A Summer Of Fun, What’s On

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Breeze Leeds – Throughout August

Get caught up in sun, fun, chills and thrills with, an interactive play system, arts zone, fun fair, food and, of course the classic inflatables. All at a Breeze in the Park near you. 

Tickets cost 50p per child 


Pop Up Party – Valley Gardens Harrogate – 11th & 12th Aug

The Pop Up Parties are perfect for younger children and their parents with a mix of entertainment and activities including juggling shows, magic shows, circus tricks shows and character mini discos.

Local radio station Your Harrogate will also be on stage welcoming everyone in-between the shows throughout the day.

FREE admission


Leeds Industrial Museum Vintage Bus Day – 14th August

Vintage Bus Day is taking over Leeds. Step back in time and enjoy free rides on restored buses and coaches between the city centre, Leeds Industrial Museum, Thwaite Watermill, Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey House Museum and Kirkstall Forge. 

And as a special bonus, on the day, families will be able to enjoy two of Leeds’ top attractions for the price of one. As a ticket for either Leeds Industrial Museum or Thwaite Watermill will gain free entry to the other one on the same day. 

For more information visit; 

10 Minute Shake Up – Until 21st Aug

The 10 Minute Shake Up aims to inspire children and parents to get active together by breaking down the recommended daily hour of activity into manageable chunks by playing fun games together, using some of their favourite characters from Disney and Marvel.

The Shake Ups are play-along games around 10 minutes in length and can be played by one or more people. From Mirabel Guards the Magic Candle inspired by Disney’s ‘Encanto’ to Buzz Lightyear’s Ball Challenge inspired by Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’, there are over 40 games for people to choose from.

All of the 10 Minute Shake Up games can be accessed for free on the 10 Minute Shake Up hub on the Better Health Families website;


Malton Food Lover’s Festival
– 27th, 28th & 29th Aug

Home to artisan producers and award-winning independent businesses, visitors to the Malton Food Lover’s Festival this year can expect a huge array of unique stalls with tasty treats and gorgeous gifts, celebrity chef talks and demonstrations, live music and fun for all the family in foodie heaven. 

The Food Lover’s Festival is free to attend, and a Park and Ride is available at each entrance to Malton from the A64, with a free shuttle bus service to the event. Malton is also accessible via public transport with frequent train services to the town from York and Scarborough and Malton is on the award winning Coastliner bus route. 

Children can get in on the action too with cooking lessons of their own, as well as fun activities and rides for them to enjoy. With live music, entertainment and a festival bar, Malton Food Lover’s Festival will have a real party atmosphere. 

For more information visit www.visitmalton.com

Leeds West Indian Carnival – 29th Aug

Leeds West Indian Carnival takes place on bank holiday Monday 29th August. A showcase of the best of Caribbean culture for people to celebrate and enjoy. 

The main parade will be setting off from Potternewton Park at 2pm  to go around the streets of Harehills, Roundhay and Chapeltown.

Ripley Castle Harrogate Yorkshire Classic & Performance Motor Show – Monday 29th Aug – 10am – 4pm

Back for the August Bank holiday Monday, Ripley Castle hosts the Classic and Supercar Motor Show. Bringing the best of classic cars, bikes to modern supercars and modifieds making it an event to remember.

Packing Ripley’s magnificent deer park will be a sweeping display of hundreds of classic cars from all eras, plus classic motorcycles, kit cars, custom, modern classics, vans, light commercials, trucks and Land Rovers.

Chilling and chatting will give you the chance to swap advice and tales of motoring adventure with fellow enthusiasts.

Joined by some fantastic supercar clubs and classic displays alongside artisan street food providers you can explore ‘Not Your Average Bikes’ who will be taking a feature space at the show and in the arena.

Adults £8.50, children 15 and under £3 

For more information visit

Luna Cinema – York Minster’s Dean’s Park
– 30th Aug – 1st Sept

The UK’s leading open-air cinema is returning to York Minster’s Dean’s Park with a line-up of all the latest blockbusters, alongside classic feel-good favourites on the big screen. With fantastic food and drink, VIP sofas, brand new two-seater deckchairs and the truly unique backdrop of York Minster, this is an unmissable event.

● Tuesday 30 August – No Time to Die

● Wednesday 31 August – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

● Thursday 1 September – Grease

Tickets from £17.50 at;


Rusticus – Throughout  Aug & Sept

Rusticus is a provider of fresh-air adventures for visitors – a combination of interactive performance, and a good old walk in the great outdoors! Join in for a theatre experience to create exciting experiences which celebrate the outdoor space. Fun for all the family, so don’t miss out! Join them at the Living Seas Centre with the YWT for this amazing Rockpool Safari.



York Bird of Prey Centre – Until 2nd Sept

The York Bird of Prey Centre from Huby, is in Dean’s Park to share and show off the wonderful variety of birds they care for. Drop in throughout Thursdays and Fridays for free educational talks and demonstrations.

The activities are suitable for children aged 4+ and cost £2.50 per child. Booking in advance online is recommended and tickets are available at;


Kirkstall Abbey Birds, Bees And Butterflies Trail – Until 2nd Sept

Kirkstall Abbey are celebrating summer with their Birds, Bees and Butterflies trail. Families are invited on a nature trail to spot native plants and animals around the ruins. Plus, an informal audio guide is available to take visitors through key parts of the Abbey and help uncover the history of its former inhabitants. Themed activities will also pop-up throughout the period. 

FREE for residents of Leeds (please take proof of address) £5 adult, £2.50 child living outside of Leeds https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/kirkstall-abbey

Abbey House Museum Fairy Tale Magic – Until 2nd Sept

Fairy tale magic has taken over Abbey House Museum. Follow the trail to find characters and creatures from some of the best-known fairy tales and pick-up a bumper craft bag to take home. 

Tickets cost £6 adult, £3 child or £13.50 family ticket https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/abbey-house-museum

Dragon Quest Trail – Until 4th Sept

Legendary knight, St George, requests help from the little ones to find all the dragons in York Minster to help him complete his noble quest. Little adventurers will have fun discovering the fascinating fiery creatures that decorate the building.

FREE entry for children, and York residents with proof of address. https://yorkminster.org/whats-on

YO1 Beach Club & Roller Rink @
York Designer Outlet – Until 4th Sept

Enjoy a taste of the seaside with the all-new roller rink, a beautiful vintage carousel and funfair game stall, a sandy beach and even a boat for kids to play in! Completing the nautical look, there are lobster pots and surfboards, as well as colourful beach huts selling ice creams and seaside souvenirs.

FREE beach admission

 Roller Rink £9.75 adults, £8.75 children booked in advance at www.yo1beachclub.co.uk

Royal Armouries Museum

Elizabethan Summer – Until 4th Sept

The Royal Armouries is the national museum of arms and armour and is free to visit, They have a packed programme of family-friendly activities throughout the summer which are also free.

From now until Sunday 4th September 2022, families visiting the museum who are struggling with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis will be able to receive a child’s sandwich, drink and snack. They are inviting visitors to get involved in the campaign, with the option for people to help make a difference by pre-paying for a child’s packed lunch.

Throughout August visitors will be able to watch an Elizabethan-themed horse show in the outdoor arena. Expert horse riders will bring to life the medieval sports popular during the reign of Elizabeth I. The stables will also be open to the public so visitors can meet the horses and grooms. Plus, live-action combat demonstrations will be taking place in the museum with historical characters and weaponry.

FREE entry to the museum, charges apply for some events

For tickets and more information visit:

Get Crafty In Dean’s Park – Until 4th Sept

Get hands-on with craft activities such as sculpting a royal bust and designing your own shield in the Summer Tent on selected Thursdays and Fridays in Dean’s Park.

The activities are suitable for children aged 4+ and cost £2.50 per child. Booking in advance online is recommended and tickets are available at;


Temple Newsam Traditional Tales And Rhymes – Until 4th Sept

Temple Newsam will be offering themed activities inspired by traditional tales and rhymes.  

Bookable workshops will be available on Wednesday afternoons, where families will be able to take part in fun activities such as making a mirror frame inspired by Snow White, crafting clay candlesticks inspired by Beauty and the Beast and much more. 

Tickets cost £5 per person and can be booked at https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/events/temple-newsam/once-upon-a-time-traditional-tales-and-rhymes

Leeds City Museum Marvellous Machines – Until 4th Sept

The Marvellous Machines family trail is open for families at Leeds City Museum. Inspired by their latest exhibition Living with Machines, families can explore machines in the museum’s collection and take part in family-friendly workshops such as crafting from code, theatre workshops and more. 

FREE entry https://museumsandgalleries.leeds.gov.uk/events/leeds-city-museum/whizz-imagine-invent

Experiment With New Reading For Summer Challenge At Libraries
– Until 10th Sept

North Yorkshire libraries and the Reading Agency are running the summer reading challenge, which this year takes the theme Gadgeteers, for children aged four to 11, encouraging them to read six library books over the summer holiday. 

To take part, children need to sign up at their nearest library, where they will receive a colourful fold-out poster showing the setting for this year’s challenge – an imaginary community centre where the Gadgeteers are planning a summer party. 

As they read their chosen books, children will receive stickers – some that are actually scratch and sniff – that they can use to help the Gadgeteers come up with inventions for the party. There are other free incentives to collect along the way, and everyone who completes the challenge will receive a medal and a certificate.

A programme of events for families will support the challenge, including junk modelling, Lego sessions, science workshops, art and craft sessions, storytelling and theatre performances. More details are available in libraries, on library Facebook pages and via schools.


For more details, visit summerreadingchallenge.org.uk  

All Ride – Until 28th Oct

Cycle along the North Promenade in Bridlington on a specially adapted bike, designed for those with additional needs and mobility issues. Bikes can be booked out for up to an hour. Just turn up on the day.

Bridlington North Promenade



National Coal Mining Museum

An all year round great family day out, at the National Coal Mining Museum you can journey 140m underground and discover 180 years of mining history. Explore acres of woodland, enjoy the adventure playground and visit the pit ponies! 

FREE overground visits. For underground tours £5 per person and you receive a ‘miner’s ticket’ souvenir to keep. www.ncm.org.uk

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