York is a truly beautiful city to visit all year round, but it really comes alive towards Christmas and particularly during the annual Illuminating York Festival.
So what’s it all about? Well, the Illuminating York Festival is basically the use of cutting edge technology to highlight York’s heritage in a striking and highly unique way. York’s iconic buildings are lit up spectacularly throughout the festival, making a wander through the city at night a dramatic and genuinely moving experience…
If you are lucky enough to be in York in late October / early November try to catch some of the highlights of the Illuminating York Festival 2013…
Highlights of the Illuminating York Festival 2013
The Storyteller – Museum Gardens
With York’s gorgeous Museum Gardens and buildings as the backdrop, this hugely impressive and large animation tells the emotional story of Viking King Eric Bloodaxe. A visually stunning piece of work brought in a collaboration of Immersive and Gaia Nova…
Triquetra – Clifford’s Tower
The iconic Clifford’s Tower is the setting for the tale of 3 Viking Kings of Denmark. Using light and sound the giant-size animation is the work of projection artist Ross Ashton. It promises to be an awe-inspiring sight.
Spark – A trail starting at the Treasurer’s House Garden
This series of works by emerging artists are based around the theme of ‘The Tree of Life’. It’s a sensory trial around events and works including puppet theatre and light shows.
Barley Hall by Candlelight – Barley Hall
Part of the Fringe series of events, this atmospheric Medieval House is lit up as it once used to be, by candlelight. There is a Viking themed animation and a hearty tavern to indulge in a festive tipple.
Tasting in the Dark; York’s Chocolate Story – Kings Square
A feast for the senses! Chocolate and York are inextricably linked and what better way to sample it than with a group of professional chocolatiers guiding you through the tastes in complete darkness!
The York Minster
Integral to all of the Illuminating York Festival’s is the stunning sight of the York Minster lit up at night. It is truly breath-taking and a must-see on any visit to York during the Festival.
This is just some of Gorgeous Cottages highlights of the Festival. You can view the full programme including a lively series of fringe events on the official Illuminating York website. The Illuminating York Festival 2013 runs from Wednesday 30th October until Saturday 2nd November.
Why not see as much of it as you can and book a stay at one of our luxury self-catering York properties? We have stylish luxury apartments in Central York, a fabulous Grade 1 listed monument and lots of luxury cottages near York available. Come and see York in all its splendour with Gorgeous Cottages!