School Holidays & Special Events York

May Half Term

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All Star Football Academy


Now available to book.

🗣 Early 🐦 offer 👍🏻👌🏻🤛🏻
👉🏻 Book in April 2018 and the cost of the standard day will be £10 (just £2 per hour) and the extended day £15 (just £1.57 per hour) !! 8 days to take advantage of this offer ❗️

We are open the following days:
Tuesday 29th May
Wednesday 30th May
Thursday 31st May
Friday 1st June

Location 📍👉🏻 Poppleton Junior FC, Millfield Lane, York, YO266NY

Opening hours:
⏰ Standard day 10am-3pm
⏰ Extended day 8am-5.30pm

Costs from 1st May 2018.
💷 £12 Standard Day
💷 £18 Extended Day

We accept bookings via the WEBSITE

Or you can book with Christian Fox on:
📱 07711871170

⚠️Only 16 spaces available on each of the standard and extended days⚠️

Come and see what we are all about. There will be plenty of fun activities and lots of games and tournaments.
All in a safe, professional, fun and inclusive environment.


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Beningbrough’s Spring Half-Term Play Week

Just on the outskirts of York with its leafy woodlands and magical walled garden, Beningbrough’s extensive gardens and parkland are packed with hidden corners waiting to be explored and what better way to discover its delights than with the National Trust’s essential 50 things play list. Join us for a host of free events during the half-term week:
Sun 27 May, 11am – 3pm – Build a (mini) raft
Mon 28 May and Sun 3 June, 1pm & 3pm – Find your way with a compass
Wed 30 May, 11.30am & 2.30pm – Hunt for bugs
Fri 1 June, 11.30am & 2.30pm – Discover what’s in a pond

We’re open every day over the week, 10.30am – 5pm, with all the usual children’s activities. Pick up a free explorer backpack and wander the paths looking for birds and bugs as you please. Little ones can keep up on one of the free bikes or trikes. Head over to the wilderness play area and hide out in a secret den or try the new barefoot walk, installed just last year. We’ve recently introduced a new café called the Brewhouse near the play area so it’s not too far to retreat for refreshments too.

For further details:
T: 01904 472027

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Castle Howard’s “The Tales of Beatrix Potter”

Gobbledigook Theatre and Frederick Warne & Co Limited will present ‘The Tales of Beatrix Potter,’ a fantastic interactive theatre production for all ages. With a national reputation for creating imaginative twists on classic family stories, they’ll bring show inspired by three of Potters favourite tales – The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan, The Tale of Samuel Whiskers and The Tale of Ginger and Pickles. Join Beatrix Potter and her characters on an adventure full of mischief and mayhem around Castle Howard’s iconic grounds.
‘the show is delightfully nostalgic but not dated. Instead it reminds you how wonderful it is to think like a child and to never forget what that felt like’ York Press on The Famous Five (2017 production by Gobbledigook).

Beatrix Potter’s animal friends will be taking up residence throughout the House as part of an indoor trail and the live characters from the show will be on hand for you to meet in the gardens before each performance. Plus, take part in an outdoor hunt around our very own ‘Mr McGregor’s’ walled garden.

Trail activities and show will run Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June.
The indoor and outdoor trails are included in standard admission price, free to members.

BEATRIX POTTER™ © Frederick Warne & Co., 2018. Frederick Warne & Co. is the owner of all rights, copyrights and trademarks in the Beatrix Potter character names and illustrations.

Castle Howard
The Estate Office
Castle Howard
York YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333

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Didi Rugby – May Half Term

Half Term Camp – Wednesday 30th May 9am- midday in Pocklington

Click on the poster for a closer view:

T: 07730 596663




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Energi Trampoline Park

Whatever the weather, our gigantic air conditioned, indoor arena will put huge smiles on your kids faces – treat them to an experience they’ll be talking about for days.

With trampolines, reflex games, basketball hoops, dodgeball arena, foampits, balance and agility challenges and a giant airbag to bounce onto, you cannot fail to impress the whole family.

3-7 Rose Avenue, York Business Park, York, YO26 6RU
T: 01904 360 500


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Fun Science May Half Term Holiday Clubs

Fun Science holiday workshops have experiments to watch and do, things to make and items to explode! Each day is run by highly trained Fun Scientists with enhanced DBS checks and first aid training and is jam-packed with experiments, games and crafts.
The club will run from 10am-3pm at Huntington Memorial Hall on Tuesday 29th and Haxby Oaken Grove Community Centre on Thursday 31st May. The days are perfect for children aged 6-12
Experience four seasons in one day as we create our own clouds, lightning and even snow! Join us as we learn about UV light, demonstrate how suncream works and pollinate our own model plants.
Huntington Memorial Hall, 46 Strensall Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9SH
Learn about gravity and the night sky as we make our own constellations, test out a pendulum, become astronauts in training (complete with space food) and launch rockets.
Oaken Grove Community Centre, Reid Park, Oaken Grove, Haxby, YO32 3QW
Prices per day: £19 per child/£15 sibling rate

For more details and bookings please email or call 07584 057445.


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Harlow Carr – Get Set Grow this May Half Term

26th May – 3rd June
There’s lots to do over May Half Term and our Children’s Gardening Weekend at Harlow Carr.

Pop along on Saturday 26 May and say ‘Ello!’ to CBBC’s Mr Bloom, who will launch RHS Garden Harlow Carr’s new Children’s Gardening Weekend (Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May), which is designed to inspire the gardeners of the future to grow. There’s the chance to see Mr Bloom perform live on stage, and three lucky children will get the chance to meet him in person (Saturday only).
During the weekend, kids big and small can take part in a range of activities from 11am to 3pm. Make your own Thumbelina-style rock garden, learn about bees with the Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers, or pot up your own sweet pea seeds to take home and enjoy all summer. Specialist plant societies will be in the garden inspiring the next generation to get growing at home.

See the website for the weekend timetable of children’s events and activities.

What’s on for the rest of the week:
Monday 28 May – Garden trail: Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30am–3pm
Tuesday 29 May – Garden trail: Garden Detectives: shows at 11am, 1pm & 3pm
Wednesday 30 May – Garden trail: Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30am–3.30pm
Thursday 31 May – Garden trail: Birds of prey with flying shows at 11am and 1pm.
Friday 1 June – Garden trail: Craft workshop: grow your own grass heads – 10.30am–3pm

Harlow Carr Gardens, Crag Ln, Harrogate HG3 1QB
T: 01423 565418

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Minskip Farm Shop – A Summer Salutation Fete!

Come and welcome summer with our happy hens!
Over 34 million eggs are eaten daily in the UK a year, but do you know how yours are produced? Bring your family down to Minskip Farm Shop near Boroughbridge this bank holiday (Monday 28h May 10-4pm) for their free Summer Salutation Fete, and find a unique opportunity as they open up their egg farm to the public. Hold a happy hen and ask Farmer Ben:
• What toy to buy a hen for Christmas
• What makes a golden yolk?
• Why are eggs the new superfood?
• And how to select the perfect poaching egg
Other activities will include good old fashioned English games: coconut shy, guess the weight of the pig, corn toss and egg and spoon races, as well as the more unorthodox feather fights and egg battles. Chow down on delicious wood-fired pizza from Knead ‘n’ Feed in Wetherby, explore the vegetable garden and welcome in summer with an ice cream from the farm shop!

Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, YO519HY

T: 01423329063


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Mother Shipton’s – Hansel & Gretel

Join Hansel and Gretel at Mother Shipton’s during May Half Term, as they journey through the woods trying to find their way home. Don’t be tempted to eat the house made of cakes and sweets, the wicked witch might see you!
Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure quiz sheet. Fun for all the family every day from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD
T: 01423 864600

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Piglets Adventure Farm – May-Hem Circus

Roll up roll up! From 26th May – 3rd June, be amazed at Piglets crazy May-Hem Circus this May half term.

With death defying stunts, upside down juggling and amazing acrobatics, all in the big top tent, it’s unmissable fun for the entire family. Get discounted tickets online at!

Step right up as the fun just keeps getting better! Take a tractor ride to the undercover Bale Play Baaarn with giant drop slides & straw bale mountain. If you’re feeling peckish, there’s even a heated seating area with delicious food from the Piggy Pizza Parlour or try a tasty treat in Truffle’s Trough.

Plus, don’t miss all the usual adventure farm fun, including Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides, magical fairy tale trail and go karts too. Plus see adorable animals plus get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward!

Tumble on down to Piglets Adventure Farm this May Half Term and enjoy an amazing family day out. Get your discounted tickets at

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.

For more information:

T: 01904 499183

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Poppleton Children’s Sports Day

Poppleton Children’s Sports Day is a fun day for all the family. It’s on Monday 28th May and starts at 12.30pm with Fancy Dress and Fancy Wheels (the theme for these is a celebration of Inspirational Icons and is open to anyone) and the May Queen Procession. This is followed by Maypole Dancing, Children’s Races, Stalls, Miniature Train, Food and Drink and lots of other activities. There are also handicrafts classes (open to anyone) and all entries need to be dropped off in All Saints Hall between 9 and 10am. Details of categories can be provided to those who would like them.
Contact our Facebook page with any questions.

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Rainbows Ceramics – May 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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The Deep – Love Your Aquarium

26th May to 3rd June, open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm)

Love your environment
Join us for fin-tastic family fun this May half term as we find ways to protect our local environment and the wildlife that calls it home. Plant your own wildflower seeds to take home for your own garden, get creative in craft corner, follow the save our seas trail and much more. There’s lots to keep your little ones entertained. Don’t miss our daily dive shows and touch pool sessions too!

Also during half term week on 2nd June: Shark Egg Case Hunt. Join us at Spurn Point for our second Egg Case Hunt of the year! Taking place along the East Coast, these free events are being delivered in partnership with the Shark Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in a bid to involve local people in shark conservation. Ideal for children aged 3 upwards, you can support marine life whilst enjoying a great day out. All participants are asked to wear suitable sturdy footwear. The event is expected to finish by 3pm. All under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to register your place please email

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 The Deep’s website.

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

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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.

Wednesday 30th May 10am – BogBabies for 2-6 years

Thursday 31st May 10am – The Enchanted Walk for 3-7 years.

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


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Web Adventure Park – May Half Term

A trip to the Web Adventure Park is a great idea – whatever the weather this May Half Term! We have an outdoor adventure play area which includes a mini beach and a fun water play area (you may want to bring a change of clothes!) for warmer days, as well as one of Yorkshire’s biggest indoor play areas. Open from 9.30am to 7pm, and until 8pm on Fridays, there’s plenty to see and do here for a few hours or the whole day.
New! Come and see the latest residents in our Animal Zone – two adorable lambs!
New! Web Adventure Pass We’ve just launched this new deal so that you can enjoy both Creepy Crawlies and the High Ropes Course on the same day! Adventure Passes are available for weekends and during school holidays and may be purchased in advance online or at reception on the day. Double the fun for just £12.50! Aged 7 and over.
New! Web Summer Kids Pass Take the opportunity now to buy a summer of fun for your child or children. A Web Summer Kids Pass gives 10 visits throughout the school summer holidays for just £40 – saving up to £35! Offer ends 30th June so don’t miss out.
New! Web Summer Camp A summer of exciting childcare throughout the school holidays for children up to 12 years. Find out more and book online on our website, ask reception when you visit or call us on 01904 692221.


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York City Football Club Foundation – May Holiday Courses

There are Range of courses available from Fun to Elite to girls only, and all can be booked as specific or full courses and are currently available for an ‘Early Bird’ price* of only £10 per day.
Courses start at 10am and finish 3pm but an extra hour can be booked for an additional £2 per day.

Dates and venues
* Tue May 29 – Fri June 1, Huntington School (Fun Course, ages 4-12)
* Tue May 29 – Fri June 1, Huntington School (Elite Course, ages 7-12)
* Tue May 29 – Wed May 30, Huntington School (Girls Course, ages 7-12)
* Tue May 29 – Fri June 1, York Sports Village (Fun Course, ages 4-12)
Advance booking is required via
More information needed:
T: 01904 559508
*’Early Bird’ prices apply Until 4.30pm on Monday, May 21, after which The standard price of £16 per day will apply.


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York Mumbler Children’s Activity Day – Free Entry

You are very welcome to join us at the York Mumbler Children’s Activity Day at the Mount School in York.

Entry is completely free as are the activities (We’re taking donations at various points for Bereaved Children Support York). Thanks to our sponsors Water Babies and all of the local companies taking part for making this possible!

We are really excited to announce that Water Babies will be running taster sessions through the day at the wonderful pool within the Mount School so if you want to test out their classes at the same time as having a great day out then get in touch with them to book in for your taster session on the day. These sessions will be very limited so please call 01904 607110 or e-mail to secure your place

Activities on the day will be suitable for babies and toddlers as well as primary school ages but everyone is welcome. York Mumbler and the activity providers want you all to have a fantastic day as well to see what brilliant classes, clubs and activities and party providers are on offer in this great city.

Schedule of events:

Activity Timetable No pre-booking required for these – just turn up in plenty of time!

We will have stalls & craft activities from some of the above too as well as Fun Science, Energi Trampoline Park, Bish, Bash Pot, Minifigs & Bricks, Relax Kids, Paper Planes & Daisy Chains, Ring-a-ding Parties, Usborne Books, Weighton Treats, Talking tots, York Army Museum, Mini First Aid, Footloose Shoes, Technology in Play and a photo booth from Boothomatic.

On top of all of this there will be some lovely goody bags for the first 300 families through the door.

We will be taking donations for Bereaved Children Support York at various locations on the day including for face painting.

Please note that children must be supervised at all times on the day and during the activity sessions. 


  • Parking & Travel There is LIMITED Parking is available at the Driffield Terrace entrance to the Mount School but we strongly advise you to get public transport or walk if you can. Many of the local buses run to Tadcaster road which is only a 2 minute walk from the venue. Buses include numbers 4, 12, 13, 14, 37, 840, 843, 845 and ZAP.
  • Refreshments There will be a selection of food and drink to purchase on the day including tea, coffee and cake as well as lunch options (including gluten free). You’re also welcome to bring your own food. Bring a picnic blanket too! NO ALCOHOL IS ALLOWED ON SITE.
  • Dogs – please note that dogs are not allowed on the grounds at all with the exception of guide dogs. Sorry, we love your furry kids but this is a day for the less hairy ones 🙂

It’s a totally free day but you MUST get tickets from EVENTBRITE  in advance as numbers are limited. 

Children must be supervised by their parents at ALL times – York Mumbler accepts to liability for the children on the day. 

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.
Also, Slime time 11am everyday.
Please call ahead to book as the pack ups will be prepared fresh each day.

64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL
T: 01904 654114

Eboracum Roman Festival

1st – 3rd June 2018

The sights, sounds and smells of Roman Eboracum come to life in York Museum Gardens. Alongside fighting displays and a Roman Living History camp showing domestic life, children will be able to meet Roman soldiers and take part in army drills. On Saturday and Sunday come and see the Roman Parades march through the streets of York.

York Museum Gardens & into York.

Energise Leisure Centre

With a great gym, 25 metre main pool, fitness classes, sports hall, climbing wall, events facilities, swimming lessons, children’s parties and cafe, there is something for everyone at Energise. Learn to swim with our Better Swim School programme or enrol on a course. Play a game of hockey, tennis or football or enjoy a netball match with like-minded people.

Cornlands Road, Acomb, York, YO24 3DX
T: 01904 403900

Get Out More Holiday Forest School

Thursday 31st May 10am- 3pm

For 5-11 year olds.
A fun packed day of den building, woodland crafts, wild games, imaginative play and a campfire at our forest school site in Acomb Woods, York.
We also have 2 day programmes running in Harrogate/Wetherby, Ilkley, Saltaire and Bingley.

T: 07896649773 (Julia)

Hoglets Drama at York Libraries

Create a Story with Hoglets Drama
Clifton Library – 30/05 (2pm – 2.30pm) York Explore 31/05 (2pm – 2.30) & Acomb Library 01/06 (10am – 10.30)
Create and illustrate your own story.
£2 per child. For 18months -4 years

Marionette Puppet Making with Hoglets Drama
Clifton Library 30/05 (3 – 3.30), York Explore 31/05 (3 – 3.30) & Acomb Explore 01/06 (11 -11.30)
A fun-filled afternoon of Puppet making.
£3 per child. For age 4-8 years

Booking essential. Book at any library or call 01904 552828

Murton Park Half Term

Come and have a go at making your own mini field of cress to take away and grow at home. Design your own scarecrow to keep those pesky birds away! This activity shall take place inside and will run from 10.30-12.30 and 1.30 till 3.30 on 29th May – 1st June.

25th – 28th May – we will have Vikings and Cowboys living on site.

Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Park, York, YO19 5UF
T: 01904 489966

National Railway Museum

26 May – 4 JuneDaily 10-4

Put your brains and hands to work this half term with free entry for the whole family.
Experiment with magnetic-powered travel, discover over 200 years of history in a whole new way with our new Treasure Hunters app, and imagine how you would build the railway of tomorrow.

National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ

Pocklington – Tennis & Multi-Sports Camp

Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June

Half day camp (9am-12noon) or full day camp (9am-4pm). The half day camp consists of tennis drills, activities and games, whilst the full day camp also includes team games. Early drop off and late pick up options available.

Pocklington Tennis Club.
T: 07772151545 (Sean Evans) for more info and bookings.

Pottery Workshops

Workshops Wednesday 30th May and Friday 1st June.10.00am to 3pm

Children 7 year plus, Cost £27 per workshop
T:01904 738541
or write to Ann Johnson at the following address:

Orchard House, Marston Lane, Moor Monkton, York, YO26 8JL

Revise it Right

Thursday 31st May

Revise it Right revision session for the English Language exams at the Ron Cooke Hub at the University of York. Tickets are £20 from Eventbrite. See our Facebook page reviseitright.

Shackleton’s Cat English Touring Opera

June 2nd – 3pm – 4pm

Singers, players, a puppet and an ingenious set combine to tell the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance, with survival against the odds. Suitable for age 6-adult £4 per person or a family ticket for 4 people for £15 booking essential. Book your place at any Explore York Library or by telephone 01904 552651.

The Jorvik Group

Barley Hall – Last Chance to See ‘Wolf Hall Comes to York’ Ends 31st May
Living History at the Hall – May 30, 2018 12 – 4.
Viking Centre – Discover the latest artefacts from our partner, the British Museum in the galleries of JORVIK Viking Centre.
Learn & discover at YourDIG: Tang Hall

Walk Cycle Festival Launch Party in Rowntree Park

Sunday, May 27 at 11 AM – 4 PM

The party will launch the Walk Cycle Festival 2018 – a week-long celebration of walking, cycling and York’s cultural and community life with rides and walks, social events and creative workshops. All free. Everyone welcome!

Rowntree Park, York, yo23 1jq

West Bank Park Friends Cafe

Sun 27th May 1pm-4pm

Join us in the bowling pavilion for drinks & cakes.

West Bank Park, Holgate, York, YO24 4NX

Wetwang Scarecrow Festival 2018



William’s Den – May Half Term

Super Hero Challenges – From 29th – 31st May.
Build a Den and help Save The Children – On 2nd & 3rd June
Mini Tanks At William’s Den June 1st 10-4 (additional cost applies)

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.
T: 01430 472230

York Dungeon SASH Takeover

May 31st 19.00 – 22.00

After last years success the SASH (safe and sound homes – preventing youth homelessness) young people are practising their scary faces for a repeat performance. The York Dungeon is offering a truly unique and exciting walkthrough experience that you see, hear, touch, smell and feel! Tickets are just £5 – please call 01904 652043.

Young Friends of Rowntree Park – Boat Making

Thursday, May 31st at 10 AM – 12 PM

Join the Young Friends of Rowntree Park (find us on FB to let us know you are coming) to make boats from recycled materials. We will be testing them out and be seeing which work!Best suited to 2-11 year olds. £1 members / £2 non-members. We will be located near the ‘Younger Friends Clubhouse’ underneath the cafe.

Rowntree Park, York, YO23 1JQ