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York Christmas Festival 2018

15 November – 23 December 2018

Christmas in York is a magical experience. Often touted as the UK’s capital of Christmas York has world class shopping, festive markets a range of independent food shops and eateries. We’ve got the season wrapped up with all the information you need for the ultimate Christmas experience in York.


York Christmas Light Switch On

15 Nov 2018

Things will kick off with the official light switch-on. The festivities start at 6.30pm, enjoy music and appearances from local personalities whilst getting in the Christmas spirit.


St Nicholas Christmas Fair

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018

One of the UK’s favourite Christmas markets with fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers and traditional Christmas gifts galore!


 

Santa’s Grotto in Coppergate

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018 (10am to 6pm daily)

New for 2018! Meet a real elf, talk to Santa and leave with a wonderful gift and souvenir photo.


Advent Procession at York Minster

2 Dec 2018, 17:15–18:00

An atmospheric and breath-taking candlelit service of music, readings and prayers for Advent.


yorkshires winter wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Sat 17 Nov 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, the four-time award-winning festive event is back and it’s bigger than ever!

Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas.

York – The City of Festivals

York is known as the City of Festivals with entertaining events happening every month. There’s something for everyone; whether your are looking to entertain the kids, buff up your historical knowledge or just tickle your taste buds. Take a look at the world class festivals yet to take place this year:

Festival of Ideas (5–17 Jun 2018)

festival of ideas

The award-winning York Festival of Ideas returns with over 200 diverse, inspiring and mostly free events under the banner of ‘Imagining the Impossible’.

For more info visit: yorkfestivalofideas.com

Bloom – York’s First Horticultural Festival (5–8 July 2018)

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Get ready to experience all things floral during bloom! York’s first horticultural festival will be sprouting in the city this summer to celebrate the 250 year anniversary of the ancient society of York florists, the world’s oldest horticultural society, founded in 1768.

For more info visit: bloomyork.com

York Early Music Festival (6–14 Jul 2018)

early music festival

Power & Politics: From the medieval courts of Avignon to the drama of Beethoven’s revolutionary politics! A fascinating series of concerts, illustrated lectures and workshops all linked together to demonstrate that nothing in this world is new!

For more info visit: ncem.co.uk/yemf

The Great Yorkshire Fringe (19–29 Jul 2018)

yorkshire fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe returns in Summer 2018! The festival has wowed York with three years of festivities on Parliament Street, and for 2017 took comedy, variety and family entertainment to even more locations in the heart of the city.

For more info visit: greatyorkshirefringe.com

Stone Carving Festival (17 Aug 2018)

stone carving

See the ancient craft skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral when York Minster’s Stoneyard opens its doors as part of the cathedral’s international Stone Carving Festival.

For more info visit: yorkminster.org

York Beer & Cider Festival (19–22 Sep 2018)

beer festival

It is everything a great festival should be – forward looking; inclusive; grand in scale and most importantly welcoming. It has the reputation as one of the friendliest beer festivals in the UK and this is reflected in the wide and diverse type of visitors it attracts – not just from the UK but from all over the world.

For more info visit: yorkbeerfestival.org.uk

York Food & Drink Festival (21–30 Sep 2018)

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York Food Festival showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking. Expect a large market, pop-up bars, street food, chef demonstrations, tastings, dinners, cookery lessons and more.

For more info visit: yorkfoodfestival.com

York Balloon Fiesta (28–30 Sep 2018)

baloon-fiesta

The skies of York will be transformed when a total of more than 40 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York while a fun packed festival-style weekend takes place on the ground. Watch the balloons lift off from York’s Knavesmire while exploring the funfair complete with Victorian inspired rides, live music, a beer tent and tasty street food stalls from Yorkshire top vendors.

For more info visit: facebook.com/yorkballoonfiesta/

York Mediale (27 Sep – 6 Oct 2018)

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A brand-new UK festival, providing a showcase for leading international digital artists and the best emerging media art talent. The event will present a 10-day citywide celebration of exhibitions, installations, live performances, dance, music and workshops across York.

For more info visit: yorkmediale.com

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (7–11 Nov 2018)

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18 Venues. 300 Films. 5 Days.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a leading BAFTA-Recognised festival that takes place annually in York. It’s a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery and a destination to experience the power and craft of cinema. 300 films in competition, industry speakers, networking and masterclasses.

For more info visit: asff.co.uk

York Christmas festival (15 Nov – 23 Dec 2018)

Christmas Festival

Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine, as fairs, family fun and festival flavours transform York into a festive fairytale.

For more info visit: visityork.org/whats-on/christmas

Easter 2018 in York

Easter School Holidays: 29 March to 6 April 2018

Enjoy a fun packed Easter in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!

Daffodils York city walls

Daffodils beneath the York City Walls

Visitor attractions in York go all out at Easter, with a host of crowd pulling events. Parliament Street will host the annual Easter Crafts and Food Fayre, while the Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt promises a city-wide quest for chocolate lovers!

What’s on this Easter:

Easter dates 2018:

  • Easter school holiday: 29 March to 6 April
  • Good Friday: 30th March
  • Easter Sunday: 01st April
  • Easter (bank holiday) Monday: 02nd April

Fine Dining in York

The food scene in York has exploded over recent years, our beautiful city boasts a huge number of high-quality restaurants across a great variety of cuisines. Here are a few of our select favourites:

The Ivy

The Ivy

You no longer need to travel to London for a taste of the high life. Opening it’s doors last December The Ivy’s fancy new York restaurant is everything you might expect from a company that is famous for attracting celebrities and stars. Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining open seven days a week. The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and serves an all-encompassing, contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

The Star Inn the City

the starr in the city

Set in an old brick engine house, in a delightful riverside spot beside the Museum Gardens the restaurant strikes exactly the right balance between luxurious and cosy. Owner Andrew Pern is one of Yorkshire’s most revered chefs. The Star at Harome, near Helmsley, won him a Michelin star in 2001, which he held onto for ten years, and is frequently touted as the North’s finest restaurant. Modern gutsy dishes showcase top Yorkshire produce.

The Park Restaurant

The Park

The Park Restaurant delivers a special occasion for each of its diners by creating seasonal tasting menus for a limited few utilising fresh local produce from the surrounding area. 2-3 hours are recommended for the experience, but the food is, of course, served at your pace, not theirs.

Carluccio’s

Carluccios

Carluccio’s brings you fresh, modern, Italian cuisine and the very best of celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio’s homeland to the city. The all-day menu takes you from breakfast, through to drinks and dinner. Signature dishes celebrate modern twists on Italian classics. All set in a beautiful historic building on the site of what was the city’s iconic Terry’s Chocolate Shop.

Melton’s

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A fine dining restaurant serving modern British food, renowned for serving high quality food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Melton’s is featured in all the major food guides and has a rating of five in the Good Food Guide. For anyone seeking great food at an affordable price, Melton’s is a must.

Coming to York – Shakespeare’s Pop-Up Rose Theatre

We are delighted to announce that Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre will be built in York’s historic city centre in 2018. Four Shakespeare plays directed by Lindsay Posner and Damian Cruden will be performed over a 10 week period.

an artist's impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford's Tower.

An artist’s impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford’s Tower.

Based on the original designs of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre built in London in 1587, the 13-sided temporary theatre will house an audience of almost a thousand people, with three tiered balconies and an open-air stage. The theatre, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, will stand in a mock Tudor fairground, with themed food and entertainment including free performances from the back of carts.

Damian Cruden, artistic director of the Theatre Royal in York for the last two decades, will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Lindsay Posner, a multi-award-winning director who has worked extensively in the West End and with the RSC, and whose Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court won two Olivier awards, will direct Richard III and the opening production of Romeo and Juliet.

The season will begin on Monday, June 25, and run until Sunday, September 2, 2018. Ticket prices at Shakespeare’s Rose will range from groundlings standing at £12.50 to seats at £59.95. Booking is now open.

York Races 2018 Fixtures

Award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for some of the best racing in the UK. York buzzes with excitement on race days, book your stay now to avoid disappointment!

York Races

York Races 2018 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 16th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 17th May – Betfred Dante Stakes
    Fri 18th May – Betway Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring Meeting
    Sat 26th May – Weddingmates.co.uk Grand Cup
  • June Meetings
    Fri 15th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 16th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 13th Jul – Unibet Summer Stakes
    Sat 14th Jul – 59th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 27th Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 28th Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 22nd Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 23rd Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks/Ladies Day
    Fri 24th Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 25th Aug – Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 9th Sep – Press Family Raceday
  • October Finale
    Fri 12th Oct – Countryside Day
    Sat 13th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

York Christmas Festival 2017

York Christmas Festival – 16 Nov – 22 Dec 2017

Christmas in York is a magical experience. Often touted as the UK’s capital of Christmas York has world class shopping, festive markets a range of independent food shops and eateries. We’ve got the season wrapped up with all the information you need for the ultimate Christmas experience in York.

york ice trail

York Ice Trail (9 – 10 Dec)

Get ready for an icy adventure at the biggest outdoor ice trail in the UK! For one weekend the Ice Trail will transform York into a sparkling ice sculpture city. Read more about the event from one of the craftsmen involved – Glacial Art.

york licing advent calendar

York’s Living Advent Calendar (1 – 25 Dec)

Shop windows in York will be adorned with glorious festive displays in this years Living Advent Calendar. Each day from 1 – 25 December a new Advent window will be revealed, and you’ll be invited to enter daily competitions on the Visit York Facebook page for great prizes!

yorkshires winter wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland (18 Nov 2017 – 7 Jan 2018)

Recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, the four-time award-winning festive event is back and it’s bigger than ever!

Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas. Welcoming new additions to this year’s festivities in the form of an alpine skate hire chalet with rinkside views and a stunning new Polar Express themed Grotto for Santa.

York Christmas Guide 2017

Checkout the York Christmas guide 2017 from Visit York below:

The Highlight of the Racing Season – York Ebor Festival

ladies day york races

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival Wed 23 – Sat 26 Aug 2017

The Ebor Festival is the highlight of the racing season at York, featuring the oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races. Sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.

Wednesday 23 August – Juddmonte International

Witness the best the sport has to offer. Featuring the richest race of York’s season, ranked number one of all thoroughbred horse races in the world 2012 – 14. Famously won by Frankel, considered by some the as the best thoroughbred in history.

Thursday 24 August – Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day

Ladies Day, the social highlight. Dress to impress for fabulous prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn, including a luxury trip courtesy of Marriott Hotels. Home to the highest rated mare and fillies race in Europe 2014 -16, the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Friday 25 August – Coolmore Nunthorpe

Race into the weekend. Featuring York’s fastest race, the Group1 Coolmore Nunthorpe ranked highest rated 1,000m sprint in the world 2014 -16.

Saturday 26 August – Betfred Ebor Day

Join the buzz of the raceday with your friends. Since 1840, York’s oldest and most famous race, the Betfred Ebor, has generated much excitement and tales.

York Races 2017 Fixtures

Award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for some of the best racing in the UK.

York Races

2017 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 17th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 18th May – Betfred Dante Stakes
    Fri 19th May – Betway Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring meeting
    Sat 27th May – Weddingmates.co.uk Grand Cup
  • June Meeting
    Fri 16th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 17th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 14th Jul – 888sport Summer Stakes
    Sat 15th Jul – 58th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 28th Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 29th Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 23rd Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 24th Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks/Ladies Day
    Fri 25th Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 26th Aug – Betfred Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 10th Sep – Press Family Raceday
  • October
    Fri 13th Oct – Countryside Day
    Sat 14th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

Return of the Vikings 08.04.17

After a multi-million pound re-imagining the Jorvik Viking Centre is re-opening it’s doors on Saturday 8th April 2017!

It’s great to see this family-favourite attraction opening again after the floods of December 2015 forced it to close for the first time in 32 years.

What’s New?

Explore the Viking world like never before with an updated ride experience, taking you back in time to 10th century York, just after the banishment of the last Viking king in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe!

Experience a new JORVIK, with updated galleries showcasing 1,000 Viking-age artefacts discovered in Coppergate as well as special interactive displays, helping you to really bring the past to life!

Join the conversation on social media using #ReturnoftheVikings