Seven Family Fun Days Out For August

Seven Family Fun Days Out For August 5

Stuck for ideas on how to occupy the kids this summer holiday well look no further here are eight top attractions to visit this month!

1. The Deep – Hull

It’s going to be a turtle-y awesome summer here at The Deep, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Get hands on in our very own ‘turtle hospital’ where youngsters can get up close with a giant turtle (a cuddly one, of course) and find out what it takes to look after our flipper-ed friends. Learn all about turtle anatomy and even help the team carry out a turtle health check. Inspect their eyes, nose and mouth, as well as checking their flippers and shell then report back to us on your vet examination form.

Take part in the turtle trail and find out about more about the species that live all around the world and the challenges they face.

Enjoy interactive presentations from our guiding team at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get your face painted in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm. Plus we will be giving you the chance the put your questions to our Turtle Keepers via our Facebook page each week. So get your thinking caps on! 

Visitors to the turtle hospital will also receive exciting discounts in the shop, so it’s the perfect time to take home your own cuddly turtle to care for.

2. Merlin’s School of Magic at 
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester

Now until Sunday 1st September

A curse has been cast over LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Manchester and Merlin is looking for new apprentices to help him break the spell! This summer, be amazed by a world of bricks ‘n’ tricks as all children are invited to Merlin’s School of Magic. Choose a house to belong to (are you an owl or a frog?) before making your very own LEGO® wand and completing fun tasks and quests to graduate. 

There will be live shows, featuring illusionists performing magic with LEGO® bricks, performed between 12pm and 4pm every day throughout the school holidays. 

As well as live shows, you’ll see close up magic by roaming magic makers, make a LEGO wand, build a LEGO mythical creature, learn tricks to take home and see amazing LEGO builds including a life-sized enchanted carriage. 

All activities in this event are included within in the standard admission price. Pre-booking is strongly advised and savings can be found at

The Calvert Trust, Exmoor

This outdoor adventure centre in North Devon provides activity holidays for those with physical, behavioural, sensory and learning disabilities alongside their friends and family.  Their mission is to enable people with disabilities to achieve their potential through adventurous outdoor activities. No matter age or ability; disabilities are not seen as a disadvantage, it’s what their guests can do is what counts, and there are a variety of activities to inspire including horse riding, canoeing, abseiling, climbing to name a few, with adapted equipment. 

By taking on fun and exciting challenges with help and encouragement, visitors can make friends, develop new skills, build self-confidence and gain greater independence. By the time our guests leave, their physical and mental wellbeing has improved, they have created wonderful memories and accomplished far more than they had ever dreamed possible.

For many, the benefits continue long after their visit. Following a stay here, people will disabilities are more resilient and able to overcome the obstacles of daily life, which for many include isolation, depression, discrimination and exclusion.

While many guests struggle to communicate their feelings, the emotion, exhilaration and achievement felt during activity sessions are evident as those with and without disabilities motivate each other to do new things. 

Take Fourteen-year-old Gemma, who has cerebral palsy and is a full-time wheelchair user. She has visited with her Mum, Debbie, four times.  On her 2019 visit, Debbie said…

 “Even as a full-time wheelchair user, all activities were achievable for Gemma – there was no onlooking for Gemma!

She wasn’t sure about the climbing at first, but watched the others and then gave it a go. Her reward was ringing the bell at the top and a big cheer from the rest of the group! She was so pleased with herself.

Archery, with the adapted bow, was amazing. Gemma concentrated well at this and was delighted with her success. One of her favourite things was going fast on the bikes and she kept telling me to pedal faster! I enjoyed this activity, too. It was a lovely afternoon around the reservoir with our group. In fact, one of the real highlights of the weekend for Gemma, being the sociable girl that she is, was the people she spent her time with.

She also enjoyed the canoeing – with the hoist it was fully accessible – and taking part in challenges on the lake and spotting the wildlife. It’s a beautiful location. Having access to the hydrotherapy pool and sensory room meant time to relax after a day of activities.

It was a brilliant weekend. Gemma enjoyed every moment of it, whether cheering others on during activities, in the forest learning bushcraft skills and toasting marshmallows over the fire, partying at the disco in the evening or just having meals together.

York’s Chocolate Story – Is the place to be this summer

Throughout August this attraction will host (chocolate filled) buckets of fun- including masterclasses, truffle rolling and later tour times. 
Masterclasses – ( £24.95pp / 26th July, 9th & 23rd August )

Experience chocolate like never before with the exclusivity of an adult’s chocolate Masterclass, Join York’s Chocolate Story for an exclusive experience where you will get a deliciously tasty insight with a summer sizzling Masterclass. Let the cocoa creations flow as you learn the secret skills of chocolate making with Chocolatiers. Starting at 6pm you will receive a glass of prosecco upon arrival with an intimate setting to make and create your own chocolate to take home.

Truffle rolling.
This summer with the tours will be running later so guests can get hands on with the option to add a unique truffle rolling experience on the end of the tour (last tour only.) Watch an expert Chocolatier show you how they roll summer truffles before rolling your own creation using summer inspired flavours. Then take your freshly rolled truffles home with you to share with family or friends (or keep for yourself.)

Take a fully interactive journey, unearthing fascinating chocolatey facts along the way. With the summer of the KitKat find out secrets behind the world’s most popular confectionary brand and why the KitKat is so popular in Japan.

For a deliciously tasty summer, visit York’s Chocolate Story. 

Xscape at Castleford

Have plenty of offers and bags of family fun to keep you entertained.  Launch your summer into the stratosphere with epic experiences for the whole family here at Xscape!  

Take a look at our FREE slime workshops and summer offers below.

Get your hands on activity offers and packages for the likes of sledging, trampolining, laser tag and adventure golf.
Summer offers valid until 30 August, unless otherwise specified. Click here to find out more 

6. Ripon Museums, Yorkshire

Bring your little ones along to Ripon Museums during weekdays of the summer holidays – the days will fly by with a jam-packed schedule full of fun things to do! Activities start at 11am each weekday and end at 4pm. Each week’s activities are themed and will be based primarily at the Workhouse.

  • Monday 5th August – Friday 9th August – Poaching on Trial – puppets and poaching animals at the Workhouse Museum/Act out our infamous Sinklers story (at the Courthouse Museum 1.30pm and 3.30pm) 
  • Monday 12th August – Friday 16th August – Animals in the Workhouse – Workhouse activities based around pigs and chicks 
  •  Monday 19th August – Friday 23rd August – Peelers and Punishment – follow the CSI trail/mugshots/printing & fingerprinting plus a self-led  cutlass trail and drill at the Prison & Police Museum 
  • Monday 26th August – Friday 30th August – Pies & Preserving – looking to the garden harvest to bake, make corn dollies, press flowers.

7. Kirklees Light Railway

There is no need to travel to the coast when the beach is coming to Kirklees instead.  Catch the train to Shelley Station where little ones will be delighted by the GIANT sandpit which will be open all summer long. Valid day ticket holders will have FREE access to the sandpit during visits from n ow until 1 September (excluding 17-18 August).

So, grab your bucket & spade, slap on the sun lotion and hot foot it down to the railway for fabulous seaside fun, without the sea!

– Advance booking is not necessary

– The sandpit may be closed during inclement weather:

On Tuesday Tales: Tue, 6 Aug and 2 more · Kirklees Light Railway · Clayton West

Following last year’s successful trials, the KLR is proud to bring back Tuesday Tales in the school summer holidays! Every Tuesday from 23 July to 27 August, join the KLR for storytelling & craft sessions which are totally FREE for all valid day ticket holders. There will be different stories and activities each week and there’s no need to book in advance for these drop-in sessions. Standard fares will apply on the trains and the sessions will be available from 11am until 3.30pm every Tuesday from 23 July to 27 August. Vouchers, Groupons & promotions ARE valid for these sessions. Trains will be running every 40 minutes from 10.20am until the final train of the day at 3.40pm.

Every Friday Rocks: 
Join the KLR every Friday from 26 July to 30 August 2019 for Friday Rocks! Totally FREE rock painting sessions for all valid day ticket holders. 

So, come along, get creative (and a wee bit messy!) & then decide where you’re going to hide your rocks for people to find! These sessions will be drop-in & there’s no need to book in advance.

Standard fares apply on the trains and the sessions will be available from 11am until 3.30pm every Friday from 26 July to 30 August. Vouchers, Groupons & promotions ARE valid.  Trains will be running every 40 minutes from 10.20am until the final train of the day at 3.40pm.

Day Out with Thomas
Join Thomas the Tank Engine & his friends, Percy, Toby, Mavis & Emily as they visit the Kirklees Light Railway from the Island of Sodor.The Fat Controller will also be on hand during the engines’ visit to make sure they are all being really useful and behaving themselves. He will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am, assisted by Rusty & Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers!

The first train of the day is pulled by Thomas and departs Clayton West at 10am. The remaining trains are pulled by Emily or our home locos, Owl & Sian. Trains will depart every 30 minutes thereafter until the final train departs Clayton West at 4pm.

PLEASE NOTE: the first train (10am) is the ONLY train that Thomas pulls to Shelley. After that journey, he will spend his day providing platform rides at Clayton West Station.

2019 Ticket Prices:
Adult: £13
Concession: £12
Child (age 2-16yrs): £11
Under 2s: FREE
Family (2 adults + 2 children: £46
Family PLUS (2 adults + 3 children): £51.50

Included in your ticket price:

– a return steam train ride from Clayton West to Shelley (please note this will NOT be Thomas unless it is the 10am service)

– unlimited platform rides behind Thomas & Percy

– unlimited platform rides behind Mavis

– unlimited platform rides behind Toby

– bouncy castle

– donkey rides (until 4pm)

– face painting by Artifaces

– Thomas temporary tattoos

– Thomas colouring activities

– Imagination Station with Thomas toys & dressing up

– Outdoor adventure playgrounds

– Meet The Fat Controller & Rusty & Dusty

Advance booking is strongly advised.


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