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The best summer days out in The North

Savour the sunny season at one of these fabulous family events

Posted: 19 June 2012
by Fiona McKim

Midsummer Labyrinth
May 5–July 12
Pack a picnic and wind your way to Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire, for the summer opening of their enormous labyrinth. Those who make it into the centre of this mysterious trail will be rewarded by encountering a most pleasant spot for al-fresco dining

The National Football Museum
Opens July 6
Be on the starting line-up of visitors to Manchester’s brand new state-of-the-art football museum for a chance to see sporting memorabilia, take a referee challenge and learn all there is to know about the beautiful game.

Keep Your Hat On
July 7
Take your place on the banks of the River Wear in Durham to watch this Brazilian-themed carnival boat procession that is part of the city’s ¡Vamos! Latin cultural festival. 

Grimm Fairytales On The Lawn
July 11
A magical time is certain to be had by all at this outdoor theatre performance in Speke Hall, Merseyside. Watch as the fantasy world of the Brothers Grimm is brought to life on the North Lawn at twilight with tales of witches, talking animals and mysterious adventures.

Langwathby Scarecrow Festival
Jul 14, 15
See swathes of shabby, straw-stuffed creations spring up in gardens throughout the Cumbrian Village of Langwathby during this annual family festival. The programme will also include food and drink, bouncy castles and children’s fairground rides.

Time Travellers Go Royal
July 21–September 2
Little Princes can graduate to being king of the castle at Clifford’s Tower in York where they can adorn themselves in medieval finery, discover regal etiquette and take their place on a grand throne. 

Georgian Olympics
Sundays from July 22–2
If you thought life was tough for athletes in the present day Olympic games, wait until you discover the ways the Georgian classes amused themselves during this activity session at Wordsworth House in Cumbria. Young history fans will relish learning about the grisly sports including bare-knuckle boxing and cock fighting as well as the more refined pastimes of the upper class.

The Manchester Picnic
August 3–5
Piccadilly Gardens in central Manchester will come alive with sights, sounds and smells from around the globe during this weekend foodie festival, The Manchester Picnic. Sample award-winning ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, Greek eats from Papa G’s and Sashimi from Wasabi while enjoying live music from vintage DJ’s and activities for children.

Make and Do Frisbees
August 5
Families who fancy a game of Frisbee should head to Seaton Deleval Hall in Northumberland for this creative session where children can make their own windborne wonder in the Resource Hut then send it spinning on the house’s picturesque lawns.  

North West Food Festival
August 16–19
This appetising event is being held in conjunction with the Southport Flower Festival and will include cookery theatre and demonstrations with Sunday Brunch’s chef, Simon Rimmer as well as a sea of scrumptious samples for your child to enjoy from local producers and some of the finest flora in the North to frolic amongst. 

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