Activities for a summer of fun

The Maize Maze
The Maize Maze

Steel yourself for a fun-packed bonanza of things to do in the school holidays


Crich Tramway Village - kids activities

Crich Tramway Village - kids activities

A-maize-ing chance to get lost in the Maze.

It’s never been more fun getting lost than it is this summer at The Maize Maze in Cawthorne, Barnsley.

The maize plants have reached a whopping nine feet tall by now, but never fear, the on-site team of Maze Masters will be on hand to help you, watching over you from the gallery bridges.

The village fete atmosphere is completed with pedal go-karts, hoppers and bales alongside traditional games and puzzles.

Be sure to take the ever- popular vintage tractor ride to the site’s working dairy farm to find out more out the cows and see the calves. There is also a real charcoal barbecue offering burgers made with beef reared on the farm, then finish your day with our farm-made Maizie Moo Real Dairy IceCream. You will take home tired and happy children, after a healthy day out in the countryside.

The Torchlight Nights have also been a huge success and will be running every Saturday evening in September, so don’t miss out.

The Maize Maze is open daily from 10.30am to 6pm until September 2, then it will be running weekends only for the rest of the month.

Visit Maize Maze for more information.


The Stainless Steel centenary celebrations continue at Kelham Island Museum this summer with an interactive storytelling performance of ‘The Story of Ironie.’

Ironie is a children’s story written and illustrated by Harry Brearley, the discoverer of stainless steel. The original manuscript is held in the museum’s collection as a unique example of Brearley’s desire to explain his scientific discovery to young people.

Performances take place every Tuesday throughout August at 12.30pm and 2.30pm for three to eight year olds. A pre-school version, ‘The Mysterious Egg,’ is held every Tuesday at 11am.

Children will also be able to pick up an ‘Ironie Trail’ and discover more about metal with Ironie. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet will also be running Summer Festival Craft Days every Wednesday thought August with free admission, where families can try out traditional skills from lacemaking and spinning to leathermaking and woodturning.

For more information, visit Sheffield Industrial Museum Trust


Crich Tramway Village is on track to welcome families this summer with an exciting programme of events and workshops to keep kids entertained.

‘Wonderful Woods’ is back by popular demand and will be running all week until this Friday, August 16. The award-winning event, which takes place on the woodland walk, includes stories, minibeasts, nature art, golems, fairy dens and much more.

‘Discovery Week’ runs from Monday, August 19, to Friday, August 23, when visitors will be able to meet people from the golden age of trams, discover what Crich really does behind the scenes and explore the science of trams.

‘Back to School’ week kicks off on Tuesday, August 27, and runs until Friday, August 30, when Crich will help prepare you for another schoool year, with the opportunity to personalise bags, pencil cases and pots - a perfect memento for the first day of term!

All activities are free of charge and visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Crich Tramway Village is open daily until November 3, 2013.

For more information on all of these events, visit Crish Tramway Village


The award-winning Chestnut Centre is a firm family favourite. Since the centre was set up more than 30 years ago, by keen conservationists Carol and Roger Heap, it has grown into a popular wildlife attraction. From the endangered giant otter to lovable polecats and free-roaming deer, there is something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. Set in 50 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds in the Peak District National Park, with a stream running right through the valley, the Chestnut Centre is home to four species of otter, including the endangered giant otter, and 17 species of owls.

There’s other indigenous wildlife too, such as pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and sika and fallow deer.

Every spring there are enchanting new arrivals, such as baby polecats, otters or young deer and lots of special events throughout the year, such as Owl Encounters or Batty Bats, where you can find out more about all the fascinating creatures the centre has to offer.

Every day of the week there are ‘meet the keeper’ sessions, animal feeding times and deer encounters, with lovely woodland trails, a cosy tearoom and gift shop.

Special activities are also available for school parties and groups, including animal encounters, storytelling and wildlife quizzes and trails.

For more information, visit Chestnut Centre