York was recently named the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times and it is also a fabulous place to visit for a short break or holiday.
There’s always something happening in this vibrant city. Take a look at some of the events taking place in York during 2018!
York Races – Various dates throughout the year
There’s 18 top-class days of racing at York Racecourse during 2018. Highlights of the year include a Macmillan Charity Raceday on 16th June, a Summer Music Saturday on 30th June, the John Smith’s Meeting on the 13th and 14th July and the Yorkshire Ebor Festival from 22nd August – 25th August.
It’s a great excuse to dress-up and you never know – you may even pick a winner!
Yorkshire’s Jurassic World – from the 24th March
This major new exhibition is part of the Yorkshire Museum and will be open to the public from 24th March. You’ll be immersed in the world of dinosaurs with a life-sized plesiosaur and VR headsets. You can even serve a dinosaur it’s supper. There will be Jurassic fossils on display, CGI dinosaurs and ‘Alan’. He’s the vertebra from the oldest sauropod dinosaur found in the UK (in case you were wondering).
York Fashion Week – 16th – 22nd April
This is a celebration of the vibrant designers and fashion boutiques that are based in York. You’ll find runway shows, workshops and beauty evenings showcasing high street brands and lesser known designers.
Pop-up Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre – 25th June to 2nd September
Shakespeare will be coming to York this summer in the shape of a pop-up version of the Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre. The theatre will house an audience of 950 for each production in a 13-sided design (just like a 16th century Shakespearean theatre). Plays include Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Nights Dream. The price to be a groundling (standing in the courtyard) is just £12.50.
Outside the theatre will be a whole ‘Shakespeare’s Village’ with jesters, minstrels, food, drink and an Elizabethan Garden. This is completely free if you fancy the experience rather than watching a play.
York Proms – 30th June
This open air classical concert will take place in the grounds of York Museum Gardens and is headlined by soprano Rebecca Newman. You can bring a folding chair, a d picnic and enjoy some beautiful music in a very scenic setting. A rather lovely way to spend the evening!
Bloom – 5th – 8th July
This brand new four-day festival will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists with a riot of colour. Throughout the city there will be show-stopping floral displays, open gardens and even beer garden makeovers.
Great Yorkshire Fringe – 19th – 29th July
The Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival is now in it’s fourth year and includes comedy, cabaret, music and theatre in a variety of venues around York. Venues include a large Spiegeltent (The White Rose Rotunda) and The Tea Pot where you’ll find up and coming comedians with some free performances.
York Food and Drink Festival – 21st – 30th September
This showcase of some of Yorkshire’s finest artisan food and drink producers includes samples, food trails and cooking demonstrations.
Details are still to be confirmed for the 2018 event but you’ll typically find live music and pop-up restaurants in venues around Parliament Street.
Where to stay:
Pear Tree House
A luxury 2-bedroom property in a quiet courtyard that’s close to York Minster and The Shambles. It comes with a private parking space and garden that looks out over the city walls. Find out more.
This luxury 3-bedroom apartment is housed in a historic medieval tower! The private roof terrace has views over the city – a holiday with wow-factor! Find out more.