What’s On in Harrogate at May Half Term

Here’s what’s on in Harrogate at May Half Term if you’re looking for ideas! The last half term of the year is almost upon us! Hopefully the weather will be kind and there will be picnics a plenty!

Kilnsey Park near Skipton

If you’re looking for somewhere new to try Kilnsey Park near Skipton looks like a good bet. They’re running two School of the Wild events to re-connect families with the childhood pleasures of simply spending time in the great outdoors.


During Go Wild Week (Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June) a host of supervised events are lined up for youngsters and the ‘kids at heart’ adults, which will see them rummage in the undergrowth searching for creepy crawlies, building dens, making mud pies, creating a tree spirit out of clay or catching fresh trout.

For Go Wild Week, the activities run from 11am-4pm. Entrance fee is £3.50 for children (under 5’s free) and £4.50 for adults.

RHS Harlow Carr: Slugs and Bugs

Discover all there is to know about slugs and bugs this half term with crafts, stories and real-life creatures throughout the week at RHS Harlow Carr. To round off half term, join the Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers Association for a weekend of beekeeping demonstrations and activities (3 & 4 June). It promises to be a hive of activity!


On Wednesday 31st May if you fancy two hours to yourself you can see if your kids (age 5-10) fancy the Lost in the Woods holiday club at either 10- noon or 1-3pm.  It’s £5 for members per child (£10 for non members) and your children can get up to loads of outdoorsy fun while you have a coffee, shop or stroll on site without them! You need to book in advance though, details on the link!

Superheroes at Lightwater Valley

The weekend event (June 3-4) at Lightwater Valley theme park in Ripon is a celebration of their favourite costumed-heroes, featuring a live crime-fighting stage show starring Batman, Spiderman, Captain America and other characters.

Younger visitors will get the chance to showcase their super powers, make superhero masks, have their faces painted, enter a colouring competition, then take part in a fancy dress parade and even meet their favourite characters.

Half-term coincides with the start of their summer season, so from May 29, apart from a handful of days in June, Lightwater Valley will be open seven days a week until the end of August.

The live superhero shows will take place at 12pm, 1.30pm and 3pm on the Events Field during the weekend of June 3 and 4. To claim half-price entry on advance tickets, use the code SUPER15 when booking online.

Dick and Dom Live at Harrogate Theatre

Touring the UK in a show that promises to get the whole family on their feet, the performance will be full of madcap challenges and audience participation games that will guarantee to have you in stitches. The show’s on at the Harrogate Theatre on Thursday 1st June at 11am and 2.00pm and you can book online on the link above.


The BAFTA winning stars of such memorable shows as Diddy TV, Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom, The Legend of Dick & Dom and of course Dick & Dom in Da Bungalow will be live on stage and bringing their unique bundle of fun and anarchy to life! Tickets are £12 per adult and £10 per child.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Harrogate Theatre

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger!


Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show; packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of teatime mayhem… expect to be surprised!

For children age three and above. Tickets at £12.50. Tuesday 30th May 1.30pm and 4.30pm and Wednesday 31st May 11.00am and 2.00pm the running time is 55 minutes. Tickets are available from the Harrogate theatre box office online.

Medieval Day at Knaresborough Castle

Celebrate Knaresborough Castle’s glory days. See medieval crafts and skills come to life, enjoy archery demonstrations and watch the knights battle it out in the tournament!

It’s on from 11:00am to 4pm, Sunday 28th May 2017. Entry to the grounds is free, and there will be a small charge for some activities. See the Castle, Sally port and Museum for £2 adults and concessions, £1 children.

Mother Shipton’s Cave

Meet some strange characters on your journey through Mother Shipton’s this May Half Term. Sarah needs your help to find her baby brother Toby, you must face puzzles and clues to complete the Goblin King’s Labyrinth by the 13th hour. Be quick, be brave, and above all be careful not to fall into the Bog of Eternal Stench!


Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June. Open 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Family ticket is £22 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children).

Lucy xx

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