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Van Gogh the Immersive Experience York Now Open

Stunning digital projection of Van Gogh's self portrait painting on the walls of a church

Dates: 8 July 2019 – 5 Jan 2020
Location: York St Mary’s Church, Castlegate, York

A 360 degree digital art journey into the Universe of a Genius.

Have you ever dreamt of stepping into a painting? To become completely immersed in the work before you, making reality around you fade into the new world created by the artist? This is where you can!

In Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, you will take a journey into the world of one of the greatest artistic geniuses of the 19th century. You’ll be able to explore his life, his work – and his secrets – as never before through cutting-edge, 360 degree digital projections, and a uniquely atmospheric light and sound show.

Nobody leaves unmoved.

For more info visit: www.vangoghexpo.co.uk

Promo video from the Belgium exhibition:

Award-Winning Pop-Up Shakespearean Theatre Returns for 2019

Pop-up Shakespearean theatre in York

Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory!

Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in 2018, Shakespeare’s Pop-Up Rose Theatre will return again at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in the historic heart of York from 25 June to 1 September 2019. Last year it played to almost 80,000 people, earning awards for ‘Best Cultural Experience’ and ‘Best Attraction’.

Four new productions of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays – Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night – will once again transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments.

Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant, free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering the finest Yorkshire food and drinks from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings, an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment, minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs.

For further information and to book tickets visit shakespearesrosetheatre.com/york/

York Visitors Guide 2019

York is a magical city, rich with culture. Where cobbled medieval streets and Georgian architecture tell the stories of its people and its history. View the excellent 2019 visitors guide from Visit York:

York Eboracum Roman Festival 2019

Eboracum Roman Festival 31 May – 2 June

The Legions of Rome return to invade the ancient city of York this summer for the annual Eboracum Roman Festival. Book now to avoid disappointment.

From 31 May – 2 June 2019, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations and activities for all ages.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures:

  • walk on a genuine Roman mosaic floor
  • see the statue of Mars – the finest example of a Roman statue ever found in Britain
  • marvel at the marble head of Constantine
  • stand at the tombstone of Lucius Duccius Rufinus, Standard Bearer of the Ninth Legion

Special family-friendly activities will take place throughout the museum; see if you measure up for the Roman Army, make mini catapults and more!

On Saturday and Sunday, don’t miss the Roman Parades as the Roman Emperor, six Roman Legions and Roman civilians march through the iconic streets of York.

Activities in the Museum Gardens and the Roman Parades are freeMuseum admission applies to activities in the Yorkshire Museum.

York Races 2019 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 buzzes with excitement on race days, book your stay now to avoid disappointment!

York Races

York Races 2019 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 15th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 16th May – Al Basti Equiworld Dante Stakes
    Fri 17th May – Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring Meeting
    Sat 25th May – Bronte Cup
  • June Meetings
    Fri 14th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 15th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
    Sat 29th June – Summer Saturday & Live Music
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 12th Jul – Summer Stakes
    Sat 13th Jul – 60th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 26th Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 27th Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 21nd Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 22rd Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks/Ladies Day
    Fri 23th Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 24th Aug – Sky Bet Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 8th Sep – Press Family Raceday
  • October Finale
    Fri 11th Oct – Countryside Day
    Sat 12th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

York Christmas Festival 2018

15 November – 23 December 2018

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. We’ve got the season wrapped up with all the information you need for the ultimate Christmas experience in York.

York Christmas Light Switch On

15 Nov 2018

Things will kick off with the official light switch-on. The festivities start at 6.30pm, enjoy music and appearances from local personalities whilst getting in the Christmas spirit.

St Nicholas Christmas Fair

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018

One of the UK’s favourite Christmas markets with fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers and traditional Christmas gifts galore!


Santa’s Grotto in Coppergate

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018 (10am to 6pm daily)

New for 2018! Meet a real elf, talk to Santa and leave with a wonderful gift and souvenir photo.

Advent Procession at York Minster

2 Dec 2018, 17:15–18:00

An atmospheric and breath-taking candlelit service of music, readings and prayers for Advent.

yorkshires winter wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Sat 17 Nov 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019

Recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, the four-time award-winning festive event is back and it’s bigger than ever!

Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas.

York – The City of Festivals

York is known as the City of Festivals with entertaining events happening every month. There’s something for everyone; whether your are looking to entertain the kids, buff up your historical knowledge or just tickle your taste buds. Take a look at the world class festivals yet to take place this year:

Festival of Ideas (5–17 Jun 2018)

festival of ideas

The award-winning York Festival of Ideas returns with over 200 diverse, inspiring and mostly free events under the banner of ‘Imagining the Impossible’.

For more info visit: yorkfestivalofideas.com

Bloom – York’s First Horticultural Festival (5–8 July 2018)


Get ready to experience all things floral during bloom! York’s first horticultural festival will be sprouting in the city this summer to celebrate the 250 year anniversary of the ancient society of York florists, the world’s oldest horticultural society, founded in 1768.

For more info visit: bloomyork.com

York Early Music Festival (6–14 Jul 2018)

early music festival

Power & Politics: From the medieval courts of Avignon to the drama of Beethoven’s revolutionary politics! A fascinating series of concerts, illustrated lectures and workshops all linked together to demonstrate that nothing in this world is new!

For more info visit: ncem.co.uk/yemf

The Great Yorkshire Fringe (19–29 Jul 2018)

yorkshire fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe returns in Summer 2018! The festival has wowed York with three years of festivities on Parliament Street, and for 2017 took comedy, variety and family entertainment to even more locations in the heart of the city.

For more info visit: greatyorkshirefringe.com

Stone Carving Festival (17 Aug 2018)

stone carving

See the ancient craft skills used to preserve the 800-year-old cathedral when York Minster’s Stoneyard opens its doors as part of the cathedral’s international Stone Carving Festival.

For more info visit: yorkminster.org

York Beer & Cider Festival (19–22 Sep 2018)

beer festival

It is everything a great festival should be – forward looking; inclusive; grand in scale and most importantly welcoming. It has the reputation as one of the friendliest beer festivals in the UK and this is reflected in the wide and diverse type of visitors it attracts – not just from the UK but from all over the world.

For more info visit: yorkbeerfestival.org.uk

York Food & Drink Festival (21–30 Sep 2018)


York Food Festival showcases Yorkshire’s finest producers, chefs and cooking. Expect a large market, pop-up bars, street food, chef demonstrations, tastings, dinners, cookery lessons and more.

For more info visit: yorkfoodfestival.com

York Balloon Fiesta (28–30 Sep 2018)


The skies of York will be transformed when a total of more than 40 hot air balloons, from all across the UK, will fly across York while a fun packed festival-style weekend takes place on the ground. Watch the balloons lift off from York’s Knavesmire while exploring the funfair complete with Victorian inspired rides, live music, a beer tent and tasty street food stalls from Yorkshire top vendors.

For more info visit: facebook.com/yorkballoonfiesta/

York Mediale (27 Sep – 6 Oct 2018)


A brand-new UK festival, providing a showcase for leading international digital artists and the best emerging media art talent. The event will present a 10-day citywide celebration of exhibitions, installations, live performances, dance, music and workshops across York.

For more info visit: yorkmediale.com

Aesthetica Short Film Festival (7–11 Nov 2018)

film festival

18 Venues. 300 Films. 5 Days.

The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a leading BAFTA-Recognised festival that takes place annually in York. It’s a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery and a destination to experience the power and craft of cinema. 300 films in competition, industry speakers, networking and masterclasses.

For more info visit: asff.co.uk

York Christmas festival (15 Nov – 23 Dec 2018)

Christmas Festival

Soak up the city’s medieval charm and scents of spiced mulled wine, as fairs, family fun and festival flavours transform York into a festive fairytale.

For more info visit: visityork.org/whats-on/christmas

Easter 2018 in York

Easter School Holidays: 29 March to 6 April 2018

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:

Easter dates 2018:

  • Easter school holiday: 29 March to 6 April
  • Good Friday: 30th March
  • Easter Sunday: 01st April
  • Easter (bank holiday) Monday: 02nd April

Fine Dining in York

The food scene in York has exploded over recent years, our beautiful city boasts a huge number of high-quality restaurants across a great variety of cuisines. Here are a few of our select favourites:

The Ivy

The Ivy

You no longer need to travel to London for a taste of the high life. Opening it’s doors last December The Ivy’s fancy new York restaurant is everything you might expect from a company that is famous for attracting celebrities and stars. Relaxed yet sophisticated all-day dining open seven days a week. The Ivy St. Helen’s Square is located on the eponymous square in the heart of York and serves an all-encompassing, contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.

The Star Inn the City

the starr in the city

Set in an old brick engine house, in a delightful riverside spot beside the Museum Gardens the restaurant strikes exactly the right balance between luxurious and cosy. Owner Andrew Pern is one of Yorkshire’s most revered chefs. The Star at Harome, near Helmsley, won him a Michelin star in 2001, which he held onto for ten years, and is frequently touted as the North’s finest restaurant. Modern gutsy dishes showcase top Yorkshire produce.

The Park Restaurant

The Park

The Park Restaurant delivers a special occasion for each of its diners by creating seasonal tasting menus for a limited few utilising fresh local produce from the surrounding area. 2-3 hours are recommended for the experience, but the food is, of course, served at your pace, not theirs.



Carluccio’s brings you fresh, modern, Italian cuisine and the very best of celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio’s homeland to the city. The all-day menu takes you from breakfast, through to drinks and dinner. Signature dishes celebrate modern twists on Italian classics. All set in a beautiful historic building on the site of what was the city’s iconic Terry’s Chocolate Shop.



A fine dining restaurant serving modern British food, renowned for serving high quality food in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Melton’s is featured in all the major food guides and has a rating of five in the Good Food Guide. For anyone seeking great food at an affordable price, Melton’s is a must.

Coming to York – Shakespeare’s Pop-Up Rose Theatre

We are delighted to announce that Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre will be built in York’s historic city centre in 2018. Four Shakespeare plays directed by Lindsay Posner and Damian Cruden will be performed over a 10 week period.

an artist's impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford's Tower.

An artist’s impression of the pop-up theatre next to Clifford’s Tower.

Based on the original designs of the Elizabethan Rose Theatre built in London in 1587, the 13-sided temporary theatre will house an audience of almost a thousand people, with three tiered balconies and an open-air stage. The theatre, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, will stand in a mock Tudor fairground, with themed food and entertainment including free performances from the back of carts.

Damian Cruden, artistic director of the Theatre Royal in York for the last two decades, will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth. Lindsay Posner, a multi-award-winning director who has worked extensively in the West End and with the RSC, and whose Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court won two Olivier awards, will direct Richard III and the opening production of Romeo and Juliet.

The season will begin on Monday, June 25, and run until Sunday, September 2, 2018. Ticket prices at Shakespeare’s Rose will range from groundlings standing at £12.50 to seats at £59.95. Booking is now open.