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York Mumbler Activity Sheet for Summer 2017

Summer Holidays are here! Woo hoo! But with such a long break, we know you’ll be looking for things to do with your Mini Mumblers. As always we’ve got a really comprehensive list of things going on in the ‘Summer Holidays‘ area of the website.

To help you plan and also manage your budget for the summer, I’ve put together an activity sheet with tonnes of ideas for you to do – most of these are free and a mixture of things at home as well as getting out and about. There are also some activities which are paid for (if you’re not a member of the place already) so you can choose the ones that you like the sounds of the most (or if you’re lucky enough to have the budget and energy – go for them all!) I’ve gone all geeky on my colour coding so hopefully it should be easy for you to select a free, paid, at home or out and about activity depending on what you fancy.

This is by no means an exhaustive list – we’re really spoiled for choice in York so do check the listings for more ideas… and I’ve also done a blank sheet if you’d rather pick and choose ideas to suit your family. If you’re going away somewhere then you could use this as a holiday activity planner too. I’d love to hear how you use it so do e-mail me if you have anything to say about it!

If you want to get the children to colour in each time you do something on here then it’s even an activity in itself!

I hope you find this useful and hope you enjoy a fantastic Summer with your family in York!

Download here: Summer Activities Ideas in York 2017 – Free Downloadable PDF

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Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park Big Bug Bonanza

Askham Bryan Wildlife and Conservation Park is a brand new wildlife park situated in the beautiful arboretum at Askham Bryan College.

Visitors can see amazing animals from lemurs, raccoons and meerkats to snakes and spiders.
The Wildlife of the World corridor takes you on a journey around the globe; from a local rockpool to the Amazon jungle.

Learn about these fascinating creatures and their natural habitats with daily talks, crafts and other activities.

This summer we’ll be celebrating the Big Bug Bonanza, so why not come and meet our brilliant bugs up close and personal?

The park is only open weekends and holidays, and tickets can be pre-booked via the website:

Summer Opening Hours:
10.00am – 5.00pm (Last Entry 4.00pm)

Contact information:
Tel.: 01904 772270

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City Screen Picturehouse

Kids Club running throughout the holidays:
Saturday 26th August – Ratatouille [PG]

All tickets £2 each
Activities start at 10:30, Film starts 11:15

Toddler Time – For preschool children and their parents and carers, every Friday morning at 11.30am. Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.
Friday 25th August – Timmy Time: Timmy On Wheels And Other Adventures [U]
Friday 1st September – Rastamouse Cheesetastic [U]

Big Scream – For parents and guardians with babies under one year old, every Monday and Wednesday morning at 11am.

Also, there’s the Summer Holiday programme of Matinees:
All tickets £2, everyone welcome! 10.45am each day.
Monday 21st August – Thursday 24th August – Moana Sing-a-long (PG)
Monday 28th – Thursday 31st August – My Neighbour Totoro (U)

Tickets can be booked online HERE or phone 0871 902 5726
13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

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Energi Trampoline Park


Summer Unlimited Pass – only £49.95
For only £49.95 you can bounce as much as you like during Jump and family sessions every day between 31st July & 3rd September. We are even including Trampoline socks in the price.

Family Pass -only £30 – 2 adults/2 children // 1 adult/3 children.
The Family Pass can be used on Peak, Off-Peak and Family sessions only and is valid from 31st July – 3rd September.

Energi REPLAY – only £12.95 for 5hours of bouncing !! PAY / BOUNCE / REPLAY
Replay sessions are bookable online or walk-in every Monday from 11am – 3pm throughout the School Summer Holidays, starting from the 31st July – 28th August 2017.

Bounce-Back – attend on a specific Bounce Back session (every other Wednesday) – get a 40% off voucher on your next visit
Once you have attended the session we will give you a unique voucher code that you can use online and claim your 40% discount. The voucher code will be live for only 3 ****days from the date of issue, so be quick to book your next session or you will miss out.

Family Sunday – Family Fun Day all day – including Giant inflatable fun
Every Sunday throughout the school summer holidays from 6th August – 3rd September is Family Day. Sessions are available between 10am & 6pm and will cost £7.95 per session available to book on line or walk-in (Trampoline Socks not included).
And that’s not all, in our car park we will also be hosting a giant 70ft inflatable obstacle course. Everyone is welcome to come and battle the obstacle course, it’s only £2 a go.

Energi Trampoline Park

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Explore York Libraries and Archives

We have a whole summer packed full of fun events at York libraries and archives. This summer we have joined forces with the animal agents and are challenging all children to read six books over the holidays, under 5’s will receive stickers for each book read and over 5’s will get some amazing prizes including smelly stickers, bookmarks, bags and wristbands, it is free to take part.

As well as this we have a whole programme of events for you to get involved in including free family fun days at York, Acomb and Tang Hall libraries, meet the creatures at Haxby, New Earswick and Bishopthorpe libraries and colourful crafts at Clifton, Dringhouses, Haxby, Strensall and Fulford libraries.

See the mumbler blog here for full events listings.

You can come and be amazed by magic with Martin the Magician at Dunnington and York libraries, try your hand at animation and even learn how to juggle. There is no need to be bored this summer with all the amazing things you can do at the libraries. Please call into any library for more information including dates, times and prices or download our brochure by clicking THIS LINK.

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Hoglets – A Summer of Stories

Do you have Little Folks with a vivid imagination, an abundance of energy, a creative mind and a love of stories? Well maybe I have the class for you!

The Long hot summer is rapidly approaching and it’s a time for our little folks to have adventures and make memories and Hoglets is here to help. We will be running 5 super special pay as you go summer classes taking your little ones under the seas, to magical islands and through enchanted lands.

Classes will begin on the 31st July and continue untill school returns. As part of our Summer of Stories, we are launching a new class for older Hoglets (4-7) to come along unaccompanied by their big folks. It will contain all the usual Hoglets fun but with more drama focused games and tasks aimed at giving them a grounding in theatre practice, the ability to work as a group and above all confidence.

21/8 – 22/8 – The Party Invitation- This is a busy week at Hoglets Heights as Hitty Hoglet and Wee Prickles celebrate their 4th and 1st birthdays, so we’ll be carrying on the party Hoglets Style!
Week 5 – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book.

Classes run:
Monday *
10.30am (walking – 5 years) at St Lawrences Children’s Centre.
1.30pm (birth – walking) at Clifton Children’s Centre.
2.30pm (walking – 5 years) at Clifton Children’s Centre.

9.15am (birth – walking) at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.
10.00am Toddlers 1 (walking – 5 years) at Knavesmire Children’s Centre. 4 – 7 year olds at Knavesmire Children’s Centre.

(*Monday classes will not be running on the 21st or 28th August)

Come to one, come to all the choice is yours, but do make sure you BOOK YOUR PLACE. Summer is generally a very busy time for Hoglets and we wouldn’t want you to be disappointed.

Over summer only classes are £4 pay as you go, booking is essential- simply download and complete the booking form on the WEBSITE 
or e-mail [email protected].

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IMPs (Inclusive Music Project) Holiday Club

Sing and Sign a Story with IMPs as Part of the Summer Reading Challenge
Inspired by this year’s Summer Reading Challenge theme of Animal Agents, the team from York’s Inclusive Music Project (IMPs) will lead these sessions of singing, signing, craft and story making at York Explore. We’ll have loads of fun as we mess about with songs, words and ideas, make our own puppets, dance and create a story to perform at the end of the session.
You don’t need any previous experience of singing or signing to take part and the sessions are fully inclusive, welcoming disabled and non-disabled children. We’ll support everyone to get involved and express themselves in the way that works best for them.

The workshops are part of Accessible Arts and Media’s IMPs project. As well as running holiday sessions, IMPs runs every Monday evening in term time at Burton Stone Community Centre. For more information please email [email protected] or visit

Events suitable for 5 to 10 year olds. Under 8s should be accompanied by a parent/carer.

When:  Tuesday 22nd August 10.00am-12.00pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm.
Where: York Explore, Library Square, Museum Street, York YO1 7DS
Cost: £5 per session – subsidised places and sibling discount available (please ask).
To book or ask any questions, please email [email protected] or call 01904 626965.

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McArthurGlen York Designer Outlet / Summer Social

Join the Summer Social at York Designer Outlet between 24 July and 3 September for family entertainment, free children’s activities every Thursday 11am-4pm and a great outdoor seating area to relax, picnic and enjoy live music.
Event programme:
24 August – Hullabaloo festival, live music and enjoy circus skills entertainment
31 August – Hullabaloo festival, live music and be amazed by the giant bubbles
Plus, everyday make your own summer sounds on our music wall,  show off your talents on the piano,  play the giant garden games or let the little ones burn off some energy at the children’s play area.
Don’t forget there are also over 120 designer and high street brands with summer must-haves and back to school essentials for up to 60% less.
Visit the summer social area outside the north entrance and find out more details at or call 01904 682700. Follow us on facebook @yorkdesigneroutlet and instagram @designeroutletyork #SummerSocial

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Mother Shiptons – Knaresborough. Pirates & Mermaids

Ahoy me hearties! Join us for a swashbuckling adventure during the Summer holidays, with perishing pirates and marvellous mermaids. Become a member of the pirate crew, and watch out for those pesky parrots. Succeed in your quest or face the watery depths of Davy Jones locker!

Follow your map and search for the secret lost treasure. Fun for all the family every day from Wednesday 26th July to Friday 1st September.

Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, having been open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s birthplace and her amazing story.

The Park opens 10am to 5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm). There are several scenic picnic areas, a NEW adventure playground and museum and gift shop. for more information visit or follow us on Facebook.

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Murton Park Summer Fun

Murton Park will be presenting a whole load of Summer Fun!
Weekday scheduled Pre-historic, Tudor or Viking Mini Bites
Monday 24th July to Thursday 31st August

There will be a host of Historical Re-enactors on site during the Summer Weekends, showcasing their skills, find out what life was like in their day. (check website for details)

See the vintage tractors and farming exhibits
How did Lucy join the Womens Land Army Play in the sandpit and on the climbing frame
Follow the Nature Trail
Find the New Trolls Instruments and see the Fairy Garden
Rare breed Livestock on site

Take a train ride on the Blackberry Line
DVLRS will be running trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday

Dog behaviour around children training sessions – Friday 25th August.

Bank Holiday Weekend 26th – 28th 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!

Please see website for further details

T: 01904 489966 for all enquiries
Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York YO19 5UF
Open Daily 10.00am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm

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My Baby Can Dance and Newborn Can Dance

My Baby Can Dance and Newborn Can Dance are award winning movement to music classes closely linked to the development stages.
Newborn Can Dance includes natural movement, super songs/music, Baby engagement and sensory freedom. Ideal from birth up to walking.
My Baby Can Dance combines movement, singing, instruments and lots of fun. Ideal from 12 months to 4 years old.

If you are looking for classes that are fun, relaxed, friendly and educational these classes tick all those boxes and much more. It is also a fabulous opportunity to meet other parents/carers.

The following classes are taking place in August on a pay as you go basis, £5 per MBCD, £4 per Newborn Can Dance. This is a great way to try the classes before committing to a block and also ideal for continuity through the summer.

  • Monday 21st August
    St Edward the Confessor Church, Dringhouses
    10.30-11.15 My Baby Can Dance
    11.30-12.00 Newborn Can Dance
  • Friday 25 August
    St Edward the Confessor Church, Dringhouses
    10.30-11.15 My Baby Can Dance
    11.30-12.00 Newborn Can Dance

Siblings are welcome:) Snack included at the end. For more information or to secure your place contact Katherine on 07714210814, [email protected] or on FACEBOOK

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Piglets Adventure Farm – Summer Fun

With new attractions, exciting magic shows and incredible circus acrobatics, summer at Piglets Adventure Farm is full of unmissable family fun.
On your marks, get set, Oink! All included in entry and every day from 22nd July to 3rd September, you can watch hilarious Pig Racing in the Pork-shire Hurdle, soak friends in water wars, boogie on down with daily foam parties and take up the Maize Maze challenge with two new quests. Will you make it on to the leader board?
Hold on there’s more! Follow the brand new Fairy Tale Trail through the woodland to find out which fairy or wood elf you are. Will you be more like Hesta Honeysuckle or Gethin Goldfinch? Such a magical enchanting experience.
Plus, the Magic Hatter will be conjuring up colourful comedy magic, amazing tricks and summertime silliness! Circus at the Farm is back too with crazy upside down juggling, death defying stunts and amazing acrobatics.

There is all the usual adventure farm fun, including Tractor & Trailer rides to the Bale Play Baaarn, Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides and go karts. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. Get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky you might see one being born!

Open daily from 10am – 5:30pm. For each event date, take a look at the website.

Unmissable family fun.

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 or call 01904499700

Piglets Adventure Farm Park, Towthorpe Grange, York, YO32 9ST

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Richmond Castle – Medieval Mayhem

Sat 19th & Sun 20th Aug – 1am – 5pm

Cheer on performers Dressed to Kill Knights, fighting knights and duelling warriors, as they perform in a combat display. Join us for medieval mayhem, experience living history, duelling displays, test your skills at have-a-go-archery and get involved in interactive plays.

Tower Street, Richmond DL10 4QW
01748 822493

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Rievaulx Abbey – Stories and Sword School

Sat 12th & Sun 13th Aug, Sat 19th & Sun 20th Aug, Sat 26th – Mon 28th (bank holiday) Aug, Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd Sep – 11am – 5pm – Stories & Sword School

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 get test their skills in Sword School.

Rievaulx, Nr Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LB
01439 798228

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Rudding Park Junior Golf Camps

Fun golf tuition for juniors aged 6-12, at Rudding Park, Harrogate
£20 per junior, per session. Pre-Booking Essential.

16 August
23 August
30 August

9am -12pm

To book call 01423 873400
More details on the WEBSITE HERE

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Scarborough Castle

Mon 21st – Fri 25th Aug, Sat 26th Aug – Sun 3rd SepHands on History – Medieval
Join us during the school holidays at Scarborough Castle, where the Hands on History crew have a range of medieval activities for you to try. From dressing up and craft activities, to dancing and sword fights – there’s something for everyone!

Sun 20th AugScarborough at War (Online tickets)
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 in our WWI and WWII zone. Children will be able to take part in interactive activities.

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

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Stockeld Park (Wetherby)

We are open for The Summer Adventure from 22nd July – 4th September 2017 for fabulous school holiday family fun!
Enjoy our Adventure Playgrounds, Outdoor Roller Rink, Maze, Inflatable Zone & Go Karts as part of your entry fee… Also several special events running (Included in your entry fee):

14th – 20th August – Arts Week
Open Workshop 11.30am – 4pm. We are joined by Lloyd Warbey (from Disney’s Art Attack) for a week of art fun!

21st – 27th August – Sports Week
From 10am daily. Our entertainment team & 5 Star sports will be organising games, events, races and various activities to keep the kids active. There will be medals for the winners plus lots of organised fun and mayhem!

Saturday 28th – Sunday 3rd September – Adventure Week
The Stockeld Rangers will be organising incredible outdoor adventures for little explorers this summer. Expect everything from den building to arts & crafts to team games and forest trails!

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

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The Balloon Tree this Summer

The Pick Your Own Trail is now open with lots of juicy fruit and vegetables to pick. The multi-award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop and Cafe have been growing soft fruit and vegetables for over 20 years so they know how to get the best fruit possible! Come and PYO or buy ready picked strawberries fresh that morning from the farm.

All the varieties we grow have been chosen for their taste – we can do this because everything is picked and sold within minutes or hours, not days. We have PYO strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, red currants, black currants, white currants, blackberries, blueberries, plums, rhubarb and have some vegetables such as pulling peas, broad beans and runner beans. (All subject to availability – you can always phone to check if you are coming from a distance.)

We have introduced the new Summer menu which has a host of tasty home cooked meals, including paninis, summer time salads, daily specials with seasonal variations.

The farmshop and newly extended cafe are open 7 days a week. A great day out for all the family – entertain the children in the play area while you relax in the cafe garden but still able to keep an eye on them. Sample the other superfresh homegrown produce, local meats, homemade award winning cakes and chutneys, and lots more.

Visit or call 01759 373023 for more information

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The Deep – I Love The Deep, Summer Activities

22nd July to 3rd September.
Get creative this summer as we celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture.
We are challenging you to show off your creative skills in craft corner (open from 11am each day) to help us create a giant montage showcasing your favourite things about The Deep. But first, you have to have to explore the attraction to remind yourself of which exhibits you love, as well as discovering some of our newest additions.

Where to begin? From the very start of time of course! Make your way through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of ice and into the future. Be sure to stop and marvel at the variety of amazing marine life including our newest arrivals, the Loggerhead sea turtles and discover more about them from our guiding team. Enjoy their daily presentations about the animals that live at The Deep throughout the day.
Don’t forget to wave hello to our Aquarists too! You will see them feeding the penguins at 11.30am and 3.30pm, as well as carrying out our daily dive show to feed the animals or give the tanks a good spruce up at 2pm.

So will you accept the challenge? Come on down and show us your jaw-some talents!

Visit The Deep’s website here for full details.

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

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The Poppleton Centre

Various Family Friendly Events running throughout the school holidays, or just pop in and enjoy some freshly baked goodies in the café.
22nd Aug – 11-12.30pm – Mini Mosaics (£10/child)
24th Aug – 10am-2pm – Cricket

Main St, Upper Poppleton, York YO26 6JT
T: 01904 797478

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The Woodland Adventure Co – Summer Holiday Specials

The enchanting allure of the woodlands has inspired children for many generations. A place of magic and adventure where imagination soars. The Woodland Adventure Company (Bushbabies) aims to bring this connection to nature back into the lives of children in a way that is engaging, educational and fun!
Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

We run sessions at our beautiful woodland near Stamford Bridge during School Holidays, so if you want something fun for the family over the holiday period, what could be better than a woodland adventure, whatever the weather!

Remaining Sessions…

Friday 1st September:
10am – Rainbow volcanoes and the search for leprechaun – 2-5 years
1:30pm – Fairy and Elf gardens – 3-8 years.

Visit our website for further information or to book your place.

Book early to avoid disappointment!

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Tool Box Drama – Play in a Week

Tool Box Drama invites you to join our play in a week project – Dive In Beach Party!

York Play in a Week:
21st – 25th of August 2017 – Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Rd, York YO23 1BW

Session times: 10:00am – 4:00pm daily, with a performance at 4:00pm on the Friday
Come along and enjoy a jam packed week of performing arts activities and games. Children will take part in prop making workshops, creative drama exercises, party games with prizes and character making activities. At the end of the project, the group will share their final performance for parents and receive a certificate and a beach themed party bag! This project is recommended for drama kings and drama queens aged between 6 and 10.

Please visit – for more information.

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Whitby Abbey

Sun 20th Aug, Sat 26th – Mon 28th Aug, Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Sep Dracula
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.
Mon 21st – Fri 25th Aug, Tue 29th Aug – Fri 1st SepHands on History: Seafarers
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.

Sun 20th Aug Magical Travelling Circus (Online tickets)
Roll up, Roll up, the circus is in town! This summer we’re pitching a Big Top at the Abbey. Step inside and enjoy the curiosities of a travelling show and marvel at the skills of circus performers, in this amazing setting.

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

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York Army Museum – August Arts & Crafts

August Arts & Crafts
Follow the Arts Trail!
Drop in between 10.30am & 3pm. Mondays & Fridays in August.

Creative & Crafty sessions for ages 5+. Drop in between 12.30pm & 3pm on Wednesdays.
23rd August – Meet Exotic Reptiles & Create Camouflage
30th August – Have a go at Lino Printing

01904 461010

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York Art Gallery

Picasso’s Pots: Plates with Faces
Every day from Tuesday 1 August to Friday 1 September 2017, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.

Song Box: Accessible Story Making
Tue 1st Aug, Fri 25th Aug and Tue 29th Aug, 10.30am – 11.30am £5.90 per family (two adults and two children), gallery admission applies

Leisure Land Golf
Daily until 3 Sept, 11am – 4pm £3 per adult, £2 per child, £8 per family (two adults and two children).

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

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Yorkshire Museum

Wild Beasts in the Museum – Wednesday 2nd and Wednesday 9th August 2017, 11am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm.
Saga Books – Thu 27th Jul – Sun 6th Aug, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Viking Longboats – Mon 7th Aug – Sun 13th Aug, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Drum Making – Mon 14th Aug – Sun 20th Aug, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Brooch Making – Mon 21st Aug – Sun 27th Aug, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Shield Making – Mon 28th Aug – Sun 3rd Sep, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm
Thor’s Thursdays – Thursdays throughout August, 11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR
01904 687687

Acomb Green Fair

Saturday, August 26 at 12 PM – 4 PM

Various stalls, fun & games.

The Green, Acomb, York, Yo26 5LL

Art in The Woods

September 2nd & September 3rd 9-4

There will be an arts trail through the trees with Mim’s artwork on display, and other nature inspired artists, as well as bushcraft activities from Jamie at the Wild Woodsmen, and nature craft activities from Katie at The Little Rosies. Great fun for all the family and all ages, located right next to the brilliant Jubilee Park in Fangfoss, and a five minute walk from Fangfoss centre where the main part of Fangfest will be taking place – lots of artists, activities and food to be discovered including pottery, rocking horse making, stained glass, archery, basket-making, classic cars, wool spinning, pole lathe, children’s craft competitions, traditional fun fair, traditional arts and crafts, and plenty more!

Jubilee Park – Fangfoss, Back Lane, YO41 5 Fangfoss

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens: Summer holidays

Beningbrough has a fun filled summer holiday programme throughout August. Scheduled activities include Artrageous workshops on Mondays and Wednesdays and 50 things Fridays hunting for the rare Tansy beetle.

This is in addition to all the other adventures to be enjoyed with the family in the house and around the gardens.

Tel: 01904 472027

Bishopthorpe Library

Summer Crafts with Andrene
11.00am – 12.00pm, Wednesday 30 August
Join us for more Summer Reading Challenge Craft Activities in the library. Again, there will be activities suitable for all ages.

No booking required. £1 per child towards craft supplies.
Contact: Bishopthorpe Library, telephone: 01904 552678

Burnby Hall

23 Aug 2017 – Percy’s Adventures – Become a young Percy Stewart for the day. Come and explore the Gardens with Rusticus Theatre Arts Group.
30th August – Teddy Bears Picnic – Don’t forget to bring your favourite bear and a picnic along to this fun-packed day for children and teddies!

Burnby Hall & Gardens & Museum, Pocklington, East Yorkshire, YO42 2QF
01759 307125

Canal Head Discovery Day

Saturday, September 2 at 10 AM – 4 PM

A free drop in Open Day at Canal Head (off the A1079, opposite The Wellington Oak). Join us to try your hand at coracle sailing on the canal basin, help to create willow sculptures to go on show at Canal Head and take part in a nature walk.

Pocklington Canal, Canal Head, Pocklington

Castle Howard

Wed 26th July 2017 to Sun 3rd September 2017 – Summer Explorer Adventures
Enjoy a summer filled with outdoor adventures with our explorer activities. Activities taking place daily. 

Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
01653 648333

Dunnington Fayre & Dunnington Live

Dunnington Fayre Saturday 2nd September
Rides, games, stalls, crafts, local produce, competitions and displays all at one fun-packed event! Come along and join the fun!

Dunnington Live Sunday 3rd September
A 1 day mini music festival with established up and coming bands/artists over 2 stages interlinked with entertainment, fun fair, food and bar aimed at families

See Dunnington Fayre website for details.
Eastfield Showfield, Dunnington, York, YO19 5ND
07703 518290

Eco Wheels Event at Monks Cross Shopping Centre

Wednesday 23 August, 11am-3pm

For anyone looking to improve their pedal power and up those eco credentials, Monks Cross Shopping Centre in York is hosting an ‘Eco Wheels’ event on Wednesday 23rd August.
The event will feature some of the most ahead of the curve cycling companies, all demonstrating their latest products, including both electric and traditional cycles to suit every budget.
Visitors can put their cycle skills to the test in a live workshop and the experts in all things two wheeled from Evans Cycles will be there to answer all bike related questions.

Alexander Cars will also be bringing an electric car, letting people check out how it works and giving an insight into the future of how we’ll all be getting around.

Eureka – The Big Summer Festival – Halifax

22/07/17 – 03/09/17
Come rain or shine, our Big Summer festival will include a fun mix of science busking, interactive storytelling and craft activities, plus kids (and grown-ups) can try their hand at coding, animation and more with a changing programme of digital activities. There will also be regular visits from storytellers Gacko and Ian Douglas, and experience the explosive science of Professor Pumpernickel.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
01422 330 069

Family Fun day

Monday 28th August 12pm onwards.

York SANDS are holding a family fun day in memory of a little girl called Alexis.**Free entry**
So much to do including: Rodeo Bull, Raffle, Teddy Tombola, Tombola, Pony Rides, Live Music/DJ, Exotic animals & a BBQ
All money raised will be spent locally! Come down for a really great day!

Acorn Rugby Club, Thanet Road, YO24 2NW

Food & Craft Festival in Sherburn in Elmet

26th 27th & 28th August, 10am -5pm

Over 100 food and craft stalls, live entertainment, children’s cookery school, a fun fair, vintage cars and bikes and plenty more family entertainment.
Tickets £5 per person, per day in advance or £10 per person for all three days! (Advance only) Kids go FREE. See website for details.

Eversley Park Centre, Sherburn in Elmet, LS25 6BA

Forever Young Festival 2017

Saturday 2nd September at 12 PM

Its a music festival to bring generations together to enjoy music. Last year we had about 1300 over the day.

Grimston Court Residential Care Home, Grimston Lodge, Grimston Bar, York YO19 5LE
01904 489343

Fulford Show

Monday 28th August – 1pm – 5pm

Fulford Show, with exhibits and field events, has been running for over a hundred years. It is a not-for-profit organisation, run by volunteers, and raises money for local voluntary groups.
The 2017 Fulford Show will take place at the School Field and in the Social Hall – both on School Lane, Fulford. Lots of family friendly activities on offer.

School Field / Social Hall, School Lane, Fulford.

Goddards House & Gardens Chocolate Trail

Throughout the Summer Holidays – Open 10.30am – 5pm – Wednesday to Sunday
Enjoy family trails around the house and garden during the school holidays and have a go at tennis or croquet in the garden whilst you are with us.
Goddards House, 27 Tadcaster Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1GG
01904 771930

Henshaws Arts & Crafts Centre

Sunday, 6th Aug 2017 – Sunday, 27th Aug

Beach opening party 6th August 1pm – 9pm. The Urban Beach has become a fantastic event, held in Knaresborough every August. When the sun is shining it plays host to hundreds of children and parents every day! The atmosphere is magical with live music, face painting and other arts and crafts going on.

50 Bond End, Knaresborough, HG5 9AL

Heworth Branch Summer Fair

August 26th, 2-5pm

Please share, bring your friends and family. All volunteers, particularly cake baking, gladly welcomed. Thanks!

Shoulder of Mutton, Heworth Green

Holgate Windmill

Open days: August 20th, 28th & September 2nd & 3rd – 11am – 4pm
Come and visit to see inside this fascinating piece of our nation’s heritage. Entry to the mill is £3 for adults, £1 for Children (aged 5-18). Entry is free to members of the Holgate Windmill Preservation Society.

Windmill Rise, Holgate, York, YO26 4TX.

It’s A Pockout – 2017

Monday 28th August 2017 10-6

A free fun family day out – Bigger, Better and More Fun for 2017.
more stalls, more activities, more things to eat and a bar and it will be BETTER – more teams, more games, more fun, more things to see and do and of course – MORE FUN!

Pocklington Football Club Fields, The Balk, Pocklington, YO42 2NZ

Lightwater Valley Events

Mister Maker Live – August 26th & 27th – 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Come and join your ultimate arts and crafts hero Mister Maker, as he appears live on stage at Lightwater Valley! With art at its heart, this fantastic show encourages Mini Makers and their grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise!

Tickets available online.
Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, HG4 3HT
01765 635321

Little Diggers:

Garden Explorers
Saturday August 26th, 10:00-11:00
Explore our sensory garden and discover what we can find out about archaeology from what we know about bugs and animals!
Learn about the soil and what might have happened to the objects archaeologists find after hundreds of years underground…
Price: £3.50
Location: DIG

What will Archaeologists discover when they look back at us in 100 years?
Explore some of the objects we use every day and think about what they might say about our lives and what stories they might come up with!
Saturday August 12th, 2017
Time: 10:00-11:00
Price: £3.50
Location: DIG

01904 615505

Meet and make the birds – Rowntree Park

Thursday, August 24 at 10 AM – 12 PM

Join a walk following the Rowntree Park “King of the birds” trail with the artist Gerard Hobson, who will tell you a little bit about each bird you find. After completing the trail, it’s back to the park cafe to create your own flying bird to take home. £5 per child (children must be accompanied by an adult). There are two sessions, 10-12 and 1-3pm.We only have 12 spaces per session, so please message via Facebook (Friends of Rowntree Park page – Meet and make the birds event page) with your preferred session and number of children and we will send you a message to confirm your place. Suitable for 5 to 11 year olds and their parents/carers.

Rowntree Park, Terry Ave, York YO23 1JQ

Micklegate Soap Box Challenge

Monday 28th August at 10 AM – 6 PM

It’s back the Micklegate Soap Box Race!

Micklegate, York, YO1 6JG

Moo Music & Messy Moo Summer Specials

MOO MUSIC – £4.50 with siblings half price. Baby Moo is birth to walking and mixed moo is 0-5.
Tuesday 22nd Aug Pickering Library 10-10.45 Baby Moo 11-11.45 Mixed Moo
Thursday 24th Aug Earswick Village Hall 10-10.45 Baby Moo 11-11.45 Mixed Moo

MESSY MOO – £6.50 with additional siblings £3 each. They are for children appox 6 months – 4 years. Older siblings are welcome and wont be charged.
Monday 21st Aug WilberfossCommunity Centre 10am -11.30

Book through the Moo Music Facebook Page

National Railway Museum – Summer Sleuthing

22nd July – 2nd September

Bring the family and dive into our world of mysteries, clues and science shows this summer at the National Railway Museum. We’ve lined up a wide range of fun activities which will put young minds to work, from writing stories in Case Files to learning about forces in our science shows alongside our exciting science busking demos.

NRM York, Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
0844 815 3139

NCT bumps and babes – Dringhouses

10.30am-12pm, St Edward the Confessor Church hall, Tadcaster Road.

A relaxed group for bumps and children up to crawling that meet weekly to chat and meet others with babies or bumps. Refreshments and toys provided! £2.

We’ll be running throughout summer except the 1st August due to Hall works.

Nunnington Hall

Tactile Tuesday – 15th, 22nd & 29th August – 12 – 3
Peter Pan – Garden Theatre – Friday 11 August – 6pm-8pm Booking essential, please call 01439 748283.

Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, near York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY
01439 748283

RHS Harlow Carr (Harrogate) – Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ Summer Holiday Adventures

22 July – 3 September:
Visit Harlow Carr throughout the summer for events and activities celebrating the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s very first Famous Five book, ‘Five on a Treasure Island’. Take part in outdoor ‘have a go’ workshops, see birds-of-prey demonstrations, listen to tall tales and make your own Famous Five explorer kit. Don’t forget to visit the willow wigwam camp and take a nostalgic look at the Enid exhibition in the Bath House. Activities vary daily. See website for details. Normal garden admission applies.
RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

Scampston Hall

Why not leave your children in our care for a day full of fun, crafting and nature themed activities? A qualified teacher and enthusiastic support staff will be here to ensure your youngsters have a wonderful, inspiring experience.
Fun days will be available on 23rd August, 25th August.
Each Session lasts from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
£15 per child, booking is essential as spaces are limited

Fairy Stories in the Gardens
Explore the magic of the woodlands here at Scampston with our Fairy Godmothers. Hear the incredible tales of witches, princesses, princes, giants and fairies in a very interactive story telling walk with the chance to spot one of Scampston’s very own fairies!
All children wearing magical costume will gain free entry.
Wednesday 26th July 11am, Friday 4th August 2pm, Thursday 17th August 11am, Tuesday 22nd August 2pm
No booking necessary.

Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 8NG
T: 01944 759111

Song Box summer holiday programme

15 July – 1 September.
On-line tickets for Song Box’s summer holiday activities are live!
30 sessions with 6 different activities, providing musical play, interactive stories and exploring nature; for babies, toddlers, talkers, and now also primary age children, and 8-18 year olds with special needs.
All over York
Great value at £5.90 PER FAMILY
07855 126408

St Nicks’ & Derwenthorpe Nature Explorers

These summer holiday activities take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays 1-4pm at St Nicks and Wednesdays 2-5pm at Derwenthorpe (between 25th July-31st August).
Discover the wonders of nature through a variety of hands-on activities. Have a go at pond dipping, minibeast hunts, building birdhouses and more! Free activities for 4-12 year olds. Under 8’s must be accompanied; parental consent required for all children.

Please BOOK your first visit by filling in this form. Please call Ivana on 01904 411821 if that does not work for you. After booking you can drop in to as many sessions as you like.

St Nicks Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York, YO10 3ST
Derwenthorpe, Derwent Way, York, YO10 3NP

Story-time and book-signing with Hazel Stevens

Saturday 26th August 13:00

Hazel Stevens will be in our children’s section reading from and signing copies of her new book, Poppy Wants to Bake a Cake – a beautifully illustrated picture book about a rag doll called Poppy and her adventures when left alone in the family home. Free – all welcome.

Waterstones, 15 Coney street, York, YO1 9QL

Teddy bears picnic (for 4 – 9 yr olds)

Make two recipes for a picnic and enjoy outside (weather permitting) with your cuddly friends.
Wednesday 23rd August (11am – 12.30pm)
£9 per child or £14 for siblings
Derwenthorpe, York

Book your place via the Little Bites Cookery website or contact m: 07768207839

The Doodle Studio Summer Art Classes

24th August 9.30-11.
Our classes are open to children of all levels from 5-12 years old. These sessions will be packed full of creative activities with lots of experimenting with different techniques and most of all will be fun!
£8 – All materials included. To Book contact Kate on 07938585072
The Rawcliffe Rec, The Pavillion, St Marks Grove, YO30 5TS

Thornton Le Dale Scarecrow Festival

Sat 26th, Sun 27th & Mon 28th

There are at least 60 scarecrows on the trail, with many many more around the pond/village. There is plenty of car parking space in the heart of the village, with very easy access for wheel chairs etc. Why not join us, to enjoy the walk around our Scarecrow Trail and to see our lovely village? At the festival there are Trail Maps, Raffle Tickets and Souvenirs, for sale.

Maltongate Car Park, Thornton le Dale, YO18 7SD

Treasurer’s House

27th July – 3rd September – Open daily 11-4.
Enjoy giant jenga, croquet and garden games in our small but perfectly formed garden with neighbouring York Minster on the skyline.

Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL
01904 624247

York City FC Foundation Summer Courses

Summer Football Courses 2017
York Sports Village 21st-24th August
Easingwold Town AFC 21st-24th August
Huntington Secondary School 29th August – 1st September
Bootham School 29th August – 1st September
All courses £16 per Day 10am -3pm

T: 01904559508

York Festival of Cycling

Sunday 3 September

The cycling event has something for the whole family with all sorts of fun pedal powered activities and attractions for people to take part in. There will be bikes and trikes of all shapes and sizes including adapted bikes, balance bikes and tandems for people to test ride on the day. BMX stunt team ‘Savage Skills’ will be performing throughout the day showing some of the amazing stunts and tricks that can be done on two wheels. There will also be ‘The AirBag’ for those brave enough to try out their own airborne tricks without the worry of a hard landing.

Terry Ave, York, YO23 1JQ

York Maze

Open Sat 15th July to Mon 4th September
Sat 12th August – Sweetcorn Festival
Sun 3rd September – Dog Day at York Maze

York Maze, Dunnington Lodge, Elvington Lane, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 5LT
01904 607 341

York Minster – Fun Summer Craft Activities

Each Wednesday during the summer holidays (27th July- 3rd September) families can enjoy hands-on animal craft activities that celebrate the theme of Noah’s Ark. £2.50 for materials. All York residents can visit the Minster for free.
01904 557200

York Nurturing Community Summer Events

Loads of events every week, whole family welcome. Super Sustainable Centre, Derwenthorpe.
07747 723350

Yorkshire Air Museum

20th August – Pioneers of Aviation Day
27th August – Rolling Thunder Day

Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, York, YO41 4AU
01904 608595

Yorkshire Arboretum Summer Activities

Discovery Day August 29 10:00am- 2:00pm
Arboretum Explorers’ Club – Creative Arts August 23; Active Learning August 30, 10:00am- 3:00pm.
Ryedale Book Festival August 20.
Puppet Fun August 21, 10:00am- 1:00pm
Teddy Bears’ Picnic September 3, 11:00am 2:00pm
01653 648598