Enjoy a packed programme of activities throughout the school summer holidays at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum from Saturday 20th July to Monday 2nd September. Their Big Summer Festival includes explosive science shows, outdoor activities, special guest performers, tech tinkering and lots more. Don’t miss the NEW exhibition Digital Dimensions – a mix of innovative tech games, vibrant visual effects and stunning sounds. Experience the greatest Summer Day Out with Lightwater Valley Theme Park, ride The Ultimate roller coaster and enjoy wet ‘n’ wild fun on the Wild River Rapids. There is something for little ones too including the Lightwater Express train ride and Jester’s Jungle Fun indoor play area. Experience live music for the first time at Lightwater Valley as a Robbie Williams Tribute heads to the theme park on Saturday 27th July as part of their Summer Saturday Sessions.
Tennis fan? Why not watch Wimbledon in style at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, from Monday 1st July to Sunday 14th July? Enjoy high tea or try their cream tea offer whilst watching all the action on their café television screens. Plus, grab your bucket and spade and join National Coal Mining Museum from Saturday 20th July as you travel back in time to see how miners spent their summer holidays at Seaside @ Pit. You’re invited to a Pop Star Party with LMX (Little Mix Tribute) on Saturday 13th July at Cannon Hall Farm. There’ll be selfie stations, mocktails, hair stylists and lots of musical entertainment to get the toes tapping. Then, join them from Saturday 20th July – Sunday 21st July for a Superhero Party – complete with appearances from your favourite heroes. Fancy dress is encouraged!
Looking to further your history knowledge? Head to Brontë Parsonage Museum this July to explore their exhibition exploring the life of Patrick Brontë, and how illness, poor health and death plagued his life. Each Wednesday throughout the Summer School Holidays join them for free drop-in craft workshops. Activities run 11am-4pm and are free with admission to the Museum. Wednesday 24th July will focus on sun prints, whilst Wednesday 31st July will concentrate on Hapa Zome, the art of beating up leaves with hammers! Or, step back in time with the Royal Armouries Museum this July as they continue their Monarchs Weekends. Join them on Saturday 20th July and Sunday 21st July to discover the life and times of George III, the ‘Mad’ King. Through authentic combat demonstrations, talks, tours and object handling learn about the fascinating impact this remarkable ruler had on history.
If amazing animals are your thing, why not head to Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre this July. Meet the lovely lemurs, mischievous meerkats, awesome owls, adorable otters, slithering snakes and other amazing animals during unforgettable Animal Encounters throughout the day. Plus with Yorkshire Attractions you can get £5 off a family day pass when you download this voucher! Harewood House are offering you the opportunity to get up close and personal to their resident Alpaca’s Zebedee and Zucchini. Get them ready, feed them, learn about them and take them for a walk around the picturesque grounds of Harewood House.
Cruise along the Ouse this July with City Cruises York. Sit back and relax on a daytime or evening sightseeing cruise whilst you take in the scenic sights and learn about the fascinating history of York. Save £5 on a daytime or early evening family ticket. Or, take the helm of your own self-drive red boat as you take the same route navigated by the Vikings over 1,000 years ago! Save £5 on self-drive red boat hire. Why not stop off at JORVIK Viking Centre whilst you’re in York. Discover the city’s fascinating Viking legacy as you get up close to some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts. Travel back to the 10th century as Viking Age York is brought back to life through the sights, sounds and smells around you.
Spend your summer at Diggerland, Yorkshire as children and adults alike are invited to ride, drive and operate real full size construction machinery. With 20 rides and drives to choose from, a day out at Diggerland really is the best place to enjoy an action packed family day out. Play doesn’t stop what ever the weather, if you’re prepared, come rain or shine, take a trip to William’s Den this July for an indoor-meets-outdoor adventure. Head to The Den for hours of play, and don’t miss the Tree House and Eagles Nest. Stop by The Kitchen Table for delightful food for all the family.
Experience the ultimate family day out at Xscape, Yorkshire. Do you dare conquer Volcano Falls? Journey through dense jungle, past an exploding volcano and plunging waterfall as you take part in two 18 hole golf courses. Plus enjoy 2-for-1 at Volcano Falls. Adventure through rain forests, mangroves, deserts and the nocturnal world as you discover your inner explorer at Tropical World. There’s so much to see, from slithering snakes to beautiful butterflies.
Did you know, globally 16.7 billion KitkKat® fingers are produced every year? Head to York’s Chocolate Story to uncover the secrets behind the world’s most popular confectionery brand. Explore The Story of KitkKat®, including its history, origin and global impact as part of your guided tour. Save £5 on a family ticket! Join The Emmerdale Studio Experience for their Friday Afternoon Tea in The Woolpack, a perfect way to kick off the weekend. For just £19.50 pp you can tuck into a selection of sandwiches and pastries while you take in the set of the famous Woolpack pub.
Finally, some very important dates for your diaries. Yorkshire Wildlife Park are welcoming back their Wild Live Safari Nights this August. Enjoy four Saturdays of amazing outdoor concerts with live performances from amazing artists including, S Club 3, Gabrielle, Collabro, Rak-Su and more! You can also enjoy extended opening hours to see some of the world’s rarest and most amazing animals after hours at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Magna Mayhem is back for the summer school holidays at Magna Science Adventure Centre, from Monday 5th – Friday 9th August and Monday 12th – Friday 16th August. Bounce, boing, jump, slide, bop and boogie for a full 75 minutes of high adrenaline fun. Plus, join them between Tuesday 20th August – Friday 23rd August for Borris & Norris’ Magic Laboratory, an electrifying, laugh out loud magic show.