School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

Summer Holidays

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Active Funday Playschemes

Let your child’s imagination run wild with our themed Active funday playschemes in the school holidays suitable for children in years 1 – 6.  There’s a different theme each day and children can contribute their ideas at the start of the day. Activities include arts and crafts, games, sports and free play; all run by our friendly team of activity leaders.

Our Ofsted regulated playschemes are held at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre Harrogate, Knaresborough Community Centre, Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre and Ripon Leisure Centre. Children are welcome to stay for a full day, short day or half idea but please be advised that booking is essential.

For full details, including prices and booking information, please visit

*Ripon Leisure Centre offers places to children in years 1 – 7.

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Art Kids ltd Are Bringing ‘The Art Week’ To North Yorkshire!

29th July 2019 – 2nd August 2019

9am – 3.30pm

The Art Week is an art holiday workshop hosted at Fleetham Lodge, North Yorkshire; welcoming children aged 5 to 12 to come make and learn all things fine art!

Each day will be jam packed with ambitious art projects – looking at current exhibitions in the surrounding areas the art kids will be making their own incredible art work inspired by these exhibiting artists throughout the whole week. With a varied range of materials and a diverse selection of artists we will include many art mediums from sculpture, print making, painting, outdoor installations, drawing and much much more!

There will even be fantastic workshops run by visiting artists throughout the week and an end of week Art Kids exhibition!

There’s a two day minimum sign up, or a fantastic discount if you book your child in for the full 5 days!
The art days run from 9am – 3:30pm. Please pack your child a packed lunch, a snack and an apron/messy clothes!

Places are limited so make sure to book your child’s place now via the website!

Fleetham Lodge, Low Street, Northallerton DL7 0SN


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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens – Summer Holidays

A little inspiration for the summer holidays at Beningbrough.

The scene is set, summer is here, and the children are ready to head out and about whatever the weather. Enjoy summer days at Beningbrough with a fun filled holiday programme this August.

Mondays – become a garden apprentice and learn a new skill with the gardening team

Tuesdays – head to the hall for some bug busting with the conservation team

Wednesdays and Fridays – go ‘artrageous!’ designing your own garden and inventing your own creature in the hayloft

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August – celebrate all things Yorkshire from culinary delights to art activities

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August – rejoice the mighty bee with talks, crafts and tastings

Climb the pyramid tower, pick up an explorer backpack or dress up as lord or lady of the hall, there are activities inside and out, come rain or shine.

We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm. All the activities are free and normal admissions apply.


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‘Family Brick Adventure’ At Ripon Races: Fun For Lego Fans!

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Family Day At Ripon Races: Bank Holiday Monday 26th August

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Fountains Abbey: Summer

Deer Watching

In June and July, see the beautiful summer coats of the Red, Fallow and Sika deer and spot the recently born fawns and calves.
In August, spot the stags and bucks resting before the exertion of the autumn rut with their fully grown antlers which have lost their velvet. Meanwhile, the growing young deer will be finding their feet and confidence.


Spot The Wildflower

23rd July
11am – 1pm

Sitting high above the garden the Banqueting House is hidden away in a secluded spot – perfect for wildflowers to thrive. Join our volunteer team to learn about the flowers that make their home there.
Meet at the Banqueting House (please follow the track and don’t walk across the wild flower meadow)

Make A Journey Stick

23rd and 25th July

11am – 3pm

Drop into Swanley Grange workshop for some crafty fun. Make your very own journey stick and decorate it with nature from around the estate as you go.


“It’s A Monk’s Life” Family Tour

24th July, 7th and 21st August
2 – 2.45pm

Pull on your monks robes before setting off on a journey around the monastic landscape to learn all about how the monks lived in the abbey’s heyday.


Pond Dipping

26th July, 9th August and 23rd August
11am – 3pm

Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels…there’s an extraordinary world waiting to be discovered under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the water garden moon ponds to have a go at this drop-in session.

Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY



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Juniors Swim For £30 All Summer Holiday At Harrogate District Pools

Throughout the summer school holidays 8 to 15 year olds can get unlimited use of the Hydro, Knaresborough pool, Starbeck Baths, Ripon Spa Baths and Nidderdale Pool with a junior swim pass.

Youngsters can make a splash, improve their swimming technique and have fun with friends in our general swim sessions or family fun inflatable sessions.

The pass costs just £30 for the summer holiday (valid from 19 July until 2 September 2019) and can be bought at any of the pool receptions.

Click here to download the Hydro Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Knaresborough Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Starbeck Baths Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Ripon Spa Baths Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Nidderdale Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

Click here to download the Knaresborough Pool Summer Holiday 2019 Timetable

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Mother Shipton’s Summer Holidays Activities


This Summer Holiday, you have been accepted at Mother Shipton’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit the Wuthering Woodland, be sorted into a school house and meet your magic teachers. Attend all your lessons including Broomstick Training and Potions to become a qualified Witch or Wizard!

The attraction will be transformed into a mystical and magical event for all the family.Saturday 20thJuly to Sunday 1stSeptember, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).

See the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum.

For discounted tickets book online

 Knaresborough, HG5 8DD


01423 864600



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Stockeld Park Summer Adventure

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Summer Holiday Family Fun At RHS Garden Harlow Carr

20 July – 1 Sept: The Very Hungry Caterpillar™

Families are being encouraged to get a wiggle on and head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr as The Very Hungry Caterpillar™descends on the garden for the summer holidays. The best-selling children’s book, published by Penguin Books, celebrates 50 years since its first publication this year. Eric Carle’s much-loved classic will be brought to life with giant willow sculptures, 3D apples and pears, hands-on craft activities and storytelling with the Garden Detectives. Children can follow a daily garden trail in search of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, enjoy birds-of-prey flying displays and make their own caterpillar hat. Activities vary daily.


For more information visit: ( Link to )

RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Crag Lane
North Yorkshire

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Summer Holidays Information 2019

Information coming soon!

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Yorkshire Forest Folk