Spring 2021

Welcome to our page for things to do during Christmas Half-term. We will continually update content, as more venues start to open and activities.

If you know of an activity, or run an activity and we have not listed you here, please get in touch or complete our online Get Listed form.

If you are looking for childcare during the school half-term holidays get in touch with York Family Information Service email fis@york.gov.uk, call 01904 554444 or text 07624 802244

Under 5 activities

A Peter Rabbit Activity Adventure Trail

Join Peter and his friends for some winter fun at Beningbrough. 

Starts 5th December, while stocks last.

For more information and to book, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough 

York Racial Equality Network       

 Festive Virtual Party 

Missing a seasonal trip to the Pantomime and your work's Christmas do?

Come along to our FREE VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY on 23rd December starting at 3pm.

EVERYONE WELCOME INCLUDING NON MEMBERS. email info@yren.co.uk to book your place 

3pm Introduction, Christmas Game and Quiz

 3.30pm  Performance by the Beat Bantido’s, a unique acoustic London Mariachi band who will be playing Christmas Songs.

4pm  York’s Hoglets Threatre Presents The Snow Bear, an adaptation of a Norwegian Fairy Tale.

 4.30pm  Puppet Making Workshop with The Snow Bear

 

 

York Theatre Royal's The Travelling Pantomime

Festive fun for all the family

This year the Travelling panto is a socially-distanced 70 minute extravaganza, where the audience decide which of three different pantos; Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk & Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs they want to see performed.

Due to the restrictions on numbers, tickets are limited. However there will be an online broadcast of the panto, so people wont miss out!

Visit https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-travelling-pantomime/ for more information.

York Music Hub Winter Festival

A streamed concert of recorded performances from students, tutors and partner organisations.

Begins at 7pm on 16th December on the York Music Hub YouTube channel.

Available for 2 weeks until 31st December.

York Castle Museum Presents:

A Christmas Spectacular

Step out of the cold and into a magical snow-covered world where Christmas comes alive at York Castle Museum. 

On selected dates until January 3 2021

Adults £10 / Children £8

See website for details and to book at https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/christmas2020/ 

Christmas at the National Railway Museum

Blow off the cobwebs with a ride on our Miniature Railway, guaranteed to bring cheer to children and grown-ups alike. Warm up with a hot drink and indulgent festive treat in our café, before continuing your adventure through time. You will meet Rocket—the locomotive that sparked the beginning of the railway age—Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘Palace on Wheels’ in our stunning collection of royal carriages and Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. 

Visit the website to book your tickets for all this fun and much more

Theatre of Science in association with Explore York Libraries presents:

The Little AstronoMermaid 

10.30am and 6pm Monday 21st December

FREE & live from the Theatre of Science Facebook page (booking is not required); visit the Theatre of Science Facebook page for details and to be alerted when it goes live. 

 

 

 

Bloodaxe Reading Challenge

Are you brave enough to take on the Bloodaxe Reading Challenge?

It runs from Saturday 26 October 2019 to Saturday 11 January 2020 and children are challenged to read 4 books with a history link, though this can include such things as heroes and heroines, mythical animals, and folk tales, as well as more accepted history.

See https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/bloodaxe-challenge-2019-20/ for details

iTravel York's Wildlife Walks

Find details of scenic walks around York, which range from 1-9 miles in length and all start and end near a bus-stop.

Follow the link, download one of the Exploring York booklets, take a scenic walk and explore York! 

https://www.itravelyork.info/maps-guides 

5-11 activities

A Peter Rabbit Activity Adventure Trail

Join Peter and his friends for some winter fun at Beningbrough. 

Starts 5th December, while stocks last.

For more information and to book, visit nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough

 

York Theatre Royal's The Travelling Pantomime

 This year the Travelling panto is a socially-distanced 70 minute extravaganza, where the audience decide which of three different pantos; Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk & Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs they want to see performed.

Due to the restrictions on numbers, tickets are limited. However there will be an online broadcast of the panto, so people wont miss out!

Visit https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-travelling-pantomime/ for more information.

York Music Hub Winter Festival

A streamed concert of recorded performances from students, tutors and partner organisations.

Begins at 7pm on 16th December on the York Music Hub YouTube channel.

Available for 2 weeks until 31st December.

York Castle Museum Presents:

A Christmas Spectacular

Step out of the cold and into a magical snow-covered world where Christmas comes alive at York Castle Museum. 

On selected dates until January 3 2021

Adults £10 / Children £8

See website for details and to book at https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/christmas2020/

Christmas at the National Railway Museum

Blow off the cobwebs with a ride on our Miniature Railway, guaranteed to bring cheer to children and grown-ups alike. Warm up with a hot drink and indulgent festive treat in our café, before continuing your adventure through time. You will meet Rocket—the locomotive that sparked the beginning of the railway age—Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘Palace on Wheels’ in our stunning collection of royal carriages and Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. 

Visit the website to book your tickets for all this fun and much more

Christmas Wordsearch 2020

Help to keep the little ones occupied this festive season. How about a Christmas Wordsearch to get you feeling festive?

Click on the link to view/print out

You might also want to take a look at our Christmas Crafts if your feeling creative too!

 

 

 

Theatre of Science in association with Explore York Libraries presents:

The Little AstronoMermaid 

10.30am and 6pm Monday 21st December

FREE & live from the Theatre of Science Facebook page (booking is not required); visit the Theatre of Science Facebook page for details and to be alerted when it goes live. 

 

 

 

Bloodaxe Reading Challenge

 

Are you brave enough to take on the Bloodaxe Reading Challenge? Running since the end of October up to Saturday 11 January 2021. Children are challenged to read 4 books with a history link, though this can include such things as heroes and heroines, mythical animals, and folk tales, as well as more accepted history.

See https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/bloodaxe-challenge-2019-20/ for details

York City Football Club Foundation

City Kick About @ venues across the city 

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active!

Age range aimed at: 8-17

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active

Contact info: 01904 559508 or inclusion@yorkcityfcfoundation.co.uk for details

St Peters Christmas Holiday Course

Christmas themed competitions & challenges

St Peter's School, Clifton, Sports Hall

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December 10am-3pm

Ages: 6-13 years

Cost: £32

Spaces limited, bookings must be made in advance & booking closes at 4pm the Thursday before. For more info or to book contact www.officialsoccerschools.co.uk/yorkcity

Christmas Holiday Cricket Coaching

All Out Cricket Coaching @ St Olave's Sports Hall

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December 9am-4pm

Ages: 5-14 years

Cost: £25

to book visit https://alloutcricketcoaching.class4kids.co.uk

Natural History Museum

Feeling Inspired?

Open to all ages and abilities, the fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open for your submissions until 11.30am GMT on 10 December 2020 

See the website for more details: https://bit.ly/3lo95Al

 

 

 

 iTravel York's Wildlife Walks

Find details of scenic walks around York, which range from 1-9 miles in length and all start and end near a bus-stop.

Follow the link, download one of the Exploring York booklets, take a scenic walk and explore York! 

https://www.itravelyork.info/maps-guides 

 

 

 

11- 15 activities

Christmas Holiday Cricket Coaching

All Out Cricket Coaching @ St Olave's Sports Hall

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December 9am-4pm

Ages: 5-14 years

Cost: £25

to book visit https://alloutcricketcoaching.class4kids.co.uk

York Theatre Royal's The Travelling Pantomime

This year the Travelling panto is a socially-distanced 70 minute extravaganza, where the audience decide which of three different pantos; Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk & Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs they want to see performed.

Due to the restrictions on numbers, tickets are limited. However there will be an online broadcast of the panto, so people wont miss out!

Visit https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-travelling-pantomime/ for more information.

York Music Hub Winter Festival

A streamed concert of recorded performances from students, tutors and partner organisations.

Begins at 7pm on 16th December on the York Music Hub YouTube channel.

Available for 2 weeks until 31st December.

York Castle Museum Presents:

A Christmas Spectacular

Step out of the cold and into a magical snow-covered world where Christmas comes alive at York Castle Museum.

On selected dates until January 3 2021

Adults £10 / Children £8

See website for details and to book at https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/christmas2020/

 

Christmas at the National Railway Museum

Blow off the cobwebs with a ride on our Miniature Railway, guaranteed to bring cheer to children and grown-ups alike. Warm up with a hot drink and indulgent festive treat in our café, before continuing your adventure through time. You will meet Rocket—the locomotive that sparked the beginning of the railway age—Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘Palace on Wheels’ in our stunning collection of royal carriages and Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. 

Visit the website to book your tickets for all this fun and much more

Christmas Wordsearch 2020

How about a Christmas Wordsearch to get you feeling festive?

Click on the link to view/print out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bloodaxe Reading Challenge

 

Are you brave enough to take on the Bloodaxe Reading Challenge? Running since the end of October up to Saturday 11 January 2021. Children are challenged to read 4 books with a history link, though this can include such things as heroes and heroines, mythical animals, and folk tales, as well as more accepted history.

See https://www.exploreyork.org.uk/bloodaxe-challenge-2019-20/ for details

Natural History Museum

Feeling Inspired?

Open to all ages and abilities, the fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open for your submissions until 11.30am GMT on 10 December 2020 

See the website for more details: https://bit.ly/3lo95Al

 

 

 

St Peters Christmas Holiday Course

Christmas themed competitions & challenges

St Peter's School, Clifton, Sports Hall

Monday 21st & Tuesday 22nd December 10am-3pm

Ages: 6-13 years

Cost: £32

Spaces limited, bookings must be made in advance & booking closes at 4pm the Thursday before. For more info or to book contact www.officialsoccerschools.co.uk/yorkcity

 

York City Football Club Foundation

City Kick About @ various venues across the city 

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active!

Age range aimed at: 8-17

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active

Contact info: 01904 559508 or inclusion@yorkcityfcfoundation.co.uk for details

Tang Hall Youth

Free Autumn activities in Tang Hall for 11 – 18 year olds

A range of activities available in Tang Hall including a film project, sports, dance and arts/craft

Contact Sue to book a place 07398149491 Facebook SueNYY Instagram NYYSue 

 

 

 

York Open Duke of Edinburgh's Award Group

Recruiting remotely

If you are aged between 9-24 years & interested in participating in the Open Award Group email yorkopenaward@gmail.com 

Cost info: Bronze £230, Silver £320  Gold £450

iTravel York's Wildlife Walks

Find details of scenic walks around York, which range from 1-9 miles in length and all start and end near a bus-stop.

Follow the link, download one of the Exploring York booklets, take a scenic walk and explore York! 

https://www.itravelyork.info/maps-guides 

15- 25 activities

York Theatre Royal's The Travelling Pantomime

This year the Travelling panto is a socially-distanced 70 minute extravaganza, where the audience decide which of three different pantos; Dick Whittington, Jack & the Beanstalk & Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs they want to see performed.

Due to the restrictions on numbers, tickets are limited. However there will be an online broadcast of the panto, so people wont miss out!

Visit https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-travelling-pantomime/ for more information.

York Music Hub Winter Festival

A streamed concert of recorded performances from students, tutors and partner organisations.

Begins at 7pm on 16th December on the York Music Hub YouTube channel.

Available for 2 weeks until 31st December.

Christmas at the National Railway Museum

Blow off the cobwebs with a ride on our Miniature Railway, guaranteed to bring cheer to children and grown-ups alike. Warm up with a hot drink and indulgent festive treat in our café, before continuing your adventure through time. You will meet Rocket—the locomotive that sparked the beginning of the railway age—Queen Victoria’s opulent ‘Palace on Wheels’ in our stunning collection of royal carriages and Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive. 

Visit the website to book your tickets for all this fun and much more

Christmas Wordsearch 2020

How about a Christmas Wordsearch to get you feeling festive?

Click on the link to view/print out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural History Museum

Feeling Inspired?

Open to all ages and abilities, the fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is open for your submissions until 11.30am GMT on 10 December 2020

See the website for more details: https://bit.ly/3lo95Al 

 

 

 

York City Football Club Foundation

City Kick About @ Energise

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active!

Age range aimed at: 8-17

Jumpers for Goalposts style football – Have fun and get active

Contact info: 01904 559508 or inclusion@yorkcityfcfoundation.co.uk for details

Tang Hall Youth

 

Free Autumn activities in Tang Hall for 11 – 18 year olds

A range of activities available in Tang Hall including a film project, sports, dance and arts/craft

Contact Sue to book a place 07398149491 Facebook SueNYY Instagram NYYSue 

 

 

 

York Open Duke of Edinburgh's Award Group

Recruiting remotely

If you are aged between 9-24 years & interested in participating in the Open Award Group email yorkopenaward@gmail.com 

Cost info: Bronze £230, Silver £320  Gold £450

iTravel York's Wildlife Walks

Find details of scenic walks around York, which range from 1-9 miles in length and all start and end near a bus-stop.

Follow the link, download one of the Exploring York booklets, take a scenic walk and explore York! 

https://www.itravelyork.info/maps-guides   

Children and Young People with special education needs and disabilities

We are regularly updating Shine with new activities. In the meantime, if you are interested in any activities in the above age categories and have questions about how they can be made inclusive for your child; please get in touch directly with the organiser.

Search for Ofsted Registered holiday schemes

York Family Information Service hold a database of all Ofsted registered childcare providers. You can search for a childcare provider via our online search facility choose Holiday Scheme from the drop down list, or contact York FIS directly for a tailored list. 01904 554444 fis@york.gov.uk