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What better antidote to the winter gloom than booking tickets for all-singing, all-dancing uplifting musical Annie, courtesy of the fabulous York Musical Theatre Company? They’re bringing this award-winning Broadway classic to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in March and tickets are selling fast! Annie is the extraordinary fairytale story of the little American orphan, rescued from

February Half Term

Don’t give in to the temptation to hibernate this February half term (18th to 26th February 2017). There’s loads happening in and around York during the holidays for kids, from the JORVIK Viking Festival to the drive-in cinema and fun book-related activities at Nunnington Hall. Here’s our pick of the best, and don’t forget to

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Yorkshire’s only five star hotel, York’s very own The Grand, is inviting children to enjoy afternoon tea for free with their paying grown-ups this February half term and to celebrate, we were invited along to try it for ourselves. Our children – who rarely get to step foot anywhere more luxurious than our (lovely) neighbourhood

February Half Term

You’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out whether the JORVIK Viking Festival has won ‘Best Festival in York for Kids’ in the Little Vikings Awards, but in the meantime we’ve got the lowdown on what families can look forward to at this year’s festival (20th to 26th February 2017). There’s loads

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So how was York Residents’ Festival for you? Hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed some of the lovely places we’re lucky to have on our doorstep. The good news is that it’s not over yet: York residents can enjoy free entry to the beautiful grounds of Castle Howard right up to Sunday February

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Anyone whose child is going through a growth spurt can relate to the tale of the ever-ravenous Very Hungry Caterpillar. The classic tale from Eric Carle has been charming children since it was first published in 1969, and now it’s coming to the stage. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show will feature a menagerie of 75

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It’s dark and cold, so it’d be easy to feel pretty gloomy as the year kicks off. Although it’s tempting to rely on tea and cake to see us through to the lighter months, I drop into York’s first multi-bed community acupuncture clinic for a bit of extra zing when I’m flagging. I’ve been an

February Half Term

The brand new Lagoon of Light tank at Hull’s fantastic aquarium, The Deep, is undergoing a £500,000 refurbishment and you can see it in its final stages of construction from 11th February. Learn more about how it has been created (before the water is added) and hear fascinating facts about the fish who’ll soon be

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Calling all young witches and wizards! Harry Potter Book Night is fast approaching and you can share the magic of all things Potter at Waterstones York on February 2nd. This year’s theme is Professors of Hogwarts, and there’ll be spellbinding games and enchantingly fun activities including Harry Potter Bingo. Dust off your capes, as there’s also

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We owe CBeebies star Justin Fletcher a huge thank you for the hours he’s entertained our three kids over the years through his Mr Tumble shows and, more recently, Justin’s House. Our younger ones love it, while the eldest pretends not to but always laughs along to it when it’s on. They’ll all jump at

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Babe, the much loved sheep-pig, is coming to the West Yorkshire Playhouse this February. Adapted from the beloved Dick King-Smith children’s book, which inspired the Oscar-winning film Babe, the show promises stunning puppetry, an original musical score and a charming ‘baa-ber sheep’ quartet. Babe, and the other residents of Hogget’s Farm, will trot into West

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As part of its Kids at the Folk Hall season, the brilliant New Earswick community cinema is inviting families along for an afternoon of award-winning films from Pixar, the studio that brightened up our lives with Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Inside Out. Head over to New Earwick Folk Hall on Sunday 19th February at

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Award-winning children’s book illustrator Nick Sharratt is a bit of a legend in our house because he’s drawn the pictures in lots of our favourites books. From Shark in the Park to You Choose, Tracy Beaker, The Foggy Foggy Forest and One Mole Digging a Hole, your kids are bound to have laughed along to

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You voted in your thousands, and we’re delighted to reveal the Little Vikings Award winners 2017! Huge congratulations to all our winners, and to all the finalists. The standards were really high and the results were incredibly close in many of the categories. All the winners and finalists have the Little Vikings seal of approval,

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The lovely Beningbrough Hall is opening its doors to York residents this York Residents’ Weekend, and you’ll even have the chance to get your hands dirty and polish a little bit of the wooden floor as part of the essential winter clean. And you thought spring cleaning your own house was a bit of an

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Got any plans for the weekend of 28th/29th January? You do now! It’s the annual York Residents Festival, when lucky York residents get to brandish their York Cards for free access to some great attractions and some fun experiences. There’s loads going on all weekend, with lots for children to enjoy. Highlights include trips down

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve spent the last few days in a fog of food, drink and presents which has left your house a tip and the kids climbing the walls. If ever there was a time to get outside, it’s now! Visit Ryedale has launched a collection of 20 walks, with digital walking

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Kids climbing the walls? You need some fresh Yorkshire air! That funny time between Christmas and New Year – that someone has rather annoyingly named Twixmas – calls for a bit of outdoor time to offset all that festive telly time, and Castle Howard is a good option. It’s closer than you think (well, the

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