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Harrogate Mumbler Summer Activity Sheet

It’s still a few weeks until the Summer Holidays but with such a long break, we know you’ll be looking for things to do with your Mini Mumblers – we’ve already started pulling together the list of all the fabulous Summer Holiday Events and Activities in Harrogate  and by the time your children break up this list will be really comprehensive so you can have a look and refer back to it as the summer holidays go on (Save it to your favourites if you want a short cut!)

To help you plan and also manage your budget for the summer, I’ve put together an activity sheet with tonnes of ideas for you to do – most of these are free and a mixture of things at home as well as getting out and about. There are also some activities which are paid for (if you’re not a member of the place already) so you can choose the ones that you like the sounds of the most (or if you’re lucky enough to have the budget and energy – go for them all!)

This is by no means an exhaustive list – we’re really spoiled for choice in Harrogate so do check the listings for more ideas… and I’ve also done a blank sheet if you’d rather pick and choose ideas to suit your family. If you’re going away somewhere then you could use this as a holiday activity planner too. I’d love to hear how you use it so do e-mail me if you have anything to say about it!

If you want to get the children to colour in each time you do something on here then it’s even an activity in itself!

I hope you find this useful and hope you enjoy a fantastic Summer with your family in Harrogate!

Click here to download your free Harrogate Mumbler Summer Activity Sheet here or click on the image below.

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Bank Holiday Weekend Round Up!

There’s lots going on this bank holiday…….


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Camp Hill Summer Adventure Park


At Camp Hill Adventure Park we have something for everyone, whether it is Quad Biking and the Segways or if it is the more relaxing activities such as the Woodland Kingdom.

When you come to Camp Hill for a day out, we want to ensure you have great memories that are full of fun and adventure.

The Woodland Kingdom

A woodland play area surrounded by dens, playhouses and shelter building. Check out our beautiful Safari Tent Café and try out the delicious homemade food. There are all kinds of things for the children to enjoy with slides, swings, an assault course and a giant treehouse fort.

Quad Biking

Quadding at Camp Hill has been designed to allow even first time riders to experience the thrill of off-road riding, whilst keeping the more experienced off-roaders on the edge of their seats.


Imagine a feeling like hovering above the ground at speed with complete control over any terrain. These two wheel transporters are fast and fun.


If you don’t’ know, Footgolf is a lot like golf, but kicking a football around the course rather than hitting a golf ball. This is highly addictive, seriously competitive and super easy to play.


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Get into the spirit of Wimbledon and give Tennis Tots a try this Summer!

We are running three Saturday Tennis Tots classes over the Summer Holidays at Highfield/Harrogate Ladies College on 29 July, 5 and 12 August.

Tennis Tots is a great activity for improving your child’s confidence and hand-eye co-ordination.  Developed by former professional tennis player and respected coach Matthew McTurk, the Tennis Tots programme provides a perfect introduction to tennis for children aged 2-6 years.  Working through the Tennis Tots programme of fun and varied games with you as their helper, your child will learn how to throw, catch and strike the ball with confidence.  Movement skills developed by your child at Tennis Tots will compliment other activities as they grow and explore their interests.

Sessions are being run by Alyss Jones who has many years experience working with children in a variety of early years settings. Alyss is a DBS checked, fully trained Tennis Tots coach and is passionate about working alongside children and adults to enhance physical, social and emotional development.

Highfield/Harrogate Ladies College, Clarence Road, Harrogate, HG1 2QG

SATURDAYS – 29 July, 5 and 12 August

9.00-9.45am  2-4 year olds classes

10-10.45am   4-6 year olds classes

Book a single class for £6.50 or all three for £15.00

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Go on a Famous Five-inspired Summer Adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr

Enjoy a summer garden adventure from 22 July – 3 September 2017

  • Take part in the Yorkshire Day Adventure Games: flat cap throwing, Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and Yorkshire Tea relay race
  • Bring lashings of ginger beer and join in a mass picnic party in the garden

Children can go on a garden adventure at RHS Garden Harlow Carr throughout the summer months as the most northerly RHS garden hosts a season of family fun inspired by The Famous Five, Enid Blyton’s best-loved series.

Gobbledigook Theatre Company will perform Enid Blyton’s ‘Five on a Treasure Island’ at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this summer. Photo credit: John Saunders

RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate has teamed up with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hodder Children’s Books to offer a fun-packed summer of events and activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of ‘Five on a Treasure Island’, the very first book in The Famous Five series, from 22 July – 3 September 2017.

For children across the generations, Enid Blyton has inspired a love for flowers, plants, gardens and the outdoors through her descriptive powers, and particularly through the adventures of her five famous characters, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog. From camping on hillsides to exploring streams, from enjoying tasty picnics to discovering caves, many of The Famous Five’s adventures are firmly rooted in the great outdoors.

Six outdoor performances of ‘Five on a Treasure Island’ by Gobbledigook Theatre Company will bring Enid Blyton’s treasured story to life in an interactive performance where the audience becomes part of the show. Visit to book.

On 1 August, families can take part in the ‘Adventure Games’ to celebrate Yorkshire Day with flat cap throwing, a Yorkshire pudding & spoon race and a Yorkshire Tea relay race.

On 11 August, visitors are encouraged to pack their picnic blankets – together with heaps of tomatoes and lashings of ginger beer – and join a mass picnic party to celebrate the 120th birthday of the much-loved children’s author.

Activities vary daily so please visit or call 01423 565418 for more details.

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Harrogate Council Summer Playschemes 2017

Bookings are now being taken for our summer holiday playschemes for children in school years 1-6.

We are open from Wednesday 26 July to Friday 1 September. Lots of fun activities planned.

Please call Jennyfield Styan Community Centre (01423 521667) or Knaresborough Community Centre (01423 862702) to book your place. Booking is needed in advance to ensure the timeslots you require for your children are available.

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Mini Medics First Aid

This is a basic introduction to First Aid for children and aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 13, but it can suit children of any age. The course is kept at a basic level with no use of confusing terminologies. The course will show complete respect for the child’s ability, make it educational and practical, and instill the importance of helping someone who is poorly or injured.

Each Child will receive an Exciting student pack for them to take away with them.

The course runs 09.00-3.30 so please bring lunch, refreshments will be provided. Cost £25.

“My 8 year old “Mini Mumbler” attended the Easter holidays Mini Medics workshop and absolutely loved it! Ruth kept all the kids captivated and my daughter was brimming over with tales of all that she had learnt during her days’ course. Better still, it even helped her pass her Brownies First Aider badge! I shall be sending my youngest daughter along next year once she’s old enough. Such a great life skill delivered in an age appropriate way” Sally Haslewood, owner of Harrogate Mumbler


“Welcome to Mini Medics First Aid This is a basic introduction to First Aid for children and aimed at children between the ages of 7 and 13 but it can suit children of any age. The course is kept at a basic level with no use of confusing terminologies.

The course will show complete respect for the child’s ability, make it educational and practical, and instill the importance of helping someone who is poorly or injured.

Each child will receive a Individual Mini Medics training packs including :

• Fully illustrated 24-page ‘First Aid for Children’ book, including a ‘cut-out’ Mini Medics certificate of attendance

• A unique syringe pen in red or blue

• A 4-page worksheet

And the opportunity to purchase t-shirts and hoodies.

Syllabus covered.

What is First Aid?
First Aid kits
Recovery position
Resuscitation (CPR)
Wounds and bleeding
Communication and contacting the emergency services”

T: 01423 206 440
E: [email protected]

Mini Medics First Aid



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Ahoy me hearties! Join us for a swashbuckling adventure during the Summer holidays, with perishing pirates and marvellous mermaids. Become a member of the pirate crew, and watch out for those pesky parrots. Succeed in your quest or face the watery depths of Davy Jones locker!

Follow your map and search for the secret lost treasure. Fun for all the family every day from Wednesday 26th July to Friday 1st September.

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s birthplace and her amazing story.

The Park opens 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, a NEW adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

For more information visit or follow us on Facebook

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Piglets Adventure Park Summer Fun

With new attractions, exciting magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, summer at Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun.
On your marks, get set, Oink! All included in entry and every day from 22nd July to 3rd September, you can watch hilarious Pig Racing in the Pork-shire Hurdle, soak friends in water wars, boogie on down with daily foam parties and take up the Maize Maze challenge with two new quests. Will you make it on to the leader board?
Hold on there’s more! Follow the brand new Fairy Tale Trail through the woodland to find out which fairy or wood elf you are. Will you be more like Hesta Honeysuckle or Gethin Goldfinch? Such a magical enchanting experience.
Plus, the Magic Hatter will be conjuring up colourful comedy magic, amazing tricks and summertime silliness! Circus at the Farm is back too with crazy upside down juggling, death defying stunts and amazing acrobatics.

There is all the usual adventure farm fun, including Tractor & Trailer rides to the Bale Play Baaarn, Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides and go karts. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. Get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky you might see one being born!

Open daily from 10am – 5:30pm. For each event date, take a look at the website.

Unmissable family fun.

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 01904499700

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

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Sports Coaching from Harrogate Borough Council

Summer Camps 2017

Come and enjoy our five day summer camps! ATHLETICS and CHEERLEADING at Harrogate High School

21st August – 25th August (Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm) – £90 per person

Ages 7-14 years

–        Qualified coaches, first aid trained and DBS checked

–        Specialist equipment used on both camps!

–        FREE t-shirts and certificates for all attendees

–        Challenges and Games throughout

ATHLETICS Summer Camp 2017

Run, jump, throw and have fun with our 5 day camp. All equipment is provided, with relays, sportshall athletics if the weather is unkind and outdoor activities on the grass! Qualified coaches on hand to provide guidance on athletic disciplines, fun games and challenges. Quizzes and lunchtime activities also available.

CHEERLEADING Summer Camp 2017

Our camp will give you the chance to work on a range of skills including dance, tumbling and stunting in a fun, friendly atmosphere. During the week our campers will work on all of these skills culminating in a display for family members to watch on the last day.

To book a place please contact Sports Development – on 07525988154 or email: [email protected]

WARNING…..Camps will be running independently, so bookings will be either for 5 days of Athletics or 5 days of Cheerleading. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Stockeld Park


Adventure Week
Saturday 22 – Sunday 30 July
Included in your entry fee
The Stockeld Rangers will be organising incredible outdoor adventures for little explorers this summer. Expect everything from den building to arts & crafts to team games and forest trails!

Pirate week
31 July – 6 August
Free event – included in your entry ticket price
Ahoy me matey’s! Why not dress like a pirate or a beautiful mermaid and join in the fun and frolics at Stockeld Park this Summer?
What’s Happening:
• Our Pirate week begins on Monday 31 July when our Enchanted Forest Pirates come to life for exciting meet and greets with our visitors.
• The Potty Pirate’s team will be putting on 3 swash buckling shows every day besides face painting and ship building! A-hoy matey
• Walk the plank! Or the catwalk – enter our fun fancy dress competition for a chance to win goodies! Each day on the main field.
• Pirate fun on The Meadow!

Football Academy
7 – 13 August
Included in your entry fee
Our in house team & 5 star sports will be teaming up for the football academy 2017. Boys and girls of all ages and abilities are invited to join us for this great week of footy. Skills drills and shoot outs.

Art Week
14 – 20 August
Open Workshop 11.30am – 4pm
Included in your entry fee
We are joined by Lloyd Warbey (from Disney’s Art Attack) for a week of art fun!
Lloyd’s workshop will be open daily for our visitors to create, make & design – pop along and get creative!

Sports Week
21 – 27 August
From 10am daily
Included in your entry fee
Our entertainment team & 5 Star sports will be organising games, events, races and various activities to keep the kids active.
There will be medals for the winners plus lots of organised fun and mayhem!

Adventure Week
Saturday 28 – Sunday 3 September
Included in your entry fee
The Stockeld Rangers will be organising incredible outdoor adventures for little explorers this summer. Expect everything from den building to arts & crafts to team games and forest trails!


Please visit our website for further details

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SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 – Put on a Show in just ONE WEEK

Ages 5yrs – 18yrs
Mon 31st July – Sat 5th August
10.00am – 4.00pm (Early Drop off available at additional minimal amount)
Rehearsals at Aspin Primary School, Knaresborough
Show at Ashville College, Harrogate (on 5th Aug)
£100 per student including all costumes, rehearsals & tuition from industry professionals from across the country.
Contact Amy to have the form emailed or you can pick one up in class…
M: 07882 847980 E: [email protected]

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The Deep – I Love The Deep, Summer Activities

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

22nd July to 3rd September.
Get creative this summer as we celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture.
We are challenging you to show off your creative skills in craft corner (open from 11am each day) to help us create a giant montage showcasing your favourite things about The Deep. But first, you have to have to explore the attraction to remind yourself of which exhibits you love, as well as discovering some of our newest additions.

Where to begin? From the very start of time of course! Make your way through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future. Be sure to stop and marvel at the variety of amazing marine life including our newest arrivals, the Loggerhead sea turtles and discover more about them from our guiding team. Enjoy their daily presentations about the animals that live at The Deep throughout the day.
Don’t forget to wave hello to our Aquarists too! You will see them feeding the penguins at 11.30am and 3.30pm, as well as carrying out our daily dive show to feed the animals or give the tanks a good spruce up at 2pm.

So will you accept the challenge? Come on down and show us your jaw-some talents!

Visit The Deep’s website here for full details.

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The Rainbow Factory

The Rainbow Factory specialises in storytelling through the creative arts, including theatre, crafts and games that inspire and delight children aged 10 and under.

Activities are run by a talented team of performers and include learning hieroglyphs, model-making, robot-building, superhero-training, CSI workshops, treasure hunts, crafts, silly science and more.

On sunny days, visit our Secret Garden, perform on the outdoor stage, stomp across the troll’s bridge, climb on the Giant’s Chair or just relax!

Our unique events will be running from Monday to Friday throughout the school holidays (July 24 to Sept 1), with weekly themes including Horrible Histories, Marvel & Superheroes, Circus, Sci-Fi & Science, Fantasy, Myths & Legends, & Mysteries, Spies & Detectives.

What’s more, it’s FREE ENTRY! Just pay for the activities you take part in! £3 each or £10 for 4.

Book online for discounts and to guarantee entry:

Anyone looking for something exciting for the kids to do while they’re busy or at work should send them to our Holiday Club, to create a show, make new friends and discover new talents. Just £24 a day.

Our storytelling wonderland also runs preschooler courses, birthday parties, school trips and stage shows.

Discover the power of stories… at the Rainbow Factory!


Find Us

Rainbow Factory, Gate 3, Springfield Commercial Centre, Farsley, Leeds, LS28 5LY.

Tel: 0113 257 5750


Digital & Social Media

E: [email protected]

T: @RainbowStoryFun

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The Woodland Adventure Company







The enchanting allure of the woodlands has inspired children for many generations. A place of magic and adventure where imagination soars. The Woodland Adventure Company (Bushbabies) aims to bring this connection to nature back into the lives of children in a way that is engaging, educational and fun!
We are running sessions at the Pinewoods, Harrogate over the Summer holidays:
Tuesday 1st August – 10am – The Gruffalo, 2-4 years

Thursday 24th August 10am – Bog babies! 2-6 years.

Thursday 24th August 1pm – Dragon Fire Rockets, 3-6 years.

Saturday 2nd September 1pm – Elf Rockets, 2-6 years Places can be booked on our website:

You can contact us at [email protected] or 07788713393

Facebook: Bushbabies woodland adventures
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Wild Watch Project…….Go Wild!



Go Wild this Summer!

The Wild Watch project is challenging the people of Nidderdale to get out into nature this summer and learn about the fantastic wildlife of the area.

Regular contact with wildlife and the outdoors is a proven antidote to mental health issues, obesity and has been shown to generally improve our health and wellbeing. This issue is particularly profound among young people, who are tied to their smartphone and tablet screens and spend less and less time out in the natural environment.

This summer, The Wild Watch project is giving you and your family a series of great opportunities to tackle these issues head on, and go a little bit wild! The Wild Watch project, being delivered by the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty team based in Pateley Bridge have put together a super events and training programme for the summer.

There are a range of exciting activities to get involved in, from going out with experts to look for our reptilian friends – adders, slow worms and lizards, to having a go at pond dipping or minibeast hunting with the kids. For those that can stay out late, how about a bat walk in a local woodland, using bat detectors to locate our furry flying friends? And for those who like cutting-edge science and technology, Dr Dave Chesmore will unravel the world of bioacoustics, using the latest kit to listen in to the secret lives of insects.

“With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund we are hoping to get lots of people involved in nature in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Beauty, this summer,” explained Alice Crosby, The Wild Watch project officer.

We look forward to seeing you on one of these fantastic events – book now to secure your place.

Full details of all our events can be found on the AONB website. Places can be booked either online, by ringing the AONB office on 01423 712950 or emailing [email protected]

Get Out More’s Harrogate summer holiday forest school

Hookstone Woods

21-23 August

£63 (£22 per day) 5-11yrs – Join us this summer for the usual mix of woodland activities: tree climbing, wild games, den building & campfires with our qualified practitioners. Call Lauren on 07540 857865 for details.

Harrogate Rugby Summer Camp 2017

Join us at Rudding Lane for two fun packed weeks of expert coaching, multi sports, confidence, team and social building. 10-3 from Mon-Fri. £25 per day or £100 per week inc. lunch.

Runs Monday 31st July-11th August
Please ring booking essential. 01423 815420.

Holly’s Little Bakers – Children’s Baking Workshops at Queen Mary’s School

Thursday 17th August, 1pm-4pm – Animal Cupcakes and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thursday 31st August, 1pm-4pm – Best Biscuit Bakes and Designs
Workshops are perfect for children aged 7 and above and cost £22 per child with a 10% sibling discount
For more information and to book your child’s place please contact: 07759 481292 or visit Holly’s Little Bakers on Facebook.

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Andy Day’s Prehistoric Raps – 12th and 13th August 2017

Mister Maker Live – 26th and 27th August 2017

Book online and save up to 30%. Online tickets are: £20 for those over 1metre in height, £5 for those under 1metre & over 60s. Free for those under 2 years of age. If you are unsure of your child’s height then please book an under 1 metre ticket and they will be measured on the day and charged appropriately.