What’s on in York: Operation Hummingbird


Operation Hummingbird

Does our grief age as we do?

Operation Hummingbird is a conversation across the decades about a sudden family death, realising an opportunity that we all wish we could do at some point in our life; go back and talk to our younger self.  Taking the key themes from his own memoir, The Day the Alien Came, Matt Harper-Hardcastle’s new play explores terminal illness, anticipatory grief and the complicated journey of living with loss.
This was originally created for York’s Dead Good Festival 2020, but due to the COVID pandemic was streamed as a rehearsed reading instead.
Now the full production is coming to you this summer – in 4 York Explore venues around the city!

Thursday 5 August 3.30pm New Earswick Folk Hall
Thursday 5 August 7pm Dringhouses Library
Thursday 12 August 2pm York Explore
Thursday 12 August 6pm Hungate Reading Café with food offer
Thursday 12 August 7pm Hungate Reading Café performance only

All performances are £3 unless you are taking advantage of our early bird food offer at Hungate Reading Café where the cost is £10 for a calzone and salad, a drink (beer, wine or a soft drink) and the performance.

For more information and to book tickets click here


Visits to York Libraries on increase

“E” book downloads up 44%

A report  to  council committee from York Libraries indicates that many branches had seen increased numbers of visitors over the last year.

The report, from the independent mutual organisation, says,

Overall the number of visits to libraries  is up 8% on last year.

Book issues are down 1%, but there are increases at some libraries and in some formats. Ebook and audio download borrowing continues to grow massively, up 44% on last year.

Book issues are also up at York Explore (4%) which shows the success of the recent changes to the layout and display of stock.

 Loan of toys is up by 113%.

There are a few libraries who are struggling and we are planning interventions to look in detail at those communities to see how we can improve”.

The libraries now have 258 volunteers helping to update shelves and undertake story telling activities.

The services are hoping to find new premises for the Haxby library which was closed in July following structural safety concerns.

A report from the archives service lists new material which is available for inspection for the first time. The material includes the records of over 30 local organisations including parish councils, businesses, charities and political parties.


What’s on in York: Summer Reading Challenge Fun at York Explore

York Explore Family Fun AfternoonBig Read

Date: Tue 2 Aug
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: £2

Join us for a phizz-whizzing afternoon of stories and crafts with a delumptious Dahl theme. Make your own dream jar, model a chocolate factory out of junk, build using minecraft.



Chatterbooks: Scrumdiddlyumptious Stories
Date: Tue 2 Aug
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Cost: £2

Join us for a special scrumdiddlyumptious session of stories, snacks and fantabulous fun activities.