Crafty family fun this summer at York Minster

Kids can get crafty at York Minster this summer with arty activities inspired by northern Europe’s largest medieval gothic cathedral.

The sessions, which are suitable for children aged five and above, run from 22 July to 2 September and take inspiration from the cathedral’s treasures, history and architecture.

little girl with magnifying glass

In addition to the Wednesday workshops, families can enjoy a range of activities while exploring the Minster every day of the holidays.

  • Wednesday 22nd July: Make your own Minster. Become a master mason by creating a mini version of the largest Gothic Medieval Cathedral in northern Europe. (Please note: Messy activity! Please wear suitable clothing).
  • Wednesday 29th July: Marvellous Manuscripts! Create your own intricate keepsake inspired by the largest library of any cathedral in England!
  • Wednesday 5th August: Create a Bishop’s crosier. Celebrate centuries of Christian worship on this site by creating and decorating your own crosier.
  • Wednesday 12th August: Crazy Kaleidoscopes! Make a rose window effect to celebrate the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the country!
  • Wednesday 19th August: Design your own tealight holder. Let your light shine with an illuminated decoration inspired the tallest building in York.
  • Wednesday 26th August: Make an Archbishop’s mitre. Explore the seat of one of only two Archbishops in the country by making your own mitre.
  • Wednesday 2nd September: Decorate a precious treasure box. Bejewel and bedazzle a beautiful box, inspired by our unique Chapter House ceiling.

Children can drop-in to take part in the craft workshops between 10am-3pm and the cost is £2.50 per participant. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Regular admission charges apply. Your admission ticket to York Minster is valid for 12 months. Admission is free to York residents on production of a valid York Card.

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