Hi everyone! There is so much going on this weekend in and around Sheffield, I’m spoilt for choice and I’m sure you will be too. It’s the weekend before my birthday on Monday so I’m hoping to do something fun! What are your plans? What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids June 23/24
So what do we have this weekend, then? Let’s see… Sheffield carnival, summer fayres, markets, festivals and more… here’s the best of what’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids June 23/24. What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids June 23/24
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What’s on this weekend in and around Sheffield for kids June 23/24
Wadsley Festival 2018 Saturday and Sunday at Wadsley Church, FREE admission for all. Kids entertainment and games with Hullabaloobell Parties, live stage, wiggleTots and hummingbird free classes, art, food, drink and lots more.
Free Heeley City Farm festival on Saturday, from 10 with iron forging demonstrations, entertainment, arts and stalls, kids magician and more fun 🙂 all free! and the usual farm, playground and amazing cafe, too.
Sheffield Carnival 2018 at Norfolk Heritage Park, 12-8pm, FREE multicultural family event with vibrant costume parade, music, stage performances, fairground, carnival workshops, food & art stalls.
Free summer fayre at St Andrew’s Psalter Lane, 11am-2pm. Lucky dip, gifts, wash your face, games, food and lots, lots more!
See the winner of the prestigious National Lottery Awards Best Arts Project in 2017; Man Engine Afterdarker at Elsecar Heritage Centre. The largest robot ever constructed in Britain.
Man Engine Afternooner at Wentworth Woodhouse, 12-5pm, free for kids under 3 years, £5 general admission.
East Midlands Aeropark open day, 10:30am-5pm. adults £7, kids £3 under 5’s free. That includes going into aircrafts on the day. Runway views, photo opportunities, trampolines, demonstrations, picnic areas & light refreshments.
Have a day trip to Hebden Bridge & see the handmade parade.
Open day at Holly Hagg, 10:30-4pm, “Feed the alpacas, meet the chickens, go pond dipping, make a scarecrow, try your hand at fleece crafts and kids’ nature trail. Wander round our community vegetable beds, fruit trees and ponds” £1.20 adult, 60p children aged 3 to 16, alpaca feeding £1, scarecrow making £2.50.
Firth Park summer fun day from 12, free community event with stalls, fair, music, games and more.
Summer fayre at Stocksbridge community leisure centre, 12-4pm, free. kids rides, free activities, cocktails, water slide, bbq.
161st Anniversary event at Wardsend Cemetery, 2pm-5pm, featuring the Loxley Silver Band, arts & crafts, Sheffield wildlife stall, stoneface creative and rock art.
Craft Fair at Kirklees Light Railway, 10am-5pm, raw materials only at the craft fair, normal admission on train rides.
Doncaster Unleashed Family Comic-Con, 11am-5pm, at Doncaster Dome. Including Lego display, North East Ghostbusters, Jurassic Parties Lifesize Dinosaur, Game of Thrones Iron Throne and many many more.
This weeks 5 ideas
One for… free day outdoors
The free woodland welly walk trail at Bolton Abbey looks really fun…. “With tunnels, slides, bridges and beams, it’s a brilliant adventure for the whole family”.
One for… museum
I’d totally recommend National Railway Museum if you haven’t been already; it’s in York and really fantastic, and best of all FREE! Must take a picnic. Not a museum or free but nearby is Web Adventure Park which we really loved, too.
One for… activity
There’s lots of crafts and free activities this weekend in various summer fayres, festivals such as Wadsley Festival, St Andrews Summer Fayre and Open day at Holly Hagg. For something a little bit different, why not try your own bug hunt? The new enchanted woodland trail at Grenoside is a perfect spot for this, but Forge Dam, Longshaw Estate and your local woodlands are just as good!
One for… random
We had a cheap day out at Elsecar today and I forgot how good it is. Besides soft play (which we really didn’t need to do anyway) all of it was free! The park is fantastic and has a new bike track with characters and play shops/garage and petrol pump, picnic areas, bandstand, good cafe, great playground and big sandpit. Then on to Elsecar Heritage Centre just next to the park for a wander around the shops, see the heritage trains and old cobbled streets. There’s something for all ages.
One for… personal recommendation
Last week one of my highlights was an afternoon at Heeley City Farm; one of our favourites, always free and always great but this time Eric particularly loved the baby goats. 🙂 I was surprised that so many people on my community group didn’t know about the playground there or that you can get animal feed from the garden centre (donation box). The Heeley City Farm summer festival is on Saturday, too, it’s free!
These blog posts include our FAVOURITE top days out recommendations for you & I highly recommend you check them out!
Splash parks & water play
Rivelin Valley Park, Sheffield S6 5GL is free and has paddling pool, water play and playgrounds, plus cafe. Free
Langold Country Park, S81 9QW is open every day with a free splash park and good playgrounds.
Clifton Park & Museum in Barnsley has a fantastic free water splash area, great playgrounds and funfair. Plus museum, cafe and lots of space for picnics.
Millhouses Park, S7 2QQ has a free small water play area perfect for toddlers and is open every day, plus cafe, boating lake and playgrounds.
Aqua-Tek at Magna adventure Science Park in Rotherham reopens for half term and water fun is on daily, annual passes available.
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry centre has a good water splash area with lots of sand, toys, diggers and adventure playground. Included in admission (plus has half term event on).
Peace Gardens in Sheffield City Centre is a great place to splash around in the fountains, they are on daily however please note will not be on during Sheffield Food Festival (Bank Holiday weekend).
Bakewell Park is a good day out in the lovely historical village and in the playground has a free water play area.
Looking for outdoors ideas this weekend? Try these…
Best playgrounds in Sheffield
Ruskin Park, S6 3JQ has a sandpit and good playground
High Hazels Park, S9 4PE large playground with sandpits.
Forge Dam S10 4GL, a wonderful day out with a lovely cafe, woodlands, playground and walking trails. One of our favourite free family days out: read this!
Endcliffe Park, S11 7AB, good park for families with funfair, nice cafe, parkour and large playground. Plus woodlands and open fields for running around!
Rother Valley Country Park, S26 5PQ, sporting facilities, cafes, walks around the water, playgrounds and some animals.
Rivelin Valley Park, S6 5GL wonderful park with free water park, nature trails, woodlands, cafe, good big playground.
Norfolk Heritage Park, S2 2PL large park with ancient woodlands, cafe and community centre. Be aware the playgrounds being renovated currently if you’re thinking of going.
Crookes Valley Park, S10 1DJ just behind Weston Park Museum, small playground but has all you need for lots of fun, plus family pub and a walk around the water.
Hillsborough Park and Hillsborough Park Walled Garden S6 2AS, a wonderful park with duck pond, library, beautiful walled garden (a must visit) and playground with new climbing frame/slide, plus fields for games/running around. Get this free trail for 10 things to spot!
Bole Hill Recreation Ground S10 1QH, lovely playground high up in the hills with fantastic views over the city, rocks to climb, BMX track and picnic areas.
Heeley People’s Park S2 3DJ, combine this with a visit to Heeley City Farm to make a really good, all round freeday out. The park has great equipment plus little bike track and paths winding around.
Highfield Adventure Playground – Commuunity run and staffed adventure playground with mud kitchens, slides, ropes, sand pits and cafe. Check opening times.