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Easter 2016 in York

Easter School Holidays: Friday 25 March 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016

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:

  • York Minster Mystery Playsthe biggest event ever staged at York Minster and one of the biggest event coming to York in 2016
  • Create at the Castle! – Easter-themed family arts and crafts activities at York Castle Museum.
  • Medieval Easter –  Find out how Easter has been celebrated throughout the ages and take part in a special Medieval egg hunt at the Yorkshire Museum.
  • Mad Hatter’s Easter Tea Party – the perfect event for adults and children alike with an abundance of colourful cakes, drink me potions and all things Alice in Wonderland.
  • Easter family craft activities & storytelling – Enjoy a range of family activities at York Minster each Wednesday during the Easter holidays.

Easter dates 2016:

  • Easter school holiday: Friday 25 March 2016 to Sunday 10 April 2016
  • Good Friday: March 25th
  • Easter Sunday: March 27th
  • Easter (bank holiday) Monday: March 28th

Back On Track… The Flying Scotsman

York National Railways Museum is getting set to welcome back a living legend this February… the Flying Scotsman.

Flying Scotsman

After a 10-year restoration, the 1923 locomotive moves to the York National Railway Museum and in March it will be running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

The locomotive set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934.

Mike Kelly, chairman of ELR, said:
“If you think about iconic, great British creations, Flying Scotsman is up there. It is a national treasure. People have been starved for many years of being able to see this beautiful machine in action; I’m sure there will be some emotional scenes when it’s running again.”

York Mystery Plays 2016

26 May – 30 June 2016 – It’s the first time in 16 years and only the second time in their near 700-year history that York Minster has hosted the York Mystery Plays.

York Mystery Plays

What are the Mystery Plays?

Since the 1300s, the York Mystery Plays have entertained residents and visitors to the city, bringing to life the greatest story ever told. For only the second time in their near 700-year history, the Plays will return to York Minster in May 2016 for a breathtaking production of the city’s most famous stories in its most iconic building.

For more information see: yorkminster.org/mysteryplays2016/


JORVIK Viking Festival 2016

A city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage, in the largest Viking festival in Europe! 15th–21st Feb 2016.


A week of festivities this February half term. Join in the action as hundreds of Vikings from all over the world descend on York for the Annual JORVIK Viking Festival. Events include:

  • See a longship kitted out for war
  • Discover the animals the Vikings reared in the city
  • Gather in the Story Tent to hear exciting tales about the famous King Canute
  • Try your hand at a range of fun and historical crafts, games, competitions and activities
  • Have-a-go sword combat
  • Test your strength and dexterity with a series of Viking themed games and challenges

The full festival programme and ticket sales are online at www.jorvik-viking-festival.co.uk

York Races 2016 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

2016 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 11th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 12th May – Betfred Dante Stakes
    Fri 13th May – Betway Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring meeting
    Sat 21st May – Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup
  • June Meeting
    Fri 10th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 11th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 8th Jul – 888sport Summer Stakes
    Sat 9th Jul – 57th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 22nd Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 23rd Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 17th Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 18th Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks
    Fri 19th Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 20th Aug – Betfred Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 4th Sep – Press Family Raceday
  • October
    Fri 7th Oct – Countryside Day
    Sat 8th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

Christmas 2015 in York

Christmas in York

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. Wander through the vibrant street markets with hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, or take in a captivating carol concert in a historic venue.

Every Christmas, York is transformed into a winter wonderland with events and attractions for all the family. Our city-centre location makes us ideally situated for guests to enjoy all York has to offer.

Don’t delay! book now to avoid disappointment.

Family Fun:

Christmas Shopping:

Christmas Music:

  • York Minster Christmas Carol Concerts (Tue 22 Dec & Thu 24 Dec 2015)
  • York Early Music Christmas Festival 2014 (Fri 4 – Sat 12 Dec 2015)


Illuminating York 2015

Discover York in a new light with the cutting edge annual digital arts and lighting festival, 29th Oct to 1st Nov 2015.

Illuminating York“Triquetra” by Ross Ashton – a stunning piece of work projected onto the iconic Clifford’s Tower in the 2013 festival

Illuminating York is one of York’s biggest annual events, attracting more than 50,000 visitors. Using cutting edge technology specially commissioned digital artwork is projected on to several of the city’s historic buildings and helps celebrate York’s unique heritage.

It’s a magical experience on a crisp October night, and a programme of supporting events at top local attractions means you can enjoy the Festival over more than one evening. For more info visit illuminatingyork.org.uk

York Food & Drink Festival 2015

York Food & Drink Festival

Fri 18 – Sun 27 Sep 2015

Experience great Yorkshire produce, sample fine wines and learn from the best producers in the North of England.

The annual York Food and Drink Festival returns for it’s Autumn outing this September. Bringing local producers, traders and chefs together, the festival celebrates the variety of high quality goods produced right on our doorstep.

Be sure to sample great street food on offer, and real ale lovers should check out the Yorkshire Bar serving locally produced real ales (many from producers within the city!). Chefs provide demonstrations and there are plenty of hands on opportunities  to taste and prepare food.

The demonstrations, Bar, Champagne Tent and many stands are open throughout the early evening often accompanied by live music.

For more information and a full schedule of events visit www.yorkfoodfestival.com

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

A weird, wise and wonderful ten-day festival coming to York this summer!

Top notch comedians and fantastic family entertainment will be hitting York’s city centre next in what promises to be a ten-day festival of fun and frivolity.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe takes place July 24th–August 2nd 2015 and will see the city’s well-known thoroughfare transformed into a vibrant and exciting performance space.

A curated festival with multiple stages, from the White Rose Rotunda to the little Tea Pot, there will be plenty of entertainment for young and old alike.

Tickets now on sale! With more acts added all the time. For more information visit greatyorkshirefringe.com

Yorkshire Medieval Festival

19–31 August 2015.  The Yorkshire Medieval Festival is coming to take God’s own County back to the middle ages this summer!

Medieval Battle Re-enactment Photo by Vicki Burton

Medieval Merriment

Organised by The JORVIK Group, creators of the famous JORVIK Viking Festival, The Yorkshire Medieval Festival brings with it a wide range of events and activities for all the family to enjoy. Try your hand as an eagle-eyed archer, discover mighty birds of prey with falconry demonstrations, see brave knights battle in thrilling re-enactments and spend the day in some of Yorkshire’s most idyllic settings.

During the month of August, locations across Yorkshire that are brimming with medieval history, as well as attractions within York’s city walls, are hand-pick to host a festival of fun, merriment and engaging historical discussion.

For more info visit: yorkshire-medieval-festival.com