From Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th July 2018, York is going to be transformed into an amazing floral spectacular for the Bloom! festival. This is one not to be missed!
I’m so proud that York Mumbler is a part of this wonderful event, there is loads going on for families and children, some of which I’ve listed below and you can find out more information on their website www.bloomyork.com.
We’ve created a Mini Mumbler Magical Quest so that between 5th & 8th July, you and your family can walk the short trail in the city between some of York’s favourite family friendly locations, look for the letters & put them all together to help our Mumbler fairy find her name. You can download a PDF of the map HERE or pick up a Bloom! guide from the tourist information centre and you’ll find the map on page 26.
Everyone taking part will get a little prize in the post from our fairy and 1 lucky winner will get a family ticket to The Secret Garden which is showing at York Theatre Royal on Friday 27th July 2018.
We’d love to see some of you and your mini mumblers on the trail so please do post any photos to social media using #minimumblersmagicalquest
Family Friendly Events at Bloom!
Along the trail, there are LOADS of ways your family can enjoy and get involved in the Bloom Festival.
Here are some of the things going on:
City Screen, Coney Street
6th July – Peter Rabbit showing – doors open at 12pm
7th July – Pop up ‘Pick Your Own’ hosted by Flower Power York. Come and Create your very own posy from 10.30am from a selection of inspiring colours, textures & scents
Dean’s Park Gardens at York Minster
7th-8th July – Escape the bustle of the city in this tranquil gardens, enjoy refreshments at the pop-up bar Sol-Ast, and Michael Lyons’ exhibition of the same name. Dean’s park will host the Minster’s team f highly skilled flower arrangers, creating displays in response to Wendy Bristol’s sculptures. A lovely place for mini mumblers to see, explore and for you to relax.
Find these letters along the trail to find the Mumbler Fairy’s name
York Theatre Royal
7th July 11am-4pm – Illustration Workshop. Little vikings and York Theatre Royal invite you to get creative in this hands on illustration workshop with leeds-based artists Buttercrumble.
5th-8th July – Secret Studio Garden Workshops. The Secret Garden performance is in residence at York Theatre Royal throughout July and August! In celebration of this show, the Theatre’s courtyard café has been transformed into a secret garden for you to explore and acts as a family friendly hub, run by little vikings, offering a holistic and emotive space for all to escape to. Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the live Secret Garden performance whilst you’re here!
York Art Gallery
6th July 10am-11am – Museum Baby. Find the flowers, make flower print paintings & listen to the flower story. Special session for babies and their carers with sensory activities linked to the artwork on display. Price included in entry to the gallery. Please book.
Museum Gardens & Yorkshire Museum
5th July 10am-11am – Early years Explorers: Gardens. Find & count the mini beasts, make a paper flower and listen to the Garden story. Activities for children aged 2 to 5 years old and their carers; including songs, stories, games & craft activities. Price included in entry to museum.
7th July – Blooming Plastic! Join artist Thea Jacob and learn about the evolution of flowering plants and the lifecycle of plastic from oil to waste. Then help create a festoon of brilliant blooms from junk plastic! Price included in entry to the museum.
7th July 10am & 12pm – Story Making en Plein Air. Create Marvellous, interactive stories inspired by the museum gardens settings, artworks at the river market and your own imaginations. Join in near the Hospitium from 10am and 12pm.
York Explore Library Lawn
6th-8th July – Miniature Magic Gardens
The grand finale on the Magical Mumbler Quest – Marvel at 30 small-scale gardens created in a series of brightly coloured wheelbarrows, by primary schools from across York. Schools have been challenged to deliver the most creative, imaginative and quirky miniature gardens within their barrows as possible. Also keep an eye out for the Mumbler Magic Garden, quite possibly York’s smallest hidden garden!
For more information about Bloom just visit:
Huge thanks to Annina Diston for the graphic design in creating the fabulous Magical Mumbler Map
Thanks so much also to Frances Holberry of Mood Indigo for painting our beautiful Floral Letters for the trail.
Frances has also kindly agreed to sell these letters after the event with all proceeds going to charity (TBC which but it will be a mental health charity) If you’d like to put in an offer for one of them, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.