But school holidays can be expensive, with lots of time to fill and events to attend, so we took a look at some of the free activities you can take part in and places you can go that won’t cost you too much. Which ones will you be making the most of this summer?
5. Rivelin Valley Park
Fancy splashing around in a paddling pool, putting on the sprinklers or simply relaxing with a picnic? Head to Rivelin Valley Park, where the kids can play in the mini water park and you can relax on the grass, or take in the lovely woodland walk. There is also a cafe, play area and nature trail - what’s not to love! Located at 70 Rivelin Park Rd, Sheffield S6 5GE.
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6. Sheffield by the Seaside
Fancy going to the beach but don’t want to leave the city? Head to the Peace Gardens from July 31 to August 30 and you’ll feel like you’re at the seaside! The event is open daily from 10am to 6pm and includes a Punch and Judy show, magician, DJ, Helter Skelter rides, mini golf, and traditional boat swings, plus paddling in the Peace Garden fountains and a huge sandpit.
Photo: Andrew Roe
7. Forge Dam
You can enjoy a playground, ducks and a cafe at this park, situated on the Porter Brook. It’s 49 acres of sheer beauty and a great place to take the kids for some fresh air. You can also splash around in the water, especially on a hot day. Located at 9 Whiteley Ln, Sheffield S10 4GL.
Photo: Tony Johnson
8. Botanical Gardens
Stroll around 18 different garden areas, set in 19 acres of land close to Ecclesall Road. There is also a Grade II listed Bear Pit to see, which is very popular with children, and a fossil in the Evolution garden. Something for everyone! Located at Clarkehouse Rd, Broomhall, Sheffield S10 2LN.
Photo: Jonathan Gawthorpe