School Holiday & Seasonal Events North Leeds

Summer Holiday Activities and Events

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Activity Sheet for the Summer Holiday

To help you plan the long summer holiday I have created an activity sheet with loads of local ideas and a few day trip ideas. Some are at home, some are free out and about, and some are paid for activities. The idea is to print it off, stick it on the fridge and colour in a shape when you complete an activity!

This is by no means an exhaustive list so I’ve also done a blank sheet if you’d rather pick your own so do check the listings below for more ideas.

If you’re going away somewhere then you could use this as a holiday activity planner too. We’d love to hear how you use it and what you get up to over the summer. Why not join the North Leeds Mumbler Chat Group and share your ideas with other local families too.

If you also need ideas for holiday camps and clubs over the summer break we also have these listed in one place on the website here.

Both sheets are available as PDFs to download and print below (click the link).

Summer Activity Ideas 2018 – Free Downloadable PDF

FREE Summer Activity Ideas 2018 – Free Downloadable PDF

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Breeze On Tour

Breeze on Tour 2018

Summer fun for under 19s! Arts, inflatables, sports, crafts, performances, dance, under-5 play section, Breeze has Talent semi finals and so much more! Free admission with a BreezeCard.

Wednesday 1st & Thursday 2nd August 12 – 5pm @ Roundhay Park, Soldier’s Fields, LS8

Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August 12 – 5pm @ Kirkstall Abbey, LS5

Mini Breeze 2018

A mini version of Breeze on Tour, suitable for ages 0 – 19 years, hosted in smaller parks for local communities, with inflatables, arts crafts and a media workshop bus which are all free.

Monday 30th July 1 – 5 pm @ Bramley Bramley Park, Westover Road, LS13 3PG

Saturday 4th August 1 – 5 pm @ Yeadon Yeadon Tarn Sailing Centre, LS19 7UR

Monday 6th August 1 – 5 pm @ Tinshill Tinshill Top (Playing Fields), LS16 6BN

Wednesday 8th August 1 – 5 pm @ Queenswood Drive Queenswood Drive Rugby Pitches, LS6 3HT

Thursday 23rd August 1 – 5 pm @ Hyde Park Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park, LS6

FREE Entry, Drop-in events, no booking required. Suitable for toddlers

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Diggerland Park- 20% Off

Mumbler has secured a 20% discount for Mumblers at any Diggerland UK park.

Just print off the voucher and take it with you!

To find out more about our trip to Diggerland Yorkshire and our top tips to prepare for your visit read our review blog.

Click here to print

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RHS Harlow Carr: Summer Holiday Jurassic Discovery 2018

21st July – 2nd September, 10am-4pm

Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418


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Harrogate Convention Centre – The Great Brick Adventure

31st August – 2nd September 2018. 10am-6pm (last entry 4pm)

The Great Brick Adventure will feature two exhibitions life-size LEGO brick animals and fantasy creatures, alongside Lego activities, retail stalls and displays from enthusiasts when it comes to Harrogate in the summer holidays.

The Great Brick Adventure will feature the spectacular creations of Bright Bricks, a professional LEGO brick building company which specialises in life-size models of everything from knights-in-armour and dragons to tigers and kangaroos.

The Great Brick Adventure will feature two themed exhibitions, Safari and Mythical Beasts, as well as interactive displays, brick pools, retailers, displays from local LEGO brick fans, and the Warriorbots Arena where LEGO brick robots will fight it out to destruction.

Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5LA. Tel: 01423 502116


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Child Friendly Sundays

Every Sunday from 29th July – 2nd September 2018. 

Sunday is fun day for families in Leeds City Centre this summer!
Pick up a Family Trail from Leeds Central Library every Sunday 11-3pm and find out about the amazing FREE events and special offers that are happening in Leeds City Centre and beyond. To download the full 6-week programme click here

FREE Events.

No booking required. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 3AB. Tel: 0113 378 5005


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Leisure Centre Summer Holiday Programmes

There are children’s holiday activities and camps running at Wetherby, Kirkstall, Holt Park, Scott Hall and Fearnville Leisure Centres during school holidays. Click here to view the full timetable. 

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Meanwood Olympics – InterACT Summer Fun

MumSpace Meanwood Leeds will also be holding an under 4s area on 1st, 15th and 20th. There will a designated area for parents and babies, baby toys and chance to do some handprints and footprints.

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Mother Shipton’s Robin Hood Summer Adventure 2018

21st July – 31st August 2018, 10am-5.30pm

Robin Hood will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. Defeat the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and help unite Maid Marion with her true love.

As you walk through magical woodland props and characters will bring the legend alive. Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure quiz sheet. Fun for all the family every day Saturday 21st July to Friday 31st August, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

No booking required.

Normal admission applies.

Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Rd, High Bridge, Knaresborough HG5 8DD. Tel: 01423 864600



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Piglets Adventure Farm

Unmissable Summer family fun is back at Piglets Adventure Farm from 21st July – 3rd September!

All included in entry, boogie on down with bigger and better Foam Parties, explore the Maize Maze challenge, watch hilarious Pig Racing and follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail.  Plus, get ready to be entertained with Fatt Matt’s Circus and The Magic Hatter’s summertime silliness. There’s stacks of indoor and outdoor fun and lots of adorable animal activities too, you won’t want to miss it!

Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For full information please go to or call 01904 499183

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

Pre-booking advised.  Suitable for toddlers.


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Royal Armouries Museum – Summer of the Sword

28th July – 2nd September 2018. 10am-5pm

Discover the Royal Armouries amazing swords collection, from ancient Roman and Viking weapons to bejewelled modern-day treasures.

6 – 10 August / Squire school
Train as a squire in Sir William’s household: from swordplay to stable management and serving at table, have you got what it takes to become the perfect knight

13 – 17 August / Self-defence with Sherlock
Learn the martial art of Bartitsu from the esteemed consulting detective himself.

20 – 24 August / Swordplay with style
Meet the master and his assistant as they prepare you for the pleasurably poisonous practice of 18th-century point work.

28 – 31 August / Samurai school
Learn about the Bushido code, the traditional way of the Samurai.

Toddler Tuesdays
These sessions are designed for our youngest visitors and will include hands-on play and storytelling. Suitable for under 5s

Meet the makers
On Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer there will be the opportunity to see demonstrations by leatherworkers, blacksmiths, costumiers and armourers. Free

Try a different craft every Wednesday, from leather jewellery to decorating your own swords and armour. Suitable for ages 6+

Falconry Fridays
There will be fantastic flying displays every Friday and a chance to see these magnificent birds up close.

All activities are FREE.

No booking required. 

Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999

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Stay & Play Summer Sessions at Headingley Children’s Centre

All welcome, no booking required.

Horsforth Children’s Centre Wednesday Mornings 9.30-11.00am.
Headingley Children’s Centre Thursday Mornings 9.30-11.00am.

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Storytime Tuesday at Crag House Farm

Every Tuesday in the Summer holidays join the Crag House Farm storyteller who will explore a fun, new theme each week.

Crag House Farm, Otley Old Road, Leeds. Tel: 0113 230 3618

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A Summer Adventure With Twigs n’ Stix

At Twigs n’ Stix our forest school philosophy is reconnecting the child to the natural world. The activities are child-centred rather than adult-lead, we facilitate and suggest activities then assist and support when needed, for example with tool use (whittling, sawing) or cooking on the fire.

Twigs n’ Stix Forest School is based in the Nidderdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and is a registered Ancient Woodland, 2 miles from Pateley Bridge and 14 miles from the Harrogate. We have sole use of a unique and beautiful 11 acre ancient woodland where we provide inspiring and creative activities for children of all ages; from babies in slings to young adults.

The changing seasons are exciting times in the woods and also give us the opportunity to try out lots of seasonal activities too. This Summer we will be running…

Family Fun Mornings

1st & 8th August, 10am – 12pm

Wild Woodland Days

2nd & 9th August, 10am – 3pm (extended hours available), 5-11years.

A wild woodland day for budding bushcrafters – dens, fire, cooking, tool skills, tree climbing and making new friends

Additionally, term time sessions include toddler classes in Glasshouses and Bramhope (new for September 2018).
Bespoke private parties for family gathering, birthdays and groups – can include overnight camping too.

To book email      Tel: 0771 500 1394

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The Deep – Slime Time!

21st July to 2nd September 2018

It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep from 21 July to 2 September. Join us at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for ‘The Slime Show’ where your little scientists can help with exciting experiments as we explore which animals use slime in their everyday lives. There’s props galore, and of course, lots of gooey green stuff. And if that’s not enough, you can even make your own pot of slime (12-4pm) to take home for just £1 – the question is, what colour will yours be? Don’t forget to take a picture at the mad scientist photo board too and share it with us at #thedeephull.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  Tel: 01482 381000


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William’s Den

William’s Den is a brand new adventure attraction, including a 475sqm play barn and extensive outdoor play; a 50metre zip wire, den making area and ‘mountains and molehills’ space for kids to run, jump and roll around freely.

Whether in ‘The Den’ or outside, the outdoor adventure play and landscaped area is a great place to join in with the kids. And there is free access to all public areas; The Kitchen Table restaurant, The Shop, loos and the outdoor ‘Fold Yard’ area, where you’ll find the perfect place for a picnic and some toddler play.

Pre-booking advised. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

For more information please call 01430 472230 or email Or you can find more info and book tickets on their website here. 

Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire HU15 2LS. Tel: 01430 472230

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Days Out Ideas

We have lots more days out ideas in and around Leeds here

Abbey House Museum – Summer Holiday Fun

Daily activities every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 24th – 31st July 2018. Sessions 10am-12pm and 2-4pm (**Open Bank Holiday Monday)

Activities, crafts and trails, inspired by a different historical heroine each week from Egyptian Queen Cleopatra to pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart.

w/c 24th July: Cleopatra, Egyptian themed

w/c 31st July: Grace O’ Malley, Pirate themed

w/c 7th August: Jane Goodall, Jungle themed

w/c 14th August: Mary Anning, Dinosaur themed

w/c 21st August: Nancy Wake, Spy themed

w/c 27th August: Amelia Earhart, Flying themed

  • Tuesday and Friday’s are family craft days
  • Wednesday’s enjoy silly science sessions
  • Thursday 2nd, 16th & 30th August enjoy Lion Learners sessions
  • Monday 27th August, Murder Mystery, can you crack the clues and solve the case!

All activities are FREE with standard admission.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Abbey Walk, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Active Phonics Summer Specials

9th, 10th, 16th, 17th August 2018, 10.30am

Is your child starting school in September? Would you like to give them a ‘taster’ of phonics?

Sessions can be attended individually or as a block of 4.

Booking required.  Suitable for pre-schoolers

Kids Clubhouse, Horsforth. Tel: 07528 059949

Amazing Animals Week At Temple Newsam

11th – 19th August 2018, 10.00am-4.00pm

Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities and events at Temple Newsam Home Farm and House as part of Amazing Animals week.


• Pony rides (additional charges apply)
• Birds of Prey Displays
• Pond dipping
• Exotic animal encounters
• Mystery animal visitors from Tropical World and Lotherton Hall
• Animal themed activities in the house. ( Tues – Sun)

Booking required.  Suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers.

Event included in normal estate admission

Prices Adult Farm entry £3.90 Child Farm Entry £2.60 Children under 5 years are free. Family ticket £10.50 (2 adults & 3 children up to the age of 16 *excluding children under 5yrs who are free). Charges for some activities may apply.

Temple Newsam Estate,  Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7461

Beningbrough Hall Summer Days

There’s an exciting new addition to the wilderness play area ready for the summer holidays. Behold…a new 7m pyramid tower complete with climbing wall, two slides and 5m swing bridge. The trusty old fort had reached its life span but the tower will be fabulous fun for toddlers and teenagers alike.

During August we’ll be running Artrageous! craft activities in the Hayloft on Mondays and Wednesdays with inspiration from the ‘Making her mark – celebrating creative women’ exhibition in the Hall.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York. Tel:01904 472027

Birchfield Maize Maze (Harrogate)

21st July – 2nd September 2018. 10am – 5pm, last admission 4pm.

As well as the Maize Maze there are plenty of other things to do at Birchfield Farm:

  • Sunflower mini maze
  • Woodland Walk and Den Building Area
  • Pedal Go-Karts
  • Sandpit
  • Straw Bale Mountain
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Crazy Caterpillar Barrel Ride
  • Guinea pig petting
  • Hot and cold food and refreshments available at café and Ice Cream Parlour

No booking required.

Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4JS. Tel: 01423 781792

Bolton Abbey – Pop Up Beach

1st – 31st August 2018. Daily. 

Let your little ones imagine they have taken to the high seas by captaining our new wooden pirate ship. Shipwrecked on the beach you will find the ship has slides, climbing nets, a fireman’s pole and a ship’s wheel. With giant deck chairs and space to build sandcastles galore! Don’t forget your bucket and spade!

The pop-up beach is located on the bank of the River Wharfe, outside the Cavendish Pavilion, where there are refreshments.

Price is included in usual admission.

No booking required, drop in event. Suitable for babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers. 

Skipton BD23 6EX. Tel: 01756 718 000

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

26th May – 4th November 2018

Enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. The walk includes balance beams, wobbly stirrups, tunnels, scramble nets, the maze and many more obstacles! Appropriate footwear and change of clothes advised.  

This is a family event, there’s no minimum age to participate. However, the path is steep in places, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs. Children must be supervised at all times.

This is a free event. The Estate’s usual admission fee will apply. 

No booking required.

Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL. Tel: 01756 718000

Bowery – Young Creatives Workshops

14th – 16th August 2018. 10am-2pm. Teenage Summer Fashion Academy (11-16yrs)

£65 for 3 days

7th – 9th August & 21st – 23rd August 2018. 10am-3pm.  Kids Summer Art Club (6-11yrs)

£25 per day or £65 for 3 days

18th &  19th August 2018. 11am-12:30pm. Kids Art Club; Bowery Out & About ‘Art into August’ (5-11yrs)

 These take place at Leeds Art Gallery. A Parent/guardian is required to be present at all times. £10

Booking required for all events. 

54 Otley Road, Headingley, Leeds LS6 2AL. Tel: 0113 2242284

Brimham Rocks

Family Funteering – 15th July, 12th August, 9th September 2018. 11am – 5pm

Learn traditional countryside crafts from making flower prints to building a campfire. Suitable for ages 5+. The event is free but normal admission applies.

Booking required. 

Kids Outdoor Day – 25th July, 8th August, 22nd August 2018. 10am – 4pm

Weaseling, climbing and abseiling with Harrogate Climbing Centre. No previous experience required. Suitable for ages 7+. £50 per child.

Booking required.

Brimham Adventure – Every Thursday from 26th July – 30th August 2018. 1pm – 2:30pm

Wrap up warm for some Brimham Rocks fun and games. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5+.

Drop-in event, no booking required. 

Family Outdoor Day – 4th August & 25th August 2018. 10am – 4pm

Weaseling, climbing and abseiling with Harrogate Climbing Centre. Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 per adult). No previous experience required. Suitable for ages 7+. £35 per person.

Booking required. 

Discover Climbing – 5th August 2018. 10am – 4pm

Climb on the rocks, guided by climbing instructors from Harrogate Climbing Centre. Suitable for everyone aged 7+. £7 per person.

Booking required. 

Geocaching Taster – 8th August 2018. 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

A digital treasure hunt, fully charged phone essential. The event is free but normal admission applies.

Booking required.

Brimham Moor Road, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4DW. Tel: 01423 780688

Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

21st July – 2nd September 2018. Daily. Gnome Hunt
Can you and your little ones help? Gran’s garden is missing its Gnome’s they have escaped and are hiding all over the farm.
Find where they are all hiding to restore Gran’s Garden before summer ends! And make your own mini helper Gnome to help track them all down.

29th July – 15th August. Daily. Nidderdale by the Sea
Come along with your Flip flops,Hat, Sun Cream & Sunglasses as we the Farm host their very own sea side. There will be Candy Floss, Ice Creams, Giant Deck Chairs, Sand castle building, Rock Pooling and even cheeky cocktail slush for Mums and Dads to enjoy.

Events price are included in usual admission.

No booking required, drop in events.

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate HG3 3HB. Tel: 01423 779759

Brymor Ice Cream Easingwold Maize Maze

16th July – 2nd September, 10am -6pm

Easingwold’s famed maize maze is arguably Yorkshire’s most eco-friendly family fun day out! Attractions for 2018 include:

  • Football golf (9 holes)
  • Giant inflatable slide
  • Go-Karts
  • Football
  • Swingball
  • Large sandpit & outdoor games & toys
  • Inflatable fun zone
  • Magic Mondays
  • Animal pen

Children aged 2 and under go free.

Northern roundabout (A19), YO61

Castle Howard

Let’s Go Fly A Kite Festival – 28th & 29th July 2018. 10am – 5pm

A weekend of spectacular Kite displays and Family fun. All activities are included in a standard Garden admission ticket.

Summer Explorer Adventures – 25th July – 2nd September 2018. 10am – 5pm

Enjoy a summer filled with outdoor adventures with our explorer activities. Activities taking place daily.

Drop-in events, no booking required.  

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA. Tel: 01653 648333

Cinema under the stars in Millennium Square

The Luna Cinema is delighted to announce that it is partnering with Leeds City Council to put on three nights of cinema under the stars in Millennium Square as part of the venues annual Summer Series programme.

With three incredible films to choose from, there will be something to suit all tastes.

17th August80s classic, Dirty Dancing

18th August – A sing-along screening of this year’s musical phenomenon, The Greatest Showman

19th August – There will be a very special screening of a true British classic, The Italian Job presented with a full live orchestra and pre-recorded intro from the star of the film, Michael Caine.

Doors open 7pm, films start 8.30pm

Booking required via the Luna Cinema website

Day out with Thomas at Kirklees Light Railway

18th & 19th August 

Make your day a Day Out With Thomas as Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Percy, Toby, Emily and Mavis, visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor!

The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves and will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am.

Pre booking advised. Suitable for toddlers.

Park Mill Way Clayton West, Huddersfield. Tel: 01484 865727


Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival

Food Festival 2018, 24th-27th August 

The four day event will showcase some of the finest foods the region has to offer, featuring cookery demos, live music, plus a selection of the finest Yorkshire artisan traders. There will also be funfair rides and a pop up beach to really get you in the Summer spirit.

Admission is free (farm admission is not included.) A £5 parking charge per car applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required.

Cannon Hall Farm, Hawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT. Tel: 01226 790427

Eureka – The BIG Summer Festival

21st July – 2nd September 2018. 10am – 5pm 

The Big Summer festival will be jam-packed with special guest performers, interactive shows and hands-on creative activities. From interactive storytelling to light painting, explosive science to slime making, their varied programme has a different theme for each day of the week. 

Drop-in event, no booking required.  

Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE. Tel: 01422 330069

Family Fun Day and Classic Car Show – Temple Newsam

18th August 2018. 10am-4pm

St Gemma’s Hospice hosts a day of bouncy castles, rides, a fire engine, obstacle courses, games, entertainment, food, drink, stalls and more, raising money to help the charity care for more local patients with life limiting illnesses.

With Leeds MG and Classic Car Club displaying fine classic cars throughout the day, Disney’s ‘Cars’ star Lightning McQueen will also be making an appearance to wow younger automobile fans.

Entry is by donation to St Gemma’s Hospice.

No booking required, drop in event.

Temple Newsam Road, Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

Family Sports Sessions at Kirkstall Leisure Centre

8th, 16th & 23rd August 2018, 1.30pm-3.00pm

Be active and spend quality time together while playing organised team games in the sports hall.

Adult participation required and must be accompanied by at least one child.  Suitable for children aged 7 + years.

No booking required

Kirkstall Leisure Centre. Tel: 0113 378 2086

Farmer Copley’s Maze

21st July – 2nd September 2018. 10:30am – 5:30pm

7 acres of amazing fun, including many other activities:

  • Jumping pillow
  • Mini wagon ride
  • Bale mountain
  • Tyre mountain
  • Corn maze slide
  • NEW for 2018 – The Copleys Challenge’  a 100ft inflateable assult course
  • Dino carts
  • Corn café

No booking required. 

Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, WF7 5AF. Tel: 01977 600200

Flamingo Land – Party in the Park

28th July, 18th August and 1st September 2018. 5pm onwards

Party in the Park has become a firm Flamingo Land favourite, so don’t rush home after an amazing day exploring the Theme Park & Zoo. Get in a party mood instead and stay for an evening packed with sensational live entertainment, with headliners as follows:

28th July: S CLUB 3

18th August: Pixie Lott

1st September: Vengaboys

Booking required.

Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX. Tel: 0800 40 888 40

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm and Sunday 9.30am-3.30pm all summer.

Grass Hoppers is an outdoor adventure playground set in the grounds of Tong Garden Centre where children up to the age of 10 years old can enjoy proper outdoor fun.  Including Jumping Pillow’s, Giant Sandpit, Race Track, Zip Wire, Adventure Play Area and Under 4’s Play Area.

Donkey rides will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays (weather permitting) during the school holidays.

Summer Passes are now available too.  Enjoy unlimited plays all summer for £25 per child. Summer Passes are valid from 23/07/19 – 02/09/18. 

*You can now take your own food into the Grass Hoppers Play Area.

No booking required.  Suitable for toddlers.

Tong Lane, Bradford,BD4 0RY Tel: 0113 285 3506

Harewood House Summer Events

11th- 12th August 2018, 9am-5pm, VW Festival

The UK’s largest family friendly VW show. A full weekend of live entertainment, live music, VW’s galore and a great venue with a laid back atmosphere.

No booking required.

23rd-28th August 2018, Moscow State Circus

The Moscow State Circus is a magical experience for people of all ages, coming together to witness unbelievable acts and astonishing artistes. The award winning Chervotkins Duo will guide you through the Hotel of Curiosities, featuring breath taking performances including acrobatics, trapeze, high wire, unicycling, foot juggling and much more.

26th August, The Princess & The Giant Outdoor Theatre

Folksy Theatre’s musical adaptation based on the wonderful children’s book by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Sarah Warburton, will be filled with music, puppetry, colourful characters and songs, that will have you clapping and singing along! Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs, friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production!

Booking required.

Harewood House.

Holt Park Active Bouncy Castle Sessions

Bouncy castle and soft play sessions in the summer holiday for children 2- 6 years.

Monday 30th July: 1.00-2.00pm and 2.00-3.00pm

Wednesday 8th August: 10.00-11.00am and 11.00-12.00noon

Wednesday 22nd August: 10.00-11.00am and 11.00-12.00noon

To book call us on 01133781301

Hope Pastures – Pony 1-2-1s & Pony Days

Pony 121s. Every Wednesday from 1st – 29th August 2018. 10am-12pm 

Meet the ponies and spend time grooming them. The visitor centre is open for refreshments and we also run tours and fun activities for the family.

£5 donation per person/child if you wish to brush a pony and receive a rosette.

Pre-booking advised.

Pony Days. Every Thursday from 2nd – 23rd August 2018. 10am-3pm

On a Pony Day children learn how to care for ponies under expert supervision. The emphasis is on fun and on building confidence and skills. The day includes activities such as leading and grooming the ponies, feeding and mucking out, as well as quizzes, games and pony puzzles.

£30 donation per child.

Pre-booking advised.

Hope Pastures, Weetwood Lane, Leeds LS16 5PH. Tel: 0113 261 4344

Kids 5-a-side Summer Football Tournament at Goals Leeds

16th August, 10am -2pm

To celebrate a summer of football we are hosting a kids 5-a-side summer football tournament and it’s free to enter!

For more information please call 0113 2633030.

Goals Leeds, Kirkstall Road

Kidz Film Club – Kirkgate Market

Experience the magic of the movies at Kirkgate Market in the food hall and event space.

All movies are FREE and start at 10am until 12pm

18 August – Secret Life of Pets
25 August – Trolls
31 August – Sing

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

34 George Street, Leeds, LS2 7HY

Kirkstall Abbey – Summer Holidays

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 24th – 30th August 2018.

This summer Kirkstall Abbey has a dragon theme.

Tuesday, 10am -11am, Mini Dragons: The weekly under 5’s session has a dragon theme for the summer holidays.  Children can enjoy fun crafts and activities, be prepared to get a bit messy!  Older siblings welcome.

Wednesday, 10am-3pm, Giant Games:  Enjoy a selection of games in the cloisters.

Thursday, 10.30am- 11.30am, Brunch with Barry the Dragon: Bring a picnic and meet the resident friendly dragon, Barry!

All activities are FREE.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Abbey Road, Kirkstall, Leeds, LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

Leeds Art Gallery

31st July – 29th August, 11am -4pm (Closed Monday’s except Bank Holiday)

Drop in to the Gallery join us for artist-led fun using exciting materials to make art inspired by nature. In collaboration with Yorkshire Sculpture Park, this family holiday activity takes inspiration from artist Andy Holden and his father, ornithologist Peter Holden and the exhibition Natural Selection. FREE event.

18th & 19th August, 11 am -2.30pm Bowery presents Bird Puppets (18th) and Block Print Birds (19th)

Make your own creations inspired by the Natural Selection exhibition and the natural world.

Suitable from 5-11yrs with parents or guardians.In partnership with the Bowery, Leeds.

21st August, 11am-4pm – Giving nature a home with the RSPB

A family-friendly day at the gallery with the RSPB.

Hear stories about ‘life on the edge’ of Bempton Cliffs, the UK’s largest mainland gannet colony. Pick up a discovery packpack and explore outdoors and around the Gallery. Meet staff from the RSPB and find out about the fascinating world of birds. FREE event.

22nd August, 10.30am-2.30pm – Family Yoga

Taking the Natural Selection exhibition as a starting point, this family yoga workshop explores what it might be like to be a bird. Booking required, see website.

1st September, 11am- 4pm – Nesting Here

Create your own 3D artworks for a bird to nest in. Choose from a selection of materials that birds may use to build a nest and let your imagination run wild. take a look around the Natural Selection exhibition and discover birds, eggs, nests and the natural world. FREE event

Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, LS1 3AA

Leeds City Beach, Victoria Gardens

11th August – 2nd September 2018, 10.30am – 6pm

Adults can sit back and relax on deckchairs whilst children enjoy the FREE real sand beach (don’t forget your buckets and spade!).  Access to the beach is free but there is a charge for the beach side entertainment*

For its sixth year, the urban beach will be taking place on Victoria Gardens outside Leeds Art Gallery bringing the excitement of the seaside right in the heart of the city centre, with a wide range of family friendly activities such as Miama Surf, Waikiki car, Jungle Funhouse, Bamboo Bungees and more.

Event media partner Heart Yorkshire will be playing a wide range of summer hits throughout the days with its very own ‘City Beach Radio’. Plus, every Sunday morning, the ‘Heart Angels’ will join in the fun with various beach games and activities.

Whilst visiting the beach, visitors will also be able to sample a selection of delicious treats and refreshments such as traditional seaside sweets, icy slush and hot food from a beach style BBQ swing grill.

NEW venue for 2018, Victoria Gardens,  just outside Leeds Art Gallery

No booking required.  Suitable for babies and toddlers. 

*Entry to the site and beach area is completely free with seating and deck chairs provided on a first come, first served basis. Individual admission fees will apply to all rides and attractions. Discounts will also be available for LEEDSCard and Breezecard holders.

Leeds City Centre ‘Pop up Parks’

During August 

Find a ‘pop up park’ on Cookridge Street and in front of Leeds Town Hall in Leeds City Centre during August.

FREE event, organised by Breeze.

No booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers.

Leeds City Museum – Around the World in Six Weeks

Family fun for the summer school holidays. Get on board with the “Museum Airways” Trail. Visit a different continent each week and be inspired by things you can find in the museum, from the Australian Cassowary Bird to the Japanese Pagoda.

PLUS extra making activities 10am-12pm & 1-3pm Tuesdays to Fridays and 11am-12.15pm on Saturdays.

All events are FREE. Closed Mondays.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Millenium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BHTel: 0113 224 4370

Leeds Discovery Centre

Family Workshops. 8th & 15th August 2018. 10am-12pm

On 8 August discover some of the animals that feature in the social history collection.

On 15 August join the for Peace – from the Armistice onwards, to explore collections and create your own peace symbol to join a city-wide display later in the year.

Workshops are FREE.

Booking required.

Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB. Tel: 0113 378 2100

Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Summer Festival

Leeds Grand Theatre and City Varieties Music Hall, Summer Festival, Supported by The Emerald Foundation: Come and explore our historic theatres and take part in three weeks of exciting arts activities for ages 0 to 17!

  • 6th August, 10.30am – 12pm, Munchkin Monday, Rainbow Rave with Boomchikkaboom, 0-3 years
  • 6th August, 1.30pm – 3pm, Munchkin Monday, Rainbow Wishes, 3- 6 years. 
    Glinda the Good Witch invites parents, carers and Munchkins aged 3 to 6 for an afternoon filled with songs and stories
  • 7th August – 11th August, 10am – 3pm, Summer Fun for 7-11 years, including making music, dancing, creating from junk, doodle robots and storytelling
  • 13th August – 17th August, 10am -3pm,  Performing Arts Summer School for ages 7 -11 years
  • 21st – 24th August, 10am-3pm, Summer Workshops for ages 12 -17 years

Tel 0113 2977042 to book or visit

Leeds Industrial Museum – Bus Day

19th August 2018. 10:30am-5pm

Travel in vintage style for FREE. Catch beautifully restored buses and coaches to hop between the City Centre and several museums; Leeds Industrial Museum, The Thackray Medical Museum, Middleton Railway, and Thwaite Mills. There will also be fun activities for all the family, plus a variety of special offers on admission at various heritage attractions en route.

Travel is FREE with standard admission.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Canal Road, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF. Tel: 0113 378 3173

Leeds Play Network – Come & Play

27th, 31st July & 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 24th, 29th, 30th August 2018. 11am-3pm

Lego Club at Leeds Kirkgate Market

13th-16th August, 10am – 4pm

Come down to Leeds Kirkgate Market and see what you can create with endless Lego! They will also be showing ‘The Lego Movie’ on the 16th of August.

FREE Event in the event space.

34 George Street, Leeds, LS2 7HY

Lidgett Lane Community Centre – Stay & Play

Every Friday 2018. 1:30-3:30pm

Third Saturday of the Month 2018. 12-2pm

Lots of outdoor space for the kids to run around, and if the weather is not as kind, there is plenty of space inside with lots of toys for them to play with and craft activities too.

FREE to all Members (only £5 to join if you live in the local area)
FREE Drinks and Light Refreshments.

No booking required. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Lidgett Lane, Leeds LS17 6PQ. Tel: 0113 237 0506

Life Size T-Rex at Trinity Leeds

20th July – 2nd September

A life sized trespassing Tyrannosaurus Rex has landed right in the middle of the Trinity Leeds shopping centre and will be roaring, blinking, lifting his arms and waving his tail to scare and surprise crowds for the next 6 weeks.

At 16 metres long, 8 metres high and weighing over 3-tonne’s the T-Rex is incredibly realistic. Its a collaborative project brought to Leeds thanks to LeedsBID, Trinity Leeds and Child Friendly Leeds.  Families are invited to pop by and snap a selfie!  There will also be a dino shop where you can pick up Jurassic inspired toys, books and gifts too.

FREE activity, no booking required.  

Trinity Leeds, 27 Albion St, Leeds LS1 5AT

Little Explorers at Lotherton, Tropical World and Temple Newsam

20th July – 1st September

This summer, families can experience an exciting adventure across three of Leeds’ most-loved, fun-filled attractions.

Discover flamingos and penguins at Lotherton’s Wildlife World, meerkats and crocodiles at Tropical World in Roundhay Park, some of the rarest breeds of farm animals at Temple Newsam, and much, much more.

Pick up a trail from any three of these attractions for your Little Explorer to begin their adventure!

Have fun finding the animals who live there, and learn fun facts about them along the way. Those who complete the trail across all three attractions will receive their Little Explorer badge and certificate.

No booking required. Suitable for toddlers

Little Monsterz Monday Maddness

Join Little Monsterz each Monday between 11am-1pm throughout the school holidays for toys, outdoor activities and lots of fun!

Bring your own picnic.

£1 per child.

Moortown Methodist Church

Lotherton Hall – Vintage Weekend

18th & 19th August 2018. 10am-5pm

Browse vintage market stalls all around the grounds, hear live music and enjoy a retro outdoor game at this special event in association with Rose & Brown Co.

Come dressed for the occasion or bring your pre-1970s vehicle and you’ll be eligible for a free ticket for one person in your car.

Event is FREE with standard admission.

No booking required, drop in event.  

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds, LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

Mini First Aid Leeds, Wetherby and Harrogate Early Years Session

15th August, 10 -10.30am

Fun and interactive session for children aged 3-6 years to learn the basics of First Aid. Cost £7.50 per child. The session covers bumps, bleeding, shouting for help, ringing 999 and the recovery position.

Booking required.  Suitable for toddlers.

Carousel Headingley, Tel Clare on 07791 681040

MOO Music Summer Specials

3rd August: Messy Moo Summer Special, Adel Sports and Social Club, 9.45-11am

Your favourite Moo Music will be playing and a variety of Summer themed stations to get messy with!

This session is suitable for sitting to 5yrs.

10th August: Moo Music Summer Beach Party, Adel Sports and Social Club, 9.45-11am

17th August: Moo Music Summer Animals theme, Adel Sports and Social Club, 9.45-11am

We’ll Sing! We’ll MOOve! They’ll be a mini beach and lots to play and do – all summer themed. Under 6 months FREE if attending with full paying sibling

Booking required. Suitable for babies and toddlers

Tel: 07932 501904

My Pet Pals Activity Club – Pets at Home Crown Point

Summer Small Furries & Wildlife Workshops (Various dates)

Come and join the fun at Pets At Home – Leeds Crown Point, and get involved with their FREE workshop for children.

The workshop helps teach children how rewarding pets can be and how to care for them. They also offer a fun filled set of activities that include products and pets for a hands-on approach to pet care.

Booking required. Book your slot here

Junction Street, Crown Point Retail Park, Leeds, LS10 1ET. Tel: 0113 242 4500

Mystery Matinee at The Palace Picture House Leeds Industrial Museum

24th July – 2nd September

Join us every Saturday and every weekday (except Mondays) in the school holidays for a family favourite film shown in our beautiful 1920’s cinema.

No booking needed.

Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills, Canal Rd, LS12 2QF Leeds

National Railway Museum York – Summer Holidays

21st July – 2nd September 2018. 10am-4pm

Unlock your inner engineer and conquer hands-on challenges with a range of different activities and shows.

Put your heads together and get stuck-in in the Activity Zone, open daily 11am-3pm. Spark your curiosity with interactive live science shows at 12pm & 3pm on selected dates. Bring your own inventions to life in the Engineering Hub from 11am-3pm every Wednesday in August. For the older explorer, download the Treasure Hunters App to accept challenges, battle against your friends and family, or team up to win badges.

And don’t miss your chance to ride on a train, with the miniature Railway and Mallard experience operating daily, and Steam rides on Weekends.

All events are FREE. Donations welcome.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. Tel: 03330 161 010

National Science & Media Museum – Action Replay

Action Replay Exhibition. 13th July – 30th September 2018. 10am-6pm. Galleries One & Two

Go behind the scenes to discover the tech, kit and tricks of the trade used to capture the drama of live sport. Explore the amazing stories behind unforgettable TV moments, find out how sports events are transmitted around the world, and see how eSports are changing the game. Or simply step into a studio and try your hand at being a commentator.

Free Family Activities. 26th July – 2nd September 2018.

Experience a host of fantastic free shows, demos and activities for all the family, bringing Action Replay to life through; Science Busking; All Around the World; Photo Finish; Ready, Set Go! Show; A Global Audience.

All events are FREE.

No booking required, drop in events.

The National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ. Tel: 0844 856 3797

Outdoor Heater Pool at Rudding Holiday Park

The outdoor heated swimming pool at Rudding Holiday Park is open for the public for selected sessions during June, July & August 2018. The outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s paddling pool is located next door to the Deer House Pub, within the Holiday Park at Rudding.

The pool is extremely popular and so booking is essential. To book contact Holiday Park reception on 01423 870439

Outdoor Sculpture Building at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Every Tuesday from 24th July – 28 August 2018. 11am & 1:30pm

Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park. Stack, balance, join, arrange. Always outdoors, Come Rain, Come Shine is about playful making in the fresh air.

All materials provided – including branches, stones, pipes and other found materials. Each session will last approx. 1hr. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book a place for all participating adults (age 16+)

Booking required. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Tickets for this event are bookable online.

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG (SatNav WF4 4JX). Tel: 01924 832631

Paw Patrol Live Leeds Arena

28th August 2018

In PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure,” Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big Pirate Day celebration in Adventure Bay. However, when Cap’n Turbot falls into a dark and mysterious cavern, it’s PAW Patrol to the rescue! Meet and greet session also available.

Arena Way, Leeds LS2 8BY. Tel: 0844 248 1585

Rainbow Factory – Summer Specials

23rd July to 31st August 2018

The Big Gruffalo Hunt – 23rd & 24th July. 10am & 1pm

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Adventure – 25th – 27th July. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Factory of Magic 30th July – 3rd August. 10:15am – 3pm

Disney Summer Party 6th & 7th July. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

World’s Worst Children Takeover – 9th – 11th August. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Mad Scientist’s Slime School – 13th – 15th August. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

The Tiger Who Came to a Tea Party – 16th & 17th August. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Moana’s Beach Party – 20th & 21st August. 10am & 1pm

Hero & Villain Training with Batman & Friends – 23rd – 25th August. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

​Jump into JUMANJI – 27th – 29th August. 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Ben & Holly’s Garden Adventure – 30th & 31st August. 10am & 1pm

Booking required. 

Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Unit 13C, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 5750

Ripon Racecourse Family Events

6th August 2018 – Racing at Ripon – Children’s Day

Enjoy the thrilling racing and lots of FREE activities to make the children’s experience of Ripon even more enjoyable. Activities include Mini Farm, Face Painting, Barrel Train ride, Balloon Modelling, Cup and Saucer Ride, Kub Karts, Bouncy Castles and Interactive Racing Roadshow.

13th August 2018 – Racing at Ripon – Alice in Wonderland

There will be lots of entertainment for you to treat your little ones to on the day as well as an afternoon of racing including Alice’s ‘Into Wonderland’ Game, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Tea Cup Ride and Bouncy Castles.

27th  August 2018– Bank Holiday Family Fun Day

Lots of FREE fun for the Children in the Course Enclosure including Balloon Modelling, Cup and Saucer Ride, Barrel Train Ride, Kiddie Cub Kart and Bouncy Castles.

The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, HG4 1UG

Roller Disco at Leeds Kirkgate Market

28th – 31st August, 9.30am-4pm

Following the sell out event in April 2018, Leeds Kirkgate Market will be hosting another Roller Disco from the 28th -31st August 2018 in the market event space.

Tickets are available on a first come first served basis priced at £3.50 (plus a small booking fee) for a 30 minute session.

Booking required via eventbrite.

34 George Street, Leeds, LS2 7HY


Roundhay Park – Open Air Theatre with Heartbreak Productions

Heartbreak Productions theatre can be summarised in a few words ‘ fun, inventive and interactive. Heartbreak has been touring an outdoor season of shows each summer throughout the UK including a family show, a classic with a twist and an adaptation of Shakespeare.

4th August 2pm & 6:30pm. 5th August 5pm. The Railway Children

25th August 2pm & 7pm. 26th August 5pm. Pride and Prejudice

1st September 2pm & 6:30pm. 2nd September 5pm. The Midnight Gang

Booking required for all events. Book via Heartbreak Productions website. Prices vary

Roundhay Park Visitor Centre at The Mansion, Mansion Lane, Leeds LS8 2HH

Royal Armouries Museum – Legends

An action-packed themed weekend all about William Cody (1846 – 1917) – American scout, bison hunter and showman, through storytelling, performances, combat demonstrations, music, film and activities for all ages.

Royal Armouries Museum – Wild West Show

25th – 27th August 2018. 12pm & 3pm

Seaside at National Coal Mining Museum

21st July – 2nd September

Travel 140m underground with a miner as your guide on one of the unique tours, explore the Museum, exhibitions and original colliery building, visit the stableyard and meet the horses and horsekeepers.

Outdoors you can climb and play on the adventure playground, explore the nature trail and take the ‘Seaside Special’ train ride to Hope Pit and visit the beach!

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, WF4 4RH. Tel:  01924 848 806

Stockeld Park Summer Adventure

July 21st – September 3rd 2018. 10am – 6pm

Enjoy the enchanted forest and adventure playgrounds, magical maze, inflatable play, go-karts, roller skating, Buccaneer boats (additional charge), den building with the Stockeld Rangers and indoor play and crafts this Summer.  Special events include:

Paddington visit – 21st – 22nd July

The Laser Adventure – 21st July – 3rd September

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – 21st – 22nd July

Peppa Pig & Daddy Pig visit – 4th – 5th August

Football Academy – 6th – 12th August

Pirates Week – 13th – 19th August

Chase & Marshal visit – 25th – 26th August

Adventure Week – 27th August – 2nd September

Stockeld Rox – 27th August

Many events included in Day Pass. Pre-booking advised.

The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN. Tel: 01937 586333

Studfold Fairy and Pixie Adventure Trail

21st July – 2nd September 2018

Use your imagination to find the delightful tiny coloured fairies and pixies that help make Studfold’s award winning adventure trail. Dress up or put on Studfold’s fairy wings and pixie hats, make a Studfold fairy badge, discover poems, stories and explore 25 tiny fairy/pixie houses.

Don’t forget to take a picnic and something to leave in the treasure swap box.

No booking required. Normal admission fees apply.

Studfold, Lofthouse, Harrogate, HG3 5SG. Tel: 01423 755228

Summer Activity Trails at Oakwell Hall Country Park

21st July – 31st August, 10am-5pm

Explore, discover and enjoy the park and gardens with your family activity pack available from the Visitor Centre Shop.
£1.50 per pack.

Toddler Friendly.  No Booking Required.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Summer Fun Days at St John’s Centre

A selection of FREE fun days offering entertainment for children in the shopping centre.

Enjoy storytime with Adambara the elephant and Zhim the mouse at 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm.

Meet the mischievous Punch and Judy. Shows at 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2pm. Facepainting 11am – 3pm.

Come and join Blooming Circus to learn a range of exciting skills, 11am – 3pm.

Fun & interactive games session for young and old plus a circus workshop including diablo, flower stick, poi, juggling kit, hula hoops, hand held stilts and much more.

No booking required.  Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

St Johns Centre, Merrion Street, LS2 8LQ Leeds

Lotherton Six Weeks Of Summer Fun

23rd July – 2nd September 2018,  10am-5pm 

Enjoy a different theme each week during the summer holiday including themed crafts, events and outdoor games


Week 1 – Himalayas Week
Week 2 – Yorkshire Garden Week
Week 3 – Wildlife Week
Week 4 – Vintage Lotherton Week
Week 5 – Brilliant Birds Week
Week 6 – Amazing Art Week

Plus explore the Edwardian country home, extensive grounds, red deer park, bird garden, nature trails, historic stables and carriage houses, gardens, walks and two children’s play areas.  For more details on a day out at Lotherton read our Mumbler review here.

House, café, shop, bird garden open: 10:00 to 17:00, last entry 16:15 Estate gates (April to September): 07:30 to 20:00.

Toddler friendly.  Leeds Card Discount available. 

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB Leeds

See what else is on at Leeds Museums Galleries this summer for kids

Summer Holidays at The Core Shopping Centre Leeds

The Core Shopping Centre, Leeds is the place to visit this Summer whether you are into slime, rocks or film!  Throughout the school holiday, children will be spoilt for choice with some of the current “must do’s” and “must see’s”.

On Tuesday, 7 August, Wednesday, 8 August and Thursday, 9 August, there will be five slime making workshops a day where children can find out about the science of making the perfect slime recipe for Glitter Slime on Tuesday, Dino Slime on Wednesday and Bug Slime on Thursday.

‘Rocks at the Core’ workshops take place on Tuesday, 14 August, Wednesday 15 August and Thursday, 16 August, children can pick and decorate a pebble.

Both the ‘Slime Science Sessions’ and the ‘Rocks at the Core’ workshops take place at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on each day and there are only 16 places per session.  Children wanting to secure a place should visit the Centre’s Facebook or website and book via Eventbrite.

A season of “Free Family Films on a Friday” is being screened every week at the Core with a film being screened every Friday during the holiday at 3pm.

Friday, 10 August – Monsters Inc. (2006)

Friday, 17 August – Inside Out (2015)

Friday, 24 August -Trolls (2016)

Friday, 31 August- Spiderman 2 (2004)

Friday, 7 September – Cars (2006)

The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6JE.  Tel: 0113 244 0416

Summer Slime Fridays at The Little Bookshop

3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st August, 2.30pm

Special Slime making workshop. Take home two kinds of slime and the know how make slime at home yourself!

Tickets: £6, bookable in advance via The Little Bookshop website.

Pre booking required. 

47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, LS7 3PD. Tel: 0113 212 3465

Temple Newsam

Across summer there will be a variety of family activities on the estate including  ‘make and take’ crafts, secret trails and explorer tours.

24th July – 5th August 2018 (excluding Monday 30th July) Colourful Concoctions!

7th August to 19th August 2018 (excluding Monday 13th August) Marvellous Mixing!

25th July, 1st August, 22nd August, 29th August 2018. Storytime Wednesdays

9th August 2018. 11am-12pm. Magical Movement!

14th – 18th August 2018. 10am-4pm Amazing Animal Week

Tuesdays & Saturdays 2018. 11-11:45am. Hidden Temple Newsam Tour

Thursdays 2018. 11am. Discovery Tour

Thursdays 2018. 2:30-3pm & 3:15-3:45pm. Up on the Roof! Booking required. £3. Ages 7+. Will only happen in fair weather so call 0113 3367460 to book and confirm.

Daily 2018. 10am-5pm (Closed Monday’s) Outside. Visit the farm animals, café, playgrounds and gardens.

Events are FREE with standard admission unless stated.

No booking required, drop in events, unless stated. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, unless stated.

Temple Newsam Road, Selby Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

Thackray Medical Museum – Summer Holidays

The Science of Frankenstein 23rd July – 31st August 2018. 11am – 3pm (weekdays only)

Investigate the links between electricity and the body. Play a game of Giant “Frankenstein” Operation, have a go at spooky stop motion animation or take part in an electronics workshop. Plus lots more!

No booking required.  

Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN. Tel: 0113 244 4343

The Forbidden Corner

Open everyday from 29th March – 4th November 2018. Monday – Saturday 12pm-6pm. Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am-6pm

The Hepworth, Wakefield

With free activities for families every weekend and school holiday, The Hepworth Wakefield is your space to explore, play and create together. They also have a picnic area, outdoor playground and changing facilities for a fun-filled family day out.

Explore & Draw Stations. Everyday 2018. 10am-5pm. Suitable for all ages. FREE

Explore & Draw Totes. Every Monday, Friday, Saturday. 10am-5pm. Suitable for ages 2-12. FREE

Drop-in Family Workshops. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday 2018. 11am-4pm. Suitable for ages 2-12. FREE

Art Pods. Every Monday, Friday Saturday 2018. 11am-4pm (closes for lunch between 1-1:30pm).  Suitable for ages 2-12. FREE


Illustration Art Club. 7th – 10th August 2018. 10am-4:30pm (extended hours 9-10am & 4:30-5pm). For ages 7-11. £120 for all 4 days / £160 for all four days with extended hours

Illustration Art Club. 14 – 17 August 2018. 10am-4:30pm (extended hours 9-10am & 4:30-5pm). For ages 12-16. £120 for all 4 days / £160 for all four days with extended hours

Creative Cooking Class. 6 August 2018. 11am-12;30pm & 1:30-3pm. £20 for one child and one adult, £12 for an additional child (all children must be accompanied by an adult, max 2 children per adult)

Toddler Tuesdays. 7 August 2018. 10:3-1145am & 1-2:15pm. £7 for 1 adult, 1 child + £2 per additional child/ adult

Booking required for clubs and classes.

The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW. Tel: 01924 247360

The Tetley – Family Art Workshops

29th July & 12th, 26th August 2018. 11am-3pm 

The Tetley – Tiny Tetley

25th July & 22nd August 2018. 10:30-11:30am & 11:45am-12:45pm. 

Creative fun for children under 5! Bring the little ones along to join in creative and messy play. Inspired by The Tetley’s exhibition programme and all things creative, activities include things such as sensory activities to playing with different types of bright colourful materials, to drawing on a big scale.

The workshops are aimed for children under 5 and are especially good for ages 1-4. £3 per child.

Booking required. Suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

The Web Adventure Park – Summer 2018

23rd July to Sunday 2nd September

We’re open every day for fun and adventure for families of all ages. Visitors can make friends with the chipmunks (and more!) in the Animal Zone, splash in the water play park and build castles and damns on the mini-beach outdoors. Older children can ride on the exciting electric quad bikes and go carts whilst toddlers have their very own course with push and pedal tricycles. There’s plenty of play equipment and seating in the landscaped gardens for all to enjoy outdoors.

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH. Tel: 01904 692221

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

21st July – 2nd September 2018. Arboretum Adventurers

Banish the boredom, ditch the devices, and have some family fun on an adventure in the Arboretum £2 per family for activity pack (standard entry charges apply) No booking required, drop in event

5th August 2018. 11am – 4pm. Family Fun Day

A fun day for the whole family with Birds of Prey, sandpit, inflatable obstacle course, bouncy castle, facepainter, craft, softplay, food & drink. £5 per child. Booking recommended

19th August 2018. Minibeast Day

Hunt for bugs, build them a home, and enjoy some beasty crafts with Curator Faith £2 per child. Standard entry charges also apply. No booking required, drop in event

Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2PS. Tel: 01677 425323

Thwaite Mills Watermill Museum

Creative Tuesdays. 31st July – 28th August 2018. 1pm – 3pm

Get creative and get making with a different theme each week from Jelly Fish, Paper Cup Animals, to Paper Chain Snakes.

Experimental Thursdays. 26th July – 29th August 2018. 1pm – 3pm

Have fun, be hands on, and enjoy some quirky experiments from The Hat of Doom, Smart Materials, to Doodlebot. 

Bus Day. 29th August. 10:30am – 5pm

Travel in vintage style between Thwaite Mills, Leeds Industrial Museum, Middleton Railway, The Thackray Museum and the City Centre. PLUS Thwaite Mills will be hosting static bus displays, a classic car show, boat rides and fun and games for all the family.

Events are FREE with standard admission.

No booking required, drop in events. Suitable for babies and toddlers.  

Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds LS10 1RP. Tel: 0113 378 2983

Tropical World Summer Holiday Activities

Tropical World will be hosting fun and educational activities across the first two weeks of the summer holidays to make sure your little explorers visit is extra special. You’ll get the chance to book a 45 minute activity slot online when you pre-book your general entry. Tickets are £2.50.

Pre-booking required.  Suitable for toddlers.

Princes Ave, Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER


Walking with Dinosaurs, Leeds Arena

22nd – 23rd  August 

Watch them walk, hear them roar, and see their fight for survival and supremacy depicted in almost cinematic realism. It’s the must-see live arena experience for audiences of all ages.

Leeds Arena. Box Office: 0844 248 1585

White Rose Shopping Centre – Gromit Unleashed

19th July – 2md September 2018. All day.

White Rose have teamed up with Gromit Unleashed to host a very special experience this summer. Giant sculptures of Gromit and Shaun the Sheep will be on display throughout the centre and in The Village. Each sculpture is decorated according to a different theme, with ten to be found in and around the centre. Collect a map from the Customer Service Centre, find all the sculptures and receive a small gift!

£2 donation for maps.

PLUS 21st July & 7th August 2018. 11am-4pm at regular intervals. Meet Wallace & Gromit!

Drop-in event, no booking required. Suitable for toddlers, and pre-schoolers.

Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 8LU. Tel: 0113 229 1234

Wild Challenge: Summer Bug Hunts at RSPB Fairburn Ings

10th, 17th 24th and 31st August. Sessions 10am -11am & 1pm -2pm

Join RSPB Fairburn Ings throughout the summer holidays to get up close and personal with the minibeasts. Try your hand at sweep netting, log turning and tree bashing. What will you discover?

Booking required. 

Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford, WF10 2BH. Tel: 01977 628191

York Maze

14th July – 3rd September 2018. 10am – 6:30pm (last admission 4:30pm)

**2018 theme – Jurassic Maze **

York Maze is so much more than a maze, it is the largest Maize Maze in Europe at over 15 acres of fun! The 20 active fun attractions are an ideal way to burn off some energy, bouncing, sliding and racing your way around. Have a laugh on the Crowmania tractor trailer ride, the new Crowbot 5000 show, Kernel Kernel’s House of Cornfusion and the famous pig racing.

No booking required. Suitable for all ages

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York,  YO19 5LT. Tel: 01904 607 341

York Theatre Royal – The Secret Garden

27th July – 25th August

This summer, York Theatre Royal brings the Theatre by the Lake’s production of The Secret Garden as its big summer family show!

With a delightful score, a menagerie of puppets and a big dance finale, Jessica Swale’s richly imagined adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much loved classic is a summer must-see for all ages!

Box office: 01904 623568

Yorkshire Museum of Farming Summer 2018

22nd -23rd July: Vikings on the Village. Walk through history and see how the Vikings lived.

Throughout the Summer Holidays see the tractors and animals, play in the sandpit and new soft play area for under 5’s, find the Trolls instruments and Fairy Garden.

1st August: Yorkshire Day – Family Activities

5th August: Tractor Ted Event

25th – 27th August: The Trailblazers will be transforming the fort into a Western Town – meet the cowboys and be ready for a shoot out!

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York YO19 5UF Tel: 01904 489966

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Wild Live Safari Nights

Every Saturday in August 2018. 5-9pm

Come to Yorkshire Wildlife Park for a full day of fabulous family time, including entertainment around the park and extended opening into the evening, and also get access to the concert area for the evening’s brilliant live music and bangless fireworks finale!

The entertainment starts at 5pm each evening, with local bands, live acoustic acts and other family entertainment on show before for the headliners hit the stage at 7pm.

Saturday 4th August. S Club 3, The Honeyz, Big Brovaz & Booty Luv

Saturday 11th August. Shane Filan

Saturday 18th August. Heather Small

Saturday 25th August. Russell Watson

Booking advised. Events are included in a full day ticket price. Children under 3 go FREE.

Warning Tongue Lane, Branton DN4 6TB. Tel: 01302 535057