What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 12/13
Welcome back to another weekend roundup everyone and this time it’s for this weekend of October 12-13th. Find out what events are on in and around Sheffield this weekend, get amazing day out recommendations and ideas for places to go with your family, and find something to do whatever the weather. These weekend roundups are published every Wednesday for the upcoming weekend to help you plan your weekend!
Weekend forecast as of now (Wednesday 9th): Saturday seems to be looking dry, but grey, highs of 14 and lows of 10. Sunday very wet, as lo/w as 9 and highs of 13 with a breeze… doesn’t sound nice, does it?! But not to worry, loads of things to do, regardless!!
What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids October 12/13
It’s last day of the season for riding trains on Sunday at Abbeydale Miniature Railway. Only santa specials are on now and they’re fully booked up. So if you haven’t been to the miniature railway yet, or you have and love it, here’s your last chance for 2019!
I found this… there’s a literature festival in Ilkley (near Leeds) and this weekend there’s a few things going on for the children’s literature festival, including a FREE literature trail around Ilkley, Story Bees Story Telling: The Very Hungry Caterpillar drop in sessions at all saints school, Iron man activities, interactive dinosaurs with Sophy Henn: Lifesize Dinosaurs and LOTS more. Find the programme here. it sound great.
There’s still some tickets left for Marvel Universe Live! at FlyDSA Sheffield arena this weekend.
See Jackie and the beanstalk at Barnsley Civic theatre on Sunday afternoon, suitable for 3-8 year olds and their grown ups. Only £8 and £5 child.
Muddy Beast fun run and obstacle course at Stocksbridge community centre on Saturday, from 1pm.
Rufford Country Park’s Monster hunt for Halloween starts this weekend! £2 for trail sheet, prize if you survive!
Make a rag wreath on Saturday at Worsborough Country Park for halloween, materials are included!
Experience an immersive encounter in a 360* cinema at National Science & media museum in Bradford this weekend. There’s no need to wear a special headset, under 8’s must be with an adult. £3 per person, museum is free!
Family cycling this weekend: Let’s Ride Pop Up at Concord Park on Saturday 10am-12.
Experience art in the dark in Leeds this weekend with over 60 free arts events for Light Night Leeds 2019
FREE nature play drop in session at Hepworth Gallery on Sunday… “Explore our new garden with an i-spy game and drawing activities to discover the plants, trees, textures, architecture and sculptures.”. We love it here, find out why!
Weather suitable family day out ideas for this weekend in and around Sheffield
Go for an autumn stroll through the woods this weekend. I highly recommend the forge dam walk, it’s simply wonderful at this time of year. At Forge Dam there is a nice cafe. Then you can take a trail through the woods right to Endcliffe Park if you’d like, or turn back whenever. Or you could start at Endcliffe Park and walk that way instead, the walk is linear. Shepherd Wheel workshop will be open, too and it’s free.
For more autumnal walks, we’re spoilt for choice in Sheffield. I recommend Ecclesall Woods the largest ancient woodland in Sheffield, and there is a cafe “the woodland coffee stop“. It’s very fun to go into the deep, dark woods at Ecclesall Woods.
Norfolk Park offers a big adventure playground and cafe, plus the choice of 2 woodlands. We love it here. It’s very pretty in autumn and the big woodlands up towards the hill past the playgrounds have big, wide paths that are great for running wild.
Clumber Park in workshop has loads of walking trails, plus bike hire, play areas, woodlands and places to eat.
Shirebrook nature reserve in south east Sheffield offers open fields, woodlands and plenty of puddles to splash in.
If you can travel to harrogate this weekend, valley gardens is a really good FREE park and nearby RHS Harlow Carr is fantastic. We went last autumn and it’s still one of my favourite days out from the whole of last year.
Chatsworth House is a gorgeous in autumn. We recently went to the gardens which is one of my favourite places, ever. There is a nice (and free) walk in Stand Wood that’s a good few hours. The farmyard and adventure playgrounds are amazing.
Rivelin Valley Park have some amazing woodlands to wander in, we love walking some of the nature trail. Have you been recently? You should. There’s also a playground and a cafe.
Graves Park in S8 is a popular FREE day out, the woodlands are huge and you’re bound to find conkers, spot wildlife and have fun in the playgrounds. There is a free farm.
The Northwood fairy sanctuary near York looks like the most wonderful place and would be so autumnal. We haven’t been yet but it looks amazing.
More outdoor fun:
- Cozy up and try this amazing walk at Lodge Moor in Sheffield. It starts and ends at a pub!
- Find a lovely family walk from these top 12 here
- Browse top family days out and attractions with outdoor fun
Kelham Island Museum is great and open on Sunday. It has a cafe, hands on exhibits, Sheffield industrial history and an indoor play area.
Looking for a BIG museum? Families love Eureka!… it’s so hands on and just great for kids, it’s in Halifax and you’ve probably heard about it. I recommend all of these fantastic museums for toddlers if you’d like to visit one this weekend.
Something a bit different… have you heard of the rainbow factory in Leeds? Erin from Yorkshire Tots says, “The Rainbow Factory is another day out to inspire creativity. Perfect for little ones with big imaginations, it’s a creative arts play centre steeped in storybook magic. Children can dress up, role play, craft, and get involved in the many activities on offer throughout the day.”
This sounds awesome… Snozone at Xscape are offering a £4.99 45 minute special deal for adult sledging until 18th October, valid this weekend when you book online using the code SLEDGE. Details here. Leah, a member of the trips with a tot community group did this and said, “Yesterday we went to Snozone in Castleford, we booked online and it was £4.99 each for 45mins of sledging. Just take waterproofs, wellies and gloves and you’re away, you can also hire waterproofs if needed. They supply helmets and sledges. It’s based in Xscape which has a cinema, loads of eating places, crazy golf, climbing walls and outdoor shops. Staff were really nice and welcoming and it we just had a fab time”
Try also trampolining or Air Haus inflatable park for something fun and indoors. Both offer parent and toddler only times even at weekends, or air Haus have a open family session for all ages. Find more trampolining places here.
The Deep in Hull is a good wet weather day out and no doubt will be a popular one this weekend, but also don’t miss Dinostar; a fab little interactive, hands on dinosaur museum only open weekends.
Head to Manchester Trafford centre for Sealife and LEGO discovery centre; both are 100% indoors and offer combo tickets.
Museum in and out: visit South Yorkshire aircraft museum in Doncaster. Loads of cockpits to go in and opportunity to get hands on with the aircrafts. You can take your own food, there are some light refreshments available, and exhibits are both indoor and out. If you’d prefer to dine out, there’s loads of options nearby at Doncaster Lakeside or the complex just next to the museum opposite Doncaster Dome, with restaurants like Frankie & Benny’s & McDonalds.
More indoor fun for this weekend:
- 50+ day out ideas for a rainy day
- best soft play centres in South Yorkshire
- find a cool play cafe from this list
- fun water parks and swimming pools in/near Sheffield
Swimming and park… I always mention this but it deserves to be in here week after week; our local park has lots to offer and has a swimming pool right across the road. Hillsborough Park and Hillsborough Leisure Centre 🙂
Have a day out at tropical butterfly house, wildlife and falconry centre. There’s so much to do there and I really love it… I remember going as a child and LOVING it and now I enjoy going there with my own family. They have started with their halloween decorations and entertainment, too. On weekends you can get a tractor ride and see animal encounters, talks and take part in crafts. There’s loads to do and it’s a great place.
Go for a walk at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Such a lovely place and one of our personal favourites. Free and always a good one.
When the weather is unpredictable but you want a good day out then I like Elsecar in Barnsley, because there’s stuff to do indoor and out. There’s a small museum at the elsecar heritage centre, as well as a big indoor soft play centre Playmania, antique shops, gift shops and cafes. Elsecar park is just across the way and is really good.
Head into West Yorkshire and try somewhere new this weekend. We love going to Wakefield as there’s so much to do there… like the room on the broom adventure trail at anglers country park (free), pugneys country park (bike hire, playgrounds and train), nostell priory national trust, national coal mining museum for England, Hepworth gallery and more.
Cannon Hall Farm is always a popular one on weekends. Farm, indoor and outdoor play, restaurants, entertainment and animal handling. There’s something for everyone.
We love a day trip to York and it’s a good option even for wet weather. Especially for the national railway museum which is just fantastic and FREE, Yorkshire Museum, York castle gardens, York castle museum, York’s chocolate story, Jorvik and DIG! not to mention all the great places to shop and eat.
Our top favourite days out in Sheffield that never fail can be found here. 😀
Thank you for reading and have a fab weekend everyone! 😀
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