The packed list of events for the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival, which takes place in York from Wednesday 20 to Wednesday 27 February, has now been revealed, with the forgotten stories of Viking women and the influence they wielded weaving a thread throughout the fantastic festival programme.
York Business Improvement District has revealed the planned date for York’s first Restaurant Week. From 1 – 7 April 2019, a host of city centre restaurants are expected to offer diners a host of special fixed price menus to entice them through the doors.
Pupils and their families at Appleton Roebuck Primary School are training their voices for a crucial job this weekend: cheering on the runners in the York Brass Monkey Half Marathon. Children and staff are setting up a cheer station, with sweets and encouraging words for the participants as they pass the school.
The Mount School York has been rated excellent the highest grade attainable, by a team of Inspectors from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – the equivalent of OFSTED for the Independent sector.
Castle Howard’s Christmas opening shared seasonal spirit with over 51,500 visitors this year, marking the busiest ever festive opening for the North Yorkshire stately home, including over 1000 visitors per day in the first ‘Twixmas’ opening between Christmas and New Year.
Pantomime legend Berwick Kaler is bowing out after 40 wonderful years as York Theatre Royal’s Dame. This year’s production The Grand Old Dame of York will be his last panto at the theatre, he announced today (23 November).
With a theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, you might expect Castle Howard’s 2018 festive opening to be shorter than usual, but this year will see the historic house open for longer than ever – 42 days, right up to New Year’s Eve, to enjoy the stunning displays created by theatrical designers, Charlotte Lloyd-Weber and Bretta Gerecke.
New Earswick & District bowls club are delighted to be awarded the Disability Kitemark. The club has a longstanding and well attended weekly disability session called ‘Bowlsability’ held on a Friday lunch time this gives participants the chance to enjoy Boccia, Indoor Bowls, Short Mat Bowls.
York charity using creative technology to help relieve stress and anxiety
York charity Accessible Arts & Media are using creative technology to help people improve their mental wellbeing.
Their iMUSE (Interactive Multi-Sensory Environment) programme uses interactive technology to help people relax whilst making music and creating visuals. Motion sensors in the iMUSE space detect movements that are transformed into sounds and music. And a microphone picks up sounds and turns them into calming visuals that are projected into the room. These elements are combined with a gently vibrating mattress that relaxes muscle tension, along with deep breathing and other relaxation techniques, making iMUSE a calming, therapeutic experience.