Guide to August fun for children and families

With more than two weeks of the long summer holidays still ahead, we have pulled together a list of some of the events taking place and attractions you can visit in the district this August.

- Nostell Priory and Parkland is hosting summer activities every weekday from 11am until 3pm, until August 28. On Mucky Mondays children can get stuck in to creative messy projects, on Tuesdays they can tick off activities on the National Trust’s 50 things to do before your 11 ¾ list, and on Wednesdays they can have fun outdoors with sports and activities. Thursday is craft day and on Pot Luck Friday, there will be a surprise activity taking place in the grounds.

- There’s also plenty going on at the district’s museums and libraries. At Wakefield Museum, children aged two to five can make 1950s inspired toys and games today, aromatic art on Wednesday, August 19 and a reptile workshop next Thursday. Children can make charcoal art at Castleford Museum tomorrow and can try handwriting with quills at a back to school event on August 27.

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- Sandal and Pontefract Castles are open to visitors daily and are running events and activities for children including a herb garden cuttings workshop. More information about museum and castle events can be found at

- The seaside is coming to Wakefield City Centre this weekend with beach attractions for families enjoy. The event will also come to Castleford for the first time next Saturday.

- Themed craft making sessions are running at the National Coal Mining Museum every weekday, as well as story writing workshops on August 19 and 20.

A list of events and attractions is available at