Much as we love the summer holidays – no pack-ups to make, uniforms to iron or PE kits to remember – they are LONG. The majority of parents will need, or want, a holiday club or camp for a few days or more so they can work or get stuff done without little people in tow. It’s always better to pack them off for the day to something really fun, and we’re lucky that York has lots of brilliant options for holiday clubs, camps and workshops. Some run for the whole holiday while others are just a few days long. There’s something for children who love to sing and dance, sporty clubs for kids who need tiring out and some that have a mixture of everything. There are even some intensive swimming courses, which are a brilliant way to increase your child’s water confidence. Here’s our pick of the best holiday camps and clubs in York this summer. Make sure you book in advance – some are very popular and will sell out.
– Holiday camps and clubs in York for summer 2022 –
Multi-activity holiday camps with United Adventures
United Adventure Camps is an adventurous holiday camp for children aged 3-14. Held at various locations including The Mount School and Bootham School in York and The Read School, Selby, their unique holiday day camps offer an exciting multi-activity experience with the chance to enjoy loads of activities like team sports, craft, archery, games, drama and swimming. ** SAVE 10% with the Little Vikings code LVUAC10 ** Find out more here
‘Moana Jr’ show in a week summer school with PQA York
Join PQA York’s team of industry professionals as you explore, rehearse and perform the fabulous hit musical MOANA JR. The creative team will lead sessions in singing, dance and drama in preparation for the performance on the last day. Every student will receive five days of professional industry tuition and the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the show, as well as a free MOANA JR PQA Summer School t-shirt. 1st to 5th August at Manor Academy – Visit the PQA York website for details
Multiactivity camps at Camp QE
Join Camp QE this summer, on-site at Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate. Every day at Camp QE is different, with a great selection of outdoor and indoor sports, games and arts and crafts. Activities include football, rugby, tennis, rock climbing, scavenger hunts, skating, basketball, swimming, dodgeball, table tennis, baking and tie-dying. Suitable for children aged 5 – 13 years, camps run from 25 July to 19 August 2022. Parents can rely on our state-of-the-art facilities and high-quality independent-school coaching staff to ensure that your child has a safe, enjoyable learning experience that they’ll always remember. The camp runs from 9:00 to 16:00 and free wraparound care is available from 8:00 to 17:30. For more information, visit www.qe.org/campqe
Give golf a go at Play to Par
Play to Par is a new indoor golf academy in York for families of all ages and abilities. Enjoy virtual golf games where you’ll learn the basics of golf (and even chase some sharks!). There’s a new Junior Academy starting in July with three age groups (under 8s, 12s and 16s). You’ll learn the basics of the game and will have a good understanding of how to hit the ball. Book by calling 07570 129585. Visit the Play to Par website for details
Play in a week – Grimms Fairytales with York Theatre Royal (5 to 7 year olds)
Join York Theatre Royal this summer to enter and play in the madcap world of Grimms’ fairy tales. Together you’ll explore the magical and mystical worlds of Rapunzel, Snow White, Hansel & Gretel and perhaps dip into the slightly crazy The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage!
If you want to have a joyous week, full of adventure, games and performing, then this is the week for you! Performance to friends and family at 12 pm on the Friday.
Suitable for 5-7 year olds. Sessions will take place from 10am – 12.30pm in York Theatre Royal Studio. 8th to 12th August 2022 – Visit the website for more details
Intensive swimming classes with Swimming with Linzi
An intensive swimming course is a great way to build your child’s water confidence. Join Swimming with Linzi in July and August for fun, friendly classes at Robert Wilkinson School in Strensall. Book now to secure your place.
Encanto Musical Theatre Workshops with Dramacube
Inspired by Disney’s magical musical adventure Encanto, children will act, sing and dance in sessions run by experienced drama and music tutors, Dramacube. Three-day workshops for 7 to 14-year-olds at Millthorpe School, York. Various dates in August. More info here.
Movie Makers with Dramacube
Dramacube Movie-Makers York is running more exciting summer holiday workshops at Millthorpe School in York for young people aged 7 to 14! Guided by experienced drama and technical tutors the young people get hands-on experience as together they script, direct, shoot, and act in their own movie, in just three days! Visit the website
Summer Short Courses at QE
Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate will again be running its week-long, high-quality summer short courses as part of the 2022 Summer@QE Programme.
Musical-in-a-Week Workshops – Taking place in The King’s Theatre, QE’s full-scale professional venue, children will learn and perform some well-known musicals, working with industry professionals. The themes are Monday 8 – Friday 12 August: The Greatest Showman, 22-26 August: Matilda. Ages 6 years upwards with a performance on Friday afternoon.
Visual Arts Week – Budding artists will explore a different artistic medium each day. For Year 6 children upwards (Monday 15 – Friday 19 August).
Practical Science Week – Explore the wonderful world of science. For Year 6 children upwards (Monday 22 August to Friday 26 August).
Each of the 5 day short courses across August runs from 09:00 – 16:00 daily and includes a hot lunch and snacks daily. Each 5-day course costs £250 per child and is non-residential. For more information, visit www.qe.org/summercamps
Active holiday clubs with The Little Gym York
The Little Gym York’s holiday camps combine fun, sport, creative activities and learning to keep your kids active, entertained and laughing. All while carefully developing their minds, bodies and self-confidence. Suitable for children aged 3 to 12. Find out more here
Encanto & Co Summer School with Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance
Join Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance for a week of Encanto fun at their ever-popular summer school. Being held at Scarcroft School and York Railway Institute, it’s suitable for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 18. Places are likely to sell out, so early booking is recommended. Visit the Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance website for more info.