LOOKING for something to do over the summer holidays?
Here is some inspiration for some family fun events in Worcestershire and beyond.
1. CROOME COURT, CROOME D’ABITOT – SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Thursday, July 21- Tuesday, September 6 Summer Daily Trails- Croome, near High Green, Worcester 10am-4pm. With two exciting trails to complete during the holidays, you’ll have fun around the park. No booking required. £2 per trail, includes a prize.
Friday, July 29 Pond dipping with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust 11am-3pm. Hire a net and see what watery creatures you can find in our lake. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Meet by the lake and wear suitable footwear. Crafts also available. Child per net £1 and all per craft activity £1.
Sunday, July 31 Teddy bear zip wire 11am-4pm. Make a cape for your teddy and watch him fly down the house to the crash zone below. £2 per cape. Bring your own teddy or cuddly toy. Please expect a wait whilst we take the teddies to the 4th floor … it’s a long climb. One flight only!
Sunday, July 31 Archery lessons with Really Rural 10am-4.15pm. An Archery GB qualified instructor will show you how to shoot a ‘Recurve Bow’ with as much time spent shooting arrows as possible. All bows, arrows and safety equipment are supplied. Booking essential. Over 8yrs only. For more details please contact telephone: 01885 489104 – Really Rural.
Friday, August 5 Bug hunting activity day 11am-3pm. Hire a kit and hunt for bugs in the park, you need to keep your eyes open. Crafts also available. Per craft activity £1 and per kit £1. Children must always be accompanied by a guardian. Pots are designed only for bugs and no other small animal.
Friday, August 12 Mini beast hotel activity day 11am-3pm. Create a little haven for bugs for you take back home and put in your garden. Per child £2.
Friday, August 19 Geocaching activity day 11am-3pm. Join our enthusiasts who will help you understand and find geocaches that are hidden in the parkland at Croome, you’ll be ready to find others around the country after this. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
Sunday, August 28 Kite flying day 11am-3pm. Bring your own kite to fly on Church hill and watch experts from the Midlands Kite Fliers as they show off their impressive kites, you can even have a go. To purchase a kite £2, free to fly your own.
Wednesday, August 24 Summer Reading Challenge 10am-5pm. National Trust Croome and the Worcestershire Libraries and Learning Service are delighted to announce the return of the Summer Reading Challenge three day event. Story tellers, actors, face painters, crafts, street dance theatre, choirs and much more! Join us and meet our celebrity author Jonathan Emmett. Free event, normal admission prices apply. 01905 370001.
Friday, August 26 Wild Art activity Day Session times: 11am-11.45am; Noon-12.45pm; 1pm-1.45pm and 2pm-2.45pm. Create a clay animal with objects found in the park or a seed bomb. Timed workshops, between 11am and 3pm (finish). Please arrive in time to book onto a workshop. Meet at wild play area. Per child £2.
For all the above events contact telephone number 01905 370005. (Becky Wilks – Events Officer)
2. HANBURY HALL, NEAR DROITWICH
Saturday, July 23 – Thursday, August 11 Summer Holidays – 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4 10.30am-5pm.Try your hand at our 50 Things summer trail and see how many you can tick off your list. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
3. ELGAR BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM, CROWN EAST LANE, LOWER BROADHEATH
Saturday, July 23 – Sunday, September 4 Summer Holidays – Making Musical Memories 11am-5pm. There will be children’s activity stations at the Elgar Birthplace Museum with a variety of activities – find musical instruments, a colouring post and try our Memory Game using Elgar’s very own desk! Throughout this time there will also be our Musical Melodies Trail which you can pick up from the Front Desk and learn about many of Elgar’s compositions. All visitors who complete the Trail and return it to the Front Desk can win a small prize! All children partaking in the activities must be accompanied at all times by an adult. 01905 333224.
4. EASTNOR CASTLE, EASTNOR, LEDBURY
Sunday, August 7 – Thursday, August 11 11am-5.30pm. Dinosaur show. Travel back in time with a life-like walking, roaring T-Rex.
Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 14 LakeFest Something for the whole family! Celebrating its fifth year, and it’s very first year here at Eastnor, Lakefest presents a spectacular summer music festival that you won’t want to miss! The entry gates and box office will be open at the following times. Access to the site will not be permitted outside of these hours: Thursday 11th: 10am-9pm Friday 12th: 10am-9pm Saturday 13th: 10am-9pm Sunday 14th: 10am-9pm Please leave the site by midday on Monday 15th August. More information and tickets available from Customer Services Hotline: 0161 813 2222 or Email: email@example.com Sunday, August 14 – Thursday, August 18 Mad Science Show Open from 11am- 5.30pm (last admission 4pm). Mad Science: Fun experiments and shows with our mad scientist. 01531 633160.
Carnival Arts: Space Workshops Sunday, August 21-Thursday, August 25 11am. Become an astronaut, fly a rocket and discover aliens in these space themed workshops. Includes Eastnor Church Fete on Sunday 21st August.
Sunday, August 28 to Monday, August 29 Bounce Boing 11am. Inflatable slide, obstacle course and bouncy castle.
5. HOLBEACHE FARM, TRIMPLEY, NEAR KIDDERMINSTER
Sunday, July 31 Trimpley Heavy Horse Festival 10.30am- 4.30pm. There will be plenty to see and do to keep the family entertained. There will be: tractor and trailer rides, horse and cart rides, donkey rides, fun fair, trade stands, refreshments, car boot, dog show, art displays and of course the wonderful heavy horses.
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The foals will be in the stables ready to meet you and there will be lots going on in the working field where you can stand and watch these beautiful creatures at work, as they used to do; ploughing and muck spreading. So please come along and help support us in raising. All proceeds of the show are donated to several local charities as well as the Suffolk Punch Horse Society. Admission: Adults £4, children £2.50. For general enquiries please call Mike on 07831 674081/01299 403812 or for Trade Stand Enquiries please call Tracy on 01905 773673/07531524280.
6. HARTLEBURY CASTLE HARTLEBURY, NEAR KIDDERMINSTER
Tuesday, August 2 – Thursday, September 1 Five Weeks of Summer Skool 10am-4pm daily each week.
Week 1 – Learn to be a Pirate; Week 2 – Learn to be a King or Queen; Week 3 – Learn to be one of Robin Hood’s merry men; Week 4 – Learn to be a Mad Scientist; Week 5 – Learn to be a Knight or Princess.
Each day will include a themed trail, craft activities and interactive fun. An additional charge of £2 per child applies for the day’s activities. Adults £5, concess child £2.50, under-fives free and family ticket £13. 01299 250416.
Friday, August 5 Family Theatre at the Castle – Ratburger 5.30pm-8pm. Pack a picnic and join us for an evening of family fun and laughter as Heartbreak Productions present their fabulous stage adaptation of David Walliams’ book for children ‘Ratburger’. Advance Tickets – Adults £14, Children £7.50. School/Group Discounts available. Tickets can be pre-booked on 01299 250416.
Monday, August 29 Knights Princesses 11am-4pm. Visit Hartlebury Castle and learn how to be a Knight or a Princess. Make a sword, design a crown, learn to duel and meet historic characters around the Castle. Adults £5, child concess £2.50, under-fives free and family ticket 13. 01299 250416.
7. THE RAILWAY STATION, TODDINGTON, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Tuesday, August 2, Tuesday, August 9, Tuesday, August 16, Tuesday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 30 Teddy Bear Tuesdays in August at the GWSR Ride the Teddy Bear railcar special and join the Teddy Bears at Winchcombe Station. Bring your own favourite Teddy Bear.
Normal prices apply. Please visit www.gwsr.com or call 01242 612405 for full information. 01242 621405
8. KING GEORGE V PLAYING FIELDS, ASH AVENUE, BRICKFIELDS, WORCESTER
Saturday, August 6 KIDS RUN FREE Children Running Races 8.45am. Come and race in Worcester! Our charity’s mission is to create fun, sustainable running opportunities for 0-16 year olds, igniting their passion for sport and physical activity and allowing them to become healthier, happier, more confident children. Join us at 8.45am for 9am start every 1st Saturday of the month for our free, fun running races for children. All ages welcome from toddlers to teenagers and everyone in between. FREE: register at www.kidsrunfree.co.uk 07711 349592
9. GREENFIELDS, BRINGSTY, WORCESTER
Sunday, August 7 Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue Dog Show 11am-4.30pm. Join us in the wild wooded dog haven of Brockhampton Estate for a great day out for all canines and their families. Enter your dog into a competition or simply relax and enjoy a day of dogs and dog related fun at Brockhampton. With expert advice on all things dog from the experts at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Animal Rescue and specialist stalls selling everything pampered pooch could ask for. £1 per dog. 01885 482077.
10. WORCESTER BRIDGE, SOUTH QUAY TO THE WORCESTER CATHEDRAL
Saturday, August 13 St Richard’s Hospice Duck Race 2pm. Go quackers with the St Richard’s HospiceDuck Race. Adopt your duck today, small ducks £3 and large ducks £5. Fancy dress limited edition duck £25 only 5 available. All money raised from the Duck race will go to St Richard’s Hospice. Prizes for the winning ducks. Duck race starts at 2pm from the Worcester Bridge, watch them race down the river, fun for all the family. 01905 763963
11. THE LAWN OPPOSITE THE ROSE CROWN, SEVERN STOKE, WORCESTER
Saturday, August 13 Severn Stoke Family Fun Day 1pm-4pm. Fantastic fun day out with lots of activities and stalls. Come and enjoy the fun and games and try your luck on our ravishing raffle. Good food, music and company with the proceeds going to charity. 07736 285312 HIGH STREET, WORCESTER Saturday, August 13-Monday, August 29 Worcester Festival We can’t wait for this year’s Worcester Festival, 17 days of events, activities and fun for everyone across the city and beyond! 2015s Festival was a roaring success and we want to make this year’s even better! For more information call 01905 611427.
12. OFFENHAM VILLAGE HALL, WORCESTER
Saturday, August 20 Offenham Family Festival A one day event for all the family. Live bands on the outdoor stage from 12noon to 10pm. The Throws, Midland Regulators, Antonia Kirby are just a few of our line-up. Lots for the children to do, see and join in with: crafts, face painting, climbing wall, meet the rain forest creatures to name a few. Hog roast and other foods, bar, café, ice creams. A range of local crafts and produce stalls. 11am – 11pm Live music starts at 12noon – 10pm Free entry.
13. SALWARPE, DROITWICH
Saturday, August 20 Salwarpe Fete 2pm-5pm. Annual Village Fete held partially under marquees West Mercia Police Brass Band and Worcester Ukelele Band many attractions Grant Raffle Field games for children, Win a Car, Silent Auction and many stalls. 07860 241214. £1 for adults free for children and free parking.
14. EASTHAM, TENBURY WELLS, WORCESTER
Sunday, August 21 Eastham Fete, Flower Show and Fun Dog Show 1.30pm. Eastham’s long running Flower Show and Fete. Stalls, refreshments, BBQ, licensed bar, cash prize draw. Tombola, books. Dog show entries on the day. The Flower Produce show has home crafts, produce, baking, photography, flower and children’s classes. Auction at 4pm, Dog show entries 1pm. Free entry to fete, small charges for show entries. 01584 781255
15. PITCHCROFT, WORCESTER
Sunday, August 21 Family Fun Day 12.20pm-5.20pm. A Family Fun packed day for the whole family. 01905 25364.
16. SPETCHLEY PARK AND GARDENS, SPETCHLEY, WORCESTER
Monday, August 22 Ladybird Garden Party with Katy Ashworth 11am-4pm. It is a ticket only event. Katy Ashworth CBeebies presenter and star of, ‘I Can Cook with Katy’ will be holding two songs, fun and entertainment shows. They will followed by meet and greet opportunities on the lawns at Spetchley Park Gardens. There will be a large marquee for the shows, and a bustling garden party event running alongside. The day has something for people of all ages, young and old. Old fashioned fayre games including coconut shies and hook a duck. 01905 381233.
17. FORGE MILL MUSEUM, REDDITCH
Wednesday, August 24 – Thursday, August 25 Scarecrow Making Days at Forge Mill 11am-3pm. Bring some old clothes to our drop in activity and make a scarecrow to enter into our competition judged by the Mayor on Scarecrow Day. No booking required. £3 per scarecrow Museum entry separate charge. 01527 534030.