Summer holidays in York 2017: The best family shows

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There are some cracking shows coming up in York and beyond this summer for kids, from Robin Hood at York Theatre Royal to The Tiger Who Came to Tea at the Grand Opera House, and a whole host of entertainment at the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Here’s our pick of the best.


The Scarecrows’ Wedding (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

This heart-warming Julia Donaldson classic will be brought to life by the fantastic Scamp Theatre as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. Expect wit, drama and wedding bells.

25th July to 6th August – The White Rose Rotunda at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, Parliament Street, York

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The Amazing Bubble Man (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

Everyone loves bubbles, so we reckon everyone would love the Amazing Bubble Man. Expect square bubbles, bubbles in bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes and lots more lovely bubbles.

28th to 30th July – The White Rose Rotunda at The Great Yorkshire Fringe, Parliament Street, York

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Famous Five (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. As part of it, there’ll be six performances of Five on a Treasure Island by Gobbledigook Theatre Company. It’s an interactive adventure where the audience gets involved, and we’ve heard great things about it.

10th to 12th August – RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate HG3 1QB

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The Tiger Who Came to Tea (Grand Opera House York)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is an absolute classic, much loved in the Little Vikings household and throughout the land by children, parents and grandparents. We’re really excited that the smash hit West End stage version is coming to York Grand Opera House this summer (Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017), in a family-pleasing show that promises magic, songs and clumsy chaos.

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The Giant’s Loo Roll (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

After a successful West End run, the biggest loo roll ever is taking to the York stage as part of the Great Yorkshire Fringe. It’s a rip-roaring children’s musical featuring frightened sheep, excited kids and lots of lovely loo roll.

5th to 6th August – The Shed at the Great Yorkshire Fringe, York

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Robin Hood: The Arrow of Destiny (York Theatre Royal)

York Theatre Royal’s swashbuckling summer show brings the classic tale of Robin, Maid Marian and the Merry Men to the stage with songs, slapstick and puppets. Don’t miss the Outlaw School workshop before every matinee (7 to 12 year olds).

4th August to 2nd September – York Theatre Royal

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Morgan & West: More Magic for Kids (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

Time–travelling magicians Morgan and West are back, with a marvellous magic show full of crazy capers. We saw them last year and our eldest (7) absolutely loved it. It’s very silly and lots of fun.

22nd July – The White Rose Rotunda at The Great Yorkshire Fringe

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Baby Loves Disco (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

Go clubbing with your kids at daytime disco, Baby Loves Disco. There’s a DJ, facepainting, crafts, balloons, dressing up and a licensed bar for parents. We went last year and had a grand old time. Read our review here.  23rd July 2017 – The Great Yorkshire Fringe

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The Kagools – Tutti (Great Yorkshire Fringe)

Multi award-winning physical comedy act, The Kagools, return to Great Yorkshire Fringe with ‘Tutti’, a brand new show for 2017. It’s spontaneous, anarchic fun for everyone. 22nd July 2017 – The Great Yorkshire Fringe

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