School's Out - Part 2 | Living North

School's Out - Part 2


Summer is finally here and school uniforms have been relegated to the back of the wardrobe. Here are a few ideas to keep the kids occupied over the weeks ahead - Part 2
'If the kids are always getting themselves covered in mud, take them for a Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey in Skipton. In rain or shine, the Welly Walk will take you on a journey; climbing trees, trudging through tunnels, slipping down slides, and conquering bridges and beams'
Bedes World
Bolton | Tullie House

Amazing Grace
Learn a bit of local history and celebrate the bravery of Grace Darling at the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh. Inspire the kids to greatness with the story of the Forfarshire rescue in 1838. At the age of 22, Grace and her father risked their lives as they braved tempestuous waves and gale force winds to rescue survivors from the wreckage of the ship. Learn more through personal items including letters, family portraits and the coble with which she saved the survivors.

Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
Enjoy a fast-paced family day out at Lightwater Valley just outside Ripon. Mini adventures for younger ones include Eagle’s Creek Farm, the falconry centre and the UK’s largest Angry Birds Activity Park. Mega rides for junior thrill-seekers include the Wild River Rapids and swashbuckling pirate fun in Skeleton Cove. Those in need of a bigger challenge can brave the darkness on the Raptor Attack and hurtle through the forest on Europe’s longest rollercoaster – The Ultimate.

On Stage At The Sage
Little Mozarts are well catered for at Sage Gateshead this summer, with courses and workshops in everything from creating new music to conducting. The Festival of Youth Orchestras from 28th July to 1st August is an opportunity to try a range of courses – younger children can play musical games and build their own instruments, while aspiring rock and pop stars can take part in Create A Band, making new music, recording a CD and performing in the iconic venue. Opportunities to enjoy music and make new friends continue through August – youngsters can enjoy singing sessions, or take part in the Folkworks Summer School in Durham.

Ripon Yarns
Don’t miss Children’s Day on 4th August at Ripon Racecourse this summer. With a large list of free activities including a circus, face painting, a bouncy castle, balloon modelling and more, there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained all day. The racecourse will also be holding a family event on 25th August when the Riggamoor Reindeer Mini Farm will be stopping by. It’s never too early to get excited for Christmas! And don’t forget, accompanied children under 18 go free at race days throughout the summer.

Keep ‘Em Abbey
If the kids are always getting themselves covered in mud, take them for a Welly Walk at Bolton Abbey in Skipton. In rain or shine, the Welly Walk will take you on a journey; climbing trees, trudging through tunnels, slipping down slides, and conquering bridges and beams. The Abbey’s annual Duck Race fundraiser, supporting Keighley’s Sea Cadets, takes place on 26th July, and in August there’s traditional family fun, stalls and activities at the Priory Fête.

Face Value
Set off on an exciting expedition through Durham Cathedral and look out for the ‘fantastic faces’ that will be hiding along the way. Hunt them down, then head to the Education Centre where children can get creative and make their very own clay face to take home. If that’s not enough, the cathedral will also be holding a special Woodlands and Riverbanks Celebration Event. A wide range of activities will be on offer, including circus skills workshops, Sam’s Safaris with a selection of small mammals and reptiles, and traditional woodworking.

Indoor Play
This summer Tullie House in Carlisle is celebrating the works of ceramic artist Richard Lee and his Work and Play exhibition. Based around his love for the ‘great indoors’ his work is a mix of themes including DIY, tools and games, which will be explored by children in a number of workshops throughout the holidays. Beginning on 19th July, on selected days until 9th August, children will be able to work with local artists and get creative decorating everyday objects, exploring art gallery trails and playing games.

A Good Sport
Take advantage of Northumbria University’s world-class sports centre to keep the kids active during the lazy summer break. Choose from a variety of programmes including aqua splash, dodge ball, parachute games, basketball and climbing. The £30 million facility in Newcastle is also home to a 25m swimming pool, 12m climbing wall and four sports halls. The university is also offering a number of art clubs for budding artists.

Travel In Time
Step back in time at Bede’s World in Jarrow. Learn about the life of the 7th century monk and scholar and pet the animals on the working Anglo-Saxon farm. The museum hosts family crafts, trails and activities throughout the school holidays, with a different theme each week. Special events in August include a raid by the fearsome Norsemen on Viking Day, when there is a prize for the best-dressed Viking family, and a chance to meet scurvy swashbucklers during Pirate Weekend.

Let’s Dance
Keep the kids active – and out of your hair – at Dance City in Newcastle. From 4th to 8th August they can learn hip hop and break dance moves in Urban Summer School, which will undoubtedly impress in the playground come September. From 11th to 15th August the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Summer School. It’s their chance to learn new skills from dancing, singing and acting to set design, stage makeup, props and costume design, with a golden ticket for friends and family to enjoy the end of week performance. Classes are on a convenient nine to five schedule.

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Published in: July 2014

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