28th July, 2016

Places to Visit in the Summer Holiday - Sheffield

By Matt J

We all remember the excitement of the summer holidays... the endless days to play and spend time with our friends. But parents know only too well that kids often get bored.

This is a great chance to inspire them by visiting one (or more!) of the wonderful attractions in and around Sheffield. Here are our top recommendations for the best places to visit in the city for a great, educational day out!

What's more, we will give a half priced lesson to anyone who can provide receipts from three of the places involved in our scheme!

Sheffield Manor Lodge

Sheffield Manor Lodge is a unique heritage attraction with Tudor ruins, farm, 1940s cottage and café all set in a unique meadow landscape. On open weekends families can meet Bess of Hardwick and explore the ruins to discover what life was like in Tudor times. In school holidays, children can learn new skills as we host craft sessions with a different theme each week – everything from clay to nature and lots more. You can visit the farm any day of the week and on 17th September you can even work with our Clydesdale horse Big Lad, to bring in the hay using traditional hand tools and machinery (booking essential). We also encourage family fun so come and play in our giant sandpit or run around the lavender labyrinth. Please check our website for opening times as they vary. Free entrance to site with activities and events charged separately.

Visit the Sheffield Manor Lodge website here.

Kelham Island Museum

Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, Kelham Island Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Our interactive galleries tell the story of light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the sights and sounds of progress through the Victorian era and two world wars to discover how steelmaking forged the city of today and its impact on the modern world!

This summer, families can join the Kelham Creators every Tuesday 10am-12pm in the school holidays for make and take craft activities inspired by our current HLF project ‘Sheffield 1916: Steel, Steam and Power’. The museum’s Melting Shop children’s play area will also be open where kids will love being melted, poured, rolled and hammered into a steel object from their imagination!

Visit the Kelham Island Museum website here and view details about specific holiday activities here.

Admission: Adults £6, Concessions £5, Children (under 16) are FREE!

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Catch a unique glimpse of life and home and at work at a a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century. Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. See worker’s houses, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the last complete surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK! Our £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund restoration project is now complete with learning centre and café, craft workshops and hands-on displays revealing ‘All About Abbeydale’.

The Hamlet’s Make Your Own Wednesdays returns for the school holidays, 10am-12.30pm, with exciting crafts activities from wire beading and decoupage to lollipop stick catapults and textile elephants to celebrate the arrival of the Little Herd at the Hamlet!

Visit the Abbeydale Industrial website here and view details about specific holiday activities here.

Admission: Adults £4, Concessions £3, Children (under 16) are FREE!

Shepherd Wheel Workshop

Set in the picturesque valley of the Porter Brook, Shepherd Wheel is a unique working example of Sheffield’s knife grinding industry. This water-powered workshop dates back to the 1500s and displays the tools of the trade for cutlery grinding. See the restored working waterwheel and machinery in action and hear stories about the grinders who worked here over the centuries.

Visit the Abbeydale Industrial website here.

Shepherd Wheel is open every weekend and Bank Holiday Monday, free admission.


This summer Chatsworth offers an exciting programme of events throughout the house and garden. Give your kids a taste for adventure as they fill their passport following the Grand Tour route in the house, or get into the summer spirit with local brass bands weekends in the Rose garden, giant games and face-painting around the Maze. Your little ones can learn about animals and agriculture in the farmyard and hands-on barn, or run wild in the adventure playground. Over the August bank holiday, families are also invited to drop in to the Stickyard for family learning and natural art activity sessions.

To find out more about the fantastic events at Chatsworth, visit here.

Magna Science Adventure Centre (Rotherham)

Magna is set in a vast steelworks that once stretched for a mile along the Sheffield Road. At 150ft high the building soars overhead, a cathedral to the steel industry of South Yorkshire. During its heyday 10,000 people turned out 2 million tonnes of steel every year in Templeborough steelworks and our Big Melt Show is a spectacular recreation of one of six furnaces complete with smoke, sparks and flames!

Magna’s four pavilions house over a hundred interactive exhibits for you and your family to enjoy. Explore how moving Air makes sounds and exerts forces, find out how we extract riches from the Earth, see how Fire can change materials, and how we move and manage Water. Who said learning wasn’t fun!

Immerse yourselves in the history of the steelworks, from Roman times to the present day, before climbing up through the vast space of the Face of Steel. Six big screens display imagery of the steelworks and voices from the past make for a stunning multimedia show. During the summer we offer free Big Bubble Workshops, Forge demonstrations and steel tours, just ask at the desk on arrival. Finally, Sci-Tek and Aqua-Tek our outdoor play area and water park are perfect for kids to unwind during the summer holidays too! Phew! For a fun filled, action packed, educational day out – visit Magna Science Adventure Centre.

To find out more, visit the Magna website.

So, what are you waiting for?! Get out and about today!

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