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



Tim Peake’s Spacecraft 17 January – 8 March National Railway Museum York
60163 Tornado at the NYMR 3 – 11 March North Yorks Moors Railway
Living North Spring Fair 23 – 25 March York racecourse
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World 24 March onwards Yorkshire Museum

York Easter Festival 29 March – 2 April

Easter at Castle Howard 30 March – 2 April

York Model Railway Show 31 March – 2 April

The White Rabbit Trail 1 – 2 April  Yorkshire Air Museum

York Open Studios 14-15 & 21-22 April  Citywide

York Fashion Week 16 – 22 April  Citywide

Festival of Vintage  21-22 April  York Racecourse

Folly!  28 April  Fountains Abbey

Spring Thunder Day  29 April  Yorkshire Air Museum

Tour de Yorkshire  3 – 6 May  Across Yorkshire

Toy Fair  6 May  York Racecourse

Fossgate Festival   6 May  Fossgate

Spring Adventure  26 May – 3 June  Stockheld Park

Eboracum Roman Festival  1 – 3 June  City Wide  yorkmuseumstrust.org.uk

Reach for the Sky   3 June  Yorkshire Air Museum

Festival of Ideas  5-7 June  City Wide

York Food & Drink Festival Taster  9-10 June  City Wide

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre  25 June – 2 Sept Tower Street shakespearerosetheatre.com

York Proms   30 June Museum Gardens

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


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 2018

May 16th – 18th
May 26th
June 15th – 16th
July 13th – 14th
July 27th – 28th
August 22rd – 25th
September 9th
October 12th – 13th

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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