What’s on in York for kids: Shows and festivals coming soon

Things to do in York for kidsThe excitement of Easter might be over, but there’s lots of fun stuff coming up in York for kids.

Here’s our pick of the shows and festivals that families can look forward to in and around in York over the next few months.



After a storming first year, York’s answer to the Edinburgh Festival is back with a packed programme for families. It’s all taking place in the centre of York (Parliament Street) between 15th and 31st July. Among the must-see shows are Julia Donaldson’s Tiddler, The Amazing Bubble Show and Baby Loves Disco. Book early to bag your seats – leave it to the last minute at your peril!

masksLots of lovely stuff at York Theatre Royal

We couldn’t be more excited about the reopening of York Theatre Royal at the end of April. One for parents, opening show Brideshead Revisited is sure to be an absolute treat and we can’t wait to see it. Little Vikings can look forward to a bumper programme of events and activities during May half term, including a Roald Dahl workshop and the chance to explore backstage. The Takeover Festival, run by 12 to 26 year olds, takes place in July and is always great fun. Magnifying glass at the ready, Sherlock Holmes – The Hound of the Baskervilles promises to be a fun-filled family show to entertain us this summer.
Visit the York Theatre Royal website

geronimo YorkShow In the Park

York Knavesmire comes to life on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July with two fun-packed days of family entertainment. What’s on? What’s not?! There’ll be live music, stunt shows, circus workshops, Punch & Judy, monster trucks, galloping horse acrobatics, motorbike displays and loads more.
From £12.50 adult/£5 child/under 5s free – visit the Show in the Park website

geronimoGeronimo Festival

The Geronimo Family Festival comes to Harewood House for the first time on May 1st and 2nd 2016 and the line-up’s impressive, with 12 activity zones. There’ll be Mr Bloom and other CBeebies’ stars in the Geronostage Zone, exciting outdoor activities and adventures in the Adrenaline Zone, amazing acrobatics in the Circus Zone and wildlife in the Pasture Zone and lots more besides.
Tickets from £25/under 2s free – geronimofest.com

To find out the best things happening in York for kids, follow Little Vikings on Facebook and Twitter. You can check out our pictures on Instagram, and the next Little Vikings magazine will be out in time for May half term with lots of ideas and inspiration for things to do with your family in York

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