Family Friendly What’s on Summer 2017 – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire

East midlands is my region. It’s the region I’ve spent most of my life living in. I’ve lived in 3 of the 4 counties and my parents have lived in the 1 I haven’t. I currently live in Lincolnshire and I love it for it’s huge diversity. As well as days out here I also venture further afield. Not just the east midlands but Yorkshire and East Anglia too. I have to stop somewhere for my summer list of what’s on though. So I am bringing you a list of what’s on in the 4 counties that make up the east midlands.

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I hope you will find my list of some use. I am sure we will as it’s our boy’s last summer holiday before starting school in September. How can this be happening already? Where does the time go?

I will list what’s on for families in the east midlands in chronological order. (I have sneaked in 2 non midland events as they are places I can get too easily and you may be able to too). All event links for further information can be found in the title line of each event.

Now until Sunday 3rd September – Knight’s Trail Lincoln – Lincolnshire

Quote “Follow a trail of 36 Knight sculptures throughout Lincoln to mark 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest. The sculpture trail consists of 36 knights which represent the two main figures of the 1217 Battle of Lincoln – Nicola de la Haye (Custodian of Lincoln Castle) and William Marshall (Regent to the young King Henry III). Also look out for designs to represent the Charter of the Forest.”

Knights Trail Lincoln – Photo courtesy of

Now until Sunday 3rd September – Summer of Imagination at Doddington Hall – Lincolnshire

This is a six week event at Doddington Hall. There will be a herd of unicorns created by Lincolnshire-based international Theatre Designers Giuseppe and Emma Belli. There will be an inspiring programme of residencies by land artists, theatre groups, aerial dance groups, poets and photographers as well as workshops, creative activities and events for all ages. Quote “But what about our younger visitors? Of course, we have created interest just for them. A dragon’s lair is waiting to be discovered as well as a fairy village created by the Groovy Garden Company plus they can hunt for more unicorns throughout our Gardens. Storytelling, drama poetry and creative workshops will delight our younger visitors and their families”.

Summer of Imagination Doddington Hall. Photo courtesy of

Now until Monday 4th September – Become a pink pig farmer for a day Pink Pig Farm – Lincolnshire

Quote “Battle your way through our giant inflatable assault course. Feed the hungry pigs by throwing bean bags into their mouths. Sow your seeds with our fun and educational seed identification workshop. Brand new for summer 2017 – take a tractor ride and squirt the pigs with water guns! They love it as it helps them cool down in the summer sun. Tackle the farmer woodland walk and complete the puzzle as you go. We will also have a special farm-themed children’s afternoon tea, games in our restaurant whilst the little ones wait for lunch, and 2 shows a day with our amazing outdoor entertainers! Plus tons more

Summer holiday farming fun Pink pig farm – Photo courtesy of

Now until Sunday 29th October – Dinosaurs of China Wollaton Hall – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Join us at Wollaton Hall for exciting ‘Dinosaurs of China’ exhibition! An exhibition never before seen outside of Asia, that tells a story of a dinosaur revolution. Featuring 150million year-old fossils, and full-size dinosaur skeletons, the collection showcases the Mamenchisaurus; an awe-inspring specimen standing at three double decker buses in height. This exclusive event brings to life the story of how dinosaurs evolved into birds that live alongside us today!

Dinosaurs of China Wollaton Hall – Photo courtesy of

Friday 14th – Sunday 16th July – The Gruffalo Nottingham Theatre Royal – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!”

The Gruffalo Nottingham Theatre Royal – Photo courtesy of TallStories

Saturday 15th July – Sunday 16th July 1940’s weekend Woodhall Spa Lincolnshire

Quote “The Woodhall Spa 40’s Festival consists of a wide variety of events which take place at numerous venues across the village throughout the weekend. We charge £5 for Park & Ride and one or two concerts are ticket only, but other than that all the entertainment throughout the village is free! Do come along and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Woodhall Spa as we turn back time!”

1940’s weekend Woodhall Spa

Saturday 15th July – Sunday 16th JulySacrewell steam weekend Near Peterborough

Quote “It’s full steam ahead as Sacrewell celebrates its 21st anniversary working alongside Peterborough Society of Model Engineers for its annual Steam Rally. Sacrewell Steam weekend takes place on 15 and 16 July and is the chance to explore the world of miniature traction steam engines with the experts. There’ll be a small model railway, model boats and plenty of steam…
Watch an array of engines parade around the activity centre, set against the beautiful backdrop of Sacrewell Mill. It’s great fun for all ages.”

Steam ralley Sacrewell farm – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 15th July – Sunday 3rd September – Summer holiday events at Conkers – Leicestershire

There is so much on at Conkers over the summer holidays. Why not click on the link above for the full list? There will be Punch and Judy, Sooty show, Forest Dwellers live show, clown, acrobats, various other shows and so much more.

Conkers – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 15th July – Sunday 3rd September – Maker space The National space centre – Leicestershire

There is lots of extra things on at the Space centre this summer. It a summer of hands on science and amazing challenges. Such as quote “Drop in and take part in our Science Zone challenge. Can you safely capture our alien eggs? Can you decipher the alien code? Or can you build a craft to return the alien safely?” and “Build your own parachute lander to land your alien sample to Earth.” and so much more

National space centre Leicester – A summer of activities

Thursday 20th July – Tuesday 5th September – Skegness Aquarium events – Lincolnshire

Quote “20th July marks the start of our Summer School Holiday period.  Throughout the Summer, up until 5th September, we will be planning a schedule of fun activities so keep your eyes peeled on this page and our Facebook page for all upcoming events.”

Skegness Aquarium – Photo Courtesy of

Coming soon and throughout the Summer Holidays – RSPB Frampton Marsh Various events – Lincolnshire

On various days they have a variety of events on – Quote “Pirate Treasure trail – Yo ho ho! Some scurvy pirates have come to Frampton Marsh. Follow their tracks around the nature reserve and answer the questions about wildlife. If you get the right answers, you get to open their chest and find their treasure! No need to book, sorry no dogs.”  “Pond Dipping – Booking essential What watery wildlife lurks in the weedy depths of our pond? Led by our expert, you’ll find out. There could be fantastic fish, brilliant bugs or even a nice newt!” “Mini monsters bug hunt – Booking essential Let your mini monsters meet ours! Led by our intrepid guide you’ll discover the miniature world of beetles, bees and bugs galore” Plus so much more please follow the link above for more information.

Frampton Marsh – Photo courtesy of

Various events throughout July and August – Skegness Stadium – Lincolnshire

Skegness Stadium has lots on throughout the summer holidays. One example event is on Bank Holiday Sunday 27th August Quote “Slingshot Monster Truck Car Crushing. Plus Car Domino Stunt!  Unlimited Bangers Wreckfest.  Micro Bangers (lincs QR3)Rebels. Stoxkarts & Junior Stoxkarts”

Skegness Stadium – Photo courtesy of their facebook page

Friday 21st July – Sunday 23rd JulyDeerstock Music festival Nottinghamshire

Quote “Deerstock is a charity- based boutique music festival that  runs in 2017 from 21st-23rd July. The aim of the event is primarily to raise funds for good causes but also to give families a chance to experience a ‘proper’ music festival in a field with camping and the chance to meet other families and festival goers in a small safe environment. There will be over 30 bands on two stages featuring a variety of quality music, real ale, various food outlets and free camping.”

Deerstock Music festival – Photo courtesy of

Friday 21st July – Sunday 23rd JulyStainsby Festival Derbyshire

Quote “This festival is a well-established, intimate and family friendly event in a beautiful rural setting, held in large marquees on a greenfield site in the picturesque hamlet of Stainsby, Derbyshire. Stainsby has everything: great folk and world music in traditional marquees, crafts stalls, childrens entertainment, music workshops of every kind, a singers competition, storytelling, theatre, poetry, film, philosophy and walkabout events throughout the weekend with camping thrown in.”

Stainsby festival – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 23rd July – 3rd SeptemberTrains to the ‘seaside’ Midland railway Derbyshire

Quote “Come to Butterley Station in Derbyshire, from where you will be transported by steam or heritage diesel train to the newly created beach at Swanwick Junction. *Please note the beach will not be accessible 29th and 30th July. When you have built and destroyed your sand castles; sunned yourself on your beach towel; devoured your beach picnic and had your picture taken with your head popping through an amusing portrait, take some time out to visit the various museums, demonstration signal box, country park, buffet and childrens’ playground at Swanwick Junction before returning by train to Butterley Station.”

Trains to the seaside Butterly – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 22nd JulySplendour Festival Wollaton Park Nottinghamshire

Quote “Excitement is building for Splendour with the one month countdown now underway for the city’s biggest summer day out taking place at Wollaton Park on 22 July. Tickets are selling faster than ever before in the festival’s history. Those who attend will enjoy sets from headliners Kaiser Chiefs, Busted and Billy Ocean plus a lot of laughs from the line up on the comedy stage.”

Splendour Festival Wollaton Park – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 23rd July – The Beach Hut Festival – Sutton on Sea Lincolnshire

Quote “The Beach Hut Festival returns for 2017 to the promenade at Sutton on Sea, even bigger and even better than last year with a large array of stalls and huts selling allsorts of interesting things, great quality music & entertainment from The Music Box and popular favourites like the March of the Pirates and Marmaids and a Punch & Judy show…. A great weekend for all the family & it is FREE! (DOGS ARE WELCOME TOO on the prom with access to dog friendly areas of the beach only a short walk away

Beach hut festival Sutton on Sea – Photo courtesy of Allevents

Saturday 22nd July – Saturday 29th July – Saturday 5th August and Saturday 12th August  – Summer Sundown live music at Twycross Zoo – Leicestershire

Quote “Local bands and acts perform a whole range of music over the four nights, including – Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Soul, 70s, 80s 90s.. Also local brass band playing tunes you know and love”.

Summer Sundown Twycross Zoo – Photo courtesy of

For more on Twycross zoo you can read my review here – Top 15 things to see and do at Twycross zoo, Leicestershire

Sunday 23rd July – Teddy bear’s picnic Elvaston Castle – Derbyshire

Quote “11am to 4pm. Turn up any time. If you go down to Elvaston Castle today you’re sure of a big surprise! Kick off the summer holiday fun by joining us for our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic. We’ll have outdoor activities, tasty treats and more! Meet: Small events field (near the throne)
Equipment: Bring your Teddy Bear and a picnic. Cost: Free to attend picnic. Small charge for some activities

Elvaston castle – Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Monday 24th July – Friday 28th JulyKnights and Princesses Bolsover castle Derbyshire

Quote “Polish your armour and dust off your tiara, it’s time to learn the tools of the trade as you become a knight or princess for the day. You’re cordially invited to Bolsover Castle where our courtly experts will teach you skills in heroic chivalry and eloquent etiquette – you’d be a jabbering jester to miss it!”

Bolsover Castle – Photo courtesy of English Heritage

Tuesday 25th July – Thursday 27th July, Tuesday 1st August – Thursday 2nd August, Tuesday 8th August – Thursday 10th AugustVillains and Superheroes Great Central railway Loughborough Leicestershire

Quote “Princess Express – Join your favourite princesses and other characters for a sing-a-long and photo opportunities aboard the Princess Express. Superhero Express – Meet villains and superheroes who will be greeting you aboard the Superhero Express. Best Dressed Competition – why not really get in to the spirit of the event and dress up in your own character costume. Post your photos on our Facebook page and we will choose our best dressed visitor to win a family pass to our family fun event during August Bank Holiday. Photo Opportunities – bring your camera and get ready to snap away all day long with our many different characters.”

Villains and Superheroes Great central railway – Photo courtesy of

Wednesday 26th July – Thurday 27th July – Wednesday 9th August – Thursday 10th August – Woolsthorpe Manor Bug hunting – Lincolnshire

Quote “What creatures can you find in the water’ Come pond dipping and be a science explorer in the natural world – crafts and activities for families in the great outdoors. Booking Not Needed. Activities for older and younger children. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. A National Trust Event” Plus Summer holiday workshops.

Wednesday 26th July – Sunday 30th July – Burghley House Day and night film festival – Lincolnshire

Quote “The Burghley Film Festival returns this year with five days and nights of fabulous films alongside our best of British BBQ”

Burghley film festival – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 29th July – Superslam Wrestling Wheelgate Park – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Love wrestling?! Then be sure to visit on 29th July to see the Superslam Wrestlers put on a fantastic show for us all! Superslam Wrestling continues to reign as the nation’s longest-running, undisputed number one professional wrestling outfit, bringing it’s heralded brand of live high flying, heart-stopping all ring action to it’s friends and fans around Great Britain.”

Superslam Wrestling Wheelgate – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 29th July – Sunday 30th July – War of the Roses Tattershall Castle – Lincolnshire

Quote “Travel back in time to the fifteenth century and immerse yourself in our medieval experience. Witness what everyday life was like over 500 years ago with living history tents, talks and displays. Travel back in time to the fifteenth century Tattershall and experience what life was like during the War of the Roses with living history displays, demonstrations and talks throughout the day. Booking Not Needed. A National Trust Event

War of the Roses weekend – Tattershall Castle

Saturday 29th July – Sunday 30th JulyHeckington showLincolnshire

Quote “Heckington Show is the Largest Village show in England and combines the intimacy of a village show with the expectation of the national stage Over 30,000 visitors attend each year, with hundreds of activities, trade stands, competitions and displays. The very best of rural village life. This year celebrates the 150th Heckington Show, with special events, activities and displays to make it better than ever!

Heckington show – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 29th July – Sunday 30th July – Medieval Jousting weekend Kelham Hall – Nottinghamshire

Quote “An action-packed spectacle of courage, strength and skill performed by the Knights of Arkley in the grounds of the beautiful Kelham Hall. Also featuring breath-taking falconry displays from Hawks of Steel, along with a medieval village.”

Jousting at Kelham Hall

Sunday 30th JulyFamily Fun Day Alvaston Park Derbyshire

Quote “Come and join Alvaston Park Friends for an action packed community event where there is something for the whole family to enjoy! A fun-packed day for all – sports, music, food, characters, lots of educational and free activities to join in with. Free entry

Sunday 30th July – Meet Thomas & the Fat controller White post farm – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Sunday 30th July will be treat for mums and dads as well as the kids with a character that we have all enjoyed when we were young! Thomas the Tank Engine and the Fat Controller will be appearing at intervals throughout the day. Make sure you bring a camera for a tremendous Thomas selfie and of course to get some pics of all the amazing animals here at the farm. As usual at our special days, Farmer Anthony and Farmer George will be on hand to compare the day with competitions fun and games. “

Thomas White post farm – Photo courtesy of

Sunday 30th July – Outdoor theatre Peter Pan Newstead Abbey – Nottinghamshire

With a season of outdoor theatre at Newstead my pic is Peter Pan. Quote “Chapterhouse Theatre Company are delighted to present an all new production of Peter Pan. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. There they encounter the enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruellest pirate of them all, Captain Hook. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M.Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life in a brand new adaptation by award winning writer Laura Turner, with beautifully designed costumes, music and songs. Join Peter and his friends for what promises to be the most magical evening of the summer.”

Peter Pan Newstead Abbey – Photo courtesy of

Monday 31st July – Friday 4th AugustSuperhero Picnic in the Park Derby parksDerbyshire

Quote “An amazing superhero event on Derby parks. All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero, bring a picnic and enjoy the activities. Prizes will be given to the best dressed superhero. Events are taking place between the hours of 11am and 3pm at the following parks:

  • Mon 31 Jul at Markeaton Park
  • Tue 1 Aug at Darley Park
  • Wed 2 Aug at Derby Arboretum
  • Thu 3 Aug at Chaddesden Park
  • Fri 4 Aug at Sunnydale Park

Monday 31st July – Friday 4th AugustRastamouse Springfields Retail outlet Lincolnshire

Quote ” Join Rastamouse and Da Easy Crew for fun filled family shows. Daily at 12pm and 2pm – free event”

Springfields Retail Outlet

Monday 31st July – Friday 4th AugustMedieval Mayhem Bolsover castle Derbyshire

Quote “Step back in time and have Medieval fun this summer! Meet Sir Cuss for your squire training and get active in games to test your skill and courage. “

This photo of Bolsover Castle is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Monday 31st July – Sunday 6th August – Robin Hood festival Sherwood – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Each August, Sherwood Forest plays host to the Robin Hood Festival, a fun packed celebration of the life and times of the famous outlaw and his merry men.
Costumed characters roam the forest while music, theatre and much more bring the forest to life. There’s also a funfair, food stands, and lots of Robin Hood-themed activities which bring the legend to life. There is a £5 car parking charge per car.”

Photo Courtesy of Robin Hood festival facebook page

Wednesday 2nd August – Belton House Play Day – Lincolnshire

Quote “Where better to celebrate the national day of Play than Lincolnshire’s biggest Outdoor Adventure Playground! There’ll be lots of fun and games too. Playday is the national day for play in the UK. Join Belton’s Play team to celebrate the national day of play with lots of fun and outdoor games. Booking Not Needed. A National Trust Event

Belton House

For more about Belton House you can read my review here –Fun on a muddy day at Belton House, great day out for kids

Thursday 3rd August Friday 4th August – Boston beach event – Lincolnshire

Quote “The Boston Beach event will return again this year in Central park. Come along and make a sandcastle, ride a donkey and enjoy the arts and crafts. Feel free to bring a picnic. Free entry 10am-3pm

Friday 4th August – Sunday 6th AugustNottingham’s Riverside Festival Nottinghamshire

Quote “The Riverside Festival is Nottingham’s biggest free festival weekend offering three days of family entertainment. It is a unique and fun festival covering one mile along the banks of the River Trent, at Victoria Embankment, adjacent to Trent Bridge. Three days of live music, great food and things to see, plus loads for kids in the Children’s Zone. The spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night is a must see! There is a host of activities for festival goers to enjoy from a bustling street fair with rides and games to a vibrant mix of live music performances from around the globe.  Street Theatre performers will bring Nottingham’s largest outdoor festival to life, with comedy and animation performances to enjoy and amaze.”

Nottingham Riverside Festival – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 5th August – East Kirkby Air Show – Lincolnshire

Quote “This is our annual full airshow and is run to help raise funds for the on-going restoration of Avro Lancaster NX611. We have limited tickets to 5,000 so it is vital that you try and buy your tickets early as we sold out last year. We are happy to say that we have been able to secure some of the best displays in the country so the audience should not be disappointed! It is imperative that all those who are planning coming to the event do buy their tickets before hand so that they can gain entry to the site.
We will have re-enactors, Lancaster taxy runs, trade stalls, vintage cars, Military vehicles and much more to give you an excellent family day out

East Kirkby Airshow

Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August – Grand Medieval Joust Lincoln castle – Lincolnshire

Quote “Feel the thunder of hooves and hear the clash of lance on steel armour as four brave Knights take part in the Sport of Kings.  Meet the knights and choose your champion and cheer him on.  Together with musicians, surgeon, jester and a cast of medieval characters this bank holiday brings together some of the best jousters in the country with a full supporting programme of medieval activity throughout the Castle.”

Grand Medieval Joust Lincoln castle – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th August – Civil war weekend Tattershall Castle – Lincolnshire

Quote “In August 1643 the Civil War came to Tattershall. Experience seventeenth century life as the Royalists attack the castle. The Sealed Knot, one of the countries oldest and largest re-enactment societies, presents seventeenth century life as the Royalists attack the Castle. Immerse yourselves in the Civil War with weapons drills, a living history encampment open throughout the day and a battle re-enactment both days. Booking Not Needed. A National Trust Event

Civil war weekend Tattershall castle – Photo courtesy of the Sealed Knot

Saturday 5th August – Sunday 6th AugustMedieval fighting Ashby de la Zouch castle Leicestershire

Quote “Marvel at our noble knights as they take on the ultimate medieval tournament.
Swords will be wielded and helmets battered – who will reign supreme and become champion?
Be inspired and become knights for the day, hone your skills for the battlefield and hear tantalizing tales of chivalrous battles and fearsome quests. Sharpen your swords for a day out to remember. “

Medieval fighting knights Ashby de la Zouch castle – Photo courtesy English Heritage

Sunday 6th August – The Nomad trust family extravaganza Market rasen racecourse – Lincolnshire

Quote “Join is for an afternoon filled with fun for all the family at our Family Extravaganza!  
Enjoy our kid’s carnival in The Lawn Enclosure with bags of FREE entertainment for children of all ages as well as appearances from Paddington at intervals throughout the afternoon!”
Market Rasen racecourse family extravaganza

To find out more about family days at Market rasen racecourse you can read my review here – Family fun at the races – Market Rasen day out review

Monday 7th August – Titan the Robot Wheelgate – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Appearing at various intervals throughout the day. Titan’s unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creates a show unrivalled in the world today and has lead him to appear on TV shows such as Big Brother, Daybreak and the Gadget Show as well as popping up at many prestigious events including the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix and the UK premier of iRobot and Real Steel. Titan has also worked alongside superstars including Rihanna , Will Smith and Jackie Chan and has travelled the world with appearances in countries such as USA, Dubai, China, Vietnam and Thailand.”

Titan the Robot Wheelgate – Photo courtesy of

Monday 7th August – Friday 11th August – Beach week Springfields retail outlet Lincolnshire

Quote “Build sand castles, free face painting, take a donkey ride* and see characters from Paw Patrol. Daily from 12pm”. Free event

Springfields retail outlet – Paw patrol

Tuesday 8th August – Saturday 12th August – Meet Rex, The T-Rex! Twinlakes – Leicestershire. This event is then on at Wheelgate on the 21st – 25th August

Quote “You’ve seen JURASSIC WORLD, the forth movie in the Jurassic Park series! Now meet ‘REX’ the T Rex Dinosaur! With life like sounds and animatronic faces, our dinosaur blinks, moves, runs, his tail even sways viciously from side to side.”

Meet Rex the R-Rex Twinlakes – Photo courtesy of

Wednesday 9th August – Paw Patrol Motorpoint arena – Nottinghamshire

Quote “PAW Patrol, Nick Jr.’s phenomenally popular property produced by Spin Master Entertainment, has added further dates to its PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” UK tour with three shows confirmed at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on 9 August 2017.
The three Nottingham shows will take place at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 4:30pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017.”

Paw Patrol Motorpoint arena – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 12th August – Sunday 13th August – Thomas Summer Holiday Nene Valley – Lincolnshire

Quote “Pack your sunglasses, bucket and spade and join Thomas on the Nene Valley Railway’s Riviera for Thomas’ Summer Holiday!  Enjoy a summer holiday without leaving Peterborough. You can ride behind the star of the show Thomas, who will be pulling his very own special Holiday train. But there is also so much more included in your ticket, with activities and Thomas’ other friends up and down the line from Wansford to Peterborough. Simply travel behind one of Thomas’ friends to get off at other stations for more fun. Come rain or shine, you’re bound to have a great day out. Join us from 9.30-4.30 each day.”

Nene Valley Thomas

Saturday 12th August – Sunday 13th AugustWorld war II home front Crich Tramway Museum Derbyshire

Quote “Step back in time to the 1940s with our World War II- Home front event, which returns for two days. Vintage trams will mix with military vehicles and re-enactors, while wartime fayre will be served in Rita’s Tearooms and the Red Lion Pub will offer drinks and traditional pub games.
War time songs will be performed by: Kev Mac, Miss Marina Mae, Jayne Darling, Madeline Brown and Peter Wayre. To complete the nostalgia, there will be a ‘Boot Camp’ for children.”

World war II Home front Crich Tramway museum – Photo courtesy of

Sunday 13th August – Friday 18th August2017 Skegness Carnival – Lincolnshire

Quote “The annual Carnival brings Skegness to life with businesses, groups and organisations all coming together to put on a truly special event. The week kicks off with the Carnival Parade and continues through out the week until Friday with Fun for the whole family. Whether its sand sculpting on the beach or the open mic night, there truly is something for everyone. Best of all – everything is FREE! So come one, come all to the 2017 Skegness Carnival.”

Family Friendly What's on Summer 2017 - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire
Skegness Carnival – Photo courtesy of

Monday 14th August – Friday 18th AugustBasil brush Springfields retail outlet Lincolnshire

Quote “Boom! Boom! Come and meet Basil and see his hilarious family show. Daily at 12pm and 2pm. Free event

Springfields retail outlet

Saturday 19th August – Wind in the Willows Gunby Hall – Lincolnshire

Quote “Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike, performed in the grounds of some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful open-air venues.”

This isn’t the only place to see the outdoor performance of Wind in the Willows.

Family Friendly What's on Summer 2017 - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire
Wind in the Willows – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 19th August – Sunday 20th AugustBosworth Medieval festivalLeicestershire

Quote “This is a great full day family event, with not just the battle re-enactment, but jousting, a medieval market, children’s games, large living history encampment, author talks & book signings, entry to the award-winning Exhibition, FREE car parking and lots more too

Bosworth Battlefield – Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

Saturday 19th August – Sunday 20th August – Extreme Teddy Bears Picnic Tattershall Castle – Lincolnshire

Quote “A teddy bears picnic but with a medieval twist. Go on an adventure with your favorite teddy. Bring along your favorite furry chum and complete all the Tattershall Tasks including a teddy zip wire that starts 35 meters in the air from the top of the Great Tower. (Additional charges for trails and crafts). Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event”

Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Tattershall castle

Saturday 19th August – Sunday 20th AugustGloworm festival Clumber park Nottinghamshire

Quote “The Gloworm Festival. A brilliant 2 day event especially created for humans and their little people. 2016 in Nottinghamshire was the launch of the brand new family friendly festival that brings music, arts, theatre and entertainment to the heart of the East Midlands. The Gloworm festival is aimed at families with children of all ages. It’s a festival that will inspire your imaginations and invite you to play in a warm, friendly and creative environment.”

Gloworm Festival – Photo courtesy of

Sunday 20th AugustMidsummer Night’s dream Elsham hall and gardens Lincolnshire

Quote “Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s best-loved romantic comedy. Let yourself be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players. Beautifully designed Elizabethan costumes, a wonderful musical score and enchanting woodland creatures come together to make this an evening of unmissable summer garden theatre.”

A Midsummer nights dream – Photo courtesy of

Monday 21st August – Friday 25th AugustSooty’s birthday bake off Springfields retail outlet Lincolnshire

Quote “Join Sooty, Sweep & Sue for a fully entertaining show. Presented by Bonnie Spencer, Daily at 12pm and 2pm. Free event

Springfields retail outlet – Sooty

Wednesday 23rd AugustPunch & Judy Rufford Abbey country park Nottinghamshire

Quote “Truly traditional summer entertainment for families.  Paul really is a Punch & Judy “Professor” being one of only just over 150 fully qualified traditional Punch & Judy operators worldwide!  Come and enjoy his relaxed and amusing show.  He’ll be in the Coach House Courtyard at 1.30pm and then again at 2.30pm.  Free show (Normal car park charges apply.)”

Rufford Abbey

Friday 25th August – Saturday 26th August – Outdoor cinema experience Boston Lincolnshire

Quote “Boston’s first outdoor cinema experience will be taking place on the 25th and 26th of August. The films which will be shown are: Mary Poppins (original) on the 25th and Despicable Me on the 26th. “

Saturday 26th August – Kids Rock Twinlakes Park – Leicestershire

Quote “Twinlakes Park is presenting their first music festival this year called Kids Rock! We have put together a great line-up of  cover bands to entertain you throughout the day! Warning it may get very noisy! You will be able to enjoy tribute acts from Adele, Ed Sheeran and Katy Perry

Kids rock Twinlakes Park – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 26th August – Monday 28th August – Knights of Skirbeck Village church farm – Lincolnshire

Medieval weekend featuring the Knights of Skirbeck. Quote “We are a medieval re-enactment society depicting the life of a medieval household defending England from raids by the French during the early fifteenth century. (The rule of the House of Lancaster). The Knights of Skirbeck as seen on TV. You may have seen us on BBC TV’s The One Show or films such as Gangsters, Guns and Zombies, or Outlaw and possibly even a documentary called Prepare For Battle – among others”

Knights of Skirbeck – Village Church farm Skegness

Sunday 27th August – Summer fun at Cranwell – Lincolnshire

Quote “An annual favourite, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre opens its doors for lots of aviation fun. Explore vintage RAF Fire Fighting engines, try your hand at kite flying and test your skills with our cunning trail! 11am to 4pm

Sunday 27th August – Meet Peppa Pig Rand farm – Lincolnshire

Quote “Oink. Oink. Everyone’s favourite pig, Peppa is visiting Rand Farm Park on Bank Holiday Sunday 27th August. See her at intervals throughout the day.”

Rand Farm

Sunday 27th AugustVikings! of Middle England Rockingham CastleLeicestershire

Quote “The Vikings return to us again! Be prepared for battles, pageantry, Living History Camp and much more. The Vikings! Of Middle England are most famous for their realistic, exciting and entertaining battle displays. The thunderous clash of steel rings out as opposing forces meet. See life of olden times in the tented encampment where tradesmen display their skills, making weapons and coins, weaving nets and brewing medicines. Have-a-go archery and storytellers wow the crowds. 12 noon to 5pm.”

Vikings Middle England – Photo courtesy of Rockingham castle on Facebook

Monday 28th August – Knights and Princesses day Tattershall castle – Lincolnshire

Quote “Calling all Lords, Knights and Ladies, Lord Cromwell requires your attendance. Enjoy lots of fun activites especially for children. Try your hand at being a knight or princess for the day, with a family-friendly trail, themed children’s crafts, and face painting. (Additional charges for trails and crafts). Booking Not Needed. Dogs on leads welcome. A National Trust Event

Knights and Princesses day Tattershall castle – Photo courtesy of

Monday 28th AugustMeet the Hulkbuster Tropical Butterfly house Near Sheffield

Quote “Don’t miss out on seeing the Hulkbuster this August bank holiday! You can even meet him and have your photo taken with him on the day between 10am and 12:30pm, no booking necessary. This extra special event takes place during our Amazing Animals Summer Holidays Superheroes event!”

Hulkbuster Tropical Butterfly house – Photo courtesy of

Monday 28th August – Meet Peppa Pig! White post farm – Nottinghamshire

Quote “Monday 28th August is the big day and Peppa Pig will be making appearances throughout the day. You compares for the day will be Farmer Anthony and Farmer George who always look forward to seeing you! There’s lots of time to see Peppa, but make sure you save some time to see the Farm Show, all the amazing animals in the paddocks, Super-Sam the Entertainer, Sheep Racing! You can also zoom around the track on go-karts, have a round of mini golf and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride – wow! What a busy day.”

Meet Peppa Pig White post farm – Photo courtesy of

Wednesday 30th AugustChildren’s open air theatre Rufford Abbey country park Nottinghamshire

Quote “DOGS DON’T DO BALLET “Excellent fun!” The Guardian. Based on the award-winning children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!  Biff isn’t like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight, music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina!  This happy, funny tale will have you laughing out loud and dancing in the aisles.  Perfect for little pups aged 3+ and their grown-ups.  Refreshments available at the nearby Coach House Cafe nearby.  A super family day out for the school summer holidays. Please note that this performance replaces the previously advertised “Dotty The Dragon”.  Anyone who has booked tickets for Dotty will be contacted to transfer to this new show.”

Dogs don’t do ballet – Photo courtesy of Blunderbus

Friday 1st September – Sunday 3rd SeptemberOff the Tracks Festival Donington Park Derbyshire

Quote “Off The Tracks is many things and all of them good – independent, friendly, relaxing, memorable, exciting, a place to escape and a place to meet new friends. Once you’ve been, we bet you’ll want to come back. Our family-friendly festivals are the perfect chance for you to flee to the countryside, let your hair down, chill out and escape the humdrum of everyday life.”

Off the tracks festival Donington – Photo courtesy of

Friday 1st September – Sunday 3rd SeptemberChatsworth house country Fair Derbyshire

Quote “For a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer, there’s nowhere quite like the annual country fair here at Chatsworth, one of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor events. This year’s Chatsworth Country Fair promises to be spectacular: Dazzling displays on horseback. Daring motorcycle stunts. A human flight team and aerobatics

Chatsworth house country fair – Photo courtesy of

Saturday 2nd SeptemberBird of prey encounter event Tattershall Farm Lincolnshire

Quote “Come along and watch these magnificent creatures in flight. Take a selfie with an owl, join in with hand to hand flying and learn  more about the birds from the team at Fixters. 
Throughout the day sessions will alternate between flying and handling sessions so whenever you choose to visit you’ll have plenty of opportunity to join and and play.”

Family Friendly What's on Summer 2017 - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire
Tattershall Farm Park

Saturday 2nd September – Emergency services Fun day Ferry Meadows Peterborough – Lincolnshire

Quote “We will be joined once again by our friends at the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST), Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR), Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk SERV blood riders and NHS Blood and Transport! We will have children’s fairground rides, face painting and the Ferry Meadows Railway will be donating their train fares on the day to us so enjoy a ride across the park and support EAAA!”

Family Friendly What's on Summer 2017 - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire
Emergency services day Peterborough

Saturday 9th September – Sunday 10th Sunday – Scampton Airshow – Lincolnshire

Quote “Come and be thrilled by a unique mix of modern military jets, historic warbirds, civilian display acts, the RAF Falcons – the UK’s premier military parachute team, all joining the Red Arrows performing at their home base! 9-10 September, Lincoln

Family Friendly What's on Summer 2017 - Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire
Photo Courtesy of Scampron Airshow Facebook page

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I also have a family summer bucket list that you can print and hopefully tick lots of things off. I’d love to hear all about your adventures. The challenge is on to tick off the most things.


Summer Family bucket list



  1. OMG thanks a lot for this article. I’ve put most events in my calendar
    Can’t wait for Knight’s Trail Lincoln 🙂

  2. This post reaffirms my beliefs that I don’t venture to other areas of the UK enough! There’s so much going on! Frampton Marsh and the castles look particularly interesting.

  3. I love the idea of the 1940s day. Lovely to see so many activites on. If only I lived closer to attend a few!

  4. I’m also from the East Midlands and I love it! I live smack bang on the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border, and there’s always something to see and do 🙂

    Louise x

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