Summer Fun

Stuck for what to do over the summer holidays? We've got you covered! You can find a range of free or inexpensive activities on this page.

Summer Activities - Free for ALL Children

Click on one of the buttons below to find free activities for all children and young people in Doncaster. There are activities available for children and young people aged 0-18 years (or up to age 25 if your child has special educational needs and/or disabilities. Younger children can also attend their local Family Hub which will be running lots of fun sessions throughout the summer.

Find activities in your area

Central: Central, Balby, Wheatley, Cantley, Bessacarr, Intake, Belle Vue
East: Armthorpe, Stainforth, Moorends, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Barnby Dun, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall, Thorne
North: Bentley, Adwick, Askern, Carcroft, Highfields, Scawsby, Sprotbrough
South: Conisbrough, Denaby, Rossington, Mexborough, Edlington, Finningley, Torne Valley

Free or Cheap Activities

Wondering what you can get up to this summer? Check out our list of free or cheap activities you can do in or around Doncaster.

  • Visit your local park - whether your child enjoys spending hours on playground or playing football on our playing fields, the park is always a hit! We'd especially recommend visiting the new water play area at Bentley Park
  • Attend a session at your local Family Hub - there's lots on offer this summer for children up to aged 11 years
  • Head over to your local library - if your child loves reading then visiting the library is a fantastic way to spend some time this summer. Some libraries may have activities available during the summer holidays so be sure to contact your local one to ask if they have anything planned
  • Visit a museum - if you haven't checked out the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum yet then you should visit it this summer. You may also want to venture to Cusworth Hall Museum and Park
  • Complete the 100 Doncaster Things - how many will you tick off this summer?
  • Discover Lakeside - follow the trails around the lake. Can you complete the quiz trail and earn a certificate?
  • Enjoy the water at Clifton Park Water Splash - if you don't mind travelling then the Water Splash at Clifton Park, Rotherham makes a great day out. It's easy to get there via car or public transport
  • Enjoy an outdoor movie at the free summer cinema nights - they're taking place every Thursday at 3:30pm and 6pm throughout August at Lakeside Village 
  • Check out YMCA's activities - your child can 'take part in art', participate in some musical theatre or enjoy a movement and dance session
  • Visit a nature reserve - Potteric CarrCarr Lodge or Sprotbrough Flash make the perfect day out for families who love the outdoors and wildlife
  • Pick your own fruit at Eastfield Farm, Tickhill - there's no entry fee but pick your own strawberries are charged at £3.90 per kilo
  • Visit Askern Boating Lake - enjoy the beautiful scenery and see what wildlife you can spot
  • Check out Lakeside Village's Summer of Fun and Geames - there are lots of free, fun activities to get involved in this summer including trampoline sessions, football sessions, street dance sessions, table tennis, a climbing challenge, a mini assault course and more!

You could also: learn to ride a bikelearn about butterfliesgo for a nature walkmake and fly a kite, have a picnic, make playdough, try shaving cream table art, paint rocks, make sock puppets, build a den, build a cardboard box castle, make ice lollies or visit a garden centre.

Staying Safe this Summer

Sun Safety

Hopefully we'll get lots of sunny days over the summer holidays and it's important to take steps protect yourself and your child from the sun. Did you know you should wear SPF everyday, even if its cloudy, the sun's UV rays can still cause skin damage.

Check out the sun safety information on the NHS website for some helpful advice. Younger children may also enjoy this short video from CBeebies about staying safe in the sun.

Water Safety

Whether you're planning to visit the beach and make a splash in the sea or heading to your local leisure centre, it's important to remain vigilant around water and do your best to ensure you prevent any accidents from happening. Open water, such as ponds, reservoirs and rivers might look tempting but can contain hidden dangers, there might also be strong under currents. It's also worth remembering that the temperature of deep water is much cooler than you might expect - even on a hot day it rarely gets above freezing. 

If someone is in trouble in the water, call 999 immediately.

Visit the Royal Life Saving Society for summer water safety information. 

Getting Support Over the Holidays

Support is on hand if you need it over the summer holidays. 

General Parenting Support

If you need general parenting support over the holidays then in the first instance you can contact your local Family Hub. If you need more support than the Family Hubs can offer you then you can make a self-referral to Early Help by calling 01302 734110.

Food Banks

Nobody should have to worry about paying for food this summer (or ever). There are several Food Banks in Doncaster which you can access - you will need to obtain a food voucher to use a food bank run by The Trussell Trust, these can be obtained from Citizen's Advice, your local Family Hub or your health visitor. 

Some areas also have their own Food Banks, these may be run by a local church or voluntary organisation so reach out to these to see if they can help. Here are some we know about:

Edlington Community Organisation (ECO)
  • Opening Times: Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and Friday, 10am-2pm
  • Location: Yorkshire Main Community Centre, Edlington Lane, Edlington, DN12 1AB
  • What's Available: Free food parcels to last 3 days
  • Contact: 01709 252549


  • Opening Times: Thursdays, 10:30am-12pm
  • Location: St Peters Church Community Hall, Sutton Road, Askern. DN6 0PH
  • What's Available: Free food parcels (limited to 4 per year) to those producing evidence of need. Parcels are for those living in Askern, Norton or Campsall
  • Contact: 01709 708081

Lifeline Against the Breadline

  • Opening Times: Tuesdays, 10:30am-12pm and Thursdays, 12pm-2pm
  • Location: Brodsworth Community Hub, Great North Road, Woodlands, Doncaster DN6 7HR
  • What's Available: Free food parcels to those living in Adwick, Woodlands, Carcroft, Highfields, Bentley or Toll Bar
  • Contact:

Given Freely/Freely Given Multi Bank

  • Opening Times: Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays, 10am-12pm
  • Location: St John the Evangelist Church, 312 Balby Road, Balby, Doncaster DN4 0QF
  • What's Available: Food, toiletries, bedding, clothes and small household items - needs will be met if possible
  • Contact: 07598877592

DN7 Community Foodbank

  • Opening Times: Fridays, 10am-12pm
  • Location: St Mary's Church Community Centre, Field Road, Stainforth, DN7 5AQ 
  • What's Available: Free food parcels to last more than 3 days for anyone living in the DN7 area - ID and evidence of need is required
  • Contact: 07749333136

Mexborough Food Bank (Referral Only)

  • Opening Times: By pre-arranged delivery - Fridays, 10am-12pm
  • Location: The Willows Community Centre, Wath Road, Mexborough, S64 9ED
  • What's Available: Free food parcels to last 5 days for those living in Mexborough, Denaby or Conisbrough - you must be referred by a community partner. 
  • Who Can Refer: Citizen's Advice, St Leger Homes, DMBC Stronger Communities, Aspire, GPs, Schools
  • Contact: 01709 717186

Armthorpe Food Support

  • Opening Times: By pre-arranged delivery or collection - Thursdays 8:30am-10am
  • Location: Armthorpe Community Centre, Church Street, Armthorpe, DN3 3AG
  • What's Available: Free food parcels to those living in Armthorpe who are not receiving support from other food banks. A self-referral form must be completed prior to accessing support. Contact the Community Centre for more information
  • Contact: 01302 836069 or 01302 355093

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme

If your child receives benefits-related free school meals, has special educational needs and/or disabilities, or meets the other extended eligibility criteria, then they may be able to access the HAF Programme this summer. The programme is fully funded by the Department for Education and gives children and young people the opportunity to join in with activities and receive a free meal. You can find out what's available this summer on the link below.



Last updated: 27 July 2022 09:42:38