What’s on in York: Ben Kane: Massacre in the German forests, AD 9 : Rome’s Greatest Defeat?

York Explore Library : Tue 5 Apr : 6.30pm – 7.30pm : £6 (£5 with a York Card)

Apr 5_Ben Kane _2Ben Kane will talk about the dramatic events of AD 9, his research into the period, and about the battlefield that just might be the site of three Roman legions’ destruction in Germany.

In AD 9, German tribesmen annihilated three Roman legions in an ambush, killing their general and taking the legions’ iconic eagle standards.

In the years following, the empire waged a bloody war in Germany, seeking revenge, recovery of the eagles and the death of Arminius, the mastermind of the fateful attack. Ben Kane will talk about these dramatic events, his research into the period, and about the battlefield that just might be the site of the legions’ destruction.

Tickets can be booked in person at any library, or phone 01904 552828 or visit http://www.feelinginspired.co.uk/detail/massacreinthegermanforests-05-04-2016

What’s on in York: Major new exhibition – Shaping the body

Date : Fri 25 Mar
Time : See website
Venue : York Castle Museum
Cost : Free with YMT card

York Castle Museum : Fri 25 Mar : Free with YMT card

Shaping The Body 25 MarThis major new exhibition looks at how our bodies have been shaped and designed through choices we make and the consequences of our lifestyles.

York Museum Trust’s extensive collections of costume, social history, archaeology and art will highlight how the perfect height and weight have fluctuated in different periods, and how economic circumstances and cultural ideas impact on fashion.

Meet the people who have pushed their bodies to the limits to gain the look they crave and find out about dangerous fashions such as extra tight corsets, high heels and even poisonous dresses!

This thought-provoking and fascinating exhibition will challenge the notion of the perfect body.

Free with YMT card or see www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

What’s on in York: The biggest exhibition of World War I art in nearly 100 years

Date : Fri 25 Mar – Sun 4 Sept
Time : See website
Venue : York Art Gallery
Cost : Free with YMT card

York Art Gallery : Fri 25 Mar – Sun 4 Sept : Free with YMT card

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

Truth And Memory 25 MarIWM London’s Truth and Memory is a major retrospective that comprises over 60 works and features some of the most iconic images to emerge from the First World War, including paintings by Paul Nash, Percy Wyndham Lewis, CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and William Orpen.

The exhibition will assess both the immediate impact and legacy of British art of the First World War.

Comprised predominantly of works from IWM’s Art Collection, the exhibition will show how artists of all ages, traditions and backgrounds, strived to represent the unprecedented, epoch-defining events of the First World War, which ultimately helped shape the nation’s perception of the conflict and of warfare itself.

York is the only gallery other than IWM London to host the exhibition.

Entry is free with a YMT card or see www.yorkartgallery.org.uk


What’s on in York: York Literature Festival Family Fair

Date: Sun 20 Mar
Time: 11.00am – 4.00pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £2 per author event

York Explore Library : Sun 20 Mar : 11.00am – 4.00pm : Free

Author events with four fantastic contributors: Ros Beardshaw, Sam Zuppardi, Craig Bradley and Kjartan Poskitt. Drop-in Minecraft, Lego, stories & crafts

Pop in to any York library to book tickets, telephone 01904 552828 or email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

Author events:

Ros Beardshaw11:00-11:45 Ros Beardshaw

Ros lives in York and is the illustrator behind many books for children, including ‘Just Right For Two’. Ros will talk about her pictures and provide some drawing exercises for children to try.


Sam12:15-13:00 Sam Zuppardi

Sam lives in York and is an illustrator who works mostly in acrylic, watercolour, pencil and ink, and collage. I like to create pictures that look homemade and write stories that deal with the kinds of things that preoccupy you when you’re little.  Sam’s books for children include ‘Nobody’s Perfect’.

Craig Bradley13:30-14:30 Craig Bradley

Craig Bradley (aka ‘That Poetry Bloke’) has entertained and inspired thousands of children in the last 8 years as he has travelled all over the North of England with his anarchic, hilarious, high-energy poetry routine. Don’t miss Craig’s debut at York Literature Festival!


Kjartan Poskitt15:00-16:00 Kjartan Poskitt

Kjartan Poskitt is a children’s author based in York. His books include the very popular ‘Agatha Parrot’ series. Kjartan will finish the day with a fantastic, fun-filled performance.

Also browse the Little Apple Bookshop bookstall, make something in Minecraft, enjoy stories in the children’s library, build your favourite scene from a book from Lego & get creative with crafts.

What’s on in York: Poetry by Heart – County contest final

Date: Sat 27 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

County finals for the 2016 Poetry by Heart contest featuring students from schools in North Yorkshire and East Riding, with Colin Jackson, producer of Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival as MC, and writer Helen Cadbury, and poet and publisher Pauline Kirk on the judging panel.

Poetryby Heart Logo Ruth 6Poetry by Heart is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart.  Not in an arm-waving, props-supported thespian extravaganza, but as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.

Poetry by Heart successfully engages young people from diverse social backgrounds and all types of school in personal discovery of the pleasures of poetry. Each pupil is challenged to memorise and recite two poems – one published before 1914 and one in or after 1914 or one from a special collection of World War 1 poems as part of the centenary commemorations.. Pupils choose these from the timeline anthology of over 600 years of poetry on this website. In 2015-16, for the Grand Finals, contestants will recite a third poem.

Poetryby Heart Ruth 6The competition is a pyramid of participation from individual classrooms to whole school/college contests, then county contests, regional semi-finals and the grand final, to be held at Homerton College, Cambridge on March 17th – 19th 2016. In the process, pupils foster deep personal connections with the poems chosen and bring poetry alive for their friends, families and communities.

This event is aimed at those aged 11+

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

What’s on in York: Teddy bear’s picnic

Date: Mon 22 Feb
Time: 10.00am – 10.45am
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: Free

Come and join our special story & play session today will have a Teddy Bear theme. Bring a teddy bear along with you – or another cuddly friend.

Teddy Bears PicnicOur story & play session has a special teddy theme today.
Come along and enjoy a story and find out about the new free Bookstart Bear sticker book to encourage your child to enjoy visiting the library and sharing books.

Suitable for Under 5’s and their carers.

FREE – no booking required

If you need more information please call us on 01904 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Inclusive Sport Cricket

Cricket Paul 1Date: Thu 18 Feb
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Venue: Burnholme Community Hub
Cost: Free

It’s a FREE fun taster day packed with a variety of cricket activities such as table cricket. There are no age restrictions, everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this day.

City of York Council Sport and Active Leisure Team and Yorkshire Cricket Board have come together to offer this opportunity which will hopefully lead to regular sessions.

For more information, please contact:
Rachel Hildreth r.hildreth@yorkshirecb.com or Hannah Higginson Hannah.higginson@york.gov.uk

What’s on in York: Dragon stories and crafts

Date: Tue 16 Feb
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Venue: York Explore Library
Cost: £2

Come along and join us at York Explore Library for some fangtastic dragon-themed stories and craft activities!

Chinese New YearCome along and join us at York Explore Library for some fangtastic dragon-themed stories and craft activities!

Suitable for ages 5+

Costs £2 per child

Booking required – places are limited.

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

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.


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.


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

Come and learn how to craft like a Viking


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.


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