Family fun on offer throughout the holidays

​Date: 25/07/2016

Ref: PR8296

To celebrate the start of the school holidays, Wakefield Council has launched a fun-packed summer planner full of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

​The planner is available to download from the Council’s website and shows events for every day of the school holidays, making it easier for parents and carers to keep the children entertained all summer long.

 The Council is holding various events at its parks, leisure centres, museums, libraries and castles. The planner makes it easy for families to see what’s-on and take part in the many activities on offer.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “Keeping the kids entertained all summer can be a real challenge. We hope we’ve made it a little bit easier for families to see what’s happening across the district so they can plan in lots of fun and exciting things for everyone to do.

“With events and activities taking place across our parks, leisure centres, museums, libraries and castles - there really is a fun-packed itinerary that all ages can enjoy. And most of them are free! Download it today and start planning your summer.”

The planner can be downloaded from It shows every day throughout the school holidays with a suggested activity on each, including many Olympic-themed events.

Other highlights include:

  • Yorkshire Day activities at Pontefract Castle on Monday 1 August, 11am-4pm.
  • The wonderful world of Roald Dahl at Wakefield Museum, Wednesday 3 August, 11am-4pm. Meet Willy Wonka and see the new Roald Dahl activity zone.
  • Olympic fun day with free kayak lessons at Pugneys, Monday 8 August, 1-4pm.
  • Hands on history at Pontefract Museum, Wednesday 17 August, 10am-3pm. Touch real objects from the past and make fun history-themed crafts.
  • Seaside in Castleford on Saturday 20 August, 10am-4pm. Celebrate the British seaside with Punch and Judy, donkey rides and the beach.