School Summer Holidays in Lockdown 2020 – Things to do with your kids this Summer in York.
The Summer Holiday Activity Sheet in York has been refreshed with some new things to do and it’s now available to download!
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 2019.
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.
The idea is to print it out, stick it on the fridge and complete all the activities, colouring them in as you go!
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.
Do you have something going on that you want local families to know about?
Let us know HERE if you want us to add something.
Big Bug Bonanza at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park – Summer 2019
Find out all about the incredible world of invertebrates at Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park this summer. Learn about super snails, amazing ants and cuddly cockroaches! Join in the daily event programme, and get crafty to make a brilliant bug to take home.
– Meet the Bugs sessions every day
– Brilliant Bugs Arts & Crafts
– Snail Trail sculptures (August)
– Play Park
Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR
There is loads going on at Beetle Bank Farm this summer.
Wildlife Workshop Week – Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July 2019
Learn about the animals we look after. Did you know that we look after and nurture wild animals and where possible help them back into the wild.
For more information about who we look after including extended ‘touch and tell’ sessions in the barn and activities in the education centre come join us for this week of education and fun!
Teddy Bears Picnic – Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August 2019
We don’t have any bears on the farm, so we really want you to bring yours for a week long Teddy Bears Picnic.
Join us with our Teddies for a picnic at 11am and 2pm. Best of all it’s all part of your admission fee!
Summer Safari – Monday 5th to Friday 9th August 2019
We have lots of farm animals but we also have some special animals you may not have seen before. Best of all you can interact and come touch and tell with some of our exotic animals too.
Family Fun Week – Monday 12th to Friday 16th August 2019
We will have lots of inflatables out for bouncy fun, with a couple of surprises too. Join in games galore outside in our play area. Come meet our resident animals, large or small.
Camping Weekend – Friday 16th to Sunday 18th August 2019
It’s Beetlefest our annual camping weekend!
A weekend pitch is £90. Saturday evening is disco night, complete with the always crowd-pleasing rodeo bull and children entertainment. For food we will be having an all-you can eat hog roast and buffet at £20 per adult and just £10 per child.
Open 9.30am/10.00am to 5.00pmBeetle Bank Open Farm Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD
£6 per person (Under 2s free)
Family of 4 £22 – annual pass £120
Family of 5 £26 – annual pass £150
A little inspiration for the summer holidays 2019 at Beningbrough.
The scene is set, summer is here, and the children are ready to head out and about whatever the weather. Enjoy summer days at Beningbrough with a fun filled holiday programme this August.
Mondays – become a garden apprentice and learn a new skill with the gardening team
Tuesdays – head to the hall for some bug busting with the conservation team
Wednesdays and Fridays – go ‘artrageous!’ outdoors* designing your own garden or making a mini garden shed.
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 August – celebrate all things Yorkshire from culinary delights to art activities
Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 August – rejoice the mighty bee with talks, crafts and tastings
Climb the pyramid tower, pick up an explorer backpack or dress up as lord or lady of the hall, there are activities inside and out, come rain or shine.
We’re open every day 10.30am – 5pm. All the activities are free and normal admissions apply.
* if the weather is wet artrageous will be in the hayloft, which is accessed by stairs only.
The popular family racedays are back at The Racecourse, Beverley for this 2019 racing season. There are 2 family racedays remaining this year:
30th July – Paw Patrol Family Raceday
25th August – Circus Day
The Racecourse, Beverley is located at York Road, Beverley, HU17 8QZ. For more info and to buy tickets visit their website.
23 July to 24 August 2019
At: Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Tower Street, York
Billy Shakes: Wonderboy! is a brand-new show for ages 4+ and their grown-ups about the childhood of William Shakespeare, performed inside the inspiring space of a replica Elizabethan theatre – Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre beside Clifford’s Tower in York.
Join Billy Shakes and his two mates as he discovers his voice and the tales that have captivated the world for centuries since.
Bursting with live music, puppetry and a wealth of brilliantly barmy historical inaccuracies, this 50-minute fun-filled show is performed in the ‘groundlings’ courtyard of the theatre delivering an interactive and engaging experience in a stunning historical setting.
Billy Shakes: Wonderboy! embraces the joy of story-telling and is the perfect introduction to the delights of Shakespeare for children and adults alike!
Watch the trailer HERE.
On selected mornings until 24 August 2019
Performances start at 10:30am and are approximately 50 minutes duration. Recommended for ages 4+.
“An exciting and irreverent introduction to Shakespeare for children. Billy Shakes is to the Bard what Horrible Histories is to the past”.
Polly Bennett – Little Vikings
Performance Schedule 2019
Tue – 23rd and 30th
Thu – 25th
Sat – 27th
Sun – 28th
Tue – 6th, 13th, 20th
Thu – 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
Sat – 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Sun – 4th, 11th
Groundlings Tickets – (standing)
£14 pp. Family ticket £44
Seated Tickets (lower tier only)
£16 pp. Family ticket £50
(family ticket admits 4 people, one person must be a child under the age of 16).
Book tickets here:
Or call Ticketmaster on 0844 847 248
(calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Booking fees apply).
Summer 2019 – New Adventure Playground at Castle Howard!
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.
Skelf Island, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
Click HERE to see what’s on.
Countryfile Live is heading to Yorkshire!
Making its official Northern debut, Countryfile Live is setting up home in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard from 15th – 18th August 2019.
Guaranteed to be the best day out this summer, we welcome you to join us as we celebrate the glorious Yorkshire countryside.
Meet all your favourite BBC Countryfile heroes on The Main Stage; Get up-close-and-personal with a diversity of fauna and flora in The Wildlife Zone; View spectacular stunts in The Arena; And see your favourite TV chefs live at the Le Creuset and Countryfile Kitchen Theatre.
We look forward to seeing you there for some good outdoor fun, great food and priceless family time!
Castle Howard Estate, York, YO60 7DA
We have loads of family friendly attractions, parks, days out ideas etc. in our year-round ‘Days Out’ area here.
Click on the image if you want to have a look around.
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.
Join us this summer with your little ones and discover the fun of archaeology and history with our special Little Diggers sessions!
Each session has a different theme and includes an opportunity to explore the DIG pits for longer than usual as well as taking part in a crafting activity which you can take home afterwards.
Tickets cost £5 per child with a free accompanying adult. Suitable for 2 to 5 year olds.
Pre-booking is strongly recommended due to limited places. Book online at https://digyork.com/events/ or telephone.
St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN
22nd July- 2nd September 2019
Summer passes available (Limited availability!!!)
Gold pass – 40 sessions – £39.95 (under £1/1 hour session!)
Silver pass – 25 sessions – £29.95
Bronze pass – 15 session £19.95
Whatever the weather, our gigantic 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, foam pits, 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
3-7 Rose Avenue, York Business Park, York, YO26 6RU
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.
In June and July, see the beautiful summer coats of the Red, Fallow and Sika deer and spot the recently born fawns and calves.
In August, spot the stags and bucks resting before the exertion of the autumn rut with their fully grown antlers which have lost their velvet. Meanwhile, the growing young deer will be finding their feet and confidence.
Spot The Wildflower: 23rd July, 11am – 1pm
Sitting high above the garden the Banqueting House is hidden away in a secluded spot – perfect for wildflowers to thrive. Join our volunteer team to learn about the flowers that make their home there.
Meet at the Banqueting House (please follow the track and don’t walk across the wild flower meadow)
Make A Journey Stick: 23rd and 25th July, 11am – 3pm
Drop into Swanley Grange workshop for some crafty fun. Make your very own journey stick and decorate it with nature from around the estate as you go.
“It’s A Monk’s Life” Family Tour: 24th July, 7th and 21st August, 2 – 2.45pm
Pull on your monks robes before setting off on a journey around the monastic landscape to learn all about how the monks lived in the abbey’s heyday.
Pond Dipping: 26th July, 9th August and 23rd August, 11am – 3pm
Newts, water lice, water boatmen, molluscs, pea mussels…there’s an extraordinary world waiting to be discovered under the surface of the still ponds in the water garden. We’ll provide the nets, identification charts and the pots so you can see what you might find. Pop along to the water garden moon ponds to have a go at this drop-in session.
Fountains, Ripon HG4 3DY
Summer 2019 is here, and York Mansion House is alive with hidden trails, sparkling treasure, and delicious smells winding up the stairs from the kitchen. An interactive adventure is waiting for you as you walk through dark corridors and vast halls, discovering York’s original house party, and your new home from home.
MR HUDSON’S SUMMER HOLIDAY
Former Lord Mayor Gorge Hudson has been off on his summer holidays and sent us some postcards that we’ve hidden around the house… Can you find them, and follow the trail to answer his questions? As you find them, make sure you try your hand at being Lord Mayor, dress up and match your outfit to the portraits!
All summer, come and get creative with us! Dress up a Lord Mayor, design your own postcard, or help us decorate the front of the House. Come into the magnificent State Room and let your creativity flow – we can’t wait to see what you make.
Everyday at 11.30am and 2.30pm, we will be whipping up some tasty treats in our historic kitchen. We’ve dipped into our banqueting archives and picked all your favourite things… Georgian style! Make sure you come down to help us out, or have a go at making your own eighteenth century meal with our interactive cooking experience.
Amazing Alpaca Experience – Minskip Farm Shop – Summer 2019
Spend one-on-one time with our amazing Alpacas during the holidays! Book a session with your family or friends (4 people), and you will have the opportunity to spend time with our four alpacas – two Mums and their little babies!
You will be able to:
Book online at www.minskipfarmshop.com or in store.
Every day at 12pm during the holidays. Places are strictly limited.
Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO519HY
This Summer Holiday 2019, you have been accepted at Mother Shipton’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Visit the Wuthering Woodland, be sorted into a school house and meet your magic teachers. Attend all your lessons including Broomstick Training and Potions to become a qualified Witch or Wizard!
The attraction will be transformed into a mystical and magical event for all the family.Saturday 20thJuly to Sunday 1stSeptember, 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm).
See the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum.
For discounted tickets book online.
Knaresborough, HG5 8DD
Visit Yorkshire Museum of Farming – Murton Park this Summer 2019 to find out about farming in the past in our updated child-friendly gallery, play on the playground, ride the pedal tractors, play in the sandpit, meet the animals, look at recreated historic buildings and more….
Don’t forget your ticket is valid for 12 months!*
For details of events visit www.murtonpark.co.uk/whats-on
22nd July – 1st September Green Man Trail
Find the Green Men in the trees to get a sticker.
29th July – 2nd August & 27th – 30th August
Clay beaker making, prehistoric hunting and story of Otzi the Iceman.
5th – 9th August & 19th – 23rd August
Clay lamp making, Spear and Shield practice and learn about life in a Viking longhouse.
10th & 11th August Medieval Cavalry
Knights demonstrating combat on foot and from horseback.
12th – 16th August Tudor Activities
Tudor calligraphy, Pike drill and plague herb bag making.
24th – 26th August Cowboys & Vikings
Step into the Wild West to meet Cowboys. Walk through a busy Viking village to see how they lived over 1100 years ago.
*visit website for terms and conditions
Summer 2019 Pay as you go sessions
My Baby Can Dance and Newborn Can Dance are award winning movement to music activity classes (voted Best Music class 2017, 2018 & 2019 in the Little Vikings awards). Closely linked to the early development stages and ideally suited for children from birth to 4years. For children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
Our interactive sessions combine movement, singing, instruments, numbers, colours, shapes and phonics plus lots more. We use a broad range of music children will recognise and enjoy as well as music adults will appreciate.
Achieving a proven learning and development path for little ones using a repeatable format which is shown to increase memory and learning.
Every session is fun, fast paced and relaxed and above all else has a warm inclusive atmosphere for everyone attending. Our summer pay as you go classes are open to everyone, previous families wanting to come back, existing families looking for some continuity during the holidays and new families looking to try the classes before committing to block bookings. All the family are welcome to come along.
Classes are £5 per participating child, siblings are half price.
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.
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.
UNMISSABLE SUMMER FAMILY FUN AT PIGLETS ADVENTURE FARM
NEW for 2019, explore The Beach at Piglets Adventure Farm! From 20th July – 1st Sept, Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun, with amazing magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, you won’t want to miss it!
Grab your swimwear and sunhat as Piglets Adventure farm is bringing the beach to you this summer! Splash your way through 2 acres of sand and water fun, take a selfie in the giant deck chair, climb Truffles Lifeguard tower and laze in a hammock. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a delicious ice cream or milkshake at Beach Bites café. Plus, enjoy a full day of family fun and hire your own private Beach Hut!
The fun doesn’t stop there, get foam fever as you boogie on down with end of day Foam Parties daily, watch hilarious Pig Racing in the Pork-shire Hurdle, soak friends in Water Wars and explore the Maize Maze challenge- will you make it on to the leader board?
Hold on there’s more! Follow the magical Fairy Tale Trail through the woodland to find out which fairy or wood elf you are, it’s such a magical enchanting experience.
Come on down to Piglets Adventure Farm this Summer for a day of unmissable family fun. Get your discounted tickets online today
Open daily from 10am – 5:30pm. For each event date, take a look at the website.
Piglets Adventure Farm is located 15 minutes from the centre of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For full information please go to pigletsadventurefarm.com or call 01904 499183
Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST
Pottery Painting Studio in York City Centre!
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. If you are visiting York we can post your item to you or we can hold it for as long as you need until you can collect. Alternatively you are welcome to paint in our range of fun, bright acrylics and take your item away the same day.
Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio, 15-17 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW
Mention York Mumbler for 10% off (excluding parties & evening bookings).
Suitable for 5-11’s, £8 per session early bird offer (book by 19th July 2019 to receive) or £10 a session after.
These sessions are back by popular demand and this year are now in two locations!
The sessions are all themed i.e This is Me – Greatest Showman’, ‘Aladdin, Brilliant Me’ and more to be confirmed!
Each session incorporates relaxation methods and looks at managing emotions as well as building self esteem and confidence in a fun and engaging way! The relaxation session is then followed by a craft activity.
Askham Bar Tesco’s (Community Room)
Tuesdays – 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th August 2019
Haxby Costa Coffee (back room).
Thursday 1st August 10-11:30
Thursday 8th August 10-11:30
Thursday 15th August 10-11:30
Friday 23rd August 10-11:30
Wednesday 28th August 1-3:30
To find out more information and to book a place for you child please contact Sherrie
Families are being encouraged to get a wiggle on and head to RHS Garden Harlow Carr as The Very Hungry Caterpillar™descends on the garden for the summer holidays 2019. The best-selling children’s book, published by Penguin Books, celebrates 50 years since its first publication this year. Eric Carle’s much-loved classic will be brought to life with giant willow sculptures, 3D apples and pears, hands-on craft activities and storytelling with the Garden Detectives. Children can follow a daily garden trail in search of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, enjoy birds-of-prey flying displays and make their own caterpillar hat. Activities vary daily.
For more information visit our website.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
Hands on History: Castles: Sat 20 Jul – Sun 1 Sep 2019 (daily) 11am – 5pm
Discover what it was like to live, work and fight in a real-life castle. Test your jousting and sword skills against your opponents and see if you have what it takes to become legendary.
Victorian Sports Day: Sat 27 – Sun 28 Jul 2019 11am – 5pm
Enjoy a cracking day of historical sports in the magnificent setting of Scarborough Castle. Hear the whack of cricket bat on ball, and see sprinters compete as live music plays. Think you have what it takes to challenge the Victorian athletes? Come and enjoy activities designed for all the family.
Tournament: Joust and Melee at Scarborough Castle: Sat 10 – Sun 11 Aug 2019 11am – 5pm
Jousting goes back to its roots in this no-holds-barred tournament of strength, skill and horsemanship. Charging at each other at full speed with only chain mail for protection, each knight will attempt to knock their opponent from their horse. It’s every man for himself in this thrillingly authentic 13th century tournament, inspired by the brutal early days of jousting.
The encampment will be alive with the sights, sounds and smells of medieval life. Listen to merry music, join in with the jester’s jokes and learn about cookery and crafts from centuries ago. You can even meet the knights as they prepare for battle. Make sure to book your tickets before 9th August to receive 10% discount.
Medieval Myths & Legends: Sat 24 – Mon 26 Aug 2019 11am – 4pm
England’s past is bursting with tales of brave heroes, formidable foes and weird and wonderful happenings. Join us to uncover these myths and legends for yourself this summer at Scarborough Castle.
Witness the skills of our fighting knights in live action throughout the day, and laugh as our jolly Medieval Jester entertains you with his silliness and foolary.
Castle Road, Scarborough, YO11 1HY
There are loads of activities and events at Sewerby Hall this summer 2019.
Mondays from 22nd July to 26th August – Rusticus Encounter: Sewerby Pirate!
Tuesdays from 23rd July to 27th August – Rusticus Woodland Creature Theatre: The Three Musketeers
Tuesdays from 30th July to 20th August – Creative Music Workshop
Wednesdays from 24th July to 28th August – Magic Day, Face Painting & Donkey Rides
Thursdays from 25th July to 29th August (excluding 1st Aug) – Rusticus Adventure: The Clifftop Mansion Mystery
Fridays from 2nd August to 23rd August – Zoo Activities including talks, handling & crafts. Plus Parrots & Pirates and Active Coast Activities.
One Off Events:
20th July – Rusticus Lantern Making Workshop
21st July & 25th August – Craft Fair
24th & 26th July – Archaeology: Shelter Building and Object Handling
1st August – Yorkshire Day. Rusticus Adventure: Up in the Air! Swing Boats & Donkey Rides.
4th August – Parrots & Pirates, Sheepdog Display, Swing Boats & Donkey Rides
11th August – Wizard of Oz themed events
18th August – Summer Family Fun Day, Face Painting, Swing Boat & Donkey Rides, Parrots & Pirates & Morris Minor Car Rally
19th August – Wildcats: Nature’s Music
26th August – Wildcats: Mini Beasting
27th August – Wildcats: Building a Reserve
Standard admission fee applies for all these events.
Sewerby Hall, Church Ln, Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1EA.
Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in 2018, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will pop up again at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in the historic heart of York from 25 June to 1 September 2019.
Four new productions of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night – will once again transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments..
Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant, free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering the finest Yorkshire food and drinks from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings, an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment, minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.
The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’.
Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory!
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, Castle Car Park, off Tower Street, York, YO1 9WD.
The Mile is a farmshop, gift shop and campsite in Pocklington with a great cafe, Smile Cafe. For younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe plus an outdoor play area. There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families. They also now have a drinks license and there is a picnic & prosecco option to have outside.
The Mile have lots of extra activities over the summer holidays 2019: Outside they have new ride-on toys to use and some exciting new outdoor games to play. Inside the have a Summer Quiz and Colouring sheets for your little ones to do in the cafe. All of these are free of charge.
Smile Café Opening times throughout the summer are 9am – 4pm (just drinks and snacks 3-4pm) Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 12.30pm Sundays.
The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington.
Saturday 20th July to Sunday 1st September 2019
Roll Up and Stay Cool with some Summer Water Fun! Squelch, squish and splish-splash with our NEW water activities this summer including:
• Family fun and games led by our Splashtastic Activity Co-ordinator
• Water battles – think balloons and supersoakers!
• Water Sling Challenge (small additional charge)
• Giant inflatable Unicorn with water spray
• Stocks sponge throwing
Visit the NEW Farmyard Fun Area and take a turn on the NEW Ride-on Pedal Tractors for budding farmers. Take the challenge on our Wired High Ropes course and Summit vertical climbing challenges (aged 7 and over) for extra thrills!
There’s loads to do every day, with our summer tickets and passes giving even greater value!
• 10 Visit Pass for just £40
• Adventure Pass (lap of Wired High Ropes + Play) £12.50
• Ultimate Adventure Pass (the above + Summit vertical climbing challenges) £19.50
• Crafty Corner Crafts (from £2)
All the usual indoor and outdoor attractions are open, with daily visits from the Web Adventure Park mascot. Unbeatable fun!
For more information or to purchase our special tickets visit our website or give us a call.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August 2019 starting on Wednesday 7th, 1:30-4pm
Cost: £3 per child aged 4-12
Have a fun family adventure on St Nicks Nature Reserve, just one mile from the city centre. Discover the wonders of nature through a variety of hands-on activities: minibeast hunts, den or bug hotel building, nature-based crafts and more!
Want to know what it’s like to be a bird? In the first session on Wed 7th August, join us for an interactive adventure exploring St Nicks from a bird’s perspective. Learn how birds hunt for food, sleep, make nest, what they eat and how they fly.
Why not have a picnic lunch in our play area or the Centre garden before joining us? We will be making a prompt 1:30pm start from the Centre; you are then free to stay for the whole or just part of the session.
Children must be accompanied. Booking is recommended by calling or via Eventbrite.
Meet at St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Ave., York YO10 3ST (off Hull Road)
Is your little one starting school in September 2019?
Then help give them the best possible start by bringing them along to a BRAND NEW 4 week summer workshop which will gently introduce phonics, through high-energy games and activities, singing and dancing, as well as other essential school ready activities.
Children will be introduced to the letter sounds for the first term at school and play games to reinforce them. They will then meet Robot Reg who will help them to blend and segment the sounds for early reading.
Find out about “phonics” and how it is taught nowadays plus get lots of ideas on how you can support your child at home and resources to support. Enjoy a follow up activity to do at home together.
The perfect way to boost confidence and help your little one be school ready.
4 x 45 minute workshops taught by an experienced primary school teacher. 4 consecutive weeks Starting Thursday 25th July-15th August
Tesco Community Room, Askham Bar, Dringhouses.
Two times available 9.30am or 10.30am
Limited spaces available so book on now!
The award-winning farm shop and newly expanded café specialises in home-grown fruit, veg, and local and rare breed meats, plus the finest homemade food including quiches, scones, soups and seasonal dishes. Pick your own in the summer. A great day out for all the family.
The animal field is situated across from the Children’s play area. This gives children the opportunity to see the animals in their natural habitat and even feed them. Bags of feed can be bought from the shop and a special feeding point has been designed in order to make sure the goats eat the food. Currently we have 2 Pygmy goats and chickens.
Children’s Play Area
The children’s play area is outside, situated next to the cafe garden, so you can supervise. There’s a wendy house, a mini digger, a tractor for them to enjoy pretending to drive and a fantastic climbing frame based around the agricultural theme.
You can do Pick your own – from the first strawberries of the summer in May to the last pumpkin in October.(phone to check availability).
Farmshop: 9 – 6 Mon – Sun
Cafe: 9 – 5 Mon – Sun
Stamford Bridge Road (A166), Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB
The Deep – Turtle-y Awesome Summer
The deep summer 2019 runs 20th July – 1st September 2019. It’s going to be a turtle-y awesome summer here at The Deep, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Get hands on in our very own ‘turtle hospital’ where youngsters can get up close with a giant turtle (a cuddly one, of course) and find out what it takes to look after our flipper-ed friends. Learn all about turtle anatomy and even help the team carry out a turtle health check. Inspect their eyes, nose and mouth, as well as checking their flippers and shell then report back to us on your vet examination form.
Take part in the turtle trail and find out about more about the species that live all around the world and the challenges they face. Enjoy interactive presentations from our guiding team at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and get your face painted in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm. Plus we will be giving you the chance the put your questions to our Turtle Keepers via our Facebook page each week. So get your thinking caps on! Visitors to the turtle hospital will also receive exciting discounts in the shop, so it’s the perfect time to take home your own cuddly turtle to care for!
Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU). 01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Summer dates 2019
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 7th August 10am – The Search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years.
Wednesday 7th August 1pm – Medieval for 3-7 years
Thursday 8th August 11am – Campfire cooking for 3-11 years
Tuesday 13th August 10am – Bogbabies for 2-6 years
Tuesday 13th August 1pm – Bow and arrow making for 6-11 years
Wednesday 21st August 10am – Elf rockets for 2-6 years
Thursday 22nd August 10am – The search for the Gruffalos child for 2-4 years
Thursday 22nd August 1pm – Dragon Fire Rockets for 3-6 years
Friday 23rd August 10am – Den building and fire lighting for 6 – 11 years
Tuesday 27th August 10:30am – Campfire cooking for 3-11 years
Tuesday 27th August 2pm – Bow and arrow making for 6-11 years
Wednesday 28th August 10am – Fairy houses, potions and magic wands for 2-6 years
Wednesday 28th August 1pm – Medieval for 3-7 years.
Primrose Hill, Buttercrambe Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1AW
Tiny Tumblers pop up Stay & Play cafe’s.
Monday in Haxby Memorial Hall, Tuesday in Acomb Gateway (TBC), and Wednesday in Dunnington Reading Rooms starting from 5th August 2019.
The sessions are running 10am- 12 noon with fruit, snacks, cakes, and hot/ cold drinks included in the price!
Somewhere relaxing to have a break whilst watching your children safely play, and meeting other parents!
£5.50 per child, £2.00 per adult.
Dracula: Sat 20 Jul – Sun 1 Sep 2019 (weekends only (except 24-25 August)) 11am – 3pm
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: Myths & Legends: Sat 20 Jul – 1 Sep 2019 11am – 5pm
England’s past is bursting with tales of brave heroes, formidable foes and weird and wonderful happenings. Join us at Whitby Abbey to uncover these myths and legends for yourself. Get hands on with legendary times past, enrol in our sword school and listen to stories of fantastic happenings.
Vikings: Sat 24 – Mon 26 Aug 2019 11am – 5pm
Come and face our marauding Vikings as they continue their wave of terror along the north east coast.
Explore their encampment and witness spectacular displays of combat. Hear tales of daring conquests and learn about the weapons and skills that 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. Make sure to book your tickets before 23rd August to receive 10% discount.
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4JT
Our unique family run Lavender Farm has evolved over the years to provide an amazing day out for all the family.
Our Giant Games Maze, Nature Trails, Mini Foot-Golf, Mud Kitchen and Giant Sandpit, Mini and Junior Timber Trails, nature quiz and seasonal activities will ensure there are lots to keep the whole family entertained.
Take a ride on our Miniature Railway, enjoy the wildflowers and inhale the intoxicating aroma of the lavender.
NEW FOR 2019!
Season Tickets to enable you to enjoy the farm all season long and get 10% off in our tea-room!!!
Den Zone- build your own den, use your imagination and skills to create your own grand designs play Den.
Willow Warren – play, run, hide!
Free Parking. Gift Shop. Tea-room. Plant Sales. Toilets, Disabled Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities. Dogs welcome on a lead.
Open DAILY from 30th March until 29th September.
Wolds Way Lavender, Wintringham, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 8HW
Drop into any Explore York Library and sign up for Space Chase, the Summer Reading Challenge 2019 from 13th July onwards. Everyone aged 5 and over needs to read six books over the summer holidays and will get prizes for each book read with a medal and certificate for reading all six. Under 5s aren’t left out. They get a sticker card and collect a sticker for each book read. When they have 6 stickers they get a certificate. Best of all it is free to take part!
There’s activities to coincide with the Space theme throughout the holidays, some free and some for a small fee. Some pop in and some require booking. See the additional information section for a list of everything that’s happening.
Activities include: Space crafts, poetry, slime making, Hoglets theatre, Robotics workshops, Lego making, science workshops, space academy & puppet making!
Open daily Sat 13 July – Mon 2 September 2019.
For an amazing family day out this summer come and get lost at York Maze, home to Europe’s biggest maze and winner of many awards including Yorkshire’s Best Tourism Experience.
This year York Maze is marking the 25th anniversary of the Lion King with the giant maize maze in the shape of a lion, mandrill, warthog & meerkat, the principal animals featured in the movie. Navigate your way around the maze and find the answers to Lion King trivia questions.
York Maze is a complete family day out with over 20 rides, shows and attractions. NEW for 2019 come face to face with giant dinosaurs in the Jurassic Maize, get a soaking in Utter Cornage, watch the fun and games on stage in KerNoel’s House Party and discover new mind-bending rooms and illusions in the new ‘House of even more Cornfusion!’
York Maze is only open for seven weeks each summer so don’t miss out on this amazing family attraction.
York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT
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.
8th September 2019
The natural rhythm of a raceday allows plenty of time to get something to eat and drink as well as providing room for quality time with the family. A wide range of additional entertainments will ensure a happy day out for all ages.
It naturally attracts a family crowd and remember that under 18’s go for free (under 16 with accompanying adult only).
We will once again be joined by children’s favourite, Chase from the hit show, Paw Patrol.
The only Sunday of the season sees the return of the young riders taking part in the Charles Owen Pony Racing Series.
York Racecourse, York YO23 1EX
York Theatre Royal’s BIG summer show, Swallows & Amazons.
Fri 26 Jul – Sat 24 Aug 2019
Come aboard the Swallow and join John, Susan, Titty and Roger as they sail to Wildcat Island and meet Nancy and Peggy, the self-proclaimed Amazon Pirates, and the dastardly Captain Flint, in this action-packed adventure.
Arthur Ransome’s famous and much-loved children’s classic is thrillingly brought to life in Helen Edmundson’s gloriously imaginative adaptation with original music by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.
Following on from last year’s critically acclaimed The Secret Garden, this year’s summer production is another feel-good show, packed with catchy songs and sword-buckling action that’s sure to entertain and delight the whole family.
Yorkey Dads are launching their latest fantastic initiative this Easter – this time for dads with their daughters & sons. Working in association with Complete Life Fitness, it’s a fun fitness initiative which will run in every school holiday this year.
This is completely FREE to attend and is for children aged 11+ and their dads.
It is running on the following dates this Easter holiday 2020:
· 7 & 9 April
· 14 & 16 April
Click ‘more info’ for the dates for the rest of the year.
Barley Hall is a stunning medieval town house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York.
The medieval building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
Coffee Yard, Off Stonegate, York, YO1 8AR
T: 01904 615 505
Opening times: Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11am – 4pm
We stock a wide range of Pottery (ceramic Bisque), Animals, Fantasy, Plates, Mugs, Bowls, Jugs and lots more ready for Pottery Painting in York.
We have a small Soft Play suitable for use by under 4’s only.
64 Walmgate, York, England YO1 9TL, United Kingdom
Cruise along the beautiful River Ouse with City Cruises York, specialising in Sightseeing Cruises, Party Cruises and Private Charters. Why not try your hand at skippering your own boat by hiring one of our fleet of Self-Drive Red Boats?! They are fantastic fun, safe and easy to drive. Enjoy a leisurely half hour or maximum one-hour hire.
Children’s Matinee shows Summer 2019
Monday to Thursday at 10.30 during the summer holidays.
All tickets £2.50, everyone welcome!
Every Friday from the 26th July until 16th August 2019, 11am-4pm.
York’s Monks Cross Shopping Park will be hosting a series of FREE activities for their summer festival themed event MONKSFEST. This weekly fun filled activity is set to entertain families, children and visitors to the shopping park.
Monks Cross Shopping Park, York, YO32 9GX
T: 01904 623374
20 July – 1 September 2019
Step back 190 years to the dawn of the railways with a ride behind our working replica of the world-changing locomotive, Rocket. These special rides are only available for select dates in August, so check the National Railway Museum website for up-to-date information. Free entry.
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
York’s first Virtual Reality Arcade.
Immerse yourself like never before and explore the possibilities of an exciting, new, virtual world.
Through the summer holidays we are opening for longer hours in the week, but you will have to book at least 1 day before. Weekends will still be Walk-ins and same day or earlier bookings.
Play It VR in Acomb, York.
T: 01904 373030
We have a whole host of imaginative activities for your little superstars this summer 2019. Pick any 6 week period for 1st July until the end of August. Starting from just £10. Come and speak to one of our team members to book.
Riverside Far, Shipton Road, York
T: 01904 642525
Whether you have called in, to visit our farm shop and pick up some produce, or wish to stay a while and pick some fruit in our fields or have come to make a full day of it! Watch the little ones play in our play barn, which is fully enclosed and safe to run around and enjoy country life!
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.
Spilmans, Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB
T: 01423 360 210
York Army Museum is home to some of the most important regimental collections in the UK, spanning over 300 years of global history.
Also taking part in the Summer 2019 arts award:
Camouflage Crafts – Wednesday 7th August
Art Trail – Wednesday 14th August
Brilliant Bags – Wednesday 21th August
T: 01904 461010
At the Centre we have a passion for the birds and ensuring our human visitors have a great time. You are welcome to handle the birds with the assistance of a member of our staff. We have 2 flying shows each day at 11:30am & 1.30pm.
York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214
Summer 2019 – UNCOVER THE STORY OF CHOCOLATE…
FROM ITS EXOTIC ORIGINS IN THE RAINFORESTS OF CENTRAL AMERICA TO THE COBBLED STREETS OF YORKSHIRE FIND OUT HOW THREE ENTREPRENEURIAL FAMILIES MADE YORK THE UK’S HOME OF CHOCOLATE TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE AND REMINISCE WITH VINTAGE FAVOURITES FROM TIMES GONE BY.
York’s Chocolate Story, King’s Square, York YO1 7LD
T: 01904 527765
York residents have free entry.
York Minster is taking part in the Arts awards this Summer 2019 (Chapter House, 10am-3pm, suitable for ages 4+).
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, 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
Many families are surprised to find that everyone enjoys a visit to the Museum. Open throughout the Summer Holidays. 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.
T: 01904 608595