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Art and culture in Ossett

An historic market town located between Dewsbury and Wakefield, Osset is bursting with culture. Art lovers won't be able to resist a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park; free to visit, it comprises of 500 acres of historic parkland populated with 80 contemporary sculptures, and plays host to an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions and family events throughout the year. Just 4 miles away in Wakefield is the National Coal Mining Museum - a free and unique day out, offering exciting experiences alongside genuine insight into the working lives of miners through history. And in the centre of Ossett on Market Square is the Town Hall; admire its imposing French Renaissance architecture before wandering around the varied market stalls every Tuesday and Friday.

The great outdoors

On the doorstop of stunning Yorkshire countryside, combine a trip to Stoneycliffe Wood Nature Reserve, a semi-natural ancient woodland, with a few hours at Stocksmoor Common Nature Reserve, a young woodland bursting with wildlife. Visit Sandal Castle, a ruined medieval structure overlooking the Yorkshire countryside, a perfect place for a picnic or walking the dog.

Something for the kids

Young kids will love the Ponderosa Rural Therapeutic Centre, a rare breeds farm, with a play barn, adventure playground and pirate ship. Pop into Reptilia Reptile Rescue to meet some of the birds, mammals and reptiles that are looking for new homes, or burn off some energy at the Dewsbury Sports Centre with its great kids' pool and flumes.