Mansion House history talks announced

Mansion House Christmas

The Mansion House will play host to a variety of talks by a group of local historians this August, as they discuss highlights of the city’s unique past.

The talks include:

•Thursday 15 August- Colin Sheppard investigates the origins of the Sword of Sigismund and offers a chance to see the sword itself.

•Wednesday 21 August- Battlefield historian and English Civil war musketeer Russell Marwood provides a costumed, hands-on insight into the fashion and equipment of a 17th century soldier (This will take place in the Council Chamber).

•Thursday 22 August- Peter Stanhope presents an illustrated talk on ‘A Panorama of Mediaeval York’ by the Edwardian artist Edwin Ridsdale Tate.

Tickets for each event cost £5 for adults and £4 and residents are advised to book in advance.

Tickets can be booked by calling 01904 615505 and more information can be found by visiting

Want your child to be a Wimbledon wonder?


Mon 5 to Fri 23 Aug

These tennis sessions are for children aged 4 to 14yrs. Children aged 4 to 9yrs will attend the 1pm to 2pm session and children aged 10 to 14yrs will attend the session taking place at 2pm to 3pm.

All attendees will receive tuition from a highly qualified tennis coach. The tennis coach (Andy) is fun and engaging and on previous camps children have developed their skills while having fun.

Sessions cost £4 per person per class and operate on a pay as you play basis, limited spaces are available – to book your child on to a camp please contact:

Adult cycle training

Take to the saddle

Sat 3 Aug, 10am to 1pm, Rowntree Park

If you or someone you know has never learned to ride a bike or not been on a bike for a number of years then this training would be ideal. The sessions will be broken down into hourly slots, led by City of York Council cycle trainers who will provide friendly help and advice to get you in the saddle, no matter what your previous experience – anyone can learn!

Bikes can be provided

Cost: Free

Booking is essential – if you wish to attend or for further information please contact Sarah Prescott on 01904 553377

Summer Lifestyle challenge for teenagers in York


The Police have launched a new community challenge aimed at filling in some of the spare hours that young people have during the school summer holidays

“Lifestyle is a fantastic project that started 25 years ago in Humberside and now for the first time ever has come to North Yorkshire!

Are you and your friends already wondering what you can do over the long summer holidays? Are you aged between 10 and 16 and live in North Yorkshire? Are you wanting to be the kind of person who can make a difference to their local community? Do you want to have fun? Do you want to win some fab prizes?”

Click here for more details