50 Best Summer Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Here it is my 50 best summer events across the East Midlands to keep you busy all summer. This list includes events in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire. All events are family friendly. Enjoy and report back by following us on social media. We’d love to hear what you have or haven’t enjoyed – 50 Best Summer Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do.

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Belton House – Summer Nights Film Festival – Lincolnshire

When?Friday 7th September – Greatest Showman (PG) and Saturday 7th September – Ghostbusters (12A).

About – “This September sees the return of the popular summer nights film festival to Belton House. Enjoy a classic film under the stars on Belton’s Oval Lawn with family and friends.” Tickets cost £15.50 for adults or £12.50 for under 12s, please note the age rating of each film. Under 12s will only be able to attend The Greatest Showman, and must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be booked online or by calling the QUAD Box Office on 01332 290 606.

Find out more about Belton.

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Belton House

Bolsover Castle – Castle Attack – Derbyshire

When? – Monday 23rd – Friday 27th July – Castle Attack

About – “Join in with our miniature medieval castle siege…. take cover! Leap back to medieval days for games that time forgot – from fox and geese and merrils to sieging a mini castle, play like a medieval mischief-maker as you step back in time this summer. 11am-5pm. Suitable for families.”

Find out more about Bolsover Castle.

Plus Gruesome goings on – Monday 6th – Friday 10th August. Robin Hoods Fools – Monday 13th – Friday 17th August. Roundheads and Cavaliers – Monday 20th – Friday 24th August. Grand Medieval Joust – Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August and Discoveries and Inventions – Tuesday 28th – Friday 21st August.

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Bolsover Castle

Bosworth Medieval Festival – Bosworth Heritage Centre – Leicestershire

When? – Saturday 18th August and Sunday 19th AugustBosworth Medieval Festival

About – “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.”

More about the Bosworth Medieval Festival

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Bosworth Medieval Festival

Burghley House – Film Festival – Lincolnshire

When?Wednesday 25th July – 11.30am The Lego Batman Movie (U) & 2.00pm Brave (PG). Thursday 26th July – 11.30am Chicken Run (U) & 2.00pm Trolls (U).
Friday 27th July – 11.30am The Lion King (U) & 2.00pm Ballerina (U)
Saturday 28th July – 11.30am Cars 3 (U) & 2.00pm Beauty and the Beast (2017) (PG)
Sunday 29th July – 11.30am Paddington 2 (U) & 2.00pm Sing (U)
There are also evening films however I am just mentioning the daytime, more family friendly films. If you want to find out what is on in the evening please follow the link below.

About – Gates open for morning sessions at 10.30am and close at 4.30pm. Tickets are available online to pre-purchase at the advance ticket rates. Ticket prices will increase during the festival. Daytime tickets will give access to both screenings during the day. This is an outdoor event which will continue even in rain.

Chatsworth House – Summer at Chatsworth – Chatsworth Country Fair – Derbyshire

When? – Saturday 21st July – Thursday 30th AugustSummer at Chatsworth

About – There is a very full programme of extra things to see and do at Chatsworth house this summer. With trails, tours, talks, face painting, garden games, demonstrations, animals to meet and much more. Check their website for more information.

When? – Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd SeptemberChatsworth Country Fair

About – “There’s nothing quite like the annual country fair at Chatsworth, one of England’s most spectacular outdoor events, with 2018 featuring the JCB Dancing Diggers, the Household Cavalry Musical Ride and so much more. The Chatsworth Country Fair is a truly memorable event for all the family, with all the fun of the vintage fairground for the young and young at heart.”

Cleethorpes Light Coast Railway – 70th Anniversary Weekend – Lincolnshire

When?Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. 70th Anniversary Weekend

About – “The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway celebrates its 70th Anniversary. To mark this very special occasion, an intensive timetable will be in operation throughout the weekend featuring residents from the railway and some very special guests: ‘Katie’ from Kirklees Light Railway, ‘Smokey Joe’ from Sherwood Forest Railway and ‘Sian’ who is owned by the Sian Project Group and is currently residing at Kirklees Light Railway.

At Lakeside Station, there will be entertainment, children’s activities, model railway layouts, display of the railways history and much more. Get behind the regulator of a CCLR resident in Driver for a Fiver.  An official ceremony on Saturday 14th will mark the railways anniversary.”

Crich Tramway Museum – Home Front Event + Various Events – Derbyshire

When? – Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th AugustHome Front event

About – “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 live performers. To complete the nostalgia, there will be a ‘Boot Camp’ for children.”

Plus Summer Activities – July 31st – 1st September. Discovery Week – Monday 13th – Friday 17th August. Wonderful Woods Week – Monday 20th – Friday 24th August and Build in Bricks – Sunday 26th – Friday 31st August.

Find out more about Crich Tramway Museum.

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Crich Tramway Museum

RSPB Frampton Marsh – Various Events – Lincolnshire

When? – Various dates throughout the summer holiday

About – RSPB Frampton Marsh is hosting a range of family friendly activities throughout the summer holidays. There are too many to list in great detail however they are offering pond dipping, mini raft building, bug hunts, big wild sleepout and more. For dates and further information please click here.

Gloworm Festival – Thoresby Park – Nottinghamshire

When? – Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th AugustGloworm Festival

About – “Gloworm Festival is a family festival that caters for children from the ages of 0-13 years, the festival encourages families to play and have fun in a safe environment. The festival is focused around creative experiences as well as music, entertainment, workshops and theatre production. Organisers are happy to announce the likes of ‘Peppa Pig’ and ‘PJ Masks’ will be performing on the main stage this year along with performances from ‘Little Mix’ and ‘Daft Punk’ tribute acts to name just a few from the weekend”

Great Central Railway – Villains and Superheroes & PJ Masks – Leicestershire

When? – Various dates in August and September check link for exact dates – Villains and Superheroes.

About – “You can start your journey at any one of our 4 stations, allowing you time to travel on both our steam trains during your day with us. Meet villains and superheroes who will be greeting you on the platform and the V & S express. Activities include Best dressed competition, face painting, mini funfair, games and more”

Gulliver’s Matlock Bath – Superhero Summer Finale – Derbyshire

When? – Saturday 1st September – Superhero Summer Finale

About – “To celebrate another magical summer season here at Gulliver’s Theme Parks we have a spectacular event that both adults and children will love. The day will be filled with superhero fun, look out for… Superhero Skills, Superhero Olympics, Special shows and entertainment, Fancy dress competitions. The Fireworks display will take place from approximately 8.45pm”

Gunby Hall – Treasure Island – Lincolnshire

When? – Thursday 9th August – Outdoor theatre performance of Treasure Island.

About – “With inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling we invite audiences to enjoy this classic tale of adventure, treasure and, of course, rum, in Boxtree Production’s unique and energetic way! tickets are available online.” From 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Heckington Show – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th JulyHeckington Show

About – Gates open at 9am. Plus Saturday at 7pm Grand Firework Display & Open Air Concert. Nothing quite matches Heckington Show for the relaxed way that it combines the intimacy of a village show with the expectation of the national stage. Heckington Show is a true family day out, a quintessentially English Summer occasion for families and friends to enjoy and take part in an event that brings competition and co-operation, pride and pleasure, sunshine and smiles to a Summer’s day. “

Kelham Hall & Country Park – Falconry & Maize Maze – Nottinghamshire

When?Now until 31st August – Falconry Experience and Maize Maze July 28th – 2nd September.

About – Falconry Experience – “We are extremely delighted to announce that we are hosting a high quality and unique falconry experience days in here at Kelham Hall. The experiences allow for opportunities to fly the birds yourself, as well as gathering skills and knowledge about the ancient art of falconry, in a lively and active way.”

Maize Maze – “Coming Soon…  with 5 acres of twists and turns, The Maize is a great day for the whole family, with riddles for old and young to answer as you go! Will you escape….THE MAIZE?!”

Lincoln Castle – A Kingdom of Lego – Grand Medieval Joust – & more – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 14th July – Sunday 2nd September – A Kingdom of Lego

About – “The amazing Kingdom LEGO Brick show is coming to Lincoln Castle. Join us this summer for this fabulous interactive show of sword and sorcery, a fantastical quest with dragons, a wizard and a Princesses, all created in LEGO bricks! Help Princess Orra on her quest to save the Brick Kingdom and defeat the evil Baron. Find the Princess and discover her friends from a medieval fantasy land inside Lincoln Castle. Visitors can experience life-sized sculptures of Princess Orra, Abbra the Wizard, Sir Studley the Knight, Chester the Jester and Torre the Huntswoman. Visitors will be amazed by the huge dragon standing over 4m tall and 5m long, with glowing eyes, realistic sound effects and dragon breath.

Join in with the fun and build your own creation in our interactive brick pit. You can also make your very own unique Knight model to take home for a small charge. The Castle Day Ticket is valid for this event. 10am-5pm”

When? – Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th August – Grand Medieval Joust 

About – “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. The Castle Day Ticket is valid for this event. 11am-4pm. Gates open 10am.”

There are many other events at the castle throughout July, August and September holidays. Lincoln castle explorers 22nd July & 28th August for families with children with Autism. Castle of Legends King Arthur Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July. Castle of Legends Robin Hood Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Horse Circus Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. Lincoln Steampunk festival Saturday 25th – Monday 27th August. Castle of Legends St George Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September.

Grand Medieval Joust – Lincoln Castle

Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre – East Kirby Air Show – Props and Pistons – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 4th August – East Kirby Air Show

About – “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 to 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.

Lincolnshire Aviation heritage centre
Lincolnshire Aviation heritage centre

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.”

Find out more about the centre

When? – Monday 27th August – Props and Pistons

About – “This extremely popular event held with Bush Tyres, Bridgestone and ZR Tyres lincoln in aid of Leukemia and Lymphoma Research bring a huge variety of exotic and vintage cars to the Centre along with some major UK Warbirds. Plus Miniature Golf Course, Olympic curling activity, VR Booth, VR Racing Simulator and more. Gates open at 9.30am and tickets can be bought on the day.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Family Fun Weekend – Lincolnshire

When? – Sunday 6th and Monday 7th AugustFamily Fun Weekend

About – “Magic Shows, Falconry Flying Displays, Morris Dancers, Craft Stalls, Children’s Games, Tombola and much more! Hawaiian Sunday 6th May – come dressed up and join in the fun. Try your skills with a Hula Hoop and limbo dance under the pole, music on the train, refreshments at the Steaming Kettle Buffet and Trackside Treats Tiki Bar. Steam trains running hourly from 10.45 am to 3.45 pm both days.”

Find out more about the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway
Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Mablethorpe Illuminations – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 28th JulyMablethorpe Illuminations

About – “You, your family and friends are invited to the coolest family friendly beach party around. Come and get your rave on with Dj Chad Jackson at our Neon Beach Party! A magnificent firework display will finish the evening at 10pm, following the performances throughout the night.”

Find out about more great family friendly things to do in Mablethorpe.

Sand train in Mablethorpe
Sand train in Mablethorpe

Market Rasen Racecourse – Kids Superhero’s Family Extravaganza – Lincolnshire

When? – Sunday 5th AugustKids Superhero’s Family Extravaganza

About – “Enjoy our kid’s carnival in The Lawn Enclosure with bags of FREE entertainment for children of all ages plus see Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leo & Ralph at Intervals throughout the raceday. Children’s Entertainment includes: Inflatable Fun, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Treasure Hunt, Kids Race on the Track, Fantastic playground and much more. The event starts from 12.25, with the first race at 2.25pm and the last race at 5.40pm.”

Find out more about Family Fun days at Market Rasen Racecourse.

Market Rasen Racecourse Family fun days
Market Rasen Racecourse Family fun days

Midland Railway Butterley – Trains to the Seaside – Derbyshire

When? – From Tuesday 31st July – Sunday 2nd September (with a few dates excluded) – Trains to the seaside

About – From 31st July until 2nd September 2018, every day except for Monday 6th, 13th & 20th August,  you will be able follow in the footsteps of families of times gone by. 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. 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.

National Civil War Centre Newark – Summer of Spies – Nottinghamshire

When?Saturday 28th July – Sunday 2nd September – Summer of Spies

About – “Join us for some extra-special espionage themed activities this holiday with Summer of Spies! Hear two of the Civil War’s top secret agents spill all their secrets and create your own spectacular spy kit. These family friendly sessions involve a bit of audience participation and are always good fun. Performances every day (except Sunday) at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Plus family craft activities.” Plus on Saturday 21st July watch a real soldier prepare for battle. Learn about Civil War weapons and hear stories from the front line. 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.”

Normanby Hall – Lincolnshire

About – I can’t find any information regarding specific events over the summer holidays at Normanby Hall. However as well as the splash park, land train and farming museum at Normanby they have now added new play areas and a GoApe adventure area. – New play areas are now open. “Hours of imaginative play await; climb the mega deck tower, explore the performer dome, work the sand digger and glide across the play area on the cableway.” Plus GoApe TreeTop Adventure. Look out for our review post over the summer.

National Space Centre, Leicester – Secret world of gases – Leicestershire

When?Now until 2nd September – Secret world of gases

About – “This summer the National Space Centre will be taking you on a journey through the Secret World of Gases. Thanks to our friends at the Association of Science and Discovery Centres, we have created a LIVE Science Zone, where you can drop in and get hands on with all manner of amazing experiments. There will be daily talks, workshops, handling sessions and we guarantee that everything really will go with a BANG!”

Find out more about the National Space centre

National Space Centre

Nottingham Beach – Nottinghamshire

When? – Saturday 14th July – Sunday 2nd SeptemberNottingham Beach

About – “This summer, the seaside will once again arrive in the city as the Nottingham Beach lands in the Old Market Square once more. Enjoy a trip to the seaside without leaving the city at Nottingham’s urban beach in the Old Market Square. Lounge on the sandy beach, paddle in the pool or go on a ride. Plus, try delicious food and drink at the Beach bar. With a padding pool, funfair rides, the ever popular beach bar and special events planned throughout the summer, this year’s beach is set to be bigger than ever.”

Nottingham Riverside Festival – Nottinghamshire

When? – Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th SeptemberNottingham Riverside Festival

About – “Nottingham’s biggest and most popular free festival weekend! 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 Fab Kids’ 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.”

Pink Pig Farm – Summer Holiday Fun – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 21st July until Monday 3rd September – Summer Holiday Fun

About – “Visit the Pink Pig over the summer holidays and take part in lots of different themed activities! The theme for the first three weeks is ‘become a Pink Pig farmer’ and the last three weeks will be all about bushcraft. We’ve got absolutely loads planned from wheelbarrow racing to den building and wooden name tag making to toasting marshmallows around a fire…we’ve got it ALL! Don’t forget that you can also enjoy all the usual fun on the farm including; Piggy Tail Lane, farm park & our award-winning play barn!” You can pre book online.

Rand Farm – Special Summer themed Events – Lincolnshire

When? – From 23rd July until the 2nd SeptemberThemed events

About – “For the first time, Rand Farm park will be bringing you six amazing themes across six spectacular weeks for the school summer holidays! Learn about the farm, become a circus performer, be crowned a knight or princess, build a sandcastle, dig for gold, & find a dinosaur egg, all within six weeks! No matter how many days you visit, there’s always something new to do with the family. Our six themes are as follows; 23-29 July: Down on the Farm. 30 July – 5 August: Circus. 6-12 August: Knights & Princess. 13-19 August: Seaside. 20-26 August: Pirates and 27 August – 2 September: Dinosaurs”

Robin Hood Festival – Sherwood Forest – Nottinghamshire

When? – Monday 27th August – Sunday 2nd SeptemberRobin Hood Festival

About – “Each year Nottingham’s famous legend makes his appearance at the festival, along with his band of merry men, to see off the Sheriff of Nottingham and take from the rich to give to the poor. Explore Sherwood Forest as it transforms for a week into a medieval feast of entertainment, food and drink. One thing is for certain, the festival is perfect for a family day out and if you’re lucky you might just get to meet the legend himself.”

Rockingham Castle County Fair – Leicestershire

When? – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th July  –  County Fair

About – “Returning for the 10th Anniversary year, this family Country Fair will have something for everyone. All day entertainment will include Jez Avery’s Stunt Bikes and Buggies, Equestrienne Stunt Shows on Horseback, birds of prey flying displays, PADS dog training including have-a-go Agility & Scurry, children’s entertainer Devilstick Peat plus Circus Workshop, the goat show including bottle feeding lambs and kids, Nuneaton Dog Display Team, children’s petting pens, historical re-enactment with Yellow Ribbon and much much more. Plus demonstrations of rural skills for you to enjoy. Full size and scale vintage vehicles.”

Rufford Abbey Country park – A Knights trail, special weekends and outdoor cinema – Nottinghamshire

When? – Events on throughout the summer

AboutNow until 9th September – A Knights trail “Times: 10.30 – 16.30 daily. Cost: £1 per trail sheet, normal parking charges apply. Embark on an epic walk around the Abbey ground, with our medieval themed walk. Locate all the knights shields, find the clues and gain a prize. Find out more about Rufford Abbey and country park.”

Family outdoor cinema experiences – Featuring The Lion King, Moana, Jumanji and Beauty and the beast. Please follow link about for further information. Online pre booking is available and advisable as The Greatest showman is already sold out.

Plus the Great War Heritage day, Pirate Pearl and the big blue monster and Rufford on the beach.

Rufford Abbey Country park
Rufford Abbey Country park

Skegness Carnival – Skegness – Lincolnshire

When? – Sunday 12th – Friday 17th AugustSkegness Carnival

About – “After the biggest and best Carnival week in 2017 the 2018 Carnival aims to beat it! The countdown has begun already. The Skegness Carnival will return on Sunday 12th August 2018 with a full week packed with events. The theme for the 2018 Skegness Carnival is ‘Around the World in 80 minutes’. With parades, performances and more.”

Skegness Stadium – Daytime Special Events – Lincolnshire

When? – Sunday 22nd July – Carnival day 13:00pm

About – “Slingshot Monster Truck Car Crushing, Banger & Caravan Destruction Derby with Statics, 1300 Saloon Gold Roof Championship, Rookie Bangers (non honda mv) & Mascars “

When? – Sunday 26th August & Monday 27th August – Bank holiday specials 13:00pm

About – “Sunday – Slingshot Monster Truck Car Crushing, Banger & Caravan Destruction Derby with Statics, 1300 Saloon Gold Roof Championship, Rookie Bangers (non honda mv) & Mascars” and Monday – Banger & Caravan Destruction Derby, Rookie Bangers (non Honda mv) Gold Top Championship, Brisca F2 Stock Cars, Rebels, Stoxkarts & Junior Stoxkarts”

Skegness Stadium hold many events in the evenings from 7:00pm which aren’t as family friendly as their daytime events. I have only listed their daytime summer events above. See here for all fixtures.

SO Festival – Across Lincolnshire

When? – Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September SO Festival

About – “We are excited to announce that SO Festival will be returning 31 August to 2 September 2018. We are in the very early stages of developing the programme so please do keep returning for the latest news”

Wollaton Hall -Splendour Festival – Nottinghamshire

When? – Saturday 21st JulySplendour Festival

About – “Nottingham’s favourite family festival returns to the beautiful setting of Wollaton Park on Saturday 21 July 2018. An epic line up of music legends has been added to the special 10th birthday bash of Splendour, with The Charlatans joining headliner Paloma Faith on the Main Stage and The Stranglers headlining the Confetti Stage at the all-day summer music festival at Wollaton Park, Nottingham.”

Also at Wollaton Hall over the summer – “Summer Holidays are here; enjoy family fun at Wollaton with super trails, crafts and workshops. Look out for special visits from Superheroes. (and more).”

Springfields Outlet – Adventureland Now Open – Lincolnshire

When? – NOW – Stop the press Adventureland Now Open including JCB Young Drivers Zone.

About – Recently opened the exciting new adventure play area at Springfields Outlet. “This is the UK’s largest JCB Young Drivers Zone, giving children an exciting opportunity to drive around in bright yellow, pedal powered mini diggers, enjoy the huge JCB slide, scaffold-themed climbing frame and use their imagination on many other unique interactive play equipment (adults must accompany their children at all times). Our JCB Young Drivers Zone is an amazing themed play experience for children up to the age of 12, not to be confused with any other digger attraction such as Digger Land.

Families will also be able to walk through the trees at the new Tree Top Village that has 7 wooden towers and a massive 12m2 suspended net. Plus have fun at Springy’s Beach, that has a sand play area and rock pool water stream all covered by a huge canopy so that fun can be had whatever the weather. There is still the Dino Golf and miniature railway.”

I will update asap with their annual summer events list.

Springfields Retail Outlet
Springfields Retail Outlet

Sudbury Hall – Sussed out for Summer and More – Derbyshire

When? – Saturday 21st July – Sunday 2nd September – Sussed out for summer

About – “Join us for a summer of crafts, trails and outdoor activities. With a different theme each week there will always be something different to do. (Please remember that the crafts are only available Monday – Friday)”

Plus Monday 13th August Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster. “Pirate Pearl lives aboard the good ship Mirabel with her crusty old shipmate – Grandpa Bert! She’s not a real pirate – but Pearl loves to imagine she’s sailing the seven seas on a swashbuckling pirate adventure! One day, Pearl finds a stowaway aboard ship. It’s a little, blue monster, but little monsters grow into BIG, greedy monsters – and this one wants his DINNER! There’s trouble ahead for Pirate Pearl!”

And Monday 27th August The Reluctant Dragon “In this delightful new adaptation by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family”

Sundown Adventureland – Teddy Bears Picnic – Nottinghamshire

When? – Any Thursday in August – Teddy Bears Picnic

About – “Visit us any Thursday in August for a fabulous Teddy Bears Picnic. Andy and Lewis will be joining Honey and Sunny for dancing, games and lots more. Prizes for best dressed, biggest bear, littlest bear. Don’t forget your bear!”

Find out more about Sundown Adventureland

Sundown Adventureland

Superhero Picnics in the Parks – Derbyshire

When? – Tuesday 31st July Markeaton Park. Wednesday 1st August Chaddesden park – Thursday 2nd August Darley Park.

About – “Free events to celebrate Love Parks Week 2018 in Derby. Dress as your favourite Superhero to be in with winning a prize. Attractions will vary at each park but will include sports and craft activities, emergency services, gym try out sessions, golf try it sessions, face painting. Derby County in the Community, pond dipping and much more. 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.”

Sutton-on-Sea Beach Hut Festival – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd JulySutton-on-sea Beach hut festival

About – “This popular family event returns to Sutton on Seas Promenade for 2018! With over 50 quality trade stalls and crafters, quality live music, a flypast from a Spitfire, kids rides and games, March of the Pirates & Mermaids, food & drink this is one of the highlights of the Lincolnshire calendar! FREE ENTRY – DOGS WELCOME -FAMILY FRIENDLY”.

Tattershall Castle – War of the Roses – Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 28th July and Sunday 29th July – War of the roses weekend

About – “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.”

When? – Saturday 17th and Sunday 19th August – Extreme Teddy Bear’s Picnic

About – “Bring along your favourite 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.”

Events at Tattershall Castle
Events at Tattershall Castle

Tattershall Farm Park – Animal Encounters – Lincolnshire

When? – Sunday July 22nd, Monday 20th August and Saturday 1st SeptemberAnimal Encounter events

About – July 22nd = Bird of prey encounter event. August 20th = Exotic animal encounter event and September 1st = Bird of prey encounter event.

More about Tattershall Farm Park.

Tattershall Farm Park
Tattershall Farm Park

The Village Church Farm – Various events – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July, plus Sunday 12th, Sunday 26th, Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th August – Various events

About – 21st and 22nd July Native American Indians Weekend. 12th August The Village Garden Party with LIVE Punch & Judy. 26th, 27th and 28th August Knights of Skirbeck Medieval Long Weekend. Find out more about the Village Church farm.

Twinlakes – Various Summer Events – Leicestershire

When? – All summer long events

About – As always there are plenty of events at Twinlakes this summer. On Tuesday August 7th come and see Skye and Rubble from Paw Patrol. Peppa pig and Daddy pig on Thursday August the 16th. Titan the robot on Sunday the 22nd and Monday the 23rd August. Watch Disney’s Moana at Twinlakes cinema on Saturday August the 11th. Twinlakes free party weekend music festival August 25th – August 26th and more.

Find out more about Twinlakes

Twinlakes Family Theme park
Twinlakes Family Theme park

Twycross Zoo – Summer Sundown Live Music – Leicestershire

When? – 28th July, 4th August, 11th August and 18th August – Summer Sundown

About – “Live music nights for the whole family – from 5pm. Get into the Summer spirit – Summer Sundown is a fully licensed event! Perfect for ALL ages, enjoy local bands and acts performing a whole range of music over four Saturday nights this July and August, until 8.30pm! PLUS you can visit all of your favourite animals until 8.30pm too. Saturday 28th July = Ali Gilbert, Saturday 4th August = Soul, Motown, Jazz, Funk and Rock – The Tones, Saturday 11th August = Rock and Punk – Code of Conduct. Saturday 18th August = Foot-tapping Ska, fused with Folk, Jazz and Rock – The Social Ignition.

Find out more about Twycross Zoo.

Twycross Zoo

Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze – Lincolnshire

When? – Saturday 21st July until 2nd September – Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

About? – “Come and explore our exciting Giant 5-acre Maize Maze this Summer at Uncle Henry’s! Can you find all the clues and make your way back out? Open daily from 21st July until the 2nd September with daily tractor rides. The Maize Maze is open from 10am and last entry is at 4pm Monday to Saturday and 3pm on Sundays.

Find out more about Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze.

50 Best Summer Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do
Uncle Henry’s Maize Maze

White Post Farm – Meet Peppa Pig – Nottinghamshire

When? – Monday 27th August – Meet Peppa pig

About – “Come and join us on Monday 27th August, when Peppa Pig will be making appearances at interval throughout the day! Of course Peppa will be joined by Farmer Ant and Farmer George all day long, making sure everyone gets their chance to see her. There’s lots of time to see Peppa, but make sure you save some time to enjoy all of our usual free range farmyard activities – including sheep racing!”

White Post Farm

Various Theatre

Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre

When? – Various Dates and Locations across the East Midlands

About – Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre are touring the region with a range of outdoor theatre productions. They are covering many areas of the midlands and beyond. There will be performances of 6 plays including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Little Women and Robin Hood and his merry men. There are more events than I can list so please check out their website for further information. A lot of the performance times start at 6pm so are family friendly. They are touring from June until September.

Bing Live – Nottingham Theatre Royal – Nottinghamshire

When? – Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th August – Bing Live

About – “Calling all Bingsters! Bing and his friends are coming to Nottingham in the first ever Bing stage show! Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as they find out how to tell stories by pretending, dressing-up and singing songs. Flop and Amma are there to help, but in this magical world of make-believe things don’t always go according to plan… Don’t miss the chance to see your little one’s face as their favourite characters are brought to life in this brand-new show. Full of fun, laughter and music, Bing Live is the perfect first theatre trip for pre-schoolers and their families.”

Walking with Dinosaurs – Nottingham Motorpoint Arena – Nottinghamshire

When? – Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th AugustWalking With Dinosaurs

About – “WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular, is back for the last time! The dazzling $20 million production has been seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 counties around the world. Watch them walk, hear them roar, and see their fight for survival and supremacy depicted in almost cinematic realism. It’s the must-see live arena experience for audiences of all ages, so book your tickets now… before they become extinct!”

50 Best Summer Events East Midlands 2018 | Family Friendly | Things to Do

Please note all listings may be subject to change. Please check opening times and if the event is still running before leaving home.

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