School Holidays North Kirklees

There is so much on for kids and families in the North Kirklees and surrounding areas during the school holidays.

The weather is something that we can’t count on in Yorkshire so we’ve included a great mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Plenty of low cost and free alternatives as well as a great variety of school holiday child care and camps.

Be sure to also check our Events Calendar for daily activities as well as some ideas for days out featured below.

You can also check Kirklees School Holidays here.

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10 Advent calendar ideas

I’m not sure how we’ll approach advent calendars this year in our house. My mini mumbler is now four so there’s a good chance the count down may have more meaning this year.

Last year, I vividly recall was tantrum-fuelled as the concept of waiting a day for one more chocolate was completely too much for more daughter. So, if like me you want to steer away from the chocolate store versions. Vicki over at our neighbouring Wakefield Mumbler has helped us out with some advent calendar alternative ideas.

  • Traditional picture nativity scene
  • Elf on the Shelf instead of a calendar – we have put together some ideas for you HERE
  • We received a Winter calendar from my God Parents last year and every day was ‘Hello’ in a different language
  • Hot Wheels calendar – a great one for anyone who loves cars!
  • Books – check out your local Usbourne seller for a pre-wrapped 24 book advent calendar!
  • A reuseable advent calendar – this is what we have and we fill it with different things each day. Last year there was a miniature dinosaur in each day
  • Dairy free chocolate (ok, this one of kinda chocolate!) – we’ve had one of these before and the chocolate was yummy
  • Happyland calendar – great for role play and full of festive themed characters
  • Playdoh advent calendar – fantastic messy play activity
  • Reverse Advent Calendar – link up with your local food bank and add something in need to a giving box each day of advent


I really like the idea of stringing a calendar up on the wall. Plus it doubles up as decor! Win Win!

As always please share your thoughts on Facebook @NorthKirkleesmumbler on our chat group. It really is growing fast and becoming a great space to share ideas.


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Come and join us for our FREE launch event!

To celebrate the launch of North Kirklees Mumbler Parenting Community website we’d like you to come and meet us and other parents on November 1st.

We’re hosting our event at Mirfield Community Centre from 10am till midday.

We can promise hot coffee, no parenting judgement and lots of activities suitable from baby to under 6s (older siblings welcome as we appreciate it’s half term).

We’re thrilled to have Charlotte from Sounds Right Phonics, Baby Massage from Foundations Nursery Batley and Carol from Relax Kids joining us for taster sessions throughout the morning.

We’ll also have plenty of toys, craft tables set up and round the session off with a story time.

It’s a all free event but if you can register for tickets here it would help us with numbers. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Lucy and Louise

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Oh yes it is! Pantos to take your kids to in Kirklees

There’s something really special about going to a pantomime as a child. Watching the cast bring a classic tale to life and of course lots of audience participation!

And for some children it’s there first experience of a theatre and the performers do not disappoint with a  truly magical experience.

Although many pantos are on now, January officially marks the start of the season so there’s plenty of time to get some tickets for these great shows.

And with tickets for amateur shows from £5, it’s more affordable than you might think.

Dick Whittington

19th to 23rd November 2019 (evenings) and 16th, 17th and 23rd November 2019 (matinees)

Presented by arrangement with Ben Crocker Pantomimes.
Following the success of last season’s production of Aladdin the Arts Group are proud to be presenting another fun filled pantomime with Dick Whittington and his faithful cat, Tommy, setting out to make their fortunes. Aladdin was a sell out production so make sure you get your seats booked early.

Dewsbury Arts Group, 10, Lower Peel Street, Dewsbury, WF13 2ED

Showstoppers present “Cinderella’

Cleckheaton Town Hall
13th – 23rd December 2019  Matinee & Evening Performances
Showstoppers bring the magical story of Cinderella to Cleckheaton Town Hall this Christmas, with amazing special effects, hilarious comedy and spectacular song and dance routines that we have come to expect from a Showstoppers pantomime.

Snow White – Carlinghow Theatre Company
Batley Town Hall – Friday 10th January to Sunday 12th January 2020
Carlinghow Theatre Company present the enchanting, musical fairy-tale classic Snow White at Batley Town Hall.Featuring a host of hilarious and wonderful characters, fantastic songs, gorgeous costumes and of course the famous Magic Mirror.

Fun, laughter and extra sparkles for all the family and remember….. never take an apple from a stranger!

Tickets £11 with concessions plus booking fee.

Sleeping Beauty @ Lawrence Batley Theatre
December 6- Dec 9th
Go on a magical adventure with our new pantomime Sleeping Beauty!From the team who brought you Aladdin and Jack & The Beanstalk, 2019’s family show includes spectacular costumes, hit songs and audience participation. It promises to be Huddersfield’s biggest pantomime yet!
    • Friday 6 December 2019 – 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • Friday 6 December 2019 – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
    • Saturday 7 December 2019 – 2:00pm – 4:30pm
    • Saturday 7 December 2019 – 7:00pm – 9:30pm,
    • Monday 9 December 2019 – 10:00am – 12:30pm
Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP

Aladdin by St Mary’s Theatre Group, Batley

Start off your Christmas celebrations by joining us for this year’s Pantomime and a visit from dear ole Santa.

Friday 6 Dec 2019 7.30pm.
Saturday 7 Dec 2019 2.30pm.

Saturday 8 Dec 2019 7.30pm

Sunday 9 December 2019 1.30pm

Tickets only £5. Available from 01924 478394, 07773205311, St Mary’s Social Club / Parochial Hall, Melton Street Batley; Jo Cox House, Commercial St, Batley.

Panto Ever After – Cinderella Marsden Mechanics

Mon, 23rd Dec – 2.00pm

Ticket Info: Family of 4 – show 4a – £35.00; Adult – show 4a – £12.00; Child – show 4a – £8.00; Concession – show 4a – £10.00

You are royally invited to the event of the Year!

His Royal Highness, the Price Charming, requests your company at Marsden Mechanics Hall this Christmas 2019.

With an excellent reputation for innovation and creativity, Panto Ever After guarantee a brand new, exciting interpretation of everyone’s favourite pantomime, Cinderella.

Join us for heaps of fast paced family fun, with glitz and glamour, popular tunes, and all your favourite fairy tale characters.

Just outside Kirklees:

Beauty and the Beast – Halifax 2019

This year’s ‘beauty’ of a panto at The Victoria Theatre in Halifax is Beauty and the Beast.

A conceited Prince gets cursed and spends 500 years trapped in a castle as a Beast. The arrival of a beautiful, intelligent and feisty young woman offers the possibility of the curse being lifted, but she can learn to see beyond appearances and learn to love a Beast?

Victoria Theatre, Fountain Street, Halifax 


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Places to see Santa near North Kirklees 2019

Of course it’s way too early to mention it, and it seems to get earlier every year but some places are already booked up, particularly Kirklees Light Railway so with the reluctance of Scrooge here’s a quick round up in no particular order.

We’ll update as more info comes in from Santa’s elves.

Santa Underground at the National Coal Mining Museum

Weekends from November 24, Daily from December 15-23 

Families have the chance to visit Santa in his grotto 150 feet underground.  This includes under 5’s!

£7.50 with a present and certificate, £5.50 adults

Tours take place on the hour and half hour. (Be aware for elf and safety, everyone going down the pit must wear a hard hat – even for photos!)

Caphouse Colliery, New Rd, Overton, WF4 4RH 01924 848806

Tours take place on the hour and half hour.

Booking essential and early booking advised email or call 01924 848806 to book.

The Ship Inn, Wacky Warehouse
It would appear Santa’s helpers have not finalised the details for this year’s visit to The Ship.
We’ll keep you posted and here’s a pic of last year’s grotto!
Steanard Lane, Shepley Bridge, Mirfield, West Yorkshire,WF14 8HB

Father Christmas in the Woods at Oakwell Country Park

TBC 2019

Join Santa and his helpers around the campfire and make a wooden Christmas decoration. Children must be 5 and over and accompanied by an adult. £8 per child.

Pre-booking required.

Oakwell Hall Country Park, Nutter Lane, Birstall, WF17 9LG. Tel: 01924 324761.

Whitley’s Garden Centre

Santa’s arriving on December 2nd, then appears daily Monday- Thursday until December 19th. Final tea is on December 23rd. All at 4.3opm

Whiteley’s cafe becomes a magical place for tea with Santa and his Elves. There will be party games, music, storytime and of course a special present from Santa himself.

Far Common Road, Mirfield WF14 0DQ

Booking essential call the Cafe on 01924 495944.

Tong Garden Centre

16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th November, 1st – 24th December 2019 (excluding 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 9th December)

Tong Garden Centre has undergone a huge revamp recently and it’s going to make for a wonderful family experience where Santa will greet you at your table as you enjoy breakfast. Each child will then meet Father Christmas individually to receive their present. Breakfast with Santa will start promptly at 8.30am and will finish at 10am.

Pre-booking Required. Suitable for toddlers.

Grass Hoppers at Tong Garden CentreTong Lane, BD4 0RY.

Silver Birch, Cleckheaton

Breakfast with Santa on Saturday 14th & 21st December from 10am.

The visit includes, breakfast, a drink, Santa’s appearance, a present, activities with the elves.

On Christmas Eve they are also hosting a Child’s Frozen Xmas Party with a visit from Santa 10-12.

Cost is £10 per child.

Booking required on 01274 877632.

Centurion Way, Cleckheaton BD19 3QE

Kirklees Light Railway Santa Specials 

Departing from December 1st various times. 

Kirklees Light Railway has Santa Special train to The North Pole that bring children to Santa’s grotto where they will also receive a gift while adults enjoy mulled wine (or hot drink) and minced pies.

Prices start at £15 for adults and £15 for children with gift.  Booking is essential. Call 01484 865727.

Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9XJ

The Mill Outlet, Batley

TBC but Santa typically makes an appearance from mid November for a traditional meet and greet experience.

The Mill Batley, 418 Bradford Road, Batley, WF17 5LZ

Santa at The Victoria Tower, Castle Hill

Join Santa at Huddersfield’s historic Castle Hill on December 14th and December 15th from 11am-3pm.

Usual admission charges to Victoria Tower apply, £2.00 for adults, 60p for children and £4.00 for families (2 adults and 2 children).
Cash only site.
Free for Kirklees Passport holders.

Victoria Tower, Lumb Lane, Almondbury, Huddersfield

We’ll update listings above as the information becomes available.  As always please book and check with the event organiser as details occasionally change and we’d hate for any little one’s to be disappointed.

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Christmas Lights events in North Kirklees

The tinkle of festive music is filling the shops, the air is getting colder, and pretty soon the streets will be aglow with light as we get ready for Christmas.

Be the first to see own towns light up by visiting one of the fantastic light switch on events being organised by local communities and businesses across Kirklees.

Cleckheaton Christmas Festival and Market
16 November at 9am – 7pm Cleckheaton Town Centre

Cleckheaton’s Victorian Christmas Festival comprises a wonderful Christmas Market of over 75 stalls full of foods, a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone including speciality foods, toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and festive decorations.
There is entertainment throughout the day with traditional brass bands, fairground attractions, mulled wine, roast chestnuts, and street entertainers, culminating with the Christmas Lights Switch On.


Saturday 23 November, 4pm-8pm, Green Park, Heckmondwike

An annual outdoor family festival coinciding with the festive lights switch-on which transforms Heckmondwike’s town centre into a weekend of magical light and wonder. Last year, visitors to HeckmondLIGHT explored light-art installations; lost themselves in ‘Invanity’, a kaleidoscopic world of mirrors; danced to music from a Portaloo-converted human jukebox; and explored a cardboard labyrinth in the old Market Hall. See what you can discover at HeckmondLIGHT 2019.

See our full event preview on the blog!

Batley Christmas Lights Switch On Event
Saturday 30 November, 3pm – 6.30pm, Batley Market Square

Enjoy a variety of entertainment on the stage area; lots of market stalls selling seasonal goods; a small funfair with children’s rides and the ever-popular Snow Globe. Santa’s in his grotto to give well-behaved children a present before the lights are switched on at 6pm by the Deputy Mayor and guests.

Mirfield Christmas Lights
Sunday 1 December, 2pm-6pm, Mirfield Library and the Co-op, Huddersfield Road.

The Mirfield Christmas Lights Switch on is an annual event organised by Mirfield Town Council, in association with local businesses. The event includes a funfair located in the town car park, at the rear of the library, with a live music stage within the Co-op. There are also craft stalls and refreshment outlets within the area.

Birstall Lights Switch On
Tuesday 3 December, 3pm-7pm, Birstall Market Place.

Lots for children to do including a fabulous face painter in the library with glitter tattoos, jewellery hair accessories and a children’s entertainer with balloon modelling. In the Market Place you will find a fairground, various stalls, Christmas gifts and Birstall memorabilia. Santa is in his Grotto from 3pm until 5.15pm before he arrives on his wonderful brightly lit sleigh at 6pm ready for the blessing of the lights.

Roberttown Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 6 December, 5pm–7.30pm, Roberttown Village

Roberttown Christmas lights are an eagerly awaited feature of village life. The switch on evening includes Santa’s grotto, Christmas market, funfair rides, Christmas tree festival and much more.

Dewsbury Christmas Lights
Saturday 7 December, 12pm–7pm, Market Place

Lots of traditional entertainment, sometimes with an unusual twist, with local schools and groups combining with local and not so local entertainers. Take advantage of special offers from local businesses as well as a community market with homemade craft products for Christmas shoppers and community groups showcasing their activities. Everything comes together in a big finale and Lantern Parade before the big Lights Switch On. An opportunity for you to visit Dewsbury’s traditional Saturday market, have a bite to eat, browse the Community Market in Market Place and experience the changing music genres through the afternoon.

If you know of any houses which go all out for Christmas lights please share them on our Facebook chat group @Northkirkleesmumbler.


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Win a family ticket to ‘Gecko and Mole: The Show’ this half term

mole and gekoCreative Scene will bring Mole and Gecko: The Show! to venues in Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley this October half-term.

And North Kirklees Mumbler has teamed up with Creative Scene for a chance to win a family ticket to the show of your choice.

To enter this competition just fill out our Contact Us form with your details HERE and use the word ‘Mole’ in the comments section. Be sure to follow our Facebook news page here for when the winner is announced. 

So what is Mole and Gecko about?

Mole and Gecko: The Show, stars musicians Simon Mole and Will Gecko. The duo will take West Yorkshire audiences on an adventure where they help create new songs, hear stories of bravery and friendship and meet a host of unlikely characters. 

Simon Mole and Will Gecko said: “We can’t wait to bring our riotous rap musical to Dewsbury, Mirfield and Batley this half-term. We’re about to set out on a journey down on river on a boat (the boat doesn’t have a name… yet. Come with some suggestions for us!) and we can’t wait for families to join in with the fun.”

When’s it on?

The show will come to Northorpe Hall (29 October), Batley Bulldogs (30 October), Thornhill Sports and Community Centre (31 October), Healey Community Centre (1 November) and Birstall Community Centre (2 November). 

Each performance begins at 2pm, and tickets are £5 each of £16 for a gang of four. To purchase tickets, please visit 

What’s it part of?

Mole and Gecko: The Show is part of Big Imaginations, a festival of theatre, arts and music for children and their grown-ups, happening at more than 30 venues across the north of England from 11 October until 3 November. 

Nancy Barrett, Director at Creative Scene, said: “We’re thrilled to be part of the Big Imaginations family. It’s built up of 22 arts organisations that are all committed to bringing the best of children’s theatre to West Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and beyond. The festival happens once a year and we are so pleased to welcome Mole and Gecko: The Show to five venues this half-term.”

Competition Terms & Conditions

  1. This competition is open to any person resident in the UK who is over 18 years old. Employees of Creative Scene, or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible. Employees of North Kirklees Mumbler are not eligible. By entering, the participant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.
  2. There are 4 tickets available to win for one family, at least one adult must attend.
  3. The winners must be available for one of the performance dates and have a choice of venue.
  4. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received.
  5. The closing date is October 25 2019 at midnight.
  6. The winner will be notified by email and announced on our Facebook page.
  7. The prize is not transferable and no cash alternative is available.
  8. The Promoter reserves the right to withdraw this offer or amend these Terms and Conditions at any time without notice.
  9. In the event of any dispute regarding the Terms and Conditions, the conduct, results and any other matters relating to this prize draw, the decision of the Promoter shall be final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  10. We take your privacy very seriously, and will NOT share any of your details with any other party. Your details will only be used to contact you if you win.

Top 5 water days out near North Kirklees

Chances are your little ones will love getting wet; but for an extra special trip why not make waves in a more adrenaline fuelled environment with these fun filled water parks.

Huddersfield Splash Park

Staying closest to home, Huddersfield Splash Park is ideal for all ages with a range of water features and slides for the youngsters, and larger slides for the older children and adults.
There is lots of family fun to be had in the Splash Park with the water buckets, water jets, lazy river, small slides and small fun pool. And in terms of bigger slides, they have the water flume and Sidewinder.

Huddersfield Splash ParkNeed to know:


Splash Park,
Huddersfield Leisure Centre,
Spring Grove Street,

Need to know:

To use the flume and Sidewinder, you must be at least 1.2 metres tall or over.

Parking can be busy and is limited so allow time to park.

Booking advisable and essential in school holidays. Opening daily. Check

Metrodome Barnsley Calypso Cove

Calypso Cove is home to flumes, sensational slides and wonderful waves – making it a great day out for the whole family!

Young swashbucklers can splash around in our interactive toddler splash zone ‘Barnacle Bay’, this under 8’s splash zone is fun for all the family because it’s bursting with brilliant water features, tipping buckets and a mini slide.


Leisure Complex

Queens Ground
Queens Road
S71 1AN

01226 730060

Wipeout Dewsbury Sports Centre

Wow Wipeout at Dewsbury Sports Centre offers up five obstacles and two slides.

There are two types of sessions depending on the pace of the session you’d like which is normally dictated to by the age of your children.

To sign up you can book a 60 minute session and it’s suitable for ages three and over.

An added bonus is that it’s suitable for all swimming abilities as everyone is provided with a lifejacket.

What else do I need to know?

• All children under eight must be supervised on the inflatable by an adult at all times

• All sessions are 45 minutes long (excluding 15 minutes life jacket fitting)

• Wristbands issued via reception on entry must be worn at all times


Dewsbury Leisure Centre


WF12 8EN


Richard Dunn Leisure Centre

A step up from a traditional swimming pool, Richard Dunn Leisure Centre has a Jungle Adventure Pool as part of the sports complex facilities.

Fun is focussed around a Cobra’ black hole slide and a ‘Zambezee’ tyre ride, in addition to a 25m Leisure pool and sauna.


Rooley Avenue



If you’re heading to the coast or can make a stop enroute this Scarborough pool looks great.

Alpamare Scarborough

Choose from the gigantic wave pool, warm outdoor garden pool, Splash and Play area or stunning outdoor infinity pool.

Plus it boasts four ‘state-of-the-art’ long water rides.

Where? North Bay, 28 Burniston Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 6PH 0172 386 1431

7 Brilliant Bonfire crafts your kids will love!

Pop some fizz, sparkle and boom into the kids’ Bonfire night crafting with these easy and effective ideas!

· Chocolate Sparklers

Dip the tip of a chocolate finger into hot water (careful with little ones) then into a bowl of sprinkles. Popping candy makes them extra delicious!

· Fireworks in a Jar

Clean a glass jar and fill it 3/4 of the way up with warm water. Pour four tablespoons of oil into a bowl and add a few drops of food colouring (about four drops for each colour). Mix the oil and colours together, then slowly pour the mixture into the jar and watch what happens!

· Fireworks Rings

Gather some tinsel pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Gather five halves, fold them in half again, wrap around your child’s finger to make a ring shape then use the sixth half to secure the circle. Bend the ends to look like a bursting firework, making sure the ends don’t poke into the child’s finger.

· Firework Buns or Cookies

Bake buns or cookies from your favourite recipe, then let them cool. Mix some icing (or use store-bought tubes), divide into bowls and add food colouring. Splatter them onto the sweet treats and use the backs of spoons or cocktail sticks (careful!) to drag them into exploding shapes.

· Toilet Roll Firework Painting

Save a few loo rolls then using scissors, cut lots of slits into one end and splay the cardboard out. Dip the cut ends into a few bowls of paint and splodge onto paper!

· Rocket on a Stick!

Gather some ice lolly sticks and cut out some rocket shapes. Let the children colour them, stick things onto them and make flames with tissue paper, ribbons or pipe cleaners. Stick them onto the lolly stick and they’re ready to fly!

· Nature Bonfire Pictures

Collect some beautiful autumn leaves and sticks during a walk with the kids. Gather some paper and glue, then stick some twigs to the paper in a bonfire shape, and use leaves to make flames. Add some pom poms for fireworks if you want some sparkle.

All aboard! Days out with Thomas and friends

If your little ones love trains then a trip to meet Thomas and his friends at Kirklees Light Railway is a must this summer!

And with just one special weekend left in August for a chance to climb aboard and head from the Island of Sodor!

The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure the engines are all being really useful and behaving themselves and will conduct an opening ceremony each day at 9.45am, assisted by Rusty and Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers!

The first train of the day is pulled by Thomas and departs Clayton West at 10am.   Trains will depart every 30 minutes thereafter until the final train departs Clayton West at 4pm. The remaining trains are pulled by Emily or our home locos, Owl and Sian.

After Thomas returns from his 10am trip to Shelley, he will remain at Clayton West to give platform rides for everyone to enjoy!


  • Adult – £13
  • Concession (over 60s, students, carers) – £12
  • Child (2 – 16 years old) – £11
  • Under 2s – FREE
  • Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) – £46
  • Family PLUS (2 adults + 3 children) – £51.50

Bookings can be made via: Day Out with Thomas or by calling the Day Out with Thomas box office on 0843 208 1840 (please note – this is NOT the railway).

*Only the 10am train is the ONLY train pulled by Thomas to Shelley.

Free School Holiday Library Activities in North Kirklees

With the long summer holidays to fill, it can prove both costly and exhausting to come up with ways to entertain your youngsters.

Here’s a round up of some free activities happening at Kirklees Libraries this summer.

Bug Hunts and Worm Whispering with Superworm

Never fear, Superworm’s here! He’s our inspiration to search for bugs and worms on our storywalks this Summer.

Superworm is super long, Superworm is super strong. Watch him wiggle, see him squirm, hip hip hooray for Superworm!

Tick off some of the “50 things to do before you’re 5” on this opportunity for outdoor learning, to bring stories to life and combine reading with physical activity. Find out who will come to Superworm’s rescue when he’s captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard in our story then set off on a walk to your local woodland or open space where we’ll search for bugs and use our special magnifiers to see them up close and personal.

Please note that although children must be accompanied by an adult, you only need to book a place for children

Families with children up to 8.

And Norman Park, Huddersfield, HD2 2UE  Wed 21st August 2019

Making Your Mark with the Girl Geeks

Batley Library, Batley, WF17 5DA

Sat 27th July 2019
They’ll also be using INK and may even have time for some simple coding!
Join in the fun and make your own mark

Game Design in a Day

Batley Library, Batley, WF17 5DA

Ocean Spark Studios is a Video Game Development studio based in Huddersfield. The team consists of passionate game developers who seek to inspire and enthuse younger generations by actively reaching out to offer support through workshops and seminars.

These ‘game design in a day’ sessions will enable you to develop and work on your own computer game in a library setting.

The workshops are suitable for teenagers and young adults who have some experience of games and are keen to develop their skills.

The day will include breaks and refreshments will be provided, but you will need to sort out your own lunch.

Space Chase: Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is free to join and is aimed at children aged 4 to 11 years. Ask at your local Kirklees Library for details.

To support the Summer Challenge there are two events at our local libraries as follows:
Mirfield Library, Mirfield, WF14 8AN

Mon 19th August 2019 3pm and Birstall Library Mon 19 Aug 2019,10:30am – 11:30am. Suitable for age 7+

Hello Universe @ The National Science and Media Museum

Come and join a special mission at The National Science and Media Museum this summer!

Look up and fuel your curiosity. Imagine remote galaxies and wonder who—or what—is out there. Hello Universe will take you on a voyage, from the earliest paintings of planets to today’s super-high definition photographs of deepest space.

Can you design the best machine to explore space? Find out what makes a great rover, probe or satellite, then work together to build it with LEGO. We’ll display the best creations throughout the summer!

Discover our universe in an action-packed live show.

You’ll learn how astronauts explore our universe—from the first small steps to today’s giant leaps. Find out what distant planets and stars can tell us about our world, then see the museum’s very own rocket take off for an explosive grand finale!

Suitable for families with children aged 7+.

DATE: 22 July – 1 September 2019

FREE entry. Booking required for sessions.

Life’s a beach with these seaside themed days out!

Summer days don’t always have to mean a long drive to the coast to enjoy the sand between your toes.

Why not spend a few hours closer to home at one of these great pop up beaches and avoid the traffic jams and crowds.

The National Coal Mining Museum

Dig deep and uncover a summer of fun, riding on the train, enjoying beach games and learning what a treat it was to go on holiday.

All through the summer holidays, not only will we have a huge sandpit for you to come and explore, but we will be welcoming donkeys*, hosting summer crafts, delving into history with our living history interpreters and firing up the barbecue.

So grab that bucket and spade and experience what is sure to be a thoroughly British summer event!

*Available on 27th and 28th July and 14th and 26th August.

Kirklees Light Railway

Open daily 17th July – September 1.

Why waste precious family time in traffic jams to the coast when the KLR has its very own giant sandpit to play in?

See for full details.

Park Mill Way, HD8 9XJ Clayton West

Leeds City Beach

Get your buckets and spades ready and head to the city!

Back for a seventh year, the beach will be based in Victoria Gardens outside Leeds Art Gallery between Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, September 1.

It will be free to visit with deck chairs on offer to families and there will be ample place to build sandcastles.

Plus you don’t need a picnic as there’s plenty of food stalls.


Seaside in the City @ Wakefield

Saturday 17 August 10am – 5pm and Sunday 18 August, 10am – 4pm

Seaside in the City offer a chance for children to have all the fun of the seaside close to home. Visitors can find a large sand pit mimicking a beach, children’s rides, free donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows, street entertainment, children’s workshops, and a small street food market with mobile catering units selling hot & cold food.

Belly of the Whale, an exciting street performance where Circus meets sculpture in this exciting new show from Ockham’s Razor. The performers, like surfers in a wild sea, ride a giant semi-circular see-saw made of wood and steel which creaks and groans as it transforms from a catapult, a gently rocking cradle, a tunnel, a slide – creating an ever-changing land and soundscape.


Birstall Beach Day – August 10th

Birstall Chamber of Trade is going to be bringing the beach back to Birstall for a fun day out for the whole family. With kiddies rides , giant sand pit, deck chairs to relax on, peep selfie board, a giant deck chair , donkey rides. Plus lots of stalls too and many more attractions to confirm. So head over to their Facebook page for more info.

Cannon Hall Food Festival – August 23-26th 10-6pm

Cannon Hall Farm’s Food Festival this August Bank Holiday promises to be a packed event featuring funfair rides and a pop up beach to really get you in the Summer spirit.

Admission is free (farm admission is not included.) A £6 parking charge per car applies.


Mini Me Time Holiday Drop in Sessions

Tumbles Play Gym, Cleckheaton

Rockers & Rollers Sessions 7th, 14th,21st August at 11.15am-12. Included in admission.

Timmy Tigers Play Gym, Heckmondwike

Sign and Sing Session 6th, 7th, 14th, 20th and 21st August

9.30am -10.15am included in admission but places need to be booked in advance with the play gym.

The Playstation, Ossett

Rockers & Rollers Sessions 5th &8th August at 10am-10.45am included in admission.

Slime workshops 7th and 20th August at 10am-11am and 15th August 11am-12pm places for this do need to be booked before with the play gym.


Spooktacular goings on for Halloween 2019

If you’re looking to get your little ones stuck in with Halloween fun then there’s a real mix of ghost train rides, skeleton stories and creepy crafts popping up this half-term.halloween-events-kirklees

So, grab your broom stick or make a magic spell and head to some of these Halloween events happening around Kirklees for a frightfully good time!




Witches & Wizards School, Charity Children’s Halloween Party

Master Wizard Professor Tom Tricks would like to invite you to a spooktacular children’s Halloween party at his special school for Witches and Wizards.

Magic Show, Mini Disco, Party Games, Arts & Crafts (including a colouring competition), Potions (soft drinks), Sweets, Fancy Dress competition with prizes.

October 31  5:00 pm6:30 pmTickets £4 each ( Children under 2 go free)
All proceeds will go towards the Hollybank Trust

For tickets please visit

Little Monsters Halloween Party @Clarion Cedar Court

Trick or Treat? Enjoy a frightfully good time on Halloween with the little monsters party at Clarion Cedar Court Hotel at Ainley Top, Huddersfield.

The event will run from 5.30pm and includes a ghoulish buffet perfect for those budding little Dracula’s.

Booking required via eventbrite

Ticket £5.00 per adult
£8.95 per child under 12yo
£3.95 per child under 3yo
Includes themed buffet, fancy dress disco, prizes for best dressed, trick or treat.

Halloween Ghost Train & Crafts @ Kirklees Light Railway

Fri 25 – Sun 27 Oct
Kirklees Light Railway
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield

From Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019, join the Kirklees Light Railway for some spooktacular fun!

There will be creepy craft activities and spooky storytelling sessions which are totally FREE for those holding valid day tickets for the railway.  These sessions will be drop-in & there’s no need to book in advance.

Crafts & storytelling will be available from 11am until 3pm.

For details and offers go to Half Term of Horrors

Ponderosa Therapeutic Centre

Saturday 26th October – Thursday 31st October 2019

10am – 4pm (last admissions 3pm)

Young visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their favourite Halloween costume for a chance to win a a free otter feeding experience (for over 8’s), or a free family pass (if under 8).

Normal entry fees apply.

Royds Park Railway, Cleckheaton

Special event for Halloween. A free ride for anyone who comes in fancy dress. Steam trains running all afternoon, with a cafe serving hot and cold drinks and light bites. Free car parking available. £1 per ride! No need to book just turn up on the day.

See our events calendar for listing.

Funny Bones Halloween Fun

Independent Book Shop, Read.Holmfirth is hosting a free story time and crafts session on Thursday, October 31.

The activity session will run from 10am-12 at the shop at 1 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth HD9 3JH.

Are you hosting a Halloween event? Drop us a message and we’ll add it to our round up or events calendar.

Summer Holiday Camps and workshops near North Kirklees

Whether your off-spring like music, dance, football or arts and crafts, there’s plenty going on in North Kirklees this summer.

Kirklees Summer Play Camp

One of the UK’s longest-running summer camps will be welcoming children again this year – and it’s in Kirklees.

It is open to children aged 9 to 12 years inclusive and is run by an experienced voluntary organisation; staffed by teachers, students and experienced volunteers. They also offer a number of subsidised places for children from low income families.

Youngsters will spend three nights and four days at Wolley Edge Scout Camp on land off junction 38 of the M1.

Their days will be packed with activities combined with the opportunity to make new friends, sleep in tents, be creative, exploring woods and singing at campfires.

Kirklees Holiday Camps

Saturday 27- Tuesday 30th July

Thursday 1st- Sunday 4 August

Monday 5th-Thursday 8th August

Saturday 10th-Tuesday 13th August

Wednesday 14th- Saturday 17th August

Cost: A place on camp will cost £61.06 per child and £30.63 for children eligible for an assisted place. Bookings open late March . For more information email at

Holiday Club: Clayton West Methodist Church

Organised by Churches Together Clayton West and Scissett an affordable holiday club at just £4 a session.

Suitable for reception to year 5 age children the sessions run from 10.30am – 3pm daily between Tuesday 6th – Friday 9th August.

Children will participate in a range of games, singing, crafts and trips out.

To register your child search @cws.holclub on Facebook. Leaflets also available at Scissett CE Academy.

Creative Dance

Musical Theatre workshops are being hosted on select days throughout the summer holidays.

With West End hits Singing In The Rain’, ‘Disney Mania’ & ‘Grease’ children will be put through their paces and enjoy letting of some energy.

The sessions are suitable for children aged 4+.

Sibling discounts available. Early drop off available at an extra cost.

 Contact: 07377883522 or


Primary Sport UK

Primary Sports UK Camps delivers holiday clubs across West Yorkshire with over 100 children attending each camp, every day!

The camps have been extremely popular due to our fun and unique structure as well as offering parents a cost effective solution to their childcare requirements.

Each day at camp is filled with new adventures and exciting activities and children will have opportunities to take part in up to eight activities each day, including:

  • Football, dance, gymnastics, rugby, dodgeball, archery, circus skills, tennis, golf, fencing, arts and crafts, karaoke, capture the flag, fitness and zumba!

Weekdays from July 22 – August 16

Cost: £20.00 – £112.50

Venue: St Josephs Primary School, WF13 4HY

Various session times and days or weeks apply. Optional breakfast club and late pick up available.

Contact: 0790 463 4666

Kings Camp

Over in Calderdale Kings Camp is running at Hipperholme.

One of the UK’s leading activity camps, creating incredible school holiday experiences to get children aged 5-17 active, having fun and learning together.

They have three types of programmes which run throughout the year; Multi-Active, Specialist and Teen.

Each programme is packed with fun and designed to increase confidence, giving children the chance to learn new skills.

kings campSessions are available on the following dates:

Tues 23rd- Friday 26th July
Mon 29th- Friday 2
Mon 5th- Friday Aug 9th
Mon 12th- Friday 16th
Mon 19th- Friday 23



Multi-Active is their main programme. It gives children aged 5-11 the chance to try over 30 sports and activities, from group games to individual pursuits. They also always group children with others of a similar age, so they can flourish and make new friends.

Venue: The Grammar School Hipperholme or Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. National venues also running.

Cost: Example prices £115.00 Multi-Active 5 Days, 9.30am-4.00pm

Cliffe House Club

CLIFFIf you’re keen for your off-spring to get outdoors Cliffe House near Shepley could be a good option.

Children will spend the day doing a variety of outdoor activities such as archery, team building games, orienteering. Suitable for ages 8-12 years.

Packed lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day.

Venue: Cliffe House is on Shepley, Huddersfield, HD8 8DB

Cost: £30 per day 9-5. Early drop off available for £5 per child.

Various dates available please check tickets for more info and to book


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