Summer Staycation

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For the second year running The City of Doncaster’s Mayor Ros Jones has made it a priority to provide funding to ensure that all Doncaster families have access to a summer jam-packed full of activities. The Mayors fund will again ensure that all children and young people, from primary to post-16 will be able to experience activities that families may not ordinarily be able to access.

Most of the activities are free but some do have a small charge. There is a huge list of activities on offer with more being added throughout the summer.

Running alongside the main Summer Staycation, the Holiday and Food programme, funded by the Department of Education will be running again this year.  It is designed to provide free healthy food & enriching activities for primary and secondary school aged children who receive benefits-related free school meals, there are lots of free activities.  To find out if you are eligible visit  


Where are the activities?

There are activities and events taking place across the whole city, and to make it easier to find activities near you, we have separated them into four main areas. Children and young people can attend activities in any area that they are able to travel to.


Central, Balby, Wheatley, Cantley, Bessacarr, Intake, Belle Vue. Find out more about Central events.


Armthorpe, Stainforth, Moorends, Dunscroft, Hatfield, Barnby Dun, Edenthorpe, Kirk Sandall, Thorne. Find out more about East events.


Bentley, Adwick, Askern, Carcroft, Highfields, Scawsby, Sprotbrough. Find out more about North events.


Conisbrough, Denaby, Rossington, Mexborough, Edlington, Finningley, Torne Valley. Find out more about South events.

What activities are on offer and how do I book a space?

The Summer Staycation has a huge list of activities on offer for all children and young people in Doncaster, most of the activities are FREE but some do have a small charge,  to find out about the different activities on offer visit the Summer Staycation events.

If your child or young person is eligible for free school meals related benefits, the Department of Education has again funded the Holiday and Food Programme. HAF is designed to provide free healthy food & enriching activities.  Find out if your child or young person is eligible 

May sure you keep checking the page over the summer as new activities may get added.  

What else is on offer in Doncaster?

In addition to the events and activities above why not check out some of the following:

  1. Your local park
  2. Family Hubs - YourLifeDoncaster
  3. Visit Doncaster 
  4. Summer Cinema | Lakeside Village (
  5. Virtual Family Hub: bring the fun of Family Hubs to your home
  6. 100 THiNGS To Do: plenty of activities to do at home or out and about
  7. YMCA activities: free online and in-person sessions
  8. Activities to do at home: a selection of activities for children and young people to enjoy
  9. Hungry Little Minds: activities for early years children (0-5yrs)
  10. Cbeebies: things to do indoors
  11. National Trust: lots of fun ideas of things to do this Summer
  12. A-Z of family friendly things to do this summer in Doncaster: Visit Doncaster in partnership with Doncaster Mumbler have reviewed some of their favourite places to bring you an A-Z of fun, safe, family friendly venues and attractions to enjoy this summer in Doncaster.
  13. Danum Gallery, Library and Museum
  14. RSPB: fun outdoor activities to try at home

What support is available during the Summer?

There is still support available for families during the summer holidays:

  • Your Place provide support and information that is unique to families and residents when everyday issues become difficult, find you nearest Your Place Your Place Team - YourLifeDoncaster
  • There are 12 Family Hubs across Doncaster to provide help and support for you and your family, find your nearest hub Family Hubs - YourLifeDoncaster
  • If you are concerned about your mental health and wellbeing or that of your child, please visit your GP or speak to your health visitor, alternatively there are online resources here Mental Health - YourLifeDoncaster
  • For information about taking care of yourself and your children over the warmer months, you can visit our Summer Health page.