School Holidays Harrogate

Summer Holidays

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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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Harrogate Council Summer Playschemes 2018

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

We are open from Wednesday 23rd July to Friday 31st August. 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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Harrogate Gymnastics Summer Holiday Sessions

Our new trampoline intensive course aims to teach the participants how to be safe on the trampoline and help them learn some new skills.This intensive course is aimed at all levels, from beginners to advanced and is open to current members as well as people who are new to the club.The course is three, 1 hour sessions in the same week and is running on the following days and times:

9am Sessions 4 – 8 year olds:
Tuesday 7th Aug
Wednesday 8th Aug
Thursday 9th Aug

10am Sessions 6+ years:
Tuesday 7th Aug
Wednesday 8th Aug
Thursday 9th Aug

11am Sessions 7+ years:
Tuesday 7th Aug
Wednesday 8th Aug
Thursday 9th Aug

Gymnastics Camps

We are offering gymnastics camps on the following days and times through Summer holidays:

9:00am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 3:00pm

9:00am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 3:00pm

9:00am – 12:00pm

9:00am – 3:00pm

Trampoline Camps

We are offering trampoline camps on the following days and times:

9:00am – 12:00pm for aged 9+

9:00am – 12:00pm for ages 5 – 8

There will be no trampoline camps on Tuesday 7th or Wednesday 8th August due to our trampoline intensive courses. If you would like more information on these courses, please click HERE.

Intermediate Camp

We also offer an Intermediate Camp – this is for gymnasts in our Gold Class, our Intermediate Squads, or competition classes at our club or any other club.

The camps will offer a full day of gymnastics coached by our top coaches and will focus on new skill acquisition as well as neatening and perfecting current skills.

We know how much our gymnasts love gymnastics so these camps offer exciting new opportunities for  them to do even more!

A step up from the recreational camps for those really keen to learn new skills and take part in an intensive day of gymnastics!


9:00am – 3:00pm

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Kings Camps 2018 at Ashville College

Ashville College, Harrogate are excited to announce the provision of children’s activity camps during the school holidays, run by Kings Camps, who are a nationally recognised, industry leading activity camp provider. Kings Camps have been established since 1992, providing activity camps to thousands of children across the U.K.

The camps combine the best elements of sports and holiday clubs. With a wide range of sports and games, children develop socially while learning new skills and building lasting friendships. Their experienced coaches all have the ‘Kings Factor’; a unique way to engage your child to ensure they get the most out of their time with Kings.

Kings Camps run during school holidays and are suitable for children aged 4-17 years. Choose from flexible daily or week packages, with extended hours also available. They provide families with high-quality childcare and offer children fantastic holiday experiences.

Ofsted registered. Childcare vouchers accepted.

Dates: 23rd July – 24th August 2018
0114 263 2160

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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

Mini Medics First Aid



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Mother Shipton’s Cave – Robin Hood Summer Adventure

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.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough,HG5 8DD
T: 01423 864600


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Piglets Adventure Farm Summer Holiday Activities

Unmissable Summer family fun is back at Piglets Adventure Farm from 21st July – 3rd September 2018!

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

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Revolucion de Cuba Summer deals!

Mega deals to be had all summer from 23rd July. Totally family friendly (during the day!) Revolucion de Cuba has a fantastic children’s menu, plenty of space for pushchairs, tapas for those kids with more adventurous tastes, highchairs, big loos and baby changing facilities.

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RHS Harlow Carr: Summer Holiday Jurassic Discovery 2018

Take a step back in time and unearth secrets from the land that time forgot at RHS Garden Harlow Carr this summer. Families can embark on a Jurassic journey around the garden on a daily garden trail, discover habitats rich in Jurassic plants such as ferns and monkey puzzle trees and meet pre-historic creatures including giant insects.

Watch out for dinosaur eggs, huge footprints and make sure you don’t step in the dinosaur poo! Visitors will be greeted by a 7ft willow stegosaurus made by North Yorkshire-based willow sculptors from Dragon Willow.

Other willow dinosaurs can be found hiding out in the woodland: look out for a huge diplodocus and see if you can spot the pterodactyl flying through the trees near the Craggle Top Treehouse. Budding palaeontologists can dress up as explorers and take part in a fossil dig to find dinosaur teeth, bones and claws.

A ‘Jurassic Timeline’ will take visitors from the Jurassic period to modern day – with facts and figures about the earth, plants and animals en route – and visitors will be encouraged to take a selfie in a climb-in dinosaur egg. There will be birds-of-prey flying displays designed to explain the link between birds and dinosaurs as well as hands-on craft activities including sourdough dinosaur bone and dinosaur egg making workshops and storytelling with the Garden Detectives.

What’s on
Jurassic journey
Pick up a sheet in the garden entrance to enjoy a Jurassic journey throughout the garden…what will you find?
Jurassic sculptures
Discover our dinosaur and dinosaur egg sculptures hiding in the garden, don’t forget to get a photo in the egg!
Jurassic fossil dig 
Become a Palaeontologist and dig to find dinosaur teeth, bones, claws and fossils. Daily 10am – 3pm
Jurassic planting  
Plant your own mini dinosaur garden to take home. Mondays 11am – 2pm
Sam’s Safaris
Join our friends at Sam’s Safari’s with their range of animal friends. We’ll be joined by reptiles, Invertebrates and even an armadillo! Mondays 10am – 3pm.
Garden Detectives
Join the Garden Detectives on Tuesdays for interactive storytelling shows at 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Craft workshop
Take part in a craft workshop every Wednesday and make something new each week. 10.30 – 3.30pm
Birds of Prey
Visit the birds of prey and learn about the link between birds and dinosaurs. Enjoy flying shows at 11am & 1pm on Thursdays.
Outdoor learning workshop
Get hands on and enjoy our outdoor learning workshops, learning new skills each Friday. 10.30am – 3.30pm.

Normal garden admission.

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Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy at The Grammar School at Leeds


The Ryan Sidebottom Cricket Academy and Cricket Foundation were both set up in 2014, with the purpose of providing cricket training for children in all areas of Leeds. The Cricket Academy runs at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL), and provides holiday camps and weekly training every Friday night in the autumn and winter for children aged 7-16, to practise their cricket in a fun and relaxed way with professional coaches alongside Ryan himself.

This year the Academy summer camps are running at GSAL w/c 30 July and w/c 13 August and can be booked via the Academy website

The Foundation runs at the Co-op Academy in Leeds, and provides scholarships to children in more disadvantaged areas of Leeds. These places are funded by a private benefactor, who like Ryan, wants to provide equal opportunities to children from all backgrounds.

Ryan is passionate about both organisations, ‘Following my career in both County and International cricket, it is great to give something back to the community, and to encourage children to take part in sport. We have a great team of coaches who make all the sessions fun and enjoyable, whilst teaching important skills like teamwork and respect for team members, alongside cricket skills’.

Whilst the Foundation currently has a team of boys, who are now playing in the Caribbean Cricket League, they are launching a girls team this autumn. If you have a child who loves sport, but doesn’t have the opportunity to take part after school and would like to apply for a place at the Cricket Foundation, please contact Claire Strachan for more details and an application form ( As Claire advised ‘we are looking for girls (and boys) who have a genuine passion for sport and want to get actively involved. You don’t necessarily need to have experience at cricket, we will train you. What you do need is enthusiasm and the desire to be part of a great team. We now have space for 20 girls to join us, who will mainly have female coaches, but also space for another 8-10 boys to join too. The same applies to the coaching roles, if you are a great sports coach get in touch, as we can provide the necessary cricket training and qualifications.’

The boys coaching takes place on a Tuesday evening at 6pm at the Co-op Academy, and the girls coaching will take place separately on a Friday evening. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Saturday Socials at Williams Den

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

Join us for our new Saturday Socials! On selected dates during the summer The Den will be open from 9:30am – 9pm! Giving families the opportunity to enjoy the summer evenings together.

You can join us anytime during the day but the additional fun starts from 5:30 when you can enjoy
Live Music, DJ, Licenced Bar, BBQ, Outdoor Play, Games and Activities. It really will be a fun evening for all the family!

The Saturday Socials will take place on the following dates; 1st July – 11th August – 1st September.


Normal admission fees apply. Friends of the Den can use their annual pass for the event. The Kitchen Table will be serving food until 6pm. BBQ available until 8pm. Please note: no picnics will be allowed after 3pm

And for the rest of the summer holidays The Den is open daily 9.30am-7pm.

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

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Studfold Pixies & Fairies Adventure Trail

The fairies and pixies clearly like living at the Studfold Adventure Trail near Pateley Bridge in Nidderdale as more will have moved to the scenic location by the time the summer holidays begin.
From 21 July through to 2 September, young visitors to Studfold will be able to discover over 20 fairy houses as they follow the 1.5 mile adventure trail. They can then discover the code that will unlock the entrance gate to the new Two Stone Wishes woodland fairy village.
As the young explorers venture into the woodland they can imagine life for the little folk living in the ornate wooden houses in the village as they read the accompanying panels that tell a fairy tale entitled ‘Daniel and the Messles’.
From the giant storytelling chair, children can find out whether Daniel can save the fairies and pixies from a plague of Messles, pesky flying creatures that have threatened the community.
The fairy experience is an extension to the adventure nature trail which is aimed at encouraging pre-school and primary school children to become ‘Nosy Parkers’ and discover more about rural life and the natural world using age-related clue sheets, hidden treasure and activity boxes.
Young visitors are encouraged to get in the spirit by wearing their own mythical sprite outfit, or they can borrow fairy wings and pixie hats from the on-site shop.
Studfold Adventure Trail is open from 10.30-17.00 (last admission 15.30). Admission is £6/adults; £5/children; under 3’s go free. Families can enjoy the Two Stone Wishes village now but the full fairy and pixie experience happens from 21 July through to 2 September.
Caravan and camping pitches are also available at Studfold from £20 a night and £50 a night for one of the four glamping pods.
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Summer Tennis camps with Tennis Harrogate

At Tennis Harrogate we are a team of dedicated professional Tennis coaches based at Harrogate spa tennis centre, Harlow tennis club and Starbeck tennis club, providing high quality tennis coaching programmes for all ages and abilities. All our coaches are DBS checked and keep up to date with the latest tennis coaching methods. The tennis coaching team is led by former professional and level 5 coach Matt McTurk who has experience working will all levels and has developed a number of international junior players himself. Matt and the team are very passionate about helping players of all levels achieve their best and hope to inspire and enthuse as may new and existing players in the Harrogate area.

Summer Camps

Tennis is fun, and even more fun when you get better. The experienced, positive and passionate coaches at the Tennis Harrogate camps will help you become a better, more inspired tennis player, whatever level you play at. You’ll have the best time as you gain new skills and make new friends. Tennis Camps are suitable for boys and girls from 4-16 years and we have a camp just for you!


Harrogate Spa Tennis Centre (Claro Park, HG1 4BB)

Week 1: Monday 23rd- Thursday 26th July 2-5pm

Week 2: Monday 30th July- Thursday 2nd August 2-5pm

Week 3: Monday 20th-Thursday 23rd August 9am-12noon

Harlow Tennis Club:

Week 1: Monday 23rd-Thursday 26th July 9am-12noon

Week 2: Monday 6th-Thursday 9th August 9am-12noon

Week 3: Monday 13th-Thursday 16th August 9am-12noon

Starbeck Tennis Club:

Week 1: Monday 6th-Thursday 9th August 2-5pm

Week 2: Monday 13th-Thursday 16th August 2-5pm

Children’s Tennis Coaching

Mini Tennis (4-10 years)
The Mini Tennis programme starts as early as 4 years old progressing through red, orange and green stages of the LTA’s Mini Tennis Programme. Once out of Mini Tennis children can continue to progress through a structured programme from one group to the next.

Group tennis lessons take place during school term time, with breaks for half term and school holidays. During the school holidays children can participate in our Tennis camps and holiday match-play events allowing them to continue their improvement throughout the year.

Junior Development (11 Plus)

The Junior Development programme at Tennis Harrogate is open to players of all all ages and abilities. With a high level of professionalism and a love for the game, the coaches are committed to giving each child the opportunity to be the best tennis players they can be, offering sessions for children between the ages of 11-18 years of age. With some of our players competing in tournaments and team events we also offer private lessons to those players requiring additional time to develop their technical and tactical skills.

Adult tennis coaching

Calling all adults! Join us for an exciting new programme for beginners and improvers called Try Tennis! Try tennis is a fun introduction to tennis where you’ll learn the basic techniques and tactics in a fun environment, meet new people and get a great workout in the process. We provide the rackets and balls you just turn up ready to have fun!

To book onto our next Try Tennis Course for beginner/improver level book here:


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Technology in Play Summer Camps

👩‍⚕️Amazing Anatomy
Be prepared to get messy and be amazed by all the weird and wonderful (and gross!) things our perfectly designed bodies can do!
➡️Vale of York Academy – Monday 23rd and Thursday 26th July
↗️Harrogate High School – Wednesday 25th July

👩‍🚀Intergalactic Discovery
Hold on tight for a crazy day filled with mind-blowing discovery… it’s space but not as you know it!!!
➡️Vale of York Academy – Monday 30th July and Thursday 2nd Aug
↗️Harrogate High School – Wednesday 1st Aug – 9am to 4pm

🕵️‍♀️Dig Through Time
Step into our interactive time machine, where we will visit ancient civilizations and then zoom back to the future.. and see what history says about us!
➡️Vale of York Academy – Monday 6th Aug and Thursday 9th Aug
↗️Harrogate High School – Wednesday 8th Aug

🏋️‍♀️Super Powers Unleashed
Real life Heroes don’t always wear capes… but some do. Extra ordinary Humans are everywhere… could you be one of them??!
➡️Vale of York Academy – Monday 13th and Thursday 16th aug
↗️Harrogate High School – Wednesday 15th Aug

🎥TiP : Camera : Action
Hello?? It’s Hollywood calling… the next blockbuster has your name all over it. TiP unveils the secrets of STEM in cinema, where STEAM comes to life.
➡️Vale of York Academy – Monday 20th and Thursday 23rd aug
↗️Harrogate High School – Wednesday 22nd

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The Deep (Hull)

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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The Great Brick Adventure – be creative with Lego bricks

Everybody loves LEGO.

31st August to 2nd September 2018

What began as a plastic brick produced by a Danish family-owned company in the 1950s has grown to dominate the toy industry and can be found strewn on bedroom floors and kitchen tables around the world.

That’s what you’ll be able to find out at a new family show coming to Harrogate Convention Centre 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.

Running from August 31st to September 2nd, 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.


Tickets for The Great Brick Adventure are on sale now.

Details at the box office website.

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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.

 Irish dance 4 week beginner lessons- with St Aelred’s Irish Dancers

Starting on 10th August
Friday 5:30PM till 6:30PM @ Woodlands Methodist Church running for 4 weeks

First lesson free- come along and see if your son/ daughter would like
to try Irish dancing.

Ages 6 and over! It’s a chance to do something different in summer and learn lots of new
skills whilst having fun.

St Aelred’s is a very successful Irish dance school in Harrogate- if
you are interested in joining this is a great way to get a head start
to your Irish dancing!

‭07552 154038‬ please contact Una if you are interested!

Knasty Knaresbrough at Knaresborough Castle

21/07/2018 – 02/09/2018

Throughout the holidays you can pick up a Knasty Knaresborough trail to explore the museum and Castle or a backpack to explore some of the creatures lurking
in the undergrowth in the Castle grounds! Included with museum entry charges.

Every Wednesday there will also be a chance to watch a trial in our Tudor Courtroom, 11.30am and 3.00pm, alongside character craft sessions in the King’s Tower that will be available for £1 extra per child.

Open every day of the holidays, 11.00 until 16.00. £3.50 for adults, £2.00 for children, £2 for concessions and £10 family tickets

National Railway Museum York

Put your heads together, unlock your inner engineers and conquer our hands-on challenges in our Activity Zone every day. We’ll spark your curiosity in our interactive live science shows every weekday.
Bring your own inventions to life in our Engineering Hub hosted by Technology in Play, 11:00-15:00 every Wednesday throughout the holiday.

National Railway Museum, York

Summer Scientists at the Royal Pump Room Museum


Discover the importance of science in uncovering the past. Why has Harrogate got such stinky water? Experiment to see how the rocks under our feet created our spa town. Dig up some historical objects and find out all about them. Find out about artefacts from different parts of the world in our trail.

All activities are drop in and included with museum admission charges. Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30 until 17.00, and Sunday 14.00 until 17.00.