Family Day at Acomb Explore

Acomb Explore Library :

Sat 3 Nov :

10.00am – 2.00pm :


Oct _30Family DayFun for all the family.

We will have lots of different activities you and an adult to try, including crafts and storytime.

Just drop in for one or stay longer and try them all!

We also have two other events on the same day

Minecraft Mastercrafter – Build a Haunted House

12pm – 2pm

pickaxe in minecraft designDo you have what it takes to become Minecraft Mastercrafter 2018?

Come along and build a creepy Minecraft haunted house complete with zombies, spiders and pumpkins! The event is free but booking at the library essential.

E-reading Explained!

10am – 11am

Join us for a whirlwind tour of all the many ways you can enjoy books and audiobooks on your digital device.

We’ll be demonstrating the best e-reading resources including Amazon, Kobo, Google Play Books and our very own Explore E-Library.

Booking at your local library essential.

To book tickets please call Acomb Explore Librray on (01904) 552651 or

What’s on in York: Hoglets Theatre presents – Sea Storm in a Tea Cup


Acomb Explore Library :

Mon 29 Oct :

10.30am – 11.15am :


A mermaid is an amazing gift for a young girl. But what do you do when it just wont stop growing?

A chance meeting, an act of kindness and an unusual present lead a lonely young girl on the most unexpected journey.

This new play by Gemma Curry (The Sleep Pirates) will take you on an epic adventure of mystery, magic and mermaids.

Suitable for children aged 3-7 years.

To book ticket please click here.

Look out for more performances this month at Tang Hall Explore Library on Tuesday 30th October.  The 3pm performance is relaxed and is aimed at children with autism and special needs

To book ticket please click on the times below.

1.30pm – 2.15pm

3.00pm – 3.45pm

What’s on in York: Researching your WWI Ancestors

York Explore Library : Tue 16 Oct :

3.00pm – 4.30pm : Free

Acomb Explore Library : Thu 18 Oct :

2.00pm – 3.30pm : Free

Oct _16Research - YortimeHave you always wanted to research your First World War ancestors but are unsure where to start?

Join our Archivist Laura Yeoman as she talks you through some of the sources you can use, both onsite at Tang Hall Explore and online.Following the talk there will also be an opportunity to get your questions answered.

Free, but booking essential through any Explore Library or by telephone or follow the links below for each library.

York Explore

Acomb Explore

What’s on in York: Surprise Ending First Night

Acomb Explore Library

Surprise Ending

Thurs 11th Oct :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Surprise Ending is our Big City Read Play written for us by Bridget Foreman and performed by Riding Lights Theatre Company. This is the very first performance.

Come along and find out how Eric stops his world shrinking as Smidge’s expands in this light-hearted show which will make you think about reading in a completely different way.

To book tickets please click here.


There is a showing at every library too so if you miss first night please visit our what’s on page for the 23 other performance including a Meet the author Bridget Foreman on Saturday 13 October.

What’s on in York: Fun Palaces at Explore Libraries

  • Tang Hall Explore Library : Sat 6 & Sun 7 Oct : 10.00am – 3.00pm : Free
  • Acomb Explore Library : Sat 6 Oct : 10.00am – 2.00pm : Free
  • Clifton Explore Library : Sat 6 Oct : 10.30am – 12.30pm : Free

Oct _6Fun PalaceJoin us for a weekend of FREE activities celebrating community, culture & creativity!

Lots of arts and craft type activities for both children and adults to get take part in.

Mine Craft, Chess, Science Experiments, Slime Making, Baby Sing and Sign, Crafts, Dancing, Music and much more!

For more information please visit our website.

What’s on in York: Pop up exhibition of First World War archives

Acomb Explore Library :

Oct _5WWI Ancestors - Yortime

Fri 5 Oct :

10.00am – 2.00pm :


Pop in to Acomb Explore Library to see a selection of the city’s original First World War archives.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see ‘Chocolate Letters’ sent from York soldiers to the Lord Mayor and Sherriff after Christmas 1914, photographs of air raid damage and more in your locality.

For more information please call the library on (01904) 552651 or

Revised plans submitted but York’s oldest bowling green still under threat

Developers have submitted revised plans for the development of the Acomb Bowling Green site on Front Street. The plot is located behind the Acomb Explore Library.

The revised plans can be viewed by clicking here

The main differences in the revised plan are:

  • – 10 as opposed to 11 dwellings are proposed
  • – Change in the layout
  • – Clarification of proposed ground levels
  • – Widening of vehicle access in front of the public house to facilitate deliveries

There is no evidence that the Council, as the owner of the library site and the former allotments next to Chancery Court, is engaging on the future of their parcels of land.

The new plans do appear to provide for a potential access to these areas but fall far short of the hoped for comprehensive regeneration plan.

Council officials were instructed to buy the bowling club land some 10 years ago but failed to negotiate a deal. (The purchase would have allowed the club car park to be used by the Library, although bowling activities could have continued)

Residents of Vyner House have already petitioned against the proposals which would remove not only York’s oldest bowling green, but would also see another area of green space lost from within the Acomb neighbourhood.

Any development should ideally embrace accommodation aimed at older people (amenities are on the doorstep) as well as providing much needed office space for the Library, Police and neighbourhood workers.

There were hopes that a “pocket park”could be incorporated which might include some allotment beds.

Residents can object to the current plans via the Councils planning on line web site click here The planning reference is 18/00586/FULM

What’s on in York: Discover TV and Movies Online

Jul _25Movie

Acomb Explore Library

Wed 25 Jul

1.00pm – 2.00pm


Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV, DisneyLife…there are so many ways to watch TV and Movies online and we’ll show you how.

In this hour-long session, we’ll demonstrate the best ways to watch movies and TV series on your PC and mobile devices. We’ll compare subscription prices and discover what you’ll actually get within your membership.

For more information please call Acomb Explore Library on (01904) 552651 or

What’s on in York: Discover Mobile Internet @ Acomb Library

Jul _18Mobile

Acomb Explore Library :

Wed 18 Jul :

1.00pm – 2.00pm :


In this hour-long session, we’ll demonstrate the best ways to manage your mobile data, connect to public WiFi and avoid all the pitfalls of using data-draining apps on the go!

For more information please call Acomb Explore Library on (01904) 552651 or

Opposition mounting to Front Street building plans

Pensioners petition against proposal to develop Bowling Green

Acomb Bowling Club

The Council has told the proposed developers of the Acomb Bowling Club green on Front Street that they need more time to come to a view on their proposals. They say that there are access and other problems associated with the proposal to build 11 houses on the site.

comment on planning application

The news came after it emerged that a petition, signed by pensioners in an adjacent block of flats, and objecting to the loss of green space had been lodged with the Council. The pensioners were also concerned about potential noise nuisance from the site.

Sport England have also sounded a warning about the plan highlighting the continued erosion of sports pitches in the Acomb area.

Concerns have also been raised about the impact on the local bat population and other wildlife in the area.

The Council’s own heritage officer has pointed to the historical significance of the site. It is thought that there may be important archaeological deposits in the area.

Comment on Planning application

Although the balance of comments is against the development in its present form, perhaps surprisingly local amenity societies, Ward Councillors and adjacent property owners have so far failed to make their views known.

The proposals – which could jeopardise plans to bring derelict land to the rear of the Library back into use, while providing much needed accommodation for older people – are a particularly poor piece of incremental planning.

Hopefully a more coherent plan for this part of Front Street will emerge now.