Six family-friendly activities across Sweden this week

Catherine Edwards
Catherine Edwards - [email protected] • 4 Aug, 2016 Updated Thu 4 Aug 2016 06:59 CEST
Six family-friendly activities across Sweden this week

If it feels like it's been months since the school term ended and you've exhausted all their usual favourite activities, here are five events in Sweden this week which are totally family-friendly.


1. Medieval Week, Gotland, August 7th-14th

Kicking off on August 7th and running for a week, Gotland's spectacular Medieval Week sees the entire island transformed, with fancy dress, themed food and drinks, music and performances. The central event on Sunday is a reenactment of the time the Danes conquered the island in 1361, culminating in a parade through Visby, but there are over 500 events taking place over the week, which little ones are sure to love. Most of the action is in the historic centre of Visby but some activities are also happening in the island's more rural spots – check out the website for the full programme. Entrance to the main market place and many events is free, but tickets to the jousting tournaments start at 95 kronor ($11.15) and can be bought here.

Photo: Helen Simonsson/Flickr

2. Nynäskalaset Festival, Stockholm archipelago August 5th-6th

The two-day festival is located in the scenic Svandammsparken in Nynäshamn with views over Stockholm’s archipelago at its southernmost point. There's an exciting line-up of music of different genres and great food and drinks, and those with children should check out the Family Festival on Saturday from 11-4pm. Buy tickets here – kids aged 3-8 go free, while tickets for one day are 95 kronor (€11.15) for 8-13-year-olds, 395 kronor (€46.35) for over-13’s and 495 kronor (€58) for adults. When we checked there were still some left so if you haven’t booked, grab your tickets quickly!

Photo: Rodrigo Rivas Ruiz/

4. Olympics Days, Stockholm, August 4th-6th

This is one for sporty youngsters: To celebrate the start of the Rio Olympics, children and teens can try out different sports from boxing to golf and even rowing, with help from real Swedish Olympic athletes. Some of the competitions will be broadcast on big screens. This weekend, the event – which is completely free – will take place in Kungsträdgården in the centre of Stockholm from 1-5pm, but the event will also move around the country to several more locations. For more information, check out the Facebook page and website.

Photo: ScanPix

3. SommarLund, Lund, August 4th-11th

It’s the final week of Lund’s summer festival, and there's still time to catch one of the many shows and workshops taking place in central Lund and the surrounding area. There are some events geared specifically towards children while others will appeal to young and old alike, spanning culture, literature, arts and much more. Most of them are free entry, but check the website for more details.

It's the perfect time to explore Lund''s beautiful streets. Photo: karendesuyo/Flickr

5. Grimms Fairy Tales at Häringe Castle, Stockholm, August 4th-5th

What better location for a fairytale-themed show than a castle? Grimm 2.0 is a one-hour production showcasing your favourite fairy-tales and lots of music, with performances on Thursday and Friday at 4pm. You can combine your visit with other activities too; the castle is located in a nature reserve not far from Stockholm and also boasts Sweden’s oldest bowling alley, a pool, restaurants, and a Kids’ Club offering games and activities including croquet and child-friendly yoga. Tickets to the show are 110 kronor (€12.90) with discounts for family groups – buy them here.

Häringe Castle south of Stockholm. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

6. Back to the farm at Forslunda, Umeå, until August 14th

Lilla Forslund at Forslundsgymnasiet near Umeå is a scaled-down (1:3) version of an old traditional northern Swedish farm house, with a bakery, the family home and barn. They've got various activities taking place until mid-August, including a visit to the farm animals, hayrides, and treasure hunts. Check out the Visit Umeå website for more information.

File photo of lambs. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP

Check out our interactive calendar below for more things to do in Sweden:


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