School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

May Half Term

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Activities & Events This May Half Term

We’re busy collecting details on all the events & activities happening in our area over May Half Term and will keep updating the page as details come in so keep checking back for updates.

If you will be running an event and would like to add your details to the page contact us here.

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Brimham Rocks

Kids Outdoor Day

30th May

10am – 4pm

Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. No previous experience required. Suitable for children aged 7+


Call 01423815024 to book


Brimham Adventure

31st May

1 – 2.30pm

Head to Brimham Rocks to go on a 50 Things-themed adventure. Suitable for accompanied children aged 5+.

FREE (but car park charges apply for non-members).


Family Fun Day

2nd June

10am – 4pm

Join Harrogate Climbing Centre for a day weaseling, climbing and abseiling. Children must be accompanied by an adult (max 2 per adult). No previous experience required.

£35.00 per person

Call 01423815024 to book


Become A Geologist

3rd June

1 – 3pm

Find out what life was like on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago by exploring the geoplogy of Brimham Rocks.

Event is FREE (but car park charges apply for non-members). Booking essential. Call 01423 780688 to book.



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Castle Howard’s “The Tales of Beatrix Potter”

Gobbledigook Theatre and Frederick Warne & Co Limited will present ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter,’ a fantastic interactive theatre production for all ages. With a national reputation for creating imaginative twists on classic family stories, they’ll bring show inspired by three of Potters favourite tales – The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and The Tale of Ginger and Pickles. Join Beatrix Potter and her characters on an adventure full of mischief and mayhem around Castle Howard’s iconic grounds.

‘the show is delightfully nostalgic but not dated. Instead it reminds you how wonderful it is to think like a child and to never forget what that felt like’

York Press on The Famous Five (2017 production by Gobbledigook).

Beatrix Potter’s animal friends will be taking up residence throughout the House as part of an indoor trail and the live characters from the show will be on hand for you to meet in the gardens before each performance. Plus, take part in an outdoor hunt around our very own ‘Mr McGregor’s’ walled garden.

Trail activities and show will run Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June.
Peter Rabbit will also be at Castle Howard on SUNDAY 27th and MONDAY 28th.
The indoor and outdoor trails are included in standard admission price, free to members.

BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2018. Frederick Warne & Co. is the owner of all rights, copyrights and trademarks in the Beatrix Potter character names and illustrations.

Castle Howard
The Estate Office
Castle Howard
York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

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Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land Theme Park, Zoo and Resort isopen daily from 10am.

There are a variety of junior and family rides, including the new Flamingo 1 racing cars, where both children and adults can test their driving skills.

Peter Rabbit arrived at Flamingo Land with a Peter Rabbit Adventure playground. Explore the Secret Tree House and hop along to Jeremy Fisher’s musical pond to explore giant instruments and learn about sounds from the giant lily pads. We are sure fans of all ages will love exploring Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery where you can climb on tunnels and find creepy crawly creatures in Bug Log.

You can meet Peter Rabbit himself, located by the Mansion House & Tea Rooms at 12.30pm and 3pm. You can also see Benjamin Bunny in the Sail Away farewell show at the exit of the theme park at 5pm (weather permitting). And brand new for 2018, you can listen to a Peter Rabbit and Lily Bobtail Story Time (£5pp).

Keep an eye out for Menya, our Sumatran tiger cub that was born last August.

Party in the Park Concerts start with Aston Merrygold on Saturday 2nd June from 6pm.

Come and see your favourite characters, for no additional cost:
Ben & Holly – 26th May
Peppa Pig & George – 6th June
Enjoy a tot’s party celebration that includes singing, dancing and face-painting.

Call 0800 40 888 40 for info.

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Flea Circus Week At The Workhouse

Mon 28th May to Fri 1st June 2018


Come along to the Flea Circus Week at the Workhouse this May half term for amazing tales of the Victorian flea circus, vintage games and lots more besides!


In the 19th century paupers often arrived at the Workhouse with a collection of mites and fleas, where they had to be de-infested. During this time people were fascinated by performing fleas and there were many travelling circuses where these miniature mites performed feats of strength and skill!


This half term the Workhouse will be revealing amazing tales of flea circuses along with fun activities such as:


·       dress your own flea
·       bake a circus animal biscuit
·       and beat the lion tamer.


Take part in circus games, watch a traditional Punch and Judy show and then follow the flea circus trail (with a treat when complete). Don’t worry about getting infested yourself as no real fleas will be present!


If the weather is sunny then you can wander around the Workhouse Garden and see if you can spot our hedgehog family!


All activities are included with admission and family tickets available. The Workhouse Museum is on Allhallowgate, Ripon, for more details please visit

Special activities are Monday to Friday only from Mon 28th May to Fri 1st June, 11am – 4pm.

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Hansel and Gretel At Mother Shipton’s Cave

Join Hansel and Gretel at Mother Shipton’s during May Half Term, as they journey through the woods trying to find their way home. Don’t be tempted to eat the house made of cakes and sweets, the wicked witch might see you!


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 from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our 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.


For more information visit our website. or follow us on Facebook.


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Harlow Carr

Pop along on Saturday 26 May and say ‘Ello!’ to CBBC’s Mr Bloom, who will launch RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s new Children’s Gardening Weekend (Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May)
, which is designed to inspire the gardeners of the future to grow. There’s the chance to see Mr Bloom perform live on stage, and three lucky children will get the chance to meet him in person (Saturday only).

During the weekend, kids big and small can take part in a range of activities from 11am to 3pm. Make your own Thumbelina-style rock gardenlearn about bees with the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers, or pot up your own sweet pea seeds to take home and enjoy all summer. Specialist plant societies will be in the garden inspiring the next generation to get growing at home.

Children’s Gardening weekend

Mr Bloom: Saturday 26 May

Stage timings:
11.30am: Garden Detectives
12noon: Mr Bloom Show
12.30pm – 1pm: Vegetable Olympics
1.30pm – 2pm: Prize winners meet and greet with Mr Bloom
2.30pm: Garden Detectives
3pm: Mr Bloom Show

Children’s activities
from 11am to 3pm in the marquee on the lower tarn:

Outdoor workshop – Nature House:Make yourself a butterfly and bee seed bomb to throw, sow and grow, watch your garden explode into rainbow colours this summer.

Cone Exchange activity:
Make your own recycled plant labels and create bunting to decorate your garden at home.

What’s on for the rest of the week alongside the Garden Trail:

Monday 28 May –Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30 am–3 pm

Tuesday 29 May – Garden Detectives: shows at 11 am, 1 pm & 3 pm
Wednesday 30 May – Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30am–3.30pm
Thursday 31 May – Birds of prey with flying shows at 11 am and 1 pm.
Friday 1 June – Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30 am–3 pm

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May Half Term Activities At Fountains Abbey

Deer watch 
Saturday 26 May
2 – 4pm
Come and explore the deer park with our guides. Our stags and bucks are growing their new antlers which are covered in “velvet”. The females will be giving birth soon and there may be some early fawns and calves.
Children’s craft at Swanley Grange
Saturday 26 May – Sunday 3 June
11am – 4pm   
Give those green fingers some practice planting seeds of vegetables and herbs the monks would have grown in medieval times. Take them home to look after and watch them grow.
Make your own medieval thumb pot
Wednesday 30 May – 1 June
11am – 3pm
Get your hands working squeezing andsquishing clay to make a medieval style watering can- a thumb pot! Drop in whilst stocks last. £2

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Studfold Trails: Bluebell Fairy Experience

26th May – 3rd June

Take youngsters on a fairy adventure at Studfold Trails in Upper Nidderdale just as the last swathe of bluebells can be glimpsed and the buttercups are beginning to bloom in the meadows. As well as kids being enthralled by the summer fairy and pixie houses along the woodland “Two Stone Wishes” trail, heaps of clues will keep the kids occupied as they try to find the secret treasure box.

Add-in the ride-on tractors, sandpits and the existing nature trail and there’s plenty to keep youngsters occupied for a day out.

All the family can get hands-on with the bluebell-inspired crafts being lined-up over the Bank Holiday Weekend. If the weather’s good, there’s also the opportunity to make the most of the wildflowers by ordering a picnic from Studfold’s Nidderdale Way café and finding a spot to while away an hour or two.

Entry fee: £6 for adults and £5 for children.

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The Deep – Love Your Environment

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Love Your Environment, runs 26th May to 3rd June

Join us for fin-tastic family fun this May half term as we find ways to protect our local environment and the wildlife that calls it home. Plant your own wildflower seeds to take home for your own garden, get creative in craft corner, follow the save our seas trail and much more. There’s lots to keep your little ones entertained. Don’t miss our daily dive shows and touch pool sessions too!

Also during half term week on 2nd June: Shark Egg Case Hunt. Join us at Spurn Point for our second Egg Case Hunt of the year! Taking place along the East Coast, these free events are being delivered in partnership with the Shark Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in a bid to involve local people in shark conservation. Ideal for children aged 3 upwards, you can support marine life whilst enjoying a great day out. All participants are asked to wear suitable sturdy footwear. The event is expected to finish by 3pm. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register your place please email

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Bolton Abbey Family Cycle Zone

28th April – 1st October 2018

The Family Cycle Zone is a safe area for children to cycle, away from the hazards of traffic and pedestrians. With “paths” cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun manoeuvring the roundabout and junctions!!!

Please bring your own bikes.

This is a free activity, the Estate admission fee applies.

Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

26th May – 1st October 2018

The woodland adventure trail leads you from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. Little ones can navigate balance beams, wobbly stirrups, tunnels, scramble nets, the maze and much more – forget about being clean!

Some obstacles are not suitable for all age groups. Children must be supervised at all times.

This is a free event. The Estate’s usual admission fee will apply.

Fairytale Fun At Lotherton Hall

26th May – 3rd June

Follow the trail to find all of the fairytale characters hidden around the house and grounds. Dress up like a fairy tale character, or have a go at magical crafts in the House and Wildlife World. On Thursday 31st May, there will be a Fairytale Picnic, with storytelling, garden games, face painting, and a visit from the Lotherton fairy!

Normal admission into the estate applies.

Drop-in event, no booking required.

Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel:  0113 378 2959

Italian Cars & Bikes Rally At Newby Hall

3rd June

10am – 5pm

See Italian Cars such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Fiat, Ducati.
Camping is available.

Newby Hall & Gardens

01423 322 583

Masham Summer Market Weekend

2nd June

9am – 4pm

Food and craft stalls, music and entertainment, demonstrations and more…


Masham Market Place


Mini Beasts And Muddy Hands At Knaresborough Castle

26th May – 3rd June


Visit the Castle and grounds this half term to get up close with nature. Pick up a backpack or trail to explore the creatures, plants and trees found around the Castle site. You can also have a go at craft activities in the museum or visit our activities room, play games and dress up.

Why not take home a planting pack to start your own growing or a craft box to create bug boxes and art inspired by the natural world? (There is a small additional charge for take home resources).

Admission includes the Castle, Museum, and a guided tour of the Sallyport (the Castle’s secret tunnel!) Adults £3.50, Children £2.00, Concessions £2.50, Family tickets £10 (2 adults and 3 children).


Ripon Ghost Walk

31st May

7.15 – 9pm

Uncover ghost stories and discover ancient burial sites, curious bone finds and characters who lived and died hundreds of years ago but who some say still linger!

Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter on the Market Place at 7.15pm

Booking not required: Adults £3 Under 16s £1


StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival

26th – 28th May

StrEat Food & Family Fun Festival returns to the a new location and for the third year running, over the Spring Bank Holiday.

Early Bird Tickets are only £5.00 for the whole weekend of fun but Children Go FREE!!!

Great Yorkshire Showgrounds, Harrogate HG2 8NZ

Sublime Science Week At Lightwater Valley

26th May – 3rd June

Sublime Science shows will be taking place daily on the new stage at Lightwater Valley theme park. Shows will run at 12pm and 2pm each day. Expect slime, big bangs and lots more excitement… rides and activities will be running as usual.

Water Lane, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT


Thorp Perrow Bluebell Trail

26th May – 3rd June

Follow the trail through the enchanted wood, home to fairies, pixies, elves and a host of other magical creatures. Don’t forget your fancy dress!

Thorp Perrow Arboretum
North Yorkshire
01677 425323