Great Ideas for Summer Holidays Days Out with the Kids

Written by: Elmtree Press

The summer holidays are now upon us and there are lots of great places to visit and plenty of things to do in gorgeous Yorkshire!  Let hope that the fabulous weather we have been experiencing doesn’t let us down.
Here are just a few of our favourite days out :-

Richard 111, Hero or Villain?
From 21st July to 2nd September
The York Dungeon is returning to a time under the rule of Richard III (where he wasn't under a car park); but what kind of a King was he? Was he the hero of England, well-loved and just the victim of bad PR by the Tudors who hated him (especially that Shakespeare bloke)? Or is there more truth to his stage portrayal? Was Richard III the villainous, nephew-murdering usurper, who did unspeakable things to those that opposed him? It’s time to make history; it’s time to decide for good, is Richard III a Hero or Villain?

Let Loose! In Beverley is a new adventure park suitable for all ages, with an environmentally sustainable ethos at heart. They have state of the art High & Low Ropes Courses, Climbing Walls, a Giant Geodome, Soft Play, Archery, Rope Climb, Big Leap and Super slide, and an Adventure Playground to challenge and thrill you! Everything done at Let Loose! is designed to give families and friends a place to discover their adventurous side, push their boundaries, and then relax in their onsite cafe - The Greedy Moose!

Making a visit to the Stephen Joseph Theatre is an absolute must when visiting the Yorkshire Coast and Scarborough. This iconic art deco building provides some of the best entertainment around, it’s the first place to see a host of shows that then tour to various locations both in the UK and abroad, including all the world premieres by Alan Ayckbourn. This summer sees the hugely successful and hilarious The 39 Steps on until 23rd August, Ayckbourn’s Joking Apart and latest world premiere Better Off Dead all running throughout the summer and into early October. Build A Rocket, by local boy Christopher York on from 31st-8th September will give locals and visitors to the area a taste of the Edinburgh Fringe. Don’t forget the little ones: Moonbeam’s Magical Mission entertains youngest audiences every Saturday morning from 10.30am throughout August and 4-7 and 8-12 year olds can make a play in a day with Dramarama Days running 10am-3pm on 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd August. Older children (9-12 & 13-19yrs) can spend a whole 2 weeks at the Summer School (30th July – 11th August). For more details on any of the above go to

If you’re a family who loves being outdoors and want to make this summer truly unforgettable, then head for the trees at Treetop Yorkshire in Ripon for a treetop adventure like no other!  Imagine giant bouncy nets, suspended high in trees with treehouses, ball parks, super slides and tunnels where you can run, bounce and play freely without the need for harnesses beneath the ancient tree canopy. To book this super woodland adventure visit
Why not become a time traveller and experience the 12th 15th or 16th Century this summer at one of the best preserved medieval castles in England, dominating the town of Skipton is the majestic Skipton Castle.   They have plenty of events on throughout the summer to entertain the family and for a comprehensive list see

Robin Hood will be in Mother Shipton’s park during the summer holidays. Perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you to help 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 their 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.

A great Yorkshire welcome awaits you at the Horseshoe Inn, Levisham, this Summer. Close to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Dalby Forest and the Hole of Horcum, the Inn lies at the heart of an unspoilt moorland village. Kids, dogs, walkers and bikers are all welcome so why not call in and sample one of the local ales or enjoy the hearty, traditional menu? Perhaps even stay a little longer in one of their beautifully appointed rooms while you explore this unique corner of North Yorkshire.
Join the Jurassic Discovery – Summer Family Fun 21st July – 2nd September at RHS Harlow Carr! Embark on a Jurassic journey this summer. Discover Jurassic plants, become a dino digger and meet some pre-historic creatures!  With different activities each day you’re sure to have a ROARing great time.  10-4pm daily.  Check out this website for full details

Discover Yorkshire Coast this summer.  With a trail of coastlines to explore there is a wide range of activities and events for families to enjoy.  If it’s adrenaline packed fun you’re looking for, then visit Dalby Forest’s GoApe for a chance to monkey around in the treetops or get wet and wild at North Yorkshire Water Park! For a more leisurely way to spend your day why not spend it relaxing at the beach! With a range of beaches along the coast all complete with amusements, gift shops, boat trips and most importantly ICE CREAM, your family will be spoilt for choice.

Make the most of the long, sunny days this summer and get out with the family to explore the North York Moors. The school holidays are here, which means a packed summer ahead full of festivals, open air performances, family days out, geocache trails, Captain Cook celebrations and country shows. Grab your calendars and get yourself booked up!

Kicking off the festivities on 23rd – 29th July is National Parks Week. The North York Moors National Park is  one of 15 UK National Parks and every summer they join together to celebrate! One week of events, two festivals, tons of fun. And it all starts with ParkFest (22nd July), their family fun day and the biggest event in the North York Moors National Park's calendar, before finishing with MoorFest (29th July) at Sutton Bank National Park Centre, their annual celebration of country life, culture and heritage.   Looking for something more active? Try Rockpooling in Robin Hood’s Bay on 31 July, Geocaching on the coast on 26 August or test your cycle skills at Sutton Bank Bikes Kids' Time Trial' on 18 August. Plus loads more. Visit

From Monday 23rd July to Sunday 2nd September at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in York, help William the Merchant to find his way from his home City to a famous French port to sell his wool. Answer questions and look out for clues as you journey around the Hall to help William on his quest and win a prize fit for a Merchant Adventurer! The trail is £2 per child and £4 for a family (up to 4 children) and is open to all children from ages 5+. For more details see the Hall’s website:

Housed in the buildings and grounds of an original WWII Prisoner of War Camp, Eden Camp is situated just outside the North Yorkshire town of Malton. Visitors to their unique collection will experience the sights, sounds and smells of what life was like on the Home Front and Front Line during World War Two. A great value day out for all the family, they have lots of events happening this summer, so for full details please check out this link

Visit York's Chocolate Story this summer and uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York’s greatest chocolate products, from the Chocolate Orange to the globally famous Kit Kat. Once you’ve explored chocolate-making and its history, you can even shop for and indulge in chocolate to your heart’s content. There’s so much for you to enjoy and discover at York’s Chocolate Story in the UK’s home of chocolate!  Get hands on, mastering the secrets of the chocolatier and create your very own chocolate bar to take home. You’ll also get to see a chocolate-making demonstration from skilled chocolatiers in the Chocolate Kitchen. 

It's going to be a fantastic summer  at Burnby Hall Gardens!  The National Collection of over one hundred varieties of Hardy Water Lilies is in full bloom across the Upper and Lower Lakes, and their themed gardens are awash with colour. Every Wednesday during the school holidays, they have a fantastic programme of themed children’s events with craft activities and trails. They begin on 25th July with a HLF Community Fun Day, followed by The Great Wizard Gathering (1st August), World War One Discovery Day (8th August), Big Beasts; Mini Beasts (15th August), Summer Seaside Fun (22nd August), and Picture Book Rhymes (29th August). 

On 17th August, Chapterhouse Theatre are performing Robin Hood and His Merry Men at 6.30pm. Tickets for this event can be purchased for this event at their Visitor Centre (01759 307125). The 25th August sees The Good Old Boys perform R and B in the Gardens from 7.30pm.  So why not pay them a visit? Full details can be found on .