School Holidays & Special Events York

February Half Term

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Indoor Funfair at Harrogate Show Ground this February Half Term


Events & Attractions and Yorkshire Event Centre are back with the Harrogate Indoor Funfair!

So join us this February Half Term, 25th February – 3rd March for some wholesome family fun. The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!

You can expect to find your favourites again including Dodgems, Waltzers, Cup and Saucer, Mini Miami and an Inflatable Play Centre as well as new rides for you to try including Go Gator, Twister, Frozen Swing and the Ghost Train plus many more as well as prize winning games stalls (extra charges apply) including Hook a Duck and Whack a Minion!

We listened to feedback and our session times have changed slightly for our February Half Term Funfair, the funfair runs every day from 25th February until 3rd March, 10am – 5pm, during this time two sessions are available, 10am-1pm then 2pm-5pm. Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. This year we also have a family ticket, offering funfair goers 4 rider tickets for £35. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket. To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page or visit our website

A number of tickets have been made available for each session for payment on the door when you visit if you prefer but we would advise booking to guarantee your entry.

Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website: for more details

or to our Facebook page

Keep an eye out for competitions running on Facebook up until our opening day, 25th February for your chance to win a family ticket for any session!

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JORVIK Viking Festival

Recognised as the largest festival of its kind in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage – and there’s loads of family fun to enjoy!

Taking place from Wednesday 20th-27th February (half term), bring your little Vikings to enjoy all our events:

Saturday 23rd February:
March to Coppergate
Strongest Viking Competition
Best Beard Competition (for men, women and children!)
Battle Spectacular at Folkvangr Fields, the thrilling battle reenactment at the Eye of York

All Festival:
Viking Encampment
Have-A-Go Sword workshops
Viking Crafting
Little Diggers at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure
Family walking tours
Storytelling and music on the St Sampson’s Square stage

Explore the full programme and book tickets now on our WEBSITE

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Minskip Farm Shop – one-on-one Alpaca Experience

Join us at Minskip Farm Shop for an incredible, one-on-one Alpaca Experience

15th February – 3rd March

Minskip Farm Shop are excited to announce that we will be offering the unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with their amazing Alpacas this half term! Book a session with your family or friends (minimum of 4 people), and you will have the opportunity to spend a whole hour with their four alpacas – two Mums and their little babies!

You will be able to:
Spend time with the alpacas
Learn how to greet them
Rub noses with them
Hear them hum
Feel their super soft fur
Feed them
Learn about their function on the farm & how they protect the hens
Take as many pictures as you want
Make memories for a lifetime
Limited spots available, please book your place here: The cost is 10 pounds per person and there must be 4 people per booking. Children under 18 months are free! If you wish to add further people to your booking (up to 8 people in total per booking), you can pay for additional people at this link.

Our alpacas can’t wait to meet you and your little ones…

Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO51 9HY
T: 01423329063

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Murton Park – BE A VIKING!

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February

After the great success of last year we are once again welcoming you to come and visit our reconstructed Viking village on the outskirts of historic York.

Take part in a multiple award winning Viking experience which is usually only available to school groups. You will get to dress as a Viking, learn how to use a spear and shield, make a clay lamp to take home with you, and see what it was really like to live in a Viking Longhouse.

The experience is £7.50 per child and will last for approximately 1 1/2 hours and is outside so sensible shoes and coat are advised. *

There will be four slots each day and they will be the following: 09:00 – 10:30, 11:00 – 12:30, 13:00 – 14:30 & 15:00 – 16:30

We strongly recommend either calling us on 01904 489966, emailing or private messaging us on Facebook to book a spot as places are limited and based on last year we expect to sell out.

Please note that the actual Farming Museum will not be open for this event. However the playground and the cafe will be.
*There must be at least one adult per group to supervise but they will be free.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, Murton, York, YO19 5UF

Tel: 01904 489966


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School Holiday Care & Clubs

Don’t forget to visit the Mumbler holiday care & clubs page if you are in need of childcare over the half term:

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York Art Gallery

Don’t miss the popular BFG exhibition running at the moment at York Art Gallery.

Current exhibitions also include:
When All is Quiet – The Kaiser Chiefs – 14th Dec 2018 – 10th March 2019
The BFG in Pictures – 12 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
Lucie Rie: Ceramics & Buttons – 22 June 2018 – 12 May 2019
The Anthony Shaw Collection: Artist’s Choice by Per Inge Bjørlo – February 2018 – March 2019
The Burton Gallery
Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA)

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

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York Castle Museum

Current exhibitions include:
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
Shaping the Body: 400 Years of Fashion, Food & Life
1914: When the World Changed Forever
Kirkgate: The Victorian Street
Toy Stories
York Castle Prison
The Sixties

York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY
T: 01904 687687


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York Minster – Viking Half Term

Meet Vikings, create your own Viking style carving in clay and discover York Minster’s Viking treasures this half-term as part of the city-wide Jorvik Viking Festival 2019.

Inspired by stone carvings in the cathedral’s Undercroft museum,visitors can drop into the cathedral’s Chapter House to join activities to recreate their own version in clay or carve their names in runes.

Viking re-enactors will also be on hand to play Viking board games and talk about objects from the cathedral’s historic collection which link to the city of Jorvik.

Finish your visit by exploring the Minster’s Undercroft Museum – the only accredited museum in a cathedral in the country – and discover the cathedral’s Viking treasures and history including the Horn of Ulf – a horn carved from elephant’s tusk which was gifted to the Minster 1,000 years ago.

Craft activities cost £2.50 per participant with general admission, which is free for York residents with a valid York Card or proof of address, and all children (aged under-16) go free with a paying adult. Admission to the Undercroft is free with general admission.

York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
T: 01904 557200


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Yorkshire Museum – October Half Term

The very popular “Yorkshire’s Jurassic World” is available to visit all holiday:

Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in this award-winning exhibition.
From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows, meet the dinosaurs and sea monsters that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes. Experience each Jurassic world as the colossal creatures and their surroundings are brought to life using the latest research and ground-breaking technology.


EBOR Group Railway Modellers – Model Railway Exhibition

Sat 23rd (10-5) & Sun 24th (10-4) Feb

10 x model railway layouts from ‘On30’ to ‘n gauge’, INCLUDING OUR CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE MODEL plus lots of other stalls to enjoy.
Adults £3, Children £1, under 5’s free. Supporting York against cancer.

Holy Trinity Church, Melrosegate, Heworth, York, YO31 ORP

Lightwater Valley Theme Park – Fab Feb Family Fun!

Aimed at the Under 8s and running from Thursday, 21st to Tuesday, 26th Fab Feb Family Fun features a host of fantastic indoor and outdoor events and activities on offer throughout the holidays. With more than a dozen different attractions to explore there’s something for everyone including lots of child-friendly rides.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT