The school summer holidays are upon us, so here are half a dozen suggestions for things to keep the little ones occupied and allow you some time to relax
Saxons in Leeds, Royal Armouries
July 26-Sept 3, #SaxonSummer
This summer holidays the Royal Armouries is offering a busy programme of exciting events and activities, many of them inspired by the special exhibition “Warrior Treasures: Saxon Gold from the Staffordshire Hoard.”
Each day there will be special themed events including Falconry Tuesdays, Warrior Wednesdays and Sports Day Thursdays. From chariot racing to comic book art workshops there is something for everyone. By popular demand Superheroes will make a welcome return to the museum between August 9 & 11.
Bugs & Pirates, Stockeld Park
July 23-Sept 5
Grab a sun hat and the sun cream – it’s ‘Summer Adventure’ time at Stockeld Park. Back with a bang, the family friendly visitor attraction has an action packed event programme planned for the school summer holidays with new events and new activities to enjoy. Don’t miss the Ugly Bug Ball on July 30 and 31 and Pirate Weekend on August 13 and 14, with special guest CBeebies star Gem the Pirate from the popular children’s TV show Swashbuckle. Gem will find her sea legs and take to the stage at noon, 2pm & 4pm.
Alhambra Theatre, Bradford
Until Aug 21
Magical musical Wicked has flown into Bradford - and it’s the only chance to see this global phenomenon outside London in 2016.
It’s a spectacle not to be missed and tickets are selling fast, so bag your place as soon as you can. The show is a spin off from The Wizard of Oz and follows the story of one of the witches.
For best availability at all performances, please check the Upper Circle where there is a great range of tickets from £21.50, or call the box office on 01274 432000.
It is big and it is clever. It also sounds like a load of old fun and could be the film of the year so far. Adapted from the Roald Dahl children’s classic, it stars Mark Rylance and is directed by Steven Spielberg. The book was first published in 1982, adapted from a short story in 1975’s Danny, Champion of the World.
So, if you fancy letting your hair down and going to see a film that appeals to all, it will likely run throughout the summer, with the inevitable DVD out just in time for Christmas.
Thomas & Friends, Smyths Toy Store, Leeds
July 29 in Leeds and July 28 in York
Join Thomas & Friends for an exciting racing adventure at the new Thomas & Friends Inflatable Play Station, touring across the country this summer. Encouraging friendship and teamwork, Thomas fans will need to work together to complete the activities and reach the end of their journey where they will receive a free gift for being really useful, just like Thomas and his friends on Sodor. Children can meet Thomas before diving into the coal pit to hunt for hidden treasure. See www.thomasandfriends.com
Golf, Temple Newsam
Until Sept 5, email@example.com
Youngsters will have the chance to hone and develop their golf skills at a specially designed six-hole pitch and putt course at a public golf club.
Open until September 5, young people aged 16 and under can for £2, can test their mettle with friends on the short course at Leeds City Council managed Temple Newsam Golf Club. Parents or guardians are also welcome to join their children free of charge and take on the short course.
With the facility unsupervised, it is recommended that an adult is present as the children play.