Parkrun one of hundreds of activities for young people this summer

click to download list of events

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York’s new Knavesmire junior parkrun is one of the hundreds of workshops, courses, events, clubs and activities featured in the Summer2016 edition of Shine magazine which is celebrating its tenth year

Most of the Shine programme activities are scheduled for the school summer holidays, but for those who can’t wait to get started the Knavesmire junior parkrun starts this Sunday (3 July).

The parkrun is a free, timed two-kilometre run for children of all abilities aged from four to 14 years and is a perfect fit with the expansive programme of fitness activities and sports sessions planned for local young people.

Shine activities are aimed at those aged five to 18, together with their families. The programme offers accessible opportunities to enjoy a summer of activities to keep fit, explore new hobbies, learn exciting new skills such as movie making, and shares information on how to continue sport, play, arts and activities in parks and libraries beyond the end of the school holidays.

Cllr Keith Aspden, Deputy Leader of City of York Council with responsibility for Economic Development and Community Engagement said: “Over the last ten years Shine has grown to an exciting programme of activities for York’s young people, with something to appeal to all interests and abilities.

“The schedule, which includes sessions delivered by a wide range of partner organisations and volunteers, offers young people the chance to develop skills, make new friends and engage in new hobbies throughout the summer.”

Julie Mackenzie, Event Director of Knavesmire junior parkrun said: “We’re really looking forward to helping young people get outside, get active and have fun.”

The Knavesmire junior parkrun will take place every Sunday at 9am (with the exception of race days and other events). To take part children and young people must be registered with parkrun and have their unique bar-code with them. For more information visit

For more information about the Shine programme look out for the brochure from schools, pick up a copy from libraries or search online at   

Chapman’s Pond closed to anglers.

Chapmans PondChapman’s Pond is closed to anglers for up to four weeks following Environment Agency advice.

The closure coincides with the start of the carp spawning season. Closing the pond reduces the stress to the fish during the spawning period and allows them to use more areas of the pond undisturbed. The action may also help prevent the high number of fish deaths that occurred at the pond last year.

It is common to close fishing ponds during spawning and most of the other nearby ponds, including the railway pond close during this period. Voluntary water bailiffs at Chapman’s Pond will help advise anglers of the closure and continue to monitor the site.

Dringhouses choir seeks new members

 Tenants at one of City of York Council’s Sheltered Housing schemes, Honeysuckle House, are appealing for local residents to join them in song.
Honeysuckle House in Dringhouses

Honeysuckle House in Dringhouses

The tenants set up their own choir earlier this year, thanks to a grant from the Two Ridings Community Foundation Arts for Change Programme, and the Musical Connections Project. But they’re keen to encourage local residents to join them in their weekly choir sessions.

The sessions take place at Honeysuckle House, Herdsman Road, Dringhouses, each Wednesday morning between 9.45-11am.

Tenants really enjoy the sessions, with comments including: “The sessions wake me up in the morning.”, “Music brings us together and it is an opportunity for me to make friends.”, “I feel excited each week to come to the session”.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the choir can contact Emma on 07778 560632, visit the Musical Connections website – – and email the team or search for Musical Connections on Facebook.

Thanks again. And fingers crossed it helps us get some more singers!

Choir members are asked to give a weekly donation of up to £3, to cover the full cost of running the choir.

What’s on: Victorian Christmas

Date: Fri 18 Dec
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Christmas -1-23 Small Victorian Evening - AdultsVenue: York Castle Museum
Cost: £10
Suitable for adults

Step into Christmases past this festive season with a special evening on the museum’s decorated Victorian street, Kirkgate.

Meet the traditional shopkeepers and characters and join in with the carollers before enjoying a special performance of the Christmas Carol.

Take part in Christmas crafts, decoration making, visit the gift stalls, and learn about the traditions of the season with curators talks and the chance to handle authentic festive objects.

£10 per person. To book a place please call: 01904 697979  

Date: Sat 19 – Wed 23 Dec
Time: Tours between 4.00pm and 7.30pm
Venue: York Castle Museum
Cost: £8.50 per child, £6 per adult

Wander over the cobbles and under the garlands of our decorated Victorian street this Christmas, and meet the shopkeepers and characters who are gearing up for the festive season.

Help Eliza Mistletoe and Barnaby Jingle look for presents in the traditional shops and take part in festive activities along the way. Then join in with the wassailing under the Christmas Tree – if you sing loud enough Father Christmas will appear!

All Children taking part will have a special moment with Father Christmas and receive a traditional toy. Price includes coffee and a mince pie.

£8.50 per child, £6 per adult (Children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by children!)
Please book by calling 01904 697979