Events & Activities

What's On in York and York Race Dates

Please see our Historic York page for additional information

There is a comprehensive calendar of events and festivals maintained by the tourism bureau ‘Visit York’ to be found by clicking here


Please see further below for 2020 York Race Dates.

York's Top Ten Activities

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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

York Markets

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

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.

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.

York Race dates 2020

May 13th – 15th
May 30th
June 12th – 13th & 27th June
July 10th – 11th
July 24th – 25th July
August 19th – 22nd
September 6th
October 9th – 10th

We are ideally situated for easy access to the York racecourse, taking approx 20 minutes to travel by car.

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