School Holidays Harrogate

Summer Holidays

What is on for families & kids this summer holidays in Harrogate & Knaresborough? 

We’ve got lots of ideas & suggestions for days out & things to do during July & August for all ages from toddlers to teens including plenty of low cost & rainy day ideas for the holidays.

As well as our special school holidays events don’t forget to check out our year round “Days Out” pages by clicking here

We understand that things might be a bit different this summer.  Please check before you travel and pre-booking is highly recommended.

Have a fabulous summer!

Stay safe x

It’s back!

The Summer Holiday Activity Sheet in Harrogate has been refreshed with some new things to do and it’s now available to download!

If you want a simple plan for the summer, with a good mix of free, paid for and at home options then just download our summer holiday activity sheet by clicking on this link 2020 Summer Activities Ideas in Harrogate

You can see it below – we have one all filled out for you (with a few spaces for you to add in your favourite things) and also a blank version so you can plan your own fun summer.

The idea is to print it out, stick it on the fridge and complete all the activities, colouring them in as you go!

Whatever you do, I hope you and the mini mumblers have fun and make the most of our wonderful town at this time of year.

We’d love to see what you get up to so please send us in any photos of you and the Mini Mumblers completing any of these activities and we’ll add them to our Insta page!  Email us on

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Diggerland is ‘Good To Go’ and reopens on 11th July!

Covid-19 Update:

Reopening on Monday 8 June. To help you have a safe visit, they’re asking everyone to book in advance to access the abbey and water garden. Please note, Studley Car Park will remain closed.

Take part in your biggest ever game of hide and seek on your visit to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Hide in all corners of the large abbey ruins before following the river to the water garden. Race around the moon ponds, see the swans swimming and discover the winding dark tunnel. Emerge from the tunnel to find three fun buildings called follies along this woodland path.

Be sure to have a playground adventure. There are things to wobble along, jump over and climb on…you’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, a slide, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all.

Have a well-earned sit down with a seasonal meal in the newly refurbished restaurant, tuck into tea and cake with a lakeside view at Studley tea room or a sweet treat at Mill Café.

If there’s still oodles of energy left visit the deer park. Admire the views down to Ripon Cathedral and see if you can spot the deer. There are three different types from small fallow deer to the largest of them all: red deer.

There’s lots to do but don’t worry if you can’t fit it all in this time – we’ll be here another day! Become a member on your first visit and come back for free as many times as you like. Plus, get the feel-goods about it as every time you scan your membership card, you’re contributing towards the essential conservation work we do.

Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

01765 608888

Updated 1st July 2020


Admission includes: Pixie Village Trail, Adventure Playground, Cave, Petrifying Well, Wishing Well and Gift Shop.

Visitors must pre-book an arrival slot and will be given 2.5 hours to explore the attraction. £25 per car term-time weekdays, £30 per car weekends and school holidays (max 7 people per car), including parking. Please note that minibuses and motorhomes will not be allowed. Unfortunately, pedestrians without a car will not be able to visit at the moment – this is to reduce contact upon admission.

Picnics are welcome, ice creams and drinks are also available to purchase within the attraction.

Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead.

There are three sets of steps in the attraction which are not wheelchair accessible and pushchairs must be parked at the bottom of these steps – we recommend bringing a sling.

The Pixie Village runs until 6th September 2020.

The Pixie Village event will not include any confined spaces and our actors will not be interacting for this event which will reduce large gatherings of crowds and physical contact. Visitors will be provided with a trail sheet to explore the natural woodland at their own pace.

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into an utterly enchanted realm? Deep in the captivating woodland, filled with fairy rings and secret doorways, pixies are waiting to play!
Tread carefully through the land of the woodland people and keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail to see their tiny houses. Play in the wilderness like real pixie folk, dance like a fluttering fairy and discover the secrets of forest folklore.

Piglets Adventure Farm are excited to welcome visitors back from 1st August, when they reopen for unmissable Summer Fun!

What will you do first? Visit The Beach to sit back and relax whilst your little piggies explore acres of sand and water fun, you can even hire your very own Beach Hut* for the day. Reach for the sky on the Bouncing Pillows, have a swing at crazy golf or meet lovable furry friends! Discover the Farmyard Trail to see adorable alpacas, cute curly tailed pigs and perfect ponies. Plus, get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky you might see one being born!

With 20 new fairies to find, don’t forget to follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail through the woods. Enjoy a well-earned refreshment, from fresh Sourdough Pizzas to the famous Piggy Poo Ice Cream in the Ice Cream Parlour, or why not pack a picnic?

Please Note: Due to government guidelines Piglets Adventure Farm will be reducing the amount of visitors on site. Tickets are limited and MUST be booked online in advance by visiting

Piglets Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm.

*Extra charge for booking a beach hut. Visit to find out more.

Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

01904 499700

18th July – 7th September 2020, 10am – 6pm 

COVID-19 Update: Stockeld Park will re-open on the 18th July 2020.  Capacity will be restricted in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards.   Steps to ensure a COVID secure site – handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place.  For more details on the opening click here.

Gold Card members will be given priority access to book tickets and if you had tickets booked for the Easter Adventure, you will be contacted with details on how to redeem these.

Stockeld Park is nature’s playground, where nothing is quite as it seems! With magical surprises at every turn, this is a place to spark even the wildest of imaginations! Our Park is home to an Enchanted Forest, adventure playgrounds galore, go karts and outdoor inflatables!

In order to stay in line with Government guidance, some facilities such as indoor play, the maze, boats and skate won’t be available, as we are unable to safely open these activities while adhering to social distancing measures. This is reflected in the reduced ticket price for the Summer Adventure

The indoor cafe will be closed but there will be outside catering (contactless payment only) and toilets.

Pre-booking of tickets required.

Stump Cross Caverns is an ancient natural cave formation deep underneath the Yorkshire Dales. As well as the caves, they’ve also got a cinema, cafe, shop and visitor centre on site.  They are located  on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington and open seven days a week (9am-6pm).  Cave entry is £9 for adults and £6 for children (4-13yrs), which includes a fab cave quiz!  Their much talked about cinema is £6 per person.  They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!


The Caves

Discovered in 1860 by lead miners, Stump Cross Caverns has a rich history going back hundreds of millions of years. New passageways have been opened up over the years, with remains of prehistoric creatures such as wolverine and reindeer found in the caves.

Pick up our educational fossil quiz from the ticket booth, and make the most of our information signs, featuring fun characters including Sally Shark Tooth and Timmy Trilobite.  There is also the fairy door trail.  Explore the caves and find all the magical fairy doors to answer the cave quiz. Prizes for all!

The caves are a constant temperature of 7 degrees so dress warmly. Steps and walkways will be damp. Waterproof boots or wellies make ideal footwear for your visit.

The Cafe

The new Time Cafe features an all new menu, a newly refurbished restaurant, with stunning views of The Yorkshire Dales National Park.  They’re something for everything on the menu and they use local meat and produce to ensure quality and freshness. Locally made sausages and the pies are homemade and always a favourite. Their chefs make their own tartare sauce, chutneys, soups, and sauces.

Food is served daily 9am-6pm and they even do a take away service.

Their Bistro Evenings sound lush – with a special Valentines themed one for this month!

The Cinema

Yep – you heard right, they have a cinema!  It seats 40 comfortably – you can hire it for parties and events or just go to one of their special screenings!  Current showings are Wednesday 6pm, Friday 4pm, Saturdays 10am and 4pm and Sunday 4pm.  To find out what’s showing give them a call or DM,  they cannot announce films online at present.

The Gift Shop

They are revamping the shop this year, adding a new range of beautiful hand crafted local products and art, which makes wonderful gifts and mementos of your trip.  Plenty of fun pocket-money items for the kids too!

Visitor Centre

There are plenty of things to do at the Visitor centre including a sandpit, board games and outside seating with exquisite views for when the weather gets warmer!


Harlow Carr Gardens

Reopening Gardens from June 1.

The Gardens will be open 10am – 4pm, subject to pre-booking. It is essential that anyone intending to visit must book in advance for every person visiting. Please remember to bring your booking confirmation with you to show at the visitor entrance.


Hesketh Farm

Reopening from 11th July  2020 everyday until early Sept 10am – 5pm.  Numbers limited so please book online.

Animal Handling including donkey brushing…
We’ve moved the tractor karts outside…
The go karts are open…
The outdoor playgrounds are open…
The straw maze has been rebuilt outside…
Snacks and hot drinks will be available and you can of course still bring a picnic…


Newby Hall

The award winning Gardens at Newby Hall will re-open from Wednesday 3rd June 2020 for Season ticket holders and from the 6th June for general garden visits.

They are limiting the number  of visitors who are able to access the gardens at any one time and  all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Ripley Castle Gardens and Grounds

To open initially on a limited basis from Tuesday 2nd June 2020.

To ensure social distancing and safeguard the well being of both our visitors, staff, and the village residents, for the moment, to enjoy the Castle’s Gardens and Grounds you will need to pre-book your visit.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park