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Summer holiday activities for children

Thu 28 July 2016

Summer holiday activities for children

Summer holidays might be the height of excitement for kids, but for parents it can sometimes be a struggle to find free activities that will keep your children entertained over the holidays. Morses Club has explored some of the best free activities for families in Manchester, Hull, Leeds and Newcastle. 

Free activities near Manchester

Dig the City

If you fancy taking the children along to a summer garden festival, Dig in the City will be held in the city centre from 31 July – 6 August. There will be activities for everyone, and the most notable being a project called Run Wild, a family event where participants have to turn detective and solve mysteries and clues across Manchester City Centre.


ParkLives has been set up in cities across the UK, and has a focus on offering free and fun activities in your local park. The initiative has teamed up with local councils and sports clubs to make sure that there is something going on in different places all across summer. There are specific events for children, adults and families – so take a look at the activity plan to find out what’s going on in your area this holiday season.

Free activities near Hull

The Deep

Hull is well-known for its huge family-friendly aquarium, with over 3,500 fish and sea creatures to learn about. Take your children to the Deep so they can learn fun facts about their favourite fish. Children under three years old can go for free, but adults do have to pay around £10.00 for their ticket.

Bridlington Beach

Although Bridlington is a bit further down the coast from Hull, it’s a great family day out.  Take along some beach balls, buckets and spades and outdoor equipment to keep the kids entertained, and enjoy whilst they spend hours happily playing on the beach.

Free activities near Leeds

Woodhouse Moor Skate Park

Dig the roller skates and skateboards out and take your children along to Woodhouse Moor Skate Park, which is divided into three sections depending on ability. It’s open all day, and is especially good for children that love outdoor activities and being a little bit daring.

Games in Victoria Gardens

Victoria Gardens is a public space in Leeds city centre, and aside from the green area which is perfect for family picnics, there’s also a life-size chess board. Take your children along and show them the ropes – they’ll love the novelty of using the giant chess pieces.

Free activities near Newcastle

Discovery Museum

Newcastle’s Discovery Museum is situated in Blandford House and has a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions focused on Newcastle’s industrial and maritime history. If your children are a little bit too young to appreciate the museum, head down to the under seven’s water play area on the first floor.

Saltwell Park

Saltwell Park in Gateshead has over 50 acres of gardens, greenery and woodland to explore or relax in. There’s also a café to top up on refreshments, play areas, a lake and sports facilities – so you can pretty much squeeze in a full day out here. The park is also open until around 6pm.

Make sure you check your local paper for more details about free children’s activities this summer!