Plenty of fun days out in the summer break

Yorkshire Wildlife Park
Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There is plenty of fun to be had around the region this summer break.

Whatever the age of your children there is bound to be something to keep them entertained during the summer break, some right on the doorstep and others a little further afield.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Throughout the summer, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, in Branton near Doncaster, is celebrating its fifth birthday with a fun-filled programme.

Families will get the chance to see Amur leopards, tigers, lions, giraffes, meerkats and many more animals, as well as a host of other activities.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the safari nights on August 14, 21, and 30, where they will see the animals after hours, with live entertainment, a hog roast and a spectacular bangless firework finale.

Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton is home to the largest deposit of Blue John stone in the world, which is mined there to this day.

Throughout the summer school holidays, until Sunday, September 7, visitors will be able to take a piece of Blue John stone and with the assistance of the master craftsmen polish it into a beautiful souvenir of their visit.

Vicky Turner from Treak Cliff Cavern said: “Our craftsmen create some stunning ornaments and jewellery which is sold around the world. During the summer school holidays visitors will get a chance to work alongside the craftsmen and learn how to polish their own piece of Blue John stone.

Kids love getting stuck in and get to take away the fruits of their labour.”

Over at the Chestnut Centre Conservation and Wildlife Park, in Chapel-en-le-Frith, visitors are promised a memorable and enjoyable day out.

Families can watch the cheeky otters at play, including the endangered giant otter, and marvel at the 16 species of owls, Scottish wildcats, pine marten, polecats, foxes and deer, all in a stunning valley setting in the Peak District National Park.

Friendly and knowledgeable keepers are on hand throughout the day at deer encounters, meet- the-keeper events and animal feeding sessions, to answer questions about the animals.

The cycling celebrations continue in Yorkshire at The Maize Maze in Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

Families can enjoy the quiz while solving the Le Tour Racer puzzle and play a tune with bicycle bells - when they find them around the maze.

The team of maze masters will watch over visitors from the gallery bridges and are there to offer guidance – but only if needed!

There is a village fete atmosphere in the fun field with pedal go-karts, hoppers and bales alongside traditional games and the ever-popular vintage tractor and working dairy farm.

The Maize Maze is open daily until September 1, and then weekends only for the rest of September. The Torchlight Nights have become so popular that they will be run every Saturday evening in September.

Over at Wentworth Castle Gardens, families can storm a castle and find a dragon, run round a 400-year-old tree, make daisy chains on the lawns or play hide and seek in a maze-like Union Jack garden.

It will delight garden lovers, history fans and families. This enchanting garden and historic deer park is just two miles from Junction 37 of the M1. There is also a café, gift shop and adventure playground.

Head to the historically grand Wortley Hall, at Wortley near Sheffield, to join in the fun of the South Yorkshire Festival. There will be amusements and activities for all the family next Saturday, August 16, from noon to 5pm.

The free festival is sure to be a huge success with a visit from Peppa Pig, free face painting, balloon modelling, pony rides, a bouncy castle and birds of prey, as well as live music and refreshments.