What’s on in York: Viking fun in the holidays

Viking Boy

Date: Mon 15 Feb
Time: 10.00am – 10.45am
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come and join us for a special Viking story & play session for Under 5s and their carers.

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Date: Tues 16 Feb
Time: 4.30pm – 5.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come to our [uber] cool reading group. Discover a range of Viking stories with people who enjoy reading.

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Date: Tues 16 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Haxby Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come and learn how to craft like a Viking

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Date: Mon 22 Feb
Time: 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Venue: Clifton Explore Library
Cost: £1.50

Aged between 5 & 12 years old? Love history? Enjoy listening to stories?  Being creative? Then this is the event for you.

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What’s on in York: New activities for the over 50’s

Date: Mon 15 Feb
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: Energise.
Cost: £3 for half day and £5 for whole day

Eng-Age 50+ Activity Day 2016, helping you stay fitter for longer. This year you can bring a grandchild with you to share the taster sessions on offer.

Engage Paul 6York’s popular Eng-AGE 50+ Activity Day is returning this year for it’s fifth year for older residents who want to try different fitness activities and find out what activities are available in York. This year you can bring along your Grandkids to take part in a range activities together.

The event takes a friendly and fun approach to exercise and is organised by City of York Council as part of the Eng-AGE programme of activities for those over 50. It is a convenient and low cost opportunity for residents to try a number of different sports and activities all in one day under one roof. Now in its fifth year, the event offers 20 different sessions where individuals can participate in all activities without the need for a friend or partner to come along too, making it a great way to make new friends.

Some of the exciting sessions on offer include 50+ fitness, Nordic Walking, Climbing, Swimming, Gym, Tai Chi, Pilates, Aquafit, Hula Hooping, Futsal and many more.

This year the Eng-AGE 50+ Activity Day is dementia friendly and welcomes residents with dementia. Energise itself has dementia friendly status, with the swimming pool working towards becoming a dementia friendly pool. Eng-AGE fitness instructors and Sport and Active Leisure staff are also dementia trained.

The event costs £5 for the full day or £3 for a half day including a tea or coffee for adults. Grandchildren cost £2.50 for a full day and £1.75 for a half day.

Anyone interested can simply turn up on the day although advanced phone booking is strongly recommended for Pilates, tai chi, climbing, aquafit, gym inductions and swimming lessons, where places are limited.

For more information or to book contact the Sport and Active Leisure team on 01904 553377, visit www.york.gov.uk/eng-age or email megan.hale@york.gov.uk

What’s on in York: Chess club launch

Date: Mon 15 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Drop in to find out about our new kids’ chess club.  Learn a few moves and maybe play a game.

Chess PiecesDrop in and find out about our new children’s chess club.  This is a free drop in session with no booking required at Explore York Library.

This event is suitable for ages 8+

For more information please call 01904 552828 or email york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Come and celebrate the Chinese New Year

Date: Sat 13 Feb
Time: 11.00am – 12.00 noon
Venue: Clifton Explore Library
Cost: £1.50

Are you a cheeky monkey? Or a charming rat? Find out at our Chinese New Year celebrations and have fun with Chinese stories & crafts.

Clifton Chinese DragonDo you want to find out if you are you a cheeky monkey or a charming rat?
Find out at our Chinese New Year celebrations and have fun with Chinese stories & crafts.

This event is suitable for ages 5 – 12 years. We will be telling stories & making Chinese New Year related crafts. Come along and make a Chinese Dragon, and do puzzles, colourings, a Chinese character hunt and much much more….

Tickets are £1.50 available from Explore Clifton Library, clifton@exploreyork.org.uk, tel. 01904 552662

What’s on in York: Meet the toys

Date: Wed 10 Feb
Time: 10.00am – 12.00 noon
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come along to meet the new toys we have in out toy library.  Find out how you can borrow toys and browse our collection.

Meet The Toys AliCome along to meet the new toys we have in our Toy Library.

This is a free drop in session where you can learn what we have in our collection and how to borrow and browse from it.

It costs 50p to borrow a toy from the Toy Library.

For more information please ring 01904 552828 or email york@exploreyork.org.uk

 

What’s on in York: The real story behind Viking Voices

Date: Mon 8 Feb
Time: 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Vincent Atherton describes the history behind his novel Viking Voices, which looks at the relationship between a warrior and his wife and his king in the Viking era.

Vincent Atherton Ruth 2It is the 10th century. Amleth is a warrior serving the Hiberno-Norse king Ragnald. He and his wife Aud are violently thrown out of Dublin, along with the rest of their group The Irish tribes they are enslaving revolt against them.
The king swears to return and regain their city, after wandering the Irish Sea and encountering enemies in Anglesey, the Isle of Man and Scotland.
Amidst their adventures they fight battles and gather treasure, forming alliances and even making friends along the way.
Amleth becomes indispensible to the aggressive and brutal Ragnald, his cunning and his blacksmith skills enabling him to produce his own glittering sword.

Eventually they all get rich and live happily ever after, except for those that die…..

Viking Voices is a historic novel that explains how the Cuerdale Hoard, the largest treasure ever found in Western Europe, came to be buried in the bank of the Ribble.

Vincent Atherton also looks at the relationship between a warrior and his wife against the turbulent background of friction between England and Ireland in the 10th century. With fictional characters who experience true historical events, this is an insightful and enjoyable read for any fans of historical fiction, particularly the Viking era.

This event is aimed at those aged 16+

Tickets can be booked In person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit www.eventbrite.co.uk.

What’s on in York: We are friends LGBT

Date: Sat 6 Feb
Time: 11.00am – 12.00 noon and 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue: Acomb Explore Library and York Explore Library
Cost: Free drop in but must have a ticket

Come and join Mud Pie Arts, Acomb Explore and York Explore for a special story time.

Sat 6 Feb : Acomb Explore Library : 11.00am – 12.00pm

Books AliCome and join Mud pie Arts and Acomb Explore on National Libraries day for a special story time all about celebrating difference, tolerance and being friends.

The stories and activities are aimed at children aged 3-7 and a parent or carer must stay.

This is a free session but booking is advised as places are limited

Please contact Katie Atkinson on mailto:Katie.atkinson@exploreyork.org.uk  or ring  01904 552651.

Visit the Explore York website www.exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: We are friends!

Date: Sat 6 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come and join us on National Libraries Day for a special story time all about celebrating difference.

Books AliThis special storytime is suitable for Under 5s and their carers.

York Explore Library from 200pm to 2.30pm

It is a FREE drop-in session, no booking required.

Carers must stay with children.

01904 552828
york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Haxwort’s School of Magic

Date: Thu 4 Feb
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Haxby Explore Library
Cost: £2 per child or £5 per family

2016’s term of Magic begins with sorting and spells, magic and mystery for students of all ages.

HaxbyMagical activities based around the stories of Harry Potter.

Explore Haxby Library from 4.00pm to 5.30pm

All ages are welcome including adults.

£2 per child or family ticket £5

Booking is essential, contact Explore Haxby Library for details phone 01904 552660 or email Haxby@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Inclusive Sport

Inclusive table tennis club starting Tue 2 Feb

Date: Tue 2 Feb
Time: 4.30pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Joseph Rowntree School
Cost: £4

Table Tennis Paul 2Special Olympics City of York in conjunction with the City of York Council Sport and Active Leisure team are starting up a new after school Table Tennis club.

The club will be fully inclusive and will run at Joseph Rowntree School, Haxby Rd, York, YO32 4BZ, ever Tuesday evening from 4.30-6pm, starting on the 2nd February.

It will cost £4 per session.

If you are interested in attending the club  please contact Stephen or Barry on 07910 09835 or email josephrowntreeittc@gmail.com