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Battle of Stamford Bridge Show

24th & 25th Sep 2016 – A fantastic family day out commemorating 950th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066.

A Brief History

In 1066 the English King Harold Godwinson fought and defeated a huge Viking army here at Stamford Bridge. Although history recalls how Harold lost at Hastings 19 days later; the significance and scale of this battle should not be underestimated, nor the efforts made by King Harold to bring an army here from London (marching 180 miles in 5 days). All this without proper roads or transport – unbelievable even by today’s standards!

Battle of Standford Bridge
Painting of the Battle of Stamford Bridge by Peter Nicolai Arbo (1870), depicting Norwegian King Harald Hardrada hit in the neck by an arrow

The battle has traditionally been presented as symbolising the end of the Viking Age, although major Scandinavian campaigns in Britain and Ireland occurred in the following decades

Sample of Events:

  • Battle reenactment
  • Falconry Displays
  • Weapons Training & Displays
  • Food Demos
  • Stories
  • Archery
  • Music
  • Kings Court

A complete list of events and more info can be found at: stamfordbridge1066.org.uk

The Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society

The 950th anniversary event is organised by The Battle of Stamford Bridge Heritage Society (BOSBHS) who’s aims are to commemorate, celebrate and promote the Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066 and the Viking and Saxon era of 8-11th Century. The society has recently expanded it’s aims to examine the history, archaeology and social events of Stamford Bridge as a whole.

The society holds monthly talks and meetings throughout the year as well as attending many local events, often in period costume. Major projects include the creation of “The Stamford Bridge Tapestry” to rival those of Bayeux and Fulford and an exploration of the archaeology of Stamford Bridge.

Family Activities in York this Summer

School is almost out for summer! keep the kids entertained with these exciting activities and attractions.

jorvik on tour

JORVIK On Tour

Three of York’s iconic venues will play host to a series of special exhibitions celebrating the continued impact of the Vikings.

More details: jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

 

great yorkshire fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe (Fri 15 Jul – Mon 1 Aug 2016)

Delivering the very best of comedians, music and family entertainment from all over the world to the centre of York.

More details: greatyorkshirefringe.com

 

fossgate festival

Fossgate’s Sunday Festivals

A unique way to experience York city life and enjoy Fossgate’s family friendly, continental-style street atmosphere.

More details: facebook.com/fossgate

 

thunder day

August Thunder Day (Sun 7 Aug 2016)

See a collection of historic aircraft and engines turn to life at the Yorkshire Air Musueum and recall how big piston engines and Cold War jets used to sound!

More details: yorkshireairmuseum.org/event/august-thunder-day/

 

flying scotsman

Flying Scotsman Season

A season of events and activities at the National Railway Museum to celebrat the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman

More details: flyingscotsman.org.uk

 

toy stories

Toy Stories

Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful hand made dolls, are among the toys from the last 150 years on show at the York Castle Museum.

More details: yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk

 

chocolate

Chocolate Model Making

Create your own chocolate model at York Cocoa House that you can paint and decorate beautifully with edible chocolate paints and sweets.

More details: yorkcocoahouse.co.uk

 

museum gardens

SASH Summer Picnic (Sun 24 Jul 2016)

Superhero’s, games, entertainment, picnic’s…what more could you want?

More details: sash-uk.org.uk/sash-summer-picnic/

 

sherlock holmes

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Fri 29 Jul – Sat 27 Aug 2016)

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Prepare to be entertained as never before this summer! Be astounded as our lightning-fast troupe of Victorian travelling actor-musicians turn horror into howling comedy, full of quick-fire wit, tongue-in-cheek humour and physical slapstick.

More details: yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

Back by popular demand… The Family Room

family room

We are pleased to announce the relaunch of our Family Room. The perfect accommodation for families with children visiting York.

Featuring a double bedroom with ensuite shower room and adjoining children’s room with two single beds.

Our family room must be book exclusively by phone. Call us on 01904 655 947 for full details.

More details and photos coming soon, please check the family room page for updates.

Award Winning Family Accommodation

We recently were voted the ‘Best Family Friendly B&B Accommodation’ in York at the Little Viking Awards 2016.

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.

JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL

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