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Local Events & Tips

Things to do in York and Locally

Please see our Historic York page for additional information

There is a comprehensive events calendar maintained by the tourism bureau ‘Make it York’ to be found by clicking here

KEY EVENTS 2017

Jorvik Re-opens 8th April
York Easter Festival 14th-17th April
Whitby Goth Weekend 21st – 23rd April
Festival of Vintage York 22nd – 23rd April
Tour de Yorkshire 28th – 30th April
York Food and Drink Taster Festival 10th-11th June
The Great Yorkshire Show 11th – 13th July
The Great Yorkshire Fringe 21st July – 13th August
Food and Drink Festival 22nd September – 1st October
St Nicholas Christmas Fair 16th November – 26th December

York's Top Ten

When planning your trip, have a look at these FAVOURITE TOP TEN things to do as voted by visitors to the city

YORK MAZE

One of York’s most popular summer attractions will open again in July.  Family fun at the maize maze.

STROLL YORKS MEDIEVAL CITY WALLS

At 3.4 kilometres long, the beautifully preserved walls are the longest complete medieval town walls in England.

YORK MINSTER

Europe’s largest gothic cathedral.  Climb the 275 steps of the Central Tower for the best view of York.  Marvel at the most beautiful stain glass windows.

THE SHAMBLES

The Shambles has been voted the most picturesque street in Britain and is the oldest shopping street in Europe.

YORK RAILWAY MUSEUM

Entry is free to the worlds largest railway museum.  Fun for young and old alike.

YORKS DIVERSE SHOPPING EXPERIENCE

Explore Yorks many boutiques and designer stores or visit the York Designer Outlet just ten minutes away from the barns for some retail therapy.

YORK CASTLE MUSEUM

Trip back in time in the streets of York at the York Castle Museum.

SCARY GHOST WALKS

At least 7 ghost walk tours run nightly around this most haunted city in Europe.

JORVIK VIKING CENTRE

Visitors are invited to journey through the reconstruction of the Viking-age streets as they would have looked 1000 years ago.  In February each year, the annual Viking Festival hosts events out in the streets and river – recreating events from Viking past.

BETTYS TEA ROOMS

Founded in 1919, enjoy English Afternoon Tea with mouth watering cakes and refreshing teas.

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York Markets

There are frequent market events throughout the calendar year, including craft markets, farmers markets and continental markets.

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Country House Estates

Lotherton Hall has a nice bird garden for children and a cafe and playground 15 minutes away.
Castle Howard  Tractor ride down to the lake/picnic area. Used for the filming of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ and ‘Garfield 2’. Within 30 minutes drive.

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Adventure Pursuits

  • Yorkshire Paintballing Centre, Escrick (within 15 minutes)
  • York Motorsport Village
  • Hot Air Balloning over York & Surrounding Area
  • Real Snow Skiing, Indoor Surfing and Wall Climbing, Xscape, Castleford (within 30 minutes)
  • ‘Go Ape’ Tree Top Activity at Dalby Forest (allow an hour drive)

Gardens/Commons/Woods/Walking Routes

There are a couple of walks from the farm, namely the riverbank walk to Cawood which takes about 25 minutes and also a 15 minute walk to the wood, skirting the field margins, and spotting some of the wild deer that live there.

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, Stillingfleet – Wolsey Walk, Cawood – Bishops Wood, Cawood – Skipwith Common, Riccall.

All within a 5 minute drive from the farm.

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York Race dates 2017

May 17th – 19th
May 27th
June 16th – 17th
July 14th – 15th
July 28th – 29th
August 23rd – 26th
September 10th
October 13th – 14th

We are ideally situated for easy access to the York racecourse, taking approx 20 minutes to travel by car.  The Ebor races are a popular annual event as well as regular meetings throughout the year.  www.yorkracecourse.co.uk

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