Outdoor Activities

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Snowdog Sculpture gets a warm welcome as he arrives in the North East

SNOWDOGS are coming from all corners of the UK to take part in the largest free public art trail ever to be held in the North East.

On 19 September, streets, parks and open spaces across Sunderland, Gateshead and Tyneside, will become home to 60 giant Snowdog sculptures, individually decorated by artists and celebrities alike.

Upcoming events at Hoghton Tower

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August 10am – 5pm, Medieval War Camp

Take a step back in time and visit our medieval re-enactment camp.

‘Vanguard Reenactment’ group brings the 13th century to life: armed with authentic weapons and Armour they demonstrate medival formations and combat, seeing.

Site admission: £6 Adults, £4 children (includes acess to the gardens)

 House open for guided tours 11:30am to 4pm, with the last tour at 3.30pm

Admission for House tours: adults £8, children and concessions £6.

Tea room and gift shop open

 Saturday 10th September 11am – 3pm, Cyclo-Cross Day at the Tower

High on a hill in the heart of the Red Rose County, Hoghton Tower offers an enchanting and unique destination for every occasion.

School's out, Football's in!

  • With free time aplenty, a fun-fuelled family afternoon at your local FA Women’s Super League match is the perfect cure for cabin fever and restless kids looking for outdoor entertainment
  • With ticket prices starting from as little as £2, the FA WSL is set to provide quality, affordable football for the whole family to enjoy
  • Perfect day out for football fans and families alike, complemented by match day activities and, most importantly, a chance to meet the players post-match!

With many parents frantically planning how to occupy their kids’ time over the summer period, the FA Women’s Super League is on hand with solutions aplenty!

Families’ called to lace up their trainers in the fight against heart disease

Victoria Park

Families can make their mark in the fight for every heartbeat by becoming British Heart Foundation (BHF) Heart Runners and taking part in an annual event at one of London’s most famous parks. Entries are now open for the 3rd Victoria Park Run, which is taking place on 7 August.

Families are being invited to join over 1,000 runners to fight back against coronary heart disease, the UK’s single biggest killer. Last year, those who took on the challenge helped raise over £34,000 for the BHF’s essential and life saving research, which is improving the lives of those affected by heart disease every day.

Wyevale Garden Centres’ Braziliant Adventures — 2nd to 25th August

Wyevale Garden Centres Brazilian Adventures

To keep kids entertained during the summer holidays, Wyevale Garden Centres has put together a programme of fun activities called Braziliant Adventures

Between 2 and 25 August, children and their families are invited to enjoy an array of events at one of almost 50 centres that are taking part in the festivities. A range of craft and baking activities have been planned and they all involve making something fantastic that can be taken home with you. 

Meet the Champion and New to Farm Retailing (26th and 27th September)


Want to learn from the best?

Join FARMA at our annual 'Meet the Champion' event, this year at Hallow Trees Shop - winner of the 2016 FARMA Large Farm Shop and Retail Champion awards. When - 26th September Where - Hollow Trees Farm Shop Planning to start a farm shop? Just opened a farm shop? Want to focus on the basics of farm retail ? Book your place now

Annual 'Meet the Champion' event, this time at Hollow Trees Farm Shop - the 2016 FARMA Retail Champion

The Edinburgh dungeon welcomes cast of wonderfully wicked women

the edinburgh dungeon welcomes cast of wonderfully wicked women

Is it time for your royal appointment?

Scotland is home to some of the world's most wicked women, and joining the cast at The Edinburgh Dungeon, is one of the nation’s most notoriously feisty females – Mary Queen of Scots. 

Branded wicked by many of her contemporaries and ultimately given the chop  by her cousin - Queen Elizabeth I - Mary has divided opinions for centuries. Now, The Edinburgh Dungeon’s new summer show – Wicked Women – is set to settle the debate for good… 

Let the kids games commence!

This Summer KidZania London is gearing up to celebrate the summer of sports by hosting the City’s very own KidZania Games.

Inspired by the global sporting event, children visiting the 75,000sq ft. child-size City are encouraged to take part in a series of specially crafted games which will be broadcast live throughout the City’s replica radio station and television studio.

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival on the 24th-25th September

The Althorp Food and Drink Festival

Althorp Estate in Northamptonshire (home to the Spencer family for over 500 years) are playing host to an exciting Food Festival on the 24th-25th September – a perfect weekend away for the whole family!

The festival focuses on championing young and local talent and will showcase live cooking demonstrations and mouth-watering masterclasses from well-known chefs and other experts. It will be a family friendly event with a variety of children’s entertainment.

Jack Griffo & Kira Kosarin get set for Nickelodeon’s Slimefest

Tickets for SLIMEFEST now on sale at Ticketmaster

The Stars of Nickelodeon’s The Thundermans and YouTube sensation Roxxsaurus Join the Line-up for Nickelodeon’s First-Ever UK SLIMEFEST in Blackpool on 3rd September

ack Griffo and Kira Kosarin, stars of Nickelodeon’s hit live-action series The Thundermans, are heading to Blackpool for Nickelodeon’s SLIMEFEST on Saturday, 3rd September, 2016.

Summer doesn’t have to end in August!

Calke Abbey Activity

The holidays might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty going on in The National Forest.

See a true English village garden

Indulge in a bout of nosiness – all totally legitimate – by having a thoroughly English afternoon and wandering around the beautifully kept gardens of Repton Village. On August 28 have a mooch in some stunningly cultivated greenery, and even pick up some tea and homemade cake at 10 Chestnut Way.

Summer Events 2016

Summer Events 2016

11th – 14th August, Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol: Bristol’s International Balloon Fiesta is Europe's largest hot air balloon festival with over 100 balloons gathered in the grounds of the stunning Ashton Court Estate to take off at dawn and dusk each day.

A jam packed four days of fun for the whole family, with breakfast and balloons at dawn to the night glows on Thursday and Saturday after dusk, when the balloons glow to a soundtrack of music. Over half a million people attend each year.

The Teddy Bear’s Picnic Returns to Cholmondeley Castle this August!

Teddys Bear Picnic

The very popular annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic is back at Cholmondeley Castle Gardens on Sunday 14th August. This year the event is being organised by local children’s charity The Wingate Centre, a specialist holiday centre that provides residential breaks and sports and recreation activities for children and young adults with disabilities.

The Wingate Centre, based only four miles from Cholmondeley Castle, was the chosen charity for the 2016 event and this year it promises to be even bigger and better!

Capability Brown Festival 2016 - ‘Capability’ Brown’s birthday month of August

Blenheim Palace

2016 marks the 300th anniversary of 18th century landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, whose birthday (probably) falls this August. His actual date of birth is not known but he was baptised on 30 August 1716 at a time when babies were baptised very soon after birth, so we have declared August as his Birthday Month! The nationwide Capability Brown Festival celebrates the life, work and legacy of England’s most famous gardener, often dubbed the ‘Shakespeare of gardening’ or the ‘grandfather of landscape architecture’.