Best Summer Events Yorkshire 2021 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Here it is, our list of the best summer events across the South East to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in Yorkshire – East, North, South and West. All events are family-friendly.

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Things to do Yorkshire 2021 – North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens – South Yorkshire – A Grand Family Day Out

When? 14th and 15th August
Address: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, B6422, Brodsworth, South Yorkshire, DN5 7JX
A Bit About – “Get ready for a fun-filled extravaganza as we invite your family to a grand day out at Brodsworth Hall. Join us for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events and experience history first-hand. Days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.”
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Burnby Hall and Gardens – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Burnby Hall Gardens, 33 The Balk, Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO42 2QF
A Bit About – Punch and Judy Day – July 28th. Time Travellers – Have fun travelling through space and time with Rusticus Arts on this epic adventure featuring characters from the past, present and future who all have their own ideas about what makes Burnby Hall Gardens so special! Get stuck in with some silly outdoor activities on a quest to save the future and watch out for aliens in disguise! – 11th August. Alice’s adventures in wonderland outdoor theatre – 13th August. Teddy Bear’s picnic – 25th August.
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Burton Constable Hall – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Burton Constable Hall and Grounds, Skirlaugh, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU11 4LN
A Bit About – The Jungle Book outdoor theatre – 26th July. Live on the Lawn summer shows – 13th August to 5th September. Alice in wonderland outdoor theatre – 13th August. Cinderella -14th August. Peter Pan – 15th August and so much more. Please see their website for further events.
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Cannon Hall Farm – 5 on the farm – South Yorkshire

When? 28th to 30th August
Address: Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Ln, Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT
A Bit About – “The Main Stage event will see adventurer Ben Fogle perform his ‘Tales From the  Wilderness’ show live, and fans of hit show This Week on the Farm will be delighted that  the series’ star farmers will also be hitting the main stage with their fun and entertaining  show: ‘Rob & Dave: Oh ‘eck Live!…and more”
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Eden Camp – 1940s living history weekend – North Yorkshire

When? 28th and 29th August
Address: Eden Camp, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6RT
A Bit About – “Re-enactors will be on-site over the bank holiday weekend; the groups will be portraying both military and civilians, helping to enhance the 1940s theme and allowing visitors to get up close to uniforms, clothing and kit of the period. All visitors to the museum are invited to join in with the fun and get dressed up in either civilian or military period clothing.”
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Gullivers Valley – Princess and Pirate weekend plus Superhero summer finale – South Yorkshire

When? Princess & Pirate weekend 17th and 18th July
Superhero Summer Finale 4th and 5th September
Address: Gulliver’s Valley, Mansfield Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S26 5QW
A Bit About – “Princess and Pirate weekend – There will be treasure, treats, fancy dress events themed activities and so much more. Superhero finale – We’re finishing the summer holidays in style with a Superhero finale complete with fireworks.”
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Harewood House – Various Events – West Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Harewood House, Sandy Gate, Harewood, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 9LE
A Bit About – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Outdoor theatre – 23rd July. Mr Stink outdoor theatre – 29th and 30th July. The further adventures of Dr Doolittle – 3rd August….and more.
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Kirklees Light Railway – Dinosaur Ranger Adventure – West Yorkshire

When? 14th and 15th August
Address: Kirklees Light Railway, Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, HD8 9XJ
A Bit About – “Return steam train ride (25 minutes each way). A roarsome 20 minute Ranger School + meet & greet with a host of baby dinosaurs. All-day access to the outdoor playgrounds. Dino-themed trail. Tram platform rides. Rides on the Clayton Flyer miniature railway. Dinosaur craft activities (subject to COVID restrictions)”
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Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 – City Centre – West Yorkshire

When? 24th July to 12th September
Address: Leeds City Centre
A Bit About – “The giant animatronic dinosaurs are set to take over Leeds from Saturday 24th July – Sunday 12th September! Are you ready to hunt them down? There will be 13 roarsome dinosaurs that you can hunt down in the Leeds Jurassic Trail 2 this Summer!


Mother Shipton’s Cave – Magical Wonderland – North Yorkshire

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Mother Shipton’s Cave, Prophecy Lodge, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, HG5 8DD
A Bit About – “Follow us down the rabbit hole for a fabulous adventure trail with intricate scenes inspired by the classic children’s stories Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
We’re all MAD here! There’s something for all ages; go wild in our Adventure Playground, see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well, make a wish in the Wishing Well, and step inside the cave where Mother Shipton was born.”
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Piglets Adventure Farm – Summer Fun – North Yorkshire

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Ln, Towthorpe, North Yorkshire, YO32 9ST
A Bit About – “What will you do first? Cool down in the rockpools at the beach, discover the magical fairy trail, find your way to the maize maze, say hello to the adorable piglets in the maternity ward and so much more.”
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Scampston Hall – Pirate Treasure Hunt – North Yorkshire

When? 24th July to 5th September
Address: Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG
A Bit About – “Use your treasure map to follow the clues around Scampston Parkland and find Pirate Bill with the stolen treasure… A self-led adventure that’s fun for all the family this summer!” Plus concerts, fairs, storytelling and more.
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Scampston Hall – The Great Northern Food Festival – North Yorkshire

When? 28th-30th August
Address: Scampston Walled Garden, Scampston, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8NG
A Bit About – “There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages with live music, competitions and fairground rides alongside demonstrations from a number of key vendors. And we’re dog friendly, so feel free to bring along your pooches.”


Scarborough Castle – Grand family day out & Knights Tournament – North Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Scarborough Castle, Castle Rd, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
A Bit About – A Grand family day out – 7th and 8th August. “Get ready for a fun-filled extravaganza as we invite your family to a grand day out at Scarborough Castle Join us for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events and experience history first hand. Days out with the kids have never been more rewarding.” Knights tournament – 21st and 22nd August. “Go back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at Scarborough Castle. Knights’ Tournament this August. Arrows will fly, swords will clash and the winner will be decided in the Grand Melee finale.”
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Sewerby Hall and Gardens – Various Events – East Riding of Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Church Lane, Sewerby, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1EA
A Bit About – Rusticus Woodland creatures activity days are on for most of the summer. Plus Rusticus Woodland theatre performances (outdoors). Magic shows and face painting – 28th July, 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th August and 1st September. The Greatest Showman adventure cinema 28th & 29th August.
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Stockeld Park – Summer Adventure – North Yorkshire

When? 24th July to 6th September
Address: Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN
A Bit About – Brand new for 2021 – Jurassic Mini golf. Plus a raptor encounter at weekends and the dinosaurs are back at Stockeld park for our amazingJurassic Summer event! Take a walk on the wild-side, through our Enchanted Forest, and become an explorer for the day, how many dinosaurs will you discover? Plus a family-friendly music festival on the 29th and 30th of August.
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Thornton Hall Country Park – Various Events – North Yorkshire

When? Various dates, see below
Address: Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-craven, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 3TS
A Bit About – 19th to 25th July – Jurassic live Dino Adventure. Various dates in August – The Great farm adventure – Bradley & Annas Farm Party Show. Tractor World. Bubble Show. Character Meet & Greets. Street Theatre and more. Plus Superhero and Unicorn week – 23rd to 27th August.
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Hazlewood Castle – Totally Roarsome – West Yorkshire

When? Most dates from now until the 5th September
Address: Hazlewood Castle Hotel, Paradise Ln, Tadcaster LS24 9NJ
A Bit About – “In an untouched woodland, just outside of Leeds, dinosaurs, bears, lions, and tigers roam free. There may even be a unicorn or two. They are joined by their friends from down on the farm, creatures from under-the-sea and a gang of superheroes. – It’s much more than just dinosaurs. It’s Totally Roarsome!.”


Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta – York Racecourse – North Yorkshire

When?: 27th to 30th August
Address:: York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX
A Bit About – Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, formerly York Balloon Fiesta, returns for 2021 with the biggest hot air balloon festival Yorkshire has ever seen. This four-day festival includes a weekend of hot air balloons, children’s entertainment, live music, tribute acts, food and drink, as well as a large funfair. The pinnacle of the festival will be the popular Hot Air Balloon Night Glow, followed by a brand new firework, drone and laser show!


Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Meet the Vikings – North Yorkshire

When? 10th and 11th July
Address: Murton Park, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5UF
A Bit About – “Jorfor’s Hall Viking reenactment group will once again be joining us on the Viking village. They will be demonstrating a range of crafts and skills.”
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Yorkshire Wildlife Park – Sunset Safari – South Yorkshire

When? Every Friday and Saturday evening from 30th July to 28th August
Address: Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Warning Tongue Lane, Branton, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN4 6TB
A Bit About – “Enjoy an evening stroll at the UK’s no.1 walkthrough Safari with friends and family this Summer. Take in the stunning backdrop of Yorkshire Wildlife Park where you can see our amazing animals settle down for the end of the day. What will your lasting memory be …. Seeing our amazing Polar Bears take an evening swim in one of their lakes? Watching the sunset behind our majestic Lions or seeing the Anteaters wake up from their daily slumber as the sun goes down! These evenings really will offer you a unique experience to see the animals in a different light.”
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Best Summer Events Yorkshire 2021 – Things to do