FREE Summer Days Out Summer Holidays 2024

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Grand Day Out

25th and 26th August 2023
Enjoy a giant sand pit where kids can play, hit a hole in one at the crazy golf and join The Hepworth Wakefield learning team for outdoor creative play. Stack, build, experiment, draw and play with activities inspired by artworks in the gallery.

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Pop Up Parties

Pop-up parties are set to come to Valley Gardens in Harrogate, Knaresborough Castle grounds and Ripon Spa Gardens this summer for the whole family to enjoy. The fun-filled events are free and will be for a chance for you to enjoy a mix of magicians, juggling and circus shows, and a character mini disco.

Valley Gardens In Harrogate

Parks In Yorkshire

Parks offer fresh air, exercise and a great family day out for free. This is our selection of a few of the best parks Yorkshire has to offer, grab a blanket, a picnic and head to your local park.

In the Yard at The Piece Hall

29th July 2023
An amazing day out for music lovers of all ages, “In The Yard” is a free family friendly festival. Come down and see the very best local talent play on the huge stage in The Courtyard. With family activities, glitter and face painting to complete the festival vibe.


11th to 20th August 2023
FEVA - Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts is a 10 day annual event in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. The event compromises a mixture of paid and free events, with lots of free family orientated events taking place during the daytime.

Space For Everyone

17th to 21st August 2023
In Queen Victoria Square, Hull. The UK Space Agency’s Space For Everyone Tour is taking off this summer, giving you the chance to learn about the important role of space in our everyday lives as well as the exciting space-related job opportunities for people just like you!

Hornsea Carnival

19th to 21st July 2024
Hornsea Carnival is the largest and longest running FREE carnival in East Yorkshire. Hornsea Carnival is known to mark the start of summer.

Cannon Hall Multi-Sensory Trail

Explore the beautiful gardens of Cannon Hall as you never have before with our multisensory trail. Make an echo in the deer shelter, enjoy a picnic and see if you can spot any fish in the pond.

Marvellous Machines Trail at Elsecar Heritage

3rd July to 18th August 2023
Can you find all the awesome inventions and cool constructions hidden around Elsecar Heritage Centre?

Marvellous McLintock Mouse Trail

3rd July to 16th September 2023
McLintock the mouse is curious and wants to explore the museum. There are some surprising spots for a mouse to discover! Find all the hiding places in the Experience Barnsley museum and Tailor Made exhibition and collect your sticker from the gift shop

Summer@ Pit

22nd July to 3rd September 2023
Head to National Coal Mining Museum this summer for fun at the beach, head to the makers shed for summer science spectacular plus exbhibitions, nature reserve, playpark and of course the pit.

Dig this Archaeology Day

28th July 2023
Ever wondered what it would be like to be an archaeologist? Come along and roll your sleeves up and join us making ancient clay pots, digging for treasure and creating your own roman hoard. At Experience Barnsley

Cotter Force Waterfall, Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Waterfalls

Twelve of the best waterfalls in Yorkshire, great for a family walk and picnic and a chance to explore Yorkshire's beautiful cascades.

Great Hall at the National Railway Museum

Museums with Free Entry

Free to visit museums in Yorkshire, interactive and fun local musuems with no charge.. Great family and friends days out across Yorkshire.

Settleflower Pot Festival

13th July to 1st September 2024
The Settle Flowerpot Festival takes place throughout July & August during which time the town is awash with amazing, fantastical Flowerpot Creations that are guaranteed to make you smile.

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Breeze In The Park

26th July to 31st August 2023
Get caught up in sun, fun, chills and thrills with, our interactive play system, arts zone, food and, of course, our classic inflatables. Pre book just 50p per child. All at a Leeds Breeze in the Park.

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Country Parks in Yorkshire

Country Parks offer an easily accessible opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and nature without getting too far off the beaten track. The range of activities varies from family friendly trails to windsurfing.

Dino Walk! Wakefield

29th July to 4th September 2023
Meet roar-some dinosaurs at Trinity Walk’s Dino Walk! Get hands on and up “claws” to dinosaurs and everything prehistoric this summer holidays!

Minion scarecrows at Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival

12th to 20th August 2023
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival is back in business and will return this August 12th-20th. We'll have amazing scarecrows, amazing cakes and amazing weather (!)

Princess and Superhero Day at Sandall Park

3rd August 2023
Kings entertainment bringing transformers and superheroes, Mini funfair, food stalls ,large inflatables zone ,all that jazz dance, Zorbs, Stacey’s entertainment, music and games ,circus workshop ,ice cream , cake and craft stalls ,pony rides ,and lots more to come

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Settleflower Pot Festival

15th July to 3rd September 2023
The Settle Flowerpot Festival takes place throughout July & August during which time the town is awash with amazing, fantastical Flowerpot Creations that are guaranteed to make you smile. Trail maps £2 each, three trails available.

Action Packed Summer at Royal Armouries

22nd July to 3rd September 2023
This summer is going to be a full-on action-fest as we showcase our most exciting and popular combats, demonstrations and dramas. Every day will be different and who knows which characters and heroes from history you’ll meet on your visit. Plus there will be 2 FREE horse shows daily.

Brick By Brick at Danum Gallery

1st July to 3rd September 2023
‘Brick by Brick’ is an exhibition of work by 18 international artists, designers and photographers who use LEGO® bricks as their medium or their inspiration.

Summer Cinema at Lakeside

Thursdays in August
This exciting event will begin on the 3rd of August and last up until the end of 31st August. There will be two screenings on each day of the event. What’s more, is that the event will be completely FREE to access,

Volunteering at Golden Acre Park

2nd and 16th August 2023
The Woodland Wednesdays volunteers will be at Golden Acre Park on the 2nd and 16th August with the aim of removing small saplings from the arboretum 🌱 By removing these self-seeded young trees, we will open up the spaces between the specimen trees – giving them room to flourish and for you to admire them!

Do Touch Sculpture at Woodend Gallery

24th July to 2nd September 2023
Play with tactile tentacles and soft spikes in this sculptural world of squishy monster-like characters. Accompanied by roaring and rumbling sounds, artist Julia Snowdin invites you to immerse yourself in this installation, exploring art through touch.

Canal Basin Puppet Extravaganza

5th August
A special day of free puppet shows at Skipton Canal Basin on Saturday 5th August, kindly supported by Skipton BID. Part of the Skipton Puppet Festival.

Teddy Bear Trail at Leeds City Museum

26th July to 3rd September 2023
Look high and low around the museum for our cuddly teddy bears and see if you can spot them all! Bring your favourite bear to join in or dress up as your favourite cuddly toy for your visit.

Ripon's Summer Circus Trail

22nd July to 3rd September 2023
Find the circus tent posters in participating businesses’ windows, complete the trail sheet and return it to Ripon BID, 8 Westgate for your chance to win fantastic prizes. Trail sheets available from venues across the city.

Sheffield by the Seaside

27th July to 29th August 2023
Sheffield by the Seaside is back with a whole host of family fun including fairground rides, games, giant sandpit, visiting dinosaurs and TV/film characters, kids entertainment and a whole lot more. (some rides may incur a charge)

BrickLive: Fantasy Kingdonm Trail Bradford

22nd July to 6th August 20203
The BrickLive trail returns with the theme of Fantasy Kingdom. Brought to you by Bradford Business Improvement District (BID), 15 large installations of mystical and fantasy figures including unicorns, dragons, and warriors will be placed around the city centre for visitors to find.

Dino Day in Hull

4th August 2023
Dino Day will take place on Friday 4th August at Queen Victoria Square. The event will be packed full of activities and exhibits. Visitors will have the chance to get up close and personal with a giant T-Rex, velociraptor, spinosaurus, baby dinosaurs and comedy cavemen in their cave kart. FREE


East Hull Community Farm

open Monday to Friday 9am -3:30pm during the school holidays. We are FREE to enter! But please consider leaving a donation during your visit. 💚 Cows, Sheep, rabbits, pigs, donkeys, cheickens and more. Animal food is available at 20p a bag, from the pellet machine (20p coins needed) or in our shop.

Free Art Galleries in Yorkshire

Free Art Galleries

Free to visit art galleries and creative spaces in Yorkshire. Fire your imagination and be inspired by art and sculpture in Yorkshire.

Medieval Day North York Moors

6th August 2023
A day of Medieval activities at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre. There will be displays and information, friendly Anglo-Saxons to talk to, and children’s crafts. These include shield making, colouring and lettering, runes, poetry and storytelling.

Fireworks Championship 2023

26th and 27th August 2023
Immerse yourself in a cast of colourful characters and pop-up performances. Look out for friendly giants and petulant princesses, naughty nose thieves and proud sea captains as our town explodes into a fantastic spectacle of creativity, where fairy tales become reality and your wildest dreams take shape right here on our streets!