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.
Future Engineers returns to the National Railway Museum this October half term for a fortnight of action-packed, free hands-on activities and interactive workshops. You’ll discover your hidden engineer and find out more about how the railways work. Here are some of the highlights. FLUX Dance: How do forces move our trains? FLUX Dance’s ‘Moving Science’
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).
York’s first ever conker championships is taking place at Energi Trampoline Park on Saturday 23rd September, with Minster FM’s Ben and Ellie at the helm. Find a prize conker in your local park, attach it to a string, head along and see how you get on. Take part and you’ll get 40% off a bounce
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,
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
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 Fectionary who’ll tell you terrifying tales, including the history of some of the ghastly giants of confectionary, such as ‘Kit Bat’, ‘Terrys All Ghould’ and ‘Rowntree’s
York Food Festival is one of the biggest and best festivals of its kind in the UK, and for the third year Little Vikings is putting on some fun, free activities for kids. New for this year, we’re delighted to announce the launch of the Little Vikings Recipe Hunt. Between 23rd September and 1st October,
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
We’ve had a summer packed with adventures of one sort and another, but the standout weekend for the whole family was the one we spent in a muddy field outside Thirsk. Even the unpredictable English weather didn’t dampen our spirits during our first foray into family festivalling at Deer Shed 8. In fact Deer Shed
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.
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
You don’t have to dig too far down through our pick of birthday parties in York to find one that will go down in history with the birthday child and his or her friends. Specially designed with 4 to 9 year olds in mind, DIG’s birthday parties have it covered. First off, your very own
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?!
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
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
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
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
Ahoy there! When we were invited by York City Cruises to take one of their trade mark red boats for a jaunt on the river with the kids, we jumped at the chance. We’ve taken them on one of the big sightseeing boats before, but never taken charge of the steering wheel ourselves. With visions
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