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Family Fun Morning at Craven Leisure kicks off summer activities

Craven Leisure is hosting a Family Fun Morning to kick off the school summer holidays, with a range of free taster sporting activities on offer.

The event takes place on Wednesday July 24 from 10am to midday, and includes free activities including a bushcraft workshop, golf and football target practice, a bouncy castle, a children’s mini obstacle course, face-painting and craft-making, and the skate park, pump track and new playground will be open as usual.

Barbecue food will be available to buy on the day and the Revive café will also be open for refreshments.

Anthony Slater, deputy leisure manager at Craven District Council, said: “This will be the third year we have run this event and it’s always very popular. This is a great chance for children and families to come along to Craven Leisure and Aireville Park and try out some of the activities on offer, and of course this year we have the amazing new playground too.

“Please do come along and enjoy a couple of hours of free entertainment and activities.”

Families are advised to walk to the event if possible as parking at Craven Leisure is limited.

There are a number of activities taking place at Craven Leisure over the summer holidays, including a Family Swim offer for £10 between 9am and 11.30am Monday to Friday, Spike Island inflatable sessions every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1-2pm and 2-3pm, one-day sports camps run by Coach Gunn, and weekly swimming crash courses.

While work to refurbish Skipton Town Hall continues, the Craven Museum team will also be running “Craven Treasures” - family-friendly hands-on activities every Friday during the summer holidays, from July 26 to August 30. Activities run from 10am to midday at the Hub in Skipton Town Hall and are free – there’s no need to book.

In each session children will get the chance to explore an exciting part of Craven’s history through special museum objects, and make their own treasures to take home.

Craven Museum will also be visiting Burton in Lonsdale Village Hall on Wednesday August 7 from 10am to midday, and Gargrave Village Hall on Wednesday August 28, from 10am to midday, for free drop-in craft events.

Skipton Town Hall will also be on tour, bringing a Quantum Theatre production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Gargrave Village Hall on Sunday August 4 at 7pm. Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular comedy of love and intrigue, magic and mayhem, will be brought to life by family favourites Quantum Theatre in their wonderfully funny and exuberant production of the Bard’s classic. Tickets are £15 or £12 for concessions.

On Tuesday August 6, from 1.30pm to 4pm, the regular Town Hall Tea Dance with John Bowdler will be travelling to Bolton Abbey Village Hall. The Blackpool Tower Ballroom resident organist will be leading the afternoon with some fabulous classics. Tickets are £8 and include unlimited teas, coffees, and cakes.

The Craven Museum Rural Roadshow is also continuing over the summer and will be visiting Kildwick & Farnhill Village Institute on Saturday August 10 from 10am to midday, and Cross Hills Library on Wednesday August 21 from 10.30am to 1pm.

The Rural Roadshows are a chance to see objects from the museum on tour around Craven, and for residents to bring their own objects and treasures to share their stories.

For more information on summer activities at Craven Leisure go to and for more information about Skipton Town Hall and Craven Museum events go to