We might be biased, but York really is the place to be this summer, with a jam-packed calendar of events for the whole family, whether you need something to keep your children entertained and inspired over the summer break or you’re craving a child-free night out. You can discover some of the best things to do in the city over the next few weeks with Visit York’s new handy guide to summer in York. Here’s a little taster of what’s on offer.
There’s something for the whole family at York Minster, from trails to craft activities for young explorers. After your visit, why not enjoy refreshments from The Minster Village with freshly cooked food, drinks and ice cream in the pretty outdoor area. Fancy meeting some Vikings? Travel back in time to encounter one of the largest Viking hoards ever discovered in the UK at the JORVIK Viking Centre, with a special exhibition of the Silverdale Hoard. The Viking loo is, predictably, always a hit with children too.
Summer is the ideal time to see the city from the River Ouse aboard City Cruises’ freshly painted blue boats. Kick back and let the captain do the hard work on a sightseeing cruise, or take to the water yourselves on a self-drive boat. Pack a picnic and make an adventure of it.
THOR’S Orangery is a brand-new addition to Parliament Street with its very own courtyard and stage with a programme of music and live events. There’s plenty of local food options if you’re peckish, and children are welcome.
Make travelling into the city easier with York Park & Ride zero-emission electric buses. An adult return ticket is just £3.50 and up to three children go free. Buy your ticket and plan your journey on the First Bus App. Taking the bus is much more fun than hunting for an elusive parking space, and you could even have a cheeky drink in the sunshine at Thor’s knowing that you won’t be driving home!
We’re always looking for ways to save families money on their trips to York, and one of the very best ways to explore the best of what York has to offer is buying a Visit York Pass, York’s official sightseeing pass. With the York Pass, you’ll be able to gain free admission to over 40 of the best attractions in York and beyond, from JORVIK Viking Centre to York’s Chocolate Story, Castle Howard, Clifford’s Tower, The York Dungeon, York Army Museum, Van Gogh Immersive Experience, York Castle Museum, York City Sightseeing, York Minster and City Cruises York. You can choose from a one-, two-, three- or six-day digital pass, and you can save more this summer with £10 off with our discount code LV2022. Find out more about the York Pass here.
Win York Passes for the family!
We’ve teamed up with our friends at Visit York to offer one lucky family the chance to win a one-day York Pass for the whole family (2 adults and 2 children) so you can explore York’s top attractions for free! You can enter in any or all of the following ways:
– Follow us on Instagram, like the post about this competition, tag a friend and comment ‘done’. For an extra entry, share to your Stories.
– Visit our Facebook page, like the post about this competition and comment ‘win’. You’ll need to like/follow the Little Vikings page to be eligible to win, too.
– Visit our Facebook group and comment ‘win’ on the post about this competition
– Follow us on Twitter and retweet the tweet about this competition
– Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and postcode
The competition closes at midnight on 24th July 2022 and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.
The small print
– The prize is as described above
– Not transferable and no cash alternative
– One winner will be chosen at random from across our platforms and notified as to how they can redeem their prize