17 things you must do this summer in and around Sheffield including parks, picnic spots and family days out ideas

Chatsworth House Farmyard and amazing adventure playground

Summer is coming! Here are 17 things you must do this summer in and around Sheffield. Some great ideas from the best parks, family attractions and places to go. Enjoy!

  1. Go to your local parks as much as possible!

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Enjoy your local parks. We are so lucky in Sheffield to have amazing parks and with 1/3 of the city being in the Peak District there is more than enough green space to enjoy. These parks are my favourites: Endcliffe Park, Botanical Gardens, Forge Dam, Norfolk Heritage Park, Hillsborough Park and Graves Park. There’s many more, see all of Sheffields parks here.

See my Botanical Gardens blog with video, and top 5 things to do in Sheffield with a toddler for more parks.

2. Loads of fun with water play.

Sheffield peace gardens, 17 things you must do this summer
Peace Garden fountains in Sheffield

Have water play fun! I love splash play in the summer, there are many local places to go and enjoy the day which have great water and sand play. Check this guide for 8 splashtastic places to go for outdoors water play.

3. Wheelgate Park and Nottingham attractions

wheelgate adventure park, 17 things you must do this summer
Wheelgate family theme park near Nottingham

Go to Nottingham for Sherwood Forest, White post farm and Wheelgate adventure park. Wheelgate Park is a day out in itself and has the best water park I’ve ever seen; it is HUGE! The park has so much to keep families entertained with loads of rides, play areas both indoor and outdoor, farm and more. In Nottingham there is also the castle, kitty cafe and Wollaton Hall which are all worth a visit.

4. Swimming outdoors!

Go to Hathersage Outdoor pool. This hidden gem is a heated pool in the heart of Hathersage, a medieval village in the Peak District. The pool is open daily and there are timetables here. Amazing views, sunbathing areas and a lovely cafe make this a really lovely day out. There’s also a playground just behind. Hathersage can easily be acccessed by bus or train from Sheffield.

5. Picnic in gorgeous surroundings in the Peak District.

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Landscape in Upper Derwent and Bamford, Peak district

Take a walk in the countryside and find a picturesque picnic spot. The Peak District has so much to see, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try any of these 6 beautiful walks.

6. Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

heights of abraham, matlock, 17 things you must do this summer
Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

Ride a cable car in Matlock, have fish and chips and ice cream, and enjoy a seaside atmosphere in Derbyshire. The Heights of Abraham has 60 acres to explore and has more to see than just the cable cars! Two playgrounds, cafe, country park, museum, show caves and more… it’s a really nice day out. There are lots of free things to do in Matlock Bath and it has a really nice atmosphere to just wander around and enjoy.

Read all about our daytrip to Heights of Abraham with photos here.

7. Do a free Room on the broom book adventure trail!

See the Room on the broom book come to life at the trail in Wakefield, Anglers Country Park. The trail is free to enjoy,there are good playgrounds and ducks. You can picnic anywhere on the trail, or back at the cafe/playground area. There are activity packs for the trail to purchase at the visitors centre.

Watch our video from the trail in this blog post here.

8. Go wild in the best adventure playgrounds

Chatsworth House Farmyard and amazing adventure playground, 17 things you must do this summer
Chatsworth house playgrounds

Go wild in an adventure playground. We really love Chatsworth House farmyard and playground and Web Adventure Park, York. Cannon Hall Farm have great adventure playgrounds and Harewood House, too.

9. Have a picnic by a castle or medieval ruins

perevil castle in castleton
Perevil Castle, Castleton

A picnic by an historic castle sounds like England in a nutshell! We have many castles to appreciate nearby, they look even better in summer. Try Coinsborough castle, Brodsworth hall and gardens, Perevil castle or Bolton Abbey, to name a few! See this map for yorkshire’s great castles, houses and gardens.

Click here for my blog post from a day at Perevil Castle, Castleton which includes photos and a video.

10. Go to a museum

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Eric at the national railway museum in York summer 2016

Visit a museum on a hot day. Everyone wants to be outside when it is good weather; and of course! But museums are the least busy when itis hot weather outside, even during school holidays. Eureka! the national children’s museum recommend visiting them when it’s nice out to get the best experience during their busiest times. Heading indoors to a museum with your family on a hot summers day might cool you all down.

Blogs from museums with photos and videos: Eureka!, Kelham Island Museum, see all in the museum category here.

12. Paddle at Padley Gorge

padley gorge peak district, 17 things you must do this summer
Padley Gorge

Paddle at Padley Gorge and get an ice cream. Padley Gorge is a deep narrow valley in the Peak District 1/2 mile from Longshaw Estate. In the summer, families head to padley gorge to enjoy the views, cool down in the stream and take a paddle. Don’t forget your picnic, bucket and spades and change for the ice cream van.

13. Sculpture hunt in Sheffield

norfolk park

Find some sculptures in Sheffield. Did you know Norfolk Heritage Park has a sculpture trail? There’s the Journey to hidden places sculpture trail in Firth Park and wincobank, and sculptures at Sheffield Manor Lodge, too.

14. Go to the seaside!

A beach is a must in the summer; for the arcades and the sand castles. Seaside day trip – the closest sea side town to Sheffield is Cleethorpes, but Skegness and Filey are good options too.

15. Camp at a family festival

Go to a family festival to really appreciate the outdoors and have loads of fun! Camping optional but a must for the whole experience. This is one that is on my summer bucket list, I just can’t choose where to go. Here’s a list of dates for the top 15 family festivals in the UK.

17. Tropical Butterfly House, Sheffield

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Wilderness walk at Tropical Butterfly House

Tropical Butterfly House is brilliant all year round and one of my favourite places to go, but is the best in summer. The play areas are fantastic especially the wet play area which in the hot weather could be a day out in itself. There is lots to see and do at butterfly house; animals, dinosaur trail, wilderness walk, animal encounters, playgrounds and more. It is the perfect size for toddlers.

What is on your list to visit this summer? Please recommend any places down below in the comments!

Thank you for reading and have a lovely summer.

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