50 + Summer Events Family Things To Do Yorkshire 2021

There is plenty on this summer in Yorkshire for families. I have found quite a few fun family-friendly events across East Riding of Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and North Yorkshire. I have also included ideas for other fun things to do this summer near you that might not necessarily be open or something that you would do during colder months.

Summer Events in 2021 across North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and West Yorkshire

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events. Please check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

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Beach Day in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK. Both East Riding and North Yorkshire have a great and varied choice of beaches to visit. There’s tourist beaches, picturesque (but slightly hard to reach) beaches and more.

Here are some of our favourites to try out this summer – Bridlington South Beach, East Yorkshire | Cayton Bay, North Yorkshire | Fraisthorpe Beach, East Yorkshire | Selwicks Bay, Flamborough, East Yorkshire | Thornwick Bay, Flamborough, East Yorkshire.

Bolton Castle – Various Events – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – There is lots happening at Bolton Castle this summer. Peter Rabbit event – 8th August. Living History Weekend – 21st and 22nd August. Beauty and the beast outdoor theatre – 22nd August. 17th Century living history weekend – 11th September.
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Nr Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4ET

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens – South Yorkshire – A Grand Family Day Out

A Bit About – “Get ready for a fun-filled extravaganza as we invite your family to a grand day out at Brodsworth Hall. Join us for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events and experience history first-hand. Days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.”
When? 14th and 15th August
Address: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, B6422, Brodsworth, South Yorkshire, DN5 7JX
More about Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Burnby Hall and Gardens – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

A Bit About – Punch and Judy Day – July 28th. Time Travellers – Have fun travelling through space and time with Rusticus Arts on this epic adventure featuring characters from the past, present and future who all have their own ideas about what makes Burnby Hall Gardens so special! Get stuck in with some silly outdoor activities on a quest to save the future and watch out for aliens in disguise! – 11th August. Alice’s adventures in wonderland outdoor theatre – 13th August. Teddy Bear’s picnic – 25th August.
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Burnby Hall Gardens, 33 The Balk, Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO42 2QF
More about Burnby Hall

Burnby Hall Gardens

Burton Constable Hall – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

A Bit About – The Jungle Book outdoor theatre – 26th July. Live on the Lawn summer shows – 13th August to 5th September. Alice in wonderland outdoor theatre – 13th August. Cinderella –14th August. Peter Pan – 15th August and so much more. Please see their website for further events.
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Burton Constable Hall and Grounds, Skirlaugh, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 4LN

Cannon Hall Farm – 5 on the farm – South Yorkshire

A Bit About – “The Main Stage event will see adventurer Ben Fogle perform his ‘Tales From the  Wilderness’ show live, and fans of the hit show This Week on the Farm will be delighted that  the series’ star farmers will also be hitting the main stage with their fun and entertaining  show: ‘Rob & Dave: Oh ‘eck Live!…and more”
When? 28th to 30th August
Address: Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT
More about Cannon Hall Farm

Eden Camp – 1940s living history weekend – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Re-enactors will be on-site over the bank holiday weekend; the groups will be portraying both military and civilians, helping to enhance the 1940s theme and allowing visitors to get up close to uniforms, clothing and kit of the period. All visitors to the museum are invited to join in with the fun and get dressed up in either civilian or military period clothing.”
When? 28th and 29th August
Address: Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
More about Eden Camp

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Fairburn Ings – Big Wild Summer – West Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Looking to get out into nature as a family this summer? Come and explore Fairburn Ings for some great outdoor days out. Grab a kid’s activity bag for £3.50 – this includes a Big Wild Summer activity booklet, our Pollinators trail sheet, a pencil and a certificate! No booking needed – just pop into our Visitor Centre. Look out for different self-led trails and wild activities on offer throughout the summer.”
When? Now until the 31st August
Address: RSPB Fairburn Ings Visitor Centre, Newton Ln, Castleford WF10 2BH

Gruffalo Spotters 2 – Dalby Forest – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “The Gruffalo Spotters Trail is brought to life by an App – Gruffalo Spotter 2. Forestry England recommend that you download the app before you leave home as not all of their forests have great mobile reception. As well as the app you can purchase an activity pack from the vistor centre of the forest you choose to hunt for the Gruffalo in.”
When? Available now
Address: Dalby Forest Dr, Low Dalby, Pickering YO18 7LT

Gullivers Valley – Princess and Pirate weekend plus Superhero summer finale – South Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Princess and Pirate weekend – There will be treasure, treats, fancy dress events themed activities and so much more. Superhero finale – We’re finishing the summer holidays in style with a Superhero finale complete with fireworks.”
When? Princess & Pirate weekend 17th and 18th July
Superhero Summer Finale 4th and 5th September
Address: Gulliver’s Valley, Mansfield Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S26 5QW
More about Gulliver’s Valley

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Harewood House – Various Events – West Yorkshire

A Bit About – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Outdoor theatre – 23rd July. Mr Stink outdoor theatre – 29th and 30th July. The further adventures of Dr Doolittle – 3rd August….and more.
Plus Harewood House was a Woodland Wonderland play trail on now until the 31st of October. As part of our new circular walk, this year families can enjoy our new woodland pop-up play, created with willow weaver Leilah Vyner. With winding willow mazes, twisting and turning between the trees, there is plenty to discover in this new outdoor play space. Nestled next to Harewood’s All Saints’ Church, our new play space sits in an area of woodland not usually open to the public, and is just waiting for you to explore!
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE
More about Harewood House

Harewood House Things To Do

Hazlewood Castle – Totally Roarsome – West Yorkshire

A Bit About – “In an untouched woodland, just outside of Leeds, dinosaurs, bears, lions, and tigers roam free. There may even be a unicorn or two. They are joined by their friends from down on the farm, creatures from under-the-sea and a gang of superheroes. – It’s much more than just dinosaurs. It’s Totally Roarsome!.”
When? Most dates from now until the 5th September
Address: Hazlewood Castle Hotel, Paradise Ln, Tadcaster LS24 9NJ

ICE Cream Parlours – Across Yorkshire

We have a post with TEN different ice cream parlours across Yorkshire to try. These all have additional family-friendly things to do on-site.

Kirklees Light Railway – Dinosaur Ranger Adventure – West Yorkshire – Update, Event now SOLD OUT

A Bit About – “Return steam train ride (25 minutes each way). A roarsome 20 minute Ranger School + meet & greet with a host of baby dinosaurs. All-day access to the outdoor playgrounds. Dino-themed trail. Tram platform rides. Rides on the Clayton Flyer miniature railway. Dinosaur craft activities (subject to COVID restrictions)”
When? 14th and 15th August
Address: Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
More about Kirklees Light Railway

Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 – City Centre – West Yorkshire

A Bit About – “The giant animatronic dinosaurs are set to take over Leeds from Saturday 24th July – Sunday 12th September! Are you ready to hunt them down? There will be 13 roarsome dinosaurs that you can hunt down in the Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 this Summer!
When? 24th July to 12th September
Address: Leeds City Centre

Find a Maize Maze Near You to Get Lost in

We have a post with 9 places to visit with a Maize Maze in Yorkshire this summer.

Mother Shipton’s Cave – Magical Wonderland – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Follow us down the rabbit hole for a fabulous adventure trail with intricate scenes inspired by the classic children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
We’re all MAD here! There’s something for all ages; go wild in our Adventure Playground, see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born.”
When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
More about Mother Shipton’s Cave

Piglets Adventure Farm – Summer Fun – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “What will you do first? Cool down in the rockpools at the beach, discover the magical fairy trail, find your way to the maize maze, say hello to the adorable piglets in the maternity ward and so much more.”
When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, North Yorkshire, YO32 9ST

PYO Fruit in Yorkshire – Check out all the best places to Pick Your Own Fruit, including Strawberries across the four counties of Yorkshire.

Scampston Hall – Pirate Treasure Hunt – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Use your treasure map to follow the clues around Scampston Parkland and find Pirate Bill with the stolen treasure… A self-led adventure that’s fun for all the family this summer!” Plus concerts, fairs, storytelling and more.
When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG

Scampston Hall – The Great Northern Food Festival – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages with live music, competitions and fairground rides alongside demonstrations from a number of key vendors. And we’re dog friendly, so feel free to bring along your pooches.”
When? 28th-30th August
Address: Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG

Scarborough Castle – Grand family day out & Knights Tournament – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – A Grand family day out – 7th and 8th August. “Get ready for a fun-filled extravaganza as we invite your family to a grand day out at Scarborough Castle Join us for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events and experience history first hand. Days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.” Knights tournament – 21st and 22nd August. “Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Scarborough Castle. Knights’ Tournament this August. Arrows will fly, swords will clash and the winner will be decided in the Grand Melee finale.”
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Scarborough Castle, Castle Rd, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
More about Scarborough Castle

Sewerby Hall and Gardens – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

A Bit About – Rusticus Woodland creatures activity days are on for most of the summer. Plus Rusticus Woodland theatre performances (outdoors). Magic shows and face painting – 28th July, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August and 1st September. The Greatest Showman adventure cinema 28th & 29th August.
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA
More about Sewerby Hall and Gardens

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Sheffield – Bears of Sheffield Trail – South Yorkshire

A Bit About – The sculpture trail is back for another year as bears are set to take to the streets of Sheffield in 2021. You will meet 100 little bears decorated by talented school children of all ages from schools across the region. Plus 60 big bear sculptures brought to life by professional local and international artists. The bears will be placed, here, bear and everywhere across the city of Sheffield for you to find. When you find a bear you tick it off on your map or app and if you really like your bear you can donate towards it!
When? 12th July until 29th September
Address: Sheffield city centre

Splash pads and outdoor swimming pools – More info coming soon….

Stockeld Park – Summer Adventure – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – Brand new for 2021 – Jurassic Mini golf. Plus a raptor encounter at weekends and the dinosaurs are back at Stockeld park for our amazingJurassic Summer event! Take a walk on the wild side, through our Enchanted Forest, and become an explorer for the day, how many dinosaurs will you discover? Plus a family-friendly music festival on the 29th and 30th of August.
When? 24th July to 6th September
Address: Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
More about Stockeld Park

Thornton Hall Country Park – Various Events – North Yorkshire

A Bit About19th to 25th July – Jurassic live Dino Adventure. Various dates in August – The Great farm adventure – Bradley & Annas Farm Party Show. Tractor World. Bubble Show. Character Meet & Greets. Street Theatre and more. Plus Superhero and Unicorn week – 23rd to 27th August.
When? Various dates, see above
Address: Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-craven, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS

Treasure House Beverley – Brick Wonders – East Yorkshire

A Bit About – Brick Wonders features recreations in LEGO® bricks of amazing sights from around the world, curated by artist Warren Elsmore. Find out more about the exhibition and what to expect on the Brick Wonders exhibition page.
When? 3rd July until the 2nd of October
Address: Champney Rd, Beverley, East Yorkshire, HU17 8HE

Wakefield Cathedral – Festival of the Earth – West Yorkshire

A Bit About – Wakefield Cathedral will be hosting the incredible Gaia – a giant seven-metre replica of planet earth, hanging magnificently in the nave over a ten-day period from 20 – 30 August. This incredible display is certainly one not to be missed.
When? 20th to 30th August
Address: Northgate, Wakefield WF1 1HG


Have fun and cool down on the water in Yorkshire this summer.
Places to take part in watersports – Allerthorpe Lakeland – Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire | Welton Waters Adventure Centre, Brough, East Riding of Yorkshire | How Stean Gorge, North Yorkshire | North Yorkshire Water Park | Rother Valley Country Park, South Yorkshire | Sheffield cable waterski and aqua park, South Yorkshire | Scarborough Surf School, North Yorkshire | Scaling dam reservoir, North Yorkshire.

YO1 Beach Club – York City Centre – North Yorkshire

A Bit about – Whether foreign holidays happen this summer or not, the residents of York at least won’t have to venture far afield to enjoy some sand, deckchairs and all things beachy when an exciting new attraction opens this summer. The YO1 Beach Club is a brand-new family-friendly space located in Tower Gardens at the foot of Skeldergate Bridge, opening on Thursday 24th June and running until Sunday 5th September. There is food, drinks, ice creams, milkshakes and slushies on offer. You can even buy a bucket and spade to play in the sand!
When?: Now until the 5th of September
Address: Tower Gardens at the foot of Skeldergate Bridge
How much? FREE – just purchase your food and drinks if needed

Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta – York Racecourse – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, formerly York Balloon Fiesta, returns for 2021 with the biggest hot air balloon festival Yorkshire has ever seen. This four-day festival includes a weekend of hot air balloons, children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts, food and drink, as well as a large funfair. The pinnacle of the festival will be the popular Hot Air Balloon Night Glow, followed by a brand new firework, drone and laser show!
When?: 27th to 30th August
Address:: York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Meet the Vikings – North Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Jorfor’s Hall Viking reenactment group will once again be joining us on the Viking village. They will be demonstrating a range of crafts and skills.”
When? 10th and 11th July
Address: Murton Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5UF
More about Yorkshire Museum of Farming

Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Sunset Safari – South Yorkshire

A Bit About – “Enjoy an evening stroll at the UK’s no.1 walkthrough Safari with friends and family this Summer. Take in the stunning backdrop of Yorkshire Wildlife Park where you can see our amazing animals settle down for the end of the day. What will your lasting memory be …. Seeing our amazing Polar Bears take an evening swim in one of their lakes? Watching the sunset behind our majestic Lions or seeing the Anteaters wake up from their daily slumber as the sun goes down! These evenings really will offer you a unique experience to see the animals in a different light.”
When? Every Friday and Saturday evening from 30th July to 28th August
Address: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TB

For regular inspiration please check out our Facebook page – Yorkshire to do with kids We also have a Yorkshire days out group where you can find daily ideas and ask for recommendations or even post about somewhere you’ve been (good or bad). Best Days Out in Yorkshire.

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