With York celebrating its 800th year as a city there are plenty of exciting events and festivals taking place throughout the year. From the renowned Viking Festival in the February half term to the legendary Mystery Plays in August the city will be a buzz of activity. Highlights of the York 800 Festival include a Medieval Festival in the summer, the Festival of the Rivers, a chocolate festival and the popular illuminating York festival so no matter what time of year you plan your York break there will be plenty going on.
York marks the 800th anniversary of it becoming a self-governing city on the 9th July of this year and celebrates the event with an array of activities. On the exact weekend of the anniversary there will a whole weekend of events for those staying in York hotels to enjoy. From plays and music shows to festivals, events and more there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Here are some highlights of the York 800 Festival calendar or for further detail visit the York 800 page:
6 – 9 Apr – York Chocolate Festival
Chocolate Festival celebrating the city’s long heritage of chocolate making.
7 Apr – 1212: The Making of the City
The opening of a new medieval gallery at the Yorkshire museum
2 – 10 Jun – Railfest at the National Railway Museum.
Britain’s biggest rail celebration.
6 – 14 Jul – Early Music Festival
Renaissance music influence by the Olympic theme of excellence.
7 – 2 Jul – York Rivers Festival
Annual river celebration with a flotilla of boats on the River Ouse.
2-27 Aug – York Cycle of Mystery Plays
The magnificent Mystery Plays return to their outdoor setting in the Museum Gardens.
4-12 Aug – Medieval Festival
A celebration of York’s medieval history
24-27 October – Illuminating York
Annual light installation festival.
29 Nov – 2 Dec – St Nicholas Fayre
Busy Christmas fair throughout the city centre.
Will you be visiting York this year, what events are you looking forward to?