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NOW that summer is finally here it's time to start thinking about the summer holidays.

Entertaining your children over the long summer break can be difficult, but there's lots to see and do in and around Huddersfield this summer.

Enjoy fun, family days out and banish boredom whilst giving the children a much needed chance to burn off some energ y!

Here's some top attractions happening locally this summer, for you and your family.

LIGHTWATER VALLEY Join Lightwater Valley Theme Park for the summer holidays as it opens its doors for seven whole weeks of fun packed family adventures, from running wild on the UK's largest Angry Birds Activity Park to braving The Ultimate - Europe's longest roller coaster.

Jump aboard one of the tractors and take a fun and entertaining journey through Eagle's Creek Farm, meeting some farmyard friends along the way, or head to Lightwater Falconry and meet over 50 amazing raptors including Owls, Falcons, Kestrels and Hawks.

If water rides float your boat, you can shoot the Wild River Rapids and take on the Falls of Terror before 'shivering your timbers' by exploring the five swashbuckling pirate rides of Skeleton Cove, including the Black Pearl and Flying Cutlass.

And, new for 2015, you can experience golfing with dinosaurs on an 18 hole Jurassic Adventure Golf course; whilst little ones can take the wheel on the Vintage Car Rally ride. Lightwater Valley is open daily until 6 September. For opening times and prices visit Save 30 per cent on summer tickets when you book online.

NOSTELL PRIORY Nostell Priory and Parkland is the place to be this summer, with activities five days a week between 20 July and 28 August, 11am - 3pm. With the themes of Mucky Mondays, 50 Things Tuesdays, Active Wednesdays, Crafty Thursdays and Pot Luck Fridays, the specific activities vary each week, making every day of the holiday a new family adventure.

Mondays will be bath night as each week kicks off with getting messy and mucky outdoors. From making muddy lotions and potions in the outdoor science lab to disgusting delicacies in the mud pie kitchen, these days are guaranteed to result in mucky hands, clothes and faces!

Other activities include outdoor painting, creating monsters and boggarts out of clay and getting stuck into a big group art project.

At Nostell, you can tick off 26 of the National Trust's list of outdoor fun, '50 things to do before you're 11 3/4'. Tuesdays are the best time to fill your scrapbook, with den building, geocaching, and rambling with a ranger always proving popular.

Other highlights include building a bug hotel for mini beasts, making bark boats and leaf rafts as well as creating colourful kites to fly in the Nostell kite parade.

Wednesdays bring a chance to get active outdoors with volleyball and badminton on the vista and holiday cycle fun with Wakefield District Cycle Forum. Bring your bike along to pick up skills, local route ideas and top tips for looking after your ride.

For visitors ready for a woodland adventure, the children's play area can be found near the Kitchen Garden and will include a new 30 metre zip wire, due to be completed by 1 August.

For creative kiddies, Crafty Thursday won't disappoint with a new project to take home every week. These include decorating colourful garden bunting to jazz up those summer barbeques and making hobby horses, pencil pots and creepy crawlies.

On 6 August, we need as many hands as possible to help build a mini Nostell Priory out of cardboard! Visitors can drop in between 11am and 3pm to add on a window, a wing or decorate some wallpaper. The finished house will be showcased on Facebook at the end of the day.

Anything could happen on Pot Luck Fridays! Activities include giant bubble blowing, going on a bear hunt around the house and gardens, story time and following the 'detail detectives' trail outside.

Every Friday at 3pm there will also be a special family Upstairs Downstairs tour to see where the servants slept and hear the stories of what it was like to work and live at Nostell. Visit Nostell Priory and Parklands, Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 18, 2015
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