Days Out in York

Cinema & Theatre

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ASFF – Films for all the Family this November

For the seventh year, the BAFTA recognised Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) will transform the city of York into a cinematic playground, as it plays host to 300 independent films screened in 18 historic venues, between 8-12 November.

ASFF is a five-day event for the whole family, with a carefully curated selection of Family Friendly Screenings, for those with children between the ages of five and 12 and the Cinema Bambino programme, organised exclusively for those with babies or young tots in tow.

Cinema Bambino provides the perfect setting to experience this year’s festival in a relaxed and welcoming environment where you can park your buggy, bring your baby and enjoy great film. The Cinema Bamino programme will allow you to escape from the everyday and lose yourself in the fresh and exciting talent shown on screen.

Family Friendly Screenings at ASFF enable an experience that the entire family can enjoy together. With inspiring storytelling from all over the world, screenings are bound to set young imaginations a blaze and encourage a life-long relationship with film.

Bring your entire family to experience new film and create memorable cinematic moments.

Buy your tickets today:

To find out more visit:
Contact information:
T: 01904 629 137

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City Screen Picturehouse – York

City Screen is located in the heart of York, on the main shopping street, overlooking the River Ouse, and is easily accessible by public transport. The Cinema has various screenings suitable for families alongside its normal films.

Big Scream
For parents and guardians with babies under one year old, every Wednesday morning at 11am. Membership is free and valid until the baby’s first birthday.

It’s fab! Very relaxed, one of my favourite things to do with baby!

MS, Jan 17

It’s great. It can get really busy for popular films but really relaxed. You can leave prams outside in the corridor, of babies cry or scream then no one bats an eye. Really recommend doing it!

LK, Jan 17

Toddler Time
For preschool children and their parents and carers, every Friday morning at 11.30am. Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.

Kids Club
Our popular Kids’ Club screenings are every Saturday morning, for children aged 3 – 12. There are activities in the cinema screen from 10.30, followed by a film at 11.15. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.00 each.

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.
Our telephone lines are open from 9.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week. Please telephone or visit the website to book.

13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

T: 0871 902 5726


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York Theatre Royal

York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 250 years and is one of the country’s leading producing theatres. Each year the theatre entertains over 200,000 people with its wide variety of performances, events and activities including the much loved annual pantomime starring Berwick Kaler, the UK’s longest running Dame.

Over the last ten years York Theatre Royal’s work has expanded to include collaborations with the wider community and school groups both on and off stage. The theatre has seen an increase in the number of young people wanting to get involved and as a result they now have one of the largest youth theatre groups in the country with over 300 members.

The Theatre also runs various workshops which include the weekly ‘story makers’ group which runs on a Wednesday morning and is suitable for 2-5 year olds. See details of that HERE

York Theatre Royal, St Leonard’s Place, York, YO1 7HD

T: 01904 623568



Grand Opera House York

Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW

T:  0844 871 3024 / 0844 871 7627

Reel Cinema – York

They are happy to admit Babes In Arms into a morning or afternoon performance with a U or PG certification. Tickets are free until age 2.

Kids Club runs mostly on Saturday and Sunday and every day in the school holidays. All tickets are £1.70 per admission for a 2D movie and £2.70 for 3D. Please note that it is REEL Cinemas’ policy that adults can only be admitted if accompanied by a child.

NB: Reel cinema to close 24/08/17 and converted into an Everyman Theatre

Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AJ

T: 01904 733 633

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre was built by the Joseph Rowntree Village Trustees and opened on 18 November 1935, with the aim of providing a hall that may be a fitting centre for those recreational and educational activities that make for a full and happy life.
The original purpose of the building is still relevant today. Under the direction of the Charity Commission’s guidelines and its own Constitution, the Joseph Rowntree Theatre Limited board continues to provide a facility for the benefit of local operatic and drama groups, schools and other youth organisations.

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre Limited, Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

T: 01904 501935

The York Barbican

The Barbican offers a diverse programme of events taking advantage of the venue’s 1500 seated and 1900 standing capacities. Events on offer include comedy, a range of live bands, snooker, family shows and community events.

The annual Festival of Remembrance and the Lord Mayor’s Carol Concert have returned to the Barbican as a regular part of the programme, as has the Guildhall Orchestra.

York Barbican, Paragon St, York, YO10 4AH

T: 0844 854 2757

Vue Cinema – Clifton Moor

Vue York is a 12 screen cinema located within the Clifton Moor Centre. The cinema is surrounded by an array of restaurants and retail outlets and free parking is available to all guests.

MINI Mornings – Share the magic of the big screen experience with all the family from only £1.99 (3D £2.79) per ticket for adults and children, every Saturday and Sunday morning and every day in school holidays. Availability of the MINI Mornings offer might vary so customers should check with the cinema before going.

Family Ticket – Four people, with a minimum of two children. Everyone pays the child ticket price.

Vue York, Clifton Moor Centre, Stirling Road, York, YO30 4XY

T: 08712 240 240

Xscape – Castleford

Distance from York: 27 miles

Xscape is all about active entertainment. With a real snow slope, bowling alley, cinema, climbing walls, trampoline park, arcade, soft play and golf courses, there are days of entertainment for the whole family at Xscape whatever the weather.

Yes we’ve been 🙂 there is a separate under 4’s area and I’d say it’s baby friendly when it’s not busy…the food etc. was quite good and not overly expensive and our 18 month old had a great time!

ES, Feb 17

The soft play bit is really good and not expensive. The food is also good in the soft play bit.

PM, Feb 17

Colorado Way, Glasshoughton, Castleford WF10 4TA

T: 01977 664794