Eight Fabulous Family Fun Days For August

Written by: Elmtree Press

With the school holidays well underway how do you stop the little darlings get under your feet?  Well here are eight fabulous fun ways to keep them occupied, that might teach them a thing or too as well!

1. The Deep – Hull

It’s going to be a turtle-y awesome summer here at The Deep, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Get hands on in our very own ‘turtle hospital’ where youngsters can get up close with a giant turtle (a cuddly one, of course) and find out what it takes to look after our flipper-ed friends. Learn all about turtle anatomy and even help the team carry out a turtle health check. Inspect their eyes, nose and mouth, as well as checking their flippers and shell then report back to us on your vet examination form.

Take part in the turtle trail and find out about more about the species that live all around the world and the challenges they face.

Enjoy interactive presentations from our guiding team at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get your face painted in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm. Plus we will be giving you the chance the put your questions to our Turtle Keepers via our Facebook page each week. So get your thinking caps on! 

Visitors to the turtle hospital will also receive exciting discounts in the shop, so it’s the perfect time to take home your own cuddly turtle to care for.

2. The Forbidden Corner, Coverdale near Leyburn

For the summer one attraction that always goes down well with all the family is the Forbidden Corner.  They never stop working hard to add more and more surprises and are always thinking up new ideas.  This year, a new play park has been installed for 4 – 11 year olds.  This is not just any old play park but follows the magical theme of the Forbidden Corner.  

Don’t forget to pre-book your tickets as there are only timed slots available.  You can either do this on line or by ringing 01969 640638.

3. Scampston Hall Gardens 

Scampston have a number of activities on this month. 

9th & 23rd August - 12.30pm.  Usual entry fees apply. Children in fancy dress enjoy free entry.

Scampston's Fairy Godmothers return with some new stories and lots of activities for little ones!  Explore the magic of the woodlands here at Scampston. Listen to captivating stories of witches, magical creatures, princes and princesses, giants and imps, as told by our resident Fairy Godmothers. They'll also be some stinky, messy tales too to give you a giggle!

Plentiful Pond Life - £6 per head
9th August 10am - 12pm & 1pm - 3pm

Discover the amazing wildlife that lives in ponds with a hands-on pond dipping activity, encountering incredible creatures face to face! Learn about the curious life cycles of different creatures including great diving beetles, common newts, and hawker dragonflies. We will also go on a dragonfly safari looking for the adults, which are spectacular predators of the air. The session will end with some pond-related art and craft in which children can make models of dragonflies or caddisflies. This family-friendly session is suitable for ages 4 to 10 years. Children outside of this age range are welcome to participate, however, some of the activities may not be suitable or of interest. Parents and guardians are required to stay with their children during the session.

Please bring suitable clothing for outdoor activities as the session will take place come rain or shine.

Summer Fun Day
£15.00 per child  - 9th August & 23rd August
10.00 am – 3.30 pm

Scampston Conservatory's hugely popular Fun Days are a great way to keep the children entertained during the school holidays. Your kids will get the chance to get creative, inspired by spring plants and animals.

Come along and make a collection of lovely items to take home and participate in a nature walk across Scampston’s beautiful park. 

The event will be run by qualified teacher Liz Wattrus and is open to KS1 and KS2 children.


4. York’s Chocolate Story is the place to be this summer
Throughout August the attraction will host (chocolate filled) buckets of fun- including masterclasses, truffle rolling and later tour times. 

Masterclasses – ( £24.95pp , 9th & 23rd August )

Experience chocolate like never before with the exclusivity of an adult’s chocolate Masterclass, Join York’s Chocolate Story for an exclusive experience where you will get a deliciously tasty insight with a summer sizzling Masterclass. Let the cocoa creations flow as you learn the secret skills of chocolate making with Chocolatiers. Starting at 6pm you will receive a glass of prosecco upon arrival with an intimate setting to make and create your own chocolate to take home.

Truffle rolling.

This summer with the tours will be running later so guests can get hands on with the option to add a unique truffle rolling experience on the end of the tour (last tour only.) Watch an expert Chocolatier show you how they roll summer truffles before rolling your own creation using summer inspired flavours. Then take your freshly rolled truffles home with you to share with family or friends (or keep for yourself.)

Take a fully interactive journey, unearthing fascinating chocolatey facts along the way. With the summer of the KitKat find out secrets behind the world’s most popular confectionary brand and why the KitKat is so popular in Japan.

For a deliciously tasty summer, visit York’s Chocolate Story. 

5. Xscape at Castleford 

Has plenty of offers and bags of family fun to keep you entertained.  Launch your summer into the stratosphere with epic experiences for the whole family here at Xscape!

Take a look at our FREE slime workshops and summer offers below.


Get your hands on activity offers and packages for the likes of sledging, trampolining, laser tag and adventure golf.

Summer offers valid until 30 August, unless otherwise specified.

6. Ripon Museums, Ripon 

Bring your little ones along to Ripon Museums during weekdays of the summer holidays - the days will fly by with a jam-packed schedule full of fun things to do! Activities start at 11am each weekday and end at 4pm. Each week's activities are themed and will be based primarily at the Workhouse Museum: Week 1 : Monday July 22nd - Friday 26th July - Vagrants & Vagabonds - bread baking/story time/pick a pocket or two/vagrancy trail Week 2: Monday 29th July - Friday 2nd August - Street Life - outdoor games and Victorian street food Week 3: Monday 5th August - Friday 9th August - Poaching on Trial - puppets and poaching animals at the Workhouse Museum/Act out our infamous Sinklers story (at the Courthouse Museum 1.30pm and 3.30pm) Week 4: Monday 12th August - Friday 16th August - Animals in the Workhouse - Workhouse activities based around pigs and chicks Week 5: Monday 19th August - Friday 23rd August - Peelers and Punishment - follow the CSI trail/mugshots/printing & fingerprinting plus a self-led  cutlass trail and drill at the Prison & Police Museum Week 6: Monday 26th August - Friday 30th August - Pies & Preserving - looking to the garden harvest to bake, make corn dollies, press flowers.

 7. Kirklees Light Railway

There is no need to travel to the coast when the beach is coming to Kirklees instead.  Catch the train to Shelley Station where little ones will be delighted by the GIANT sandpit which will be open all summer long. Valid day ticket holders will have FREE access to the sandpit during visits from n ow until 1 September (excluding 17-18 August).

So, grab your bucket & spade, slap on the sun lotion and hot foot it down to the railway for fabulous seaside fun, without the sea!

- Advance booking is not necessary

- The sandpit may be closed during inclement weather:

On Tuesday Tales: Tue, 6 Aug and 2 more · Kirklees Light Railway · Clayton West

Following last year's successful trials, the KLR is proud to bring back Tuesday Tales in the school summer holidays! Every Tuesday from 23 July to 27 August, join the KLR for storytelling & craft sessions which are totally FREE for all valid day ticket holders. There will be different stories and activities each week and there's no need to book in advance for these drop-in sessions. Standard fares will apply on the trains and the sessions will be available from 11am until 3.30pm every Tuesday from 23 July to 27 August. Vouchers, Groupons & promotions ARE valid for these sessions. Trains will be running every 40 minutes from 10.20am until the final train of the day at 3.40pm and every Friday Rocks: Join the KLR every Friday from 26 July to 30 August 2019 for Friday Rocks! Totally FREE rock painting sessions for all valid day ticket holders. 
So, come along, get creative (and a wee bit messy!) & then decide where you're going to hide your rocks for people to find!

These sessions will be drop-in & there's no need to book in advance. Standard fares apply on the trains and the sessions will be available from 11am until 3.30pm every Friday from 26 July to 30 August. Vouchers, Groupons & promotions ARE valid.

Trains will be running every 40 minutes from 10.20am until the final train of the day at 3.40pm. https://www.facebook.com/events/2379601579032501/

Day Out with Thomas

Join Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends, Percy, Toby, Mavis & Emily as they visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor.

The Fat Controller will also be on hand during the engines' visit to make sure they are all being really useful and behaving themselves. He will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am, assisted by Rusty & Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers!  The first train of the day is pulled by Thomas and departs Clayton West at 10am. The remaining trains are pulled by Emily or our home locos, Owl & Sian. Trains will depart every 30 minutes thereafter until the final train departs Clayton West at 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE: the first train (10am) is the ONLY train that Thomas pulls to Shelley. After that journey, he will spend his day providing platform rides at Clayton West Station.

2019 Ticket Prices:

Adult: £13

Concession: £12

Child (age 2-16yrs): £11

Under 2s: FREE

Family (2 adults + 2 children: £46

Family PLUS (2 adults + 3 children): £51.50

Included in your ticket price:

- a return steam train ride from Clayton West to Shelley (please note this will NOT be Thomas unless it is the 10am service)

- unlimited platform rides behind Thomas & Percy

- unlimited platform rides behind Mavis

- unlimited platform rides behind Toby

- bouncy castle

- donkey rides (until 4pm)

- face painting by Artifaces

- Thomas temporary tattoos

- Thomas colouring activities

- Imagination Station with Thomas toys & dressing up

- Outdoor adventure playgrounds

- Meet The Fat Controller & Rusty & Dusty

Advance booking is strongly advised.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FROM QUAY TICKETS at https://www.goyorkshire.com/what-to-do/gardens/rhs-garden-harlow-carror 0843 208 1840.

8. RHS Harlow Carr Gardens, Harrogate

Now  – 1 September: Summer Holiday Family Fun: The Very Hungry Caterpillar ™

Families are being encouraged to get a wiggle on and head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr as The Very Hungry Caterpillar descends on the garden for the summer holidays. The best-selling children’s book, published by Penguin Books, celebrates 50 years since its first publication this year. Eric Carle’s much-loved classic will be brought to life with giant willow sculptures, 3D apples and pears, hands-on craft activities and storytelling with the Garden Detectives. Children can follow a daily garden trail in search of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, enjoy birds-of-prey flying displays and make their own caterpillar hat. Activities vary daily. Normal garden admission.

 Now – 30 August: Orchid Mania Exhibition 

Head to Harlow Carr’s library and discover the story of the Brits’ fascination with tropical orchids in the mid-19th Century. Competition to own the rarest and most beautiful orchids sparked a frenzy of collecting, and as prices soared, the world’s tropical zones were plundered and lives were lost in pursuit of these ornamental blooms. Normal garden admission.

31 July – 8 September: Bath House Gallery – Summer Craft Showcase 

We have a whole summer of craft featuring ceramics, wood, sculpture, textiles, willow, felt and many more mediums to browse and buy. Each week there will be a chance to meet one of our makers, see displays of their work and watch them demonstrate their craft - you may even get the chance to have a go! 10am – 4.30pm. Normal garden admission.


August: RHS Members’ Gardening Advice

RHS Members can get face-to-face gardening advice from a friendly RHS advisor every Monday and Friday from 1pm – 3pm, except Bank Holidays. Come to the advice desk in the entrance conservatory. Normal garden admission.

10, 17, 24 & 31 August: Saturday Beekeeping Demonstration

Visitors can join members of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association at 2pm for an afternoon demonstration of the traditional craft of beekeeping. Normal garden admission.

11, 18 & 25 August: Summer Music Sundays 

Bring a picnic, soak up the summer sun and enjoy an afternoon of live music in the garden every Sunday throughout August from 1pm – 4pm. Normal garden admission.

10 – 11 Aug: Meet the Experts - Carnivorous Plants

Head to Harlow Carr – if you dare – and discover all there is to know about these unusual plants with a weekend of displays and advice from the carnivorous plant experts from 11am – 4 pm. Enjoy talks and demonstrations and get answers to your burning carnivorous plant questions. Friendly RHS advisors will also be on hand to answer members’ wider horticultural queries. Normal garden admission.

22 August: Outdoor Theatre – Sense and Sensibility 

Enjoy a funny, fast-paced adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company.  Featuring live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak, this open air performance starts at 7pm, with doors open at 6pm. Tickets from Harrogate Theatre Box Office on 01423 502116 or visit www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk