What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9

Hello everyone & welcome to the weekend roundup – a day later than usual! My apologies, I’m usually so so so on time with these regardless but this week has been a really funny one. Nethertheless, here’s the weekend roundup – a list of events, things to do in/near Sheffield, free day out ideas AND a list of Free National Trust days out for Heritage Open Days 2018 in Yorkshire suitable for families. What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9

I’ve had so many lovely comments saying you guys love these and rely on them for finding things to do in/near Sheffield for your kids and that really motivates me! Let’s keep on going! Thank you so much and I hope you all have the best weekend. 🙂

If you are new to weekend roundups, they are in sections with events first, top 5 ideas, then most popular posts/lists for you to browse.

First off, it’s forecast to be a wet Saturday afternoon but a dry, cloudy Sunday. Forecasts always change though so keep an eye on that. Don’t worry about wet weekends, we have loads of indoors ideas like:

50+ Indoors Days Out & Things To Do On Rainy Days in & around Sheffield and Yorkshire

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9

Last chance to go to Rufford On The Beach at Rufford Abbey in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Free punch and Judy, sandpits, entertainment and playground.

It’s 13th Annual Steam & Diesel Gala Weekend at Kirklees Light Railway all weekend. Traditional locomotives plus the only McLaren steamroller in Britain will also be on display.

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9


Penistone Agricultural Show on Saturday 8am-6pm. Livestock, jumping competitions, live music and entertainment for all ages.

Free Rotherham Show at Clifton Park & Museum, all weekend with entertainment, music, retro area, children’s area and lots more.

Enjoy yummy yummy street food on Friday & Saturday at Peddler Night Market and it’s child friendly in the early evenings, or try going on Saturday when it’s open from 2pm. (watch our video here)

Family fun day at Barnsley fire station on Saturday, 10am-2pm.

Dinosaur Weekend at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley. Loads going on all weekend including a fully immersive dinosaur adventure with an interactive show around our event field (with the same terrific team who brought you our Easter event and sell-out pantos!), Extract pre-historic goo from fossils, Meet our terrific T-Rex, Dinosaur fossil hunting in our new sand-pit and All day farm admission.

South Yorkshire transport museum

Heritage Open Day at South Yorkshire Transport Museum on Saturday is a great opportunity to see the museum for FREE. Open 10-2pm, loads of vehicles to see plus small cafe and gift shop. Usually £6 an adult. Read our review here!

Why not try Family-friendly orienteering this weekend at Endcliffe Park? It’s on Saturday, 12:30-3pm and ideal for all ages.

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9

An idea with a difference! It’s Photomarathon Sheffield 2018 on Saturday, a photography challenge to take 6 photos in 6 given topics. If your LO is interested in taking photos, you could easily turn this into a little activity around the city centre to do together, scavenger hunt, or even try and theme each photo around what your LO enjoys doing in Sheffield City Centre to fit the challenge. What an idea! If you need things to do in Sheffield City Centre with a toddler while you’re doing the challenge, check this list right here.

On Sunday it’s Family Open Day at Holly Hagg with alpacas, chickens and apple picking. Open 2:30-4pm.

At National Coal Mining Museum for England in Wakefield it’s pirates day on Sunday, with a treasure trail, free fancy dress competition, demonstrations and more. Plus don’t miss the fantastic new adventure playground and indoor play area.

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9
Hepworth Gallery

Also in Wakefield, try Hepworth Gallery on Saturday for free drop-in family friendly Art Pods sessions, plus there’s a good playground outside and the cafe is really nice (with toys and books for kids). Plus there’s free explore & draw totes available to hire with stuff to play with & experiment. We go often and we went last week! Read our original post about it here.


FREE Autumn Show on Sunday at Heeley City Farm, 12-5pm. Mini beer and food festival, veg monsters, arts and crafts, music, puppet show, kids activities, and lots more. Suitable for all ages!

See a special theatre show “The Girl, The Bear and the Magic Shoes” and book signing on Sunday at Sheffield Library Theatre at the Central Library, 4-6pm.

Watch The Snail & The Whale, selected showings all weekend at Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre.

There’s superheroes at Matlock Illuminations on Sunday evening, plus fire and circus show.

Free National Trust days out for Heritage Open Days 2018

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 8/9

Over two weekends in September you can discover the special places that the National Trust looks after in Yorkshire free of charge, these ones are open and FREE this weekend.

Nostell Priory, Wakefield– Saturday 8th September. Adventure woodland play area, gardens and historic house.

Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire –  Saturday 8th & Sunday 7th September. Miniature exhibitors, dolls house rooms, LEGO exhibition, beautiful walled garden and Manor House.

Rievaulx Terrace, North Yorkshire – Very close to Nunnington Hall with perfect picnic spots, beech woods and Yorkshire’s finest 18th century gardens with two temples.

Do remember Longshaw Estate in Sheffield is a wonderful National Trust day out for families of all ages and is always free! 🙂

Not National Trust but in Sheffield on Sunday 9th, Sheffield General Cemetery are open with free tours and family activities:

This weeks top 5 ideas

eureka! the national childrens museum with a toddler

Trip to Eureka! especially as the weather might be wet this weekend!

Closer to home, try Experience Barnsley! a fab little museum for toddlers with lots to play with, and in Barnsley try Calypso Cove: a popular swimming pool water park.

Book a slot at Curious Kids Town where your Little One can explore pretend shops, cafes and play villages.

Outdoors: Find a pushchair family friendly walk with a playground here.

Wentworth Garden Centre is a lovely day out suitable for all the family, with a family farm, sand pit and historical walled garden.

This weeks most popular posts

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Have a fantastic weekend everyone!!

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