Summer Holidays

Looking for summer holiday activities in York to keep your kids occupied? Look no further - we've got it covered!

Archaeology fun for kids: Little Diggers starts this week


Dig, play and learn at a Little Diggers session at DIG, St Saviourgate on Saturday mornings (10am to 11am,  for 2-5 year olds), starting this week. We’ve taken our kids loads of times, but they never get bored of it (and in fact were asking to go back again during the summer holidays). The staff are incredibly informed and enthusiastic, and it really rubs off on the kids. This summer’s sessions are themed as follows: Saturday 29th July – Norse Myths and Stories; Saturday 12th August – Archaeology of the future; Saturday 26th August – Garden explorers. Book in advance

Get crafty with Rainbows Ceramics this summer


A trip to Rainbows Ceramics to paint a pot or two is always a hit with our kids, so we were excited to hear they they’re running fun activities throughout the summer, starting on July 17th. Booking’s required, so be quick if you’re interested. Here’s what’s happening: Mondays: Bubble painting bowl (10.30am – 11.30am; age 6+; £10) Tuesdays: Decopatch fun with party animals (10.30am – 12 noon; age 6+; £12) Wednesdays: Make your own clay coil flower pot (10.30am – 12.30pm; age 6+; £12) Thursdays: Silkscreen stencils on a bowl, plate or mug (10.30am – 12.30pm; age 8+; £12) Fridays:

Summer holidays in York 2017: Best Activities in York City Centre for Kids


Looking for something to do in York with kids this summer? Look no further! From activities in the city to day trips and special summer workshops, we’ve got it covered. Find our pick of the best below. Fancy a day trip instead? Check out our guide to the best day trips for kids beyond York. And if you’re looking for some fab classes, take a look at our handy guide here. Want to take in a show? Here are the best summer shows in and around York for families. Get crafty at York Minster Enjoy hands-on animal craft activities at

A Famous Five Summer at RHS Harlow Carr


It’s a Famous Five summer at RHS Harlow Carr in Harrogate, with events and activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the first Famous Five book, Five on a Treasure Island. Activities include: Daily trail – Help the Famous Five find Uncle Quentin who has gone missing on a horticultural research mission! Story writing workshops – Join creative writing experts as they showcase their story generator and share their tips on writing the best short stories. Mondays at 10.30am to 12.30pm & 1pm to 3pm Garden Detectives Storytelling sessions – Every Tuesday throughout the summer holidays, the Garden Detectives will introduce

Poo Day at Barley Hall


Sorry to lower the tone, but this is definitely something that will hit the spot for lots of kids (ours included). The JORVIK Group is bringing their ever-popular Poo Day back again this year, with two days devoted to all things loo-related at Barley Hall.  Discover how poo is used to solve ancient mysteries and have a go at making your very own replica historic turd! What could be better? It’s a great excuse to visit Barley Hall, a hidden gem just off Stonegate. It’s a great attraction with loads of hands-on stuff for kids. Have a look at our

Summer holidays in York 2017: Best day trips beyond the walls


Much as we love York, there are lots of reasons to get in your car or hop on a train this summer. Set up the satnav and head out to one of these great places where there are summer activities galore. Medieval fun at Scarborough Castle There’s a range of medieval activities to try with the Hands on History Crew at this fantastic castle. From dressing up and craft activities, to dancing and sword fights – there’s something for everyone. Take your kite – this is a lovely windy spot with epic sea views. Scarborough Castle, Castle Road, Scarborough YO11

Summer holidays in York 2017: Fun Classes, Clubs & Activities


If there’s one thing we know, it’s that getting out of the house during the summer holidays is a must. Pottering around inside sounds relaxing, but by lunchtime everyone’s climbing the walls. Here are some great activities, workshops and sessions coming up in York over the summer holidays that will keep the kids occupied. Some need pre-booking, so be quick! Wild Things Family Forest School (pre-booking required) Wild Things is a forest school for children and parents in and around York. The sessions are about getting children and parents outdoors to explore, develop their imagination, and be creative. Summer holidays

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