Summer events programme for young people shining in York

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Shine is an exciting programme of events aimed at five to 18 year olds which runs thanks to a large number of organisers including the council, sports organisations, independent activity providers and local attractions. Many of the activities are free and booking in advance is not always necessary, offering a boredom-free summer throughout the city!

This year Shine includes over 190 different activities throughout the summer, offering all the favourite arts, sports, play sessions, parks and libraries activities.

  • Some of the more unusual events include designing a remote controlled robot or a joystick game and those with a sense of adventure can enjoy activities such as kayaking, outdoor climbing, wild camping and bushcraft skills.
  • Theatre, art, mosaics, dance, sewing and junk drumming with Trashbang are some of the arts activities helping to develop young creative skills, whilst sports activities from Total Sports,
  • York Knights Foundation and City of York Athletics are keeping fitness levels up throughout the summer.


Councillor Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement, including the Shine programme said: “From teddy bear picnics in parks and story sessions in libraries through to arts, crafts, cookery and hockey sessions for older children, this programme has something for all ages and interests. The Shine programme offers a chance to meet new people, visit new places, pick up new skills and have fun and games outdoors and many children chose to continue their interest once the holidays are over. There’s still time to join the fun so take a look today!”

Shine organisers work closely with advocacy groups and disabled young people to ensure that activities are as inclusive as possible. It also helps to promote specialist or targeted activities for young people with specific disabilities and helps to make activities available for economically disadvantaged young people through subsidising certain activities with scheme funding.

The Shine publication was distributed to all families through schools at the end of term and may be viewed online at

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