Last Updated on March 12, 2024 by Suzy McCullough

Stockeld Park near Wetherby in North Yorkshire is now home to a huge indoor play area. The Playhive is a massive 20,000 square feet of indoor fun and it is one of the biggest indoor play areas in Europe. We were lucky with our visit and we managed to get lots of photos and footage before it got too busy so you can get a great idea below of what to expect.

Play Hive at Stockeld Park

Playhive Stockeld Park – Review

The Playhive has four themed interconnected areas including space, air, the jungle, and the sea. There is so much to explore and discover. I had booked a 10:20 time slot (the first of the day) as this is the cheaper way of booking the Playhive. From £18.50 per person, you can reserve your timeslot in the Playhive which will get you 90 minutes of playtime.

As it happened it was chucking it down with rain when we arrived. We were given the option of upgrading our ticket to all-day access to the Playhive. We jumped at the chance as we hadn’t come prepared so I paid an extra £7.00 for us both to upgrade to all-day access. I had a feeling we wouldn’t have time for much else at Stockeld that day and I wasn’t wrong.

If you’d like to find out more about what there is to do at Stockeld Park please check out this post. You can also visit Stockeld Park and not visit the Playhive. You can book just the outdoor areas from £15.00 per person.

Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area

They had plenty of free lockers to use next to the Playhive. They don’t permit any food or drink into the play area which is a great idea. Everyone also HAS to wear socks. They also sell some slipper socks which are great for your feet as there is lots of climbing to do. You can go back to your locker as much as you like.

I am going to let the photos speak for themselves and then you can hopefully watch our vlog to see even more. There is so much to climb and play on. I lost count of the number of slides that they have.

Adults can go everywhere as well and they have made some areas too high for younger children to climb by themselves so if they want to explore they will need an adult with them to keep an eye on them.

I think the play area is perfect for children from the age of 4-5 right up to at least 13. There is such a wide variety of imaginative play in there. Some of it was hard to get to as the park got busier so if you can get there earlier then I can highly recommend you do just that.

Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area central tower
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area aeroplane
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area whale's mouth
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area climbing area
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area aeroplane
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area space theme
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area bridge walkway
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area up in the nets
Play Hive at Stockeld Park the play area

There is a slight design flaw where the gorilla is placed as I think they perhaps misjudged how popular this would be. But that literally is my only complaint and it’s not really a complaint as the gorilla is awesome. Throw a banana in its mouth and climb the walls to hit the buttons – you will soon see what I mean.

As we had all-day access we played from 10 am until 11:30. We then stopped for lunch in the new cafe next to the play area. This sells pizza and pasta and everything seems to be freshly made, we loved our pizza.

There are plenty of tables in this area. We returned to the Playhive after lunch for about 45 minutes and then headed out for a bit of outdoor play and a wander around the maze.

Please note that this post is not an ad. We were not gifted tickets. They had a press event but for some reason, we were not invited.

Some final words. It is not a cheap day out but believe me your kids, and you, will love it. My son wishes we lived closer he enjoyed it so much. He is nearly 9 and I love how there is something for all age ranges.

I think when you see how high-quality everything is and how well-maintained the park is you will understand that the price is justified. You might struggle to do everything in one day but if you can be there from 10 am until 4 pm you should be OK. We have honestly never been anywhere like it before and I love how play is evolving and improving for kids. They are so lucky to have access to what there is out there today.

Stockeld Park FAQ & Further Information

Address: Wetherby Rd, Wetherby LS22 4AN, North Yorkshire

Category: Adventure Park – Mostly Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

What are the ticket prices?

You can pay to just visit the outdoor areas at a cost from £15 per person. The Playhive and the outdoor areas cost from £18.50 per person for a reserved time slot including 1.5 hours indoors. Or you can purchase tickets from £23 per person which allows entry all day into the Playhive.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Huge indoor imaginative play space, a large maze, nordic skiing in the winter, plenty of adventure playgrounds, themed trail with plenty of wonderful things to find. There are toilets on-site and cafes.

When are they open?

Stockeld Park is open during most school holidays and extra days over Christmas. For up-to-date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe next to the play area plus other options outside of the Playhive. No picnics are permitted indoors.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is free on-site parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Only assistance dogs are permitted.

Are they accessible?


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