School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

Summer Holidays

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Diggerland Voucher! Save 20% Off Entry With Exclusive Mumbler Voucher…

Diggerland is offering Mumblers a 20% discount for at any Diggerland UK park.

Just print off the voucher and take it with you!

To find out more about our trip to Diggerland Yorkshire and our top tips to prepare for your visit read our review blog.


Click here for printable voucher (you’ll be re-directed to the Diggerland website)

Diggerland is the UK’s most unique digger-themed adventure park where children and adults have the chance to ride, drive and operate REAL full-size construction machinery, under the guidance of trained staff – no driving licence required!

It really is the perfect place to take your kids for an action-packed family day out. Experience the variety of rides and drives on offer – whether it’s enjoying the view on Sky Shuttle, hanging tight on Spin Dizzy, going for a bumpy ride in the Groundshuttle or digging dirt with a 6-tonne digger, there is something for all ages!
There are indoor and outdoor play areas, sandpits, coin-operated rides and much more where the younger guests can let off steam whilst parents can relax and just watch the fun… or join in!

With four Diggerland theme parks located in Devon, Durham, Kent and Yorkshire, you can dig until your heart’s content!

Also available at Diggerland for over 17’s only is Dumper Racing, JCB Racing, JCB Experience Days and Monster Digger Experience Days.

Open most weekends and school holidays (closed Nov to early February) openings times vary check the website.

Call: 0871 22 77 007

Regular competitions and discounts on Facebook and Twitter

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Fountains Abbey Summer Holiday Activities

The team at Fountains Abbey have a lot of fun, family-friendly activities planned to take us through the Summer.

Keep the family entertained over the school holidays with plenty of  activities; follow the art trail in the garden; discover an extraordinary world just beneath the surface of the ponds in the water gardens; make candles with beekeepers; learn how to create felt bugs using the same process used by medieval monks and wind your own yarn to make friendship bracelets and more… CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.


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Jumping In Muddy Puddles!

9th August

11am – 12.30pm

The Creation Station and Moo Music are joining forces for 1 1/2 hours of a fun filled music and art extravaganza!

We will be joined by our favourite pig and friends to go jumping in muddy puddles, blast off in to space and make friends with a dinosaur before relaxing with some refreshments and burning off some energy on our mobile farm softplay!

St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, Coltsgate Hill, Ripon

Book here.

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Create memorable experiences this summer holiday (21 July – 2 September) with the whole family! Take a trip behind a steam engine, visit five heritage stations, see stunning views of the North York Moors National Park and explore the Yorkshire Seaside Town of Whitby!

Remember all our day return tickets are ‘hop-on’, ‘hop-off’ which gives you the chance to explore all our stations along the line for a great family day out:-

  • Pickering Station is a must-see 1930’s themed station that will transport you back in time to the steam era.
  • Let off Steam at Levisham and explore the heart of the North York Moors National Park!
  • A must-see is the celebrity station, Goathland, which became Hogsmeade Station in the first Harry Potter film.
  • Explore Grosmont Station which is home to the operating and engineering world of the NYMR. If you are lucky you might be able to catch a sneaky peak at the work taking place on our engines!
  • Visit Whitby with its narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey.

All details on the NYMR website here. Remember to share your memories with us and tag #RailwayAdventure

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Robin Hood Summer Adventure At Mother Shipton’s

21st July – Friday 31st August

10am – 5.30pm

Robin Hood will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. 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 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 or follow us on Facebook.

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Summer Adventure At RHS Garden Harlow Carr

RHS Harlow Carr: Summer Holiday Jurassic Discovery 2018

Activities vary daily so please call 01423 565418 for more details.

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Summer Events At Ripon Museums

It may have been grim living in the workhouse, but you’ll not have a grim experience when you visit Ripon Museums this summer!

Tea Party

21st July

10am – 4pm

We’re celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the opening of the Master and Matron’s Dining Room – so come along (for FREE) to the Workhouse for birthday cake, fun and games as they open their garden for a Tea Party on 21st July.

Summer Fun & Games

23rd July to 31st August

11am – 4pm

Fun for all the family (with a Victorian theme) will run every weekday at the Workhouse.  There’s no extra charge – the family fun is included in normal admission prices to the Workhouse.  Take time to visit our other museums – spend time in the Prison and Police Museum and imagine having to turn the crank or being placed in a prison cell, and discover how justice was carried out in our original Courthouse Museum.

Twelfth Night

4th August


The world’s first cycling theatre company, The HandleBards, pedal from venue to venue with all the set, props and costume necessary to perform environmentally sustainable Shakespeare across the globe.
Join our all-male troupe at the Workhouse Museum in Ripon for a bicycle-powered production of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ like none other. In usual HandleBards style, expect riotous amounts of energy, a fair old whack of chaos, and a great deal of laughter.

And what’s the play about? Well – Duke Orsino is in love with Lady Olivia, but she won’t have anything to do with suitors. Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin brother Sebastian to be dead. Meanwhile, a bunch of Olivia’s servants plot to make a fool out of her pompous Butler, Malvolio.

Tickets available here.

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland Outdoor Theatre

14th August


Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as they present the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. From the unforgettable White Rabbit and the madcap Mad Hatter to the terrifying Queen of Hearts, Alice’s journey couldn’t be filled with more adventure. Presented in beautiful Victorian costume and alive with song, dance and original music.

Tickets available here.

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Summer Reading Challenge: Mischief Makers Events

Ripon Library

Sign-up day 14th July 10am – 2pm Collect your starter pack and start your reading challenge.

Lego Challenge 2nd August 10.30am – 12pm Build a lego adventure for the Mischief Makers.

Mischief Maker: Arts & Crafts 8th August 11am – 12pm Crafts, games and stories. (£1)*

Motley Crew 8th August 3 – 4pm Meet the Zoolab animals for some comic capers. (£2)*

Den of Mischief 24th August 11am – 12pm & 2 – 3pm Build and enter the den of mischief if you dare. (£1)*

Nidderdale Plus

Sign-up day 14th July 10am – 2pm Collect your starter pack and start your reading challenge.

Mischief Maker: Arts & Crafts 7th August 10.30am – 12pm Crafts, games and stories. (£1)*

Mashamshire Community Library

Mischievous Crafts 26th July 10 – 11.30am Make mischievous masks and characters

Boroughbridge Community Library

Sign-up day 14th July 10am – 12pm Collect your starter pack and start your reading challenge.

Mischief Maker: Arts & Crafts 17th August 2 – 4pm Crafts, games and stories. (£1)*


Activities for ages 4 – 11 years.

*Please book a place for these events.

For more details of the Summer Reading Challenge see our blog.

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The Deep – Slime Time!

Runs 21st July to 2nd September: Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000.

It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep from 21 July to 2 September. Join us at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for ‘The Slime Show’ where your little scientists can help with exciting experiments as we explore which animals use slime in their everyday lives. There’s props galore, and of course, lots of gooey green stuff. And if that’s not enough, you can even make your own pot of slime (12-4pm) to take home for just £1 – the question is, what colour will yours be? Don’t forget to take a picture at the mad scientist photo board too and share it with us at #thedeephull.

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.

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York Races – Family Day

Fun for all on The Press Family Sunday, including seven thoroughbred races plus a Charles Owen Pony race at the beginning of the card, our interactive racing zone and bouncy castles.

The natural rhythm of a raceday allows plenty of time to get something to eat and drink as well as providing room for quality time with the family. A wide range of additional entertainments will ensure a happy day out for all ages.

It naturally attracts a family crowd and remember that under 18’s go for free (under 16 with accompanying adult only).

9th September 2018

York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX
Tel: 01904 620911

Visit the website

A World Of Their Own

Join the wild west adventure with dress-up fun at A World of Their Own.

Mon: 9.30am – 5pm

Tues: 9.30am – 5pm

Weds: Closed

Thurs: 9.30am – 5pm

Fri: 9.30am – 5pm

Sat: 10am – 5pm

Sun: 10am – 4pm

Call: 07850 524700

Best Places To Get Ice Cream

Cool off with some local ice cream after a day of Summer fun… click here to see a list of all the best local places to get ice cream.

Masham Steam Rally

21st – 22nd July


Featuring steam engines, antique vehicles, fairground, craft tent, mountain bike display team and more…

Rally organiser: 01765 689 569

Outdoor Luna Cinema At Bolton Abbey

22nd August

6.45 – 11pm

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

23rd August

6.45 – 11pm

The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long

Bring a picnic or enjoy the fantastic food and full bar on site.

01756 718000

Bolton Abbey, B6160 BD23 6EX

Rock Painting!

It’s the latest craze sweeping the country at the moment – rock painting. A chance for the whole family to get involved with painting, hiding and hunting for the rocks all over their community. It’s a great way of getting the kids outdoors and engaging with their environment this Summer. So how does it work?

Ripon Rocks and Pateley Rocks are Facebook groups set up to inspire and delight children through the holidays.

For more information on how to get involved read our blog.

The Great Ripon Rock Hunt

Twigs n’ Stix

Join Liz at Twigs n’ Stix Forest School in the heart of Nidderdale for Summer sessions.

2nd August, 9th August 5-11’s full day Woodland Fun 10-3pm £30 per child (extended hours available before and after if needed).

23rd July, 1st August, 8th August Family Fun morning sessions 10-12noon £10 per child or £18 for two

Yorkshire Food & Drink Festival

21st & 22nd July

Featuring Celebrity Chefs Gino D’Acampo and James Martin. Food, cooking, crafts and live music.

There will be local chef and crafting demonstrations, a selection of hands on workshops, a vintage fun fair, kid’s activities, tasting sessions, live music, hundreds of exhibitors and the best street food and drink the UK has to offer!

Camping available.

FunkirkFarm, nr Skipton, BD23 3AB