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Summer Fun at York Museums Trust

This Summer, come and enjoy some great events and activities at York Castle Museum, the Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery, which reopens on 1 August.

At the Yorkshire Museum find out about Jorvik Life and take part in some great Viking activities.

Over at York Castle Museum you can find out all about the how rich and poor Victorians lived in York, discover what they liked to eat and even help them with their chores on our recreated Victorian street, Kirkgate.

York Art Gallery is also reopening on 1 August after its £8m redevelopment.

As well as being able to see brand new exhibitions and a transformed gallery space there is also the opportunity to take part in various activities in the new studio throughout August.

Below are the highlights of some of the great activities you can enjoy this summer.

Activities included in museum admission unless stated otherwise.

York Castle Museum

A Taste of York’s Past Trail

Find the hidden food related objects and discover some fabulous historic food facts linked to York along the way. Discover them all for a special sweet tasting reward.

50p per trail with reward.

Rich and Poor in Victorian York
Every Wednesday and Friday, 12pm

Special talks about everyday Victorian life, in the Temperance Rooms on Kirkgate.

Chocolate Box
Throughout August, 11am-4pm

Be inspired by original Rowntree, Terry’s and Craven’s product packaging to design your own brand of chocolate box .

PLUS Every Friday in August, work with artist Joanne Walton to make a chocolate box inspired by examples from the museum’s collections.

Sweet Talk
Throughout the Summer Holidays

Learn about Victorian Conversation Lozenges also known as ‘kissing comfits’ in the Castle Kitchen.

Please note this activity is run by volunteers and may not be available every day.

Yorkshire Museum

Jorvik Life Trail
Every day

Find the hidden Viking objects throughout the museum to discover more about everyday Jorvik (Viking York) and earn your reward.

50p per trail with reward.

Special Wednesdays
Wednesdays in August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Meet experts on Viking Life with demos and activities to take part in

Coin Striking – 5 August

Viking Warrior Training – 12 August

Viking Crafts: Weaving and Leather Working – 19 August

Early Medieval Music – 26

Life in Viking York
Throughout the Summer Holidays

Learn about life in Viking York through our amazing collections from this period.

Please note this activity is run by volunteers and may not be available every day.

York Art Gallery

Painting and Collage Making in the Studio
Throughout August, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm

Drop-in activities for all, inspired by Mark Hearld’s Lumber Room exhibition.

Arts Award
Throughout August

Take part in the studio activities during August to collect a fun fact sticker that will go towards your Discovery Art Award.