Days Out York

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Free things to do with Kids in York


Customers can book via the website.

Are you free range at heart? We love to welcome free range kids to our farm – with acres of space and lots of animals to see, the whole family will have fun.  Come and see our hens, pigs, pygmy goats and alpacas, climb our straw bale mountain and explore the vegetable garden – all for free during opening hours!

Yolk Farm is the UK’s best spot to experience amazing eggs. The restaurant features fun swing seats and brightly painted crate light shades. The farm shop offers a wide selection of fruit and veg, locally made goods and has a zero waste station. Eggs, freshly collected from the farm each morning, are the stars of the breakfast menu and you can find them in a selection of goodies including beetroot and potato croquettes, sweetcorn fritters and pancake hay stacks!

Baby change and high chairs are available, Pre-booking for food is essential.

Minskip Farm Shop, Boroughbridge, YO51 9HY


01423 329063
hello@yolkfarm.co.uk
www.yolkfarm.co.uk/

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In light of the latest coronavirus restrictions, we have temporarily closed. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support. We look forward to welcoming you back when we are able to.

Check out our WEBSITE for more information about opening times, facilities and guidance on planning your visit.

To manage visitor numbers we have free, timed and guided routes around the museum to ensure you have a relaxed visit and can maintain social distancing.

To enter the museum you will need to book a free museum admission ticket online in advance. When booking you will be able to add extras including food and Mallard Experience tickets. You won’t be able to get in without a free museum admission ticket.

Home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering firsts, the National Railway Museum celebrates the past, present and future of innovation on the railways.

Get up close to icons of the rails including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. Discover how high-speed rail travel began and journey back in time to experience the working life of a station. Explore over 200 years of history and find out how railways shaped our world. We have now reopened Station Hall, South Yard and our outdoor play area.

For more information about opening times, facilities and guidance on planning your visit, go to railwaymuseum.org.uk/visit


033 0058 0058
info@railwaymuseum.org.uk
www.railwaymuseum.org.uk/visit

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Why not walk from Rowntree park to Homestead park?

Download the map here: Childrens Walking Map which has things for children to spot on the way.

The walk takes approximately 1 ½ hours. The last section is not suitable for wheelchairs or large buggies, but an alternative route is suggested.


01904 552 828
contact@exploreyork.org.uk
www.exploreyork.org.uk/park-to-park-walking-trail-and-childrens-activity-map/

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York Art Gallery is inviting people to visit for free when it reopens its doors.

The charity York Museums Trust, which runs the gallery, hope that by removing admission charges there will be a higher number and increased diversity of visitors who will help support the gallery through donations and buying tickets for special exhibitions.

If successful, this new way of opening the gallery will allow the Trust to continue to offer free entry to its permanent collections, Centre of Ceramic Art and Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition throughout the year.

Initially the gallery will be free in support of the citywide Our Heroes Welcome Campaign.

From August 20, the permanent collections Centre of Ceramic Art and Aesthetica Art Prize will be free to all, while two new exhibitions, Views of York & Yorkshire and Your Art Gallery: Paintings Chosen By You will introduce a new paying concept of ‘pay as you feel’ with suggested amounts.

Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.

Our Heroes
Opens August 1
York artist Karen Winship pays tribute to the tireless and selfless work of NHS workers in this moving exhibition of portraits created during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Views of York & Yorkshire
Opens August 20
Much-loved paintings and works on paper depicting York and the surrounding countryside will go on show in a new exhibition..

From August 1 the gallery will be open 11am-4pm, five days a week from Wednesdays to Sundays.

Visitors will need to book their free timed tickets online at www.yorkartgallery.org.uk where they can also find out about the new exhibitions and the changes we have made to ensure a safe and relaxing visit.

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW


01904 687687
enquiries@ymt.org.uk
www.yorkartgallery.org.uk

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Last Updated: 10/08/20

Summer 2020

Kirkgate and Cell Tour: £12 per person
Step back in time and take a stroll through Victorian York this summer as York Castle Museum invites you to join us on a guided tour of its world-famous recreated street Kirkgate. See the shops, sample the wares and hear all about its fascinating history from one of our experts. A second tour offers you a glimpse into life in the cells of York Castle Prison.

Family Tour: £8 per person
Calling all families! This summer, let our costumed guide whisk you back more than 100 years to walk the streets of Victorian York as you explore what life was like for both rich and poor in our new family tour.

Fashion and Textiles Tour: £18 per person
From caps to corsets, and from gowns to children’s clogs, every object has a story. Join Dr Faye Prior from York Castle Museum, as she introduces you to some of these fascinating stories while on a journey through 400 years of fashion.

Based in the Fashion gallery of Shaping the Body, the talk will reveal the hidden histories of some of the gorgeous garments on show. Although social distancing means we can’t handle the objects, you will be able to view some up close. There will be seating provided so you can choose whether to sit or stand.

The tours will take place from August 1 and then on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, between 11am and 3:30pm. To visit, book online.

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY


01904 687687
enquiries@ymt.org.uk
www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

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Last Updated: 20/07/20

As a York Resident you can take in one of the world’s most-magnificent cathedrals – with stunning stained glass and architecture dating back nearly 2,000 years – for FREE with proof of address.

The wide open areas of the Minster offer a great chance to explore and learn on your day out and you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have the Visit England ‘Good To Go’ stamp of approval, showing they are following all health guidelines correctly.

Booking slots online is required for all at the moment – even with free admission. Please visit YorkMinster.org to select your day and timed slot now. Remember to have your proof of address with you on the day (this includes YorkCard, Drivers ID, Council Tax bill, York Student Card).

Charges for non-York residents are £11.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9 for students. All under 16s are free of charge all year round.

The building is currently open for sightseeing Mon-Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: 12.30pm-2.30pm

All are welcome to daily services held at the Minster for free. See YorkMinster.org/Whats-On for service times.

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH


01904 557200
info@yorkminster.org
yorkminster.org

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Last Updated: 07/07/20

From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.

Don’t miss our ground-breaking exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, opened by Sir David Attenborough. Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in.

Adult £8, Child (0-16) free with paying adult, YMT Cardholder – Free.
Open 10am-5pm.

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR


01904 687687
enquiries@ymt.org.uk
www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

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Over 25 Brilliant Parks & Play Areas in York

We’ve compiled a list of all the great parks and play areas in York so you can add some variety to your days out and enjoy even more of the many beautiful green spaces that York has hidden away.

Fruit & Veg Picking

There are some great groups in York such as Edible York who map out edibles around the city and you can join in with Abundance York who pick and distribute surplus fruit growing on common land & private gardens. Both links will take you to other fruity projects like Friends of Dormouse OrchardFulford Community Orchard (loads more if these aren’t local to you).

Lots of free treats if you know where to look!

(Thanks to LC for the tip!)

Solar Way – Cycle Ride

 

This scale model of the Solar System is spread out along 6.4 miles of the old East Coast main-line railway. Along it you can find scale models of all the planets in our solar system as well as  models of the Cassini and Voyager spacecraft. The track is a wonderful nature reserve with many different species of trees along the way, and an abundance of wild life to see and hear.

Route goes via Brunswick Organic Nursery & various pubs for refreshments.
https://www.york.ac.uk/solar/index.html for more information.

St Nicks Nature Reserve

Open all year.

Come and explore 24 acres of unique green space. Many birds live on or visit the nature reserve. There is a great variety of plant species, insects like butterflies, trees and shrubs.

St Nicks, St Nicks Environment Centre (formerly York Environment Centre), Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3FW
T: 01904 411821

York’s Lucky Cat Trail

York Glass is the home of York Lucky Cats where we celebrate the York Cat story. You can pick up a leaflet from the shop on the Shambles.

34 Shambles, City Centre, York, YO1 7LX
T: 01904 541122

The Squirrel’s Trail

Explore some of the hidden treasures of York Museum Gardens. Follow The Squirrel’s Trail of 10 fascinating fact points!

Follow the interactive trail and take part in our online quiz at the end. Find the Questions at…
http://www.yorkmuseumgardens.org.uk/squirrel/

Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR

Walks and Woods in York with Kids

There aren’t many better things to do with kids than get out into the great outdoors for a walk. York has lots of great walks and woodlands and we’ve got some of the best options listed HERE

York City Walls Walk

Please note there is a one-way system in place.

Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars. The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!

York University – AstroCampus

Currently closed due to COVID

The Astrocampus is open to the public once a fortnight throughout the winter months (October-March) and monthly throughout the summer (April-September). Our visits are designed to be suitable for all ages, with the earlier session timed for those with younger children. At each event, you will have a tour of our observatories and an introduction to the night sky.

University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD
T: 01904 322209

YorkCard

Local Residents can qualify for discounted or free entry to a number of local places if they have a York Card. You can get them from the libraries for a small fee (or free for under 18’s)

Every member of the family needs a card but they get you discounts in lots of attractions such as the Yorkshire Museum, York Castle Museum, York Chocolate Story and York Sport swimming. You also get free entry to the Minster.

Find out more HERE

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