York’s attractions are busy opening their summer holiday specials. From family trails to volcanos, kings to Vikings, there’s plenty of new things to try out – many free to YorkCard holders.
Heroes – Jorvik
What makes a hero? Power, bravery, determination? Visitors touring Jorvik’s summer exhibition will discover some of the “celebrities” of the Viking world such as Eric Bloodaxe, Harald Bluetooth (inventor of wireless headsets) and Hardrada, as well as powerful Viking women including Aud the Deep-minded. No room for Amy the Shallow-minded, though.
Summer speed – NRM
Building on the success of the Great Gathering of the A4 locos, the National Railway Museum has all manner of Summer Speed activities. Go on a speed trail to find the museum’s speedometers, build a speed machine and race it, and see steam powered model gauge one trains try to beat Mallard’s record breaking run on a model railway track.
Summer fun – Museums Trust
Both the Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum are holding various family-themed activities from Wednesday under the Summer Fun banner. Richard III’s reconstructed head is now on display at the Yorkshire Museum, and tied in with this is the chance to Make A Boar Badge – the symbol of the king. The Castle Museum’s extra activities include the chance to solve the mystery of the Lord Mayor’s missing cat, from August 3.
- York Castle Museum open daily 9.30am-5pm; Yorkshire Museum open daily 10am-5pm; both are free to residents with a YorkCard
- Download the Summer Fun PDF with full details here
Time Travellers – Clifford’s Tower
If you have a demanding prince or princess at home, take them along to Clifford’s Tower’s Time Travellers Go… Medieval attraction, where they can become king for the day. Children can dress up as medieval royals and nobles, discover the etiquette of the time and sit on the throne. Step into the past and collect an event sticker on your Time Traveller’s passport.
Holiday trails – Treasurer’s House
You can always scare the socks off your children with tales of the Roman ghosts marching around Treasurer’s House. But this summer there’s another way to entertain them – a family trail that takes you round the house, followed by traditional games in the garden.
Volcano chaser – Yorkshire Museum
Tempest Anderson would regularly depart his York home to take part in rollicking adventures on the side of erupting volcanoes. This summer marks the 100th anniversary of his death, and to mark the occasion the Yorkshire Museum is holding an exhibition, Tempest Anderson: Volcano Chaser, in the Reading Room on the first floor. It will feature some of the 5,000 photographs he took as well as objects such as his telephone, on loan from York Medical Society, which was the first one in York.