Summer activities in Dean’s Park
Draw inspiration from your visit to York Minster this summer with an exciting series of family activities in Dean’s Park.
Each Wednesday during August you will be able to get hands-on with craft activities in our Summer Tent, become an explorer with one of our Mini-Beast Explorer Bags and have the chance to meet Birds of Prey up-close.
Some activities come with a small charge and must be booked in advance online. Capacity is limited so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
Crafts in the Park
Wednesday 4 August 10am – 3.15pm (£2.50 per person)
Minster Mandalas: wrap and weave wool to create colourful, patterned mandalas. York Minster is full of shapes and patterns in glass and stone that tell all sorts of stories. Join us to make a mandala and create shapes and stories of your own.
Wednesday 11 August 10am – 3.15pm (£2.50 per person)
Paint & Grow: brighten up your garden or windowsill with a plant pot designed by you! Take inspiration from Dean’s Park and York Minster’s Historic Collections to paint your very own terracotta pot, plant some seeds and watch them grow.
Wednesday 18 August 10am – 3.15pm (£2.50 per person)
Beautiful Birds: this summer York Minster is home to peregrines, birds of prey and an exhibition of origami cranes. Create your own birds, creatures or mythical beasts in quick drying clay.
Wednesday 25 August 10am – 3.15pm (£2.50 per person)
Feed the Birds: this summer York Minster is home to peregrines, birds of prey and an exhibition of origami cranes. Help care for the birds around you by making and painting a bird feeder.
Tickets for all three activities are available here.
Accompanying adults are free. Crafts are adaptable for younger children but are generally aimed at 4+ Adults must supervise their children at all times. Crafts will take place in a marquee in Dean’s Park and all current Covid-19 guidance will be observed.
Also available on Wednesdays throughout August:
Mini-beast Explorer Bags (free)
Become a bug explorer! Borrow one of our Mini-beast Explorer Bags, complete with magnifying glass, bug jars and sketchbooks to record your findings, and start taking a closer look at some of the smaller residents of Dean’s Park.
These bags can be borrowed for free from outside the Craft Tent and do not need to be booked our in advance. Supplies are limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Please return the bags to the Tent after use.
York Bird of Prey Centre (free)
The York Bird of Prey Centre from Huby will join us in Dean’s Park to share and show off the wonderful variety of birds they care for. Drop in throughout the day for free educational talks and demonstrations. Please respect social distancing during these talks and wear face-masks where necessary.
Play in the Park
Relax, explore and play in Dean’s Park this summer. Throughout the summer school holiday you’ll find fun ways to play and get closer to nature with a sun dial, sensory garden, bug hotel, labyrinth and water tables to explore.
Dean’s Park is open from 10am – 6pm throughout summer and is the perfect location to relax and explore nature after a visit to the Minster. If you would like to visit inside York Minster please pre-book your ticket here.
Please keep yourself and others safe by observing all the current Covid-19 policies, and please keep the Park tidy by disposing of your litter in the bins on-site or by taking home.
There are no public toilets available in Dean’s Park, the nearest are a 2 minute walk away.
Resurrection for York: Wagon Plays
Dates: 3 and 4 July
Times: 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm (please be in place 15 mins before the play starts)Cost: £5
Location: Residents’ Garden, York Minster (accessible via Dean’s Park)
Duration: 1 hour
York Mystery Plays Supports Trust and York Festival Trust bring ‘Resurrection for York’ to Dean’s Park this summer for a two-day run.
The production, directed by Philip Parr, will be in a similar style to York’s famous ‘Wagon Plays’ and will retain same format; an hour-long, outdoor performance taking place on two static wagons.
Tickets are very limited due to the current Covid social distancing guidelines, so booking as soon as possible is advised. Tickets are be available HERE.
York Minster is delighted to play a small part in delivering live theatre to the city after a difficult period. Please support the local arts scene where safe and possible throughout the remainder of the year and beyond.
Enjoy a FREE live-stream of the performance on Saturday 3 July (2pm):
Gin & Rum Festival
The UK’s largest Gin & Rum Festival tour is coming to York Minster for the first time this autumn.
Discover new favourites with samples from hand-picked guest distillers, treat yourself at themed Gin and Rum bars and enjoy nibbles from tasty street food vendors, set against the backdrop of the beautiful medieval cathedral.
The festival will run from 12.30pm – 4.30pm and 6.30pm – 11pm on Saturday 18 September.
Included in your ticket price:
- A unique Gin and Rum Festival Copa glass (worth £5) and a satchel glass bag.
- A knowledgeable Gin and Rum guide to steer you through the festival and talks and masterclasses from local, national and international Gin and Rum makers.
- Distillers and producers showcasing their latest products with free samples.
- Music from an award-winning resident DJ and live entertainment
- Whether you are a gin-genius or a new convert, expert staff and complimentary masterclasses will help you discover new flavours to savour.
Paying for your drinks is quick and easy – just purchase tokens at the token station and swap them for drinks at one of the themed bars. Premium mixers and tonics are all included, and your Gin and Rum guide includes expertly crafted garnish suggestions so you can take the perfect serve home with you.
Click here for full details about the festival and to book tickets.
Over 18s only, www.drinkaware.co.uk.
Luna Cinema in Dean’s Park
The UK’s #1 Open Air Cinema is returning to York Minster’s Dean’s Park from Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 August with a line-up of classic and feel-good films to make your summer.
After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience.
Throw in great food, a full bar, both with click and collect service, an optional seated upgrade, and of course giant screens with incredible state of the art sound, and you have yourself your perfect summer’s evening out.
So what are you waiting for? Gather your friends, get planning that date night and enjoy a night of classic cinema under the stars, all set to the stunning backdrop of York Minster.
The programme of films for 2021 includes Baz Luhrmann’s visually stunning Romeo + Juliet to the Boy Wizard himself in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You can enjoy the feel-good favourite Dirty Dancing or the award-winning Elton John biopic Rocketman. Don’t forget to snap up your ticket to the must-see modern murder mystery Knives Out or the Sing A Long version of the smash hit movie musical The Greatest Showman
All tickets must be booked in advance and due to social distancing capacities are limited, so book your place early to avoid missing out!
Click here to book your ticket.
Booking Info – entry starts at 6.45pm with the film shown at 8.15pm.
Tues 24th Aug – Romeo +Juliet
Wed 25th Aug – Rocketman
Thurs 26th Aug – The Greatest Showman
Fri 27th Aug – Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Sat 28th Aug – Dirty Dancing
Sun 29th Aug – Knives Out
GA – £16.50 (Adult), £11.00 (Child) (+£5 Seat Upgrade)
Luna Luxe Sofa for 2 – £95