Keep visiting this page, as we will be updating it regularly

We have moved some of our links to our YouTube Channel so that you can see all of them together. We have a culture and creativity playlist, a reading playlist, and some favourite channels

You can view and book our programme of online events for adults and children here

Events and Activities

Creative Cafés
If you enjoy being creative, but feel you’ve lost your mojo why not sign up for one of our free 8 week creative cafés?
Expect to meet 2 experienced artists who will help you to try out all kinds of activities from working with clay, drawing, painting collaging, stitching, origami and printing.
Our creative café at The Centre@Burnholme starts on 26 April and will be every Monday from 1-3pm
Our creative café at York Explore starts on 12 May and will be every Wednesday from 10am-12 noon
The creative cafés are part of York Mind’s Mental Health and Well-being Activities Programme 2021. To enrol, please contact, telephone 01904 643364 option 5, or visit their website

  • Ilkley Literature Festival is holding its Spring Programme on 27 and 28 March. The events are online and will be available on demand until 30 April.
  • York Dance Space has created some Mindful Movement audio sessions where people over the age of 55 can participate at their own pace and level in the comfort of their own homes.
  • Ilkley Literature Festival have created a series of podcasts called Settee Seminars featuring short talks about a wide range of topics along with reading lists.
  • York Mind has launched its Mental Health and Well-being Activities Programme 2020-21 with a range of virtual and in person activities.
  • Throughout this year the National Railway Museum are hosting a series of free Climate Talks—panel discussions, Q&As and events connecting you with leaders, experts, activists and campaigners as they discuss how to tackle the problems facing our communities due to climate change.
  • York’s Festival of Ideas went digital this year and recordings of some of the events are still available.
  • York artist Mim Robson has created #CreativeDiaryClub on Facebook where people can share what they are creating, large and small, successes and failures.
  • Join Chris Bartram at the virtual NCEM for feel-good Cuppa and a Chorus sessions every Monday.
  • We have two online reading groups you can join,
    • You can sign up to Goodreads and join Explore York Reading Group
    • You can join our Share the Joy group on Facebook, just search for the group and ask to join.
  • Collective Acts from York Theatre Royal including a Lockdown Legends Challenge
  • Our downloadable colouring pack is for young and old alike. Using images of stained glass and original drawings from the archives of J W Knowles & Sons, there is something for all abilities.
  • Virtual book events and reviews from the Bookseller’s BookGig
  • How to Academy ongoing events, podcasts and videos
  • Tiny Revolutions of Connection are activities to do at any time from Fun Palaces

Free e-books or online reading

Free e-audiobooks




Theatre and Dance