about a mile from The Shay.
Free on street parking is plentiful and the park itself is quite sizeable to walk round, if your heart desires. We were drawn by the wet play area and made sure we took a spare set of clothes for H which was a great idea! The wet play area has a small amount of sand and it is just about enough for the little ones and the wet play area is a series of taps and troughs taking the water within the play area. It is good enough to keep the little ones occupied for 15-20 minutes, by which time, the cold water will start having an effect!
We then moved onto the playground which was about twice the size as a standard playground and there was nothing at such a level where a toddler couldn’t go on. The exception to this was a high slide, which is probably for kids aged 8+ but there are a couple of other slides for the smaller ones. The equipment was safe and clean and in good condition. We spent about 30 minutes here before the clouds started formed and we decided to keep on moving, but could have stayed another 30 minutes.
We then went into the tropical centre. This was the only part which cost us (£1 each, under 5’s are free) and it is billed as a butterfly house, but there were no butterflies! However, there were plenty of fish and tropical plants but the best part was seeing the terrapins on the path as we walked round. There were so settled that they let H lie down next to them and let her stroke their shells! She was absolutely made up with it! As you can expect, it is quite hot in there and as it is all flat, try and leave your pushchair in the reception area as the paths are narrow and they tend to get in the way! We spent about 15 minutes in there which felt about right. There is also a garden which won’t be much interest to the little ones!
There is a cafe on site which seems to have good reviews and there are toilets (20p each). They weren’t the cleanest so if it is dry, you might be best to do a nappy change in the park! All in all, a good morning out and really good value for money!!