South Yorkshire half term fun ideas

Dora The Explorer LIVE at the Lyceum Theatre.
Dora The Explorer LIVE at the Lyceum Theatre.

Families are urged to get out and about this week as attractions across South Yorkshire have arranged a host of half-term activities.

After a bank holiday of balmy temperatures – highs of 17C on Saturday and 19C yesterday – temperatures were expected to drop slightly during the week.

And while rain is predicted tomorrow and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are expected to stay dry and warm.

Tomorrow and Wednesday, Greentop Circus in Holywell Road, Brightside, Sheffield is running circus skills days for youngsters.

Staying indoors, children’s favourite Dora the Explorer will be making an appearance at Sheffield’s Lyceum theatre tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

Sheffield Council has organised a programme of activities for youngsters from the city, including an ‘activity camp’ at Handsworth Grange School from 10.30am to 2pm tomorrow, where children can try trampolining, climbing and a range of other sports.

There is a football camp at Fir Vale School from 10am-3pm tomorrow and a water polo and diving camp at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in the city centre, from noon.

Sports and arts and crafts are also available tomorrow at Highfields Adventure Playground from 3pm to 6pm.

A ‘rising starz camp’ is to be held at King Ecgbert School, Dore, from 9am to 4pm on Wednesday, where football and dance sessions will be run, while, on Thursday, a glee camp, including dance, drama and singing workshops, will be held at Newfield School from 10am to 3pm.

The Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston has set up an ‘enchanted fairy forest’, where youngsters are invited to walk around the woods and gardens at the popular family attraction, looking for tiny pixie dwellings and fairy hideaways.

Andrew Reeve, zoo curator and manager at the attraction, said: “Enchanted Fairy Forest has been taking place for many years and is always a big hit with both new and returning visitors to the zoo.

“It’s great fun for the young and young at heart.”

In Rotherham, Clifton Park Museum is the place to be to find out more about the Tudors.

Children will be taught about life in the bygone era and will get the chance to meet make a Tudor hat and a Tudor royal family guide book.

A farmers’ market will be held on Effingham Street in the town on between 10am and 3pm on Wednesday.

Wentworth Castle, near Barnsley, is inviting youngsters aged four to 11 to paint a plate.

There are three sessions tomorrow, at 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm, where youngsters can join the castle’s flower power theme and paint brightly-coloured flowers on a plate. Admission is £5. For details, call 01226 776040.