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What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November)

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Feeling festive yet? If not, you soon will be. There’s a whole load of stuff coming up in York this Christmas time, but it’s still a couple of weeks off. In the meantime, there’s still lots going on in York for families this week to keep you entertained. Here’s our pick of the best.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsMonday 18th November

Story Time – Castle Museum – 11am to 11.30am – Free and no need to book (normal entry charges apply for the museum; York Card holders free)

Pre-school stories relating to the museum buildings. This week’s book is Toys at the Museum.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsTuesday 19th November

Toddler Tasting Time – York Castle Museum – 12.30pm to 1.30pm – Free for session (normal entry charges apply for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Drop in to taste some historic ingredients, listen to a story and join in with rhymes related to the ingredients. This week’s ingredient is grapes. Call 01904 650333 to book.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsWednesday 20th November

Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply

This week’s film is Gravity.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsThursday 21st November

Museum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

1960s: Visit the 60s gallery, play the space race and make a 1960s fashion collage. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsFriday 22nd November

Toddler Time – City Screen Picturehouse – 11.30am – £3 for children, accompanying adults free if you join the Toddler Time club (free).

This week’s film is Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsMuseum Baby – York Castle Museum – 11am to 11.45am – Free for session (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Light and dark: explore the lights in the dark den, find the stars and listen to the story of Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsSaturday 23rd November

Kids Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am (activities), 11.15am (film) – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is Jungle Book.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsMeet children’s author Bree Waine – 12noon – Waterstones, High Ousegate – Free

Meet the author of James and the Christmas Train, a lovely picture book with colourful illustrations and an original story. James writes a letter to Santa, thanking him for all he does. He wishes he could give Santa something special in return for his kindness and has an idea…


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsMuseum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – York Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential (normal admission charge for museum, but free to York Card holders)

Taste: try some historic foods, make some sugar mice and make a sweet wrapper collage. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsBaubles and Bunting –York Castle Museum – 10am to 3pm – £5 per child (accompanying adult free)

A day of festive fun where children and adults will work alongside professional artist Griselda Golsbrough to explore the Museum’s Victorian Christmas collection. Participants will then design and decorate baubles and bunting to take home. Bring in Christmas photos to use and enjoy a mince pie or two! Suitable for children over 5. Call 01904 650333 to book.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsKids’ Kitchen Club – Castle Museum – 2.30pm to 3.30pm – Free but booking essential (normal admission charges for the museum; free to York Card holders)

Bring your children to the working kitchen studio at York Castle Museum to help make recipes from the past. This week’s recipe is Roman mustacei (savoury biscuits).


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsThe Christmas Adventure – Stockeld Park – 10.30am to 8.30pm – Prices vary according to the activities you choose (visit the website for further details).

Experience real Christmas magic at Stockeld Park, home of the Enchanted Forest. As well a chance to visit Santa in his grotto (and meet the reindeer of course), there’s ice-skating and Nordic skiing on offer, as well as a maze and outdoor play areas galore. Read our review here.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsWinter sculpture exhibition – Beningbrough Hall – 9th November to 23rd February 2014 (weekends only) – 11am to 3.30pm – Normal admission prices apply

This indoor and outdoor exhibition of life-size sculptures by award-winning sculptor Andrew Kay captures the powerful anatomy of wild beasts.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsChristmas at Castle Howard – Castle Howard – Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 22nd December 2013 – 10am (house opens at 11am) and last admission at 4pm – Entry to farm shop, garden centre, courtyard etc. is free; entry to house and grounds from £14 for adults/£7.50 for children (under fives free); entry to grounds £9.50 for adults/£6 for children over five (under fives free)

Experience the glamour and grandeur of Castle Howard, decked out in all its festive glory. Discover candlelit interiors, a stunning display of Howard family ‘twigs’, winter garlands and floral arrangements. Outdoors there are all the usual delights, including the fantastic adventure play area and loads of opportunities for stunning woodland walks. The gift shops, farm shop and garden centre will all be open, too, ready to help you tick the last gifts from your Christmas list.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsSunday 24th November

The Christmas Adventure – Stockeld Park – 10.30am to 8.30pm – Prices vary according to the activities you choose (visit the website for further details).

Experience real Christmas magic at Stockeld Park, home of the Enchanted Forest. As well a chance to visit Santa in his grotto (and meet the reindeer of course), there’s ice-skating and Nordic skiing on offer, as well as a maze and outdoor play areas galore. Read our review here.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsWinter sculpture exhibition – Beningbrough Hall – 9th November to 23rd February 2014 (weekends only) – 11am to 3.30pm – Normal admission prices apply

This indoor and outdoor exhibition of life-size sculptures by award-winning sculptor Andrew Kay captures the powerful anatomy of wild beasts.


What’s On This Week in York for Families (18th November) Little VikingsChristmas at Castle Howard – Castle Howard – Saturday 23rd November to Sunday 22nd December 2013 – 10am (house opens at 11am) and last admission at 4pm – Entry to farm shop, garden centre, courtyard etc. is free; entry to house and grounds from £14 for adults/£7.50 for children (under fives free); entry to grounds £9.50 for adults/£6 for children over five (under fives free)

Experience the glamour and grandeur of Castle Howard, decked out in all its festive glory. Discover candlelit interiors, a stunning display of Howard family ‘twigs’, winter garlands and floral arrangements. Outdoors there are all the usual delights, including the fantastic adventure play area and loads of opportunities for stunning woodland walks. The gift shops, farm shop and garden centre will all be open, too, ready to help you tick the last gifts from your Christmas list.


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