Week 1 of the summer holidays- You’ve got this!

#OnOurDoorstep summer holidays

The summer holidays are fast approaching and we know it can be daunting trying to find fun, low cost or free activities for the little ones. So we’ve put together a guide for each week of fun activities and events happening in Kirklees.

On Our Doorstep- Half term activities

Keep an eye out for week 2 activities that will be published next Monday!

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Week 1, 25 – 31 July, you’ve got this! 

Family Nature Trail

Get outdoors and enjoy our fun family trail around the grounds of Cliffe House. The trail is family and buggy friendly, something the whole family can enjoy. When you have collected all the clues don’t forget to return to the food kiosk to collect your prize. *1 prize per paid trail sheet

When? Monday to Friday each week

From Monday 25 July until Friday 2 September (Closed Bank Holiday Mon 29th Aug)

Daily 10am till 4pm

Where? Cliffe House

Cost? £2 per person

Fairy and Trolls Trail

Follow the themed trail around the ancient woodland. Can you spot where the fairies and trolls live? Follow the map to find each of the houses, you might even spot the Fairies and Trolls as you make your way round. Come back to the kiosk at the end of the trail to collect your prize for finding all the houses.  Feel free to dress up for this trail, however please wear appropriate footwear as the woodland isn’t paved.   £4 per person No booking required

When? Monday to Friday from Monday 25 July until Friday 2 September (Closed Bank Holiday Mon 29th Aug)

Daily 10am till 4pm

Where? Cliffe House

Cost? £4 per person

Adventure Playground

Let your young ones loose on our woodland adventure playground with ropes, swings, slides and a tree house!  Free    No booking required

When? Monday to Friday each week from Monday 25 July until Friday 2 September (Closed Bank Holiday Mon 29th Aug) Daily 10am till 4pm

Where? Cliffe House

Cost? Free, no booking required

Family trails and activities

Explore Bagshaw Museum, Tolson Museum, and Oakwell Hall & Country Park throughout the summer with themed family trails and activities for all.

When? Throughout summer

Where? Bagshaw Museum, Tolson Museum, Oakwell Hall

Cost? Pay what you feel

For more information please visit: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums 

Ice-cream parlour at Oakwell Hall

Head to Oakwell Hall to enjoy yummy ice-cream to taste some of their yummy ice-cream.

When? Throughout summer

Where? Oakwell hall

Cost? Yes

Dinosaur hunt

Join us in our library hunting grounds for a roarsome chase to find and contain the escaped Dinosaurs and return them inside the book before it’s too late!

When? Throughout summer

Where? Kirklees Libraries

Cost? Free

For further information please visit: http://www.kirkleeslibraries.co.uk/children-and-young-people/

Summer Reading Challenge 2022 Gadgeteers 

The Reading Agency and libraries are excited to introduce Gadgeteers, Summer Reading Challenge 2022, a celebration of science and innovation, in partnership with the Science Museum Group.

You can sign up at your local library, choose your reading goal (we recommend six books), then read any books of your choice to collect special stickers and other rewards along the way – all for FREE. There is a digital platform too, so the fun can carry on at home! Children can take part in the Challenge at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

There are lots of activities and events taking place throughout the summer holidays so check out our website: http://www.kirkleeslibraries.co.uk/summerreadingchallenge or visit your local library for more information.

When? Sat 9 July – 17 Sep

Where? Kirklees Libraries

Cost? Free

Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage  

South Asian Heritage Month is an annual festival that runs from the 18th of July – 17th of August. Kirklees Libraries will be hosting an array of events and workshops in partnership with the local Sangam festival over this coming summer. FREE family events include:

·   Meet Elmer! – at the Sangam Festival Hub opening (16 July)

·   Sangam Mela – rides, stalls, music, and food (17 July)

·   Bhangra Demonstration – with Hardeep Sahota at Bagshaw Museum (31 July)

·   Norman Park Family Day – circus skills, drum workshop stalls (13 August)

·   Workshops – eco-crafts, silk cards, sun catchers (various dates)

·   Heritage Storytelling Walks – with Balbir Singh Dance Company (various dates)

To find out more information on upcoming events or ways to get involved please visit: www.kirkleeslibraries.com/sahm

When? 18 July- 17 August

Where? Different locations

Cost? Free

The War of the Worlds

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new open-air adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fighting-machines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale. The chances of success? A million to one…

To book your tickets and for more information please visit: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/thepantaloons/669268

Where? Oakwell Hall

Cost? Adults £14, £8.50 children

When? Friday 22 July 7pm-9m

Dinosaur World Live (family show 3+)

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome interactive show for all the family!

Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs.

Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus.

Also, a special meet and greet after the show offers all our brave explorers the chance to make a new dinosaur friend!

For further information and to book your ticket visit: https://www.thelbt.org/

Where? Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen’s Square Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

When? Fri 22 July 16:30, Sat 23 July 11:00, Sat 23 July 14:00, Sun 24 July 11:00, Sun 24 July 14:00

Cost? Various prices

Huddersfield TractorFest

More than just tractors! Huddersfield TractorFest is a charity fun day for all the family in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Kirkwood Hospice. Plenty of tractors, farm vehicles, attractions, entertainment, food & drink stalls, plus parking. Adults £10. Under 16s Free. Parking Free.

No card payments will be taken.

Parking is free

Where? North Moor Lane, Upper Heaton, Huddersfield, HD5 0PZ

When? Saturday 23 July 2022

Cost? Adults £10. Under 16s Free.

To find out more information about Huddersfield TractorFest visit: http://huddersfieldtractorfest.co.uk/ 

Summer Craft Activities

Come and join us for a Summer of creative family fun with crafts every day at Huddersfield Children’s Library. It is all free just drop in!

When? Wednesday 27 July- 3 Septemebr ( except Bank Holiday) Monday- Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Where? Huddersfield Children’s Library

Cost? Free

Books and Bugs Story Trails

Celebrate the wonder of nature and the pleasure of being outdoors on our summer story trails. Tim Hopgood’s My Big Book of Outdoors is the inspiration for our fun family picture trail and bug hunt this summer.

Recommended for families with children up to age 8.

When? Wednesday 27 July, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where? Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, HD1 4DT

Cost? Free

To find out more and to book your tickets go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kirkleeslibraries

We’re going on a virtual story hunt!

We’re Going on a Story Hunt! is a fun and highly interactive 40 minute session for families with children 3+ to enjoy at home.  During the session scavenger hunting and storytelling collide as we embark on exciting thematic adventures.  To coincide with the Summer Reading Challenge storyteller John Kirk will be presenting three gadget based adventures exploring the world of bizarre and bogus inventions.

When? 27 July, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where? Online

Cost? Free

For more information and to book free tickets go to www.ticketsource.co.uk/kirkleeslibraries

Family Film Screenings 

• Family-friendly films, all rated PG or U, in a unique, traditional setting
• Great value for money with no adverts
• Interval half way with refreshments and ice creams on sale

When? Wednesday 27 July
Where? Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury, WF12 8DG

Cost? £3 per person, £10 for a family ticket (max 4 people), under 2s free

To find out what’s on visit the Dewsbury Town Hall Facebook page. 

Mini Professors 

At Mini Professors we show science is fun and hope to instil a love of science from an early age.

We use hands on experiments, storytelling, interactive introductions, bespoke video and more to get children fully engaged, excited and create those wow moments!

We’re excited to be running sessions in libraries with hands on experiments this summer!

Recommended for age 3 – 8.

When? Thursday 28 July, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Where? Mirfield Library

Cost? Free

For more information and to book free tickets go to https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/kirkleeslibraries

Museums and Galleries 

Entry to all our museums and galleries is free!

Oakwell Hall and Country Park

History comes to life in our Elizabethan Manor House set-in award-winning parks and gardens with gift shop and café.

When? Tuesday – Thursday 12:00 – 16:00 (Kirklees School holidays)  / Saturday & Sunday- 12:00 -16:00

Where? Nutter Lane, Birstall WF17 9L

Cost? Free

Tolson Museum

From pre-history to the present day, amazing objects tell the story of Huddersfield.

When? Tuesday – Thursday 11:00- 17:00 (until 5 September) / Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 17:00

Where? Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

Cost?  Free

Bagshaw Museum

Join us on a trip around the world and explore Batley and beyond.

When? Tuesday – Thursday 11:00- 17:00 (until 5 September ) / Saturday & Sunday 12:00 – 17:00

Where? Woodlands Road, Wilton Park, Batley WF17 0AS

Cost? Free

Huddersfield Art Gallery

Visit Huddersfield Art Gallery’s new temporary home and exhibition space for ground-breaking touring exhibitions

When? Wednesday – Saturday  11:00 -16:00

Where? Unit 7, The Piazza Huddersfield HD1 2R

Cost? Free

For further information on our museums and galleries, events, opening times and how to find us, please visit: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums


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