York Brewery

York Brewery,
12 Toft Green, York.
YO1 6JT

Admission adults £8.00 child £4.00

A small brewery established in 1996 set at the top of a very slippery slope and then a flight of steep stairs.  The tour takes part in two rooms, takes around 40 minutes and consists of a talk, then a look at their copper. An adequate tour if you have never been on a brewery tour before, although I think it is a little pricey.

Tilly

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The Roman Bath

St Sampsons Square,
York,
YO1 8RN

Admission Adult £3.50 child £2.00

Found at the side of the Roman Bath Pub down a flight of stairs lies what is left of  a Caldarium, a Roman steam bath. The remains were found  when renovations to a tavern were being  made in 1930. The Caldarium, and a plunge bath  were excavated and  visitors can now walk over the top of them by way of a metal foot bridge and see the place where Roman soldiers and citizens came to find relaxation.

The  museum shows remains of the baths with Roman artefacts and replica articles of everyday life. There are facts about Roman life in York scattered about the museum on placards, and  armour, weapons, and Roman tiles can be seen up close.

A small shop at the end has books and cards for sale and also a small dressing up spot, (yes I did don an helmet, sword and shield).

A nice little place to learn about how the Romans kept clean and went to the loo, (a sponge on a stick had some small children amused and others pulling faces).

 

Tilly

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2017

Happy New Year Eve, below is a list of all the places I/we have visited this year. I haven’t wrote about them all yet, I will get to it next year.

Have a fun filled safe evening.

Fiction

Arena theater Wolverhampton

Sat in complete darkness with earphones you are transported into a dream world. Unbelievable good, at times it was hard not to believe Juliet wasn’t really sat beside you whispering in you ear. If it come’s to your part of the world give it a go.

5

I Am Beast

Arena theater Wolverhampton

When Ellie’s mother dies, Ellie retreats into a world where she is a super hero, doing battle with Dr. Oblivion. Finally confronting her grief which is portrayed by a life sized puppet monster who keeps telling her she has to fight, the audience is finally let into the secret of why Ellie can’t let go of her grief.
5

The Grand Hotel Birmingham

Segundo De Chomon A night of very old (1900s) silent movies with live music. This was part of The Flatpack Festival and held in the Grosvenor room of The Grand Hotel which is under going restoration, so it was a good chance to take a last look at the ballroom before they start work on it.

5
The Shared Individual
Birmingham uni
Augmented reality. Mixing film, theater, performance, and technological trickery, put on the glasses and earphones and you become part of the shared individual. Great fun Part of Flatpack 11
4

Holorama

Millennium Point Birmingham

Jeff Desom and Olivier Pesch have recreated iconic scenes from well-loved movies in perfect miniature. Part of Flatpack 11 – Birmingham.

5

 

Kino Train

New street Station Birmingham
Part of flatpack 11, Lots of short films. Loved Chickens/the elephant in the room.

5

The Vicar of Dibley

Minack theater Cornwall

Live performance of the TV show and yes just as funny.

5

Bearwood street festival who doesn’t enjoy a festival, and this one was great fun, music, stalls, story telling.

5

Summer in southside Birmingham lots of music, acrobats, plays, sheep racing and much more

5

Chainmakers festival A yearly advent to commemorate Mary Mcarthur. Although the flyer makes it sound more fun than it is. I go every year in hopes it will get better…

1

Sense and Sensibility by the Crescent Theatre at Castle Bromwich Gardens. Link to gardens above.
Lovely gardens and as ever a fun filled performance from the Rep. We usually go to Harvington Hall, but this year decided to try a different venue, and I am glad we did. Castle Bromwich Gardens is a much more friendly place. The tickets were cheaper and they provide chairs. We had taken our own as at Harvington you have to take your own.

5

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Mosley Park Birmingham. A weekend of music, food, drink, dancing, pure funny.

5

The life and death of Marilyn Monroe Blue Orange Theatre. A one woman show, Danielle Gearing brings Marilyn to life, funny, raw and touching a wonderful show. In fact it made me cry.

5

The Big Sleuth all over Birmingham and Sandwell, lot’s of bears, lots of sleuthing

5

Frankenstein man or monster by Mad Theatre at Blue orange theatre. A one man show about Frank who has multiple personalities, he can switch from one personality to another and they are co-conscious which means they are aware of each other. Among his personalities are Victor Frankenstein – he has schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions of grandeur. He believes that ‘agencies’ are after his ground breaking scientific research.

Igor – he has OCD and believes that if anything adds up and isn’t a prime number someone will die.

Elizabeth – has an eating disorder

Monster – he also has schizophrenia, he hears voices and has hallucinations and confused speech (word salad).

This play is funny, moving and sometimes quite dark. A really good play about mental illness.

5

A Black Country FairyTail Ay it! By Fizzhog productions heald at Netherton Arts Centre. 3 Fairytails this really has to be seen, a small group of actors who claim to have, perfected in a single afternoon’s rehearsal! Not one, not two, but a few fairytale’s interwoven. This afternoon rehearsal shows as the actors forget lines, have family arguments, and mix up the tails, the audience are dragged into the play, so if you don’t like participating don’t sit up front. It’s also a good idea to have some understanding of the Black Country dialect otherwise you could get lost. I didn’t stop laughing all night to the point were my face hurt. Great fun.

5

Wolfie and the Showgirl At the Crescent Theatre- Annie-Mae works in a speakeasy, she loves Wolfie, a no good thief. But Wplfie has a secret.

5

American Werewolf in London Dudley Zoo, Flatpack event. Out doors, music and film, food and drink, set in the grounds of a castle ruins, in a zoo, what’s not to like?

5

Moseley Folk Festival Music, food, drink all in the park, whats not to like.

5

The Destroyers at the MAC, its the Destroyers whats not to like.

5

conwy castle and walls Nice walk around the walls and a fun castle to play in

5

Smallest house in Britain so tiny

5

St Marys nice little old church

4

Alice Trail Llandudno, only partly done due to weather, light and no map.

3

Llyn Brenig Lovely reservoir and a good coffee house.

5

Parys Mountain A disused open case copper mine, it’s like walking through another world.

5

The Copper Kingdom Centre, A very informative museum with exhibits and an audio commentary.

4

Birmingham weekender Yet another great weekend put on by Birmingham, and it’s all free, loved Harminder and the mini operas.

5

The Big Sleuth All Bears Together

5

Coventry Music Museum A nice little museum dedicated to Two-Tone and other music.

4

Käthe Kollwitz Sofla Hultén and Anna Moiska exhibition at the Ikon Birmingham.

4

Time Critical By Stan’s Cafe  A fast passed play, Her job is to compress the history of the world over the last 26 years into 26 minutes; his is to do the same for Stan’s Cafe. Very enjoyable.

5

Freezin By the Fizzogs. Lizzie Cotterill had a dream one night about an amazing story of a girl with a special freezing power, when she awoke she told all the family members that she had another idea for a play. As ever things don’t go to plan. I love the Fizzogs, the tears roll down my face they are so funny.

5

Coombe Abbey Medieval banquet, great fun if you like dressing up and eating with your fingers, only trouble is you can’t choose who you sit with.

5

The Good The Bad and The Ugly Sisters by B2 The Belgrade Theatre. A spaghetti western where the glass slippers have spurs, a adult pantomime. Not as funny as previous years but still a laugh.

4

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Center

3

Cliffords Tower

3

Fairfax House

3

Jorvik Viking Centre

5

National Railway Museum

5

Richard III experience

3

York Roman Baths

Your Brewery

2

York castle Museum

5

York’s Chocolate Story

5

York Minster

5

Yorkshire Museum

5

Christmas at York Museum

5

York Ghost Bus Tour

5

Saltwells Nature reserve

5

Baggeridge

5

Tilly

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Christmas At York Museum Gardens

Lendal Bridge
crossing between York Station and York Minster.

Admission Adults £14.95 child £8.95 plus £2.00 admin

The museum has over 10 acres of botanical gardens set against the backdrop of the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey and the city’s prized Yorkshire Museum. This year for the first time the gardens have an illuminated hour long walk though part of the park.

The entrance takes you through lit trees and into a small Christmas village with a Child’s round about at £4 ago and game stall at £3 ago festive face painting and warming pies from the Yorkshire Pudding Pie Company.

The lights start with the 12 Frames of Christmas, based on the traditional song but with a York inspired twist very inventive, this is followed by musical LED trees and a sea of changing coloured globes. St Mary’s Abbey ruins provide the backdrop for a series of Christmas scenes projected onto the walls of the Grade I listed building with music from the Nutcracker. I could have stood and watched this over and over.

This is followed by a display of neon tubes on the lawn outside of the museum a specially-commissioned art installation Beautiful Hazards by local Yorkshire artist Richard Wheater, while the museum itself is lit by projected snow flakes. A hot drink can also be brought here. A short walk takes you through more lit trees before coming to the musical tree stumps, push buttons that make the trees play music, however after standing for about ½ of an hour we gave up and walked around this, as the same people were still playing on it and had no intentions of moving along despised the queue waiting getting longer and longer.

Next the trail passes Father Christmas in his secret bothy, tucked away within the trees although he looked a little unwell, I asked him if he was ready for his big day, his reply ‘I think so this year’ that’s a bit of a worry don’t you think?

After passing through a shimmering 20m tunnel of lights you reach a display of glittering mirror balls and on though illuminated Christmas words and more tree lights to the   Finale of Fire on the Library lawn where mulled wine, spiced cider, hot chocolate and more pies can be brought, however we couldn’t find  marshmallows to  toast.

A very nice way to spend a cold December night.

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Tilly

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Richard III Experience

Richard III Experiences
Monk Bar
York

Admission Adult £3.50 child £2.00

Follow the story of the struggle for the crown faced by Richard III, the Wars of the Roses and did he really kill the two princes?

Set over two floors in two small rooms the history is told by film and information boards. The room is reached by a very steep and narrow stair case, more steps inside make this a no go area for people who can’t walk or with pushchairs.

If you know nothing about the history of the war of the Roses or Richard III it’s a good place to visit, otherwise I would give it a miss.

 

Tilly

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National Railway Museum

National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York
YO26 4XJ

Admission £5.00 donation

Get up close and personal with the trains at the National Railway Museum, a very interesting place even if you are not into trains. The museum spans 300 years of railway history and has over 1,000,000 objects, memorabilia and trains. Some of them are unbelievable big like the bullet train. Some are decked out in former glory, there are the royal trains, Victoria’s with all it’s glamour to Queen Elizabeth II’s which is just what you would expect, plain and functional. There are talks which give a good insight into the trains, workings etc. There is also an overhead viewing platform where you can watch the trains being repaired.

The museum also has two cafés but I wouldn’t recommend them.

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Jorvik Viking Centre

Coppergate Shopping Centre,

19 Coppergate,

York

YO1 9WT

Admission adults £10.25 child £7.25

You enter the museum down a flight of stairs onto a glass floor, look down and you are standing on the site of the Coppergate dig. An immersive display takes you back to the 1970’s. Where you hear the stories of the archaeologists who were involved in the excavation and helped piece together the story of the Vikings of Jorvik Where they came from, how they lived, died and where they travelled to.
Next you hop into a ‘time capsule’ ( a monorail type thing) and taken back 1000 years in time. Houses, workshops and backyards are re-created on the very site where they were discovered. You meet the many different people (animatronics) who once called Jorvik home. From Old Norse speakers descended from the Vikings of Scandinavia to Anglo-Saxons, traders from the East and new settlers from Ireland.

Not only do you experience the sights and sounds you also get a whiff of the smells of the Viking times.

Once the time ride is over, there’s a room full of artifacts and information to explore.

The animatronics are scarcely lifelike. Well worth a visit if you like history.

Tilly

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