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Illuminating York 2012

Illuminating York 2012The annual digital arts and lighting festival returns to York this October to transform the city with cutting edge light projections.

The 2012 event is set to be the largest and most spectacular yet. The museum gardens will be transformed into a ten acre magical wonderland with a special collaboration with Vic Reeves. With over £500,000 of lighting transforming the city it promises to be a truly spectacular event!

See the Illuminating York website for more information or download the brochure.

Dates: Wed 31 Oct 2012 – Sat 3 Nov 2012

Bonfire Night York 2012

Guy FawkesAs the birth place of the infamous Guy Fawkes York will be having some explosive events to mark the failed Gunpowder Plot on the 5th of November.

Bonfire Night Events

  • Rat Race Gun Powder Plod – A 5k race run over level ground, in the dark, accompanied by a fireworks show, special effects, pyrotechnic installations and performers! Also free children’s activities, food stalls and a licensed bar. www.gunpowderplod.com
  • York Maze Fireworks Spectacular – Firework spectacular choreographed to a music soundtrack featuring hit songs, chosen by listeners of Minster FM and produced by one of the country’s leading display companies, Alchemy Fireworks. www.yorkmaze.com

Connecting Yorkshire to London & the World

Connecting Yorkshire to London

Now it is even more convenient to explore Yorkshire. British Airways has announced flights from Leeds Bradford to London Heathrow. The service starts from the 9th December 2012 with all inclusive fares from just £42pp one way!

With flights operating up to four times daily it’s never been easier to connect Yorkshire to Heathrow’s major global network, whether that be to North America, the Far East, Australasia, the Gulf, Africa or Europe.

Getting from the airport to York

York is easy to get to from Leeds Bradford International Airport. There are regular buses direct from the airport or take a train from Leeds station.

The Olympic Torch is Coming to York

Olympic Torch is coming to YorkGet set for the arrival of the Olympic torch in York. It arrives in York for an overnight stop on Tuesday 19 June.

There will be an exciting Knavesmire concert (at the Racecourse) from 5:30pm to 8pm. Katy B and other acts will be performing and a crowd of 10,000+ is expected!

As part of the early evening celebrations, there will be opportunities for people to try out new sports or games activities. » read more

York 800 – Celebrating in a big way!

In 1212 King John signed a charter giving York’s citizens the freedom to govern themselves. York 800 celebrates the anniversary with a year-long programme of spectacular events!

Come and join the celebrations marking this historic anniversary, there is plenty to do in York in 2012. Book today to avoid disappointment!

Highlights include:

  • Legendary York Mystery Plays in August
  • A weekend of events in July to mark the exact anniversary, including the climax of the Choral Ebor Vox project
  • The creation of a new Youth Charter for the city
  • York Stories, when residents will be able to record their own personal stories about the city for posterity
  • A Medieval Summer of events!
  • Big City Read, featuring a medieval murder mystery set in The Minster, by Susanna Gregory
  • York Science and Innovation Grand Tour 2012, showcasing York’s innovative past, present and future
  • The Festival of Ideas and Innovation, on the theme of Metamorphosis and Transformation
  • A glorious community New Year’s Eve at the close of the year.
Find out more at: www.yorkfestivals.com

York Mystery Plays 2012

Returning to the historic York Museum Gardens this August for a full-scale production for the first time in over two decades! 

York Mystery Plays

Performed by the people of York for centuries, the world famous Mystery Plays are back for a full scale production this August. The story of God, of man and woman and of the cosmic struggle between good and evil will be presented on an epic scale against the magnificent backdrop of St Mary’s Abbey in the York Museum Gardens.

For more information see: www.yorkmysteryplays-2012.com

August is one of York’s busiest times of the year, so remember to book early to avoid disappointment! Book Online

York’s Delicious New Attraction

Prepare for a chocolate themed journey through York’s sweet past!

Chocolate - York's Sweet History

A special treat for chocolate lovers is coming to York. ‘Chocolate – York’s Sweet Story‘ is a brand new visitor attraction exploring York’s historic link with sweet manufacturing. Opening in spring 2012 it is sure to be a must see attraction for those with a sweet tooth.

Visitors will be treated to the inside story of the famous chocolates and sweets that started their lives in York, including the Kit Kat and the Terry’s Chocolate Orange.

For more info check out the official website at: www.yorkssweetstory.com

JORVIK Viking Festival 2012!


11th – 19th February 2012

Fun for all ages at the 27th annual Viking festival! The JORVIK Viking festival is one of the most exciting times to visit York, a perfect holiday destination for the hard to fill February half-term.

With guided walks, street performers, lectures and battle re-enactments there is always something going on. For more info see: www.jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/viking-festival

With family friendly accommodation and a city-centre location only 10mins walk from the JORVIK Viking centre Monkgate Guest Accommodation is the perfect place to stay during this fabulous festival. Book now to avoid disappointment: Book Online

Events in York 2012

YorkYork promises to hold a spectacular year of events for 2012.

With celebrations planned for throughout the year for York’s 800th Charter Year celebration for status as a City there will also be plenty to please everyone.  In spring there will be a Chocolate Festival to herald the opening of the city’s latest attraction, a Chocolate Museum.  The most elaborate production of the Mystery Plays will be staged in the summer.  The National Railway Museum will be holding its largest every Railfest in June and also in June we shall be hosting the Olympic Tourch .   Along side all these new events are the old favorites including the Jorvic Viking Festival, Race Meetings throughout the year and the St Nicolas Fayre to name a few.

Why not visit us at Monkgate Guest Accommodation for a relaxing stay and enjoy the sights and historic atmosphere York has to offer at your lesiure.  Start planning your visit now!!  There is going to be so much for the whole family to enjoy when you visit to York in 2012:

( all the information below was correct when printed but please contact organisers to confirm prior to your visit)

Some events i.e. Jorvic Festival, Ebor Races, St Nicolas Fayre and Angel Festival get booked up really quickly so to avoid disappointment it is best to book your stay with us asap » read more