We run lots of fantastic competitions for the parents and families of York. Check back here regularly to see what is on offer.
All the live competitions are ‘Featured’ at the top of the page in the green boxes – you can see previous competitions below them but they have closed so don’t try to enter!
Bedlamb is Natasha’s special toy and has to be left at home when the family goes out. However, Bedlamb doesn’t want to be left out of things, so if he is left alone, he goes off on his own adventures. But will he still be there when Natasha returns?
Everyone loves the magic of Christmas, and everyone loves Santa; but what if Santa was unable to complete all the deliveries? What would happen to Christmas then?
Bedlamb was originally a toy lamb that my daughter, Natasha, took to bed, hence Bedlamb. However once it became THE toy, if he had been lost, it would have caused bedlam in our house! The stress on parents of the risk of losing that toy is real. Buying a duplicate is not necessarily the solution – as it doesn’t look the same as a brand new one! Every child knows how their toy feels, and how it SMELLS!
Every parent has had that tummy-dropping feeling when they think their child’s special toy has been lost. So as their child grows up, they want them to be confident without the toy nearby and become more independent. They know their toy can help them in new situations to be reassured, and so it is often taken out of the house on trips with the family. Then at some point it passes the critical stage from just being any toy, to becoming THE toy! Now it cannot be lost. When did that happen with your child’s toy? So new rules come in to play and new checking systems – such as “keys, check; phone, check; wallet, check; favourite toy, check!”
My daughter’s special toy, Bedlamb, was the inspiration for this book.
Yes the books are available for sale, but more than that, can you help spread the word? Bedlamb would be delighted if you could!
What is the name of your child’s special toy?
Please contact me to let me know, and if you have any stories about your own or your child’s special toy, please share them 🙂
We would love to hear about their adventures – maybe they could be the inspiration for the next book?
About my author
My author, Matthew, is a father, a creative thinker and a children’s tennis coach! He loves integrating different themes into everyday coaching to ensure the children are engaged and having fun – so that they learn without truly realizing it. He started writing The Adventures of Bedlamb about 4 years ago, and has published Bedlamb and the Christmas Adventure just in time for Christmas!
Bedlamb is everyone’s friend
Bedlamb is a character with appeal to boys and girls; and mums and dads too. I have written it on two levels; firstly as a children’s story about friendship, imagination and that the world can be anything you want it to be; and simultaneously with moments to entertain and engage the adults reading it to their child – in much the same way as many ‘kids films’ do.
This book is perfect for parents of children 2-6 years.
Bedlamb would love to be your friend too, so please get in touch 🙂
Win a signed copy of Bedlamb!
For your change to win 1 of 10 signed copies of the book just contact us with the word ‘Bedlamb’ before Friday 24th November 2017. 10 winners will be chosen at random and contacted by Monday 27th November 2017.
PLUS FREE digital flipbook for everyone
The newest Christmas attraction to hit York this winter is Christmas at York Museum Gardens and we’re giving away a family ticket for 4 PLUS a waffle for everyone! See below for details of how to enter.
Until Monday 1 January 2018, the City’s historic gardens has been transformed into a magical illuminated trail, filled with seasonal colour and music.
We went when it opened.. I had no idea what to expect and had seen that it received mixed reviews but we had such a truly magical time. The entrance to the trail is next to the Art Gallery – the main Museum Gardens gate is actually the exit.
When you first enter there is a lovely big welcome sign and you arrive at the back of the art gallery where there are various food and drink stalls as well as a children’s carousel and hook a duck (this is £3) and you can also get the children’s faces painted for a few pounds.
Then the real magic begins… we were guided through the edible garden to a soundtrack of ’12 days of christmas’ and some fantastic York based versions of the characters in the song. The ladies dancing were a personal favourite! Then we had a moment of chilling out while listening to a classical christmas song and watching the christmas tree shaped pyramid lights change colour to the music. My 5 year old loved this so much. We followed the path round to see the beautiful sphere shaped colourful ‘amazeballs’ as I called them!
Then there was the animated projection of the mice and santa scene on the Abbey – this was my 2 year olds favourite and I was pretty mesmerised myself! I loved that there we could take it all at our own pace and it never felt crowded. Also the mini mumblers could roam free without a concern as there was no traffic or hazards around. That made all the difference for me.. I could relax and enjoy.
After the animation it was time for a pit stop – there is a little cabin selling gorgeous waffles and we indulged. I went for apple strudel and they were more than happy to split a waffle for my 2 girls – theirs was topped with cream, marshmallows and chocolate (Check out the competition below… I’ve organised for waffles to be included in the prize for your family!)
We were then guided down through the gardens with lights in the trees, a musical bells experience for the kids, a light tunnel and glitter balls to name just a few. The Santa is one of the ‘instillations’ if you like… behind the fence. Our girls loved having a really nice chat to him and he interacted with them – asking if they had been good and listening to the requests for christmas prezzies! I understand he also offers each child a sweetie now although that wasn’t in place when we went – but we didn’t miss it at all. There was a little letter box where you could post your Santa letter. I thought that was a lovely touch and wish we had known about it beforehand. So take your Santa Letters with you!
The end of the journey takes you past more illuminated words, past a ‘fire field’ which was truly beautiful and finally through a tunnel where the UV face painting and any white clothing glows in the dark. We left via the main Museum Gardens Entrance and we were there for about 90 minutes in total.
I’d highly recommend this experience to anyone wanting a more relaxed illuminated christmas experience. It wasn’t all about the Santa, gifts and glitter but I think it’s one that the parents can enjoy as much as the children. Make sure you get wrapped up and enjoy the show!
Useful to know:
Entrance is to the right of York City Art Gallery
The walk is fully accessible and child friendly.
Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Tickets can be purchased on the website at allowed timeslots but there is no rush once you’re in.
Box Office 08442 097362 (calls cost 7ppm plus network charges)
Child £8.95 (Aged 16 and under)
Family £40.00 (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children)
Children under 4 Free
(The transaction fee is £2.00 for E-ticket (Print-at-home) or £2.50 for Standard Delivery. Please note that this fee is per transaction and not per ticket.)
Entry to the walk is by timed ticket at the following start times:
16:45, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30
It is recommended that visitors book in advance as there will be limited tickets available for each time slot.
Runs from Thursday 16 November 2017 – Monday 1 January 2018
4:45pm – 9.30pm daily (except Christmas Day)
WIN A FAMILY TICKET PLUS WAFFLES WITH MUMBLER!
We’ve teamed up with Christmas at York Museum Gardens so that one lucky family will tickets (2 adults and 2 children) to go see this fantastic Christmas experience for FREE! You’ll also all get one of the amazing waffles each (waffle stand is half way round, outside the Yorkshire museum)
To enter this competition simply contact us with the words ‘Museum Gardens Christmas’ before 8pm on Friday 8th December. The winner will be contacted by Sunday 10th December.
For an additional chance to win just LIKE and SHARE the Christmas at Museum Gardens post on the York Mumbler Facebook Page.
I was a huge Spice Girls fan back in the day (remember when they launched channel 5? Big moment in my childhood!)
Today the Spice Girls remain the biggest girl band of all time with 9 number 1 singles, 80 million record sales, World tours, movies & a musical to their name.
Featuring your favourite Spice Girls hits, the Wannabe show recreates the era of Girl Power giving you a 90s night out to remember!
From the chart stomping ‘Spice Up Your Life’ through to the hip shaking ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, they will take you on a Spice World journey that will make you Zig-A-Zig-Ahhhh.
“The perfect girls night out!” – The Venue, London
Swing it, shake it, move it, make it down however you can. Costumes, groups & families all welcome for the biggest 90s party in town.
Come and join Ginger, Scary, Posh, Sporty & Baby Spice on the smash hit touring sensation not to be missed!
Tickets from £23
Box Office: 0844 871 3024
Win With Mumbler!
We’ve teamed up with the Grand Opera House to give away 2 pairs of Tickets so you can go on a mums night out with a friend or a date night with your other half and re-live your 90’s youth!
Simply Enter HERE with the competition name of ‘Spice Girls’
For an additional chance to win you can visit and like the York Mumbler News Page on Facebook and comment on the Spice girls competition post saying which of the spice girls you would be and why.
The competition closes on Friday 2nd February 2018 and the winner will be contacted by Monday 5th 2018
***Win a free family ticket (2 adults & 2 kids) to Springtime Live! with York Mumbler. Simply pop over to the York Mumbler Facebook Page to enter. or for a second chance to win just fill in this form with the word ‘SPRINGTIME LIVE’ in the competition name. Competition closes 4pm on Friday 9th March. Winner will be drawn at random and notified by Monday 12th March ***
Take a stroll over the cobbles of our twinkling Victorian street this Christmas and experience the magic and festive traditions of days gone by.
Journey back in time to discover how Christmas would have been celebrated 150 years ago on York Castle Museum’s enchanting Victorian street, Kirkgate. Walk under the beautiful garlands, see the shop windows full of traditional gifts and enjoy the intimate glow of our decorated Christmas tree.
Hear about the history of gingerbread with special demonstrations, back by popular demand, Chris Cade will be performing his immersive one-man family show of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol and you can follow our festival trail, visiting the shops on Kirkgate, meeting costumed characters and solving festive puzzles to find Father Christmas.
We have 4 family tickets to give away so to be in with a chance of winning just CLICK HERE and use the words ‘Christmas at the Castle’ in the Competition Name box.
For an additional chance to enter just LIKE and SHARE the post on the York Mumbler News Page on Facebook.
Competition closes at midnight on Thursday 14th December 2017 and winners will be notified on Friday 15th.
A Family Ticket is for 2 Adults and 2 Children and includes a visit to see Father Christmas and a traditional gift per child.
Tickets can only be used on Sat 16, Sun 17, Sat 23 December
Not exchangeable for cash.
York’s most loved Pantomime from York Theatre Royal starts THIS THURSDAY 14th DECEMBER and will be running right through until 3rd February – we’re going to see it next Friday and we can’t wait! (watch out on the York Mumbler Instagram Story where I’ll be posting about it)
There are a limited number of tickets still available before Christmas so if you want to get booked in then click THIS LINK and get them asap – it’s always so popular so make sure you act quick.
Many families have the Pantomime as a new year tradition, so we’re really excited to let you know that we’ve managed to secure a FAMILY TICKET to this hugely popular show in the first week of January for 1 lucky mumbler to win.
To enter this competition simply CONTACT US and put the word ‘Jack’ in the competition name.
For an additional chance to win you can:
Closing date for this competition is 31st December 2017 and the tickets are for 4 people (maximum 2 adults) for a show between Monday 08 and Thursday 11 January. Subject to availability. T&Cs apply. Winner will be drawn at random and contacted by Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
The Book of Dragons is coming to Theatre Royal from Tuesday 12th December until Saturday 6th January and we’ve teamed up with them to give away a family ticket for 4 to this fabulous show. It’ssuitable from ages 3+ and there are daytime performances at 10.30am, selected matinees at 1pm or 3.30pm and also some evening performances at 6pm.
It all began when something flew into Effie’s eye – it felt like a red-hot spark, but it seemed to have legs and wings as well…
“I know what it is. It’s a dragon like St George killed!”
The next day the news was full of reports of the wonderful ‘winged lizards’ that were appearing all over the country, though the newspapers of course never called them dragons, no one believes in dragons nowadays, and they didn’t want to look silly.
Small ones, tall ones, fiery ones, icy ones, friendly ones, scary ones, there is an alarming plague of dragons! Come and pick your perfect dragon among these madcap tales, and find out about all the different ways that clever people have outwitted them.
A festive treat for all the family.
Public – £11.50 – £14.50
Schools £8.00 per ticket (Blue Performances)
12th to 15th December, 19th to 22nd December 10.30am and 1pm only.
Please contact Box Office to book on (01904) 623568 or visit the website
WIN A FAMILY TICKET WITH YORK MUMBLER
To be in with a chance of winning a family ticket for 4, simply contact us with the word ‘Dragon’ by 8pm on Friday 8th December 2017. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Sunday 10th December 2017.
Tickets are for A FAMILY OF 4 (Maximum 2 adults) for any weekday performance up to and including Friday 22 December (excludes Saturday shows).
For an additional chance to win, simply LIKE and SHARE the Dragons post on the York Mumbler News Page.
The Little Mermaid longs for life on land, the Prince is consumed by the lure of the sea. When a raging storm brings them together, the wheels of fate are set in motion. Sacrificing her voice to the powerful Sea Witch, the Mermaid will face many more obstacles if she is ever to be with her Prince. For life on land is not as she dreamed and, unable to return to her sisters beneath, she remains floating helplessly above the waves.
Her only hope rests with her sisters – can they help the Prince conquer his fears, return to the sea and reveal his true feelings, before it is too late…
Written by Poppy Burton-Morgan and Designed by William Reynolds – the team that brought you the smash hit Jungle Book – with music by Matt Devereaux, and starring some of the world’s leading circus artists, this breathtakingly beautiful production will enchant everyone from 8 to 108. A triumphant tale of love overcoming all.
Spectacular circus and spellbinding songs combine in this extraordinary new adaptation from the award-winning Metta Theatre. With awe-inspiring acrobatics and hauntingly beautiful original songs this is a show for everyone.
70 minute performance with no interval.
Recommended for ages 8+
Metta’s The Little Mermaid
York Theatre Royal main house
Evenings 7pm, matinees Thurs and Sat 3pm
Adults £16 – £14
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £48
Box office 01904 623568
ALSO free circus workshops
Build your confidence and self-expression through the use of your body and voice. All-female and all-male sessions offered for your people aged 14-18, D/deaf and disabled integrated.
Fri 06 April
11:30am – 1pm
1pm – 2pm
2:30pm – 4pm
Book a place through Box Office.
WIN WITH MUMBLER
We’ve teamed up with York Theatre Royal to offer 1 lucky winner a family of 4 ticket (max 2 adults) for Wednesday 4 April, 7pm show
To enter simply use the competition form HERE and in the competition name put ‘Little Mermaid’
Competition closes on Thursday 29th March at 4pm and the winner will be contacted by Saturday 31st March.
For an additional chance to enter, just visit the York Mumbler Facebook Page Here
The York Dungeon is a unique visitor attraction that brings together an amazing cast of theatrical actors, special effects, stages and scenes in a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel. It’s hilarious, fun and sometimes a bit scary!
To celebrate the lowering of the age of entrance at York Dungeons from ten to 8-years-old, we’ve teamed up to offer you the chance to win a family ticket for four. This prize also includes the opportunity for your Mini Mumbler to write a short review about their experience at the Dungeon and it can be published on this website!
For your chance to win just fill in this form and answer this question in the ‘competition name/answer’ box
Which York school did Guy Fawkes attend?
For another chance to enter just go over to the York Mumbler Facebook Page and find the York Dungeons post on there.
The competition closes at 9pm on Friday 16th March. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted before Monday 19th March 2018.