What's on at the York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery over the summer holidays.

Summer Holiday Activities

York Castle Museum

Street’s Alive – Up Our Street

Be amazed as Kirkgate comes alive, sending visitors to a forgotten age. Who will you meet ‘Up Our Street?’

Perhaps Dolly White the washerwoman? She’s never short of gossip or chores to do, and might need help with all her washing!

Look out for all our characters across the summer and get involved in their daily lives.

Daily, 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

Explore at Castle

Explore what life was like during World War One through self-guided activities, such as:

– sending information using flags (an activity called ‘Semaphore’)

– testing First Aid skills using teddy bears

– designing a campaign poster

Daily 10am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, apart from Monday 6th and Friday 17th of August.

‘When the World Changed Forever’ Trail

Follow our trail to find letters and objects in the 1914 exhibition. Discover them all for a fun sticker prize!

Daily, 21st July – 2nd September.

Dip Your Toes in the Water

Explore the designs and textures of Vivienne Westwood shoes. Work with an artist and ‘dip your toes in the water’ of collagraph printing using everyday materials to make texture prints. Develop new skills in a practical workshop inspired by the designs of a fashion icon. Your print can earn an Arts Award sticker!

Aimed at 5 –9 years, however all welcome. Part of Explore Summer Reading Challenge and events 2018.

Drop in activity included in museum admission. No need to book.

Friday 17th August, 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.

Yorkshire Museum

Dinosaur Detectives

Be a dinosaur detective and solve the mystery of which dinosaur has been up to no good.

Monday 13th August – Sunday 2nd September
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm.

There’s no need to book and admission is included with museum entry.

Sea Dragons: Fact and Fiction

Learn facts and myths that surround these amazing sea creatures. Enjoy craft and drawing activities in our labs.

Monday 13th August – Sunday 2nd September
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm.

There’s no need to book and admission is included with museum entry.

Plaster Fossils

Make a fossil using plaster (under the guidance of our learning staff) and take it home to paint.

There’s no need to book and admission is included with museum entry.

Monday 13th August – Sunday 2nd September
11am – 1pm & 2pm – 4pm.

York Art Gallery

Pick a Favourite: Make a Wish

Inspired by the ‘Friends of York Art Gallery’ and our 70 Years of Giving Art exhibition, choose and draw a piece of artwork in the display.

Add ideas and suggestions for new artworks to the ‘wish-list wall’ in the Studio.

There’s need to book and admission is included with gallery entry.

Wednesday 1st August – Friday 31st August
11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.