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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.

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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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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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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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


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