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News Release - Issued by The Jorvik Group

Adventure and Discovery For All The Family This Spring with The JORVIK Group

York is teeming with fun-filled activities for all the family this Spring, with the JORVIK Group playing host to everything from night-time adventures to living Medieval servants!

Toddlers and parents alike can experience the joy of discovery on Saturday mornings with the ‘Little Diggers Easter Adventures’ taking place at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure. Interactive and fun, kids can take part in a variety of themed events that encourage hands-on learning in an enjoyable and safe city-centre venue.

The season starts off with ‘Spring Safari’ on April 5th , where story and play comes together; withanimals to spot, flowers to find, games galore and a chance to make some seasonal crafts!

The ‘Making Memories’ event, on April 12th, celebrates JORVIK’s 30th birthday by exploring the exciting events of the past, with a range of activities using diaries, photographs and costumes to learn how we save and use memories.

Stepping back in time once more, a special ‘Victorian Easter Fair’ visits DIG for one day only on April 19th, where children can have a go at classic fairground games and make their very own Victorian toy to take home.

For the older kids, DIG is hosting an exciting night-time event with ‘DIG After Dark’ taking place on May 16th. Part of ‘Museums At Night’, those who come can grab a trowel and join in with the fun, exploring dig pits to find hidden clues that lead them on an adventure through the attraction, with plenty of games and crafts that take them into the secret DIG garden for some torchlit excitement!

Over at Barley Hall members of the public can witness ‘Living History At The Hall’. Visitors can enjoy a day following the lives of servants from the late medieval period. On selected Wednesdays throughout the Spring and Summer costumed volunteers, along with displays and demonstrations, give a rare glimpse of social history brought to life in this fantastic setting.

“This Easter at the JORVIK Group, we want families to laugh and learn together! With our two brand new city-centre attractions the Richard III and Henry VII Experiences, and JORVIK Viking Centre celebrating its 30th birthday, the JORVIK Group is definitely the best way to discover all about history this Spring.”

Comments Sarah Maltby, director of attractions at The JORVIK Group.

Finally, for all sweet lovers out there, the 19th of April sees the return of ‘The Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt’. Sponsored by York Cocoa House, this adventure through the city of York starts off from the JORVIK Viking Centre, where participants will be able to journey the streets, solving puzzles to visit seven locations around the city, with a treat at each stop and a special prize upon reaching their final destination!

For more information on the all the events across The JORVIK Group of Attractions visit


Notes to Editors

The JORVIK Group comprises of:

JORVIK Viking Centre,

DIG: An Archaeological Adventure,

Barley Hall

The Richard III & Henry VII Experiences (Opening April 2014).

For more information and images contact:

David Scott - Head of Marketing
01904 543426

Paul Whiting - Marketing Officer
01904 543433

Simon Alnaimi – PR & Digital Marketing Intern
01904 545413

Full Event Details

Saturday 5th April

Little Diggers Easter Adventures: Spring Safari, DIG, £3 per child

Spring has sprung and we are going on a garden safari! This fun Springtime story and play session is aimed at children aged 2-5, and there will be animals to spot, flowers to find and games to play. You can even have a go at some seasonal crafts!

Wednesday 9th April, 16th April, 28th May, 23rd July & 30th July

The Barley Hall Servants - Living History at the Hall

11 am - 3pm, Barley Hall, Normal admission prices apply

Volunteers from the Barley Hall Servants will be offering an extra treat for visitors today with living history showcasing the life of servants from the late medieval period at the Hall. With costumed displays and demonstrations to give a rare glimpse of social history brought to life in a fantastic setting.

Saturday 12th April

Little Diggers Easter Adventures: Making Memories, DIG, £3 per child

How do you remember the fun things you have done? This Saturday, we are celebrating JORVIK’s 30th birthday and looking back on all the exciting things that have happened in our past. As part of our special 2-5 years learn and play session this week, we will be hosting a range of activities exploring how we save our memories using diaries and photographs, and dressing up in the costume of the past!

Saturday 19th April

Little Diggers Easter Adventures: Victorian Easter Fair, DIG, £3 per child

Step back in time and all the fun of the fair! Our Victorian Fair will visiting DIG for one day only, for this special Easter play and craft session aimed at 2-5 year olds. Have a go at classic fairground games and make your own Victorian toy to take home. Can you win at the hoopla or bean bag toss?

Saturday 19th April

The Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt

10:00 – 13:00 (participants to start no later than 12 noon)

Collect your treasure sheet from Jorvik

£2.00 per child (includes admission to Mansion House, Henry VII Experience & Richard III Experience)

Set out from JORVIK Viking Centre on a city-wide quest for chocolate – solve the puzzles to visit seven locations around York, with a treat at each stop and a special prize when you reach your final destination!

Friday 16th May

DIG After Dark

18:00 - 21:00, DIG, Normal Admissions Costs Apply

Come and see the wild side of archaeology at DIG After Dark at this Museums at Night event. Grab a trowel and join in with the fun! Explore the dig pits finding clues and secrets that will lead you on an adventure through the attraction; with games and crafts that will take you into our secret DIG garden for some torchlit excitement!