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What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November)

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There’s definitely a festive feel to things this week, with St Nicholas Fayre kicking off at the end of the week and Christmas fun going on at Castle Howard, Stockeld Park, the Designer Outlet and the North York Moors Railway to name just a few. Here’s our pick of what’s on for families in and around York over the next seven days.


Monday 25th November

What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsStory 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 Peepo.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsTuesday 26th 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 cream. Call 01904 650333 to book.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsWednesday 27th November

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

This week’s film is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsThursday 28th 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)

Victorian transport: visit Kirkgate to see the hansom cab, play with the train set and dress up as a horse to pull the cart. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSt. Nicholas Fayre –  various locations cross the city from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December

This annual Christmas event sees markets spring up across the city in various locations, including Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate. The Guildhall will host artists and crafters at their ‘Made in Yorkshire’ event, while Barley Hall will host a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders. At St William’s College you’ll find an arts and crafts market packed with one-off finds. Perfect Christmas shopping territory.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsFriday 29th 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 Humf.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsMuseum Baby – Castle Museum – 11am to 11.45am – Free for session (normal admission charges for museum entry; York Card holders free)

Farming: look for vegetables in the mud, explore the fruits and vegetables and listen to the story of Handa’s Surprise. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSt. Nicholas Fayre –  Across the city from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December

This annual Christmas event sees markets spring up across the city in various locations, including Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate. The Guildhall will host artists and crafters at their ‘Made in Yorkshire’ event, while Barley Hall will host a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders. At St William’s College you’ll find an arts and crafts market packed with one-off finds. Perfect Christmas shopping territory.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSaturday 30th 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 Tangled.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsMuseum Monkeys (sessions for 2 to 5 year olds) – Castle Museum – 11am to 12 noon – Free but booking essential (normal admission charge for museum, but free to York Card holders)

Touch: guess what’s in the mystery bags, make a feely collage and make a den with various texture materials. Call 01904 650333 to book. More information here.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsMeet children’s author Antony Wooten – Waterstones York – 28-29 High Ousegate – Free

Meet Antony, the author of Gron-ups Can’t be Friends with Dragons and A Tiger Too Many (suitable for 8-12 year olds).


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th 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 Eliza Acton’s lemon syllabub.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th 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 about our day out at Stockeld here.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSt. Nicholas Fayre –  Across the city from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December

This annual Christmas event sees markets spring up across the city in various locations, including Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate. The Guildhall will host artists and crafters at their ‘Made in Yorkshire’ event, while Barley Hall will host a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders. At St William’s College you’ll find an arts and crafts market packed with one-off finds. Perfect Christmas shopping territory.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th 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 In York This Week for Families (25th 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 In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSanta Specials – North York Moors Railway, Pickering Station – 30th November and 1st, 7th to 8th, 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd December – £14.50 per adult/child

Book now to join Santa and friends for festive fun on the Santa Express, a shuttle service departing Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby stations. Ticket price includes return travel, a present per child, mince pies for all, and a hot or cold drink for everyone (and an alcoholic tipple for the grown-ups. There will also be festive entertainment at Pickering station between 12.30pm and 1.40pm and 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Dogs are not permitted and buggy space is limited, so leave it in the car if possible.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSunday 1st December

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 about our day out at Stockeld here.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsYorkshire’s Winter Wonderland  – York Designer Outlet – 9.30 am to 9.15pm – Free entry but charges for activities (£9.95 adult/£8.95 for ice skating; £4.50 per child for a visit to Santa’s grotto)

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland returns to the Designer Outlet this Christmas with ice skating at The Ice Factor, a traditional funfair and Santa’s grotto (book online to avoid the queues). It’s one way to get the kids more interested in a Christmas shopping trip to the Outlet.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSt. Nicholas Fayre –  Across the city from Thursday 28th November to Sunday 1st December

This annual Christmas event sees markets spring up across the city in various locations, including Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate. The Guildhall will host artists and crafters at their ‘Made in Yorkshire’ event, while Barley Hall will host a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders. At St William’s College you’ll find an arts and crafts market packed with one-off finds. Perfect Christmas shopping territory.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th November) Little VikingsSanta Specials – North York Moors Railway, Pickering Station – 30th November and 1st, 7th to 8th, 14th to 15th and 21st to 22nd December – £14.50 per adult/child

Book now to join Santa and friends for festive fun on the Santa Express, a shuttle service departing Pickering, Grosmont and Whitby stations. Ticket price includes return travel, a present per child, mince pies for all, and a hot or cold drink for everyone (and an alcoholic tipple for the grown-ups. There will also be festive entertainment at Pickering station between 12.30pm and 1.40pm and 2.15pm and 3.15pm. Dogs are not permitted and buggy space is limited, so leave it in the car if possible.


What’s On In York This Week for Families (25th 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 In York This Week for Families (25th 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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