What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8

Hi and welcome back to weekend roundups! I’ve had a little break from these weekend guides following the birth of my lovely second baby, but I’m ready to start publishing them again. If you’re not aware, weekend roundups are published on this website every Wednesday for the Saturday and Sunday ahead. These weekend roundups include day out ideas, things to do, events and what’s on suitable for the weather forecast.

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What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8


…is looking to be dry but mild. It’s definitely getting cooler with a ‘gentle breeze’ all weekend, highs 17 and low could be 9-12 degrees. Dry, though, so not an excuse to spend it inside all weekend!


Day out ideas

Have you been to Creswell Crags? Voted #1 thing to do in Worksop. This weekend is your last chance for a horse drawn carriage ride… “visitors will be able to take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the magnificent gorge, seeing the lake, crags, and woodland in the style the first Victorian sightseers would have been familiar with”

Want to try messy play on the weekends? Phonics Bear have messy play sessions at Medieval Mayhem on Saturdays. Book here

Big Kid Circus is in town! All weekend shows available, the circus is at Wednesdayite Car Park, S6.

Try a walk… we recently enjoyed forge dam again, and the walk from Forge dam to Endcliffe park is always highly recommended from us. Try and find this secret tree door… it’s pretty amazing!

Disney themed swim sessions on Saturday at Springs Leisure Centre, S2.

FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8
FREE new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall, Sheffield

Have a FREE day out and try the new Riverside Adventure Playground at Meadowhall!

Another fantastic and free adventure playground… Norfolk Heritage Park! Also has woods, cafe, toilets and picnic areas.

Elsecar By The Sea at Elsecar Heritage Centre, all through the weekend, there’s a beach, music, family fun & entertainment, a Makers Fair (Saturday), Antiques Fair (Sunday) at the Heritage Centre & The Ironworks. Plus the Elsecar Heritage Railway is in steam.

Art in the Gardens all weekend at Botanical Gardens. The largest outdoor art exhibition in the north. Crafts, workshops, food and drink and more. Tickets available on the gate only at £6 and children under 16 free.

Rotherham Show at Clifton Park & Museum, Free… “Join us in the beautiful surroundings of Clifton Park for two days jam-packed with an eclectic mix of live music, fabulous street theatre, Diversity Festival, Children and Families area, 40th Anniversary Celebration Stage, Vinta ge Vehicle Rally and display, Games and Retro area, 1940s military re-enactment and music, brass band entertainment, Sudjorvik Vikings, fairground, Made in Rotherham, stalls, food and more! The show is family-friendly, free to enter, with much of the entertainment being free too. ”

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8

Dogs shows and scarecrows at Sandall Park in Doncaster on Saturday, 11-4pm. Mini funfair, crafts, animals, food, entertainment and more.

Cudworth fire station open day on Saturday, 10am to 1pm, S71 5SA. RTC demonstration, Chip pan unit, charity car wash, peppa pig visit, bouncy castle.

Free music and entertainment all day for Big Boulder festival at Heeley People’s Park, Sheffield on Sunday. Food, drink and free entry for all. Just over the road from Heeley City Farm!

Gemini Classic Car Show on Sunday at Wentworth Woodhouse, 10am-4pm. Up to 400 classic cars are expected at this one-day motoring extravaganza, which includes live arena parades, trade stalls and classic motors from the 1930s to the 1990s on display on the vast front lawn.

Super Heroes Matlock Illuminations on Sunday after 6pm.

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8

Annual transport rally on Sunday at South Yorkshire Transport Museum in Rotherham, 10:30am-4pm

Horse Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village near Matlock on Sunday.

5 things to do outside:

What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 7/8 Sheffield botanical gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, S10 2LN is a magical place for a walk. Free to visit and bursting with colour at this time of year, the gardens include lots of beautiful mini-gardens to explore, a bear pit, glass houses, tropical plants and amazing flowers, a fossiled tree, really pretty areas to picnic in and a cafe. 

Tropical butterfly house, wildlife and falconry centre, S25 4EQ is voted Sheffield’s top family day out on tripadvisor and is definitely one to visit. There’s so much to do there. Meet the animals, go on the dinosaur trail, ride the tractor trailer, take part in crafts, have fun in the splash park and adventure playgrounds, see an animal encounter talk and much more. A full day out with good outdoor play areas.

We love Chatsworth House DE45 1PP and I’m sure you will too. The gardens makes a day out of themselves; you’ll get lost in the wonder of it all and it’s a lovely adventure with little ones (and a fantastic place for a picnic). The adventure playgrounds are big with sand and water play areas, plus there’s a family farm. I highly recommend both. Places to eat nearby? Try Devonshire arms or Wheatsheaf Hotel, both in Baslow.

Brodsworth Hall, DN5 7XJ has a country house to explore surrounded by beautiful pleasure grounds. There’s a newly restored play area, cafe and picnic areas… “Wander the many rooms of the house, roam the gorgeous gardens, stop for tea in the tearoom, and discover the recently restored game larder”.

Rivelin Valley Park, S6 5GL, is free to visit and fantastic for woodlands. There’s a lovely nature trail, the woods are magical… loads to explore with streams for a wild paddle, stepping stones, etc., and there is a playground and cafe. Well worth a visit.

5 free days out:

matlock bath
Matlock Bath

Can you travel? Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester is a fantastic FREE museum with lots to see. I recommend the Air and space hall and don’t miss the free talks. Head upstairs with children to get hands on in the Experiment gallery which is loads of fun.

Get lost at National Trust’s Longshaw Estate, just on the outskirts of Sheffield in the Peak District. For a lovely walk with kids, find the wild play areas by doing the Boggart trail.

Have a lovely stroll in Matlock Bath by the river. There’s 2 playgrounds to find and we loved these gardensThe aquarium is an interesting place and whilst it’s not free, it’s only a few quid. In Matlock town itself the park is a nice place for a play and has a free splash area.

For 2 days in one, try Millhouses Park for a playground and cafe (plus a boating lake) and across the road the lovely Ecclesall Woods. There’s also a new play cafe just opposite the park: Mill Houses Play Cafe (not free, though!)

The frog trail in Stockport is still on, there’s 19 frogs to find around the city… this day out was recommended by a reader in our community group twice, it looks fab. Plus, visit Stockport Story Museum. It’s free and very interactive, with activities, play areas and lots for little ones to do.

Lots more free:

5 random:

Amazing day out at Sundown Adventureland Theme Park: Review
Sundown Adventureland

Wentworth Castle Gardens, S75 3EW, is National Trust’s newest place to visit this summer… “Glorious gardens, woodland and parkland, created for the privileged few and preserved for everyone to enjoy”. It’s already rated well by families, making it a must-visit.

Whirlow Hall Farm, S11 9QF, is a working farm in Sheffield with a nice cafe and play area for kids.

We recommend these picturesque walks and great picnic spots: Lodge Moor (good pub at Three Merry Lads), Forge Dam, Padley Gorge, Low Bradfield and Damflask Reservoir, Monsal trail near Bakewell (and good place to eat with playgrounds: Hassop station cafe), Dovedale and Ilam Park near Ashbourne, closer to home and great for a climb is mother cap.

A thrilling day out? We love Sundown Adventureland, a theme park dedicated to little ones. ThomasLand is great at Drayton Manor, or visit Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers. There’s Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath and many more theme parks here.

Loads more ideas for you here…

If you’re still stuck for ideas, then try this guide: 10 ideas for days out and things to do for when you’re really stuck for inspiration!

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