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A Summer in York Activity Sheet 2018

Only a week until the summer holidays and we know you’ve been asking about what is on – and the answer is LOADS!

You can see all of the summer holiday activities and events by going to our SUMMER HOLIDAY PAGE HERE.

If you want a simple plan for the summer, with a good mix of Free, Paid for and At home options then just download our summer holiday activity sheet by clicking on this link Summer Activities Ideas in York-2018.

You can see it below – we have one all filled out for you (with a few spaces for you to add in your favourite things) and also a blank version so you can plan your own fun summer.

Whatever you do, I hope you and the mini mumblers have fun and make the most of our wonderful city at this time of year!

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Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is an award winning attraction based at Askham Bryan College. Come and see animals from meerkats to monkeys, snakes to salamanders and chinchillas to cockatiels.

You can visit the college’s Animal Management department and see the beautiful animals in the woodlands of the college’s arboretum.
With a daily talks programme, trail sheets and craft activities there is plenty to do. The wildlife park has an outdoor play park, a café onsite and free parking.

Adults £6.95, Concession/Child £5.95, Child aged 2 and under FREE

T: 01904 772270

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

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Barley Hall – Summer 2018

A Flight into the Fanciful | August Bank Holiday
25th to 27th August 10am to 5pm | Included in Admission

Historic Barley Hall becomes the home of majestic winged creatures this weekend as we say goodbye to the summer with a series of activities related to how majestic birds of prey were tamed and utilised throughout the medieval period.
Join the Falconer as he takes you through the variety of uses these magnificent birds served during the Middle Ages as well as the chance for a special photo opportunity outside our beautiful medieval townhouse.

Magical Crafting
Be sure to explore the rest of the hall and get hands-on with history with some fun magic-inspired crafting activities for all the family, including wand-making, telescope construction and an opportunity to make your own charms. Pre-booking is recommended but not necessary. Crafting activities are charged separately.

Living History at the Hall
25th July, 8th August, 15th August, 22nd August, 29th August 12-4pm
Meet a member of our costumed volunteer team as they showcase serving life in the Hall in the late-medieval & early Tudor period.

Meet the Servants Day
1st August 11:00am – 4:00pm
Meet our volunteer Living History group as they bring-to-life serving life at the Hall with a costumed display of daily life in the late Medieval & early Tudor period.
See the Hall dressed for a feast, take part in activities and see demonstrations of a range of daily duties.

Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
T: 01904 615505


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Beningbrough’s Summer Days

There’s an exciting new addition to the wilderness play area ready for the summer holidays. Behold…a new 7m pyramid tower complete with climbing wall, two slides and 5m swing bridge. The trusty old fort had reached its life span but the tower will be fabulous fun for toddlers and teenagers alike.
During August we’ll be running Artrageous! craft activities in the Hayloft on Mondays and Wednesdays with inspiration from the ‘Making her mark – celebrating creative women’ exhibition in the Hall.
Meet up with Gizmo, Willow, Orville and the team from Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue on feathered friends Fridays. Learn more about these magnificent birds, have a hold and watch their majestic displays.
Don’t forget, we now have the Brew House near the play area for sandwiches, snacks, drinks and ice creams. Plus the new toilets will be ready for the holidays too.
Discover lots of new delights at Beningbrough this summer.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens
T: 01904 472027

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City Screen – Summer Matinees

Kids club continues to run every Saturday, with activities commencing at 10.30and the film starting at 11.15.

T: 0871 902 5747

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Didi Rugby Summer Holiday Sessions 2018

Didi rugby holiday sessions are running in Beverley and Pocklington during the summer and spaces are available to book now! During the sessions your little one will be coached a variety of rugby skills such as throwing, kicking and running with the ball as well as the core values of the game – Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship! We will be doing activities and games to promote active, healthy lifestyles whilst they make new friends, develop confidence and most importantly have some fun!!
Sessions are open to members (£10) and non-members (£20) aged 18mths to 6yrs; those 3yrs and above can be dropped off and collected at the end, younger children do need a grown up to stay with them. Children can wear whatever they are comfortable running around in as well as suncream and hat as we will be outside whenever possible. A drink is essential and please ensure they bring any snacks required too!

Pocklington Scout Hut
Aug 14, 15, 16, 28, 29, 30 9am to midday

Book online at
or contact Emma Cutress
T: 07730 596663


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Energi – Summer 2018

PrintRethink your next family day out at Energi Trampoline Park York.

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.

Book your slot on our WEBSITE


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Hoglets – Summer of Stories

The long hot summer is almost upon us, and as you all know Summer is the best time of year to go on an Adventure!
Join Mama Hoglet as she Journeys around the world on the tail of a giant whale, foils a plot to steal the crown jewels, leads a raiding mission on Mr. McGregor’s garden, hops aboard a flying pirate ship to catch stars and even rockets to the Moon.
Hoglets classes will be running through out the Summer holidays on a pay as you go basis,come to one week or come to them all it’s absolutely up to you.
But make sure you book a space as places are filling up fast.
We have an exciting array of stories to tell
W/C 30th July – The Snail and the Whales
W/C 6th August -What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday
W/C 13th August – Peter Rabbit
W/C 20th August – The Sleep Pirates – We will be reprising our sell out show from Easter as a one-woman storytelling Show with added pirate training camp
Tuesday 28th August – The First Hippo on the Moon.
All class times and venues can be found at

Every Monday
10am Babies (Birth – Walking) at The Micklegate SOCIAL
11am Toddlers (Walking-5’s) at The Micklegate SOCIAL
1PM Toddlers (Walking – 5’s ) at St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby (Starting 6th August )
2pm Babies (Birth – Walking) at St Mary’s Church Hall, Haxby (Starting 6th August )

Every Tuesday

9.15am Babies (birth – walking) at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.
10.00am Toddlers 1 (walking – 5 years) at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.
11.00am Toddlers 2 (walking – 5 years) at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.
1pm Toddlers (walking – 5 years) at The Avenue’s Children’s Centre
2pm Babies( Birth – Walking ) at The Avenues Children’s Centre

T: 07596 705171
To secure your place e-mail
We can’t wait to spend a Summer of Stories with you.

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Inclusive Music Project – Summer 2018

During August Accessible Arts & Media and York Mediale will hold accessible workshops as part of the IMPs (Inclusive Music Projects) programme. The workshops welcome disabled and non-disabled young people.
Workshop dates and times
Come along to one or two sessions or all three!

Workshop 1: Hack Camp Wednesday 15th August, York Explore, Library Square, YO1 7DS Play around with circuits, sound effects and synthesisers to create new instruments and new pieces of music. 5-10 year olds 10am-12pm, 11-25 year olds 1pm-3pm.

Workshop 2: Dance & Film Wednesday 22nd August, York St John University. Take part in a fully accessible dance and film workshop led by dance organization Creative Humans ( 5-10 year olds 10am-12pm, 11-25 year olds 1pm-3pm.

Workshop 3: Virtual Reality Wednesday 29th August, University of York, Ron Cooke hub, Heslington East Campus. Visit the audio lab at University of York to experiment with new sound technologies and have a go in a 360-degree interactive sound and visual space. 5-10 year olds 10am-12pm, 11-25 year olds 1pm-3pm.

Age ranges for all our sessions are just a guide, siblings of other ages are always welcome. Cost: £5 per session (subsidised places available, please ask) For further information or to make a booking please contact Cathy on 01904 626965 or email

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Mother Shipton’s Cave – Robin Hood Summer Adventure

Robin Hood will be in the park during the summer holidays, perhaps there is a champion archer amongst you. Defeat the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and help unite Maid Marion with her true love.
As you walk through magical woodland props and characters will bring the legend alive. 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 Saturday 21st July to Friday 31st August, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). 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 Shipton’s Cave, Harrogate Road, High Bridge, Knaresborough,HG5 8DD
T: 01423 864600


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Murton Park Summer 2018

Historical Family Activities throughout the Summer Holidays
See the tractors and animals, play in the sandpit and new soft
play area for under 5’s, find the Trolls instruments and Fairy Garden
Take a train ride on the Blackberry Line
DVLRS will be running trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday.

Bank Holiday Weekend 25th – 27th August
The Trailblazers our resident western re-enactors will be transforming the fort into a Western Town – meet the cowboys and be ready for a shoot out!

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


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My Baby Can Dance – Summer Classes

Our “pay as you go” summer classes are open to everyone! My Baby Can Dance wigglers from the past and current families , siblings and those simply looking for some fun over the holidays! You can go to as many as you want to

£5 per class, siblings half price if joining in. Places are strictly limited and need booking in advance.

Message Katherine on 07714210814 or

DRINGHOUSES- Monday 30/7 & 13/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 10.30-11.15
-Newborn Can Dance (birth to 1) 11.30-12.15

BISHOPTHORPE- Friday 3/8 & 24/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 10-10.45
-Newborn Can Dance (birth to 1) 11-11-45

CLIFTON MOOR- Wednesday 1/8 &29/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 9.30-10.15

EASINGWOLD- Thursday 2/8 & 23/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 9.30-10.15

RAWCLIFFE- Saturday 4/8, 11/8 & 25/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 10.30-11.15

NEW EARSWICK- Thursday 9/8
-My Baby Can Dance (1-4) 10.30-11.15

My Baby Can Dance is a fabulous movement to music class following the early learning development stages for your little ones. It is truly magical watching the children blossom.

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National Railway Museum – Summer 2018

Come rain or shine, join us over the summer holidays for a grand day out like no other. Put your heads together, unlock your inner engineers and conquer our hands-on challenges in our Activity Zone every day. We’ll spark your curiosity in our interactive live science shows every weekday, whether we’re journeying underground or speeding up to over 700mph. Feeling super creative? Bring your own inventions to life in our Engineering Hub hosted by Technology in Play, 11:00-15:00 every Wednesday throughout the holiday. Our challenges and shows change each week, so check our timetable below to see what’s in store for your visit.

Step aboard our steam rides, miniature railway and Mallard experience to get a taste for the railways, before tasting our delicious sweet treats, snacks and hot meals in our restaurant or café. Discover the secrets of the steam engine that started it all, in our daily Stephenson’s Rocket workshop.

There’s so much more you won’t want to miss, like seeing our turntable in action twice a day, so make sure you pick up a copy of Today’s Events when you arrive.

See the WEBSITE for all the different events and timings.

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
T: 03330161010

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Piglet’s Adventure Farm – Summer 2018

Unmissable Summer family fun is back at Piglets Adventure Farm from 21st July – 3rd September!

All included in entry, boogie on down with bigger and better Foam Parties, explore the Maize Maze challenge, watch hilarious Pig Racing and follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail. Plus, get ready to be entertained with Fatt Matt’s Circus and The Magic Hatter’s summertime silliness. There’s stacks of indoor and outdoor fun and lots of adorable animal activities too, you won’t want to miss it!

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 499183

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Rainbows Ceramics – Summer 2018

Open Daily
Rainbows is an award winning Paint-Your-Own Pottery Studio situated in the heart of the beautiful historic City of York. We offer a fun and relaxing environment for people of all ages to come and express their creativity. We have a large selection of ceramics, vibrant paint colours and all the tools you need to help you create your own unique work of art. We only take bookings for groups of 6+ or parties, otherwise please just turn up and feel free to stay for as long as you like. We have a selection of hot & cold drinks and snacks. Once finished your item will then be ready to collect in 1 week after it has been glazed and fired, 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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Relax Kids ‘Craft and Relax’ Summer Sessions

Relaxation and craft session for children to pick up tips and techniques to manage emotions and enjoy relaxation! Includes breathing exercise, yoga based stretches, self massage and a lovely lie down and listen to visualisation at the end. Also includes crafts such as calm jars, vision boards, sun catchers & affirmation stones. For children aged 5-11

Sessions running:-
Thursday 2nd August, 10.30-12
Costa Coffee- Haxby

Thursday 9th August, 10.30-12
Costa Coffee, Haxby

Thursday 16th August, 11-12.30
Poppleton Community Centre

Thursday 23rd August, 11- 12.30
Poppleton Community Centre

£7 a child.
Contact Sherrie to book a place. Parents can stay if they wish or can go to the adjoining cafes in both venues for a coffee.

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Rievaulx Abbey

Stories and Sword School
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th & Monday 27th August
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September

Join us this summer as our performer runs fun activities for children. The monk in residence will share stories from life at the abbey and encourage young visitors to test their skills in Sword School.

Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
T: 0370 333 1181

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Scarborough Castle – Summer 2018

Hands on History: Knights & Princesses
Sat 21 Jul – Sun 2 Sep 2018, everyday EXCEPT event weekends
Join the Hands on History Crew at Scarborough Castle this summer holiday and enjoy family-friendly Knights and Princesses activities every day.

Tournament: Joust and Melee at Scarborough Castle (Online tickets)
Sat 11 Aug – Sun 12 Aug 2018
Jousting goes back to its roots in this no-holds-barred contest of strength, skill and horsemanship. Marvel at the power of our four daring knights as they battle it out in this authentic 13th century competition. It’s every man for himself as, with only chainmail and a lance for protection, they compete for victory.

Wartime Weekend
Sat 28 – Sun 29 Jul 2018
Remember Scarborough! Discover history from both World Wars at Scarborough Castle this weekend.
Learn about the 1914 bombardment of the castle and experience living history. Children will be able to take part in interactive activities too.

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY
T: 01723 372451

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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre


Situated beside the iconic York landmark of Clifford’s Tower, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre combines state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of an Elizabethan theatre. It houses and audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.

Four of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, across the genres, will be performed in repertory by two companies of actors during the 10-week season:

• A tragedy – Macbeth
• A comedy – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
• A tragic love story – Romeo and Juliet
• A history – Richard III

What a fantastic introduction to arguably some of the finest works in the English Language. Productions are suitable for those aged 10 and above, at parent/guardian’s discretion. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Babes in arms will not be permitted in the theatre. Over 3,000 schoolchildren will watch a production at the theatre for free at a series of special schools’ performances, courtesy of the Rose Bursary Scheme.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA
Tickets from £12.50
For full performance schedule and prices please visit

Booking Information
Book online
By phone 0844 844 0444
Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.
Booking/delivery fees apply
Tickets available from:
York Theatre Royal
Book online
By phone 01904 623 568
In person St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
Booking/delivery fees apply
Tickets can also be purchased at Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre box office situated within Shakespeare’s Village, from 11am until 8pm daily. Booking and delivery fees do not apply to these ticket prices.

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Sheriff Alpaca Walking Experience

Meet the Alpaca Days
Monday 6th August – Timeslots, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
Monday 20th August – Timeslots 10am, 1pm, 3pm
Meet the Alpacas
Learn about there amazing fleece qualities
Meet the newly born Cria (baby alpaca)
Rummage through some fleeces
Get chance to handle an Alpaca
Adults £7.50
Child £5.00
Under 3s Free
Places must be booked & paid for in advance via email to
– payment via Paypal –
Fresh organic produce will also be available to buy from our Veg Barn on the day (open Tues – Fri 10am-4pm all summer so do pop in) so please bring change if you would like to purchase some goodies!

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Sing & Sign – Summer 2018

Themed Summer Special Sessions, open to all those with babies under 2, whether you have signed with your baby previously or not.

Tuesday, 24th July – Belfrey Hall – Under The Sea
Friday, 17th August – Shipton-By-Beningbrough Community Centre – Fun In The Garden
Monday, 20th August – Fulford Social Hall – The Beach
Friday, 31st August – Acomb Methodist Church – Nursery Rhymes

T: 07811 651720

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St Nicks – Nature Explorers

Mon – Wed 1-4pm throughout August (no session Bank Holiday Mon 27th Aug)

Discover the wonders of nature through a variety of hands-on activities for 4-14 year olds. Have a go at pond dipping, minibeast hunts, den building, nature-based crafts and more! Stay for the whole session, or come for just an hour or two. Children must be accompanied; parental or guardian consent is required for all children.

Entry: free, you will be asked to register at the first session. These sessions are kindly supported by York Playspace Summer Playschemes.

Sun 5th August 2-6pm Meadow Keepers Fair – Come join us a St Nicks Meadow (by the play area) for fun activities and refreshment. Try our pollinator inspired cakes, wildflower seed bombing challenge, scarecrow making and much more! Free entry; all ages welcome. Just turn up for some or all of the day!

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, YO10 3ST.
T: 01904 411821


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The Deep – Slime Time

It’s all about slime this summer at The Deep from 21 July to 2 September. Join us at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for ‘The Slime Show’ where your little scientists can help with exciting experiments as we explore which animals use slime in their everyday lives. There’s props galore, and of course, lots of gooey green stuff. And if that’s not enough, you can even make your own pot of slime (12-4pm) to take home for just £1 – the question is, what colour will yours be? Don’t forget to take a picture at the mad scientist photo board too and share it with us at #thedeephull.

Runs 21st July to 2nd September.
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.

Visit The Deep’s website here for full details.

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

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The Web Adventure Park – Summer 2018

Monday 23 July to Sunday 2 September

We’re open every day for fun and adventure for families of all ages. This summer you can have even more thrills when you buy the new The Adventure Pass, giving all area access to the park as well as the challenges of the Wired High Ropes course. Purchase online in advance or on reception when you visit for just £12.50 per child or adult!
Our new Web Summer Camp runs throughout the holidays with awesome activities for 0 to 12 year olds (see our listing under School Holiday Care and Clubs or visit our website for more information).
Visitors can make friends with the chipmunks (and more!) in the Animal Zone, splash in the water play park and build castles and damns on the mini-beach outdoors. Older children can ride on the exciting electric quad bikes and go carts whilst toddlers have their very own course with push and pedal tricycles. There’s plenty of play equipment and seating in the landscaped gardens for all to enjoy outdoors.
Inside Yorkshire’s largest soft play centre there’s baby and toddler play areas, an astro slide, an impressive role play village, ball cannons a huge play frame for the over 5s and more. With a great value menu for little ones to adults, you’ll want to stay longer, whatever the weather!

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

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The Woodland Adventure Company – Summer 2018

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 8th August – 10am – The enchanted walk for 3-6 years.

Thursday 9th August – 10am – The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years.
Thursday 9th August – 1:00pm – A medieval adventure for 3-7 years.

Saturday 11th August – 10am – Fairy houses, potions and magic wands for 2-6 years.
Saturday 11th August – 1pm – Bow and arrow making for 7-11 years.

Monday 13th August – 10am – Bogbabies for 2-6 years.

Wednesday 15th August – 10am – Fairy and Elf gardens for 3-8 years.

Friday 17th August – 10am – Den building and fire lighting for 6-11 years.

Friday 24th August – 10am – Dragon fire rockets and swords for 3-6 years.
Friday 24th August – 1pm – Den building and fire lighting for 6-11 years.

Tuesday 28th August – 1:30pm – Elf Rockets with pizza for 2-6 years.

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


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Whitby Abbey – Summer 2018

Sat 25 – Mon 27 Aug 2018
Come and face our marauding vikings as they continue their wave of terror along the north east coast. Explore their encampment and see spectacular displays of combat. Hear tales of daring conquests, and learn about the weapons and skills which made the vikings feared throughout Europe. There will even be a chance for your young warriors to learn some battle skills and take part in their own viking skirmish!

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th August
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th August
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September

Think you know the story of Dracula? Think again. To truly understand Bram Stoker’s gothic icon, you need to watch his tale performed live in the setting of the writer’s inspiration, Whitby Abbey. Take in the gothic splendour of one of the most atmospheric abbeys in England, as three actors bring the famous story of Dracula to life before your eyes. Move throughout the abbey with the high-energy actors as the story unfolds. Promenade performances suitable for all the family.

Hands on History : Ahoy
Monday 23rd July to Monday 3rd September – every day EXCEPT event weekends.
Hear tales from life at sea, including Whitby’s most famous seafaring captain James Cook. Have a go at sea themed crafts and learn navigational skills to help you get home after a great day at the abbey.

Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
T: 01947 603568

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Wild Things Family Forest School – Summer Holiday Sessions

The fun and adventures don’t have to stop in holiday time!
The summer holidays will soon be here. The regular sessions won’t be running but instead Wild Things are running family sessions (aged 18 months to 11 years) on the following days:

Monday 13th August
10.15-11.30am – woodland crafts
1.15-2.30pm – fire starters
Friday 17th August
10.15-11.30am – great big bug hunt
1.15-2.30pm – den building
Monday 20th August
10.15-11.30am – campfire cooking
1.15-2.30pm – den building
Friday 24th August
10.15-11.30am – fairy gardens
1.15-2.30pm – using tools
Wednesday 29th August
10.15-11.30am – great big bug hunt
1.15-2.30pm – campfire cooking

There will also be a range of self-exploratory activities to inspire outdoor play and learning and a focused activity for those children that want to learn a new skill, learn something new about nature or be creative.
An adult carer is needed to stay and join in the fun! All sessions run from Wild Things’ site at Millthorpe School. Prices vary; please check the online booking for individual prices.
Booking is essential. For more information contact Emma at or visit our:

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Williams Den

Distance from York – 27 Miles

William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.

Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.

Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pics.

For more information please call 01430 472230 or email Or you can find more info and book tickets on their website here. 

Check out the Mumbler Review here for more info and pics.

“Just wanted to recommend William’s Den adventure play in North Cave. It’s brand new and we took our 4 yr old and 2yr old yesterday. Gorgeous outdoor views and fab activities including building stick dens, tunnels, tyre swings sand and slides. And then indoors a real adventure with sand, water, climbing and soft play. With a lovely cafe that has a big pizza oven so the kids could watch them being made, spun and cooked which they thought was great fun. Open until 7pm at weekend So we could go back and play after tea. If I wasn’t a preggo I would have treated myself to a cold glass of wine at this point! The facilities are really thoughtful, the toilets are spacious with double toilet cubicles. We had a fab afternoon and the kids are desperate to go back!”

Mumbler JC, July 17

“We’ve been today, me and my 22 month old. Had a fabulous day definitely worth a trip we’ll be going back. There’s an inside play area all built from wood some bits easy enough for my little one to do on her own other bits she needed a little help (sand pit area to play in and also water area) plus a large outside play area with different equipment tunnels mud kitchens and another large sand pit area.Picnic area is lovely but there is a little cafe if you prefer. All the facilities are lovely and clean. Perfect for a dry day maybe not so great if it’s a full on rainy day. Definitely take a change of clothes as we found out today near enough every child there wanted to play under the water shower!”

Mumbler EE, July 17

William’s Den , Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS.

T: 01430 472230

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York Art Gallery – Summer 2018

Pick a favourite: make a wish
Wednesday 1st August – Friday 31st August
Inspired by the Friends of York Art Gallery and 70 years of Giving Art exhibition choose and draw our favourite artwork in the display. Add your ideas and
suggestions for new artworks for the gallery to the ‘wish-list wall’ in the Studio. No need to book. Included with gallery entry. Your drawing can earn you an Arts Award sticker.
11-1pm and 2-4pm

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


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York Big Sing

York Arts Education, in partnership with York Explore Libraries, is starting an exciting new project in 2018 called York Big Sing, a series of open, free community singing sessions in different locations around York.

The aim of York Big Sing is simple: to bring as many people together as we can from across the city of different ages and backgrounds, and get them singing together in harmony. We especially want young people and children involved, so we can have different generations making music together.

York Big Sing is totally inclusive; there’s no need to be able to read music, as everything we sing will be learnt by ear. The sessions will be run by York based composer, sound artist and choir leader Dr Jon Hughes.


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York Castle Museum – Summer 2018

Streets Alive – Up Our Street
During the holidays, Kirkgate, Castle Museum’s Victorian Street will come alive, transporting visitors to a bygone age. Who will you meet ‘Up Our Street?’ Perhaps Dolly White the washerwoman, never short of gossip and chores who might welcome help with all her washing. Look out for all our characters across the Summer and get involved in their daily lives.
Daily, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Explore at Castle
Explore a variety of aspects of life during WW1 through self-guided activities such as Semaphore (visual signalling using flags), try your First Aid skills on teddy bears and design your own campaign poster.
Daily (apart from Monday 6th and Friday 17th of August), 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm
When the World Changed Forever Trail
Follow our trail finding letters and objects in the 1914 exhibition. Discover them all for a sticker reward.
50p per trail with reward sticker.
Daily, 21st July-2nd September

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


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York Explore Libraries – Summer 2018

Explore York Libraries and Archives have pranks and fun with the Summer Reading Challenge “Mischief Makers”, produced by the Reading Agency, celebrating 80 years of The Beano.

We invite children aged 5 and over to hunt for Beanotown’s famous hidden treasure. You get prizes and stickers to help you on the hunt. Beware! some are extra stinky. When you have read 6 books you will get a medal and certificate. Sign up at any Explore York Library between now and 15th September.
Completing means you will be invited to a celebration event at The Centre@Burnholme on Saturday 13th October for more activities.

We are not leaving the under 5s out. Sign up collect a sticker for each book you read. When you have 6 stickers we will give you a certificate.

We also have lots of events to come and be part of. You can find all the details on our Upcoming Events – Explore York. You can pick up a brochure from one of our libraries or use the Summer Reading Challenge PDF

You can book in person at any library or phone 01904 552828 to reserve a place. Please note that places are limited so unless it says “drop in” booking is advised.

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York Food Poverty Alliance

Looking for free or low-cost meals during the school holidays? There’s food available from 23rd July to 31st August in York — no referrals needed, just turn up!

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York Maze Summer 2018

For an amazing family day out this summer get lost at York Maze, home to Europe’s biggest maze, and winner of many awards including the Visit York Family Friendly Experience of the Year and Yorkshire’s Best Tourism Experience.

York Maze is a complete day out with over 20 rides, attractions and shows, including the Crowmania ride, Corn Snake Tower Slides and Kernel Kernel’s House of Cornfusion where rooms magically begin to shrink, fall over, and even turn upside down. New for 2018 scale new height on the Volcorno and watch the new ‘Get Lost!’ family show. This year’s theme celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park. Can you find the dinosaur models hidden in the maze? Plus meet the raptors and their handlers at regular intervals throughout the day.

York Maze is only open for seven weeks each summer so don’t miss out on this amazing family attraction.
Open daily Sat 14 July – Mon 3 September 2018.
See website for details.
T: 01904 607341

Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT

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York Minster – Heart of Yorkshire Festival

14 July – 2 September

York Minster’s Dean’s Park has been transformed this summer for a two-month long pop-up festival packed with workshops and activities for all ages.
Award-winning children’s musician David Gibb and ‘TrashBang! Man’ Billy Hickling, previously a member of international stage hit STOMP, are among the performers running interactive family sessions during the summer.
Other highlights include movement workshops exploring the theme of nature and theatre performance sessions involving storytelling, role-play and bags of participation.
In addition, the Minster’s popular children’s craft activities will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer holidays. Activities include making your own stained glass style sun catcher, decorating a canvas bag and creating your own clay animals.
Other family-friendly events during the two month programme include an international stone carving festival (18-19 August), open air cinema (28-30 August) and SÓL ÁST tipi bar (4 July – 2 September) from the team behind Thor’s Tipi, which includes a children’s menu. For full details and to book tickets, visit

Dean’s Park, York Minster, YO1 7JJ
T: 01904 557200

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York Sport – A Summer of Cycling

Summer is here, the sun is shining and its perfect cycling weather! York sport are offering cycling classes to encourage you to get active, have fun and improve your riding abilities.

Starting in July, York Sport are hosting beginner velodrome courses for juniors aged 9+ and adults aged 15+ (Minimum height 1.36m). Available as a 4-week course or an intensive week during the summer holidays, the courses are designed to teach you how to confidently ride a track bike. Bikes and helmets provided. Book today at


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York Theatre Royal – The Secret Garden

This summer, York Theatre Royal brings the Theatre by the Lake’s production of The Secret Garden as its big summer family show!

With a delightful score, a menagerie of puppets and a big dance finale, Jessica Swale’s richly imagined adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s much loved classic is a summer must-see for all ages!

The cast includes Steven Roberts – better known as George Smith in C4’s Hollyoaks – as Colin Craven alongside Ella Dunlop (Pieces of String, Colchester Mercury) as Mary Lennox, Matthew Durkan (The History Boys, UK tour), and Chris Jack (Brighton Rock, Pilot Theatre & York Theatre Royal) as Archibald Craven.

“Bursting with Technicolor vitality.” ★★★★ The Stage
Perfect for children aged 6+ and with family tickets (1 adult/3 children or 2 adults / 2 children) for only £50, the Secret Garden is the perfect family treat this summer!

The Secret Garden open Friday 27 July and runs until Saturday 25 August.
Tickets are available from York Theatre Royal’s WEBSITE 

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Yorkshire Museum – Summer 2018

Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing world they inhabited in the new exhibition, Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, as opened by Sir David Attenborough.
This summer, look out for our family-friendly activities inspired by the collections.

Saturday 21st July – Sunday 12th August
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Race a saurus
Make and race your own dino on wheels and create an environment for them to live in.
Dino-dough Tails Challenge
Can you make a two legged dinosaur from play-doh that stands up without a tail?
Shadow Puppets
Create a dinosaur shadow puppet and act out stories in front of our Light Box in the science lab’s ‘star zone’.

Monday 13th August to Sunday 2nd September

11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Dinosaur Detectives
Be a dinosaur detective and solve the mystery of which dinosaur has been misbehaving in the museum.
Sea Dragons: Fact and Fiction
Learn some facts and myths that surround these amazing sea creatures and enjoy some craft and drawing activities in our dedicated labs.
Your drawing can earn you an Arts Award sticker (see below.)
Plaster Fossils
Make your own plaster fossil under the guidance of our dedicated learning staff and take it home to paint it.
No need to book. Included with museum entry.

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


Adolescent Festival York 2018

Saturday, August 11th at 11 AM – 8 PM

Family friendly music festival with attractions, thrill rides & street food. Tribute bands that have appeared on the BBC’s Better than the real thing! Tickets are £5 & under 5’s are FREE! Find us on FB!

York Knavesmire, York YO231EX

Beetle Bank Farm Summer 2018

July 28th – Aug 3rd – Teddy Bear’s Picnic
4th – 10th Aug – Summer Safari Week
11th Aug – 17th Aug – Fun Week
17th – 19th Aug – Camping weekend, music and entertainment

Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, York, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796

Burnby Hall Gardens – Summer 2018

25th July – Big HLF Community Day
1st August – The Great Wizard Gathering
8th August – World War 1 Discovery Day
15th August – Big Beasts; Mini Beasts
22nd August – Summer Seaside Fun
29th August – Picture Book Rhymes

Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum, The Balk, Pocklington, York, YO42 2QF
T: 01759 307125.

Butterflies Chocolates Summer Holiday Chocolate Workshop

Thursday 23rd August, 2 – 4pm Elvington Village Hall
Wednesday 22nd August, 2 – 4pm Wilberfoss Community Centre
Using the finest Belgian milk chocolate and professional equipment children will make and decorate a large bar, a lollipop and fresh cream truffles with chocolatiers Butterflies Chocolates.
Recommended ages 4-12. Booking essential.
T: 07960 747511.

Chapelfields teenies tots and tinies – Bringing the Farm to Acomb

Friday 10th August 12-3
Fundraiser for teenies tots and tinies and cotton tails playgroups.
A farm will be visiting with lots of animals. £3 per child adults free.
Cake stall, Raffle and refreshments available.

Sanderson house, Bramham road, Chapelfields, Acomb.

Kindermusik – Musical Summer Playdates

Kindermusik with Cath is offering mixed age ‘Family Time’ classes this Summer.
£6/child or £8/two siblings, £9/three siblings.
St.Clement’s Church, Scarcroft Rd, YO23 1BG
Thurs 2nd Aug 2.00pm Family & 3.00pm Baby/Toddler
Sat 4th Aug 10.00am Family
Mon 13th Aug 10.00am Family & 11.00am Baby/Toddler
Thurs 16th Aug 2.00pm Family & 3.00pm Baby/Toddler
Fri 17th Aug 10.00am Family
Clifton Parish Church, Clifton, YO30 6BH
Wed 25th July 10.30am
Wed 15th Aug 10.00am Family & 11.00am Baby/Toddler

August dates to follow so keep an eye on this listing and on Facebook and website.
T: 07982 607674

Little Bites Cookery School – Summer Classes

Summer holiday cookery classes for 4 -11yrs
we have some cookery sessions run at out of school clubs-
26th July – Poppleton out of school club (am)
6th August – Fun fishers out of school club am and pm sessions

Two classes in Derwenthorpe:
22nd Aug – pastry skills 10-12pm.
2nd Sept – lunch box workshop 10-12pm.

Tel: 07768207839 for further information.

LUSH – Make it Mondays

Over the school holidays LUSH York are offering respite for parents and fun for the family!
£10 per person every Monday from 16th July- 3rd September
Exciting product making and hands on demos
Drop off the children or stay and play
Pop in to store for more information

T: 01904 651 268

Millfield Fitness Studios – Summer 2018

26th July 10 – 11am Free YOGA at The Homestead!
2nd August 10 – 11am Free outdoor BARRE & PILATES workout at Haxby Scout Hut, York Road
9th August 10 – 11am Free OUTDOOR FITNESS at Rowntree Park!
16th August 10 – 11am Free FAMILY FUN FITNESS at Acomb Green!

Suitable for all the family, babies in prams welcome!
Please bring a yoga mat (not required for 09/08), trainers & water.
T: 01904 593481

Pop-up Cafe and food stall – pay as you feel

Wednesday 22nd August, 10am – 12pm

You’re invited to the pop-up café and food stall at St Lawrence Parish church on Wednesday 22nd August from 10am to 12pm. Both the café and food stall will be pay-as-you-feel, so pay as much or as little for the food as you like (or even nothing at all)!

St Lawrence Church Hall, Lawrence Street, YO10 3BW

Reading Fairy Summer Special’s

Reading Fairy Summer special ‘seaside’ themed storytelling adventures. Running Wednesday mornings in Haxby on 1st and 29th August, sessions for 1-2 year olds and 2-4 year olds. £6 per session, free/discounted siblings.
Contact me for details Gemma 07739961391.

Rhythm Time – Multi-sensory music class – Summer 2018

40mins of Rhythm Time, followed by 15min juice and biscuit. (£6 per session, siblings under 1 free in Family class, other siblings £3)
Dunnington Readiing Rooms- Thursday 26th July, Thursday 23rd Aug. Family class 10am(all ages) Baby class 11am.
St Aelreds Community Centre, Tang Hall- Friday 27th July, Friday 17th Aug, Friday 31st Aug. Family class 10am. (all ages) Baby class 11am.

T: 07847717403 (Rachel)

Riverside Farm Summer Events

23rd of July – 27th August 12-5pm
Messy Mondays – a brilliant interactive way to entertain your kids! Each week will bring a new activity to match the theme of the week! Only £1 per child

27th July – 31st Aug 12-4pm
Facepainting Fridays – £2 per child.

Riverside Farm, Shipton Road, YO30 1XJ
T: 01904 642525

SPARK – stay and play sessions

Free Kids play sessions – Join us at YNC for our weekly Pay-as-you-Feel Free Play session in the Spark:York event space (Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th 10.30-12)

Tennis for All

30th July-3rd August and 13th -17th August.

Tennis coaching at Rowntree Park. All abilities -fully inclusive sessions with LTA coach Andy Crockett.
Ages 4-9 years 10-11am, ages 10-15 years from 11-12pm. Cost £5 per session-please book in advance.

T: 07926 172939

The Derwent Arms – Family Fun Day

25th August 11am – 4pm

Live music, childrens entertainment, food stalls, raffle, tombola and more! In aid of the Ambulance wish foundation.

The Derwent Arms, Osbaldwick

The Fox – Family Fun Day 2018

Sunday, August 12th at 2 PM – 8 PM

Live music in the beer garden and burgers on the BBQ! With a wide selection of real ales, wines and premium lagers there will be plenty to keep the adults occupied! We will also be holding raffles, alongside other activities for the kids, cakes and games!

The Fox, 168 Holgate Road, YO24 4DQ

The Vine York Launch Weekend

Saturday 1st September 11:30 until 2:30
Sunday 2nd September Sunday Celebration from 10:30
A fun event welcoming all ages to enjoy a free BBQ, Bouncy Castle, Refreshments with Family Games. The Saturday event will include a performance by Yorkshire based Multi-Award Nominated Gospel Singer Libby Redman and a visit from the North Yorkshire Police.
Huntington Memorial Hall

The York Bid Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge

27th Aug 10am – 5pm

Bring as many of your family as you would like to the York Bid Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge….there is no charge to come & watch Yorks most spectacular event..FREE Entertainment for you & your family….
Starts 10am – Finishes 5.30pm (approx)

Theatre in Schools – Summer Sessions at Spark

Dates: 16th-17th August & 23rd-24th August (Thursday & Friday, i.e.)
Time: 1:15-2:15 PM
These sessions are aimed at children between the age group of 5-13 years. We are taking in a maximum of 15 kids per session.
Booking required, find theatreinschools on Facebook.

TinyTalk Baby Signing – Summer

Baby Signing Classes are a fun active sessions filled with signs,
nursery rhymes and sensory activities. Because babies have so much to say! £5 per session.

*Running through the Summer holidays*
Knavesmire Children’s Centre
12:30pm-1:30pm Baby Signing

*Running through the Summer holidays*
Hob Moor Children’s Centre
2pm-3pm Baby Signing

T: 07903 257856

Toddler Sense – Summer Sessions

Friday 10th August, Pocklington Cricket Club, ‘Tiger Feet’ jungle themed hour long sessions 9.45, 11am & 12.30 varying age groups please see website for more details,
Thursday 16th August, Norton Indoor Bowling Centre, ‘Hawaiian Beach’s Party’ themed sessions 10am & 11.15 (almost full)
Friday 17th August, Pocklington, 9.45, 11am & 12.30am, ‘Hawaiian Beach Party’.

T: 07725481334 (Steph)

York City FC Foundation FREE Summer Activities

Come and have a Kick About with YCFC Foundation coaches for free,
We are at Chesney Fields in Acomb from the 26th June- 28th Aug every Tuesday
5.30-6.15pm ages 7-10 and 6.15-7pm ages 11-15
We are also at Energise Leisure Centre from the 28th June – 30th Augevery Thursday
5.30-6.30pm ages 7-10 and 6.30-7.30pm ages 11-15

T: 07792854223

York Outdoor Cinema – The Greatest Showman

Sunday 19th August

Doors Open: 7.00pm, Film Begins: 8.30pm
Tickets: £15 Adult (15 years and above), £8 Child (14 years and under). There will be a pop up bar for alcoholic and soft refreshments as well as a popcorn stand, sweet treats and a BBQ serving burgers and hot dogs.

The Principal Hotel, Station Road, YO24 1AA

Your cafe summer tour

Yourcafe is a child-friendly cafe, normally at Tang Hall Community Centre but this summer it’s going on tour!
Drinks, snacks & hot food served
Toddler play area and highchairs.
An inexpensive outing, you just pay-as-you-feel – donate, volunteer, trade

July 4 & 11 10.30-1.30
Yourcafe open at St Wulstans on Fossway. ( do not use sat nav)

August 1, 8, 15, 29. 10-12
Yourcafe (aka Lukes Larder) At st Lukes BurtonStone Lane

August 22 10-11
Yourcafe (aka Snack Shack). At Clifton Children’s Centre

September 19. 11-2
Yourcafe re-opens at Tang Hall Community Centre for the autumn

T: 07874 129514