Even though it seems like we have barely got Christmas out of the way it’s less than a month until the schools break up again for February half term. If you’re unsure of how to occupy the family for the week of 15th – 23rd February 2014 then why not head to York?
It’s an excellent time to visit York and celebrate the end of Winter and the coming of Spring at the annual JORVIK Viking Festival. Recognised as the largest Viking Festival in the Europe, the festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage that attracts over 40,000 visitors to the city each year. You can get more information about the festival and buy advance tickets for over 80 unique events at the official Viking Festival website – http://www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk/.
The Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum will be holding special Viking related events during February half term and have created a special promotional offer which gets you in to both museums for a very reasonable £10 entry fee (kids go FREE!). Find out more details by downloading the ‘Vikings and Victorians’ pdf here or from the museum’s website – http://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
York National Railway Museum have a call out for all future engineers, signallers and train announcers this half term when you can discover your dream job on the railways. Build a railway line, repair a train and get your flag and whistle at the ready when you become a Station Guard or join Koko, Brewster and the rest of your favourite Chuggers in the new Chugginton toy play area for the Under 6′s.
Whatever you end up doing, there are museums, shops, workshops and events to keep everyone busy in York this half term. Don’t forget to check out my guide to the best hotels in York and self-catering accommodation in York if you need some help deciding where to stay.