School Holidays York

May Half Term

May Half Term in York – Things to do with your kids. Events, activities, family days out, free things to do, childcare & clubs. It’s all covered – York Mumbler

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Half Term at the Zoo!

Celebrate BIAZA Love Your Zoo Week at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this half term.

Open 25th May – 2nd June inclusive.

Find out all about our amazing animals, learn about conservation and discover how we can help endangered creatures around the world. Find out all about BIAZA and what it takes to be a zookeeper.

– Animal Arts & Crafts
– Keeper Talks and Meet the Animals sessions
– Explore the beautiful arboretum
– Go wild in the play park

Open from 10am – 5pm (Last Entry 4pm)

Find out more at:

T: 01904 772270

Just on the outskirts of York with its leafy wilderness play area and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and you can discover its delights with the National Trust’s essential 50 things play list. Join us for a host of free, organised events:

Sunday 26th – Have fun with sticks anytime between 11am – 3pm on the south lawn.
Monday – Discover what’s in a pond at one of the drop-in sessions in the American Garden at 11.30am and 2pm.
Wednesday – Build a den in the American Garden undergrowth. Sign up to a session on the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Friday – Go cloud watching at one of the sessions at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm
Friday – Drop into a creative wild art session in the hayloft* anytime between 12 – 3pm
Sunday 2nd – Get to know a tree. Sign up to a session on the day at 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm with all the usual children’s activities around the gardens, over in the wilderness play area or in the hall.

* The hayloft is accessible by stairs only

For further details:
T: 01904 472027

Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm – Nature Week 2019

25th May – 2nd June 


Explorer Packs

Want to get out and about this May half term? Rewild your child the Castle Howard Explorer Packs.

Castle Howard’s children’s backpacks are full of fun activities to help your family discover nature at Castle Howard.
Become a mini explorer and head off on an adventure with bug hunting kits, mini binoculars, tree rubbing, explorer stickers and more.

Inside each pack you’ll find:
 The Castle Howard children’s book, full of puzzles and trails
 Activity sheets including I Spy, tree rubbing, bird spotting and bug hunting
 Garden bird ID guide and binoculars for bird watching
 Garden bugs and beasties ID guide, bug scoopers, bug pots and tweezers to help you on your bug hunt
 Crayons
 Castle Howard Explorer stickers

To hire your Explorer’s Pack simply ask at the Ticket Office on your next visit.
(Suitable for children aged 6+)

Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

Sat 25th May 2019 to Mon 27th May 2019

Castle Howard has a long history of holding traction engine rallies until the early 1980s and almost 40 years later Outdoor Shows Ltd and Castle Howard are jointly relaunching a traction engine rally on 25th and 26th May 2019!

Performing in the main arena will be the Stannage International Stunt Show, featuring the flaming high fall show, exploding coffin, motorbike stunts, car jumps and trick riding to name a few. This is an exciting, high octane show for the whole family to enjoy. The event will also feature the Scarborough Fair Collection which will be entertaining the crowds at various times over the three days with their stage show, featuring dancers, singers and musicians. This is a musical extravaganza not to be missed!

There will be a full programme of top steam fair attractions including tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercials. You will also find an array of trade stands, autojumble, craft and fine food marquee, old time and modern funfair, non-stop arena entertainment, catering outlets and a fully licensed bar.

Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

Return to Days Out We have loads of family friendly attractions, parks, days out ideas etc. in our year-round ‘Days Out’ area here.

Click on the image if you want to have a look around.

family walk There is nothing like getting outside for a bit of fresh air!

We’ve listed 50 great family friendly walks HERE – based on the distance from York so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to!

We let you know which are buggy friendly and dog friendly too as well as details on any costs, parking and how long (roughly) each one takes.

Happy Walking!


 It’s a classic great (Free!) thing to do with the kids and we have loads of great places to feed the ducks in York.

We’ve put them all on a blog HERE so take your pick – or make a full day of it and do a few! If you know of any more great duck feeding spots then let us know HERE and we can add them to the list.

Bring your little nature explorer for a scavenger hunt around the estate this half term holiday. Stick your nature finds to your paper as you go around – we can’t wait to see your masterpiece! Zoom through the play area on the zip wire and swing as high as you can on the swings. Paint with nature, make your own fluffy spring lamb decoration and see all the colourful wool in Swanley Grange. Make sure to say hello to the chickens and see what’s growing in the medieval vegetable garden there, too.

Be sure to pack a picnic to make the most of a full day out exploring the bluebell dappled pathways through the estate. Play hide and seek in every corner of the abbey and spot nesting birds in the cellarium. Follow the river all the way down to the water garden and see if you can spot coots nesting and the new ducklings and cygnets swimming around on the moon ponds.

There are wildlife walks to join, too. Have a go at pond dipping to see what lurks beneath the water’s surface. Come to see if you can spot the deer on a guided walk through Studley Royal park and become a true wildlife detective on the Minibeasts to Mammals guided family walk.

Round it all off with a lakeside ice cream and cup of tea overlooking the deer park. Every penny you spend on your day out goes back into looking after the estate for future families to enjoy, too!


Mansion HouseVenture behind the scenes of one of York’s best kept secrets this half term, and explore four floors of hidden corridors and grand halls at York Mansion House, the oldest official home of a Lord Mayor in the country!

With stories to discover at every turn, bring your little ones to walk in the footsteps of Georgian lords and ladies, dress up in their finery, unleash their creativity, and explore the incredible State Room. Then head down to the Georgian kitchen where delicious treats are made at 11:30 and 2:30 every day, or perhaps try whipping something up with our incredible digital cooking experience.

Grab an interactive guide on your way in, and be led on a journey through York’s past, with special facts, challenges, and stories for little eyes only! Don’t forget to look out for hidden extras in each room, and watch as history comes to life around you…

29th May – 2nd June / 10.30am – 4:30pm
£3.50 Children / £6.50 Adults / £17 Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children) / 50% discount for York residents

T: 01904 553663



This Half Term trot to Mother Shipton’s for a day of Unicorn magic and have a roarsome time searching for Dinosaur footprints. Unicorns and Dinosaurs are in the park, follow the adventure trail and you never know what you might find!

The park will be transformed, creating an engaging May Half Term event for all the family. 25th May to 2nd June, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).

See the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum. For discounted tickets book online

Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough


Half Term Holiday Fun

The half term holidays starts with a bang the Cowboys and Viking Event. (25th, 26th, 27th May) See what it is like to live in a Western Town, you may event see a gunfight! Wander through the reconstructed Viking Village talking to the people who live there.

Time to get the laundry done on Wash Day. (29th May) Fun for the whole family as you can help our curator washing clothes using a range of washing equipment from the museum collection. Some of the grandparents may have even used them before.

The holidays finish with the Join the Roman Army! event. (1st and 2nd June) We are looking for young people to see if they have what it takes to join the Roman Army. It will be a chance to have a go at activities usually only available to school groups.

The Derwent Valley Light Railway will be running passenger trains on the ¼ mile of track. (May 25th, 26th, 27th and June 2nd)

There is also a newly updated child friendly gallery, playground, pedal tractors, nature trail, animals, mini soft-play and more….

T: 01904489966


Parks & PlaygroundsWant a change of scenery from your local park? HERE are are some great parks and playgrounds in York for you to explore this school holidays.

Let us know HERE if you know a great one that you think we should include.


May-Hem Circus is back this May Half Term with unmissable fun for the entire family!

Roll up, roll up to the big top tent and be wowed by the amazing Fatt Matt! With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, it’s jaw-dropping entertainment every day over half term. We can’t wait!
So much fun! Tractor trailer rides, bouncing pillows, go karts, barrel rides, crazy golf, giant sandpit, and loads more. And of course, lots of cute animals to meet in the paddocks, the animal barn and piglet maternity ward!
Take a tractor & trailer ride to our amazing Bale Play Baaarn…with NEW slides, straw bale mountain, junior tractor drivers’ area, giant drop slide, rope swing and dig’n’play.
Are you ready to make furry, fluffy and fleecy friends this May Half Term? Get close to farmyard friends in the Animal Barn and join in petting & feeding sessions daily. Don’t forget to say hello to our alpacas Juno & Bandi and see adorable baby piglets in The Piglets Maternity Ward!

It’s unmissable fun for all the family!

To book discounted tickets online, go to

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.

T: 01904 499183


25 May – 2 June
‘Get Set, Grow’ May Half Term Family Fun including the Children’s Gardening Weekend

Families are being encouraged to get, set, grow at RHS Garden Harlow Carr in Harrogate during May half term. Enjoy a daily garden trail, storytelling with the Garden Detectives, indoor crafts and outdoor workshops. On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May, a range of fun activities for children will run from 11am to 4pm during the Children’s Gardening Weekend.

Kids of all ages can make their own birdfeeders, plant tomato seedlings and watch beekeeping demonstrations under the expert guidance of the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers Association. The zany Garden Detectives will also put on family-friendly stage shows throughout the day. Activities vary daily so make sure you check the website for full details. Normal garden admission applies.

RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, HARROGATE, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB



25th May – 2nd June 10am – 6pm

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

Did you think the age of dinosaurs was well and truly over? Think again! Enter through our Jurassic gates this Spring and prepare yourselves for a MONSTER day out because something ROAR-some is happening at Stockeld Park during May half term!

Take a walk through the Enchanted Forest but watch out… somewhere deep inside, dinosaurs are on the loose and we need your help to find them!

You can dig for fossils at our dig site and take part in our dino craft sessions with the Stockeld Rangers too!

Keep your wits about you during your visit because you never know when you might come face to face with our Raptor who will be roaming the park every day! He’s a curious creature and is looking forward to meeting you, so grab a selfie if you dare!

Our adventure playgrounds, boats, maze, skating rink and more will all be open for fun too!

Hunting Dinosaurs in the Enchanted Forest – daily
Walking with Dinosaurs – Get a selfie with the Stockeld Walking Raptor! – 25th & 26th May, 1st & 2nd June
Fossil Making with the Stockeld Rangers – daily
Dino craft with the Stockeld Rangers – daily

The Jurassic week event is included free with your day pass. Pre-book online for 10% discount off your day passes, and use the Mumbler code MUMYORK for an additional 10% off!! Click here to book

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


The award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family.

Animal Corner
The animal field is situated across from the Children’s play area. This gives children the opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat and even feed them. Bags of feed can be bought from the shop and a special feeding point has been designed in order to make sure the goats eat the food. Currently we have 2 Pygmy goats and chickens.

Children’s Play Area
The children’s play area is outside, situated next to the cafe garden, so you can supervise. There’s a wendy house, a mini digger, a tractor for them to enjoy pretending to drive and a fantastic climbing frame based around the agricultural theme.

You can do Pick your own – from the first strawberries of the summer in May to the last pumpkin in October.(phone to check availability).

Opening Hours
Farmshop: 9 – 6 Mon – Sun
Cafe: 9 – 5 Mon – Sun

Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
T: 01759 373023

25th May to 2nd June 2019.
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

Dive in and learn more about super shark senses this May half term! It’s sure to be sense-ational! Join us in the Endless Oceans Gallery at 11am and 3pm for our interactive shark senses work shop and discover the amazing senses that sharks have used to survive for over 450 million years. You can even try your hand at hunting for prey just like a shark too!

Visit Craft Corner from 10am to 4pm to make you own finger puppet, choose from a shark, stingray or sawfish and don’t forget to follow the sense-ational shark trail as you go round the aquarium to be in with the chance of winning a prize. Find out more about the Shark Trust #Move4Makos campaign and show your support for ending uncontrolled shark fishing by moving 1 mile. Our guides can give you some great ideas on how to do this when you get home.

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on our WEBSITE.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU)
T: 01482 381000.


With all of our usual indoor and outdoor fun – including rides, climbing frames, mini beach, ball park area, role play village and crafty corner – there’ll be plenty to enjoy whatever the weather!

The Web Adventure Park, Wigginton Road, York YO32 2RH
T: 01904 692221

Come and explore the 12 acre site!

NEW FOR 2019!

Complete our Quiz and enter it in our end of season draw with a chance to win 1 of 5 Season Passes for 2020

Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!

Willow Warren – play, run, hide!

Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own play den.

Timber trail, tiny tots trail, Maze, Giant games, Giant sand pit & Mud kitchen, Mini foot golf, Nature trail, Childrens quiz, Minature railway, Wildflowers, Nature ponds, Lavender, Distillery, Picnic areas, Tearoom, Plant sales and Shop.

Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.

Wolds Way Lavender, Wintringham, Malton, YO17 8HW

T: 01944 758641

The Anthony Shaw Collection: Children Curate

Anthony Shaw’s impressive collection of art was assembled over a 40-year period and is on long-term loan to York Art Gallery.

Anthony believes his collection looks best displayed in domestic spaces, allowing for dialogue between artists. Visitors to his intimate domestic display space are invited to imagine what it is like to live alongside a collection of art.

In this remarkable new display, Anthony invited 28 Year Six children from Burton Green Primary to become Guest Curators and create their own exhibition using his collection.

The children also made their own artwork in response as part of a series of workshops led by artist Susan Halls. This imaginative and surprising new work sits alongside the items that inspired their creation.

York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
T: 01904 687687


New exhibition for 2019: Museum of Broken Relationships
Just as Britain is set to break up with the European Union, York Castle Museum brings a collection of stories and symbolic possessions to the city which relate to the ways we fall out of love.

Other current exhibitions include:
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


York’s Chocolate Story is the place to be this May

Throughout May, the attraction has got your family covered as we are the ultimate trip for your little ones (or big ones.)

Take a fully interactive journey, unearthing fascinating chocolatey facts along the way. Travel back in time to uncover the secrets of Cocoa and why York is the city of Chocolate. Come along to the tour and try many different chocolates from over the decades with the experience of making your own chocolate lolly!

We are proud to showcase high quality chocolate makers and provide a unique selection of products from York, Yorkshire and the United Kingdom in our retail shop. Treat yourself to one of our delicious hot chocolates created with chocolate love in our café.

New to this year and not to be missed this May is our new exhibition that explores the history of the KitKat. Launched this spring, Breaking the Mould: The Story of KitKat® Exhibition uncovers the secrets behind the world’s most popular confectionery brand.

York’s Chocolate Story is an unforgettable experience for all the family with there being something for everyone.

Book your tickets today at

Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.

Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.

1-2 June 2019

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival.

From 1 – 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations, lectures and activities for all ages.

Please visit for a full programme of events.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures. Walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor; see the statue of Mars – the finest example of a Roman statue ever found in Britain; marvel at the marble head of Constantine and stand at the tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, Standard Bearer of the Ninth Legion. Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!

Yorkshire Museum, Museum Gardens, York, YO1 7FR
T: 01904 687687


Acklam Sports and Gymkhana

1st June 2019 9am onwards.

Lots of fun for the family, children’s races, a bucking bronco competition, sheep shearing demonstrations, pony events, face painting live entertainment, art competition and much more. You can find us at our Facebook page Acklam Sports and gymkhana.

Acklam Sports and Gymkhana YO179RG


Saturday 1st June
12.00pm – 17.00pm

Goodfest is Goodricke College’s annual family music festival featuring live music, food vans, face painting, hair braiding, tie-dye and many more family-friendly activities. This year the college also celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

Goodricke College, University of York, Heslington, YO10 5DD

National Railway Museum – Move Faster

25 May – 2 June 10am – 6pm

Discover the challenges of moving faster as you experiment with shapes, materials and magnets in our hands-on workshops and live shows which will get you using the science of streamlining to move and think in unexpected ways.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ
T: 03330 161 010

West Bank Park – Big Lunch

Sunday 2nd June 12 noon – 4pm

A bring and share picnic, with live music, story telling and outdoor games.
Please bring your own food and dishes to share, drinks (including plenty of water), picnic blankets and bunting to decorate the area – recycled and odd sock bunting welcome!

West Bank Park, Holgate, off Hamilton Drive and Acomb Road (YO24 4PJ)

Yorkshire Air Museum – Open Cockpits Day

Sunday 2nd June

A unique chance to climb aboard the Museum’s amazing collection of aircraft. So if you’ve ever wanted to climb aboard the Nimrod and experience her unique aroma, or sit inside a jet cockpit on top of an ejector seat, then this is your chance.

Yorkshire Air Museum, Halifax Way, Elvington, North Yorkshire YO41 4A
T: (0)1904 608595