Our lovely attractions are aware that the summer holidays are a minefield for parents and are doing their utmost to provide lots of fun days out for the munchkins!
The month kicks off with two theme park spectaculars. Thornton Hall Farm are holding a Family Fun Day on the first of the month. It will be a Barn Full of Family Fun with live music from 12, Entertainment, Face Painting & Farm Activities. All for the normal admission price! Open from 10am. It is followed by their Barn Boogie event from 5pm but that is for the big kids (over 18s only!)
Also on the first of the month, if you are feeling brave, why not visit Lightwater Valley and enjoy an Ultimate Plunge! The UK Bungee Club are once again offering The Ultimate Plunge, a terrifying 160ft bungee jump. Feel the adrenaline pump through your system as you tower above the Theme park, before hearing the immortal words "One, two, three bungeeeeee" Probably best not to try it just after lunch!
If you fancy something more sedate, the Deep in Hull is hosting a fabulous exhibition of a thought provoking series of artworks from six artists in 2017, all with a marine theme, starting with Nick Hunt from the 1st to the 23rd July.
Nick has a real passion for photography, both above water and below. After leaving a corporate career in 2008 he began travelling around the world for 2 years but now resides in South East Asia working as an underwater photographer.
The Deep is also getting creative this month to celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture. Their event is called I Love the Deep. This is very apt as from Sat 22nd July - Sun 3rd September they 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. 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.
Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s rib-ticklingly good comedy of old-fashioned trickery and mistaken identity at Scampston Walled Garden with their version of Twelfth Night. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. It is an amazing night out!
For the history buffs there is a lot going on at our beautiful Yorkshire Castles. Bolton Castle is hosting an insight into how a Medieval Household operated on a day to day basis on Sat 8th July - Sun 9th July. It is based on a period when Lord Scrope, owner of Bolton Castle, supported Richard, Duke of York and later his son, Edward, against King Henry V1 of the House of Lancaster. He has joined Edward’s army somewhere near York, but has left behind a small garrison to guard the castle. Come and meet them, join in their work around the castle and find out how they conducted their daily lives.
On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July, Buckingham’s Retinue will be bringing Skipton Castle to life as it may have been in the late Middle Ages, during a period known as the Wars of the Roses. In addition to their normal range of crafts, activities and displays, they will also be presenting a series of medieval judicial court scenes, based on real historical events and cases, with plenty of opportunity for audience participation!
The Walled Gardens at Raby Castle will be open in aid of the National Garden Scheme on Saturday 15th July. They are one of only 80 gardens which opened in the first year of 1927 and are still open today. The National Garden Scheme, which celebrates its 90th year in 2017, is the most significant charitable funder of nursing charities in the country, donating over £50 million since it was founded.
Still on a horticultural theme, from Sat 22nd July - Sun 3rd September, RHS Harlow Carr is celebrating the 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.
At RHS Garden Harlow Carr 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.
Another of our most beautiful stately homes, Burton Agnes Hall, will host a Superhero and Princess Party, on Sunday 23rd July. Visitors of all ages are able to enjoy free activities including pirate magic shows, princess pampering, bouncy castles, balloon modelling, and popular characters will make an appearance on the day! Partygoers can also enjoy a thrilling treasure hunt, navigate the maze, play giant games in the walled garden, chill out in the children’s corner, and search for animal figures and woodland creatures in the woodland walk.
Children are also invited to take part in the fancy dress competition, with fabulous prizes for the best dressed Pirate and Princess.
Our railways are not being left behind either! North Yorkshire Moors Railway is holding 60s Fest on Saturday 15th. It will showcase everything sixties including music, fashion and of course locomotives. Pickering station will be rocking all weekend as it’s hosting a pop pirate radio show as well as performances by 'Beatles for Sale' tribute band and Motown band 'Shade of the 60s'.
Passengers will be able to head back in time and visit Levisham station, which will be renamed ELVISham where passengers will be able to enjoy an Elvis impersonator performing the King’s greatest hits! Both Goathland and Grosmont stations will be decked out in individual sixties style, with a beer tent and live music from ‘Tex Leon & Friends’ and ‘Jive Express’ at Goathland and an “old and new" mini display at Grosmont.
North Bay Railway is holding a Family Fun Day on the 23rd July. It will be a great day for all the family and features .Magic Mike doing shows for the kids from 11am, Face Painting, David Nicholson and the Twilight Choir, Stories from North Bay Tales, Kids treasure hunt with prizes, Bouncy Castle, Water Chute, Water Walking Balls and Pedalos. You can catch a train every 15 mins from both stations and the Glass House Café, Scampi Shack and Boatman’s Tavern are open all weekend.
Last but not least, it is National Parks Week from the 22nd to the 30th July. It is the National Parks family's annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about our 15 National Parks - Britain's breathing spaces. There are countless outdoor activities in which to take part, including walking, cycling and star-gazing. Their Inspired by… gallery is also featuring a popup Art Fair on the 22nd July. Held in conjunction with Scarborough Arts Forum, it's an opportunity to browse and buy inspiring pieces of original art, meet the artists and makers, and watch them demonstrate their techniques. There will also be music and poetry workshops.
Remember though, wherever you go this July, take plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat with you so you can enjoy yourself without getting burnt!