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

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 Summer Activities Ideas in Harrogate 2019.

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.

Things to do in Harrogate in the summer.

Spend one-on-one time with our amazing Alpacas during the holidays! Book a session with your family or friends (4 people), and you will have the opportunity to spend time with our four alpacas – two Mums and their little babies!

You will be able to:

  • Spend time with the alpacas
  • Learn how to greet them
  • Rub noses with them
  • Hear them hum
  • Feel their super soft fur
  • Feed them
  • Learn about their function on the farm & how they protect our hens
  • Take as many pictures as you want
  • Make memories for a lifetime

Book online at or in store.

Every day at 12pm during the holidays. Places are strictly limited.

Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO519HY




A little inspiration for the summer holidays at Beningbrough.

The scene is set, summer is here, and the children are ready to head out and about whatever the weather. Enjoy summer days at Beningbrough with a fun filled holiday programme this August.

Mondays – become a garden apprentice and learn a new skill with the gardening team

Tuesdays – head to the hall for some bug busting with the conservation team

Wednesdays and Fridays – go ‘artrageous!’ designing your own garden and inventing your own creature in the hayloft

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August – celebrate all things Yorkshire from culinary delights to art activities

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August – rejoice the mighty bee with talks, crafts and tastings

Climb the pyramid tower, pick up an explorer backpack or dress up as lord or lady of the hall, there are activities inside and out, come rain or shine.

We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm. All the activities are free and normal admissions apply.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027


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Birchfield Maize Maze

Birchfield Maize Maze
Open 20th July – 1st September 2019
Open from 10am – 5pm Daily (Last admission 4pm )
2019 -This Years Maze is cut in to a giant unicorn
Follow the quiz to find the  Magical Unicorns & Fiery Friendly  Dragons
Can you complete the Maize Maze??? Take ever path, find all the clues and make it to the look out tower!
Adults £4.50
Children £5.50
OAPS £4.00
(1 Adult + 3 x Children or 2 x Adults + 2 Children)
The price includes:
Entrance to the Maze and quiz
Mini Sunflower maze, over 10,000 sunflowers that once in flower will make a stunning display – perfect for little explorers
Bouncy castles
Go karts
Woodland walk & Den building area
1 x ride on the crazy caterpillar barrel ride (over 2s)
Guinea pig petting
Farm animals, visit the calves ,pigs , piglets and the goats and kids.
Come and visit us for an AMAIZING day out!!
For more details visit our website: or Facebook: Birchfield ice cream farm
Birchfield Ice Cream Farm, Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4JS

Not only do we have our final family fun day of the season, on our Bank Holiday showdown on Monday 26th August 2019 we look forward to our only listed race of the season, the EBF Ripon Champion Two-Year Old Trophy.

It’s a perfect day out for all the family, pack the picnic basket and the blanket and join us for the perfect Bank Holiday get together!

For our Bank Holiday Family Fun day you can expect lots of FREE fun for the Children in our Course Enclosure including:

  • Balloon Modelling
  • Cup and Saucer Ride
  • Barrel Train Ride
  • Kiddie Cub Kart
  • Bouncy Castles

Gates Open 11:30am
First Race 14:10pm
Last Race 17:35pm

Ripon Races, Boroughbridge Rd, North Yorkshire, Ripon HG4 1UG

Here at Ripon we believe that horse racing is a sport that should be enjoyed by all the family, we offer FREE admission into all enclosures to all children under 18 as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

We also have two permanent playgrounds available at each meeting, located in our Course and Paddock enclosures to keep the children entertained. Bouncy castles and fun slides are also available in the course enclosure on Saturday meetings (weather dependant).

For more information visit

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Fun French Workshops

Fun French workshops for children aged approx. 5-9 years.

Dates, Times and Locations

9.30-12.30 Thursday 15th August at Harrogate Kidzplay, Beech Avenue, HG2 8DS
2-5pm Tuesday 20th August at Harrogate Kidzplay, Beech Avenue, HG2 8DS
9.30 -12.30 Wednesday 21st August at Laughing Giraffe, Boroughbridge, Becklands Close, Roecliffe, YO51 9NR
9.30 -12.30 Thursday 22nd August at Little Bees/Leeds Kidzplay, Limewood Road, LS14 1LU
9.30 – 12.30 Thursday 29th August at Harrogate Kidzplay, Beech Avenue, HG2 8DS

Learning French language through playing games and singing songs
Learning facts about France through playing games and arts and crafts activities
Tasting French foods and drinks
30 minutes of play in the centre

Cost Just £16 per child per session with sibling discounts available.
Places strictly limited to 8 children per group.

Email :

Tel: 0794 8794813


School’s out!  It’s time to arrange some family fun, so try something new this summer and book a round of golf on the Repton 6 Hole Short Course.

Fun for all ages in the fresh air and not an electronic device in sight! No golf shoes required and we can even lend you the clubs.

Family of 4 only £15

To book call 01423 872100, Option 1 and quote ‘Harrogate Mumbler’

Valid: From 2pm Monday to Sunday for 2 adults 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children. From 25 July – 30 September 2019.

Terms and conditions: Pre-booking is essential. Full Payment at the time of booking. Offer based on a minimum four players and children must be under the age of 16yrs. If hiring clubs a £10 deposit is required. Subject to availability and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. Any cancellations made within 48 hrs prior to arrival will be subject to full cancellation charges.

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Harlow Carr Summer Holidays

Summer Holiday Family Fun at RHS Garden Harlow Carr 20 July  – 1 Sept:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar™

Families are being encouraged to get a wiggle on and head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr as The Very Hungry Caterpillar™descends on the garden for the summer holidays. The best-selling children’s book, published by Penguin Books, celebrates 50 years since its first publication this year.

Eric Carle’s much-loved classic will be brought to life with giant willow sculptures, 3D apples and pears, hands-on craft activities and storytelling with the Garden Detectives. Children can follow a daily garden trail in search of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, enjoy birds-of-prey flying displays and make their own caterpillar hat. Activities vary daily.


For more information please view our website



Throughout the summer school holidays eight to 15 year olds can get unlimited use of the Hydro, Knaresborough pool, Starbeck Baths, Ripon Spa Baths and Nidderdale Pool with a junior swim pass.

Youngsters can make a splash, improve their swimming technique and have fun with friends in our general swim sessions or family fun inflatable sessions.

The pass costs just £30 for the summer holiday (valid from 19 July until 2 September 2019) and can be bought at any of the pool receptions.

Click here to download the Hydro Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Knaresborough Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Starbeck Baths Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Ripon Spa Baths Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Nidderdale Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Knaresborough Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Leeds Camps returns this Summer holiday for even more non-stop fun with EIGHTEEN amazing workshops to choose from in Horsforth and FIFTEEN fantastic camps in Harrogate!

Running in both locations – between Monday 29th July & Friday 30th August 2019 – there really is a camp for every child!

Check out the timetable and follow the booking link to get your bookings confirmed today!

To book your camp please click here


There’s lots for families at the Mercer Art Gallery this summer. Our new creativity studio has fun ways for children to engage with the art on display. There are ‘looking and drawing’ backpacks, dressing up and making, our art trolley full of crafting, and seaside beach scene and birthday party table to play at!


Mini Mercers

Monday 8 July, Monday 22 July, Monday 29 July, 10.30 – 11.45am.

Mini Mercers is a fun morning of children’s movement, meditation and mindful art activities for children aged 18 months to 7 years. Led by Jennyanne Smith, who devised Mindful Makers at the Hepworth Gallery, it’s a new experiment for the Mercer. We’d love you to come along and tell us what you think! £3 per child; book on 01423 556188 or at

 The Mercer Art Gallery is free to visit. Mon-Sat 10am to 4pm, 2-4pm Sunday.

£3 per child, please call the gallery on 01423 556188 or book online at

FAMILY ART SESSIONS – Saturday 29 June, Saturday 20 July, Saturday 3 August, 11am – 4pm

Drop in to the gallery on Saturdays for these free family-friendly creative sessions, led by artist Jennyanne Smith. Inspired by our current exhibition William Powell Frith: The People’s Painter, these sessions will look at the work on display and invite you to make your own marks and try new techniques with clay, printmaking and paint.

No need to book, just drop in

Daily All activities take place at the Mercer Art Gallery, 31 Swan Road, Harrogate, HG1 2SA

Age 7-13 Courses running all Summer

  • Tues 23rd July Richard Taylor Primary
  • Tues 30th July Enchantica’s Workshop
  • Tues 6th August Little beans play cafe Ripon
  • Mon 19th August  Enchantica’s Workshop
  • Thurs 29th August Richard Taylor Primary

Limited Places, early booking advisable

Contact us today! 07725 337977


Calling all Pixies and Pirates! Hold on tight because an incredible journey awaits at Mother Shipton’s this Summer.

Take your adventure map and voyage through the magical realm of Everland with the help of Peter Pan and friends. Tread very carefully as you pass Crocodile Creek, visit Pirates’ Cove, and discover the hideout of the Lost Boys. See if you can spot any mystical creatures in Mermaid Lagoon and remember to always take Tinkerbell’s advice. You will never want to grow up!

There’s something for everyone with the cave, petrifying well, gift shop, museum and adventure playground. Dogs are welcome in the park for a picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd. Fly along to Mother Shipton’s during the Summer Holidays: 18th July to 6th September, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).


01423 864600


This Summer Holiday, you have been accepted at Mother Shipton’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit the Wuthering Woodland, be sorted into a school house and meet your magic teachers. Attend all your lessons including Broomstick Training and Potions to become a qualified Witch or Wizard!

The attraction will be transformed into a mystical and magical event for all the family. Saturday 20th July to Sunday 1st September, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).

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

For discounted tickets book online

NEW for 2019, explore The Beach at Piglets Adventure Farm!

From 20th July – 1st Sept, Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun, with amazing magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, you won’t want to miss it!Grab your swimwear and sunhat as Piglets Adventure farm is bringing the beach to you this summer!

Splash your way through 2 acres of sand and water fun, take a selfie in the giant deck chair, climb Truffles Lifeguard tower and laze in a hammock. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream or milkshake at Beach Bites café. Plus, enjoy a full day of family fun and hire your own private Beach Hut!


20th July – 2nd September 2019, 10am – 6pm

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

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, Giant Maze, adventure playgrounds galore, go karts, boats, inflatables and more!

We have a whole summer of adventure ahead! Check out our special family fun events schedule, round up your adventurous young explorers and make this summer one to remember!

Adventure Weekend – 20th -21st July

  • With the Stockeld Rangers

Family Sports Challenge – 27th & 28th July

  • Including 125ft inflatable obstacle course – 27th & 28th July

Stunt Mania – 3rd & 4th August

  • Bike & Quad Show

Sam & Mark’s Lawn Party – 11th August

  • Family fun afternoon with this CBBC duo! Live DJ set and BBQ too

Have you got talent? Auditions – 10th August

  • Stockeld Park talent show auditions! Could you be joining X Factor’s Sam Bailey and Wagnor live on stage!?

X Factor’s Sam Bailey and Wagner LIVE – 18th August

  • Set up your picnics for an afternoon of entertainment from these X Factor stars!

Stockeld ROX  – Bank Holiday Weekend – Sunday 25th August & Monday 26th August

  • Stockeld Park’s annual tribute music festival including the likes of Taylor Swift, Little Mix and Ed Sheeran!
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Tennis TOTS Summer Sessions

Tennis Tots are running three pay-as-you-go Summer Sessions on Saturdays over the summer.

Come and try our classes on 27th July, 3rd August, 10th August.

8.50 – 9.20am for Tots aged 2 to 3.5 years
9.30 – 10.15am for Tots aged 3.5 to 5 years

£5 for each class


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Thornton Hall Country Park

Summer Holiday Fun ‘Down on the Farm’

Head over to the award-winning Thornton Hall Country Park for farm fun, animal encounters and entertainment for all the family! Join in with seasonal farm activities as well as indoor and outdoor play areas with giant slides, rope swings, hay maze, ride-on tractors, sandpits and pedal go-karts.

NEW for 2019! The new ‘bounce-tastic’ Jumping Pillow Park at no extra charge!

Other thrilling rides (small additional charge) include Pony Rides, Junior Quad Bikes (ages 6+), Caterpillar Ride and Farm Safari to the Deer Park!

There is a jam-packed itinerary of entertainment and special guests each week-day this summer:

Mondays: Professor Pumpernickel’s Science Shows!

Tuesdays: Character Appearances!

Wednesdays: Circus Workshops!

Thursdays: Pony Club!

Fridays: Special Guests Critters 2 You!

Bring a picnic to enjoy outside on the grounds. Alternatively the onsite café ‘Harrisons’ has plenty of delicious offerings.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sun cream (or your wellies!) and head on down to the Farm!

Thornton Hall Country Park:

Open daily from 10am

Farm Park Admission Prices £0-£7 per person

* Additional Charges for: Pony rides (£2.50), Tractor Rides (£3), Caterpillar (£2), Junior Quads (£4) & Safari ride (£3.50ea)

01282 841148

More to explore this summer at Tropical World and Roundhay Park

Discover your inner explorer and embark on an unforgettable journey through rainforests, mangroves, deserts and the nocturnal world.

Meet our exciting and exotic animals along the way including crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, meerkats and much more!

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Urban Beach at Henshaws

Henshaws Urban beach returns to Knaresborough from Sunday 4th to Saturday 24th August 2019, bringing with it the magic and fun of a trip to the seaside.

There is free entry to the beach every day from 10am – 4pm, with 60 tonnes of sand to play in, live music, refreshments and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Beachgoers will also be able to enjoy treats and refreshments from Henshaws café including wood-fired pizzas, ice creams, hot food and drink.

Download the full timetable for whats on at the Urban beach here

Visit the NEW Farmyard Fun Area and take a turn on the NEW Ride-on Pedal Tractors for budding farmers. Take the challenge on our Wired High Ropes course and Summit climbing wall (aged 7 and over) for extra thrills!

There’s loads to do every day, with our summer tickets and passes giving even greater value!

· 10 Visit Pass for just £40

· Adventure Pass (lap of Wired High Ropes + Play) £12.50

· Ultimate Adventure Pass (the above + Summit Climbing Wall) £19.50

· Crafty Corner Crafts (from £2)

All the usual indoor and outdoor attractions are open, with daily visits from the Web Adventure Park mascot. Unbeatable fun!

For more information or to purchase our special tickets visit our website


01904 692221


8th September 2019

The natural rhythm of a raceday allows plenty of time to get something to eat and drink as well as providing room for quality time with the family. A wide range of additional entertainments will ensure a happy day out for all ages.

It naturally attracts a family crowd and remember that under 18’s go for free (under 16 with accompanying adult only).

We will once again be joined by children’s favourite, Chase from the hit show, Paw Patrol.

The only Sunday of the season sees the return of the young riders taking part in the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.

York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX

01904 620911