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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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Easter 2014 in York

Easter Sunday 2014 is April 20th. Schools break up on Friday 11th April and return on Monday 28th April.

What’s happening in York:

We will add more events as they become known! Book your stay now to avoid disappointment.

York Literature Festival 2014

York Literature Festival

York Literature Festival returns for its seventh outing this March (Thu 20 – Mon 31 Mar 2014).

With a fantastic range of author events, workshops, walks and talks. Headline acts include feminist and broadcaster Germaine Greer, poet and author Andrew Motion, Liverpudlian hero Roger McGough and more.  It’s a festival in one of the UK’s most beautiful cities. A celebration of nationally respected writers, as well as writers with York-connections. The festival offers workshops and open-mics for local people as well as the chance to see famous writerstalk about their work. Over 50 events across the city.

‘It’s a great line-up for 2014,’ says Festival Director Miles Salter. ‘There’s a real range of quality events as part of the festival, and tickets are selling already.’

For further details see www.yorkliteraturefestival.co.uk

JORVIK Viking Festival 2014

JORVIK Viking Festival

Get set for the biggest and best Viking festival yet! Sat 15 – Sun 23 Feb 2014.

The festival is set up in tradition of the ancient Viking festival known as “Jolablot”. The festival includes Combat re-enactment involving volunteers from all over the world. The JORVIK Viking Centre has created over 80 unique events to celebrate the 30th year of York’s Viking takeover.

Incorporating the two weekends of the school half-term break, the JORVIK Group has organised Viking themed events throughout the city. Tickets to some events are sold on the door but the best way to ensure you are part of JORVIK Viking Festival is  to book in advance.

Bonfire Night 2013 in York

Enjoy explosive eye popping bonfire night celebrations in York; The birthplace of Guy Fawkes.

What’s on:

  • Selby Bonfire
    At Selby Community Centre Land. There is a fairground and food/drinks available. Gates open at 6.00pm. The bonfire is lit at 6.30pm with the first fireworks being let off at 7.00pm. Attendance is free.
  • South Milford bonfire and firework display
    Widely regarded as the biggest firework display in North Yorkshire now in its 21st year. Tickets £6.
  • Kaboom Firework Party
    The explosive 3D firework display features fully choreographed fireworks and lasers together with music and entertainment including fire jugglers and carnival performers. Adults £12.50, Children £9.50. www.kaboomyork.com
  • Fireworks Spectacular at York Maze
    Spectacular fireworks and music show. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Adults £12.95, children £9.95 (under 3s go free).  www.yorkmaze.com
  • James Bond Themed Evening at The Bumper Castle Inn
    Enjoy fireworks set to theme tunes from throughout the years of Bond! Tickets cost £5.00 and include 1 under 16 entry with every adult ticket bought. Fireworks begin 8:30pm. www.optimum-fireworks.co.uk

Christmas Shopping Mid-Week Special

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.

For Christmas shoppers wanting to experience all York has to offer we are offering some special mid-week rates. Stay Sun to Thurs at only £29 pppn for double rooms and £39 for single rooms. Available from November 3rd to December 14th 2013.

Please note: Offer is only open to bookings make by telephone.

For more a detailed guide to what’s on in York over the festive period you can download Visit York’s free Christmas Guide.

York Races 2013

York Races

Arguably the best racecourse in the North, and with crowds in excess of 50,000 York races is a thrilling day out. The Knavesmire has been home to racing in York for 280 years, but this city has hosted horse races since Roman times….2000 years ago! » read more

King Richard III & York

Richard IIIRichard III (1452-1485) had close connections to York, and visited York several times during his reign, staying for three weeks in 1483. As a young prince he was crowned the Prince of Wales at the Archbishop’s Palace just behind the Minster.

He even planned to be buried at York Minster. The recent discovery and confirmation of his remains has prompted his living descendants to request a York burial for the 15th century King. Stephen Nicolay, the 16th great-grandson of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York (father of Richard III) said: “York and the county of Yorkshire was, and remains, the physical and spiritual home of King Richard III.” » read more

Tour de France 2014 York

Le Tour de France is coming to York in 2014!

Tour de France 2014 York
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Stage 2 of the Tour de France departs from York in 2014. The 198 cyclists are expected to tour the city centre past York’s iconic buildings and city walls. » read more