What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 14/15

Hi everyone! I’m actually writing this at 6am on Monday, 3 days before the Wednesday this will be published. We’re going on holiday today, so I’m to schedule this early so it’s ready for you. This weekend roundup won’t be as big as they usually are; we’re in a bit of a rush this morning, but I couldn’t leave it!

This weekends roundup covers What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids September 14/15

This weekend looks like it could be nice, weather wise, with lots of sun. It’s definitely starting to feel more autumnal.. anyone else got the jackets out yet?


Nether Edge Farmers Market, all weekend 12-4pm with the Nether Edge festival. There’s also the nether edge yard trail sale on Sunday!

Green stay and play on Saturday at Wesley Hall in Crookes, 10am-12 mid day, “Stay & Play is free a fete like drop in activity morning aimed at families with pre-school and primary age children”

Workshop Fire Station open day on Saturday, 10am-3pm with loads going on.

Free family festival at Tapton Lock in Chesterfield on Saturday. Story teller, music, arts, circus, stalls, bikes and lots more!

Family fun day at Wigfield Farm for registration of DKMS. Paw patrol throughout the day, free arts and crafts, face paint and glitter art, keeper talks, animals and much more.

On Sunday it’s autumn show at Heeley City Farm. We’ve been in previous years and really liked this. It’s free entry, there’s the farm with animals to feed, a lovely cafe and outdoors play area. For the show they’ll have kids activities, a puppet show, sheep race, veg monster making. The annual produce show is really interesting! It’s on 12-4 and is good for a few hours at the farm. Don’t miss the playground across the road; Heeley People’s Park.

Harvest Fest all weekend at Elsecar Heritage Centre will definitely get you in the mood for autumn! 10am-4pm both days, celebrate the start of autumn with its of seasonal activities and entertainment. There’s so much to do in the area, too, Elsecar Park is definitely worth a visit.

FREE garden party at The Civic in Barnsley on Saturday, 10:30am-4pm. Now in its fourth year, this is a chance to enjoy free live entertainment throughout the day from the best in family theatre, with circus, theatre, drag queens, giant slugs, story telling, music, exhibition, rock painting and much more.

Free family activity at Cooper Gallery on Saturday: “Carnival Masks and Opera Sensory” 10:30am-12, drop in… Join in fun making and playing activities in the Sadler Room to celebrate the exhibition launch. Mask-making for 2+ years and sensory plays for 0–2’s.

Bishop’s House is open this weekend as part of Heritage Open Days for FREE. Guided tours at 11:30am on Saturday and 11:30am and 2pm on Sunday.

At Clumber Park this weekend, Festival of food and drink. Festival of Food & Drink offers a range of fabulous artisan food producers, award winning food and drink, special guest TV chefs , gorgeous gifts, crafts and homewares, delicious dishes with cuisine from around the world served by fantastic Street Food ‘Pop Up’ cafés and bars!

The Matlock illuminations are Children’s TV themed on Sunday evening.

Outdoor Learning team have a day of free childrens activities on Saturday, 10am-2pm. Charcoal making, mini beasts and more at Greno Woods. Book on here.

Reptile Rendezvous and furry friends” on Sunday at Boston Park Farm. From 11am there will be a variety of animals such as skunks, snakes, spiders, lizard and meerkats so come and meet all of them and handle what you dare. Plus you get to enjoy the rest of the fantastic Farm and get lost in the Maize Maze!

Free Peak Fest at Peak Shopping Village, Saturday 11-7pm, expect a day jam packed with scavenger hunts, circus skills, shows, a superhero academy, slime making, dance and much, much more!

On Sunday, Dore village green will be transformed into a medieval settlement 11am-4pm. “A Medieval Day in Dore – Heritage Open Day 2019” free entry, there’ll be plenty for all the family throughout the day including hands-on activities for children (why not come dressed as a knight or as a medieval prince or princess?).

FREE Sound Sculptures on Sunday at Hepworth Wakefield, “Design and build noisy sound sculptures inspired by Yorkshire Sculpture International. This workshop is suitable for children aged 2 – 12, who must be accompanied by an adult”.

Day out ideas

Things To Do In Barnsley With Kids: Elsecar Park and Cafe
Elsecar Park

The little road track above is at Elsecar Park in Barnsley. Such a lovely park with lots to do.

Try a day out at Kelham Island Museum on Sunday. Eric loves the engines & indoor play centre. Read this to find out what there is to do there.

This time of year is lovely for wrapping up warm and enjoying a lovely (early) autumn walk. It’s still warm in the sun. These 12 wonderful walks for Sheffield families are some of our favourites.

secret tree door forge dam Sheffield

2 weekends ago we had an amazing day out to Forge Dam, where we found this secret tree door. Can you find it too?!

For rides, try Sundown Adventureland if you have under 5’s. It’s so cute and the little ones can go on everything!

Highfield Adventure Playground is FREE and open. 12-4pm, staffed and has a wonderful mud kitchen area, woodland area and big slide, water and sand play areas, community indoor hall with activities on.

We had a really nice day out recently at Wentworth Garden Centre. Eric really liked the new sand and water play in the farm.

If your little ones like being active and running around, try Xscape in Castleford there’s loads to do. Snowdome in Birmingham. Or closer to home Air Haus inflatable park at Meadowhall, or trampolining at Jump INC. There’s some great big indoor soft play centres in Sheffield, too.

The new adventure playground at Meadowhall is free and has sand, water play, big slide, climbing areas and loads of space for parents to sit!

Find somewhere yummy and family friendly to eat in Sheffield by using this guide here.

41 Things To Do In South Yorkshire Before You're 5 mother cap Climbing rocks at Mother Cap, Surprise View near Sheffield What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids July 21/22
Mother Cap climbing!

Have you tried Bolehill Recreation Ground in Crookes? We love the playground there and there’s some big rocks to climb, too.

Cinemas usually have family screenings at weekends, try Cineworld, Odeon Luxe and Vue.

Get outside! Go rock climbing at Mother Cap, near Hathersage and Longshaw. It’s fantastic there and if you get right up to the top it’s an amazing picnic spot with a view.

Visit Greno Woods, there’s a fun toddler trail with things to climb on!

Find loads more things to do here:

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