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Creative Dance Centre Zoom Workshop

February 15-17, 2021 Exciting three-day Zoom 3 day School of Rock workshop, Creative Dance Centre in Brighouse. Children aged 3+.  for children aged 3+. Sibling discounts available. Learn, perform and connect with friends. Contact 07377883522 or

February Half Term at Home!

Bankfield Buddies

While Bankfield Museum is closed, why not check out the Facebook page and try some of the Bankfield Buddies activities on there?

Eureka! at home

Ideas, activities and stories uploaded every week to the Eureka website. Click here to make a lemon battery,  learn some science jokes and more!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

All visitors will need to an entry ticket in advance. For more information on Covid-Secure measures at YSP please visit their website … click here Tickets will be able to be pre-booked via the YSP website. Adults £6 per person, under 16’s free Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4JX. Contact: 01924 832 631

That Jorvik Viking Thing 2021

15th-20th February 2021 A new online gathering for Viking enthusiasts of all ages, created by the team behind JORVIK Viking Festival. Hordes of videos, podcasts, interviews, daily saga and storytelling, livestreamed presentations, crafting and musical events. JORVIK Viking Centre, 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT

Pontefract Castle

Discover the story of one of Britain’s most important castles, so vast and powerful that it was known in its heyday as the Key to the North. Experience history brought to life through fun family events and activities. Dungeon Tours & indoor area currently not open Grounds , toilets and cafe (takeaway only) are open…

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Nostell Priory

Large adventure playground within the trees at Nostell Priory, including zipline, swings, slides, wooden bridges, wooden houses. You must have a NT membership or pay to access the house & grounds to access the adventure playground. Pre-booking is essential and staff will not allow you onto the site without your pre-purchased e-ticket. Members – Free….

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National Coal Mining Museum

Visit the virtual museum at National Coal Mining Museum – click here Caphouse Colliery, Overton, WF4 4RH. Contact: 01924 848806

Lego Treehouse Adventure

Monday 15th-Thursday 19th February An escape game you can play from your living room, with Lego!! More details here via Leeds Libraries

Cannon Hall Farm February

Tuesday 16th February 2021, 10am – 12pm Join the farmers live online for 2 hours for the first ever virtual open day! Tickets to the event £4.99 Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT. Contact:01226 790427

United Adventure Camps (previously Camp Xplode)

Camp Xplode Holiday Camps Rishworth School

At Camp Xplode we offer a range of activities suitable for all age groups. We care for your children, we want your children to develop, grow in confidence, make friends for life and most of all, have the best time. Join us for some festive fun as we do Winter Wonderland at Rishworth School on…

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Santa at The Piece Hall

POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 Dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 18-24, 2020 Find Father Christmas at The Piece Hall and enjoy a magical journey of storytelling with The Tellers – funny folk who live under the arches of The Piece Hall telling stories and ringing tiny bells. This year, they’re on a mission to bring the…

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Trick or Treat Trail – The Piece Hall

October 30 & 31, 2020 Don your spookiest Halloween costume and trick or treat around The Piece Hall shops! Children will  be given Halloween bags and trail maps, and receive sweet treats from the shops. £2.50 per trail. The best Halloween costume will win £20 worth of ice-cream from Blondins (enter by sharing a fancy…

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Halloween at Flamingo Land

October 10 – November 1, 2020 Spooktaclar events, rides and attractions, including the Trick or Treat Trail (£3) with sweets and stickers at five locations around the park and Peter Rabbit’s Pumpkin Trail. Spooktacular Fireworks Displays October 14, 17, 24 & 31. Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton. YO17 6UX.  

Light Water Valley – Spooky Half Term!

October 24-31, 2020 Rides, attractions and spooktacular activities, this event is perfect for families with under 10 years. Trick or treat, a spooky walk through the Abandoned Theatre, a Ghost Spotter Trail, daily Fancy Dress competitions, ride on the Freaky Fairground and meet and greet some creepy characters. Water Lane, North Stainley, Ripon. HG4 3HT

Halloween at Hesketh Park Farm

24th October – 1st November 2020 Head to Hesketh Fram Park this October for pumpkin carving (included in your ticket), a spooky quiz and the usual farmyard adventures. The staff will be dressing up each day, so why not come in your own fancy dress costume? Cafe open daily, with picnic tables inside and outside….

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October Half Term at Fountains Abbey

Soak up the autumn light on a stroll from Fountains Abbey to Studley Royal Water Garden. The dramatic abbey ruins at Fountains are the largest monastic ruins in the country. Autumn is a colourful time of year in Studley Royal water garden. Follow the gentle banks of the river skell down from the abbey to…

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Halloween at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm

17, 18 & 24 October- 1st November 2020 Pick your own pumpkin from the forbidden garden and carve it! See if you’re brave enough to enter the haunted house. Play on the indoor and outdoor play areas and visit the friendly animals. Booking required. Fiddlers Green, Harrogate.  HG3 3HB. Tel:  01423 779759

The Wizard Express, KLR

October 26, 27 & 28, 2020 Junior witches & wizards-in-the-making are invited to step aboard our spectacular steam train express! Magical guests will help all the wannabe witches/wizards learn everything they need to know for a life of broomstick-riding, wand-waving & potion-making. Numbers are strictly limited so booking is essential and available ONLINE ONLY this…

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Pumpkin Festival at Piglets

Every weekend in October, then daily during October 24-November 1, 2020 Walk to the pumpkin patch to find your perfect pumpkin (free pumpkin for each paying child) then take it to the carving tent. There’s a Mysterious Maze, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Golf, Farmyard Trail and visit The Beach to build a spooky sandcastle! Piglets Adventure…

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Birchfield Pumpkin Festival, Harrogate

October 3 onwards, 2020 Head down to the farm and find your perfect pumpkin. Get creative at the carving shed (and leave the slimy pumpkin insides for the pigs), meet the animals then check out the other activities, such as barrel rides, corn maize and the corn blaster. 10am-5pm. More details to follow on 2020…

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Pumpkin Picking at Horsforth Pick Your Own

October 16-31, 2020 Choose your own pumpkin and carve onsite or take it home with you (carving kids available to buy) Timed entry tickets (must be booked online in advance) and a one way system will be operating. There will be hand sanitiser, screens etc and we ask you respect the 2m rule at all…

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Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Until November 1, 2020 Woodland adventure with lots of fun and mud, leading from the stepping stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. This year, the trail is one way from Priory Church to the Cavendish Pavilion. Each piece of equipment on the Welly Walk can only be used by one family at a time, please wait…

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Pumpkin Trail at Bolton Abbey

October 24-November 1, 2020, 10am-4pm Brave the giant spooky gates at the start of Strid Wood and follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins  to discover mystery doors hidden among the trees. Behind each door you’ll find a clue to help you unravel the witch’s magical spell and find a fun surprise at the end! Park…

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Pumpkin Picking at Cannon Hall Farm

17- 31 October 2020. 10am – 6pm Pick a pumpkin and enjoy the animal foot safari to get close to the farm’s famous animals and field of fame (former sheep racing arena). You can play in the outdoor playground too. Tickets MUST be booked in advance online. Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Halloween & Pumpkins at Stockeld Park

October 24-November 1, 2020 Enter the Spooky Maze, find the witches in the Enchanted Forest and make your own lantern with one of the thousands of pumpkins available at Stockeld. Each child will get a pumpkin free with their Halloween Forest and Maze tickets (then it’s £2.50 for extras) Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival

October 3, 4, 10, 11 & 17-31 2020 Pick your pumpkin (they’ve got red, green, white, blue, black and yellow as well as orange!), see The ‘Green Witch’ and other fun characters. If all that pumpkin picking makes you hungry, refuel with toffee apples, cinnamon doughnuts, gelato, crepes or other yummy treats. Prices: Off-peak £2,…

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Messy Minis Halloween Workshop

A special Halloween workshop where your little monster can make spooky recycled lanterns (children to bring in their own plastic bottle to make their lantern and to be confident in using scissors). A large LED candle, acrylic paint, tissue paper, glitter, pens, stickers and more crafts provided. Email: or call 07919561478 to book your…

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Spooky Sensory Special – Mini Me Time Calderdale

October 24, 2020 The Spooky Boogie (suitable for 0 – 5s) is a high energy Halloween-themed music and movement session. Songs, actions, props, instruments, parachute and much more. £10 per parent & baby. 10am & 1pm. Todmorden, Fielden Hall. OL14 7DD.  

Boogie Babes Halifax Spooky Special

October 24, 26, 29 & 31 2020 Spooky special with 50 minutes of dancing, pom pom shaking, ribbon twirling, maraca shaking and a spooky story. The Mill Playcafe, Halifax: £6 per session, including free play. October 24, 29 (10.30am) & 31 (10am) at The Mill Playcafe, Halifax. Magic Garden Play Cafe, Haworth: £8 per child…

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Pretty’s Sweets – Trick or Treat Sweet Boxes

Trick or Treat delivered to your home. Trick or Treating might be a bit different this year due to COVID19, however at Pretty’s Sweets we want to deliver happiness to your homes. Surprise your children with our Halloween Trick or Treat box, jam packed with ghostly treats. Beautifully presented sweets with a halloween twist! Halloween…

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Halloween & Pumpkin Picking at Thornton Hall Country Park

October 10-November 1, 2020 There is so much to do at Thornton Hall Country Park this October! Join the Spooky Drive Thru  (launches on October 10, 2020) and see what’s escaped from the farm as you drive through acres of countryside wondering what’s behind every corner! Pumpkin picking (October 10-31) in the enchanted pumpkin patch….

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October Half Term at Leeds City Museum

October Half Term, 2020 Explore Leeds City Museum and follow a simple scavenger hunt to spot the joy in the teeny, tiny and tiddly things in the museum. You can print or write out the Scavenger hunt or pick up a sheet at the museum shop. Bring your own pencil! Takeaway Tiny Craft Activity Pick…

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Spooky Skeletons Trail at Lotherton

October 24 – November 1, 2020 Follow the spooky skeletons trail around the estate and into the haunted house, while dressed up in your best Halloween costume. You can download the trail or pick it up when you visit, along with downloadable Halloween craft activities to do at home and share on social media. Our…

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Halloween Family Films at The Piece Hall

October 30 – November 1, 2020. 10am-5pm More details coming soon!  

Pumpkin Painting at The Mill Playcafe

October 31, 2020. 2.30-4.30pm Create eye-catching and funky pumpkins with acrylic paints and stencils. £12.50 per child, including medium sized pumpkin, paints and stencils, play in the play centre and any meal from our tasty children’s menu. Come dressed up for extra spooky fun. The cafe will be decorated and there will be spooky music….

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Halloween Spooky Special – Pottery Painting

October 23 & 24, 2020 Come and paint some Halloween items and prepare for the big night! Choose from pumpkins, lanterns, skulls, zombies and more….. All items priced individually. Spooky music and a Halloween-themed room and staff. The Mill Play Cafe, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax.

Halloween at Ponderosa Zoo

24th October- 1st November, 2020 Head to Ponderosa this haunted half term and experience our Spook-tacular Halloween event! Includes insect encounters, animal talks, a spooky broomstick trail, fancy dress competition and more! For more information and to pre-book your visit head to our website. *Due to Covid-19 restrictions we ask that you bring your own pencil…

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Halloween at Windle House Farm

October 24 & 25 2020, 11am-4pm Come to the petting farm in fancy dress (but wear warm clothes underneath!) and enjoy seeing the animals and staff in fancy dress too! Each paying child will take home a complimentary pumpkin. £4 per person, under 12 months free (no pumpkin). There will be no pumpkin carving onsite….

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Spooky Cupcake Making

October 31, 2020. 12-2pm Decorate two cupcakes (an eyeball and a witch) and spooky music, decorations and lots of fun. Come in your best spooky costume! Each child will get a scary story to take home, a Halloween-themed magic painting and a Halloween tote bag with lunch and play time in the playcentre. £12.50 per…

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Halloween Parties at Chicoccino

October 31, 2020 Party times: Under 5’s 9.30-11.15am. Open age 11.45am-1.30pm & 2-3.45pm £8 per child. Includes fancy dress & pumpkin competitions, trick or treat sweets, spooky disco dancing and picnic lunch bag. Chiccocino Plus Play Gym, 10 Church Street, West Vale, HX4 8EG

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search at Oakwell Hall

October 10-11, 17-18, 24-25 & half term dates (October 27-29, 31 and November 1) 2020 Find Wally at Oakwell Hall this October and join in the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search. Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall. WF17 9LF.

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials

Tickets on sale: Already on sale Dates: 28th November – 24th December 2020 Step aboard the steam-heated carriages of our Santa Specials and be transported to the magical North Pole! Meet Santa and his jolly helpers inside their cosy grotto filled with sacks full of presents for the good girls and boys. All Christmas services last for…

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Piglets Adventure Farm, York

CANCELLED FOR 2020 Dates: 21st November 2020 – 24th December 2020 Tickets on sale already Jump aboard the Magical Sleigh Ride to Santa’s Woodland Village for a truly unforgettable Christmas experience with NEW activities for this year! 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞’𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐭: NEW exclusive individual family visits to see Santa NEW Gingerbread decorating…

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Easter Colouring Sheets

Fancy some Easter colouring? One of our Mumbler mums has created two lovely Easter colouring sheets for the kids to enjoy!  There are two designs to choose from. Click here for Easter bunnies or here for a lovely Easter themed sheet.

Easter Art Camp

Easter Camp, April 5 – 16, 2021 Full and part time art workshops, messy play  fun, process art, role play and park/river exploration. Children aged 5-11. You will need a packed lunch, coat, wellies and spare clothes. The Little Box Company, 54 Asquith Bottom Mill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT. 01422 835080. Booking essential.

Hebden Bridge Duck Race

April 5, 2021, 3pm Annual Duck Race in Hebden Bridge on Easter Monday – but this year it will be online! Buy tickets here.  

Jorvik Viking Festival

15th-23rd February 2020 Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York in February 2020 for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances. Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK…

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Ponderosa Zoo

While the zoo is closed, you can find lovely videos of the animals online here. Ponderosa Animals & Adventure, Heckmondwike, WF16 OPN. 01924 235276.

Hardcastle Crags

The car parks and countryside are open, but the cafe and Gibson Mill are closed.

Pottery Painting

Paint something lovely at home, with a Paint at Home Pottery Box. Click here for more details. Hippopottery, Hipperholme

Rainy Day Ideas

Doncaster Dome: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

18th December 2019 – 4th January 2020 Bill Kenwright’s brilliant production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical returns to the Dome this December. Starring the hit tv show finalist Britain’s Got Talent sensation, Mark McMullan. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this…

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Ingleborough Cave Santa’s Grotto

Cancelled for 2020 – check back for 2021! Follow Santa’s elves through magical underground passages to where Santa will be waiting at his table of presents, and relax by the fire in the Yule Time Yurt. Dates available on weekends from November 30-December 22, 2019. 10.30am-4pm. This year there will be a mini bus for…

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Santa in the Woods at Oakwell Hall

Awaiting 2020 details Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire to make Christmas crafts. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child. Pre-booking required. December 20, 2019. 4.30-6.30pm. Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG. Tel: 01924 324761.

Cannon Hall Farm – Santa

Dates: December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19-24, 2020 Tickets on sale: October 27, 2020 at 7pm This year’s Santa experience includes a trip through the elf check-in, a visit to Santa in his enchanting grotto and a high-quality present. This brand new, entirely outdoors socially-distanced Santa experience will see Santa doing a parade loop around the sheep…

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Thornton Hall Country Park – Santa

November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13 & 19-24, 2020 An experience lasting around 2.5 hours. You’ll find six magical walk through areas, an enchanted drive-thru reindeer experience and visit Santa in his grotto to receive a gift. Price: Varies depending on the date, but ranges from £25.95 for children and £18.95 for adults….

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Lotherton Hall – Santa

Tickets on sale: September 9, 2020 Dates: 27th November 2020 – 5th January 2021 Journey into the North Pole to our tree-lined home where Santa and his elves have taken up residency for the final weeks preparation before Christmas day.  Come and meet our elves, help out in the crafts workshop and even make your own…

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Santa’s Sleigh – Robertshaws Farm Shop – Santa

December 2, 3, 9 & 10, 2020 Instead of visiting his farm shop grotto, Santa will be spreading festive cheer through the local villages by visiting on his very own tractor-pulled sleigh! This year will be as magical as possible, with Santa touring a different village each nights and going through as many streets as…

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Christmas at Gordon Rigg Garden Centre

Awaiting 2020 dates See Santa in his magical grotto (Santa will be adhering to social distancing rules) and let him know what you want for Christmas before collecting your gift. Things will a little different this year, and all tickets must be purchased online, so you can choose your date and time slot (five minutes…

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Festive pantomime, Cinderella, at The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax. Fast-paced family fun with glitz and glamour, popular tunes and favourite fairytale characters. To book, visit: December 27-31, 2019. The Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax.

Snow Play

What would you do if winter moved into your house? You’d have icicles in the kitchen, snow all over your bed and be freezing cold! Well, that’s what happens in this snowy, spectacular show  at Square Chapel for Christmas 2019, where a white Christmas is a guarantee! Mr Green comes back from his holiday to…

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The Nutcracker

Beautiful festive ballet at Victoria Theatre by The Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Be entranced by snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic and love, while enjoying wonderful ballet and music such as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Family audience. Tickets from £37.75. Box Office: 01422 351158. November 19, 2019. Victoria Theatre, Halifax.

Jumping Clay Virtual Halloween Dragon Workshop

Make a fab dragon during a special virtual Halloween workshop. Once payment has been made, Jumping Clay will deliver your dragon pack (free delivery within a 5 mile radius) and a link to the dragon video. * £7 per person. Email for a registration form.

The Edge Playgym Halloween Party

Various slots on October 30 & 31, 2020 Fun-packed Halloween sessions for kids aged 0-7 and ideal for families with siblings. Expect Halloween  food, Hunt the Spider, a bouncy castle, zombie-themed disco room, play gym entry, best dressed prizes and create a spider biscuit. There will be a Halloween Specials menu for adults to order…

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Baby & Toddler Jungle at the Junction Halloween Party

October 30, 2020 Baby and Toddler Halloween Party with creepy Halloween crafts, soft play, face painting, spooky treat bag and unlimited juice, disco room, fancy dress with prizes. Booking essential. 9.30-11.30am. 0-9 months £2. 10 months + £4.50. Jungle at The Junction, Wednesday, October 30, 2020. 4-6pm. Black Dyke Mills, High Street, Queensbury, BD13 1QA.

Halloween Messy Play at The Little Box Company

October 31, 2020 Explore two rooms of spooky Halloween fun during a Halloween Messy Party. Ages 6 months to 8 years. Meet Brends the witch, dive your toes into a slime bath and create Halloween treats to take home. 10-11.30am, 12.30-2pm, 3.30-4.30pm. Booking essential.  The Little Box Company, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT.

Stockeld Park Santa’s Grotto

From November 28, 2020 Visit Santa in his rustic wooden cabin with twinkling lights and lots of Christmas cheer. You can also see the winter illuminations in the Enchanted Forest (extra cost), and try your hand at the maze! Price: £12.50 per person. 2 adults free. Stockeld Park, Wetherby. LS22 4AN.

Rainy Day Ideas!

Crafts at Gordon Rigg

Create and decorate witches brooms, carve a pumpkin or enjoy a slime party and breakfast. See the website for full details. Gordon Rigg Garden, Home & Leisure, Todmorden. October 21-November 1, 2019 (excluding weekends), 2pm.

Halloween Special at PB’s Play Village

October 31, 2020 Full day of Halloween fun for kids aged 0-6, with a bouncy castle, disco music, fancy dress and spooky lunchbox. £9.50 per child or £2.5o for children under one (no lunch box). Limited tickets available. Sessions are: 9.30-11.15am, 11.45am-1.30pm & 2-3.45pm. PB’s Play Village, White Rose Mill, Halifax. HX3 6SN.

Halloween at Eureka!

October 21 – November 1, 2020 Open every day during half term. Prebooking essential! Activities included in the price of admission and free to annual pass holders. Eureka, Discovery Road, Halifax.

Beauty and the Beast Panto

Family pantomime with slapstick humour, audience interaction and fabulous song and dance routines. BSL interpreted and relaxed performances available. Tickets: £25.50-£16. Victoria Theatre, December 14 2019-January 5 2020.

Toddler Messy Days at The Little Box Company

Advertise Your School Holiday Event Here!

At Calderdale Mumbler we love to know what is on for local families during the school holidays. Contact us here to tell us about your school holiday event or activity. If you want the most exposure, choose a “Featured” listing for just £10 per month. Featured listings are placed alphabetically at the top of the page,…

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Summer at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Every Tuesday from 23rd July – 27th August 2019. 11am & 1:30pm – Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine Immerse yourself in an imaginative world of sculpture making. Work and play together to build sculptures inspired by artists in the park. Each session will last approx. 1hr. Booking required. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Every…

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Leeds City Centre Summer Holiday Jurassic Trail

27th July – 1st September 2019 Full size dinosaurs are coming to life all over Leeds this summer and the whole family can have a monster day hunting them down in Leeds City Centre! This fantastic FREE child friendly event, bought to you by LeedsBid will take families on a trail through Victoria Leeds, Leeds…

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Hello Universe, National Science and Media Museum

20th July -1st September 2019 This summer, blast off on a mission to explore space with fantastic free shows and activities. The galleries and across the museum will be bringing the family exhibition Hello Universe to life. Activities will include building Lego spacecraft, discovering what makes a good satellite or rover, get stargazing tips and delve deeper…

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Farmer Copleys Maze

20th July – 2nd September 2019. 10:30am – 5:30pm 7 acres of amazing fun, including many other activities: Jumping pillow Mini wagon ride Bale mountain Tyre mountain Corn maze slide Dino carts Corn café No booking required.  Farmer Copleys, Pontefract, WF7 5AF. Tel: 01977 600200

Day Out With Thomas

17th & 18th August 2019 Make your day a Day Out With Thomas as Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends Percy, Toby, Emily and Mavis, visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor! The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves…

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York Maze

13th July – 2nd September 2019, 10am – 6:30pm (last admission 4:30pm) York Maze is so much more than a maze, it is the largest Maize Maze in Europe at over 15 acres of fun! The 20 active fun attractions are an ideal way to burn off some energy, bouncing, sliding and racing your way…

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Summer at Kirklees Railway

17th July – 1st September 2019 – Life’s a Beach, 10am-5pm Have fun in the giant sandpit throughout the summer holidays. 23rd July – 23rd August 2019, 10am-5pm (Tuesday’s) Join the Kirklees Light Railway every Tuesday during the summer holidays for Tuesday Tales storytelling and craft sessions. 26th July – 30th August 2019, 10am-5pm (Friday’s)…

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Summer Savers at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley

20th July – 1st September 2019 Enjoy a daily agenda of exciting farm activities which include sheep and ferret races, milking demos, tractor trailer rides, and meerkat talks. Book your online tickets* in advance and get 20% off the gate price. Your ticket gets you all day farm entry and is a freedom ticket which…

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Summer @ Pit at National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

27th July – 1st September 2019, 10am-5pm Up at Hope Pit, grab your bucket and spade and travel back in time to the 1960s to see how miners spent their summer holidays. All through the summer holidays, not only will we have a huge sandpit for you to come and explore, but we will be…

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Oakwell Hall Summer Explorers Trail

20th July – 1st September 2019, 10am-5pm Pick up your seasonal explorer pack from the Visitor Centre Shop to start your adventure. Add new activities to your pack each week when you visit both Oakwell and Bagshaw Museum. £4 per pack then £1 for additional elements. No Booking Required. Toddler Friendly. Oakwell Hall Country Park,…

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Summer Events at The Piece Hall

Events at The Piece Hall during the summer holidays, 2019. Wellbeing & Community Festival: Free two day event to help the local community get active and create, while showcasing some of Calderdale’s support services. Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21. 10am-6pm & 10am-4pm. 2nd Anniversary Celebration and Yorkshire Day: Free afternoon street party in…

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Summer Fun at The Piece Hall

Workshops and more during the summer holidays, 2019. Making Mondays: Keyrings & Badges: Make a badge or keyring featuring your own design. July 29, 10.30am-3pm. The Courtyard. £1. Drop in. Weave a Bookmark: Learn how to make a colourful bookmark! August 12, 10.30am-3pm. The Courtyard. £1. Drop in.  Trail Tuesdays and Thursdays: Pick up a…

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Stockeld Park Summer Fun!

20th July – 2nd September 2019, 10am – 6pm **See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets** Stockeld Park is nature’s playground, where nothing is quite as it seems! With magical surprises at every turn, this is a place to spark even the wildest of imaginations! Our Park is home to an Enchanted Forest, Giant…

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Yorkshire Day at Smith Art Gallery

Free, drop in family event to create your own Yorkshire landscape, inspired by the paintings on display. Ages 4-12. Free. Thursday, August 1. Drop in sessions between 11am-3pm. Smith Art Gallery, Halifax Road, Brighouse.

Family Beech Sapling Removal in Centre Vale Park

Help clear beech saplings from the wood. Come in old clothes and bring gardening gloves. Suitable for children aged 5+ if closely supervised by an adult. Saturday, September 7. 10am-noon.

First World War Community Excavation

Don your archaeological boots during this two week community excavation at Long Wood, Copley. No experience needed as training will be provided (children must be accompanied by an adult). Dip in and out of the sessions as it suits you. All ages. Free. Tuesday July 16 – Monday July 29, 2019. 10am-4pm. Long Wood, Copley…

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BookTrust Storytime Prize

Ages under 5s and their families Free Ben Lawrence in the libraries team has been selected to be a regional judge for the BookTrust Storytime Prize. Six books have been selected, and the library is holding sessions to find out the best book for sharing in 2019. Come along to the sessions with a focus…

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Beasts of Balance

Build balancing towers and fabulous worlds in this digital table-top stacking game.  Children will be required to work in small groups. Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL) Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 30 and August 6. 2-3pm. To book, visit

Jewellery Workshop

Meet Christina from Ikkle Dragon Crafts and get creative with jewellery making rings, bracelets, necklaces and more. Ages 12-18. £5 (£4 PTL) Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 25 and 29. 4.30-5.30pm. To book, visit

Story Time – Horrid Henry: Up, Up and Away!

Horrid Henry is celebrating his 25th birthday in 2019 and is naughtier than ever in this brand new book. Join in at the library to listen to an extract from the book and make crafts. Ages 5-8. £3 per child (£2 PTL) Shelf Library: August 20, 2-3pm Elland Library: August 21 – 10.30-11.30am Halifax Central…

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The Return of The Iron Man

Halifax-based illustrator Chris Mould will launch a new gift book edition of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man and create a piece of artwork in Halifax library during a reading from the book. Chris will also talk about his latest work and give a drawing demonstration at The Piece Hall. Both events followed by a book…

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Fun with Hama Beads

Explore the wonderful world of Hama Beads to make necklaces, keyrings, badges, fridge magnets and more. Everyone welcome! Ages 5+. Free. Halifax Central Library and Archives: August 12, 2019, 10am-noon. To book, visit

Superworm at Manor Heath

Superworm and his mini beast friends are list in Manor Heath Park – can you help to find them? Meet at Jungle Experience for a story time session with crafts and a short walk. Ages 4-8. £4 per child (£3 PTL) Manor Heath Park: August 7, 2019: 1.30-3pm. August 28, 2019: 1.30-3pm To book, visit…

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FING by David Walliams

Celebration of this great new book and a chance to make your own FING keyring. Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL) Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 23, 10.30-11.30am King Cross Library: August 27, 2-3pm Tickets must be purchased in advance from

Jumping Clay Workshops

New Jumping Clay workshops. All play gym workshops offer free entry and two hours of free play (Playtopia 1 hour free play) when booked on a Jumping Clay workshop. Jumping Clay, Summer 2019. Call 07931 308726 or 07505 001414 or email

Yorkshire Day at The Piece Hall

A day of celebrations for The Piece Hall’s second anniversary since reopening and Yorkshire Day. There will be a free afternoon street party in the courtyard, with long communal tables, tea, cake and tasty treats for all to enjoy. Fun family activities include crafts, games, face painting and more. There will be live music from…

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East Riddlesden Hall – Summer Events

Follow a colourful stick trail, make mud pies, build a den and play traditional games on the lawn. Activities inside the house include solving a revolting remedy puzzle. On some Sundays you will be able to make butter in the barn, and be a ranger for a morning on July 29, 2019. Volunteer-led sessions every…

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Three day festival ranging from a free family fun night to a day of pop and rop, reggae, punk and ska. August 30-September 1, 2019. Greenhead Park, Huddersfield.

Wannasee Festival

Family festival featuring a variety of Europe’s finest tribute acts. Food and drink available to buy, or you can bring a small picnic. July 27, 2019. Greenhead Park, Huddersfield. Gates open at 11am. Tickets from Huddersfield Central Library or 01484 223200.

Skating at the YMCA

Get your skates on at Halifax YMCA with holiday skating sessions between Tuesday, May 28 and Friday, May 31, 2019. £3 with boot hire. Session 1: 10.30am – noon Session 2L 12.15am – noon Skate School runs on Wednesday, May 29 and Friday, May 31. 2pm-3.30pm. £5 per person. Booking essential. Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley…

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The Piece Hall Events – Spring Surprise Trail

Download the free The Piece Hall Go Play AR app to find all the spring lambs and their friends in the Piece Hall courtyard! Once you find one of the surprise characters, there is a unique animation or game to play. It’s free to use and download. Until June 12, 2021

Saltaire Arts Trail

May 25 – 27, 2019 Three day arts trail including family activities, an Open Houses Trail, Makers Fair, special events and exhibitions. For more information, visit

Todmorden Carnival

Saturday, May 25, 2019 Fun family day out, helping local groups to raise funds for charity. The Carnival Theme is ‘Horrible History’ and the parade starts at 12.30pm at Sanworth Street. There will be a fun fair too. Advance tickets: £1. Tickets on the day: Adults £4, Children & OAP £3, Family Ticket (2 adults…

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Oakwell Hall: Spring Bank Adventure Trail

Pick up a pack for £1.50 from the Visitor Centre shop, then take a spring time adventure around Oakwell Hall Country Park. Play in the park and don’t forget to bring a picnic! Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

The wonderful story of the tiger who pops into Sophie’s house and sits down to tea with her and her mum will be at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax in July 2019. Packed with magic, sing-a-long sons and clumsy chaos, this stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem will be lots of fun….

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World of Nom

A celebration of this hilarious series by Jonathan Meres. You will make your own pizza inspired umbrella-ABSO-FLIPPING-LUTELY! Ages 8-10. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium: Friday, May 31, 2019. 2-3pm. To book, visit

Pyjamarama 2019

Pull on your pyjamas and head to the library for fun, story time and a pyjama party! From June 3-8 2019, Calderdale Libraries will be celebrating BookTrust’s Pyjamarama campaign, to help children experience the wonder and joy of bedtime stories. There will be pyjama parties at Halifax Central Library and Archives, King Cross Library and…

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Jerusalem Farm: Walk, Stream Dip & Picnic

Enjoy a stream dip and picnic (bring your own food) at Jerusalem Farm. Meet in the car park at Luddenden to walk to Jerusalem Farm (around 1.5 miles each way). Bring sturdy shoes for the walk, wellies for the stream and a towel and spare socks. Ages 5+ (no unaccompanied children) £3.50 per child (£2.50…

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Bolton Abbey Family Cycle Zone

May 1 – September 26, 2021 Situated adjacent to the Bolton Abbey Car Park, this space offers a safe area for children to learn and practice their cycling skills. With roads cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun manoeuvring the roundabout and junctions! Please bring your…

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Sparks! Shibden Hall

May 28, 2020 Half Term fun at Shibden Hall Age 4-12, must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Included in the entrance price to the hall. May 28: Explore life at the hall in 1666 and learn about the plague and the Great Fire of London then make your own diary like Samuel Pepys. Sessions at…

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Wild Play Garden at East Riddlesden Hall

Get your hands dirty hunting for bugs, making mud pies, building dens and testing your balancing skills. You can also bake traditional gingerbread in the house on Monday and Thursday at 11.30am and 2pm (£1 per person). Free, but normal admission charges apply for East Riddlesden Hall. May 25-June 2, 2019. 10.3oam-4.30pm. East Riddlesden Hall,…

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Easter at Lotherton Hall

April 3-18, 2021.  The grounds and gardens will be open throughout the holidays and Wildlife World will be opening from Monday, April 12, 2021. Download an online activity pack to help you have fun in your local green spaces too! Book in advance to avoid disappointment. Book here. Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB….

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Ponderosa Zoo

Reopening on April 12, 2021 All outdoor areas ready to be explored, but the Reptile House and Bunny Barn will stay closed. Booking essential. * Ponderosa Zoo & RTC, Off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, WF16 0PN. 01924 235 276. 

Cannon Hall Farm

Reopening on April 12, 2021 Prebooking essential! More details to follow. Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley. 01226 790427.

Kirklees Light Railway

Reopening on April 12 2021 More info coming soon. To book, call 01484 865727. Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way Clayton West, Huddersfield. HD8 9XJ.

Stockeld Park Easter Adventure

March 27 – April 18, 2021 Follow the magical Easter egg trail around the Enchanted Forest to see giant Easter Eggs painted as colourful characters. You can also exlore the Magical Maze, Spider’s Lair, Pedal Go Karts, outdoor inflatable, Farmer Foster’s Barnyard, Teepee Encampment, Tangle Tree Climb and Woodsands Cove Stockeld Park, off the A661…

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Art Camp @ The Little Box Company

February 15-19, 2021 Art camp for children aged 5 – 11. No need to be a key worker. Children will create gifts for the real superheros of the UK! Very strict low numbers You will need a packed lunch, wellies, coat and spare clothes The Little Box Company, 54 Asquith Bottom, Sowerby Bridge. HX6 3BT….

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Jumping Clay

Enjoy some dragon-related activities with a virtual at home kit. £20 per pack. Delivery within a 5 mile radius. Email:

Oakwell Hall Park

The park is open as usual, and the cafe and car park will be open during Kirklees half term week, as well as weekends. Oakwell Hall Park. WF17 9LG.

Halloween Party at Play Palace

Still awaiting 2020 details! Fun Halloween party with buffet food, spooky music, party bag, treasure hunt, fancy dress and games. October 31, 2019. 3-5pm. £9 per child

Spooky Trail at The Piece Hall

Visit The Piece Hall at dusk to go on a secret tour with spooky stories from The Piece Hall’s past, then warm up with hot chocolate and sweet treats. Suitable for families with children aged 5-11. November 2, 2019. 5.30-7pm. £20 per family of 4 or £6.50 per person.

Halloween Rollerskating Party @ Halifax YMCA

Awaiting details for 2020! Rock Halloween on wheels at Halifax YMCA’s Spooktacular Halloween Party. There are two parties to choose from; Friday, October 25, or Saturday, October 26, 2019. Both 6-8pm. Tickets cost £5 and include pizza or a hotdog, a spooky bun and a drink. Fancy dress optional, prizes for the best costumes. Halifax…

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Halloween Special, Forgotten Forest

Spooky outdoor Halloween fun includes apple bobbin, Halloween crafts and potion making! Children will listen to a story, make crafts, learn about nature and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows around a campfire. Explore the woods, make dens, climb trees, relax in the hammocks, feed the chickens and have fun! Suitable for children aged 0-10 years….

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Santa at Newbank Garden Centre

Awaiting 2020 details Write a letter to Santa and visit his house, where he will read you a story and give you a gift Child (includes one adult): £9.99. Each additional adult: £4.99. From December 7, 2019. Newbank Garden Centre, Stainland Road, Greetland. 01422 371011.

Santa’s Grotto – Tong Garden Centre

November 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, December 2-24 (apart from 7 & 8), 2020 Enjoy a magical journey along an enchanting pathway to meet Santa – and this year it is an exclusive family experience! You can stop along the route to snap memorable family moments, then meet Santa in his grotto and choose…

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Santa at Eureka!

2020 details for a socially distanced grotto coming soon! Santa’s enchanted grotto boasts some of the friendliest elves in town and you can meet Santa and get a gift for £4 per child. It will be open from 2.30pm-3.30pm during term time and 11am-4.30pm on weekends from November 23, 2019. Tickets can be booked at…

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Santa at Westgate Arcade

Every Saturday in December, and Christmas Eve, 2020 Santa will be at Westgate Arcade for socially-distanced photos, every Saturday in December, as well as Christmas Eve (11.00am – 4.00pm). Call in and say hello! Westgate Arcade, 28 Westgate, Halifax. 01422 345525.

The Elf Express- Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Each weekend from November 28-December 20, 2020, December 21-24, 2020 Meet Santa’s Elves, collect your golden ticket then enjoy a magical train ride to Kringle Town’s Winter Wonderland. Each household will get their own private compartment and meet Santa at Kringle Town Station, with singing, laughter and goodies galore. Tickets include a round trip from…

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Santa at Kershaw’s Garden Centre

December 2020 “Sadly due to social distancing we are unable to run our Santa’s Grotto events in their usual format.  We are hoping that Father Christmas will be able to visit us in December but are unable to make any decisions until nearer the time.  Any announcements will be made on our Facebook page.” Kershaw’s…

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Free Children’s Centre events

Free holiday events with lots of games and activities. No need to book! The Outback at Jubilee Children’s Centre, Lightowler Road, Halifax: Thursday, January 3. 1.30-3pm St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge: Friday, January 4. 10-11.30am

Santa at Ogden Water

Awaiting 2020 details Visit Santa’s magical woodland grotto in the woods at Ogden Water, where you can make Christmas arts and crafts, visit Santa and receive a gift. Tickets from £9. Saturday, December 14, 2019. To book, visit Wheelchair accessible. No dogs.

Eureka! The Big Summer Festival!

Stretch the kids’ brains with a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play! Come rain or shine, there are all kinds of workshops and events running all summer long, including astronaut training, stomp rocket workshops, storytelling drum workshops and marble runs. Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax. 01422 330069. 10am-5pm every day…

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Hardcastle Crags – Summer Events!

Join in the fun every week day between July 30 and August 31 2019 (excluding bank holidays), 12-3pm. Activities include pond dipping, hunting for bugs and much more. Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. For more information, visit the website or Facebook Page.  

Children’s Centres – Summer Holiday Events

Free summer holiday activities for children up to age 8, 2019. Centre Vale Park – Burnley Road, Todmorden. 01706 399970. July 25, 1.30-3pm; August 8, 1.30-3pm & August 22, 1.30-3pm. The Outback at Jubilee Children’s Centre – Lightowler Road, Halifax. 01422 342552. July 24, 1.30-3pm & August 21, 1.30-3pm Boothtown Children’s Centre – Rawson Street…

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Mix It Up!

Art, crafts, board games and more! Ages 8+ Free Mixenden Library: August 8, September 5, 2019. 3.45-4.45pm. Call 01422 392638 for information.

Board Not Bored!

Board Game Club with new, exciting and unusual games to try! Ages 8-14 Free Todmorden Library: July 22, 29 & August 5, 12, 19. 11am-noon Mixenden Library: July 22, 29 & August 5, 19. 1.30-3.30pm. Call 01422 392638 for information.

Minecraft Stop Motion

Create unique movies using stop motion animation. Children will be required to work in small groups. Ages 8-12 £5 per child (£4 PTL) King Cross Library August 29, 2019. 2-2.30pm. To book, visit

3D Doodle

Explore drawing with a 3D pen! Ages 8-12 £5 per child (£4 PTL) Halifax Central Library & Archives July 25 and August 8, 2019. 2-3pm To book, visit

Gruffalo & Superworm

Sessions at Manor Heath Jungle Experience Courtyard for a story, crafts and short walk. Ages 4-8 £4 per child (£3 PTL) Gruffalo: July 24 & 31, 2019. 1.30-3pm. Superworm: August 7 & 28, 2019. 1.30-3pm. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. To book, visit

Storytots: Once Upon A Time

Elmer 2019 is the 30th anniversary of much-loved elephant Elmer, and you can celebrate at the library with this story and craft-themed celebration workshop. Ages 2-4. £3 per child (£2 PTL) Sowerby Bridge Library: July 23, 10.30-11.30am Hebden Bridge Library: July 25, 2-3pm Halifax Central Library and Archives: July 23, 2-3pm Elland Library: July 30,…

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Live Music at Westgate Arcade

Live music every Saturday lunch time during the summer holidays!

Boothtown Children’s Centre – Holiday Fun

FREE “colours” activities for families with children aged 0-8 years old on Tuesday, August 13, between 1 and 3pm. Activities include: past play, edible play, water play, sensory bottles, sand play, cornflour fun, ice paint cubes, hungry caterpillar game and face painting. Face painting and tombola cost 20p. Please dress appropriately for the weather and…

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Bookstart Busy Babies

Forty minutes of songs and rhymes. Ages 0-2. £2 per child. (Free, PTL) Hebden Bridge Library: Monday mornings July 22, 29; August 5; September 9, 16, 30. 11-11.40am Brighouse Library: Tuesday mornings July 23, 30; August 6; September 3, 10, 17. 10.30-11.10am Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium: Thursday mornings July 25; August 1,…

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Fun at Cromwell Bottom

Join in pond dipping at Cromwell Bottom. Meet at the cabin (HD6 2RG) at 10.30am. Bring lunch. The walk covers two miles. Dogs welcome if kept on a lead. Ages 6+ (No unaccompanied children). Free. Cromwell Bottom, Saturday, September 14 2019. 10.30am-1.30pm.  

Kite Making – And Flying!

Make and fly your own kite! £4 per kite (£3 PTL) Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge: August 14, 2019. 10am-noon and 12.30-2.30pm. It takes around one hour to make your kite. Roils Head: August 21, 2019. 10.30am-2.30pm. Drop in anytime to the marquee on the field. No dogs please. No need to book. No unaccompanied…

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Art in the Park – Shelf Hall Park

A morning of art and crafts using natural materials. No dogs or unaccompanied children. Age 3+ £4 (£3 PTL) Shelf Hall Park, Thursday, August 22, 2019. 10.30am-around noon. Meet in the car park off Bridlestiles. No booking required.

Fun at Manor Heath Park – Bees, Butterflies, Gardening.

Bees and Butterflies Come Jungle Experience to find out more about these wonderful creatures. Create a butterfly tea light holder, enjoy a butterfly and bee hunt and make some butterfly and bee crafts. No booking required, just turn up. No dogs or unaccompanied children. Walks start from the Jungle Experience entrance at 10.30am, 11.30am and…

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Fun at Ogden Water

Ogden Goes Wild! Learn about local wildlife with lots of fun activities. Do minibeast hunts, pond dips, make an insect home, bird box or bat box and you might even meet some hedgehogs! Age 3+.  Free entry Wednesday, July 31, 2019. 10am-3pm. Drop in any time. Charges apply for some activities. Ogden Water, Halifax

Fun at Jerusalem Farm

Pirate Raft Building Join Pirate Phil at the good ship Jerusalem Farm to make pipe cleaner pirates and wooden rafts, before sailing them down the local stream. Wellingtons, towel and spare socks a must. Insect repellent recommended! No dogs or unaccompanied children please. Age 4+. £4 (£3 PTL) Wednesday July 24, 2019. 10.30am-12.30pm. Booking essential…

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Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 Activator led session for the entire family focussed on core aquatic skills inspired by Disney story telling. Ages 3-12. Child £3.20 per session (£3 PTL). Free for children with a junior membership. Adult £4.60 per session (£3.60 PTL) Brighouse Pool : Weeks 1-6, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11.15am-noon. Sunday, 1.30-2.15pm….

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Summer Soccer Schools 2019

FA Qualified coaches. Ages 4-7 & 8+. One day – £17.40 (£12.20 PTL) Two days – £31.60 (£20.90 PTL) Todmorden Sports Centre. 9.30am-3.30pm. For more information, call Todmorden Sports Centre on 01706 839090 or visit  

MBI Shay Stadium Community Football

School holiday football club for 5-11-year-olds at the MBI Shay Stadium, Halifax. Every day in the school summer holidays, except bank holidays. 9am-4pm. £13 a day, £10 for siblings. To book, contact Lee Ashworth on 07834 421064.

Bike Courses

PEDAL FREE A one hour introduction to balance bikes with bike games. Bikes and helmets provided. Parents required to stay. Halifax Fire Station: Thursday, August 1 & Thursday, August 15, 10am-11am. Ages 3-5. £5.30 LEARN TO RIDE One day learn to ride cycling course, starting on balance bikes and moving to pedal bikes through games…

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Trail Tuesdays & Thursdays

Pick up a family trail from The Welcome Centre and set off to explore the Grade 1 listed Piece Hall with Woolly the Sheep as your guide. Tuesday July 23 – Thursday August 29. 10am-4pm. £1 per trail. The Piece Hall.

Face Painting and Dressing Up – The Piece Hall

Join us in the courtyard to choose from a selection of designs to have your face painted. Then rummage through our dressing-up chest to find a fancy costume. £1.50/£3 drop in. Fridays, August 9, 2019. 10.30am-3pm.

Summer Activities at Shibden

For ages 4-12. Included in entrance price to the hall unless otherwise stated.  Pirate Day! August 13, 2020 Search for pirates and take part in our pirate crafts up at the Hall. Free eye patch when you attend this activity. Please note this includes a woodland walk which is unsuitable for prams. £4 per child….

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Sparks! Summer Activities at Bankfield Museum

Various dates, July & August 2020 July 28: Dig Day. Explore a mini dig then create a dinosaur fossil (11-12pm, 11.30-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2-3pm) July 29: Look at our beautiful landscape then make a collage August 4: Make your own bracelets and wristbands August 5: Create a design on canvas shoes. Bookings will close a…

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Dig Day – Bankfield Museum

Take time to explore a dig in Bankfield Museum’s education room and then create your own dinosaur fossil. There are several sessions running: July 30, 2019 11am-noon, 11.30am-12.30pm, 1-2pm, 1.30-2.30pm, 2-3pm.

Skating Sessions – YMCA

July 23-August 23, 2019 Enjoy summer skating at the Halifax YMCA with two sessions per day, Monday to Friday through the Calderdale school holidays. 10.30am-noon & 12.15-1.45pm. £3 per person including boot hire. £2.70 with own skates.

Summer Skating School – YMCA

Attention all skaters – come and join us at the YMCA Halifax’s Summer Skating School, 2019! Learn to skate better with our qualified coaches teaching you how to stop, turn, skate backwards, improve your balance and more! Wednesdays: August 7 and 21. 2-3.30pm Fridays: August 9 and 23. 2-3.30pm Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley Street, Halifax….

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Children’s Centres Holiday Events

Free, fun activities for children aged up to 8 and their families. No need to book, just come along and join in the fun! Boothtown Children’s Centre, Rawson Street North, Halifax: Tuesday, May 28. 1.30-3pm Todmorden Children’s Centre, Centre Vale Park, Todmorden: Wednesday, May 29. 1.30-3pm Little Stars Children’s Centre, Parkinson Lane, Halifax: Thursday, May…

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Toy’s Day Out at Kirklees Light Railway

25th May – 2nd June, 2019 Bring your child’s favourite toy along for a ride on the railway and enjoy HALF PRICE fares for the children! That’s a children’s rover ticket, valid ALL DAY on ALL TRAINS and playgrounds for just £2.75! Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ. Tel: 01484 865727

Rainbow Factory, Leeds

Ryders New Recruits: May 24-28, 2019. Video Game Breakout: May 29-31, 2019. Booking Required. Unit 13C, Springfield Commercial Centre, Bagley Lane, LS28 5LY. Tel: 0113 257 4740

Studfold Trails: Bluebell Fairy Experience

Enjoy a fairy adventure at Studfold Trails as the last swathe of bluebells can be glimpsed and the buttercups are beginning to bloom in the meadows. Add in the ride-on tractors, sandpits and nature trail and there’s plenty to keep youngsters busy. All the family can get hands-on with the bluebell-inspired crafts over the Bank Holiday…

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Cannon Hall Farm – Sheep Shearing Festival

25th May – 2nd June 2019: Sheep Shearing Festival Spend the day having fun on the farm, Visiting the animals Milking demonstrations Sheep & ferret racing Tractor rides Meerkat feeding sessions. Reptile house allowing petting and handling for the more curious visitors. New lambs & daily sheep talks Shearing demonstrations Entry into the soft play is…

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Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Opens  May 22 until October 31, 2021 Follow the Welly Walk signs and enjoy a free woodland adventure trail from the Stepping Stones to the Cavendish Pavilion. The walk includes climbing walls, tunnels, scramble nets, balance beams and lots more! Children must be supervised at all times. Normal estate admission applies. Bolton Abbey, BD23 6AL

Lotherton Hall

29th May – 6th June, 2021 Love Your Zoo Week –  celebrate the reopening of Wildlife World and discover the many reasons to love the zoo! You can help create feeding devices and enclosure extras, as well as take part in a spotters trail. There is also a brand new Nocturnal House. See the facebook page…

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Gnome Trail at Kirkstall Abbey

28 – 30 May, 2019 Enjoy a fun trail around the abbey ruins looking for the missing mischievous gnomes. On May 30 you can also join in the green-fingered fun to plant a mini garden and add some teeny paper gnome scarecrows to look after your flowers. Free events, no booking required. Abbey Rd, Leeds…

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Temple Newsam, Clutter Critters

May 24 – June 2, 2019. Go on a beastly train and be inspired by the Fantastical Beasts exhibition, then make your own mystical creature using recycled activities. You can take a look at the bugs and beasties around Temple Newsam’s estate, then plant your own tomato plant to take home on May 29. Temple…

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Fun at Gordon Riggs Garden Centre

Kids’ Craft Activities – May 27-May 31, 2019. 2pm-4pm. Bring your kids along to our craft activities every day during half term. £2.99-£4.99, depending on the craft. Tuesday, May 28: Paint and plant your own salad box. £12.99 per child. 10am-noon. Wednesday, May 29: Free taster session of Mini Rockers and Rollers. 3 months-preschoolers. Must…

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Hardcastle Crags

Pond Dipping – Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Noon-3pm There’s a fascinating world just waiting to be discovered under the surface of the mill pond. What water creatures will you come eye-to-eye with? Drop-in session, please arrive between 12pm – 3pm. Den Building – Thursday, May 30. Noon-3pm Step outdoors and make your own den in…

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Updated May, 2021 Eureka! is open again and you an enjoy lots of interactive fun during half term. Check out the reopening Q&As here: Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

The Piece Hall in Lego

Do you have a child who is a fan of Lego? Bring them to our Lego workshop to help build a model Piece Hall, make a Lego plate spinner and their own Lego mini figure to take away. Age 5+ The Piece Hall in Lego, The Piece Hall. Wednesday, May 29, 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm and…

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Kidsports Holiday Camp

Fun holiday camp on Thursday, May 30, 2019. Kids will be kept busy with football, tag rugby, dodgeball, Kiwi cricket, gladiator joust, basketball, netball and more fun games, plus a water slide if the weather’s nice. Age 4-10. £20 per child. Bring a packed lunch and change of clothes. Kidsports Holiday Camp, Greetland Community Centre….

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Sparks! Half Term Fun at Bankfield Museum – 2019

May 26-27, 2020 Come along to Bankfield Museum and try out these exciting workshops. Ages 4-12 and children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. £4 per child (£3 PTL) 11am-noon, 1-2pm and 2-3pm. Please book online at May 26 Look at fashion through the ages and design your own canvas bag. May 27 Solve…

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Build your own video games with Bloxels. Using the Bloxels Gameboard and app editor you can create your own characters and background, designing your own game! Ages 8-12. £5 per child (£4 PTL)  Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium. Monday July 22 & 29, 2019. 2-3.30pm. To book, visit

StoryTime – Esio Trot

Enjoy this heart warming story by Roald Dahl. You will make your very own clay tortoise to take home. Ages 5-8. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Sowerby Bridge Library: Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 10.30-11.30am. Halifax Central Library and Archives – The Imaginarium: Thursday, May 30, 2019. 2-3pm. Brighouse Library: Friday, May 31, 2019….

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Storytots: How To Be A Lion

Join us as we celebrate this wonderful book by Ed Vere. Activities include stories and crafts. Ages 2-4. Children must be accompanied by a parent/carer. Kings Cross Library, Halifax – Tuesday, May 28, 2019. 2-3pm Halifax Central Library and Archives – Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 10.30-11.30am Hebden Bridge Library – Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 2-3pm…

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Spring Soccer Schools 2019

Soccer schools with FA qualified coaches.  Todmorden Sports Centre: Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 (Ages 4-7) Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31 (8+). For information, call 01706 839090.

MBI Shay Stadium Community Football

School holiday football club at the MBI Shay Stadium. Ages 5-11. £13 per day, £10 siblings May 28-31, 2019. 9am-4pm. To book, contact Lee Ashforth on 07834 421064.

Limelight Theatre School Easter Club

April 12, 2021 Does your little performer love to sing, dance and act? Limelight Theatre School is running an Easter Club Show in a Day workshop, with a show at the end, on April 12, 2021. 9am-4pm. For children from age 5. Children need a packed lunch. Limelight Theatre School Easter Club, Limelight Theatre School,…

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Hardcastle Crags

There won’t be an Easter trail this year, but the countryside spaces are open and the cafe is open from 10am – 3pm. Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge. HX7 7AW. Phone 01422 844518/846236