School Holidays & Special Events in York

February Half Term

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Art Camp with Greg McGee

Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February

Calling all school children and Young Artists of York, UK: Art Camp runs once more for February Half Term with award winning teacher Greg McGee. Pokémon art, Manga art, and sophisticated GCSE art skills are taught. This is a chance for children and young people to get creative, guided by award winning teachers and young assistants. Contact Greg McGee to secure a place (contact details below).

The sessions take place at English Martyrs Hall, Dalton Terrace, York, YO24 4DA. Plenty of parking and a big garden space for lunch and play. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 3:30pm. £100 per child for 5 days / £20 per day. Sibling discounts available. All art to be exhibited in city centre gallery spaces later in 2018.

Places are limited so please do get in touch early! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve any queries.

T: 07973653702

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Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

Head over to Beningbrough this February half-term, we have a week long programme of different activities indoors and out.

Owl mask trail – every day you can grab your own owl mask to follow the family trail adventure around the gardens whilst enjoying the ‘oh wise owl’ sculptures hidden in the grounds. Explorer backpacks are available for your mini adventurers – pick up from the hall between 11.30am and 3pm
Artrageous! – join the craft workshops making origami owls – Tuesday 13th & Thursday 15th 1pm – 3pm
Stories Alive! – pull up a cushion to hear special stories with an owl theme in the hall – Sunday 11th & Wednesday 14th 11am – 3.30pm
Owl walk – take a walk through the parkland to discover more about owls and their habitats with gardener Mark – Friday 16th 2pm – 3pm
Plus our popular ‘oh wise owl’ art trail continues with 22 new pieces of artwork on display in the Hayloft.
All these activities are free to join and no need to book. Normal entrance fees do apply.
For further details:

Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD
T: 01904 472027


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Bish Bash Pot – Pottery Painting and Pack up Lunch

Everyday all day for all of the half term holidays!

£15 for any Wild, small or party pottery. PLUS a pack up lunch of ham, jam or cheese sandwich, homemade sausage roll, fairy bun, fruit pot and Robinson’s juice.

Please call ahead to book as the pack ups will be prepared fresh each day.

64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL

T: 01904 654114


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DIG – Jorvik Viking Festival Events

Join in with the Jorvik Viking Festival activities happening at DIG throughout half term:

Viking Animal Steading: Birds of Prey
Monday 12th to Sat 17th
10:00 – 16:00 | DIG | Included in Admission
Get up-close to the magnificent birds of prey the Vikings would have reared at our special Viking steading, only at DIG.

Visit the DIG garden to come face-to-face with the majestic hunting birds of the British Isles and the wider Viking world to discover how residents of 10th-century York were able to tame and use these stunning animals.

With specially-themed talks and activities around DIG, you and your family will have the opportunity to discover the importance of the birds like the red kite and raven in Viking society.

Little Diggers Sessions
Mon 12th to Sat 17th
10:00 – 11:00 |DIG |£3.50 per child (with one accompanying adult per ticket)

Visit DIG during JORVIK Viking Festival and join in the fun at ‘Little Diggers’- where your children can DIG, delve and discover the past!

Monday 12th – Visiting Vikings
Tuesday 13th – Norse Sagas and Stories
Wednesday 14th – Jorvik’s Creatures Great and Small
Thursday 15th – Dress Like a Viking!
Friday 16th – Norse Games and Music
Saturday 17th – Valiant Viking Heroes

DIG, St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
T: 01904 615505


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Grandad’s Island at York Theatre Royal – WIN A FAMILY TICKET

This February Half Term (Tue 13 – Sat 17 Feb) 11am and 1.30pm (6pm Friday 16 Feb only) Grandad’s Island is coming to the studio at York Theatre Royal. Suitable for ages 5-8 years.

Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad. And Grandad’s favourite person is Syd. Join the intrepid duo as they head off on a heart warming adventure filled with songs, laughter and jungles that will change their lives forever…

Benji Davies’s award winning book is brought magically and sensitively to life by the team behind Flat Stanley and Red Riding Hood.

Max Card holders can get up to two free children with a full paying adult on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February. For more information visit York Theatre Royal Access page.

Approximately 50 min, no interval. For ages 5-8.
Tickets £12 adults / £7 children

WIN WITH MUMBLER! We’ve teamed up with York Theatre Royal so that one lucky mumbler can win a family ticket (max 2 adults) for Tue 13 Feb 11am or 1.30pm performance. Subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

To enter this competition just enter HERE with the competition name ‘Grandad’s Island’

For an extra chance to win just Like or Love the Grandad’s island post on the York Mumbler News Page on Facebook

Competition closes on Friday 26th January 2018 and the winner will be chosen at random and contacted by Monday 29th February 2018.

Book tickets for the show via the WEBSITE

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JORVIK Viking Festival 2018

12th to 18th February 2018

An exciting programme of events that explores the impact of the Viking invasion on Anglo-Saxon England, including living history encampments, walks, talks, tours and of course, dramatic combat performances, there is something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

Parliament Street Viking Encampment
Mon 12th to Sat 17th
10:00 – 16:00 | Parliament Street | FREE

Viking Age Crafting
Mon 12th to Thurs 15th
10:00 – 16:00 | St Sampson’s Square Yurt | £2 per craft or 3 for £5

Return of the Vikings to Coppergate!
Mon 12th to Sat 17th
10:00 – 16:00 | Coppergate Square (outside JORVIK) | FREE

Watlington Hoard Comes to JORVIK
Mon 12th to Sun 18th
10:00 – 17:00 (last admission) | JORVIK Viking Centre | Included in Admission

Have-a-Go Archery or Sword Combat
Mon 12th to Thurs 16th
10:00 – 16:00 | Parliament Street Marquee | £5 per child
Archery (8 to 12 years only) & Sword fighting (5 to 12 years only)

Poo Day!
Mon 12th to Weds 14th February
10:00 – 16:00 | Barley Hall | Included in Admission

The climax of JORVIK Viking Festival is the epic Finale on Saturday 17th:
Annual Strongest Viking Competition
From 10:00 | Coppergate Square (outside JORVIK) | FREE

March to Coppergate
From 1pm | Dean’s Park, by York Minster | FREE
The Perfect Viking Photo Opportunity!

Best Beard Competition
From 15.00 | Coppergate Square (outside JORVIK) | FREE

Festival Finale: The Great Viking Army Returns
Doors open at 18:00, entertainment commences 18:45 | Eye of York | Adult £15.00 Conc. £11.00 Family of Four £44.50 Family of Five £53.50

Unless otherwise stated book online at the Jorvik Viking Festival WEBSITE  or the dedicated Festival Box Office on 01904 615505.

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National Railway Museum – Mission: Space

How do you explore space if you don’t like flying? If you could go anywhere in space, where would you go? What would you miss most from Earth? Ponder these questions as you get up close to Tim Peake’s Spacecraft and take part in hands-on activities dedicated to space-age engineering.

Get to know Tim Peake’s scarred and scorched capsule, which was engineered to survive speeds of 17,000 mph and temperatures of 1,600⁰C in an epic 250 mile journey back to Earth.
Tim Peake completed almost 4 years of training before being selected for the Principia Mission, but we’ll prepare you for space exploration in just one visit the museum. Test your coordination in our free Astronaut Training School challenge, and discover the coding behind space travel in Space Code:ettes.
Imagination took mankind to the stars – where will it take you? You choose your space adventure in our special edition of Imagination Station, then get creative to craft your own Mission Patch to mark the completion of your mission.

Tim Peake’s Spacecraft is presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group.
See it 18 January – 8 March 2018.
Free entry

Plan your half term visit at
Find out more about Tim Peake’s Spacecraft at

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Piglets – February Half Term Fun

With lots of undercover fun including Lambing Live, there’s so much February Frolics family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm.

Taking place from 10am – 5:30pm every day throughout half term from 10th to 18th February 2018, what will you do first? Jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride, see cute animals in the Animal Barn and if you’re lucky you might even see some baby animals being born in Lambing Live and Piglet Maternity Ward.
Plus, be amazed at the hilarious Sheep Show Live stage show! Featuring amazing dancing sheep, each with their own special theme tune, you’ll learn lots about sheep and their wonderful wool- you’d be baaarmy to miss it!
Don’t forget to explore the Bale Play Baaarn with straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, giant drop slide, rope swing, dig’n’play- there’s a heated seating where you can grab some delicious food and drink too!
Discounted prices when booked online.

Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York.

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
T: 01904 499700


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Rainbows Ceramics – Pop in and Paint Pottery this February Half Term!

We have a vast selection of pottery on the shelves especially in for half term. All the stamps, stencils and sponges you need to help your little one get creative, starting from just £6*. Pop in and paint an animal or a piggy bank, a princess or a dragon, plus so much more! No need to book and stay as long as you like. Simply collect your item 1 week later. If you are visiting York for half term we can post your item out to you or alternatively you can paint in our fun and bright acrylics and then take your item home the same day!

You can find Rainbows on the corner of Bootham & Gillygate, just 2 mins from York Art Gallery and York Minster. Parking is available on Bootham Row, just behind the shop.

For more info and ideas have a browse on to the website on take a look at Facebook and see what others have to say about us!

Rainbows Ceramics, 151-17 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW
T: 01904 675533


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Stockeld Park (Wetherby)

Open for February Fun, 10th – 18th February (10am – 5pm)

There’s so much to do at Stockeld Park throughout our February Fun season! Join us for adventure play in the Enchanted Forest, surprises in the Maze and fun on our Ice Rink. We’ve even got rainy days covered with our indoor play area, plus Crafts, Games & Building Fun in the Stockeld Rangers Den!!!
Plus February Special Events including Disco on Ice, Building Week and Kids Comedy Show
For an additional charge take a ride on an Electric Scooter!

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN
T: 01937 586333


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The Woodland Adventure Company

The Woodland Adventure Company run adventures every school holidays! There are many different adventures to choose from, all of which will provide your child/children with an unforgettable magical experience, as well as the added health benefits of being outdoors and connecting with nature.

Saturday 10th February, 1:30pm – Medieval Adventure for 3-7 year olds
Sunday 11th February, 10am – The Search for the Gruffalo’s Child for 2-4 year olds
Tuesday 13th February, 10am – Fairy and Elf gardens for 3-8 year olds
Tuesday 13th February, 1:30pm – Den building and fire lighting for 6-11 year olds
Thursday 15th February, 10am – New Adventure! The Enchanted Walk for 3-8 year olds
Friday 16th February, 10am – New Adventure! The Enchanted Walk for 3-8 year olds
Friday 16th February, 1:30pm – Bows and Arrows for 7-11 year olds.

Primrose Hill, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1AW
T: 07788713393 (Marie)


Creative Journeys for Kids

A Journey to China – Art & Craft Workshop. All children aged 5 to 12 years are welcome to join us at Bootham Junior School on Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th February 2018, where they will make art & craft creations inspired by China. Workshops run from 8.15am to 5pm & cost £35/day.

T: 07947350487 (Stacey)

Flamingo Land Winter Opening

Open daily from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

The zoo is open, aswell as the Peter Rabbit adventure (with meet & greet) and various playgrounds. There are additional attractions including the sea lion show, keeper talks & a small selection of rides.

Adults & Children Aged 4+ £10.50, Aged 3 and under – FREE

Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
T: 0800 40 888 40

Shadow puppet show and craft with Hoglets drama

Monday 12th Feb  10.30am – 11am at Clifton Library & 2pm – 2.30pm at Acomb Library
Wednesday 14th Feb 2pm – 2.30 pm at Wiggington Recreation Hall
Thursday 15th Feb 10.30am – 11am at York Explore Library & 2pm – 2.30pm at Tang Hall Library

Come and have some fun with your little Hoglets by joining Gemma from Hoglets Drama for a fun shadow puppet show and craft activity. £2 per child (booking essential at any York Explore Library or via phone). Suitable for ages 3-7.

T: 01904 552828

Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton Park – Be a Viking!

Monday 12th – Fri 16th Feb

You will get to dress as a Viking, learn how to use a spear and shield, and make a clay lamp to take home with you.
£5 a person lasting approx 1 1/2 hours (sensible outdoor clothing advised)

*Please note that the actual Farming Museum will not be open for this event. However the playground and the cafe will be.*

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966 (booking strongly recommended)