Birthday parties are back! Not Zoom parties or little gatherings at home, but big celebrations where someone else provides the entertainment and tidies up the mess. And York has loads of choice for birthday parties. We’re all for keeping it simple and budget-friendly, but after spending so much time at home, there’s definitely something to be said for having a change of scene for your child’s special celebration. You can find a whole host of party options in and around York on our website, but from fun crafty parties with Storycraft Theatre to pottery painting parties at Rainbows Ceramics. Here are some more that you might not know about but sound seriously fun.
Dive into a world of chocolate with a birthday party at York’s Chocolate Story
Children’s birthday parties at York’s Chocolate Story are a delicious dream come true for children aged 4+. Throughout the party, children will have the chance to play a range of party games tailored to their age group and will be joined by one of the friendly chocolatiers for a practical 45-minute workshop in the fantastic Chocolate Kitchen. Learn how to mould and decorate chocolate lollypops, experiment with mixing flavours and textures, and make your own personalised chocolates. You can select from our party packages to suit your requirement, simply speak to the party coordinator to arrange. York’s Chocolate Story, 3-4 Kings Square, York YO1 7LD – Call 01904 261262
Cook up a storm with a birthday party at The Cookery School at The Grand, York
The Cookery School at The Grand, York provides exciting birthday parties for all children aged 8 and above! Choose from any of the Parent & Child classes and invite up to eight of their friends to enjoy cooking with their own aprons and chef hats! The Cookery School at The Grand, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD
Fairies, elves and marshmallows – birthday parties at Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary
Where could be more magical for a birthday party than the woods? Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary, hosts lovely children’s parties which include access to the trail and use of a private marquee. There are several theme options, from an adventure with Emerald the Elf to marshmallow toasting. Northwood Trail – England’s Fairy Sanctuary, Buttercrambe Moor Woods, Buttercrambe, York YO41 1AP. Please email for more details and availability.
Enjoy an active birthday party at The Little Gym York
Birthday parties at The Little Gym York give your child and their friends the full run of the facility, filling the celebration with instructor-led games, music and fun activities created especially for your child. And you don’t have to worry about set-up or clean-up, making it totally awesome for you too! The Little Gym York York Community Stadium, Monks Cross Drive, York YO32 9AF. Call 01904 307404 or email
Become a Viking at a birthday party at Jorvik DIG
Head to Jorvik DIG for a birthday archaeological adventure! Your dedicated Viking host will lead the way through our dig pits, helping kids unearth fascinating artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history. After a fun shield-making activity there will be a delicious party feast, before everyone becomes a real Viking and faces each other in battle! Parties are available on Saturdays and Sundays and are suitable for ages 4 to 12. Prices start from £10 per child and incude a costumed Viking host, exclusive use of the mezzanine level and activity room at DIG, use of the dig pits, an archaeologist talk, shield-making craft and battle workshop, Viking helmet hats, party plates, drinking goblets and tableware, Viking selfie photo frame and props. It’s fully accessible with a pram park and baby changing facilities. DIG, St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN – Call on 01904 615505 (lines open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm) or email
Birthday parties at The Web Adventure Park
There’s a huge selection of birthday party options at the Web Adventure Park in York. From the no-frills Easy Peasy Party to the fairground party (with 30 minutes of unlimited rides!), laser party and weekday party, there’s plenty of choice for children of all ages. Prices start at £9.50 per person, with options to include use of a private party room, buffet meal, sweet bags and a personal party host.