York Art Gallery

This summer dive into York Art Gallery to undercover a fun filled programme of summer holiday activities for all the family!

Throughout the summer, the new exhibition Coast To Coast offers families the chance to explore an Under The Sea Cave, with light box and other marine themed activities. The exhibition also includes child friendly labels and toys and books relating to the sea, such as a huge Noah’s Ark and Hands On sculpture.

There are also special events on set days relating to the other exhibitions on show.

These are:

Paper Play on Saturday
Saturdays: 10 Aug, 17 Aug, 24 Aug and 31 Aug.
10.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
Explore the ideas behind Michael Lyons’ sculptures with support and guidance from York Art Gallery’s Learning Team. Join us in the Artists Garden and create paper sculptures inspired by the work on display. Through play, learn about ideas of negative space, scale and building techniques. This activity will relocate to the Learning Studio in the event of poor weather conditions. Included in admission. No need to book.


Mythical Makes
Fridays: 2 Aug, 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug and 30 Aug.
Sundays: 4 Aug, 11 Aug, 18 Aug and 25 Aug.
10.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
As one of the most important and influential landscape painters of the 17th century, we are extremely excited to be hosting the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour 2019 of The Triumph of Pan by Nicolas Poussin. To celebrate, join us in a programme of drop-in family friendly activities every Friday and Sunday throughout August. Will we be making masks, panpipes, or collage? Call in on the day to find out which of our Pan themed Mythical Makes we are exploring, and get involved in your own creative triumph! Included in admission. No need to book.