20 Hot Summer Activities
Struggling for things to keep the kids amused this summer? Here are some fun suggestions for your Summer Bucket List, to help you create memories that will last a lifetime.
1. RETURN OF THE VIKINGS, York, North Yorkshire
The world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre is now open after a multi-million pound re-imagining. Featuring a new ride experience with the sights, sounds and of course, smells, of Viking-Age York. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre.
2. LIGHT, SOUND AND IMAGES, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Bradford’s National Science & Media Museum recently unveiled its new gallery Wonderlab. Featuring breathtaking live shows, it explores the science of light, sound and images through state-of-the-art exhibits. See your body split from your head as you walk, hear your voice echo through a 15m-long tube, experience an anti-gravity mirror and a musical laser tunnel and watch one of the world’s first 3D-printed Zoetrope installations.
3. PREMIER SHOW CAVE, Nidderdale, North Yorkshire
Stump Cross Caverns is one of Britain’s premier show caves. It’s a site of special scientific interest and home to some incredible natural formations. Tour the lit caves and explore the ancient rock features close up: an awe-inspiring geological experience.
4. INDOOR MEETS OUTDOOR, North Cave, East Yorkshire
A unique ‘indoor meets outdoor’ adventure attraction, William’s Den in North Cave will have kids playing, exploring, running, climbing, building dens and learning. Not forgetting the expansive outdoor play area.
5. HANDS-ON LEARNING, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
The National Emergency Services Museum is the world’s largest joint 999 museum showing an insight into all of our Emergency Services through hands-on learning. With over 50 vehicles on site and three floors of exhibits to investigate.
6. DISCOVER HISTORIC HULL, Hull, East Yorkshire
Hull’s unique Museums Quarter - consisting of Wilberforce House, the Hull and East Riding Museum, Streetlife and the Arctic Corsair trawler - is a great place to start your discovery of historic Hull. Don’t forget Hands On History in Trinity Square as well – all for free!
7. WACKY WORLD, near Malton, North Yorkshire
One day is never enough at Flamingo Land, with its seven themed areas and eight adrenalin-fuelled rides, including Children’s Planet, an active play zone for younger guests. Journey through The Lost Kingdom’s vast African plains and the wet and wacky world of Splosh!
8. HORRIBLE HISTORY, York, North Yorkshire
A 75-minute journey into more than 2000 years of York’s horrible history. The York Dungeon brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walk-through experience that you see, hear, feel and smell.
9. GREAT DAY OUT. Ripon, North Yorkshire
Newby Hall near Ripon is a great day out with plenty to do for all ages, with swings for toddlers in the Adventure Garden, through to climbing frames and bridges, an aerial slide and pedalo boats for the older children. Get wet in the ‘Tarantella’ dancing water play area! Or take an enchanting ride on the miniature steam train.
10. UNIQUE FUN, Halifax, West Yorkshire
A visit to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax is unique, interesting and fun! Nothing is trapped inside a glass cabinet in this museum and it’s the only fully interactive museum dedicated to children aged 0-11 in the UK.
11. NEW AND EXCITING, Selby, North Yorkshire
Ever wanted to try something new and exciting? At Selby’s Summit Indoor Adventure they’ve got infinite ski simulators, thrilling indoor climbing walls, aerial trekking, ten-pin bowling, a fantastic skate park, a sprawling adventure play zone and a stylish bar and diner.
12. DAYS OF ENTERTAINMENT. Castleford, West Yorkshire
There are days of entertainment to be had at Xscape Yorkshire in Castleford. Learn to ski or snowboard on real snow at Snozone’s indoor refrigerated ski slope, scale the 47ft, Utah-inspired rock climbing tower or try the latest addition Gravity; wall-to-wall trampolines and a foam pit!
13. ULTIMATE ADVENTURES, Ripon, North Yorkshire
With over 40 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is bursting with mini, mega and ultimate adventures for the whole family. Enjoy rides to thrill, like the underground world of Raptor Attack, Black Pearl or Europe’s longest roller coaster: the aptly named, ‘The Ultimate’.
14. BOUNCE BETWEEN TREES, Ripon, North Yorkshire
Treetop Nets has giant trampolines, walkways, slides and tunnels all made out of netting, safely suspended between trees up to 12m off the ground and set in mature native woodland. Go and play in the high trees.
15. SCULPTED LANDSCAPE, Wakefield, West Yorkshire
At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park children are free to run around, making the most of 500 acres of historic parkland. With 60 works in the open air, kids can hunt for hidden treasures and even touch the sculptures!
16. WILD YORKSHIRE, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
With nearly 400 animals and 70 different species of animal, Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster is a fantastic place to experience a truly breathtaking walk-through wildlife adventure.
17. STORY OF OCEANS, Hull, East Yorkshire
The Deep in Hull tells the amazing story of the world’s oceans through stunning marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations. See sharks, rays, turtles, penguins and many more at this fantastic aquarium.
18. TROPICAL TREATS, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Have an unforgettable family day out at Sheffield’s Tropical Butterfly House. See spectacular shows, explore the indoor rainforest and meet the friendly residents. Enjoy the new walk-through mammal enclosure and see if you can get a selfie with a dinosaur!
19. ANIMAL MAGIC. Bridlington, East Yorkshire
Situated in a dramatic clifftop position, the zoo at Sewerby Hall and Gardens near Bridlington is the place to keep children amused, housing a fascinating collection of animals and birds. Highlights include the four Ring-Tailed Lemurs and the Humboldt Penguins.
20. STEAM INTO HISTORY, North Yorkshire
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the world’s greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Climb on-board a steam or heritage diesel train and experience 24 miles of Yorkshire’s most amazing scenery.
This article was taken from our Summer Guide 2017