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
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 email@example.com
We are delighted to be working with Harrogate BID again to bring you the Water Trail for this summer! We have created a fun, accessible and FREE summer trail around the centre of Harrogate to encourage families to visit our wonderful town. The trail is based around Harrogate’s most famous export: Water!
The trail will go live on Sunday 1st August 2021 and run until Sunday 5th September 2021. There will be four different trails, simply spot the water themed image in participating retailer’s windows! There is a prize for everyone who completes a trail! Do all four in one day – or come back throughout the holidays to complete them all!
You’ll also see a trivia question on each poster!
Summer 2021 – A summer of wonderful wellbeing
Immerse yourself in the ‘five ways to wellbeing’. Slow down, kick off your shoes and enjoy the feel of grass between your toes. Find a quiet spot and listen to the hum of nature, perhaps with a picnic on the lawn. Come back week after week until early September to experience something new – there’s no rush!
Have a go at the new nature themed summer sense-ations trail – all day, every day.
Alongside the trail, join one of the themed days, based on the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ linking with the exhibition in the Saloon Galleries.
Mondays – keep learning with the bees’ knees and find out why bees are so amazing. Drop in at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Tuesdays – be active and walk a Beningbrough mile, with some extra activity challenges along the way.
Wednesday – take notice and take part in some citizen science, spot the different butterflies as they get busy in flower borders.
Thursday – connect and create some wild art as you get stuck in with sticks. Drop in 11am – 3pm.
Friday – find your own Fridays, ideas include following the labyrinth path, make up a story in the den, bird watch in the bird hide, chase shadows in the sun and bring a ball for south lawn games.
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
Join us this summer at the farm and try and beat the Maize maze !
Our corn maize is ready and waiting for you to weave your way through the maze and try find the 10 hidden items along the way , if you manage to find all 10 then you’ve completed the maze .
Collect your quiz sheet from the entrance hut on arrival . Please bring a pen or pencil with you .
Not only do we have the corn maze but we have our gorgeous mini sunflower maze 🌻
This will be out in flower in August , with over 10,000 sunflowers it makes for a beautiful photo opportunity.
This years theme is all about Nature , wild life and wild flowers . We have a beautiful woodland home to thousand of mini beast and creatures and large wild flower patches full of butterflies .
We have lots of things to do and see at the farm including :
Giant outdoor sandpit
And Lots of animals to see and get up close to in the animal barn .
Please dress for the weather – most activities are outdoors .
Opening Saturday 24th July
10am-5pm( last admission 4 pm )
Open 7 days a week
No booking required
From Forest Bathing and Yoga in the woods, to Orienteering and Foraging Courses around the Druid’s Temple, to learning to Stone Carve and Weave Willow in the craft tent – this is a day out that offers a variety of woodland activities and countryside crafts for all ages along with guided walks around the Swinton Estate.
The day starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac near Masham, from where walkers are free to roam on the Estate Trails, with activities running all day in the woodland, the Bivouac café and the ArtisOn craft tent.
We haven’t forgotten about your little ones. The Woodland School runs twice a day with children enjoying supervised play and exploration in the Druid’s woodland (suitable for ages 5-11yrs).
Complimentary Falconry Displays are always a huge hit, watch the gracefulness and precision of these amazing birds as they fly with exhilarating speed.
The Mountain Bike track will be open for those seeking some thrills and spills. With a variety of routes for differing ability levels to experience the jumps, bumps and downhill sections, please bring your own bike.
Let the creativity flow with craft activities for children in the Long Barn with a range of activities available.
The days are long and the sun is shining. Grab a picnic and spend a full day running, jumping and exploring here at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. Rosy cheeks and muddy knees are the aim of the day and families can spend hours together discovering the huge abbey ruin and hidden pathways in the Studley water garden. No need to book in advance – just turn up and have fun!
Are you ready to get creative this summer with our new exhibition ‘These Passing Things’
Pick up an activity sheet at admissions – there’s one for kids and one for grown-ups too! Follow the map and let your imagination run wild as you discover vibrant new artworks in the landscape. You’ll even be able to cross a bridge which has been missing for hundreds of years!
You’ll be full of beans and out of puff in the huge adventure playground
There’re things to wobble along, jump over and climb on in the natural play area. You’ll find a wooden abbey, a woodland house, scramble nets and posts, swings, fireman’s poles, slides, a roundabout, a gigantic rope bridge and a huge zip wire for the most daring adventurers of all!
28th July- 5 September
Plan a day out to Lotherton and become a summer explorer for a day! All summer holidays the estate will be open for outdoor fun on the two playgrounds, animal spotting in Wildlife World, museum wanderings in the hall and picnics in the gardens. Outdoors you will find a lovely new trail of willow sculptures made by a local artist, along with plenty of areas for the kids to let off steam in the playgrounds and woodland. At Wildlife World you can visit the new Nocturnal House to see bats, a kinkajou, Gaston the armadillo and a pair of giant cloud rats.
Explore the museum to find out about the history of the estate and see some of the quirky objects that the Gascoigne family owned. Upstairs you will be transported to Asia in the Making Japan exhibition which looks at the art, life and culture of the country through different themes and objects. The hall also has a selection of Florence Nightingale items on display, highlighting the lady with the lamps incredible contribution to nursing and her connection to Lotherton.
* Pre-booked tickets only *
Discover a magical wonderland in the ancient forest at Mother Shipton’s this Summer! Follow us down the rabbit hole for a fabulous adventure trail with intricate scenes inspired by the classic children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.
We’re all MAD here! There’s something for all ages; go wild in our Adventure Playground, see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born.
There are plenty of picnic benches with scenic views of the River Nidd and Ancient Royal Forest. Ice creams and refreshments are available to purchase from our vintage tea vans and we have toilets on site. Dogs are welcome everywhere except the children’s adventure playground and must be kept on a lead at all times.
Don’t be late for this very important date! Tickets are limited and booking is essential.
24th July – 5th September
Ignite your family’s curiosity this summer at National Railway Museum, with exciting demonstrations and hands-on activities located among engineering marvels that changed the world.
Fresh for 2021 experience Power It. Through demonstrations and crafting activities, explore the different types of energy used in the past, present, and the future of the railways. Just drop in at our Inspiration Station to explore the future of our railways (no additional booking required).
Explore Station Hall and Great Hall which are both packed with the giants of the railways including our superstars Mallard and Rocket. For something a bit special, hop aboard our Miniature Railway or re-live Mallard’s record-breaking run on the Mallard Experience.
Children with energy to burn will enjoy our under-5s play area and outdoor play area.
Open 10am to 5pm. From 24 July through to 5 September we’ll be open seven days a week.
Book your free admission tickets now via our website.
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
OPEN Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
MAY HALF TERM – Open Monday 31st May and Tuesday 1st June 2021 during half term as well as normal days.
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Limited pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
This beautiful garden makes a great family day out. Enjoy some fresh air, catch up with friends and entertain the children all year round. Annal membership & pay as you go available.
• Seasonal events and activities for children
• Picnic areas within the garden and baby changing facilities
• Plenty of free parking
• Paths suitable for pushchairs
• Bettys Cafe Tea Rooms & Bettys Kiosk within the garden
This summer families will be transported to Alice’s Wonderland at the five Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Gardens this summer, as the world’s leading gardening charity partners with Macmillan Publishers to celebrate 150 years of the iconic and classic stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Reimagined for contemporary audiences by multi-award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell, Wonderland will be brought to life throughout the summer holidays at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in North Yorkshire.
Inspired by Alice’s spirit of curiosity and a host of quirky characters from Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, during their visit to RHS Harlow Carr, families can view the gardens through the eyes of Alice, encountering topsy-turvy installations along the way. Children will be invited to sneak through the rabbit hole, peek through the door in the tree, transform themselves into a Queen (or King) of Hearts.
There’s something for everyone as little ones discover this spellbinding tale for the first time and grown-ups indulge in nostalgic retellings of a story they grew up with. A Mad Hatters Picnic will see families enjoying picnics at the height of summer, and a variety of inspiring workshops will encourage both adults and children to try out gardening tasks, arts and crafts and other creative activities. A range of Alice books and merchandise will be available to buy from the Gift Shops at the RHS Gardens.
Pre-booked admission only.
RHS Harlow Carr, Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate HG3 1QB
Phone: 01423 565418
At Church Farm, we are here to spoil you. When you are visiting our family farm, we pride ourselves in going above and beyond to make sure your day is the very best it can be.
Visit our farm from June – August for safe, socially distanced PYO
All our soft fruits are grown uncovered in the fresh air and ripen naturally in the sunshine. Spread across 15 acres, there is plenty of space to bring the whole family.
We grow strawberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, potatoes and sunflowers that are ready to pick from June – September at different times. Check out our website for ‘What’s going on’ at the farm to plan your visit and book tickets.
1. CHOOSE YOUR DATE & BOOK YOUR ARRIVAL TIMESLOT – There are multiple time slots per day. We will release dates a week in advance. There is a booking fee of £1.50.
2. CAR PARKING Entry onto the farm is £10 per car. Please allow 15 minutes to park and enter the fields. On arrival, please follow signs directing you to the strawberry fields.
3. HAVE YOUR QR CODE CONFIRMATION EMAIL TO HAND. OUR TEAM WILL SCAN YOU ENTRY INTO THE PYO FIELDS. You will receive an order confirmation email as proof of your ticket entry. As part of your ticket purchase we are giving you £10 credit to spend anywhere on the farm during your visit; either the PYO Fruit Shop, our Farmshop or the Take Out kiosks.
4. PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY AND WE WILL SEE YOU THERE! We are excited to welcome you back to the farm. We have made some changes to ensure that we can keep all our visitors and our team as safe as possible.
NEW FOR 2021
Kids Zone is coming to SPILMANS for selected dates during PYO season.
Kids Fun Zone visits Spilmans on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th June & 3rd, 4th July.
Unlimited Rides, Bouncy Castles, Crazy Golf, Giant Slides, Garden Games and much more for children to enjoy for just £8.99 per session per child.
Adults charged at 50P (plus booking fees).
Don’t forget to book your PYO tickets too – for a great day out!
It’s time to come out of hiding this summer! The dinosaurs are back at Stockeld park for a Jurassic event like no other!
Reawaken your sense of adventure with our 5 adventure playgrounds, but oh wait, what’s that sound?
As you Swing and as you soar, be sure to listen out for those loud ROARS!
Take a walk on the wild side through the Enchanted Forest and become an explorer for the day.
How many dinosaurs can you find, be honest!
Can you escape the maze before it’s too late?
Make sure there’s no T-Rex’s lurking behind the gates!
And if you dare to get so close,
Take a picture with the Stockeld raptor,
it will make the perfect Instagram post!
Oh, what’s that something new?
Jurassic mini golf,
Will be it a hole in one or two?
Fun will never go extinct at Stockeld park!
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, time out private dining pod, 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). They run special offers throughout the year – so check out their website for latest offers!
The caves and shop are open daily from 9am-6pm and The Time Cafe serves delicious hot and cold food and drink from 10am – 5.30pm.
You can rent our cinema for your own private viewing – only £6 per person. We have hundreds of movies for you to choose from or feel free to bring your own! Order from the Time Cafe and we’ll serve it straight to your chair! The ultimate movie experience!
There is a brilliant fairy trail to keep little ones entertained whilst down the caves – as well as a huge outdoor sandpit to search for old dinosaur bones!
For something a little special, why not rent out our Time Out Pod for private dining with some spectacular views.
We have late night openings for UV Thursdays – where you can enjoy self guided UV tours of the cave from 4pm – 6pm.
We also have the Stumpy Van serving delicious ice creams – weather dependent!
Something for all the family – even the dog is welcome!
A series of fun summer activities taking place across York city centre all under a ‘Summer of Sport’ theme. In a collaboration between Make It York, THOR’s Tipi and First Bus York, plans include an interactive sporty sculpture trail, pop-up tipi bars, urban running routes, free yoga classes, outdoor ping pong tables and more.
A ‘Summer of Sport’ map bringing together all the city centre activity is available for download and a new hub has been created on the Visit York website bringing together activities from local businesses: visityork.org/summer
Six interactive sports-themed sculptures will be installed across the city centre from 9th July until 5th September – offering fun photo opportunities for residents and visitors to get involved in.
THOR’s Tipi bar is on Parliament Street offering a range of tropical-inspired drinks, cosy evenings around fire pits, and weekend DJ sets. THOR’s will be joined on Parliament Street by a variety of York-based food vendors.
The colourful new outdoor seating will also remain across the city to provide spaces for people to buy food and drink from local businesses and soak up the atmosphere of the city with friends and family.
Until 5th September, residents and visitors can also enjoy the new YO1 Beach Club – a brand-new family-friendly space located in Tower Gardens designed to be a fun and safe urban oasis. including a wood-panelled covered café and veranda with a boardwalk entrance across a beach area styled with striped deckchairs, bunting, and lobster pots.
Outdoor ping-ping tables sponsored by JORVIK Viking Centre will be located on Parliament Street which residents and visitors can use for free and free yoga classes will also take place in THOR’s tipi each week in partnership with Emperor’s Gym. Kicking off from 14th July, the classes will run each Wednesday (07.30AM -08.30AM) and Friday (08.30AM – 09.30AM) with pre-booking required by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For runners, two urban running routes have been devised in partnership with York Knavesmire Harriers – taking in all the best city centre sights over a 5K and 10K route.
Head to Temple Newsam for the summer school holidays and make a full day of it with a trip to the house and farm. Follow the Faith Hardwick trail through Temple Newsam House, finding objects along the way and unlocking the secrets of the historical mansion. Get up close to rare breed animals at Home Farm and explore the cobbled streets and outbuildings. There’s two large playgrounds and lots of outdoor space including stunning spots by the lakeside, perfect for family picnics.
BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE FOR THE HOUSE AND FARM (Entry to the estate remains free)
An exciting summer ahead with some amazing new offerings from July 24th through to September 5th!
Plus FREE UNLIMITED rides on the following :
Double Carousel, Apple coaster, Pony express ,Balloon Ride, Formula, Bucking Bulls, Sizzler, Huge Helterskelter, Cups and Saucers, Mega Miami
🦖Dinosaur miniature golf (8 holes)
We know you will all have fun- whatever the age – whatever the weather!!!
All the fun of the existing park with these additions make the Web the best value park in Yorkshire!
Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG.
The large adventure playground is a big hit with children as are the penguins and the bird garden. There is a café and gift shop and usually some sort of seasonal activity in the eco-pods.
Hesketh Farm Park is set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, just 1 mile from the picturesque village of Bolton Abbey.There’s loads to do, including feeding and stroking the animals, having fun inside – maybe in the giant sandpit or playing hide and seek with your friends in the straw maze.
If you’re feeling peckish they have a small cafe from which you can enjoy a delightful homemade snack.
Ripon, HG4 5AE
Open March- September. You can take a picnic and we’d recommend swimmers (for the water fountain bit!), there is adventure play and a great little train ride.
Piglets Adventure Farm
Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST
Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out.
Packed with exciting attractions, animal cuties, special events programme there’s loads to see and do.
Open 10am until 5.30pm daily (closed Dec-Feb – open Dec for Christmas event).
Thornton in Craven, just past Skipton off the A59
A fun-filled, family day out beckons at Thornton Hall Country Park. Animal encounters, greet the newest arrivals and take part in seasonal hands-on activities (lamb feeding, egg collecting & animal petting)!
Indoor & outdoor play areas, ride-on tractors, giant slides, sandpit, hay-maze, rope-swings and pedal go-karts!
NEW from Easter 2019: Jumping Pillow Park!
Tel: 01282 841148
Journey through Tropical World’s various exotic and interesting zones. Take a trek through the rainforest, desert, aquarium and waterfall areas and see some fascinating animals and creatures along the way including butterflies, crocodiles, rare birds, meerkats and many many more!