What’s on for families during the school summer holidays around South, East and West Leeds.

Fairies Take Over the Museum

28th July- 5th September

This summer holidays Abbey House Museum will welcome some of your favourite fairy tale characters and creatures as the Victorian Streets are taken over by them! Captain Hook has managed to stop the clocks ticking in the pub, a marvellous pumpkin patch has sprung up in the middle of the street and there are a mischief of magical mice helping Cinderella make a ball gown before the clock strikes twelve! Beware old ladies offering apples, we’d recommend sticking to ice cream from the café, just to be safe! You can pick up a bumper craft bag to take home filled with activities to keep the kids entertained. Don’t miss the Sounds of Our City temporary exhibition on the first floor which explores the history of music and sound in Leeds and looks at some of the most famous places and artists to come from the city.


Abbey Walk, Leeds LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

0113 378 4079



Clip ‘n Climb Garforth is a healthy, action-packed climbing experience. We use state-of-the art automatic belaying technology so that climbers can simply clip into the safety system and climb the Challenge in front of them. We have over 25 different Challenges and our amazing Vertical Drop Slide, something for everyone, regardless of age or aptitude.

 Some of our facilities and offers:

  • Specific toddler sessions (2-4 year olds) – Teddy Bear Picnic every Wednesday & Thursday 1pm
  • Birthday Parties and Celebrations
  • Specific Home Education sessions
  • School visits and after school clubs
  • Climbing for all ages
  • Costa Café with a full range of cakes and hot & cold food
  • Loyalty card – earn half price and complimentary climb



Doncaster is a great place for all and has plenty to offer families with children of all ages. CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO FIND A SUPER HANDY LIST OF FAMILY FRIENDLY PLACES TO VISIT!

Leeds City Museum is travelling to a land of myths and legends for the summer holidays and we want you to join us!

Pick up or download a trail to explore marvellous magical myth stories from different cultures around the world at the Museum this summer.

We will be hosting different activities each week throughout summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays and free tickets will be available soon, where applicable.

Summer Holidays: Myths and Legends : 29 Jul – 3 Sept

Follow our trail through the different galleries to discover myths and legends from across the world and through time, including some you may not have thought of!

Family Crafts in the Museum: 3 & 5 Aug, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm

Make a Medusa Headband and a Myth Storyteller to take home. Free, spaces limited, drop in.

Sensory Story Myths for Families: 10 & 12 Aug, 11.30am & 1.30pm

Touch, smell, hear and feel a mysterious mythical story! Watch out this story is interactive and you might get splashed! Free, drop –in. Spaces limited. Duration: 30 min

Animal Handling with Lion Learners :19 Aug, time tbc – FREE booking essential, see website for booking info.

Touch or hold real animals, with safety measures in place. What does a corn-snake feel like? And then explore animals in mythology around the museum with our free family trail.

Myths and Legends – World Myths Family Crafts: 24 & 26 Aug, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm

Family Crafts in the Museum. Join us to create some world myth masterpieces to take home. Free, spaces limited, drop in.



24th July- 6th September, 10am-6pm 

Pre-book online only

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!

01937 586333



Here at Swithens Farm, we have a huge range of animals for you to see and interact with. Your little ones, and probably you also, will be happy as the pigs in muck as you get involved with feeding and learning about the care and husbandry on a real working farm. We have a whole host of stars for you to meet including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, emus, meerkats, turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our cheeky long-time friend Bilbo. He is likely to race you up the paddocks! A truly up close and hands-on experience. A fun day for all.

Open Tuesday to Sunday in term time and Monday to Sunday in the school holidays and on bank holidays, 10 till 5.

Farm Admission Price £7 per person, 2 and under go free. You can even buy a tub of carrots for 50p and feed the animals as you go round. Tubs are recycled daily, helping the environment.  You can buy your tickets online using the Tickets tab at the top of the page. Farm entry is strictly Pre-paid tickets only due to the current covid-19 situation.

We are adhering fully with the current covid-19 rules which includes social distancing, plenty of hand washing and hand gel stations. For the moment the café is take out only and we have an outside marquee for you to sit and enjoy your takeout.

Our playbarn is reopening on Tuesday 20th July. It is normally open 10 till 5 when the farm is open. Admission is £3 per child up to 10 years old. Adults are free.

0113 282 8828


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)

0113 336 7460



Ever considered why we need billions of neurons, what causes a headache, or how many thoughts we have a day? This summer, we’re getting inside your head with our programme of events exploring the science behind thinking, feeling, seeing and doing.

Why not join Professor Pumpernickel as he brings his mind-blowing science show to the museum! Think experiments, imagine illusions and maybe the odd explosion or two and you’ve just about guessed what’s in store. This is a bookable event and you can purchase tickets through our website in addition your admission ticket which lasts 12 months.

We’ll also be exploring the brain across three themes this summer with activities and crafts – we’re the perfect place for you and your brain this summer!


0113 244 4343



Curious about Leeds

Have fun (re-)discovering Leeds, spotting things you’ve never noticed before, with two quirky treasure hunt style heritage walks – a safe, fun and affordable way to get some fresh air. Visit our website to buy in printed booklet or instant download format, using code Mumbler20 for 20% off all purchases.


Diggerland Yorkshire

Diggerland is the Ultimate Adventure UK Theme Park Experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery.

Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW


Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden Centre

Mon-Sat 9am-5pm and Sunday 9.30am-3.30pm all summer.

Grass Hoppers is an outdoor adventure playground set in the grounds of Tong Garden Centre where children up to the age of 10 years old can enjoy proper outdoor fun.  Including Jumping Pillow’s, Giant Sandpit, Race Track, Zip Wire, Adventure Play Area and Under 4’s Play Area.

Coming soon for Summer 2019: Grasshoppers brand new indoor play facility

Leeds Jurassic Trail


Saturday 24th July – Sunday 12th September

Collect your free Leeds Jurassic 2 Trail map and find the 13 large animatronic dinosaurs across the city. Prizes available for the best photographs and for catching as many dinosaurs as you can using the Leeds Jurassic Trail app!


Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary

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.

Pre-booking required.

Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP

Planet Ice Leeds

RHS Harlow Carr: Summer Holiday Fun

Stump Cross Caverns

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.

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 (available to rent at £6 per person), cafe, time out private dining pod, shop and visitor centre on site. 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! Stumpy Van also serves delicious ice creams – weather dependent!

Located on the B6265 between Pateley Bridge and Grassington

Summer at Wolds Way Lavender & Nature Farm: The Big Butterfly Count

July 16th – August 8th 2021 (10am – 5pm)

Make sure to join in and complete the Big Butterfly Count whilst visiting. Pick up your spotter sheet, complete your count and upload the results online. Every sighting helps build up a better picture of the butterfly populations health and numbers.

With the giant willow games maze, football golf, den zone building, miniature railway and much more, give yourself plenty of time to visit. Now serving a delicious selection of sandwiches (including children’s options), tray bakes, ice creams, coffees, tea & hot chocolates.

Pre Booking required. Tickets can be purchased online on the day of your visit.

Wheel chair & Pram friendly paths and walks.

Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW. Tel. 01944 758641


The National Science and Media Museum

23 July- 5 December 2021

Sound Season is a series of exhibitions and events, at the museum and online, exploring how sound fills our world, how it’s created, and how we can experiment and play with it.

Throughout Sound Season, there’ll be exhibitions, events and activities to enjoy at the museum, on this website and across our social media channels. Join us to explore how sound is created, how it moves, how we hear it and how we can play with it.

Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD1 1NQ. 0844 856 3797

Totally Roarsome Yorkshire

Dinosaur adventure, Totally Roarsome Yorkshire Opening May 2021 at Hazlewood Castle

A socially distanced outdoor adventure for all the family.

In an untouched woodland, just outside of Leeds, dinosaurs, bears, lions, and tigers roam free. There may even be a unicorn or two. They are joined by their friends from down on the the farm, creatures from under-the-sea and a gang of superheroes. – It’s much more than just dinosaurs.

Book tickets here

Hazelwood Castle, Tadcaster, LS24 9NJ