5 fun and free family half-days out just North of Sheffield!

During our first few years in Sheffield, we were obsessed with spending time in the Peak District. Who wouldn't be? It's beautiful. But when we moved to Sheffield, we realised there is even more to just-outside-Sheffield life!

Want to use less petrol? You're not likely to get stuck in Peak District traffic on your way to these. After a free day out? Bring your own snacks (recipes are on our blog!) and Thermoses of tea/hot choc, and you'll probably only have to pay for parking. Need to be home for a toddler's afternoon nap? (Isn't life exciting when you've got children?!)They're all just half-day days out.

Read on for five of our favourite half days out...

1) The Room on the Broom Trail at Angler's Country Park is one of our favourite hassle-free days out! The trail goes round a lake (but not too close to the water!) so it's flat! Perfect for toddlers who will not tolerate hills! (Like our youngest) It's also great for little ones to ride their bike around. There are wooden sculptures from Room on the Broom the whole way round that they can discover and climb on, as well as a bird hide, an adventure playground, and a cheap cafe at the end.

2) Worsbrough Mill is a lovely area to walk around. It has three marked paths so you can see how enthusiastic your children feel about walking when you get there (!) and all the walks end by a lake with ducks and fishermen. There is a small playground and cafe right at the end.

3) Pot House Hamlet is a recent discovery for us. It has a brilliant garden centre (I think. I know nothing about plants. But I like it) that is a lot cheaper than the very popular garden centre we used to visit! But it also has a little farm animal area that's free! It has goats, sheep, peacocks, hens, and a slightly grumpy donkey! You can pay 50p for some animal food for them, and who doesn't love feeding goats! There's also a little walk across a bridge and along a stream.