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Don’t miss York’s first Balloon Fiesta, which is all set to be a spectacular sight across the city. As well as 50 fantastic balloons, there’ll be food stalls, a beer tent, fairground rides and other entertainment all taking place on the Knavesmire. There are two balloon launches, morning (Saturday and Sunday, 7.15am) and afternoon (4.30pm).

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The Little Vikings Awards are BACK! Now in its third year, we’re delighted to be bringing back the only awards scheme that recognises and rewards the best of York for kids. The categories cover the main areas of family fun, from birthday parties to days out, eating out, shopping and more. New for this year,

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Just when you think you’ve done everything there is to do in York, someone comes along with something completely different. This Saturday 16th September, head to the city walls for a one-of-a-kind performance trail to promote this year’s York Theatre Royal TakeOver Festival, run by 12 to 26 year olds. Featuring new and emerging artists

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While you might associate York Races with swarms of adults having a good time, The Press Family Sunday event puts families firmly on the agenda. It takes place on Sunday 10th September, and there’ll be plenty to do and see. As well as the horse racing, there’ll be appearances from everyone’s favourite bear, Paddington. Under

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We love Heritage Open Days, because it’s a chance for everyone to enjoy some of the most interesting and exciting places in the country for free. This year the Heritage Open Weekend takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. The free places to visit in and around York include some of our favourites.

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There’s lots for little bookworms to look forward to at Ryedale Book Festival in Malton this September. Children’s laureate and general legend Lauren Child will introduce her new Charlie & Lola book (book in advance – it’s bound to sell out); join acclaimed author/illustrator Tim Hopgood and his new creation, Doodle Dogs, at the most

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We love York more than anywhere, but London also has a huge place in our hearts. We lived there for a decade during our twenties, and two of our children were born there. They were so little when we moved back up north that they don’t remember it at all (and after we spent all

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There’s lots of steam fair fun at Harewood House this weekend (Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September). As well as the steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors and other wheeled wonders, there’ll be funfairs and arena entertainment including bird of prey displays with eagles and vultures. The Crazy Bears will also be live on stage

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It’s every panto fan’s dream come true: the chance to star in this year’s York Theatre Royal pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. There are open auditions for 8 to 11 year olds on Saturday 30th September in the De Grey Rooms. They’re looking for young people who love acting, singing and dancing and would love

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From Shark in the Park to Foggy Foggy Forest, One Mole Digging a Hole and Never Use a Knife And Fork, many of our best-loved family reads are illustrated, and often written, by legendary children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt. So when we found out he’d be opening his new Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants exhibition at Nunnington

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There’s some great stuff happening at Castle Howard this August bank holiday weekend (Saturday 26th to Monday 28th August) with raft building, archery and a climbing wall in the gardens. Here’s what’s coming up. Become an archer for the day: take aim and watch your arrows soar through the air to hit their targets. Drop

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