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Community events

As well as a range of talks and performances, the Festival of Ideas includes a wide variety of events for the whole community in the city. Whether you're finding poetry in the streets of York, trying your hand at making chocolate, building historic York in lego or coming along to GoodFest or the Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon, the whole family can find something to enjoy.

Upcoming community events

Previous community events

Map Attack!

Sunday 21 June 2015

An exciting drop-in event for families-get creative with lego making building inspired by York's past.

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

Sunday 21 June 2015

An opportunity to view Fishergate Postern Tower and handle unique Anglian objects.

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

Saturday 20 June 2015

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handle a unique Anglian ring from the local area.

Map Attack!

Saturday 20 June 2015

An exciting drop-in event for families-get creative with lego making building inspired by York's past.

Green Reactions Presents: Rubbish resources!

Friday 19 June 2015

York Researchers introduce their work on sustainably turning rubbish into useful materials and invite questions and conversation on the technologies and their impact in the wider world.

Zombies in York

Friday 19 June 2015

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill. But one was caught: come along and get involved as scientists dissect a zombie in front of a live audience.

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Friday 19 June 2015

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Words in Things

Friday 19 June 2015

Using transparent materials, participants will create their own unique art that includes a secret Haiku poem hidden inside.

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Printing in 18th-Century York

Tuesday 16 June 2015

This walk will explore the history of printing in the city, uncovering traces of York’s busy publishing industry.

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Monday 15 June 2015

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Eoforwic North Yorkshire Coach Tour

Monday 15 June 2015

Join this tour to view the recently identified 8th-century fabric built into the fabric of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Scrayingham, followed by a brief stop in Stamford Bridge, the site of one of the decisive battles of 1066.

Secrets of the Pyramid

Monday 15 June 2015

Discover the secrets of the pyramid which pierces the Castle Howard landscape, with a rare opportunity to glimpse inside.

Professor Herring’s Natural Hystery

Sunday 14 June 2015

York has plenty of guided walks, but never a tour quite like this. ‘Professor Herring's Most Ingenious, Geophantasmagorical and Naturally Hysterical Guide To York’ will be a semi-scientific perambulation of the town centre. Over a couple of hours on a summer Sunday afternoon, the natural secrets that lie within or beneath York, and the scientific discoveries that have been made here, will be cunningly unveiled.

Finding Poems on Walls: A walking tour

Sunday 14 June 2015

York Curiouser’s Co-Artistic Directors Hazel Colquhoun and Lara Goodband will guide you round In Between, the series of poems by John Wedgwood Clarke stencilled and chalked on the walls of York’s hidden yards, snickets and passageways.

Map Attack!

Sunday 14 June 2015

An exciting drop-in event for families-get creative with lego making building inspired by York's past.

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

Sunday 14 June 2015

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handles fascinating Anglian coins not normally on public display.

Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon

Saturday 13 June 2015

Come along to the Ron Cooke Hub for an afternoon of energetic, crafty, puzzling, scientific and historical fun with University of York postgraduate students at this year’s Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon.

Goodfest 2015

Saturday 13 June 2015

Join Goodricke College for a fun day of music, games and activities for all the family.

Rowntree York Experienced

Saturday 13 June 2015

Try your hand at some of the pioneering dexterity and psychometric tests that the Rowntree Society has recreated for would-be employees at Rowntrees, based on original materials. You might find it harder than you think!

Rock and Fossil Roadshow

Saturday 13 June 2015

Bring along your own rocks and fossils for identification by the experts, plus get the chance to see specimens from the Museum’s collection.

Storytelling Festival: Art in Museum Gardens

Saturday 13 June 2015

Do you want to watch the paintings of the York Art Gallery come alive in Museum Gardens? This family-friendly event celebrates the reopening of the York Art Gallery and its nationally renowned collection of paintings through stories written and performed by student volunteers from the University of York.

Secrets of the Chocolate City

Saturday 13 June 2015

In this family event, uncover the secrets and discoveries of York’s chocolate families as the race for milk chocolate began.

Figured Windows: Adult creative writing workshop

Saturday 13 June 2015

In this creative writing workshop we'll take inspiration from the history and process of glass-making in York to discover the way poems can shift from being transparent, to coloured and even opaque and secretive.

Discovering Fishergate's Secret Past

Saturday 13 June 2015

An opportunity to see inside Fishergate Postern Tower and handle a unique ring not normally on public display.

Map Attack!

Saturday 13 June 2015

An exciting drop-in event for families-get creative with lego making building inspired by York's past.

Zombies in York

Friday 12 June 2015

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill. But one was caught: come along and get involved as scientists dissect a zombie in front of a live audience.

Rowntree York Heard

Friday 12 June 2015

Come and listen to the voices of Rowntree York that capture a very rich part of the city’s modern heritage in the atmospheric setting of the courtyard at the King’s Manor.

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Friday 12 June 2015

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

A Victorian Walk through York

Friday 12 June 2015

In 2012 the Castle Museum upgraded Dr Kirk’s Victorian Street to represent York in the 1880s, featuring the lives of seven real York residents and many businesses from that time. Now with the help of a costumed guide you can go out into York and see those places and traces of Victorian York.

Culture and Politics in Africa

Friday 12 June 2015

A one-day workshop exploring the interaction between cultural creativity and politics in Africa.

Who Holds the Secrets?

Thursday 11 June 2015

Lizzi Linklater leads a workshop that explores how writers build characterisation and plot information into their stories. This is a practical workshop suitable for writers of any experience. Be prepared to write!

Secrets and Discoveries: A storytelling evening

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Join us for an evening of storytelling as we explore what mythology, folk tales and literature can teach us about the secrets we keep and those we try to uncover.

Yorkwalk: Secret York tours

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Discover another side of York as your guide takes you to hidden ancient buildings off the beaten track.

Discover The Armed Man: A mass for peace

Tuesday 9 June 2015

David Pipe will lead a rehearsal of the York Musical Society and visitors can choose to listen or join in alongside members of the Society.

Secrets of Penalty Kicks

Tuesday 9 June 2015

An interactive demonstration using the latest eye tracking technology. Explore the secrets behind performing football penalty kicks and test your skills as both the goalkeeper and the penalty taker.

School Challenge 'Discoveries and Secrets'

Tuesday 9 June 2015

A primary-school challenge to communicate a coded message across the classroom.

Goalball Taster Session

Saturday 6 June 2015

Join York St John’s Goalball team for a taster session.

Science Out of the Lab

Saturday 30 May 2015

Come along to this hands-on, interactive event which will bring local scientists and their research out onto the streets of York.

Science Out of the Lab

Friday 29 May 2015

Come along to this hands-on, interactive event which will bring local scientists and their research out onto the streets of York.