School Holidays Doncaster

Summer Holidays


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Covid19: Now Open

Please see the ‘Now Open’ section for up to date information on what’s open and when post lockdown.

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The Dome

Swimming: 

A number of measures have been introduced:

  • Reduced number of people in the pool during every session
  • One way entry and exit system in place
  • Extra cleaning and sanitisation between every session
  • A new queuing system with social distancing in mind
  • All customers must arrive beach-ready
  • Showers are not in use during this phase of re-opening

Book here 

DCLT Swimming Pools also open at:

  • Adwick  Leisure Complex
  • Armthorpe Leisure Centre
  • Dearne Valley Leisure Centre
  • Thorne Leisure Centre

 

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Adventures in Donnyland

Cast theatre have launched a new project to keep your little ones busy over the Summer holidays; Adventures in Donnyland!

Online, self-guided creative adventure for children aged 5 – 11 and their families – enter Donnyland HERE for lots of simple but entertaining activities for your little ones. From baking scrummy jam tarts to creating bunting to hang up and celebrate the Queen’s of Hearts Jamteenery (yes, that’s a thing, didn’t you know?) there’s a lot of fun to be had.

Cast are also running free, online workshops to go alongside the Adventures in Donnyland project. These are on Mon 17 August and Wed 19 August, and all you need is access to the internet take part. Each workshop will be hosted by one of the characters from Donnyland (who are, coincidentally trained drama practitioners); play drama games, get active and learn new Donnyland songs with them from the comfort of your living room.

Visit the website here and start your adventure in Donnyland today!

Boston Park Farm & Maize Maze tickets on sale now!

Boston Park Farm is a firm favourite for Doncaster families and from 5th July it will be reopen.

Due to government restrictions, not all of the farm will be open, however activities that will be open include:

  • Animal Trail
  • Animal Feeding
  • Animal Handling (with some restrictions)
  • Nature Trail
  • Maize Maze
  • Cafe for takeaway food and drinks (limited menu)
  • Toilets
  • Outdoor seating areas

Look at the newest member of the farm (pictured) – Isla the baby goat kid, born this month!

A note about Annual Passes 

All Annual Passes that were still valid on 21st March 2020 will be extended for 15 weeks from the date of expiry. This will be done automatically.

There will be a special Annual Pass Open Day on 4th July 10am-4pm for annual pass holders only. Annual pass holders can bring along 2 members of their own family free of charge too!

Visit the Boston Park Farm website to book tickets HERE. 

Boston Park Farm, Doncaster, DN7 6DS

 

Caged Steel Martial Arts are working together with a local Co-Op Member Pioneer and the charity MIND, sharing their common goal to improve communities and connect people.

Caged Steel Martial Arts will be donating a fun-filled Martial Arts lesson, taken by their head instructor Chris White. This session will be for kids aged 7-9, entry is just £3 and all proceeds will go to MIND. You must book in advance.

The session will take place at the Doncaster Martial Arts Centre who have kindly provided a safe environment for the session to take place.

Join them Friday 28th August, 2pm at the Doncaster Martial Arts Centre to ‘Get Moving’ and ‘Raise Plenty In 2020’.

Please book your place in advance by private messaging them or emailing megan.booker@coopmembers.co.uk. Once booked, please pay on the day

Click HERE for Facebook Event

Take part in activities every day over the summer.

  • Videos
  • Step by step craft activities
  • Forest school activities

Doncaster Children’s University facebook 

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Lakeside Trail

Did you know that there is a FREE trail to do at Doncaster Lakeside with the kids?

Find out more 

8-9th August – Join the Circus

  • Family fun
  • Learn Circus Skills
  • Stilt Walkers

 

See a list of places reopen here 

Covid19 Update:

Re-opening on 14th July!

Lots of measures in place to help keep everyone safe during their visit, from social distancing to sanitiser points and increased cleaning.


Open everyday throughout the school holidays. The museum is child friendly, including a themed dress up and play room!

The Museum is on an old RAF base and the majority of planes are in the hangar, which is a peice of history in itself!

Located a few minutes from M18 junction 3, near Lakeside (you can walk from the Lake).

Last admission 4pm (Winter 3pm).

  • Adult £6.50
  • Children (5-16) £3 (Babies and pre-schoolers under 5 go free)
  • Senior Citizen £5.50
  • Family £15

For details of group rates (nursery groups, childminders) please call us on 01302 761616

Special DONCASTER MUMBLER OFFER 2 for 1! Simply quote DONCASTER MUMBLER on arrival to enjoy 2 tickets for the price of 1!

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum, Dakota Way, Airbourne Road, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 7FB. (Please note, use DN4 7NW or Dakota Way for Sat Nav)

18th July – 7th September 2020, 10am – 6pm 

COVID-19 Update: Stockeld Park will re-open on the 18th July 2020.  Capacity will be restricted in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards.   Steps to ensure a COVID secure site – handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place.  For more details on the opening click here.

Gold Card members will be given priority access to book tickets and if you had tickets booked for the Easter Adventure, you will be contacted with details on how to redeem these.

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, adventure playgrounds galore, go karts and outdoor inflatables!

In order to stay in line with Government guidance, some facilities such as indoor play, the maze, boats and skate won’t be available, as we are unable to safely open these activities while adhering to social distancing measures. This is reflected in the reduced ticket price for the Summer Adventure

The indoor cafe will be closed but there will be outside catering (contactless payment only) and toilets.

Pre-booking of tickets required.

01937 586333
enquiries@stockeldpark.co.uk
stockeldpark.co.uk

Escape to the great outdoors this Summer.

Experience a traditional wild camping escape in the heart of nature at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Campers of all ages can enjoy an unforgettable fun family night (or two) under the stars. Get special rates for park tickets and book an after-hours safari tour.

Phone (01302) 535057 (Ext 76) or email camping@yorkshirewildlifepark.com. Brockholes Lane, Branton, Doncaster, DN4 6TB. Book here 

We reviewed Yorkshire Wildlife Park recently post lockdown – see the full review here  

Enter the competition HERE until Friday 7th August 2020

 

 

 

100 Doncaster Things to do before you’re 11

Discover a world of exciting THiNGS to do in Doncaster.

There are lots of exciting adventures in Doncaster. Whether it’s learning about dinosaurs, pretending to be a pilot, becoming a countryside ranger or finding fairies, there’s so much fun to be had!

Meet the Doncaster THiNGS and Download an activity booklet 

Bake Battle & Roll

Re-Open from 4th July 2020

Doncaster’s First board game cafe located on Wood Street in the Town Centre.

Open 5 days a week, 11am-9pm, Wednesday to Sunday, there are games for every age! A great place to spend a bit of time getting lost in a game or having a quick game to keep the kids amused whilst shopping!

24-26 Wood Street, Doncaster

Brodsworth Hall: Summer Explorer Quest

Starts Saturday 18th July 2020.

Tickets must be pre-booked. Take your family on a free fun adventure with a historical twist. Follow the trail through the grounds and track down the clues – crack them all to claim your adventurer’s certificate. Kick off your quest at Brodsworth Hall every day of the school holidays. Standard admission applies.

Download a summer explorer trail sheet here

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

 

Castle Howard

Open for all visitors – need to pre-book. About an hour and a half drive from Doncaster.

The grounds include lakes, fountains, temples and woodland as well as formal walled gardens making Castle Howard the perfect family day out.

The Castle Howard gardens are open daily, the adventure playground and Skelf Island reopen from 4th July.

Toilets are available.

Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA

Children’s Air Ambulance Downloadable Summer Activity Packs

If you need something to do at home, in the car whilst travelling, on a beach or anywhere, here are some great downloadable activity packs from Children’s Air Ambulance (Yorkshire).

Summer Activity Pack – full of colouring, crosswords, bingo, rainy day games, spot the difference and things to make!

Stay at Home Activity Pack (Issue 1& 2) – with a neighbourhood scavenger hunt, things to make and things to bake, colouring, puzzles and more!

Stay at Home Activity Pack (Issue 3) – Fabulous facts, Sudoku, riddles, experiments and more!

Find out more about Children’s Air Ambulance #The Crew HERE – an exciting new club for childrenwhere children can learn about saving lives, helicopters, medicine, fundraising and how a charity works.

Doncaster’s Drive-in-cinema

July 20th – July 27th, 11pm

Venue not announced as yet

 

Enigma? Live Escape Rooms

Reopening on 14th July 2020 for household groups.

  • All rooms are open, but will be on an appointment only basis.
  • Hand Sanitiser provided on entry
  • Face Masks provided on entry
  • Household bubble players only (2-6 players)
  • Increased room cleaning

Enigma Live Escape Rooms, 37 Hall Gate, Doncaster, DN1 3NR

0333 3661002

Great Yorkshire Maze

The Great Yorkshire Maze is a brand-new attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.

We have a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore in the Yorkshire Rose Maze, and for younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze.

The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush Train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones. Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time!

For some competitive family fun and more prizes have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in our Big Top with a cuppa and cake, a Berry Best Ice Cream or a barbecued bite.

So, come and explore The Great Yorkshire Maze, just off the A64 in Sherburn, midway between Malton and Scarborough (YO17 8QL)! There’s a lot of fun to be had in the field!

The Great Yorkshire Maze will be open every day from 22 July to 6 September 2020, from 10am to 6pm with last admissions at 4.30pm.

07985 331802

 

Gullivers Valley Resort

NEW theme park, opened nearby in Sheffield!

There are a number of themed areas including the Lost World, Smugglers Wharf and Toyland.

Face coverings currently mandatory on all rides and play attractions.

See more information here 

Hall Farm Park

Reopen from Friday 17th July 2020

  • Indoor and Outdoor Animals
  • Indoor play barn  with sandpit, bouncy castle, soft play, tractors and ride on’s. Also a giant slide with doughnuts that is always popular with my mini mumblers!
  • Outdoor Play Area
  • Under 5’s Area
  • Go-Karts

Caistor Road, South Kelsey, LN76PR
01652 678822

Longshaw Estate – National Trust

A wonderful place to discover spectacular views of the Peak District, ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland. Nearby Padley Gorge is great for paddling.

Several car parks including the main Woodcroft car park (which has toilet facilities), plus the smaller Wooden Pole  and Haywood car parks. There is a large house, currently closed during the Covid pandemic.

We visited recently (about an hours drive from Doncaster) and it was a great place for a walk, with stunning views, lots of interesting trees and dens. We were amongst the grazing sheep too. There is a large pond with ducks. Toilets were open in the main car park. Parking is free for National Trust members.

Just nearby is Padley Gorge, which is brilliant for paddling.

Visit Website 

 

 

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Re-open from 4th July – Pixie Village Trail. Outdoor Attraction.

Within historic woodland along the River Nidd is Mother Shipton’s Cave, the birthplace of Yorkshire’s famous prophetess. It is situated next to the Petrifying Well, England’s oldest visitor attraction. The attraction tells the story of Mother Shipton and the water which turns objects to stone.

Pre-book a slot. £25 per car term-time weekdays, £30 per car weekends/school holidays

Prophecy Lodge, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD

 

Normanby Hall Country Park

Phased reopening – open for members only

  • Hall is open 11-4pm.
  • Rural Life Museum is open 11-4pm
  • Stableyard cafe open every day with takeout service and reduced menu 11-3pm
  • The Normanby Arms outside bar is open weekends from 11th July 12noon to 4pm

One way systems introduced, hand sanitising stations and track and trace.

The Playground and splashpad are closed for the time being.

Normanby Hall , Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU

NT Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

We have visited here a couple of times. It is well worth a trip. We loved climbing the Abbey Ruins and following the river. There is a great adventure playground too.

Reopening on 8th June, book in advance for National Trust site

Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

NT Wentworth Castle Gardens

There are centuries of history to explore in these gardens and perfect picnic spots, plus a castle that’s not quite what it seems!

Large play area suitable for all ages too and seasonal trails around the gardens. We visited in October 2019 and did a lovely trail with the kids.

Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN

 

 

NT Wentworth Castle Gardens

We visited last year and we found lots of things to do. We enjoyed the playground and did a trail around the park, finding a tower!

Wentworth Castle Garden’s, Park Drive, Barnsley, S75 3EN

Piglets Adventure Farm

Re-opening 1st August (tickets on sale from Friday 10th July)

We’ve visited a couple of times and there is a lot to do here:

  • farmyard trail
  • animal barn
  • fairy tale maze
  • crazy golf
  • bouncing pillows
  • Pizza and Ice Cream!

Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

Pirates Cove Adventure Cove

12 holes of Swashbucklin’ Fun!

Pirate themed adventure golf course, great fun for all the family. Putt your way past the crocodile infested waters and rock pools to retrieve the treasure.

Price

  • Adults £6, Scallywags (4-14) £4.50, Stowaways (3 and under) Free
  • Ships Crew – 1 Adult & 3 children or 2 Adults & 2 children £18
  • Gang of Five – 2 Adults & 3 Children or 1 Adult & 4 Children

Open all year round and floodlit.

Kingswood, Thorne Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, DN7 6EP

01405 741343

 

 

 

Pugneys Country Park (incl Pugneys Light Railway)

Situated one mile from J39 of the M1, it is a 300 acre park – facilities for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing (equipment available to hire). Cycle hire available too. There is also a pirate playground.

Pugneys Light Railway is the scale miniature railway operating within Pugney’s Country Park during the summer and most school holidays.

Blown Away adventure trail : Zoom the zip line, snap yourself in the face boards, solve the puzzle boards, count the Geese, make some noise and more…a circular route around the lake accessible for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Asdale Road, off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ

Rufford Abbey Country Park – Summer 2020

Two car parking options – the main abbey entrance and the mill.

Open daily 10am-4pm

Parking £4 per car, card payment only or pre-book online.

  • Adventure Play Area is now OPEN.
  • One- Way system around the lake

We visited in June and due to Covid19 measures, do expect to queue for things (toilets/cafe). The park is doing a great job of ensuring social distancing.

Rugbytots Summer Outdoor Classes

Below is a summary of our summer outdoor classes, starting on 1st August for a 5 week term: –

Cantley Scout Hut Doncaster (DN4) – Saturday AM

9:30am – 2 to 3.5 years – FULL
10.15am – 3.5 to 5 years – FULL
11:15am – 2 to 3.5 years – spaces available
12:00pm – 3.5 to 5 years – spaces available

Stagecoach Performing Arts : Musical Theatre Summer Workshop

10th – 14th August 2020, Monday-Thursday 9.30am-3.15pm. Friday from 9.00am

Throughout the week our 6-18-year-olds will take part in theatrical workshops, featuring Dance, Drama and Musicality all around our central theme of the week.

Following Covid-19 & Government guidelines children will take part in the workshop in bubbles of a maximum of 15 students in each group that they will remain with for the week. We will be working towards an end goal that every student can be proud of!

Weather permitting there will be a socially distanced LIVE Performance on the Friday in our outdoor Theatre. The performance times will be staggered in the afternoon on Friday.

Also open to Non-Stagecoach students.

The McAuley School, Acacia Road, Cantley, DN4 6NU.

0114 321 1400

Sunnybank Gardens & The Yorkshire Ice Cream Farm

Now Open everyday for Ice Cream, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Fries, Sandwiches, Bar, Crazy Golf, Children’s Go Karts, Play Area.

11am-5pm

Bawtry Road, Doncaster, DN7 6PH
01302 842 954

Thoresby Park

Covid19 Update: Reopen from 4th July.

  • Parking £1 for up to an hour or £3 for a full day. Season passes also available if you are a regular visitor. Only accepting card payments.

Thoresby Park, about 40 mins from Doncaster, is a lovely place to visit all year round with a range of attractions for all of the family no matter how young or old.

Opening times are from 10.30am until 5.00pm, admission is free, we visited recently (Dec 2019) and they were building a new car park.

Beautiful surroundings, arts and crafts gallery, outside play area and seasonal trails. There is lots of space to run around and picnic.

There is a licensed cafe and some shops in the courtyard.

Thoresby Park, Thoresby Courtyard, Nr Ollerton, , United Kingdom

 

Uncle Henry’s Farmyard Crazy Golf

9-Hole Farmyard Crazy Golf Course open from Thursday 2nd July.

Situated in a walled garden, sessions are available every half an hour Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-3.30pm.

£4 per player, tickets must be pre-booked online.

The online staggered booking system ensures social distancing.

They have a maize maze opening in time for the summer holidays too, plus a cafe and farm shop.

Book tickets 

We visited (4th July) and it was brilliant. We were the only household in the crazy golf area, everything was sanitised. The kids even got a play on the play area which was open (allowing max 8 children, with requirements that children from different households don’t play on the same equipment at the same time. My children were able to rotate around the equipment taking turns with other children who were using the play area at the same time. Hand sanitiser was at the gate to be used before entry). Mr Mumbler bought some amazing sausages from the farm shop!

Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham Grange Farm, Grayingham, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 4JD

Wentworth Woodhouse: Storytelling with Grimm & Co

STORYTELLING WITH GRIMM & CO.

Rotherham’s awesome apothecaries of the magical world of books and the wizardry of words will be casting their spell over audiences in the gardens of Wentworth Woodhouse.

Grimm & Co first appeared at the Wentworth Woodhouse gardens during the WE Wonder 2019 and were such a hit, we’ve invited them back.

On Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 August their Enchanted Glade is the place to be for magical, creative activities for for children aged 5 – 11 and their families.

FAIRY DOOR-MAKING
  • Fairy door trail to follow
  • Interactive storytelling
  • Draw-a-long tutorials – learn the art of illustration
  • Discover the power of magical plants
  • Upgrade your broomstick or update your wand at the Apothecary to the Magical pop-up shop.
COVID-19 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS:

Activities will be staged at specific times so numbers and social distancing can be carefully controlled.

You will be welcomed into the Enchanted Glade at these times each day (arrive early as places will be limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis):

10.30am, 12.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm

See our Mumbler Review of Wentworth Woodhouse here.