Here are the winners and finalists of the Little Vikings Awards 2016, as nominated by and voted for by thousands of York families.


Best Attraction

Winner – York Castle Museum

Highly Commended

  • York Maze
  • York Minster
  • DIG: An Archaeological Adventure
  • Beningbrough Hall

Best Chocolate Experience

Winner – York’s CHOCOLATE Story

Highly Commended

  • York Cocoa House
  • Goddards

Best Gory Experience

Winner – York Dungeon

Highly Commended

  • York Castle Museum
  • York Original Ghost Walk


Best Day Out With…an Adventure Playground

Winner – York Maze

Highly Commended

  • Beningbrough Hall
  • Castle Howard

Best Day Out with…Rides

Winner – Flamingoland

Highly Commended

  • Lightwater Valley
  • Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Best Day Out With…Animals

Winner – Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Highly Commended

  • Piglets Adventure Farm Park
  • Monk Park Farm

Best Festival For Kids

Winner – JORVIK Viking Festival

Highly Commended

  • Little Feet Festival (York Theatre Royal)
  • Deer Shed Festival


Best Baby/Toddler Swimming Class

Winner – York Sport (ducklings)

Highly Commended

  • Waterbabies
  • Turtle tots
  • Puddle Ducks
  • Mini Swimmers

Best Swimming Class (aged 4+)

Winner – York Sport

Highly Commended

  • Bootham Swim School
  • Carol Saunders Swim School
  • Froggy Legs
  • Swimming with Linzi

Best Active Class (not swimming)

Winner – Bushbabies/Woodland Adventure Co.

Highly Commended

  • Rugbytots
  • Tumbletots
  • Heworth Gym Club
  • GoGet Riding

Best Drama Class

Winner – York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

Highly Commended

  • Hoglets
  • PQA York
  • Tread the Boards
  • Stagecoach York

Best Pregnancy Class

Winner – Pregnancy yoga at The Stables

Highly Commended

  • Puddle Ducks Aquanatal
  • Turtle Tums with Paula Stewart
  • National Childbirth Trust
  • Birth Preparation Class at The Stables

Best Music Class

Winner – Song Box

Highly Commended

  • Music at Heart
  • Mini Musicians
  • Kindermusik
  • PQA York

Best Dance Class

Winner – En Pointe

Highly Commended

  • Jazzy J’s Dance Academy
  • Lisa Marie School of Dance
  • Baby Ballet
  • Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance


Best Toy Shop

Winner – Fenwick

Highly Commended

  • Corky’s
  • Minifigs & Bricks

Best Shoe Shop for Kids

Winner – Hopscotch

Highly Commended

  • Watkinsons
  • Footloose (Pocklington)

Best Hairdresser for Kids

Winner – Bang Hair

Highly Commended

  • Fresh at Creepy Crawlies
  • Kuki spa

Best Rainy Day Destination

Winner – National Railway Museum

Highly Commended

  • Rainbows Ceramics
  • The Web Adventure Park


Best Birthday Party Provider

Winner – Rainbows Ceramics

Highly Commended

  • The Web Adventure Park
  • Woodland Adventure Co.

Best Birthday Party Entertainer

Winner – Magic Hatter

Highly Commended

  • Adam Dove
  • Woodland Adventure Co.
  • Wonderphil


Best Cinema

Winner – City Screen

Highly Commended

  • Reel
  • Vue

Best Theatre

Winner – York Theatre Royal

Highly Commended

  • Grand Opera House
  • Joseph Rowntree Theatre


Best Breakfast

Winner – The Pig & Pastry

Highly Commended

  • Brew & Brownie
  • Betty’s
  • The Star Inn the City
  • Bistro Guy

Best Lunch

Winner – Cosmo

Highly Commended

  • Café No 8
  • Trinacria
  • The Spurriergate Centre
  • Jamie’s Italian

Best Dinner

Winner – Wagamama

Highly Commended

  • Bill’s
  • Ambiente
  • Frankie and Benny’s
  • The Fox and Roman

Best Family-Friendly Pub

Winner – The Fox and Roman

Highly Commended

  • The Woodman
  • The Duke of York
  • The Golden Ball

Best Ice Cream

Winner – LICC (Luxury Ice Cream Company)

Highly Commended

  • Two Hoots Ice Cream Boat
  • Trinacria
  • La Cremeria
  • Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato

Best Hot Chocolate

Winner – York Cocoa House

Highly Commended

  • York’s Chocolate Story
  • Cafe Concerto


Best Nursery

Winner – Little Green Rascals (Elvington and Tadcaster Road)

Highly Commended

  • Little Bugs at the Web Adventure Park
  • York Childcare (Scarcroft Green Nursery & Joseph’s)
  • The Mount Pre-School
  • York Montessori (Fulford and Strensall)

Best Pre-School/After-School Club

Winner – Bishopthorpe Preschool Playgroup

Highly Commended

  • St Paul’s Out of School Club
  • Funfishers
  • Wheldrake Out of School Club
  • Headlands After-School Club


Best Family-Friendly Self-Catering Accommodation

Winner – Sunset Cottages, Grimston Manor Farm

Highly Commended

  • Goosewood Holiday Park
  • Yew Tree Cottage
  • Westow

Best Family-Friendly B&B

Winner – Monkgate Guest House

Highly Commended

  • The Fort Boutique Hostel
  • Carlton House

Best Family-Friendly Hotel

Winner – Premier Inn

Highly Commended

  • Novotel
  • The Grand

A massive well done to our winners and finalists, and thanks so much to all of you who voted! We’ll be launching the 2017 Little Vikings Awards later in the year.

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