School holiday activities

Let Otley Courthouse take away that initial panic of the school holidays!!
We always have a jam packed range of events, workshops, films and activities to keep the little ones entertained and to stop the boredom kicking in.

See our full list of summer holiday activities for 2019

Kite & Puppet Making Workshop

Thursday 1st August


£6 per child

For ages 7+

Come and join Vickie Orton for a fun morning where you can learn to make your own kites and puppets using a range of upcycled and recycled materials.  We provide the materials, Vickie provides the instruction, and you get to take home your very own kite and puppet.


Musical Moments: Franz Schubert

Monday 19th August


£5 Adults (includes tea/coffee/biscuit/juice)

Children and Teddy Bears are free

Age 4+

Come and meet Schubaer – the story of Franz Schubert and Friends.

Franz Schubaer invites you to an afternoon Schubertiada – he’ll tell you all about his short but music filled life and you’ll be able to hear some of the 1000 pieces he composed, performed live by fabulous musicians.

Bringing your own picnic is optional!


Lunchtime Recital with Stuart Ironside (Guitar)

Thursday 22nd August


£5 per person

For ages 8+

Joining us for this lunchtime recital is Stuart Ironside. A Cardiff Universitay graduate, he has won performance awards and will be starting his Masters degree at Trinity Laban University in London in September.

Tea/coffee and biscuits included in ticket price.


Stop Motion Animation

Friday 23rd August

10am-12.30pm & 1.30-3pm

£6 per child, per session

For ages 7+

Dawn Feather is back for a day of filming making for all you budding directors and producers.  Dawn, a professional film maker, will help you create plasticine characters and design your animation sets.  Then using storyboard and istopmotion software you will create your own short films based on a chosen theme.  Once filmed, you can edit, add sound fx’s and voiceovers to your movies.  All equipment and materials provided.

Children should bring their own packed lunch if staying all day for both sessions.


Lego Robotics

Friday 30th August

10am-12.30pm SOLD OUT


£5 per child, per session

For ages 7+

Come and join Junior STEM for fantastic Lego fun.  Back by popular demand Junior STEM specialise in computer and engineering technology, and this summer is the chance for all you budding master builders to see your Lego creations come to life.  Using computer software, motors and sensors, you can build a hungry alligator and watch its jaws snap!  Or build a train, and see it move along.  This is a great chance to build all kinds of things and make them move using the power of technology.

Children should bring their own packed lunch, if staying all day for both sessions.



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