June is one of my favourite months of the year, it is full of summery events and an opportunity to really explore the outdoors – particularly as it is the Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts – 30 Days Wild.
A few of our activities include Gardening Activities, which included making Canvas Art with Little M and attracting wildlife with butterfly homes from Gardening with Kids. We also made the Father in Law blow dandelions in slow motion whilst Cousin O explored a nature walk in London.
Looking for a local family day out? Why not check out the Yorkshire Dad Days Out Interactive Map.
June Week 2 (9th – 10th)
World Oceans Weekend
The Deep I Hull I 8th – 10th June I Website
Join The Deep as they celebrate World Oceans Day over an entire weekend. They will show you how to take those pesky single-use bottles and re-purpose them into something new. Bird feeders, plant pots…. the possibilities are endless!
Plastic has proven to be a wondrous, yet disastrous invention. It’s durable, flexible and can last years without breaking down. This World Oceans Day they focus on our three ‘R’s – Reduce, REUSE, and Recycle! What will you create?
Harry Potter @ The Abbey
Kirkstall Abbey I Leeds I 9th June I Website
Harry Potter and his friends are coming to the Abbey. Come and have lunch in the Great Hall, try on the Sorting Hat, join Prof Snape in a Potions class or what about Herbology? Have your fortune read by Prof Trelawney or listen to storytelling with Dumbledore.
A mystical event for all ages!
Knights & Princesses Weekend
Kirklees Light Railway I Clayton West I 9th – 10th June I Website
O Ye! O Ye! Calling all fearless Knights and feisty Princesses!
Dust off your shiniest armour and sparkliest tiara, mount your trusty steed and gallop along to the Kirklees Light Railway’s Knights & Princesses Weekend.
Join us on 9 & 10 June 2018 for a return journey on the steam-powered Medieval Express… Once here, you can take part in hobby horse jousting & target archery, play on the bouncy castles, have your face painted by Artifaces and enjoy a circus skills workshop with the KLR Court Jester! You can climb aboard our trusty donkey steeds for a quick gallop, take a ride on Sir Clayton Flyer (miniature railway), explore our awesome new playground, meet King Olly and the Princess & Knight of the Court, and enjoy craft activities in the Royal Marquee!
Open Farm Day
National I 10th June I Website
LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the farming industry’s national open day. Visit a farm on Open Farm Sunday on 10th June 2018 and discover the world of farming. Find out about the story behind our food and how farming affects our everyday lives.
Peppa Pig’s Adventure
West Yorkshire Playhouse I Leeds I 9th – 10th June I Website
Join Peppa as she gets ready to go on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunch-boxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of games, laughter and live music!
Model Transport Show
South Yorkshire Transport Museum I Rotherham I 10th June I Website
Accompanied children are free of charge. This is a Museum Open Day which includes a Model Exhibition featuring model railways, tramways, buses and commercial vehicles with a number of sales stalls for modellers and collectors plus the museum’s own bookshop. There will be a shuttle service of restored historic vehicles from the Rotherham Interchange and at least one return journey from Sheffield City Centre and Meadowhall.
Nostell Priory I Wakefield I 10th June I Website
Drop in throughout the day to pick up your counting sheets and head out into the gardens and parkland to spot bees, birds, butterflies and creepy crawlies. You’ll also have the chance to do some pop-up pond dipping on the vista to ID Nostell’s water-dwelling creatures. All of the numbers recorded will help the Nostell team monitor and manage the species here onsite so your bug hunting adventures will give a big helping hand to our conservation work.
June Week 3 (16th – 17th)
Holmfirth Arts Festival
Holmfirth I 14th – 17th June I Website
The Holmfirth Arts Festival will take place 14 – 17 June 2018, join us for a sparkling programme of music, theatre, comedy, exhibitions, workshops and new commissions, preceded by an extensive community engagement programme.
Look out for a giant Heron, take a ride in a Flycycle, get busy with Bees!, watch a Flea Circus, make music with Funky Junk and dance along with The Firm Band Baja. On Sunday, settle down in front of Crow House, a silent movie-inspired street theatre how, or celebrate a golden time of good old-fashioned dancing with Bill and Bobby. Plus walks and workshops to keep you busy.
Lotherton Hall I Leeds I 16th – 17th June I Website
Bring your dancing shoes to our War Weekend, complete with vintage singers and military re-enactors to take you back to the 1940s. There will be craft activities for kids, outdoor games, and plenty of space for all the family to have a picnic.
Read about our previous trips to Lotherton Hall
Model Railway Exhibition
Middleton Railway I Nr Leeds I 16th – 17th June I Website
Now a well-established event, the Model Railway Exhibition will feature both models and the real thing in action. There will be an opportunity to drive one of our locos, as well as see the museum full of layouts.
Week 4 (23rd June – 24th June)
Leeds Waterfront Festival
Wharfs & Docks I Leeds I 23rd – 24th June I Website
With something for everyone, the festival spans the heritage and history of Armley Mills, the spectacular location of Granary Wharf, a party atmosphere at Brewery Wharf, contemporary arts at The Tetley and the colourful and competitive Leeds Dock, with much more in between! Fun for all the family, indoor and outdoor events, musical performances, glorious grub and parties that go on until the evening, there’s no excuse not to come down the festival and join in the fun. Last year, we had free boat trips and water sports (paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing) that gave the visitors the chance to literally get close to the water.
Royal Armouries I Leeds I 23rd – 24th June I Website
Enjoy an action-packed weekend at Royal Armouries Museum focussing on the notorious 18th-century English pirate, Blackbeard who plundered the Caribbean seas. 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of his death.
Inspired by our 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.
Multi-Period History Camp
Ryedale Folk Museum I Hutton-le-Hole I 23rd – 24th June I Website
Take a walk through history with our excellent re-enactment group. You can explore their camp and step back in time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of everyday life in bygone times. You can learn about historic crafts (including leather-working, wood-working, naalbinding and chainmail making), the skills needed to survive day to day and see what’s cooking for supper!
Read about our Winter Visit to Cannon Hall Farm
Cannon Hall Farm I Nr Barnsley I 23rd – 24th June I Website
Don your best tiara, dust off your finest outfit and come and join the princesses at Cannon Hall Farm.
The hour and a half party will give youngsters the chance to be up close and personal with our four Princesses who will be leading them through a series of fun challenges and party games. Hosted by the children’s entertainment experts The CopyCat Party Company, this high-energy themed event is sure to delight and dazzle.
There are three sessions available and tickets MUST be pre booked.
Copleys Farm Festival
Farmer Copleys I Pontefract I 24th June I Website
The annual Farm Festival will be on Sunday the 24th June, starting at 10 am until 4 pm. All your favourites will be here plus some new exciting additions for 2018. A great day for all ages, no admission fee, so pop along, but do come early if you are driving as it gets very busy.
Week 5 (30th June –1st July)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Outdoor Theatre
Harewood House I Leeds I 29th June I Website
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, this is a production to delight the entire family!
Haworth’s 1960s Weekend
Haworth I 30th June – 1st July I Website
If mods, rockers, Lambrettas and the Beatles evoke fond memories, then Haworth is the place to be this weekend.
Music, stalls, live bands, performers, vintage vehicles, beer tent, cocktails, children’s petite funfair and much much more. The village will come alive with the sound of scooters, motorbikes, minis and other vehicles cruising in for the weekend’s festivities. Come along get dressed up and have a fun weekend in Haworth, celebrate the 1960s in Haworth! On both days there will be a parade of scooters down Main Street.