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.
Europe’s largest Viking Festival returns to York next February, telling the stories of Viking women beyond the homestead through the voices of seers, queens and shield maidens – a story of women whose influence was as great as any mighty warrior. JORVIK Viking Festival runs from 20 – 27 February 2019.
Historically, Vikings preferred their stories to be shared by word of mouth, but children in York are being encouraged to explore mysterious worlds revealed in books with the launch of the Bloodaxe Book Challenge – a precursor to the next JORVIK Viking Festival in February!
The Edinburgh Arms have places left out of 16 that have kindly been paid for by Kind hearted customers/strangers . Please take time to read this & have a think if you know anybody who would like some company this Xmas day.
York Blind and Partially Sighted Society are celebrating after their home visiting service was recently reaccredited with Approved Provider Standard (APS) in recognition of the excellent work of the home visiting service.