School Holidays Calderdale

May Half Term

In the heart of Yorkshire is Stockeld Park, a place where magic is made and adventures begin! Nestled in a woodland within 30 minutes of Leeds, York & Harrogate, Stockeld Park is the home of adventures and original family fun!

Stockeld Park is open every school holiday, and most weekends throughout the warmer months, and offers wonderful family days out across different adventure seasons, with different themes and events throughout the year.

Step into the magical world of the Enchanted Forest where every path leads to a different adventure. The forest contains interactive play that encourages the imaginations of all, as well as five large Adventure Playgrounds that have something for everyone from small children to the grandparents!

In addition to the adventure playgrounds, Stockeld Park is also home to an impressive giant yew tree maze! Climb the castle viewing tower to look out over the tops of the trees or cross bridges and discover playful surprises, musical instruments and some unexpected obstacles!

Along with all these exciting activities, there are also different seasonal activities such as jumping pillows, indoor inflatables, pedal go-karts and the Laser Adventure. The Laser Adventure is also available to hire exclusively for birthday parties, with a range of party packages on offer!

Stockeld Park has a large café, outdoor food outlets and picnic area. There is also an amazing gift shop where you can buy different, seasonal goodies throughout the year!

For the full details on our events, prices and opening times please visit

Some activities and aspects of the park may change at short notice, to stay in line with Government guidance and COVID restrictions. All details will be kept up to date on our website.

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, Yorkshire, LS22 4AN.

 01937 586333


Brighouse 1940’s Weekend

It’s time for Brighouse’s annual 1940’s weekend! The whole town centre will be taken over with displays and re-enactments, streets filled singing and dancing. Free, great family fun!

  • Brighouse 1940’s Weekend, Brighouse town centre. Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2, 2019.

Sam and Mark’s On The Road Show – Square Chapel

Children’s TV royalty Sam and Mark, as seen on CBBC’s Big Friday Wind-Up and Copycats, are taking to the road with a brand new live show this half term. Join them for a fabulous hour of entertainment, jam-packed with sketches, jokes and games in a show full of fun and laughs for all the family.

Age 5+.

  • Sam and Mark’s On The Road Show, Square Chapel. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. 2.30pm. Tickets £12, £10 concessions.

Amazing May Science Day

A day of hair-raising electricity, chemistry, making machines and slime. Suitable for ages 5-11. Bring a packed lunch. Grownups don’t have to stay, but are welcome. Early bird tickets £25. Otherwise £30. Book via

  • Thursday, May 30, 2019. 10am-3pm. The Piece Hall, Halifax.

Bikeability Courses – 2019

Free (funded) Bikeability courses.

Level 1: Full day course for riders looking to develop skills reads for a journey on the road. Ages 7-10. Friday, May 31, 10am-3pm. Halifax Fire Station. 

Level  1 & 2: Introduction to the road, covering bike maintenance, road positioning and signalling. Ages 9-14. Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31. 9.30am-3pm. Halifax Fire Station.

  • To book, visit and search for Bikeability Calderdale.

Board Not Bored!

Do you love playing board games? Come along to our Board Game Club at Mixenden or Todmorden Library during May Half Term, 2019.

There will be lots of new, exciting and unusual games to try – and it’s completely free!

Ages 8-14

Tuesday, May 28, 2-4pm. Mixenden Library.

Wednesday, May 30. 11am-noon. Todmorden Library.

Bolton Abbey Family Cycle Zone

Saturday 4 May – Sunday 29 September 2019

Join us this year to experience some new additions to our cycle zone!

The Family Cycle Zone is a safe area for children to cycle, away from the hazards of traffic and pedestrians. With “paths” cut through the grass and road signs to mark the way, children can enjoy endless fun manoeuvring the roundabout and junctions!!!

Please bring your own bikes.

This is a free activity, the Estate admission fee applies.


Bolton Abbey Welly Walk

Opens 25th May until 3rd November, 2019

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

Bricks4Kidz Workshops, 2019

Building fun workshops using LEGO bricks for children aged 5+.

With a massive range of Technic LEGO models to choose from, the team will run workshops across the school holidays offering children a wide variety of construction choices.

Autism Friendly Workshop with LEGO bricks: Sunday, May 26. 10.30am-12pm. Square Chapel, Halifax. £3.79

Spring Bank Holiday Workshops: Tuesday, May 28, 9.30-11am. Friday, May 31, 1-2.30pm.   Southowram Community Centre. £5

  • Bricks4Kidz. Contact Mark or Debbie on 07774 400404.

Classic Bike & Scooter Show, Sowerby Bridge

Fun classic bike and scooter show including a free all day cinema, rock n roll dancers and a display of American Cars. £5 adults, free for under 12s.

  • Sunday, May 26, 2019. 11am-4pm. Shire Cruisers Wharf, Sowerby Bridge. HX6 2AG.


Climb Wainhouse Tower

Feeling energetic? Take on the 403 steps of Wainhouse Tower’s the internal spiral staircase and enjoy the fabulous views from the top!

  • Monday, May 27 & August 26, 2019. 11am – 4pm (last ascent 3.30pm) . Adult £3 (PTL £2.50). Child £2.50 (PTL 2)

Creepy Crafts at Bagshaw Museum

Bug craft session making games, bug hotels and sun catchers.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019. 11am-1pm & 2-4pm. £2 per child. No booking required. All ages welcome.

  • Bagshaw Museum, Wilton Park, Batley. WF 17 0AF.

Eureka! Moon Mission

Celebrate 50 years since humans first landed on the moon!

There will be a NEW space show and you can take part in astronaut training in a human gyroscope.

  • Moon Mission, Eureka! May 25 – June 2, 2019.

Lotherton Hall: Fairies, Fables and Wild Things

25th May – 2nd June, 2019

Follow the trail to find all of the fairytale characters hidden around the house and grounds. Dress up like a fairytale character, or have a go at magical crafts in the House and Wildlife World.

Normal admission into the estate applies.

  • Off Collier Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB. Tel: 0113 378 2959

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 LS5 3EH. Tel: 0113 378 4079

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 the woodland. Free, drop in.

Cook on a Campfire – Friday, May 31, 2019. Noon-2pm.

You’ll learn how to light a fire without matches, make popcorn and bake campfire bread! £4. Book: 0344 249 1895.

  • Hardcastle Crags, 01422 846236




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 PTL)

  • Friday, May 31 2019. 10am-2pm. For more information, email

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. Thursday, May 30. 9am-3.30pm. Call 07944 647988.

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 Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds. LS15 0AE.

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

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.

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.

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. 10.30-11.30am.

To book, visit

Piglets Adventure Farm -May-Hem Circus

With death-defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, it’s all happening in the big top tent this May half term.

There will also be tractor trailer rides, a giant sandpit, barrel rides and more.

  • May 25- June 2, 2019. Piglets, Nr York, YO32 9ST

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 Hebden Bridge Library.

As well as story time activities, children will be given a free copy of the picture book Car, Car, Truck, Jeep, by Katrina Chapman and Nic Sharratt.

Ages 0-5 

£2 per child (PTL free)

King Cross Library: Monday, June 3. 5.30-6.15pm

Halifax Central Library and Archives: Tuesday, June 4. 5.30-6.15pm

Hebden Bridge Library: Thursday, June 6. 5.30-6.15pm.

Tickets must be bought in advance, from

  • Pyjamarama Drop-In Activities:

Ages 2-5 and families, free.

Halifax Central Library and Archives: Saturday, June 8. 10am-noon. No need to book, just turn up! 

RHS Garden Harlow Carr – May Half Term

May 25 – June 2, 2019

Get, set, grow with a daily garden trail, storytelling, indoor crafts and outdoor workshops. There will be fun activities for children on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May from 11am to 4pm. Kids can make bird feeders, plant tomato seedlings and watch beekeeping demonstrations. Normal garden admission applies.

For more information visit:

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 be pre-booked. 10-11am.

Thursday, May 30: Paint and plant a succulent safari. £12.99. 10am-noon.

  • Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Todmorden.

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

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 Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG. 01422 353626.

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.

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 the clues around the museum and make a diary like Anne Lister.

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 11am-noon, 1-2pm and 2-3pm.

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 child. The Mill Playcafe, Halifax. To book, visit here. 01422 363523.

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 30. 1.30-3pm

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

Shelf Library – Thursday, May 30, 2019. 10.30-11.30am

To book, visit

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 Weekend.

  • Loft house, Harrogate, HG3 5SG. Tel: 01423 755228

The Piece Hall Events

Who Designed The Piece Hall Game Show

Join live interpreters as they host game show ‘Who Designed The Piece Hall?’

There will be fun family friendly games to take part in, plenty of laughs and classic game show fun!

Performances start at 11am, 1pm & 2.15pm

Recommended age 5+

  • Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, 2019

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 3pm. Book:

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 2 children) £10.

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

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 also included – plus there’s a free quiz trail to help keep the kids occupied.

Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, S75 4AT

Tel: 01226 792746

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, Bradford Road, Keighley. BD20 5EL.


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