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February half term 2019 in York: Our guide

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From beard competitions to bird box-making, the BFG to Charles Darwin, learning how plastic travels to watching a live musical spectacular, there’s loads going on in York this February half term. Take a look at our pick of the best, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see what we get up to, too.

This February half term the Railway Museum is on a mission to future-proof our lifestyle with a theme of energy and sustainability. Can you work together to find new ways to power trains, reduce waste and protect our planet? How many vegetables would it have taken to power the 1.73 billion rail journeys made in Great Britain last
National Railway Museum, Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ
20th - 27th February 2019
Free admission; small charge for some activities
Take the journey from shelf to shore as you explore the voyage of everlasting plastics and impact they have on our oceans. Solve the clues in the message in a bottle trail, get your face painted at craft corner (choose your favourite animal design from shark, penguin, jellyfish and clownfish) every day from 11am to
The Deep, Tower Street, Hull
16th - 24th February 2019
The JORVIK Viking Festival is back, and it’s better than ever! It’s Europe’s largest (and best!) celebration of all things Viking and, as always, there’s a great selection of activities for children to enjoy. Top of our list is the Best Beard Competition, Little Diggers and, of course, Poo Day! What’s not to love? If
Various venues across York
20th - 27th February 2019
Cost varies; many events free
February is the perfect time to find out more about the lives of the garden wildlife at Nunnington, and how and where they make their home. The team at Nunnington will be on hand to teach you how to build your own bird box from scratch, just in time for the upcoming nesting season. They’ll
Nunnington Hall, Nunnington, North Yorkshire, York YO62 5UY
Saturday 23 February - Sunday 3 March 2019
Family from £26; National Trust members free
Get your skates on, whatever the weather, at Stockeld Park’s covered ice rink. Take a walk in the Enchanted Forest, get lost in the maze and jump off some energy in the indoor play area. ***Get a 10% discount on your ticket with the code VIKING***
Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN
15th February to 3rd March 2019
Family day pass for four from £36/£56 (incl/excl skating)
Michael Morpurgo, author or War Horse, is one of the country’s best loved storytellers. This exhibition showcases, for the first time, draft manuscripts, notebooks and even a replica creative caravan so that visitors can imagine, daydream and write story ideas. There’ll be a playful under 5s area, a replica shipwrecked boat and more for children
Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH
8th February to 16th June 2019
Admission to the museum is free (some activities may be paid)
Meet Vikings, create your own Viking style carving in clay and discover York Minster’s Viking treasures this half-term as part of the city-wide Jorvik Viking Festival 2019. Inspired by stone carvings in the cathedral’s Undercroft museum, visitors can drop into the cathedral’s Chapter House to join activities to recreate their own version in clay or
York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH
Adult £11; children free with paying adult
Join Alex (X-Factor 2016 Winner Matt Terry), Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound out of the zoo and onto the stage in this live musical spectacular! This smash hit musical features all of your favourite crack-a-lackin’ friends as they escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York
26th February to 2nd March 2019
From £25.50
Hop on a tractor or trailer ride, bottle feed the lambs, watch the Sheep Show Live stage show (complete with dancing sheep) as well as all the usual Piglets fun.
Towthorpe Grange Towthorpe Moor Lane York, YO32 9ST 01904 499183
16th February to 3rd March 2019
Adult from £7.95, child from £8.95
Follow the new trail and explore the gardens, listening and looking for signs of life. On Saturday and Wednesday, join Eden from Stories Alive! on a soundscape adventure, creating sounds of winter as you go. On Tuesday and Friday get creative in the popular Artrageous! workshop, making sounds come to life.
Beningbrough Hall, Beningbrough, York YO30 1DD
Saturday 23rd February to Sunday 3rd March (closed Monday)
Family of four £36; under 16s free
Syd’s favourite person in the whole wide world is Grandad. And Grandad’s favourite person is Syd.  Join this intrepid duo as they head off on a heartwarming adventure filled with songs, laughter and jungles, that will change their lives forever. Benji Davies’s award-winning book covers themes of love and loss and is brought magically and sensitively to
York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, York
Tuesday 26th February to Saturday 2nd March 2019
Child £8/adult £13
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