School Summer Holidays in Lockdown 2020 – Things to do with your kids this Summer in York.
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Barley Hall is a stunning medieval town house, a true hidden gem of York tucked away off Stonegate.
Bring the kids to explore this fascinating 15th century home, where everyone is encouraged to sit on the chairs, handle the objects and immerse themselves in medieval life.
The Magic & Mystery exhibition has lots to captivate children and grown-ups alike – try on costumes, smell the ingredients of medieval potions, interpret your dreams and be amazed by the bubbling alchemist’s table.
Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
From the 3rd of June, the gardens, parkland, car park and toilets will be open. You must pre-book tickets before arrival with tickets being released every Friday.
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday – 11am-4:30pm
Saturday & Sunday – 10:30am-5pm
Just eight miles north of York is beautiful Beningbrough with its glorious gardens and sprawling parkland.
Further Summer holiday information tbc
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD
On the 4th July we will open our doors again to sit down painters. We will open our pretty yard to 6 painters from different households to sit together 2 meters apart and paint.
We have removed several tables inside the studio so we can continue to adhere to the 2 meter rule between households, because yours and our staffs safety is more important to us that profit.
Bookings are open now. You get 2 hours and our undivided attention.
For those of you who need or want to stay home we will continue to offer our online Shop and free delivery of our baskets. If your happy to come to the studio you can come and peruse our new fancy shelves of over 250 different shapes and build your basket to take away! Shop online HERE.
A day out with the kids at Castle Howard just became even more adventurous and intriguing. Now they can join into the treetops of Yorkshire’s newest adventure playground, Skelf Island.
For centuries the Skelves have inhabited a secret world, over the water from Castle Howard, causing mischief and mayhem high up in the trees, interacting with birds and protecting wildlife. Now they have become curious about the humans that visit and want to explore and play with them.
Ingenious treetop nest structures connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment will allow the Skelves to take young visitors on an adventure like no other.
Skelf Island is included in a gardens ticket.
Pre Booking require via the WEBSITE
Read the Mumbler Review HERE
Distance from York: 15 miles
Service Update: In line with Government guidance, we are planning on reopening for sightseeing cruises and self drive boat hire on Saturday 4th July 2020.
If you are planning to sail with us from the 4th of July 2020, you can find out about the new measures for social distancing pre-boarding, and whilst on board, along with our cleaning procedures and hygiene facilities supplied on board, by clicking here.
For all other cruises including our dining and party cruises, we are awaiting Government advice with regards to indoor hospitality venues reopening, and will update regarding future operation of this cruise then.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Use code MUMBLER20 for 20% off daytime sightseeing, early evening cruises and self drive boat hire between 4th-31st July.
Now open for prebook only. Visitors will be given disposable gloves and masks when unearthing artefacts as well as other safety measures in place.
From the creator of JORVIK Viking Centre comes a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!
“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.” The One Show’s Dan Snow
Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and VIctorian finds – so grab a trowel, dig up the clues and discover how people lived in the past! Once you’ve unearthed these exciting discoveries, an archaeologist is on hand to help you examine real life archaeological finds like animal bones, pieces of Roman house tiles and even a Viking-Age poo! Don’t worry, the excavation pits are filled with synthetic, mess-free mud, so there’s no need to bring a change of clothes.
St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
Staff at the attraction have been working very hard in the recent weeks to get the park to a high standard ready for a safe opening. The park is now open.
Now, Diggerland is pleased and proud to announce that all four UK-based digger parks are ‘Good To Go’ and have been awarded the ‘Visit Britain’ seal of approval.
Tourism in Britain has been greatly affected and so the Visit Britain tourism board introduced the new industry standard to help build confidence around tourism organisations in Britain and encourage the public to enjoy days out.
Visitors wishing to make a visit to Diggerland must now book their tickets in advance and should not visit if they are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms.
Diggerland have introduced various safety measures including social distancing, non-contact temperature checking for guests and staff members upon arrival, contactless payment options in the admissions, gift shop and food areas, take-away food options or advise to take a picnic. Guests are also advised to wash their hands regularly, use the hand sanitiser provided and wear face coverings especially for certain rides and drives. Diggerland however have had to close certain areas including the children’s soft play and Little Tikes play zones.
The number of visitors allowed into any Diggerland UK park has been considerably reduced to further assist with social distancing and ensure both customers and staff are kept as safe as possible.
A Diggerland representative said, “These are very difficult and unprecedented times indeed. We are following all guidelines set out by both the UK Government and the British tourism boards, as well as listening to our staff and customers’ demands. We believe now that we can deliver a safe and very enjoyable day out for our guests.”
Diggerland ask that any visitors read the Covid-19 statement via the Diggerland website, prior to making a visit.
Pre-book your Diggerland tickets – click here
Diggerland Yorkshire, Willowbridge Lane, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW
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.
The Great Yorkshire Maze is a brand-new attraction for all the family nestled in beautiful countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds.
We have a field full of fun with nine acres of maize plants and never-ending paths to explore in the Yorkshire Rose Maze, and for younger adventurers there’s the two-acre Scarecrow Mini-Maze.
The Vintage Funfair offers thrills for adults and children alike aboard the 1930s Speedway, Dodgems and Chair-o-plane, while the Hush Hush Train ride and Swing Boats will delight the little ones. Test your skills at the game stalls and win a prize every time!
For some competitive family fun and more prizes have a go at Football Darts, then enjoy live entertainment in our Big Top with a cuppa and cake, a Berry Best Ice Cream or a barbecued bite.
So, come and explore The Great Yorkshire Maze, just off the A64 in Sherburn, midway between Malton and Scarborough (YO17 8QL)! There’s a lot of fun to be had in the field!
The Great Yorkshire Maze will be open every day from 22 July to 6 September 2020, from 10am to 6pm with last admissions at 4.30pm.
Now open with pre-booked entry only and safety measures in place.
The Original Viking Encounter!
With an updated ride experience and state-of-the art galleries showcasing our unique collection of 1,000 year old artefacts, visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.
At JORVIK Viking Centre you are standing on the site which revealed some of the most astounding discoveries in modern archaeology. Your first experience at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig, with a fully immersive display taking you back to the 1970s.
Explore the Viking-Age City
Travel around 10th century York, experiencing what it was like living in the city. The sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.
Experience the Real Thing
Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from delicate earrings and socks to frying pans and padlocks and even a fossilised Viking poo!
Dig deeper into the Viking story of York using the latest in cutting-edge technology located throughout the centre and the opportunity to handle real artefacts whilst talking to our friendly Viking host
Ticket Prices (from 6th Jan 2020 – Subject to change)
Adult – £12.50
Child (5-16) – £8.50
Concessions – £10.50
Family 4 – £35.00
Family 5 – £40.00
Coppergate Centre, York, YO1 9WT
Sing Into Summer with Music & Movement in the Great Outdoors!
In-Person, socially distanced classes taught in small bubbles of 5 children with their carer, in Cath’s Garden in York (Heavy rain forecast? We’ll revert to Virtual via Zoom.) Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as numbers limited.
4-week themes in flexible age groups:
Baby/Wobbly Walkers (0-2s)
Wednesdays at 10.30am “Bluebird, Bluebird”
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26
Toddlers (rising 2s & 3s)
Fridays at 10.30am “Up in the Sky”
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Fridays at 2.00pm “In My Garden”
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Big Kids (4-6s)
Tuesdays at 10.30am
Aug 4, 11, 18, 25 “Giggles”
Mixed Age (0-6s)
Mondays at 10.30am “In My Garden”
Aug 10, 17, 24, 31
Mixed Age Catch-Up Classes (for enrolled families)
Saturdays at 10.30am
Aug 15, 29
Each theme includes a wonderful set of online materials to download and use as a family at home – your class music, lyrics, e-book, activities, parent resources – all for the reduced fee of £30.
**If space allows, single introductory classes may be offered to newcomers. (£5)**
Contact Cath to book your place and for more information about site arrangements & class policies.
Have you ever dreamt of stepping into an utterly enchanted realm? Deep in the captivating woodland of Mother Shipton’s, filled with fairy rings and secret doorways, pixies are waiting to play!
Tread carefully through the land of the woodland people and keep your eyes peeled as you follow the trail to see their tiny houses. Play in the Adventure Playground like real pixie folk, dance like a fluttering fairy and discover the secrets of forest folklore.
Mother Shipton’s is an outdoor attraction with continual movement of people through the mile-long park, with plenty of outdoor seating and space for visitors to enjoy a picnic; ice creams and hot drinks are also available.
Dogs are welcome in the park for a picturesque mile-long walk along the River Nidd. Toilets are open and safety measures, including signage and screens, are in place.
There’s something for everyone with the Cave, Petrifying Well, Adventure Playground and Museum & Gift Shop.
Open for pre-booked cars only. Time slots available from 9.30am to 3pm. Book online.
Picnics are welcome, ice creams and drinks are also available to purchase within the attraction.
Dogs are welcome everywhere except the adventure playground and must be kept on a lead.
There are three sets of steps in the attraction which are not wheelchair accessible and pushchairs must be parked at the bottom of these steps – we recommend bringing a sling.
See more info for visiting FAQ’s
As of Saturday 4th July the outside areas Murton Park, The Four Season Gallery and Playground will be open.
There will be a few changes to keep everyone safe:
Hand sanitiser points
Social distanced queuing
One- way system in Four Seasons Gallery
Café open Wednesday to Sunday (eating outside only)
One entrance to playground (to enable cleaning of hands)
No passenger trains
Murton Lane, Murton YO19 5UF
OPEN WITH RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE, lovely open air destination.
Join us at Northwood and enjoy the beautiful fairy trail in spring sunshine, the perfect combination of imagination and fresh air. Our fairy museum will also be showing an exhibition of spring fairies and have an additional scavenger trail of spring hares.
Northwood Trail is nestled in a 100 acre wood at Buttercrambe close to York and this delightful woodland fairy sanctuary is the first of its kind in the world. The eco-aware sanctuary is off grid and, quite uniquely, designed to appeal to adults as much as children. As well as a beautiful woodland trail, it also includes an intriguing Fairy Museum, to display what is believed to be the world’s largest collection of fairy artefacts, collected over many years by owners Carolyn and Christian.
Northwood is about fostering a connection to nature, at its most beautiful and magical. The woodland trail winds through 1.5km of old fairy paths, peppered with fairy tree houses, stump houses, a willow walled maze and Elven thrones. There is also a natural play area for smaller children and den building for older kids.
In keeping with the sustainable ethos, a stylish woodland kitchen will be serving organic teas and coffees as well as healthy and delicious local food.
Please note, as car parking is limited tickets are only available online, with pre allocated slots making for a calmer experience.
Buttercrambe Wood YO41 1AP
If you want to cool down and have a splash about then check out our blog with loads of great places you can go paddling or swimming outdoors in or near York HERE.
If you have anywhere to add then please just let us know HERE.
Park Bench Theatre brings live theatre back to York with an outdoor season of monologues for all ages in the city’s Rowntree Park from 12 August to 5 September.
The productions will be presented in carefully laid out and spacious gardens, allowing audiences to keep socially distanced from each other.
Teddy Bears’ Picnic, premiere inspired by the song and based on an original idea by Julian Butler. Co-created and performed by Cassie Vallance, co-created and directed by Matt Aston.
Every year Jo’s family used to have a big family gathering – a teddy bears’ picnic. It was brilliant. Then she got too old and too cool for that sort of thing. So she stopped going. But now she’s grown up … she wishes she could have them all over again.
Running time 30 mins approx. Suitable for everyone aged 3 and over. Audiences are invited to bring along their favourite teddy and a picnic.
11.30am & 1.30pm on 19-22, 27-29, 31 August & 1-5 September
First Love by Samuel Beckett
A man, a woman, a recollection. One of Samuel Beckett’s most masterful stories, First Love is awash with Beckett’s signature balancing of comedy and tragedy. Performed by Chris Hannon, directed by Matt Aston.
Running time 45 minutes approx. Contains very strong language.
Wed 12 – Sat 22 August, 7pm. 8 & 15 August, 4pm matinee.
Every Time a Bell Rings, premiere by Matt Aston.
Lockdown. Easter Sunday 2020. Cathy emerges from her own isolation and searches for solace on her favourite park bench in her favourite park. A touching, funny and poignant look at how the world is changing through these extraordinary times. Performed by Lisa Howard, directed by Tom Bellerby.
Contains very strong language. Running time 50 minutes approx.
Wed 19 Aug – Sat 5 Sept, 7pm. 22 Aug & 5 Sept, 4pm matinee
Tickets are unreserved and cost £10 for First Time and Every Time a Bell Rings, and £5 for Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
Want 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.
Open 1st August – 6th September
Piglets Adventure Farm are excited to welcome visitors back from 1st August, when they reopen for unmissable Summer Fun!
What will you do first? Visit The Beach to sit back and relax whilst your little piggies explore acres of sand and water fun, you can even hire your very own Beach Hut* for the day. Reach for the sky on the Bouncing Pillows, have a swing at crazy golf or meet lovable furry friends! Discover the Farmyard Trail to see adorable alpacas, cute curly tailed pigs and perfect ponies. Plus, get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky you might see one being born!
With 20 new fairies to find, don’t forget to follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail through the woods. Enjoy a well-earned refreshment, from fresh Sourdough Pizzas to the famous Piggy Poo Ice Cream in the Ice Cream Parlour, or why not pack a picnic?
Please Note: Due to government guidelines Piglets Adventure Farm will be reducing the amount of visitors on site. Tickets are limited and MUST be booked online in advance by visiting www.pigletsadventurefarm.com
Piglets Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm.
*Extra charge for booking a beach hut. Visit www.pigletsadventurefarm.com to find out more.
Piglets Adventure Farm is only 15mins from the centre of York on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.
Sherrie is offering Baby, Children and Adult Virtual Relaxation Classes via zoom.
Adults Relaxation Classes – Wednesdays at 8pm
Super Summer Adventures for 6-11 year olds – Wednesdays at 4pm
Weekly Summer Chill and Craft Zoom Sessions. Learn relaxation techniques and take some time out. £6 per session.
Session also available for younger children, teens and families.
Contact Sherrie on the e-mail address below to find out more and to join in!
Open for Summer 2020
Grounds, gardens and play areas all fully open. Car park and toilets open. Zoo and House both open with a one way system around them. Mumbler visited just before the summer school holidays started (read the review here), I was impressed with the measures they had in place for covid19. Lots of friendly staff on hand to help and ensure people were distancing.
Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.
Saturday 25th July to Sunday 13th September 2020
Sledmere maize maze and summer fun returns BIGGER and better for the 2020 summer holidays.
Come explore the 4 acres of maize maze. Can you help farmer Cob to find all of his missing farm machinery and save this years harvest.
Your Maize Maze ticket includes other summer fun activities in the paddocks such as mini golf, footpool and footgolf.
Additional charges apply and we ask for you to book your staggered arrival time prior to your visit online at www.sledmerehouse.com
Ticket prices are:
Adult Maize only Online Price – £5.00
Adult Maize On The Gate Price – £5.50
Child (3-16) Maize Online Price – £7.00
Child (3-16) Maize On The Gate – £7.50
You can also buy combined tickets to save money on entry into grounds, gardens, farm park and adventure play area.
Adult Combined Online Price – £12.00
Adult Combined On The Gate – £13.00
Child (3-16) Combined Online Price – £10.00
Child (3-16) On The Gate Price – £11.00
Friends members and under 3’s – Free
You can buy Sledmere friends membership online now for 12 months free entry and other offers and discounts.
We’d just like to let you know that we’ve achieved the official industry standard mark ‘Good to Go’ for visitors attractions to show that we are fully following the government guidelines to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
Sledmere House, Driffield, Yorkshire YO25 3XG.
18th July – 7th September 2020, 10am – 6pm
COVID-19 Update: Stockeld Park will re-open on the 18th July 2020. Capacity will be restricted in order to maintain the Government’s safety standards. Steps to ensure a COVID secure site – handwashing and sanitising stations have been installed throughout, and social distancing measures are in place. For more details on the opening click here.
Gold Card members will be given priority access to book tickets and if you had tickets booked for the Easter Adventure, you will be contacted with details on how to redeem these.
Stockeld Park is nature’s playground, where nothing is quite as it seems! With magical surprises at every turn, this is a place to spark even the wildest of imaginations! Our Park is home to an Enchanted Forest, adventure playgrounds galore, go karts and outdoor inflatables!
In order to stay in line with Government guidance, some facilities such as indoor play, the maze, boats and skate won’t be available, as we are unable to safely open these activities while adhering to social distancing measures. This is reflected in the reduced ticket price for the Summer Adventure
The indoor cafe will be closed but there will be outside catering (contactless payment only) and toilets.
Pre-booking of tickets required.
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, LS22 4AN.
This summer Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, which is produced by the Reading Agency, is going digital so that children can still take part even if libraries are not fully open!
The theme is fun, laughter and silliness.
Explore York Libraries and Archives will launch the Challenge on Friday 10th July. Parents will be able to sign their children up to the challenge through the Summer Reading Challenge page of Explore’s website HERE (This link will not be available until we launch the challenge but will take you to the Summer Reading Challenge website, which the Reading Agency are providing).
Children can borrow e-books and audio books to take part from Explore’s Overdrive, our e-lending platform. You will find information on how to join up to this on our website.
Children will be able to set how many books they wish to read for the challenge themselves and will get prizes as they go along. As well as this there will be games to play and activities to download.
Best of all it is free to take part.
As well as the Challenge Explore are going to have activities on our website that children can download or watch. Children will also be able to achieve their Arts Award Discover certificate by taking part in these activities as well as those of the Army Museum and York Museums Trust. They will find details of this on all our websites during the summer holiday period.
Explore York Libraries and Archives will launch the Challenge on Friday 10th July. You will be able to sign up to the challenge on the Summer Reading Challenge website, which the Reading Agency are providing. You can borrow e-books and audio books to take part from Explore’s Overdrive, our e-lending platform. You will find information on how to join up to this on our website.
The Balloon Tree is opens for PYO.
This year it is a matter of booking you “Picking Slots”. Days will be released slowly to control the number of pickers on site at anyone time and to ensure there are enough strawberries ready. As the fruit ripens, more and more will be released.
Booking page, with more details HERE
Watch FACEBOOK for updates
Currently, they have Gooseberries 🍈 and the King of the PYO, the quintessential sign of British Summer… the Strawberry 🍓 are available for PYO.
The café is now open again and you can enjoy some lovely treats from the shop before heading home.
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
We are excited to announce that we will be opening our doors to visitors again from Monday 27 July 2020!
We can’t wait to welcome all our visitors back to Hull’s amazing aquarium and enjoy a fin-tastic day With over 5000 animals, including spectacular sharks and rays, the UK’s only Green sawfish, hundreds of tropical fish, Loggerhead sea turtles and a colony of Gentoo penguins, there’s something for everyone.
The Deep crew have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure government guidelines are adhered to, offering a safe and clean environment for visitors to enjoy. Noticeable changes will include new opening times of 9am- 6pm (last entry 5pm), directional signage, hand sanitising stations and timed ticket slots which will require pre-booking on-line.
Please note, to avoid crowds gathering, the dive show, touchpool sessions and scheduled feed presentations will be suspended for now.
Find out more about our safety measures, what a visit with us will look like and how to book your time slot and tickets at www.thedeep.co.uk
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Summer dates 2020
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.
Tuesday 4th August – 10:30am, The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years
Wednesday 5th August – 10:30am, Elf Rockets for 2-6 years
Wednesday 5th August – 1:30pm, Dragon Rockets for 3-6 years
Thursday 6th August – 10:30am, Bogbabies for 2-6 years
Saturday 15th August – 10:30am, NEW Adventure – Dinosaurs for 2-6 years
Saturday 15th August – 1:30pm, NEW Adventure – Dinosaurs for 2-6 years
Wednesday 19th August – 10:30am, The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years
Wednesday 19th August – 1:30pm, Dragon Rockets for 3-6 years
Friday 21st August – 10:30am, NEW Adventure – Vikings for 3-8 years
Friday 21st August – 1:30pm, NEW Adventure – Vikings for 3-8 years
Tuesday 25th August – 10:30am, Medieval for 3-7 years
Tuesday 25th August – 1:30pm, NEW Adventure – Vikings for 3-8 years
Thursday 27th August – 10:30am, NEW Adventure – Dinosaurs for 2-6 years
Thursday 27th August – 1:30pm, NEW Adventure – Dinosaurs for 2-6 years
Tuesday 1st September – 10:30am, The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years
Wednesday 2nd September – 10:30am, Medieval for 3-7 years.
Please note: We have new measures in place in relation to Covid – 19, information about these measures can be found on the booking page of our website
Primrose Hill, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1AW
SUMMER CIRCUS CLUB 2020
Join us for a one of a kind, circus themed project – including jam packed activity kits and online zoom sessions! Take part in craft activities, circus skills, acting, costume design, storytelling and lots more!
This creative project is suitable for ages 7-12, however if your child falls outside of the age bracket then do let us know as we can offer a ‘kit only’ option (at a reduced rate).
Each week, your child will receive a unique activity kit posted directly to your door.
Each kit Includes
Every Friday afternoon we’ll also meet up on Zoom for games and more circus themed fun! We will also schedule a short comfort break in the middle – away from screens.
At a Glance:
Cost: £16 per week (3 weeks – 1 kit and 1 zoom session per week)
Zoom sessions every Friday 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Weekly activity kits posted to your door
Sibling discount available
Away for one of the weeks? Don’t worry, we’re happy to post to any UK address!
Come and take a walk with Woldie Willow, at Wolds Way Lavender and Nature Farm, for a day out all the family can enjoy together.
Help Woldie spot butterflies, birds and bees.
Discover his living games maze, foot golf, den building, timber trail and sand kitchen, miniature railway and more.
Set in 12 acres of lavender, wildflowers and woodland.
Book admission tickets online at www.woldswaylavender.co.uk
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead. Picnics allowed. Limited takeaway drinks/snacks/ice cream.
Open DAILY (10am – 5pm)
Wolds Way Lavender
Just of the A64
Reopening August 1st – Book tickets from 23rd July
York Art Gallery is inviting people to visit for free when it reopens its doors on August 1.
The charity York Museums Trust, which runs the gallery, hope that by removing admission charges there will be a higher number and increased diversity of visitors who will help support the gallery through donations and buying tickets for special exhibitions.
If successful, this new way of opening the gallery will allow the Trust to continue to offer free entry to its permanent collections, Centre of Ceramic Art and Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition throughout the year.
Initially the gallery will be free in support of the citywide Our Heroes Welcome Campaign.
From August 20, the permanent collections Centre of Ceramic Art and Aesthetica Art Prize will be free to all, while two new exhibitions, Views of York & Yorkshire and Your Art Gallery: Paintings Chosen By You will introduce a new paying concept of ‘pay as you feel’ with suggested amounts.
Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery. With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.
Opens August 1
York artist Karen Winship pays tribute to the tireless and selfless work of NHS workers in this moving exhibition of portraits created during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Views of York & Yorkshire
Opens August 20
Much-loved paintings and works on paper depicting York and the surrounding countryside will go on show in a new exhibition..
From August 1 the gallery will be open 11am-4pm, five days a week from Wednesdays to Sundays.
Visitors will need to book their free timed tickets online at www.yorkartgallery.org.uk where they can also find out about the new exhibitions and the changes we have made to ensure a safe and relaxing visit.
Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW
Reopening 1st August
Kirkgate and Cell Tour: Adult £12, Child £6.
Step back in time and take a stroll through Victorian York this summer as York Castle Museum invites you to join us on a guided tour of its world-famous recreated street Kirkgate. See the shops, sample the wares and hear all about its fascinating history from one of our experts. A second tour offers you a glimpse into life in the cells of York Castle Prison.
Fashion and Textiles Tour: Adult £18, Child £9
From caps to corsets, and from gowns to children’s clogs, every object has a story. Join Dr Faye Prior from York Castle Museum, as she introduces you to some of these fascinating stories while on a journey through 400 years of fashion.
Based in the Fashion gallery of Shaping the Body, the talk will reveal the hidden histories of some of the gorgeous garments on show. Although social distancing means we can’t handle the objects, you will be able to view some up close. There will be seating provided so you can choose whether to sit or stand.
The tours will take place from August 1 and then on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, between 11am and 3:30pm. To visit, book online.
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY
Free Summer 2020 Activities
Fun, engaging, multi activity sessions based in the local Parks giving participants the opportunity to blow off some steam and socialise with others again. Places will be limited to meet current government and FA guidelines as well as social distancing rules, Places MUST be booked in advance at https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/courses/york_city.html.
Young people 11 years of age and under must be supervised by a parent/carer or appropriate adult. Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear. A drink of water and fruit/snack bar will be provided.
Sessions taking place at:
Woodthorpe Green, YO24 2RU
Heslington Outgang, YO10 5DJ
George V Playing Field, YO318SF
These courses are funded by local Ward Committees so priority will be given to families living in the funding Ward.
Visit the website for dates and booking
Despite increased control measures we will endeavor to ensure your young person has a GREAT time whilst with us!
(Timings and dates will vary subject to park selected and age of child)
York Foot Golf is back! It’s simple, kick the ball into the hole in the lowest amount of shots to win! No football skills or previous experience needed so it’s accessible fun for the whole family! Suitable for anyone aged 6+
£25 Family (2 adults and upto 3 juniors)
NHS staff and their household play free (please bring ID)
There is no ball hire charge however we strongly recommend you bring your own football.
– Pre-booking only (pre-payment preferred)
– Clubhouse facilities and toilets remain closed
– Social distancing rules must be followed
– Footballs and scorecards sanitised (please bring pen/pencil)
– Tee time intervals increased to 15 minutes
– Each booking allocated a numbered parking space and should not arrive until 10 minutes before tee time
– Only 1 round per visit, we kindly ask you leave the premises immediately after your round
Call or book online!
York FootGolf, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XW
As a York Resident you can take in one of the world’s most-magnificent cathedrals – with stunning stained glass and architecture dating back nearly 2,000 years – for FREE with proof of address.
The wide open areas of the Minster offer a great chance to explore and learn on your day out and you can feel safe in the knowledge that they have the Visit England ‘Good To Go’ stamp of approval, showing they are following all health guidelines correctly.
Booking slots online is required for all at the moment – even with free admission. Please visit YorkMinster.org to select your day and timed slot now. Remember to have your proof of address with you on the day (this includes YorkCard, Drivers ID, Council Tax bill, York Student Card).
Charges for non-York residents are £11.50 for Adults/Seniors and £9 for students. All under 16s are free of charge all year round.
The building is currently open for sightseeing Mon-Sat: 11am-4pm, Sun: 12.30pm-2.30pm
All are welcome to daily services held at the Minster for free. See YorkMinster.org/Whats-On for service times.
York Minster, Deangate, York, YO1 7HH
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.
23rd – 25th August 2020
Join York Stage this August for our first ever socially distanced, outdoor performance, as we head into the depths of Rowntree Park to take over the Amphitheatre for three nights only!
With a live band and six sensational York Stage performers, this socially distanced outdoor event will provide you with the Musical Theatre fix you’ve been craving. With a programme filled with all of your favourite movie-musical songs; be prepared to be amazed as our vocalists perform songs from GREASE HAIRSPRAY, CATS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, CABARET, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN, WEST SIDE STORY and many more…
Under the expert guidance of York based Musical Director, JESSICA DOUGLAS, York Stage have brought together six of their performers who have all trained and worked professionally in musical theatre and have a wealth of West End, UK and international credits to their names.
Full details on how we are working to keep our event COVID-19 secure can be found on our website.
So come join us amongst the beautiful setting of the Rowntree Park Amphitheatre, sit back with your bubble and enjoy the show!
RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes with no interval.
PRICE: Bubble Blanket Space for 1-3 people £40 // Bubble Blanket Space for 4-6 people £65
Produced and Directed by NIK BRIGGS
Musical Director JESSICA DOUGLAS
Featuring ARAN MACRAE, EMILY RAMSDEN, ASHLEY STANDLAND, MAY TETHER, JOANNE THEAKER and RICHARD UPTON
Now open – prebooked entry only.
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is a small, friendly wildlife park. The park includes a range of awesome animals, from monkeys and meerkats to spiders and snakes.
The park is set in a beautiful arboretum, full of fascinating trees, and is a lovely place for a picnic in summer.
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
T: 01904 772270
Farm, wildlife sanctuary, café. Sandpit, bouncy castle and playhouse remain closed. Only 2 groups at a time with 15-minute slots to be booked with the Barn Staff. Please bring a face mask (unless you are exempt from wearing one) and gloves for feeding and handling the animals.
Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796
27.6.2020 – 6.9.2020
This is a free event organised by the Bootshop which is run by the charity United Response, maps are on their Facebook page and around Easingwold.
Easingwold YO61 3AE
Situated on the eastern outskirts of York, some 5 miles from the city centre, Breezy Knees features award winning gardens, a specialist perennial nursery and cafe.
Gardens – Open every day May 1st to September 30th
10.30am – 5.00pm
Breezy Knees Gardens, Common Lane, Warthill, YO19 5XS
T: 01904 488800
As well as a huge maze to navigate your way through, there is also football golf, sandpits, dog walking space, outdoor games and an animal pen. Open 10am until 5pm every day – Saturday 18th July until Sunday 6th September 2020.
The Easingwold Maize Maze, North Yorkshire, YO61 3NG
T: 01677 460337
Online summer school for August, livebakes, recorded ones and fun things to do…
£32 but use the code AUGBUN to get £4 off.
Visit the Facebook page to find out more: Mrs Bun the Baker
Open from Tuesday 4th August 2020
We can’t wait to welcome you back to the National Railway Museum.
We’re happy to announce that we will be reopening on Tuesday 4 August.
Staff across the Science Museum Group have been working hard to provide safe, clean spaces for you to enjoy the museum you know and love.
We are introducing free, timed ticketing to manage visitor numbers, in addition to guided routes around the museum to ensure you have a relaxed visit and can maintain social distancing.
Free tickets will be available on our website from 20 July at 10am. For more information about opening times, facilities and guidance on planning your visit, visit our website.
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
Great for rainy days! Fun for just you, or up to 6 friends and family at the same time. Play multiplayer together; or do your own thing and explore your virtual world. Check out our full games library on our website.
‘My 3 children loved it today. The owner is so friendly and spent time getting everyone sorted and explained how it all worked. Although it isn’t cheap, they do have a loyalty scheme and it’s definitely something new. Plenty of parking for free in Morrisons too. Do book though as there are only 6 machines soit’s easy to find it booked up.’
EB, May 19
‘The ‘Play It VR’ place in Acomb is great! They have a Fb page and website. Take a look 🙂’
NH, July 19
50A York Rd, York YO24 4LZ
T: 01904 373030
*COVID UPDATE* We are re opening to seated painters from 17th July! Further details TBC. In the meantime you can still get your creative fix with our Paint at Home Pottery! Collect from the studio and return in 1 week. Click on our Shop to order. This will also continue once we’re open.
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio, 15-17 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW
T: 01904 675533
Saturday Forest school/bushcraft session aimed at children aged 6-12. Two sessions running on Saturday at 10am-11.30am or 1-2.30pm.
Visit Friends of Rowntree Park on Facebook to prebook (essential)
From the team behind Thor’s Tipi comes their summer operation: Sól Ást. Situated in the gardens on The Principal York Hotel, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing summer drink alfresco as well as food from the Hog & Apple Food Co. Call for advanced bookings.
T: 07483 339119
Explore the artist in a new way with cutting-edge virtual projection 360 degree experience. Open daily from 10am to 6pm (last admissions 5pm). Tickets must be prebooked online.
York St Mary’s, Castlegate, YO1 9RN
T: 01904 501544
Reopened with restricted hours: 11am to 4pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
There will be a limit on the number of visitors, and staff, in the museum at a time and you can pre-book your visit online. There are handsanitizer stations at the museum entrance and exit, signage and social distancing measures are in place. There will be staff to assist you and there is a one-way route around the museum.
3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB
T: 01904 731532
Update: Shop now open. Attraction reopening 4th July 2020 (pre-book only)
Attraction open throughout July: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Wednesday – Sunday 9th – 12th
Wednesday – Sunday 16th onwards
Bring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Indulge yourselves in our café, with it’s delicious chocolate menu and shop from some of Britain’s finest confections stocked in our shop.
King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD
T: 01905 541441
The York Dungeon is now open 7 days a week, tour times from 11-4. Pre-booking your tickets is essential.
Introducing ‘The Jester’! The ultimate Dungeon rascal, full of tongue-in-cheek classic dark humour mixed together with the new Covid-secure rules of the York Dungeon.
12 Clifford Street, York
T: 01904 632599
Pre booking required with limited numbers available (book via their website)
Extensive measures in place for all to enjoy both a safe and rotten return to the Dungeon…. we may even have an additional surprise or 2!
Reopening 22nd July
Mansion House was built in 1732 as a home for the Lord Mayor of York. For little ones, treasure hunting awaits with hidden secrets to find, trails to follow and interactives in every room to bring history to life.
St. Helen’s Square, York YO1 9QL
T: 01904 553663
Indoor karting and racing simulation for all ages. Children from 4 can find their ‘racing feet’ in our fun, safe, electric F3 Racing karts. Older children from 8 years can experience our F2 Racing petrol karts and adults can race in our flagship F1 ‘PRO’ Racing fleet. Circuit exclusivity guaranteed for groups of just 5 people.
Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, YORK, YO32 9JS
T: 01904 673555
There are some fantastic courses for the whole family in the York Learning Summer Festival, so take a look and get yourself signed up. Join in whether you’re vacationing or staycationing – you just need WiFi. From photography to Tai Chi, there’s something for everyone. Find more at search.yorklearning.org.uk
T: 01904 552806
Yorkshire Activity Centre is the ultimate in outdoor adventure activities in the Yorkshire area. We offer the very best in archery, axe throwing, air rifle shooting, bushcraft, segways, quad biking and crossbow shooting. We provide the best activities at the best price.
Yorkshire Activity Centre and Clay Target Centre, Tinker Lane, Harwood Whin, Rufforth, York, YO23 3RR
T: 01904 264643
Distance from York: 6 miles
We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. We recommend that you take three or four hours over your visit to appreciate the Museum exhibits, the aircraft and vehicle displays that make up this historically accurate RAF Bomber Base.
Halifax Way, Elvington, York YO41 4AU
T: 01904 608595
Yorkshire Wildlife Park Roar and Snore Campsite
Escape to the great outdoors this Summer
Experience a traditional wild camping escape in the heart of nature at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Campers of all ages can enjoy an unforgettable fun family night (or two) under the stars. Get special rates for park tickets and book an after-hours safari tour.
T: (01302) 535057 ex 76