Summer holiday activities at York Minster

Keep the whole family entertained this summer with a range of activities designed to help young explorers discover medieval York Minster.

Dragon Quest Trail

Legendary knight, St George, needs your help to find all the dragons in York Minster! Follow the clues and complete your noble quest to discover more about these fascinating fiery creatures that decorate the building. Collect a free trail from our welcome desks or download it from the website.

Grab a Little Explorer Backpack

Packed with gadgets including a map, binoculars, and a magnifying glass, York Minster’s backpacks are perfect for helping little adventurers explore the medieval Minster. The backpacks are available daily and are free to borrow with general admission on a first-come, first-served basis.

Get crafty in Dean’s Park – selected Thursdays and Fridays throughout the holidays from 10.00am – 3.00pm

Get hands-on with craft activities in York Minster’s Summer Tent on selected Thursdays and Fridays during the summer holidays (28th July – 2nd September 2022) in Dean’s Park. There will be a different activity each week inspired by the medieval Minster and celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The activities are:

  • Thursday 4 and Friday 5 August – Sculpt a royal bust. Be inspired by the royal carvings at York Minster and create your own clay version to take home!
  • – Thursday 11 and Friday 12 August – Make a Royal tile. Decorate your own two-tone clay tile, inspired by our medieval collection.
  • – Thursday 18 and Friday 19 August – Create a crown. Make it glitter and sparkle with jewels!
  • – Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August – Design your own shield. What would your own personal emblem look like?

The activities are suitable for children aged 4+ and cost £2.50 per child. Booking in advance online is recommended and tickets will be available in June.

York Bird of Prey Centre (free) – Thursdays and Fridays from 28 July – 2 September
The York Bird of Prey Centre from Huby will be in Dean’s Park to share and show off the wonderful variety of birds they care for. Drop-in throughout the day for free educational talks and demonstrations.


Thu 28 Jul


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