Things to do in York this half term holiday, May 2014

23 May 2014 @ 4.09 pm
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Didn’t the Easter holidays just finish? It feels that way, but the half term is already here. Fear not, we have plenty of ideas for fun family time, and to find out everything that’s going on, see our What’s On Guide.

Plague in the dungeon


A mere 665 years after the Black Death wiped out a third of Yorkshire’s population, York Dungeon‘s new show Outbreak brings it all back. Join Ralf Roberts the rat catcher as he hands out plague cards. Will you be infected or will you be clean? Let fate decide this half term Friday, May 23Sunday, June 1 10am – 5.30pm.

It’s not Terry’s it’s mine

Photograph by lodekka on Flickr
Photograph by lodekka on Flickr

York’s Chocolate Story are celebrating our sweet city this half term with an in depth look at famed chocolate maker Terry’s. Find out how York became a prolific confectionery hub, with the help of her two rivers, and even make a chocolate orange themed treat to take home. This Saturday, May 24Sunday June 1, 10am – 6.30pm.

Big fun with little trains


Get to grips with tiny transport this holiday with the National Railway Museum‘s children’s activities. See model trams from days gone by with the Manchester Model Tramway Group, a modern transport museum in miniature or even a real garden railway. From Saturday, May 24Sunday, June 1, 10am – 6pm.

Teddy Bear-tastic


Since receiving a very special visit from Grayson Perry, Yorkshire Museum has gone teddy bear mad. Kids can get involved this Monday, May 26 to Sunday, June 1 with everything from teddy bear picnics, to making your own ceramic bear to take home. Open daily 10am – 5pm.

Make tracks to see the wizard


Follow a road, not of yellow bricks but of yellow flowers this spring as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway marks the 75th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. There are many Oz-themed trails to pick up, a host of characters to meet and family friendly activities along the way. Daily from Monday, May 26 to Sunday, June 1 from Pickering to Goathland Stations. Journeys last from around 10am – 3pm.

May-hem at Piglets Farm

Piglets Adventure Park is hosting many family activities such as clay modelling, welly wanging, the ‘May-hem Mural’ and there’ll even be some sheep-shearing demonstrations. Saturday, May 24 – Sunday, June 1, 10am – 5.30pm.