School Holiday Activities & Camps Selby, Tadcaster and Goole

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Do you know of somewhere Santa will be visiting?

Here at STAG Mumbler, we are always keen to hear your recommendations of things for our Mumblers to do during the holidays. If you have any suggestions, or you’re running an activity, simply drop us an email telling us all about it at

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STAG Mumbler Christmas Special

Here at STAG, we love Christmastime, and on the 31st December it will be our 1st birthday, making it extra special this year.

If you’re looking for some super things to do this Christmas, then take a look at our Christmas Special.  Packed full of local events and crafty creations, we hope it will help keep your Mini Mumblers entertained.

If you’re doing something fun this Christmas and would like to share it with other members, do tell us about it at and we’ll add it to the site.

Wishing each and every mumbler and their families a wonderful Christmas and New Year; and a special thanks to each and everyone of you who have supported us in our first year.

Caroline & Kathryn x

Click here to enter our Winter Wonderland

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Christmas Craft Inspiration

Mini Mumbler made Christmas cards can be a great way to get crafty at home. They’ll love it and it will give them something to do on those cold and wet days when all you want to do is stay indoors.  Here’s some of our favourites.  We’ve also thrown in a couple of extra christmassy crafts for you to try out.

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‘A Coastal Christmas’ is coming to Bridlington

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018

A brand new festive event is coming to Bridlington this year: ‘A Coastal Christmas’ will take place near the new RNLI building near Bridlington Spa between 12 noon and 8pm on Saturday and 12 noon to 6pm on Sunday.

The weekend will include rides on a decorated festive land train; traditional fairground rides; appearances by Father Christmas during both days; a range of stalls including local food producers and sellers, and the RNLI; carols by local choirs and brass bands; and donkey rides (in daylight hours).

Entry to the event will be free, but some elements (such as the rides and the donkey rides) will have a small charge.

The event is being organised by the RNLI and the council’s foreshores team, and is being held for the first time this year. More details of the programme will be issued in due course.

Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, said: “This event sounds like a wonderful addition to what we can offer in Bridlington, and is a further step towards making the town a year-round attraction. I hope that residents and visitors will put the dates in their diaries now.”

For more information about the event, contact

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Christmas Eve Box Inspiration

While our Mini Mumblers adore receiving their Christmas Eve boxes, there should be no pressure to do a box. That said, we know it’s something that some of our Mumblers are wanting to try, so we thought we’d put together some ideas and inspiration to give you a helping hand.

Firstly, grab a box, it really can be any kind. An old cardboard box decorated with paper, a gift box, or a personalised Christmas box (you only have to google ‘Christmas Eve box’ and you’ll find hundreds you can buy) How and when you give it to them is completely up to you, it’s the Elves who tap at our door and we send the little ones to open it. We explain that Santa can’t bring it as he is so busy loading the sleigh at the North Pole, but he sends his Elves instead to deliver it and have one last check that you’re being good.

  • New PJ’s to wear on Christmas Eve
  • Christmas socks or slippers
  • Cuddly toy
  • Christmas jumper or special outfit to wear on Christmas Day
  • Christmas cup, plate or cutlery
  • Chocolate coins, chocolate reindeer or Santa.  Chocolate sprouts were a hit at STAG HQ
  • Hot chocolate kit with marshmallows
  • Christmas film to watch
  • Special bauble or decoration to hang on the tree
  • Carrot for Rudolf and mince pie for Santa (to put on the Christmas plate)
  • Special Christmas book to read to them at bedtime on Christmas eve
  • Christmas colouring books or festive crafts
  • Board game

Whatever you get up to on Christmas Eve, we hope you have a super time.  Here’s wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year.

Caroline and Kathryn x

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Family Christmas Party – Brayton Community Centre – Selby

Saturday 8th December 10:30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 4pm

£3 per child attending. Free entry for adults. All children to be accompanied by an adult.

Games for children up to 10 years old – such as pass the parcel, candy cane pick up, Santa says and slam dunk the Christmas present!Visit to Santas grotto. Personalised present for each child. Snack box for each child. Free photo of child / family with Santa. Complimentary refreshments for adults. If present need batteries – then batteries provided and fitted for free. Re Read Doncaster will also be giving away children’s books for free.

Tickets go on sale Saturday 20th October 2018 at 11am from Moore’s Allsorts Confectionery, 5 New Lane, SELBY, North Yorkshire, YO8 4QB

100 free tickets for those on benefits via Selby Community Furniture Store
More details on our Facebook group at

Brayton Community Centre, Foxhill Lane, YO89EL Selby

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Make Your Christmas Extra Special With Our 12 Days Of Christmas

Here at STAG Mumbler, we know how hard it can be when Christmas is fast approaching and how busy and challenging this time
of year can be for many parents and carers.

Perhaps some of these things are going through your mind as you read this….

Who’s coming for Christmas this year? Who do I need to buy for? What do I buy them? Where can we hide all the presents?

Should we send cards or do charitable donations, adopt a donkey, or perhaps spend a crafty afternoon trying to do homemade cards with the children?

What on earth am I going to do, the limited edition doll they want is out of stock everywhere!!


Well we’ve put together a few ideas to give you some inspiration for things to do that may just help you make Christmastime that little extra special and a little less stressful!

Our Top 12

  1. Spend an evening choosing all of your favourite family Christmas songs and make a CD/playlist all ready for Christmas Day
  2. If you like the main tree to look extra special (i.e. done by you to your high standards), why not buy a baby tree for the
    children to decorate themselves and then they can have their very own special tree.
  3. If you can manage to have a free day all together as a family, why not spend it baking some lovely festive treats. You can have a little competition for the Star Baker. You could wrap any spares up and give them as presents to family, friends or neighbours. You could also make individual place cards for the Christmas dinner table.
  4. Have a special Christmas movie night. Put on your PJ’s, pile into the lounge, bring down the pillows and duvets, light the candles or put on the fairy lights, grab your popcorn and snuggle up as a family and watch your favourite Christmas films together. Here’s our previous Hygge night blog for more inspiration.
  5. Buy a Christmas book, or if your budget permits, buy a personalised Christmas book online (you know the ones where you can insert family names so the story becomes all about you). Find a point on Christmas Eve to sit down and read it as a family. Write a little message inside as a nice way of remembering that night and then read the same book every year, always adding a little note in it from that year. The book can then be passed down the family tree. Imagine reading the same book you knew your grandparents had read to your parents each Christmas Eve and reading their memories and imagining what it was like for them.
  6. On Christmas Eve, make a picnic, put on your best PJ’s and go for a family ride out in the car looking for the best decorated homes and gardens. No car, no problem, wrap up nice and warm and go for a walk round your neighbourhood decoration spotting. You could even take a flask and some treats and stop on your way round for a mini picnic.
  7. On Christmas Eve, just before you go up to bed, tape a large piece of Christmas wrapping paper over the door and in the morning the children will have to burst through the paper to see if Santa has been.
  8. You know that feeling when the children rip open all their presents and you suddenly panic….’How will we send thank you’s when I have no idea who bought them what!?’ Create a Christmas notebook, as each present is opened, make a little note of who bought it and it will make those thank you cards a whole lot easier. If you use the same book each year, it would be lovely looking back as the children grow up and you’ll be able to reminisce over all the gifts they received ‘From Santa’ and family over the years.
  9. Christmas is a great time for taking family photos, but not everyone likes to pose. Make it more fun with this little game. Get everyone to write a series of poses, animals or celebrities etc on a piece of paper and put them in a bowl. Take it in turns to pull out the paper, strike a pose to match the paper and let everyone guess who or what you are. Nominate someone to be on standby with a camera for each one and you’re guaranteed to get some great and no doubt very funny pics.
  10. Christmas morning can often include little ones ripping opening all their presents in a matter of minutes, challenging if you were hoping this would take all morning or you’d hoped they would save a few until the family arrive. Why not create a little treasure hunt. This will keep the children busy as they go off in search of their presents and include time gaps in the clues, e.g., play with this toy and at 11am, go to x where you you’ll find x’. It could keep them busy all day!
  11. Make a special 2018 memories jar. Take a jar, have fun decorating it and on New Years Eve place it somewhere everyone can
    reach. Place alongside it little pieces of paper and a pen and then all throughout the year when you do something special, someone in the family has something to celebrate etc, make a note of it on a piece of paper and pop it in the jar. On NYE 2018, you’ll be able to sit and read all the little notes and reminisce over the wonderful memories you made together in 2018.
  12. Don’t forget that Christmas is for grown ups too, so make sure you enjoy all the festivities just as much as your Mini Mumblers.

Wishing all of our wonderful Mumblers and their families, a super special Christmas and amazing New Year.

Bounce and Wobble Christmas Party – Selby

Friday 14th December 2018 at 11am

Enjoy a very festive 3 hours and a visit to see Santa.
Each child will get a gift from Santa
Face painter, Christmas disco, plus all our fabulous soft play and bouncy castles.

Tickets are only £10 and numbers are limited so please get in touch if you’d like to purchase any.

Brayton Community Centre, Foxhill Lane, YO89EL Selby

Breakfast and Supper with Santa – Garforth Garden Centre

Enjoy a special Breakfast or Supper with Santa this Christmas
Whilst you tuck into your freshly cooked meal Santa will arrive with his magical sack of presents.
Enjoy our festive activities, write your very own letter to Santa and colour in one of our favourite Christmas pictures. Finally for those who have been extra good this year Santa will hand out a special gift for you to take home.

8th, 15th, 22nd
and 24th December 9.00am
£9.95 per child
Thursday 20th December 5.00pm £10.95 per child

Bookings can be made in store…Santa is looking forward to meeting you all!

Breakfast with Santa – Capricorn Restaurant, Goole

Sunday mornings in December. Tickets are now on sale – numbers are limited.
Buffet includes bacon/sausage butties and a range of cereals, muffins & yoghurts. Tickets must be collected in advance from the restaurant.
£8 for children, £7 for adults. Price includes a small selection box gift for children plus playbarn entry!

Carlton Towers at Christmas

Dec 2nd, 9th – Santa Sunday Lunch (Three course festive lunch with Santa’s grotto and free gift)

Dec 3rd, 10th- A Very Merry Open House and Tea Room (see the house dressed for Christmas and visit the tea room)

Dec 5 and 6th – Festive Frolicks (Christmas crafts, live music and seasonal food and rink as well as Santa’s grotto)


Elftastic Workshop and Christmas Grotto at The Escapologist

Elftastic Workshop Escape Room Experience:

You will use Santa’s sleigh to fly to the North Pole, finding your way to Santa’s grotto. Where Santa will tell you your next steps as to how to help the Elf’s in the ELFtastic Workshop. All the puzzles are made to engage children from the age of 6 upwards.

The wonders of the snowy Christmas come to life in an extravagant ELFtastic Adventure. Make sure you help finish the toys in time for Christmas!

Every Sunday 10-12 we will also be opening a Santa’s Grotto for people to visit for £3.50 for one ticket or £5.00 for  tickets. You will get a little present from Santa after being able to post your Santa’s letter, so don’t forget your Santa letter when you visit.

The Escapologist, Selby (01757) 247500

Ellerker Lodge Garden Centre Christmas Kingdom

Father Christmas will be joining us throughout December and you’ll find him in his grotto every weekend between 11am and 4pm, as well as having breakfast and tea with the children in our Olive Tree Coffee Shop and Restaurant.

Ellerker, Brough, East Yorkshire, HU15 2DD
T: 01430 422256

Lotherton Hall Christmas Experience

23 November – 23 December 2018

Yorkshire’s ultimate festive day out!

Steeped in Christmas magic and excitement. Enjoy a magical Twelve Days of Christmas Walk through the Captains Wood around the estate, make the turtle doves fly, walk through the five gold rings and be one of our drummers drumming! Uncover a secret fairy hideaway in our rock garden. Visit Santa in the North Pole and meet our elves helping in their workshop. Marvel in the splendor of the Edwardian House with the rooms dressed in all their festive finery. Wander down to the Elf Village where young ones can join the elves in making craft activities or listen to stories, and everyone can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or warm snack under our twinkling canopy.

Meet Santa at Chatterbox Community Cafe – Selby

Christmas is approaching and Santa is busy getting ready, but before he comes down our chimney on Christmas Day, he’ll be dropping in at Chatterbox Community Cafe, Selby, to have breakfast with the kids.  This will be an excellent opportunity for your child to meet Santa, enjoy breakfast with him and receive a special present to take home to pop under the tree.

Cost: Adults – Free / Children – £4 each.
We will be running this in 1 hour slots to ensure everyone gets a chance to see him.

Please CONTACT US to make your booking.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

‘The NYMR is one of the worlds greatest heritage railway experiences with thrills and family fun at its heart. Railway conservations, run by volunteers, not for profit.’ NYMR, Aug 18

There are lots of festive things taking place on the NYMR this Christmas.

T: 01751 472508

Piglets Adventure Farm

‘Treat the kids to a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun inc Bale Play Barn, Bouncing Pillows, Crazy Golf, Pink Barrel Train, Tractor rides and more!’ – PAF

There are lots of special festive events taking place at Piglets this winter.

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

T: 01904 499700

Santa at Cannon Hall Farm

Visit Santa at Cannon Hall Farm’s enchanting grotto experience – where we’ve had help from the North Pole to create a truly magical experience that is sure to delight and dazzle.

Every child visiting Santa will be given a passport to the North Pole, and will make their way through our elf check in. Our diligent elves will check if children have been naughty or nice – and to make doubly sure children will have to pass through the special elf check-in scanner.

They can then make their way to our magical grotto to meet Santa himself.

Please note, this Santa experience includes all day farm entry, a trip through the elf check-in and a visit to Santa in his grotto and a high-quality present.

The sessions must be prebooked in advance (booking fees apply).

Children (two and over) – £14.95
Children (two and under) – £8
Adults – £6.95

Tickets on sale now!

OUR SANTA SPECIALS (Breakfast or Lunch With Santa and our elves workshops) will be running on these dates too.

All tickets must be prebooked online.


Santa Claus is coming to the… North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Timetable for trains departing from Grosmont Station: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23 December 2018

Join Santa and his special helpers on a magical adventure aboard the Santa Express, which will take you on a festive journey you won’t forget! Departing from Grosmont Station, the Santa Specials bring Christmas to life and give children the chance to meet the legendary man himself on board the train. They will be able to tell him what they would like to open on Christmas morning – providing they’ve managed to keep themselves off the naughty list this year! Age appropriate present for each child.

Approx. 75 minute journey on board the Santa Express.
Christmas Activity Bag. Mince Pie, Hot Drink & Alcoholic Tipple for each adult.
*Under 12 months can travel on the service free of charge. A seat will not be provided or a gift. If you would like to provide a present, we will allow Santa to hand this out.

Please see website for tickets and timetable.

Santa Special – Murton Park, York

ADULT £7 CHILD £10 – NO BOOKING REQUIRED (Various dates throughout December)

Once again we are delighted to say that Santa and his elves will be coming to Murton Park this December.
As always the Derwent Valley Light Railway shall be running heritage passenger trains on which children will receive an early present from Santa. Join Chief Elf Bauble for a guided tour of Santa’s village to meet the elves who are busy at work preparing for the big day. There are rumours that the elves are also getting ready for the big baking competition, this could get messy! Take a look through Father Christmas’s House which as you would expect is very tastefully decorated with traditional decorations and a wood burning fire to warm yourselves.
On your return from the cold adults will receive a complimentary sherry (or orange juice) and mince pie in the farmhouse kitchen and get chance to fully warm yourselves up.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, YO19 5UF York
T: 01904 489966

Santa’s Story Grotto – The Rainbow Factory, Leeds

Join us on an enchanting journey as we adventure with Santa’s Elves to help get everything ready for Christmas.

Step into Santa’s Workshop to make, bake, play and sing before getting to meet Santa himself. If you have been good this year, he may just have a special present waiting for you.

Event lasts 1 hr

Dates & Times:
1st & 2nd December
Various time slots between 10am-4pm

£12.50 per child (inc. Present from Santa and 2 adults)
Additional Adults £4
Under 1s Free with full paying child

Snaith & Cowick Christmas Market and Christmas Lights Switch-on

Saturday 1st December 2018 4.30pm-7.30pm

The Market will be officially opened by the Deputy Town Mayor at 4:30pm, where we have over 50 stalls this year selling seasonal festive goods, food and drink and other tempting treats and gifts. Stalls will line Market Place, up on to High Street and then into The Priory where more festive goods await you, along with Santa’s Grotto! The traditional switch-on of the Christmas Lights, followed by a short Carol Service around the Christmas Tree will also take place. Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will also be available in The Priory to warm you up on a cold winter’s day so please come along and enjoy a free, fantastic family event to get you into the festive spirit. Parking will be available for the event so please look out in the local press and social media for further information closer to the time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Market Place, Snaith, DN14 9HE

Stockeld Park – Between Harrogate and Leeds

‘Adventure day pass activities include: 5 adventure play areas, roller skating, enchanted forest, fun filled maze, indoor inflatables, outdoor giant slide, outdoor jumping pillow, go karts and more’ SP

Halloween and Christmas Adventure – 25 Oct to 7 Jan 19

SAT Nav: LS22 4AN

T: 01937 586333