Days Out in Yorkshire – July

As we edge towards the start of the Summer Holidays, the number of family friendly activies and events are begining to increase. Hsving said that, I don’t have a #daddaysout review completed in July from the last few years so here are a few places to consider ahead of the School break.

The Rainbow Factory With pleany of events and summer school during the holidays, The Rainbow Factory is a great place to visit over the summer holidays.

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park New to the scene, this award winning venue is a great place for a regular vist during the summer months.

Trainspotting with Kids It may sound geeky, but on those days when there is nothing to do, watching a steam train plough through your local station, can be quite satisfying.

Visit the Beach Most importantly… don’t forget to visit the beach!

If your looking for a soundtrack to the summer, check out my review of Pete Tongs House Classiscs – if enough people read it, may be Pete Tong will send me a Vinyl!

Whats on in July

 Week 1 (July 2nd – 8th) 

Making Leeds Medieval

University Square | Leeds | 5th July | Website

Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages with combat displays, birds of prey, historical craft demonstrations and live music – and browse stunning hand-crafted items such as haberdashery, jewellery, hand-bound books, historically-inspired woodwork and beads at our Medieval Craft Fair. The farmers’ market will also give you a chance to sample local produce. 


Sheffield City Centre | 6th – 8th July I Website

Sheffield’s inner-city festival dedicated to celebrating the outdoors returns for Summer 2018, with another jam-packed weekend of adventure, taking place Friday 6 – Sunday 8 July.

The festival will kick off on Friday evening in Devonshire Green with an evening of live music, activities, demonstrations and refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

Then on Saturday and Sunday, Sheffield will be transformed into a giant outdoor playground, with professional demonstrations and activities in sports including climbing, mountain biking, running, skateboarding, orienteering and much more.

The BMC British Bouldering Championships will also be returning to provide the star attraction of the weekend, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-built bouldering wall on Devonshire Green.

Time Travellers Living History Weekend

Temple Newsam| Leeds| 7th – 8th July | Website

Step back in time with us as we conjure up the characters and the way of life at Temple Newsam from its many centuries of history. A two day programme including the chance to meet ancient Anglo-Saxons, talk to a Tudor, take a tour, dance to a tune, bake a thrifty war-time scone or craft a souvenir to take home. 

Great Yorkshire Steam & Vintage Rally

Duncombe Park I Helmsley I 7th – 8th July I Website

The Great Yorkshire Traction Engine Club, Duncombe Park Steam Rally 2018 will be on July 7th & 8th commemorating 100 years since the end of the great war and will once again be held in the magnificent surroundings of Duncombe Park, Helmsley.

The event attracts 35+ full size steamers, 40+ miniatures, more than 60 Commercials, 150+ Tractors & stationary engines & 170 Vintage Cars & motorcycles. Several organs, models, working area, crafts, trade stands, refreshments, licensed bar with evening entertainment, Can-Can dancers and fairground are also amongst the attractions. 

Liquorice Festival at the Castle

Pontefract Castle | Pontefract| 8th July | Website

Join us for a fun packed day of activities at the Castle as part of Pontefract Liquorice Festival.

Bring a blanket, find a spot and enter a world of pure imagination with our special outdoor cinema screenings of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’. Enjoy special interactive performances from Stagecoach Pontefract as they dance along to the well-loved songs from the 1971 film.

Browse the stalls of our speciality market and take part in a range of fun free family activities including liquorice jewellery making, biscuit decorating, soft play for our little visitors and free face painting. Tickets for a tour of the Castle Dungeon our available from the Gift Shop and the Liquorice Cafe will be open selling a range of delicious food and drink.

Make a day of it and hop on board the Liquorice Express Land Train up to Pontefract’s historic market place, where an abundance of liquorice festivities are on offer to keep the whole family entertained.

Week 2 (July 9th – 15th) 

Roxby Heritage Weekend

Roxby | Nr Staithes| 14th – 15th July | Website

Roxby Heritage Weekend is a fun based 2-day event for Steam, Classic and Vintage enthusiasts.

Week 3 (July 16th – 22nd) 

Bradford Science Festival

National Science & Media Museum | Braford | 19th – 22nd July | Website

Battling robots, monster hunting, Timelord tech, space travel, splashy experiments and a supersonic car… Bradford Science Festival is back!

This year’s festival will celebrate the wonder of engineering. At the museum, across City Park and at The Broadway Bradford, we’ll be offering activities, demos and games for all the family to get involved in—plus some amazing special guests. Peek inside, be inspired, get hands-on and have a go!

Slime Time

The Deep | Hull | 21st July – 2nd September | Website

It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep.

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.

Copleys Corn Maze

Farmer Copleys | Pontefract | 21st July – 2nd September | Website

The ground has been ploughed the seed is in and through, we have mapped the design out but yet to reveal the 2018 design, watch out for the first pictures.

Opens with the school holidays in July right through until the first week in September.

Vintage Props Family Day

The Yorkshire Air Museum | York | 22nd July | Website

A great day of family entertainment to celebrate the start of the School Summer Holidays.

Join us for a day of celebration of Vintage propeller driven aircraft. Our collection of piston engine aircraft will all be running live throughout the day, plus we will all enjoy flypasts by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire.

Experience Birds of Prey and learn about Falconry with our guests SMJ Falconry. Live Period Music from harmony group Mick Hull who will be with us to bring a great atmosphere to our day together with York Vintage Dance teaching us all some retro dance moves.

We had a great time we last visited The Yorkshire Military Air Museum.


The Moors National Park Centre | Danby | 22nd July | Website

A one day bonanza event – see what we get up to in the North York Moors National Park! Have a go at Ranger activities, try your hand at stile-building or dry stonewalling, take a walk or learn how to build a den and shelter, see how our ancestors lived, give archery a go, and find out what our volunteers do. See how the area inspires artists and learn more about traditional crafts including knitting and spinning. Live music throughout the day.

 Week 4 (July 23rd – 29th) 

Legends: Mulan

The Royal Armouries | Leeds | 28th – 29th July | Website

Enjoy an action-packed themed weekend at Royal Armouries Museum featuring Mulan, the brave young warrior woman who became one of China’s greatest heroines.

Inspired by their global collection, the Legends event season explores mighty and mysterious warrior legends from cultures around the world through storytelling, performances, combat demonstrations, music, film and activities for all ages.

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