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Free family activities at York Theatre Royal for Takeover Festival 2019

As if we weren’t already spoiled for choice in terms of what to do in York this October half term (find our October half term guide here), along comes TakeOver. TakeOver is an annual festival based at York Theatre Royal, and it’s special because it’s completely run by volunteers between the ages of 12 and 26. This year they have some fun activities for families, and they just happen to fall in half term. Even better, some of them are free! Here are the highlights.


Beestory Workshop – FREE!

Join arts practitioner and bee enthusiast Florence Boyd for a fun, informative and creative workshop that will explore the life of the humble bumblebee!
This workshop will investigate the importance of bees and other pollinators whilst inviting you to get creative. Draw, collage or colour your own bee, flower and honeycomb hexagon, and leave one behind to be added into our giant collage!

29th October 2019 – 11am to 1pm – Drop in session, no booking required – Free – https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/bee-story-workshop/


Autumnal Animals Workshop – FREE!

Come and get creative with nature and make ephemeral animal artworks with autumn leaves. Join local artist Mim Robson and get your hands dirty in creating one of a kind piece. Perfect for all ages! Free – 30th October 2019 – 12.30pm to 2.30pm – Drop in session no booking required – Free – https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/autumnal-animals-workshop/

What a Wonderful World!

Take your little ones on an adventure through the universe, hop aboard a sleeper train, create magical worlds with fluffy snow and bright pink flamingos and get your hands on the stuff of creation. Written by Marchello Chiarenza, adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch, with original music by Carlo Capelli, comes a magical new theatre show taking you on a wild ride of charming storytelling from theatre company Lyngo. £10 Adult/£6 Children – 1st November 2019 – 11:30am & 2.30pm – https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/what-a-wonderful-world/


Crafty Tales Halloween

Trick or treat? Well, you can have both this Halloween with Story Craft Theatre (pictured). It’s the witch’s birthday and they need your help to make her an extra special birthday cake. You’ll be meeting ghosts and ghouls (which are more silly than scary!) and dabbling with some spell making for your little crafters. The session starts with a craft activity followed by an interactive spooky adventure. Suitable for ages 2-5.

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