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Mar 27
New! Little Vikings I Spy Trail – a free walking trail of York for families

As recommended by The Sunday Times! I spy with my little eye a clock, a cat and a flag! We’ve been busy working on something new behind the scenes for the past few months and we’re so excited to launch a brand new walking trail for York: the Little Vikings I Spy Trail. For some […]

May 20
Coming soon – Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book at York Theatre Royal!

Head to York Theatre Royal this June (13th to 15th) for another delightful adaptation of a beloved book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler: Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book! Charlie loves reading.  Especially books about pirates.  But his sister hates it – it’s boring!  Can Charlie convince her that reading is fun?  Perhaps if she read […]

May 19
York Pride 2024 – All you need to know

It’s that time of year again! The city will be a rainbow of colour for York Pride 2024, and it’s firmly family-friendly. The free event, which celebrates expression, acceptance and awareness for the LGBTQ+ community, takes place on Saturday 1st June with a variety of activities throughout the day. The parade route starts at York […]

May 13
May the games begin at Oxygen York this May half term!

The month of May promises big-time fun, rain or shine, with exciting activities kicking off the summer of sport early at Oxygen York. Joining the hero crew guarantees a winning experience! Here’s what to expect during May half term at Oxygen: May half term in-park activities Book a regular Activeplay session during May half-term and […]

May 13
Win a family ticket for Deer Shed Festival this summer!

Deer Shed Festival is one of the best festivals in the country, and it just happens to be in North Yorkshire! Taking place from 26th to 29th July 2024, it’s an innovative family-friendly festival that’s been carefully designed to be a brilliant experience for all ages. Whether you love music, comedy, workshops, science, sports or […]

May 12
Win a tooth whitening treatment and a child’s electric toothbrush with Blossom Family Dental Care!

We’ve teamed up with our partner dentist Blossom Family Dental Care to bring you a great giveaway for National Smile Month! You can win a free White Beauty teeth whitening treatment (subject to oral health assessment), worth £360 AND a children’s electric toothbrush and the chance to visit the toothbrushing station if they wish! To […]

May 12
Enjoy an adventurous day out at Beningbrough this May half term

Open every day for half term, 25th May to 2nd June, free to National Trust members and under-fives Enjoy an adventurous day out at Beningbrough this half term holiday. Explore the gardens and get involved with the Feathered friends trail or take part in a family craft activity (available on selected days). There’s space to […]

May 12
May half term in York: Our guide to the best things to do

May half term in York runs from 25th May to 2nd June 2024 and there’s plenty going on for families to enjoy . Take a look at our handy guide for our pick of the best, and keep checking back as we’ll keep updating it. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and […]

May 03
Inspiring, free family fun – York Festival of Ideas returns!

York Festival of Ideas is back for 2024 and promises to spark children’s imaginations with lots of FREE and fun hands-on activities (including the Little Vikings I Spy Trail as a recommended free family activity!). The Festival continues to inspire and nurture young people’s creativity and curiosity with events ranging from nature activities to an […]

May 03
Make Space for Girls at Rowntree Park – Fun activities for older girls in York

As part of the Make Space for Girls campaign, The Friends of Rowntree Park are hosting a month of events in Rowntree Park during June 2024 to inspire and empower girls. From sports and fitness classes to art and craft workshops, music and dance performances, and nature-related activities. It’s time to reclaim the public space, […]

May 03
Monet’s waterlilies are coming to York Art Gallery!

Epic news for art lovers young and old: Claude Monet’s incredible waterlilies are coming York Art Gallery this spring as part of a new exhibition! The iconic painting, ‘The Water-Lily Pond’ will be the centrepiece of an exhibition that will bring together key loans from regional and national institutions and a large-scale commission by contemporary […]

Apr 29
The Shambles, York – Our guide

If there’s one place you must visit on your trip to York, it’s the famous Shambles. It’s a street steeped in history that parents will love, but there are also plenty of magical reasons that children will adore it too. Take a look at our ultimate guide to the Shambles in York to find out […]

Apr 26
York Georgian Festival returns for 2024!

York Georgian Festival returns for the second year, with lots of exciting collaborations between some of the city’s much-loved museums, venues and historical experts. It takes place from Thursday 1 August until Sunday 4th August 2024  and once again, there’ll be family-friendly events to enjoy and many can be booked now. Here’s a look at […]

Apr 25
The Potions Academy – A magical new attraction for York!

Big news, Potter fans! York’s iconic Shambles is already a must-visit for fans of all things wizard-related, and it’s set to get even more magical with the opening of a brand new attraction that sounds amazing for families. Set to open in July 2024, The Potions Academy is the brainchild of Ben Fry and Phil […]

Apr 23
Win a family ticket for Mother Shipton’s this May half term!

This May half-term, all you need is faith, trust and pixie dust! Head to Mother Shipton’s from 25th May to the 2nd June and step into the enchanting world of Peter Pan with ‘Lost Boys’. Embark on an adventure like no other as you explore themed displays inspired by the wild children from the beloved story of […]

Apr 19
Let us out! Star Street Escapes, a new kids’ escape room for York

Well, this is exciting! As if we weren’t already spoilt for choice for things to do with kids in York, a brand new escape room has opened and it sounds fab. Candy Chaos at Star Street Escapes is the brainchild of the team behind the fantastic Star Street Salon, York’s only dedicated hairdressers for children, […]

Apr 12
Five reasons to visit Falling Foss near Whitby

There aren’t many places that we’d brave the A64 for on the hottest day of the year, but Falling Foss near Whitby is one of them. If you’re looking for a really pretty walk that isn’t too taxing for younger children (and has the prospect of caffeine en route), then look no further. It’s not […]

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Apr 10
The best family walks in and near York: The ultimate guide

If you’re looking for a lovely walk in York or the surrounding Yorkshire countryside with your children, look no further. There’s a lot to love about going on a family walk: it’s great exercise, gets everyone off their screens and gives you a great chance to chat and connect. There are lots of great walks […]

Apr 09
The York Minster Fire 40 years on – Projection shows, tours and more

The iconic cathedral has announced Reclaimed from the Flames, a programme of events and activities to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the devastating fire at York Minster. In the early hours of Monday 9th July 1984, York Minster was struck by lightning and suffered one of the worst cathedral fires of modern times. The damage […]

Mar 29
York for Harry Potter fans: Our Guide to the wonderful wizarding world of York

York is a magical place for anyone to visit, but for Harry Potter fans it’s extra special thanks to the city’s connection with JK Rowling’s much-loved books. Grab your cloaks and wands and hop on your broomsticks to enjoy some fantastically enchanting York experiences. RECOMMENDED 💰 The best free and cheap things to do in York […]

Mar 19
The Bishy Road Street Party is back!

The ever-popular Bishy Road Street Party returns on Sunday 9th June 2024, which is a great excuse to head along to York’s award-winning high street. The full programme is still to be confirmed, but there’ll be live music, food stalls, children’s entertainment and a lovely atmosphere. Admission is free and we’ll keep you posted on […]


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