You’re never too young to experience good music, whatever the genre, so we’re delighted that the National Centre for Early Music – just off Walmgate – runs family-friendly concerts. Coming up on Sunday 26th November is Opera Tales from Opera North, a new concert that will take the audience on a spell-binding journey through the
Castle Howard is one of our favourite places for a family day out, but you’ll usually find us walking through the woods, running around the fountain or climbing on something in the adventure playground. It’s rare for us to head to the house with the children in tow, but at Christmas it’s the first place
Brodsworth Hall is a lovely place to visit with children at any time of year, but it’s especially magical at Christmas when you can visit after dark. The popular Enchanted Brodsworth event is back again this year, and will be a twinkly winter wonderland with optional visits to Father Christmas, too. It’s under an hour
Christmas and chocolate go hand-in-hand, so we’re really excited about the new Christmas experience at York’s Chocolate Story. This year, why not Join Santa’s Sweet Adventure for three floors of festive chocolatey magic? Experience Christmas games, discover seasonal secrets and even meet the big man himself! The admission price includes: meeting with Santa present from
York’s beautiful all year round, but it really comes to life at Christmas. There’s lots of festive fun to look forward to in York during November and December, and it all kicks off with the switching on of the Christmas lights in St Helen’s Square on Thursday 16th November. Find out everything you need to
It’s been a cracking year for Micklegate, with another brilliant Soapbox Challenge the opening of more lovely new places to eat and drink, with and without children. And what better way to celebrate than an evening of Christmas fun, as the Micklegate Christmas Mingle returns? Last year’s event was a fantastic way to get in
Great festive news: Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland is coming back this year, and it’s bigger than ever. This fantastic ice rink and attraction, based at York Designer Outlet, returns with its largest outdoor ice rink – the Ice Factor – an alpine skate hire chalet with rinkside views and a stunning new Polar Express themed grotto
There’s a new experience coming to York this Christmas, and we couldn’t be more excited. For Christmas at York Museum Gardens, one of York’s most stunning locations will be transformed to create a fantastic enchanted trail with light installations and illuminations, all brought to us by the team behind Thor’s Tipi and Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.
For many families, a visit to see Father Christmas is an essential part of the festivities. Luckily for us, there are plenty of places to meet Santa in and around York, from boats to halls to windmills and even Narnia! Check out our guide to the best grottos in York in 2017. This year, why
Like many people, ever since trying acupuncture, I’ve been a complete convert. I’m no fan of needles, but I now swear by acupuncture for treating my ailments, encouraging calm and creating balance. And let’s face it, who doesn’t need that once in a while? It’s also been invaluable for treating pregnancy niggles and helping me
All those children who loved the Summer Reading Challenge run by the fabulous York libraries will be excited to hear that the Bloodaxe Reading Challenge is back! Eager bookworms can sign up at any York library right now and keep reading over winter to win stickers! All they have to do is read four books
October half term is one of our favourites, with lots of pumpkin fun, spooky goings-on and great activities to enjoy. Here’s our pick of the best things going on in and around York this half term. Do check the dates carefully as the York schools have different half term dates to the schools in Yorkshire.
Looking for fireworks and bonfires in York? Look no further! As the only reason we celebrate bonfire night is because of one of the city’s most notorious residents – Guy Fawkes – it would be rude not to mark the occasion with a roaring fire and a rocket or two. Here’s our pick of some
Barley Hall’s ever-popular Haunted Hall is back this Halloween, and they need you to solve some ghostly mysteries. Former residents who lived and worked at the Hall over 500 years ago have been seen skulking round the rooms and passageways, causing all sorts of mischief and mayhem. Who are they and what are they up to?!
What better way to explore York’s spooky streets and secret snickleways this October half term than on The Great York Ghost Search? New for 2017, this free family-friendly walking trail seeks intrepid ghost-hunters to spot the 26 ghost lamps hidden in shop windows across the city. Finders keepers! To add to the excitement, 300 of
Here’s our pick of what’s coming up for families in and around York this weekend (21st/22nd October). Autumn Festival at Nunnington Hall, until Sunday 22nd October – More details here. The ‘Oh wise owl’ trail begins at Beningbrough Hall on Saturday 21st October – More details here. Future Engineers begins at the National Railway Museum
Wondering what to do with the kids during October half term? We can help! York City FC Foundation – the official charity of York City Football Club – run fantastic holiday courses for kids, and we’ve got two places to give away, one on the Fun Course (boys and girls) and one on the Girls
With the right clothes, it’s lovely being outdoors at this time of year. Why not make the most of the seasons with the new monthly sessions with Wild Things Family Forest School? Families with children from 18 months to 10 years can enjoy lots of outdoor activities and games, with hot chocolate and marshmallows. Sessions
Tommy Foggo and his cello are a superhero duo! Follow them on an epic adventure and watch them overcome impossible odds, singing a tune or two and sharing the fun with their friends along the way.It’s a magical multi-media tale of a life saved by music, based on the true story of a boy whose
If you’re looking for spooky fun in York this October half term, the Halloween walking tours with York’s Chocolate Story are great fun for kids. You’ll meet ghoulish Count Fectionery who’ll tell you terrifying tales, including the history of some of the ghastly giants of confectionery, such as ‘Kit Bat’, ‘Terrys All Ghould’ and ‘Rowntree’s