Community events

Upcoming events

Fri
2
Jun

Science out of the Lab

Find out about the exciting research being carried out in York as local scientists come out of the lab and onto the city’s streets to demonstrate their work.

Sat
3
Jun

Science out of the Lab

Find out about the exciting research being carried out in York as local scientists come out of the lab and onto the city’s streets to demonstrate their work.

Wed
7
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for children

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Wed
7
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for teens

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Wed
7
Jun

Puzzles in the Pub

Join mathematician and biologist Rosalyn Leaman of the University of York as she introduces the puzzles at an informal session in the ancient and medieval arithmetical gymnasium. Come along and sharpen your wits over a glass of specially brewed Eoforwic Ale.

Wed
7
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for adults

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Thu
8
Jun

Faith in the Questions

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Fri
9
Jun

Faith in the Questions

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Fri
9
Jun

The Final Threads

Join the Northern Youth as they present a fashion show exploring the creative process and celebrating the dynamism of the unfinished garment.

Sat
10
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sat
10
Jun

Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave Part One

The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won World War II, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

Sat
10
Jun

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Sat
10
Jun

Flying High! A Birding Triple Bill

Put on your walking shoes, bring your binoculars if you have them and enjoy a unique birding triple bill. Join poet and performer Anneliese Emmans Dean for a journey through the bird year in laughter, rhythm and rhyme, followed by a chance to take a look at her new book Flying High!

Sat
10
Jun

Fish ‘n’ Ships: Fishing through time

Join University of York archaeologists, historians and ecologists to discuss how people caught, farmed, and used fish in the past and still use them today. Take part in fish related activities suitable for all the family: get your hands dirty digging for the remains of a meal, touch fish skeletons, or make your own colourful fish using fish glue.

Sat
10
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sat
10
Jun

Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon

Join University of York postgraduate students for an afternoon of energetic, crafty, puzzling, scientific and historical fun at this year’s Festival Fringe Family Fun Afternoon. Activities are particularly suitable for five to 11-year-olds but other family members are welcome to join in too.

Sat
10
Jun

Faith in the Questions

Compared with the centuries long hand-in-hand relationship between religious faith and scientific enquiry, recent debate has, for many people, become mistrustful and sharply adversarial. Which side is God on? Or is this the wrong question to ask? This is just one of any number of good and provocative questions thrown out by Faith in the Questions, a combination of theatre and scientific discussion.

Sun
11
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sun
11
Jun

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Sun
11
Jun

Fish ‘n’ Ships: Fishing through time

Join University of York archaeologists, historians and ecologists to discuss how people caught, farmed, and used fish in the past and still use them today. Take part in fish related activities suitable for all the family: get your hands dirty digging for the remains of a meal, touch fish skeletons, or make your own colourful fish using fish glue.

Sun
11
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sun
11
Jun

The Poetry of Plants

Explore the poetry of plants on a guided tour of the University of York’s Campus West. Through a series of poetry readings, you’ll look at how the botanical world has inspired poems, including Seamus Heaney’s 'Blackberry-Picking', Alice Oswald’s 'Daisy' and Marianne Moore’s 'Rosemary'.

Mon
12
Jun

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Mon
12
Jun

Science Places and Things: A York walk

Come join us for a guided walk and change your perceptions of York’s history. The York Science Trails Group aims to highlight the city’s important and interesting scientific people and locations: from Alcuin, anemometers and atomic science to bears, botany and zoos.

Mon
12
Jun

Objects, Stories and the Makings of Military Memory

The York Army Museum, like other military museums, contains in its collections a range of objects that may appear, at first glance, randomly eclectic: not just the usual medals and uniforms and regimental trophies, but inkwells made from the hooves of a horse that charged at the Battle of Balaklava, a mounted moose head, a bullet-damaged cigarette case from World War I, and a fragment of silk from the curtains of Napoleon’s camp bed (with coffee stain). What do such objects tell us about the memory culture of military organisations?

Mon
12
Jun

A Market of Nice Things

Looking for inspiration and that special gift? Come along and browse at our arts and crafts fair, with its collection of stalls selling a range of homemade crafts, original artworks and prints.

Mon
12
Jun

A Walk through the Lost Centuries: Anglian York

Anglian York is a forgotten period. Following the decline of Roman York the city slips into the shadows but it slowly re-emerges to become a place worth attacking by the Viking Great Army. Walk the streets of York and find out how archaeological excavation and speculation allows us to recreate this invisible but extraordinary phase in York’s long history. Join archaeologist Ailsa Mainman for a guided walk and to find out more.

Tue
13
Jun

Stories Against the Clock

An 80,000 word thesis would take eight hours to present; ten University of York research students have just three minutes each to tell the ‘story’ of their research. Come along and join the audience for the final of York’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT®)competition and hear about the ground-breaking research taking place in York.

Tue
13
Jun

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Tue
13
Jun

One Planet York: A liveable city (Expo)

Find out more about York’s journey at the One Planet York Expo, featuring practical example of local leadership.

Tue
13
Jun

Technology for All? A story of bias in design

We have a tendency to take technologies and infrastructures for granted: if they are designed as they are, then presumably, this was the 'best' possible option. Or was it?

Tue
13
Jun

York, Europe, World: An outward-looking future

York had a substantial Remain majority in the Brexit referendum, but many residents voted Leave. Come along and discuss your hopes and fears about the future. What are you happy about in the post-Brexit environment? How can we keep York as an outward-looking world city while the world is looking inward? What are we looking for from the Council, church, religious and other leaders, local employers, residents and organisations?

Tue
13
Jun

Intelligent Transport: Is there such a thing? Buses, budgets, cars, computers…

Come along and have your say about the buses and other transport facilities you want in York. Meet City of York Council and transport company representatives and learn about York’s Local Transport Plan and Intelligent Transport System. Are they fit for purpose? How can they be improved? Does York need a People’s Transport Forum?

Tue
13
Jun

Zombies in York

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill! But we were quick enough to catch one… Come along and get involved as University of York scientists dissect the captured zombie in front of a live audience. This gruesome interactive event has hands-on opportunities to study the infectious agent causing the outbreak, examine the zombie blood, play with their brains and more. Will you be able to save York by working out how the disease started and how we can stop the onward march of the Zombies?!

Wed
14
Jun

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Wed
14
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for children

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Wed
14
Jun

Zombies in York

Zombies have taken over York and brought the city to a standstill! But we were quick enough to catch one… Come along and get involved as University of York scientists dissect the captured zombie in front of a live audience. This gruesome interactive event has hands-on opportunities to study the infectious agent causing the outbreak, examine the zombie blood, play with their brains and more. Will you be able to save York by working out how the disease started and how we can stop the onward march of the Zombies?!

Wed
14
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for teens

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Wed
14
Jun

Creating Stories on Screen: Acting workshops for adults

Ever fancied being a star of the screen? This is your chance to step in front of the camera and learn how to act for film and TV.

Thu
15
Jun

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Thu
15
Jun

The Things Left Behind

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store to hear the story of the things ‘left behind’. What happens to the artefacts that don't make the cut for public display? Hear how they continue to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

Thu
15
Jun

Viking: Rediscover the legend…The Vikings are coming!

Take a journey through the early years of the Viking invasions with York Museums Trust Curator of Archaeology Natalie Buy. Enjoy the opportunity to handle artefacts as you learn what drove the Vikings to invade Anglo-Saxon Eoforwic and ultimately, how this led to the formation of Britain.

Thu
15
Jun

Help Tackle Dementia: Knit and natter

Bring your knitting needles, wool and decorations, and relax and listen to music as you make a dementia Twiddlemuff - a knitted hand muff with bits and bobs attached, such as ribbons and large buttons. Twiddlemuffs provide an excellent stimulation activity for restless hands for patients with dementia during their stay in hospital.

Thu
15
Jun

The Brain in Performance: Workshop

Take part in a live music looping workshop and learn about the connection of experimental music performance and basic computer programming using biosensors and multimedia technology.

Thu
15
Jun

The Things Left Behind

Join York Archaeological Trust curators for a guided tour behind the scenes at the YAT store to hear the story of the things ‘left behind’. What happens to the artefacts that don't make the cut for public display? Hear how they continue to be put to work to enhance our understanding of the past.

Thu
15
Jun

Uplandish: Stories of the English uplands

Explore Northern England’s wild places with no need for waterproofs. Join us for a World Café event and discuss literary objects from moors, uplands and other wild English landscapes. Are ‘Uplandish’ folk rude and uncivilised? Why are Yorkshire moors important to literary history? And how wild are the uplands?

Fri
16
Jun

Archives Blitz-It: The city in print

Explore York Archives is offering a chance to get hands-on with some of York’s amazing local history collections, including historical material printed in York itself. The Archives holds around 60,000 local history items, including pamphlets, photographs, newspapers and maps.

Fri
16
Jun

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first ten years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association. Together they will highlight the features of each scheme which led to an Award being presented. The Trail will visit some schemes which are publicly accessible, and will also provide a unique opportunity to see hidden gems.

Sat
17
Jun

The Hero’s Journey: From swords to spaceships

Why do we all love a good story? Are the best stories universal and timeless? Do they have common elements? York Novelists want to take you on ‘The Hero’s Journey’ to discover what lies behind many of the tales we grew up with and which we’ve been telling each other for thousands of years.

Sat
17
Jun

York Design Awards Walking Trail

Join us for a unique opportunity to visit York Design Award-winning buildings from the first ten years of the scheme. The Walking Trail of Award Winners and other standout schemes will take place in and around the City centre, led by Peter Brown former Director of the York Civic Trust, with architects from the York Architectural Association. Together they will highlight the features of each scheme which led to an Award being presented. The Trail will visit some schemes which are publicly accessible, and will also provide a unique opportunity to see hidden gems.

Sat
17
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sat
17
Jun

Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave Part Two

The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won World War II, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

Sat
17
Jun

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Sat
17
Jun

The Lost Windmills of York

Do you live on a ‘Mill Lane’ or near a ‘Millfield’? If you do then it is very likely that at some time in history there was a windmill or a watermill nearby. In the past dozens of windmills could be seen across the skyline of York. Now they have all gone except for Holgate Windmill, which has been fully restored to working order producing flour for sale.

Sat
17
Jun

Refugees Welcome

Meet artist and activist Alketa Xhafa Mripa as she parks up her van in York and offers tea under the slogan ‘Fancy a tea with a refugee!’ The tail lift van contains a purpose-built domestic scene sitting room interior in which Alketa begins conversations with visitors. Join her at the installation to discuss hospitality for those seeking refuge and to hear about her positive experience of being welcomed to the UK as a refugee.

Sat
17
Jun

The Origins of Art

Thirty thousand years ago our ancestors produced the magnificently decorated cave at Chauvet. A million years ago they fashioned elaborate stone tools of remarkable symmetry. Does it make sense to see these activities as part of a single story taking in Egyptian art and the Renaissance? Or is ‘art’ a category of recent invention that distorts our understanding of the distant past? Join University of York researchers to learn more.

Sat
17
Jun

Wastebusters’ Fest

Ever wondered what happens to your rubbish and whether it’s worth your effort to recycle? Come along to a day of fun, family-friendly activities redefining what waste is and what to do with it.

Sat
17
Jun

Exploring the Dark Self

Join us for an immersive audiovisual installation and discussion exploring the challenges of visualising deep sleep. The installation by artist Susan Aldworth - which can be viewed before or after the discussion - explores the different aspects of sleep that occur every night. Each of these is critically important in keeping us healthy and happy in our working lives.

Sat
17
Jun

Anglo-Saxon Crafts

Step back in time and find out about Anglo-Saxon life through its crafts. Watch a demonstration of tablet weaving using naturally dyed yarns, learn about hand-building pottery techniques and handle replica pottery. Find out about the work of the goldsmith through the tools, techniques and materials of the early Medieval period, and discover how Anglo-Saxon beads were made and their significance.

Sat
17
Jun

The Story of Things: Lego building

Calling all budding builders! Drop in and use our Lego to make your own ‘thing’. Take inspiration from historic treasures from the archives, including maps and images of York. What will you create? Suitable for children aged 2+.

Sat
17
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sat
17
Jun

Beginnings of Life: Campus wildlife tour

Join us for a guided tour of the University of York’s Campus East and hear the story of its development for wildlife since its beginnings in 2008. Learn about – and hopefully see - the many plants and animals that now call this their home. The walk is led by Gordon Eastham, the University’s Grounds Maintenance Manager, and Rachel Pateman, a researcher in biodiversity.

Sat
17
Jun

Terra Two: Writing for off-world survival

You are leaving Earth to set up the first off-world colony. What things would you take with you? This creative writing workshop asks you to debate this question by looking at stories by some of the great science fiction writers.

Sat
17
Jun

Make Your Own Book Workshop

It’s time to get creative! Find out about early printing and handwritten books, play games, then have a go at making a book of your own. Suitable for children aged 7+ accompanied by an adult.

Sun
18
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sun
18
Jun

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Sun
18
Jun

The Lost Windmills of York

Do you live on a ‘Mill Lane’ or near a ‘Millfield’? If you do then it is very likely that at some time in history there was a windmill or a watermill nearby. In the past dozens of windmills could be seen across the skyline of York. Now they have all gone except for Holgate Windmill, which has been fully restored to working order producing flour for sale.

Sun
18
Jun

Operation Codebreaker

Calling all would be spies, secret agents and codebreakers. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to join Mrs Taylor our World War II recruiter, to crack codes and unravel secret messages in order to discover the stories behind some of our museum objects.

Sun
18
Jun

Fifty Things to Look Out for on Five Rowntree Walks in York

Join us on Festival weekends for five guided walks highlighting ten little-known ‘things’ on each walk.

Sun
18
Jun

No Ideas But In Things: A writing workshop

‘No ideas but in things,’ declared the American poet William Carlos Williams. In this writing workshop, led by poet JT Welsch, you’ll experiment with ways of interpreting that famous mantra, exploring new ways of bringing objects into words. Just take along something to write with, a favourite object and an openness to new things.

Mon
26
Jun

York Design Awards: Winners presentation

Join us as the winners are announced of the 11th annual York Design Awards. Entries to the awards are in categories covering residential, community and commercial schemes, large or small, and open spaces.