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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

The Richard III Experience at Monk Bar

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Explore the life of the last Plantagenet King as he struggled for the throne and power during his short reign.

The JORVIK Group’s newest attraction invites you to step foot into the historic Monk Bar (just 3 min walk from Monkgate Guest Accommodation) to discover The Richard III Experience.

Find out about his early life as his brother, Edward IV struggled for the throne of England with Henry VI; see arms and armour from his reign and enjoy multimedia presentations about the key battles of the Wars of the Roses.

Children can get involved in a special medieval camp featuring the gruesome bits Richard’s history provided by ‘Horrible Histories’ author, Terry Deary.

For further details see www.richardiiiexperience.com

Indulge Yourself in York, the Home of Chocolate

Becky Hayes from Visit Britain TV discovers York’s chocolate trail and tastes some delicious samples along the way.

York Races 2015 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

2015 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 13th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 14th May – Betfred Dante Stakes
    Fri 15th May – Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring meeting
    Sat 30th May – Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup
  • June Meeting
    Fri 12th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 13th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 10th Jul – Summer Stakes
    Sat 11th Jul – 56th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 24th Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 25th Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 19th Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 20th Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks
    Fri 21st Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 22nd Aug – Betfred Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 6th Sep – Press Family raceday
  • October
    Fri 9th Oct – October Finale Stakes
    Sat 10th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

JORVIK Viking Festival 2015

A city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage, in the largest Viking festival in Europe! 14–22 Feb 2015.

JORVIK VIKING FESTIVAL

A week of festivities beginning on Valentine’s Day with a Viking wedding feast in the Merchant Taylor’s Hall, and ending with a dramatic grand finale on the Eye of York.  Other events include:

  • a battle between fire and ice giants in the Guildhall
  • a retelling of the rise of Odin as the greatest god of all
  • the annual search for Jorvik’s strongest Viking
  • talks from experts in Viking archaeology
  • family programmes
  • a folk festival at the Barley Hall

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

York Model Railway Show 2014

The 3 day event is held every Easter and the show is considered one of railway modelling’s best events. Sat 19 – Mon 21 Apr 2014.

Model train

Held across three floors of the Knavesmire Stand at York Racecourse the show is the North’s premier event, and at three days, one of the longest running Shows in the Country. Experience working layouts, trade displays, specialist societies and more.

For more info visit yorkshow.org.uk.

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