August Fun!

Written by: Elmtree Press

Our Yorkshire attractions are coming up trumps with ideas for how to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays.

In the city of York, you have to be careful as there are Highwaymen about near York Dungeon. Be wary on your journey up the York Road,  as there’s rumours that the most vicious one of all is said to have returned…Step inside the carriage and hold on to your valuables; the devilish Dick Turpin is back, and he always gets what he wants, one way or another!

If you manage to escape him, the National Railway Museum is the perfect destination come rain or shine to keep all ages entertained. From turntable demonstrations, science shows, crime fiction writing and taking your very own mug-shot, there is something for everyone. Best of all - entry is free.

Hull’s the Deep are challenging you to show off your creative skills in craft corner (open from 11am each day) to help 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 the newest additions.

RHS Harlow Carr is celebrating 75 years since the very first Famous Five book, ‘Five On A Treasure Island’, by Enid Blyton, was published. To mark the occasion the RHS has teamed up with Enid Blyton Entertainment and Hodder Children’s Books to offer a range of exciting events and activities this summer. There will be Birds of Prey demonstrations and outdoor workshops exploring how flowers and herbs can be used in food, medicines and drinks. There will also be six performances of immersive Famous Five theatre across the garden.

In Scarborough, Norbert the North Bay Railway Bear will be out and about every Wednesday & Friday 25th July-29th August.  He is great fun and your little ones will adore him!

Scarborough is also hosting Scarborough at War, where you can visit soldiers in their living history encampments, see the mighty vehicles of war and watch arena displays, theatrical performances and battle re-enactments that tell the explosive story of the two world wars. You can learn How combat engineers and secret agents made things go bang in the night! From grenades to bazookas to sticks of dynamite, their pyrotechnicians put on an explosive WWII display.

Further down the coast in Whitby the Magical Travelling Circus has come to the Abbey grounds. Nicole & Martin are in town and they're telling Grimm's fairy tales. They travel the world in wooden wagons, pitching their magical tent on village greens and theatre lawns, and captivating audiences of all ages with their theatrical shows.

At Kiplin Hall, near Richmond, there is plenty of space to run, imagine, let off steam, and if that gets boring you can

Swashbuckle on their Play Ship

Dig in the Archaeology Trench

Get competitive in the garden with Giant Games

Pond dip in the woods

Bat a ping pong on the table tennis table

Skelecrows – make a scarecrow at home to join their little flock or add something to one of the residents

Leap, balance, jump in the natural play area

Become a young explorer

Follow trails and hunt for wildlife


Just down the road join Richmond Castle for Medieval Mayhem! You can cheer on performers Dressed to Kill Knights, fighting knights and duelling warriors, as they perform in a combat display. Join them for medieval mayhem, experience living history, duelling displays, test your skills at have-a-go-archery and get involved in interactive plays.

All in all, there is no excuse to stay indoors and hopefully the weather will hold up too!