What’s on in York: Holiday Spanish – your Essential Survival Guide

 Acomb Explore Library :

Mon 16 Apr for 7

weeks :

1.00pm – 3.00pm :


Make the most of your holiday in a Spanish speaking country by learning the essentials before your trip. Or if you are interested in learning a language this could be an opportunity to try some basic Spanish and see if you would like to take your study further. All hand outs will be provided and websites will be recommended.

Learn to greet Spanish speakers, introduce yourself, order something to eat and drink in a café and find your way around the town using public transport. The lessons will be very practical and you will learn by listening to and repeating new words and phrases, reading simple texts, doing a variety of exercises and practising the language in role play situations. Gain extra tips about the country and its customs and traditions from your tutor.

To book on the course please click here.

You may be interested to know we have two other holiday language courses running too.  Please click the links below if you would like to find out more.

China in What’s on in York: Drag with Michael Bristow, BBC World Service editor

Apr _14China In DragYork Explore Library :

Sat 14 Apr :

2.00pm – 3.30pm :


When the BBC’s Michael Bristow decided to write a history of modern China he turned to his language teacher for help and discovered a fascinating perspective on his host country.

Approaching the end of his eight-year stay in Beijing, Michael Bristow decided he wanted to write about the country’s modern history. To assist him he asked for the help of his language teacher, who was born just two years after the communist party came to power in 1949. The changing fortunes of his life have mirrored the ups and downs of his country, which has moved from communist poverty to capitalist wealth in just a single generation. It came as a surprise though, to learn that the teacher was also a cross-dresser. Michael gradually realised that the teacher’s story is the story of modern China.

Michael Bristow is Asia/Pacific editor for the BBC World Service in London. He appears on radio and TV, commenting on developments in the world’s fastest-changing region. For five years he was a BBC correspondent in Beijing, covering everything from earthquakes to the Olympics. Apart from his family, China is his great passion, an interest that began while at university in Newcastle. He’s spent much of his adult life trying to learn Mandarin; a task he imagines might take many more years. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and their two children.

To book tickets please click here.

What’s on in York:The Genius of Grinling Gibbons: From Journeyman to King’s Carver

GibbonsFairfax House :

Sat 14 Apr – Fri 14 Sep :

Normal Opening Times :

General admission price

To celebrate the ‘home-coming’ of the exquisite ‘King David Panel’ and to illuminate the extraordinary skill of Grinling Gibbons, Fairfax House will be mounting a major new exhibition in 2018, The Genius of Grinling Gibbons: From Journeyman to King’s Carver.

Opening on the 370th anniversary of his birth, this exhibition also marks the 350th year of Gibbons’ arrival in York. Drawing on new research and bringing together artworks and sculpture by the hand of this iconic individual from across the country, it will explore his development from an obscure journeyman to becoming the country’s most celebrated master-carver.

Ticket Prices :

Included in admission to the museum:

Adult: £7.50
Concession: £6.00 (applies to over 60s and students)
Children: £3.00 (over 6 and under 16) and include the Townhouse Mouse Trail or Townhouse Mouse Quest.
Family ticket: £17.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)
Friends of Fairfax House, York Civic Trust members, York Pass holders, National Art Pass holders and Historic Houses Association members: Free Entry

For more information please click here.

Last few places available for latest Nordic Walking course in York

Limited places are available for City of York Council’s latest Learn to Nordic Walk course and residents are being urged to book in advance so they don’t miss out.

Nordic Walking is one of the fastest growing activities in the UK and at the end of the course participants will receive a Nordic Walking UK Freedom Card, which will enable them to attend Nordic Walking groups anywhere in the UK, including several in the York area.

The course starts on Friday 20 April and sessions will take place every Friday for four weeks from 10am until 11am, meeting at the Rowntree Park Reading Café.

The cost of the course is £25, and booking is essential as places are limited. Nordic Walking poles will be provided to all participants.

Residents can book their place by calling 01904 553377 or emailing yorwellbeing@york.gov.uk.