It’s the start of a new decade and there’s lots to look forward to for families living in and visiting York in 2020. From the world-famous JORVIK Viking Festival to a weekend of hot air balloon fun, here are our highlights. And if you fancy catching a family show in York this year, there’s plenty on offer for children of all ages, from Peppa Pig to Pippi Longstocking – you’ll find our pick here.
York Ice Trail 2020
Seek out your scarves and dig out your gloves (bonus points for a matching pair): York Ice Trail returns for 2020! It’s one of our favourite events of the year and it’s back on Saturday 1st February and Sunday 2nd February with two whole days of ice sculpture fun. There will be around fifty fabulous sculptures brought to you by some fantastic York businesses including, for the first time, Little Vikings! Yes, we’re sponsoring a sculpture and we couldn’t be more excited.
Where – Across York
When – 1st & 2nd February 2020
More – visityork.org
JORVIK Viking Festival 2020
The Vikings are back! This February, the JORVIK Viking Festival returns to York with an exciting programme of events and activities, many of which are perfect for children. Voyages of the Vikings is the theme for this year, so expect to hear incredible tales of Viking adventures. Between Sunday 15th February to Sunday 23rd February 2020 there are over 80 events across York and there are lots of highlights for children, including Little Diggers sessions for 2 to 5-year-olds, sword-fighting and the legendary Poo Day!
Where – Across York
When – 15th – 23rd February 2020
More – jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk
Little Feet Festival for Young Children
Every two years, York Theatre Royal hands over the whole building to 0 to 12 year-olds, and 2020 is one of those years! The festival will introduce children to the magic of live performance, with an engaging and creative programme of high quality events, shows and activities. Keep an eye out for all the details closer to the time.
Where – York Theatre Royal
When – 17th to 20th June
More – yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
Deer Shed Festival 11
If you’re looking for a festival experience that’s suitable for the whole family and isn’t too far from York, Deer Shed fits the bill. It strikes an impressive balance between pleasing the kids while also allowing grown-ups to have fun too. You can read our review here so that you know what to expect.
Where – Baldersby Park, Topcliffe YO7 3BZ
When – 24th to 26th July 2020
York Balloon Fiesta 2020
The details are all to be confirmed, but pencil the dates in your diary for York’s only hot air balloon event. Expect live music, hot food, entertainment and lots of lovely balloons. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Where – York Knavesmire
When – 25th to 27th September 2020