We’re delighted to announce the winners of the Little Vikings Awards 2018! A huge well done to everyone who grabbed the top spot in their category, and to all the finalists. If you’re looking for great places to go and things to do with children, the Little Vikings winners and finalists are well worth seeking out! Here’s the best of family-friendly York this year, as voted for by you.


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Best attraction

York Castle Museum

Highly commended: DIG – An Archaeological Adventure, Piglets Adventure Farm, Beningbrough Hall, York Minster

Best chocolate experience

York’s Chocolate Story

Highly commended: Goddards, York Cocoa House

Best gory experience

York Dungeon

York Dungeon

Highly commended: York’s Chocolate Story Trick or Treat Walking Tour, The Bloody Tour of York, Haunted Hall, Barley Hall

Best festival for kids

JORVIK Viking Festival

Highly commended: Deer Shed, Eboracum Roman Festival, Great Yorkshire Fringe

Best rainy day destination

National Railway Museum York

National Railway Museum

Highly commended:  The Web Adventure Park/Creepy Crawlies, Energi Trampoline Park, The Deep, Rainbows Ceramics

Best Christmas experience

Christmas at York Castle Museum

Highly commended: Santa’s Sleigh Ride at Piglets Adventure Farm, Narnia at The Rock Church. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, Father Christmas at Castle Howard


Best day out with…an adventure playground

Dalby Forest

Highly commended: Beningbrough Hall, Castle Howard, William’s Den, Piglets Adventure Farm

Best day out with…rides

Flamingo Land

Highly commended: Lightwater Valley, Piglets Adventure Farm, Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Best day out with…animals

Askham Bryan Wildlife Park

Highly commended: Flamingo Land, Monk Park Farm, Beetle Bank Farm, Piglets Adventure Farm


Best baby/toddler swimming class

Puddle Ducks

Highly commended: York Sport, Waterbabies, Turtle Tots

Best swimming class (aged 4+)

York Sport

Highly commended: Brightwater Swim School, Swimming at Energise, Swimming with Linzi

Best active class (not swimming)

Wild Things Family Forest School

Highly commended: Toddler Sense, Tatty Bumpkin, Heworth Gym Club, Rugbytots

Best drama class

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre

Highly commended: Hoglets, PQA, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

Best pregnancy class

Pregnancy yoga at The Stables

Highly commended: Aquanatal with Puddle Ducks, Aquanatal with Turtle Tots, NCT York

Best music class

My Baby Can Dance

Highly commended: Song Box, IMPs (Inclusive Music Project), Tiny Toes

Best dance class

En Pointe

Highly commended: Baby Ballet, Lisa Marie Performing Arts, Katie Ventress School of Dance, Jazzy J’s Dance Academy

Best cookery class

Little Bites Cookery School

Highly commended: Clare’s Kitchen

Best STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) class for kids

Technology in Play

Highly commended: Monster Maths, York Maker Hub

Best holiday club or workshop

York Theatre Royal Youth Theatre – Play in a Week

Highly commended: Total Sports, PQA York – Show in a week, York City Football Club Foundation, Kings Camp


Best shop for families


Highly commended:  Fenwick, Jojo Maman Bebe, The Shop That Must Not be Named

Best shoe shop for kids


Highly commended: Watkinsons, Footloose (Pocklington), Schuh


Best birthday party provider

Energi Trampoline Park

Highly commended: Woodland Adventure Co (Bushbabies), Rainbows Ceramics, York’s Chocolate Story, DIG – An Archaeological adventure

Best birthday party entertainer

The Magic Hatter

Highly commended: Josh Benson, JB Entertainment; Adam Dove, The Woodland Adventure Co.; Helen Leigh, Rainbows Ceramics


Best cinema

Things to do in York with kidsork

City Screen – kids’ club

Highly commended: City Screen – Big Scream, Vue

Best theatre

York Theatre Royal

Highly commended: Grand Opera House, Joseph Rowntree Theatre


Best family-friendly breakfast

The Pig & Pastry

Highly commended: Brew & Brownie, The Balloon Tree, The Curious Coffee Company, Bettys

Best family-friendly lunch

Rowntree Park Reading Café

Highly commended: The Pig & Pastry, Cut & Chase, Trinacria, The Balloon Tree

Best family-friendly dinner

Pizza Express

Highly commended: Wagamama, Joe’s Kitchen, Cosmo, The Rise at The Grand Hotel & Spa

Best Sunday roast

The Rattle Owl

Highly commended: Hotel du Vin, The Woodman, Bishopthorpe, Cut & Chase, Bistro Guy

Best ice cream


Highly commended: Trinacria, Roberto Authentic Italian Gelato, Two Hoots ice cream boat

Best hot chocolate

York Cocoa House

Highly commended: Wild Things Family Forest School, York’s Chocolate Story, Bettys

Best date night destination

Cut & Chase

Highly commended: Pairings, Ambiente, Rustique, Vaqueiros


Best nursery

Muddy Boots

Highly commended: York Childcare nurseries, Little Green Rascals nurseries, York Montessori nurseries


Best family-friendly self-catering accommodation (including camping and glamping)

Goosewood Holiday Park

Highly commended: The Hideaway at Baxby Manor, Jollydays, The Lawrance

Best family-friendly B&B

Monkgate Guest House

Highly commended: Carlton House

Best family-friendly hotel

The Grand Hotel & Spa

Highly commended: Premier Inn, The Principal, Novotel

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