The best things to do with kids in York in 2016

With a sad and soggy end to 2015 for York, let’s cheer ourselves up for a minute by looking at all the lovely things for families to do in York in 2016. Here are just some of the great events coming up in and around the city this year. And to keep up-to-date with the best things going on for families in York throughout 2016, be sure to like Little Vikings on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on our website. Oh, and pick up a copy of our free Little Vikings magazine every couple of months too!

JORVIK Viking Festival 2016Jorvik Viking Festival (February) – there’s tons of Viking fun for all ages planned for this year’s Viking Festival, with beards, brawling and poo (yes really) on the programme. Events may be subject to change because of the dreadful flooding and the sad news that the JORVIK Viking Centre has been affected so watch this space and  the JORVIK website for the latest details.

York Theatre Royal - things to do in York with kidsRe-opening of York Theatre Royal – we can’t wait to see our lovely theatre after its makeover. Kids can look forward to Snow Child (Feb/March), the Little Feet Festival (June), The Hound of the Baskevilles (summer) and of course the pantomime, back in its rightful home (although we did love it at the NRM – read our review here). The building will be much more family-friendly too. Keep an eye on our website, and York Theatre Royal’s, for what’s coming up for families.

York Chocolate FestivalYork Chocolate Festival (Easter; TBC)– did someone say chocolate? Celebrate York’s chocolate heritage, or just eat some, this at this annual Easter festival (visit the Festival’s website for more info).



Mr Bloom Geronimo FestivalGeronimo Festival 2016 (1st & 2nd May) – This new festival at Harewood House is every pre-schooler’s dream, with Mr Bloom, Swashbuckle and CBeebies’ Andy (of Dinosaur Adventures fame) making appearances. There’ll also be lots for older kids including ferrets, motorbike displays, live music, workshops, animals, dancing, soft play, craft tent and much more. For more info, visit the Geronimo website.

geronimo YorkShow In the Park (30th & 31st July) – A fun-packed two-day family festival on the Knavesmire, with live music, animals, stunt shows, workshops and much more. For more details and to book, visit the Show In the Park website.


masksThe Great Yorkshire Fringe (15th-31st July) – After a storming first year, York welcomes back the Great Yorkshire Fringe, which promises lots of fab shows for families and a carnival atmosphere in the city. We’ve heard a few secret things about the bill on the grapevine and all we can say is that we think families will be very pleased. Visit the Great Yorkshire Fringe website for the latest.

Little Vikings YorkYork Food & Drink Festival (September) – Taste, learn and explore all things food (and drink) related at one of York’s most popular festivals. We loved hosting our Little Vikings kids’ activity zone last year and look forward to being part of it again this year (yorkfoodfestival.com).


Illuminating YorkIlluminating York (October) – As the nights draw in, see the city lit up in new and original ways, like the glittering disco balls down the Shambles in 2015 (illuminatingyork.org.uk).



Wishing you and your little vikings a happy, and dry, New Year!

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