Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

As winter approaches, York has a full line up of events throughout November. We look at the best events over the coming month.

York Stage Musicals return to the theatre with a new production of the Andrew Lloyd-Webber classic.

York Stage celebrates the 50th anniversary of the show and have brought together 50 of the city’s youngest shining stars to tell the tale of a dreamer like you.

The musical features songs such as Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and Go Go Go Joseph this show promises to bring you all of the energy, excitement and quality York Stage have their unrivalled reputation. Get your tickets to avoid missing out on this amazing show!

Santa Fun Run

Get Christmas going with the Wilberforce Trust Santa Fun Run, a fun filled race, which is raising money towards a new purpose built Sensory Room for babies, children and adults with sensory loss which will be situated in the new Living and Learning Zone near York College.

On the 1st December 2018 at 12pm there will be a warm up session with an exercise teacher from 11.45.
The run is taking place at the Knavesmire in York along a 3.2km route. Starting at the green pin, the runners follow the service road anti-clockwise for one complete lap. Once back at the start point, runners continue anti-clockwise for just over half a lap to finish at the red pin.

Costs are £12 for adults and £5 for children, the cost includes race fees, card charges and admin. Each participant will receive a Santa suit, a running number and a medal when you finish the race!

Christmas GIn Tasting

In the run up to Christmas enjoy an evening sampling some of the delicious tipples the York Gin Company has to offer all in the opulent surroundings of medieval Barley Hall.

On the 1st December from 7pm to 9pm, you can taste a variety gins to get you in the festive mood; including York Gin’s signature recipe, with notes of black pepper and cardamom as well as Barley Hall’s Magic & Mystery infusion, which takes inspiration from the herbs, spices and fruits that were employed in medieval charms and potions.

At the end of the sampling, there will be an opportunity to purchase the perfect gift for your family and friends, or even treat yourself to your favourite gin!
Tickets are £25 and available from the Barley Hall website.

This September, food lovers from across the country will descend on the city of York to sample a range of culinary delights at the annual Food and Drink Festival.

From the 21st to the 30th September the festival will run events across the city.

The festival will include food and wine tasting, talks, cookery demonstrations and hands-on workshops in some of the finest buildings in the city.

In addition for this year there is the Food Factory. The Food Factory provides a great experience for families where you will learn to make pasta, ice-cream, bread and butter. You can even finish off at the York Cocoa Works for a chocolate activity!

The festival is also featuring “taste workshops” that provide a great opportunity to learn about local produce from the people who make it! In the taste workshops you will be able to see the production of chocolate from bean to bar at the Cocoa Works. There is also the opportunity to learn more about the production of coffee, beers, cheese and bread in the local area.

There are an additional number of mini events running throughout the festival.

The Festival Wine Fair on the 28th September will be hosted at the DoubleTree Hilton hotel. Both independent suppliers and supermarkets will have an array of wines on offer to sample and buy.

If wine pairings are more your thing then why not head along to a tasting with Hugh Crichton. Hugh is the Vidal Estate Winemaker. This event takes place on the 18th September between 7pm and 9pm at the Pairings Wine Bar. Tickets are just £25 for this great event.

For pizza lovers why not head down to Jamie’s Italian on the 21st September at 3pm for a pizza masterclass? In this session you’ll learn how to Jamie’s famous sourdough pizza for just £11.50 per ticket.

Whatever you decide to do, we have a range of properties available to stay and relax after a hard day of eating and drinking!

The Micklegate Run soapbox challenge was such a huge success last year and this year promises to be no different. It is being held on Monday 27th August and entries are being accepted into this fun and exciting race.
There are 7 different race categories including “most innovative design of a cart” and “joker of the day”. 50 soapboxes of all shapes and sizes will be raced for a good cause. Come and see the races at Micklegate on the day or even enter your own team!

A slightly different sporting challenge is the Run for All York 10k being held on the 5th August. Starting at the Knavesmire, the runners will work their way around the ancient streets of the city. If you haven’t yet entered you can visit the race office on the Saturday before or on the day of the race to register. The Race Office is open on Saturday between 12:00pm and 3:00pm or Sunday from 7:30am.

If you’d prefer something that gets your heart racing in a different way why not try the Ghost Cruise on the Ouse with the York Dungeon?

Partnering with City Cruises York, the York Dungeon and their amazing actors, celebrate the ghosts of York on the Ghost Cruise on the Ouse.

Join the infamous Yorkshire prophetess Old Mother Shipton and Roman soothsayer Tiberius Fabius Bibulus as they take you back into York’s dark past, and regale you with some of York’s most infamous ghost stories. As you sail down the river, things will take a ghostly turn as you learn about 11 of the city’s spectral sightings on this excellent tour through Europe’s most haunted City!

The tours run on Friday and Saturday between the 3rd and 25th August starting at 6pm.

If you’d like to stay with the magical then Barley Hall is offering a series of magical crafting sessions.

Each weekend they will be offering a different crafting activity, all exploring different aspects of magic and superstition in the medieval period.

Crafts on offer will include:
• Charm making
• Wand making
• Telescope Construction

Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to make your stay relaxing with one of our amazing serviced properties!

Yorkshire’s Jurassic World is a recently opened attraction at the Yorkshire Museum in York.

The exhibition journeys back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover its giant inhabitants and the changing worlds they roamed in this major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum.

The exhibition allows you to experience each Jurassic world as the massive creatures and their surroundings are brought to life using the latest research and innovative technology.

Examine the smallest details of an ichthyosaur as its flesh and skin are superimposed over its preserved skeleton; serve a sauropod dinosaur its supper as our VR headset reincarnates the oldest sauropod remains ever found in the UK; tremble at a terrifying Megalosaur tooth as you stand amid its hunting habitat, and much more.

The exhibition is separated out into 4 separate areas, each detailing the various environments the dinosaurs in habited.


This area contains a life size plesiosaur and a dig zone where you can hunt for fossils. In here, you can look at the history of the Earth, putting the Jurassic Period into context. This section also introduces the ideas and discoveries that form the basis for much of what we know today about this period.

Coral Seas

Visitors are immersed in a tropical world of shallow waters alive with coral, fish, starfish and other sea life. CGI technology and LED lighting are used to give the impression of being surrounded by the scenes. Visitors can also make rubbings of the replica fossils.

Deep Oceans

This gallery submerges visitors down into the depths of the Jurassic oceans Augmented Reality brings the fossils here to life. iPads are available to pick up and see the huge ichthyosaur and two plesiosaurs depicted at full size with realistic skin tones.

Dinosaur Country

Finally, enter Dinosaur Country surrounded by trees, plants and dinosaurs. CGI dinosaurs are seen scampering across the fossilised muddy flats which contain real dinosaur footprints. A full size Megalosaur is shown on the wall with fossils showing the size and ferocity of her teeth and claws.

In the middle of the room will be Alan – proof that some of the largest dinosaurs that roamed the earth once lived in what we now call Yorkshire. Alan was named after the finder of a huge vertebra from the oldest true sauropod dinosaur ever found in the UK.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm daily is situated in Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR

To see this and the rest of the sights in York, why not booking into our serviced accommodation and explore the city at your leisure?

Visit York Minster Northern Lights

See York Minster in a new way when the cathedral opens its doors after hours for Northern Lights, light projection and sound installation which will bring to life the Minster’s Nave.

Artists from The Projection Studio have designed the piece, taking inspiration from the Minster’s stained glass and architecture. The Projection Studio have won two Guinness World Records for their work

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Minster at dusk, with its cavernous Nave completely cleared of chairs and filled with music from the cathedral’s organ, before the light and sound installation starts at 9.30pm.

Projection artist Ross Ashton and sound artist Karen Monid have designed the piece to be an immersive experience, using the roof of the Nave and Great West Window – which features the famous Heart of Yorkshire – as a backdrop for the breath-taking light projection. Visitors will be surrounded by music and sound effects as part of the experience, including music recorded by the York Minster Choir.

Doors open at 8pm with last admission at 9pm. The Northern Lights installation will show from 9.30pm with the event finishing at approximately 10pm.

Also making an appearance this summer until September 2nd is Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre at Clifford Tower.
Over 400 years ago, the first audiences for Shakespeare’s plays enjoyed an experience that was as intimate as it was exciting, crowded in right next to those on stage and the action, in a small theatre in the bustling city of London.

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre provides an experience that will be every bit as exciting, intimate and immersive. This will be a dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of the historic city of York.
Inspired by the famous London Rose Playhouse built in 1587 (12 years prior to The Globe), the theatre will combine state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber with the historic 13-sided design of a 16th century Shakespearean theatre. It will house an audience of 950, with 600 seated on three tiered balconies around an open-roofed courtyard, and standing room for 350 ‘groundlings’.
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will sit within a Shakespearean village showcasing the best of Yorkshire’s food and drink, with free wagon performances and other forms of Elizabethan entertainment vying for attention.

York Races Season Kicks Off

York Races kicks off this week with the Dante Festival that is being held on the 16th, 17th and 18th May.
Follow the latest news regarding the favourites by heading over to the York Racecourse website here:

York Racecourse has a range of tickets that allow access to each of the different stands and other areas. The County Stand tickets allow you access to this premier enclosure. It also includes entry to the Grandstand, Paddock and Course Enclosure. These are great tickets that allow you to mingle in the champagne area and really soak up everything that the races have to offer.

The Grandstand tickets give you access to the paddock and is great being able to get close to the action trackside. There are plenty of quality food on the go options and a multiple bars.

Finally, the course enclosure provides a grassy area that is great for picnics with the family. Children under the age of 18 are admitted for free to this area.

If you are going into the County Stand or Grandstand that are certain dress rules that apply. A jacket, collared shirt and tie are mandatory. However, if you have arrived without the correct attire, the racecourse helpfully hire these out on the day!

York Racecourse can be accessed via shuttlebus (number 197) from the railway station making it easy to get here from the city centre. Fares are just £3 return. For those wanting to walk it, allow about 30 minutes from the city centre.

For those wanting to stay over in York we have a range of properties available within easy reach of the racecourse. Check out our property availability on our website homepage but be quick as availability goes fast!

What’s on in York? Check Out the Following Events

York has long been known for its hospitality. From delectable cuisines to astounding attractions, the city has everything to offer to its guests in the most welcoming manner.

Known as the “chocolate city”, York has a very sweet history and we mean it literally. Famous chocolate brands such as KitKat, Smarties, Aero, Chocolate Orange and All Gold were all made here. These brands have an unbreakable bond with the social and the economic development of the city.

However, this is not the only reason to pack your bags and head towards the city, if you are an avid traveler who is always looking for new events, this city has a lot in store for you.

Let’s dig deeper.

healing festivals

Of course, after a journey of a few hours to York, the first thing to do is indulge in a never-ending spree of self-relaxation and healing. What could be a better way of doing this than joining a festival that is solely related to healing, health, and self-improvement? This is exactly what the upcoming health and healing festivals are meant for and you’re in luck because the event will be held next month. Here are the details:


Date: 14 and 15, April

Venue: York Racecourse – Knavesmire Stand Y023 1EX


If there’s no music in our lives, there’s no life. While you could listen to music on your phones, the essence and the magic of live music speak only when you join an event. It is both an exhilarating experience and a once-in-a-lifetime chance for someone like you to settle for nothing less than the live music events that are to come. All of the events feature best of the talent of the city.


Upcoming events: Lendal’s Lounge, The Golden Lion, and The Lendal Cellars.

Dates: 28th March 2018; 28th March 2018; and 30th March 2018.


York Racecourse has a special place because of its award-winning manicured lawns, modern standards and grand buildings. The racecourse resounds with the cries of joys and jubilation as the 17 race days race towards culmination from May until October, every year.

Like the previous years, the racing event along with other events will also be conducted here in the York city. So, prepare yourself for the big events that are coming your way.

However, as those events are far away, meanwhile you can go to the York Model Railway Show held on Sat 31 March – Sun 1 April right at the racecourse. Also, on 8 April, you’d have the opportunity of joining the Bump & Baby Expo.

Well, these were some of the popular upcoming events that you can enjoy. However, if you don’t think they serve your purpose well, visit the following links. As for the self-catering accommodation in York, do not worry because we’ve got you covered.


Live Music Venues:

York Art Galleries:

York Residents Festival 2018 (see the July dates):

Other events to browse:

It was 15 December 2015 when Tim Peake along with Yuri Malenchenko, and Tim Kopra embarked on a mission to the International Space Station. Called the Principia, the mission lasted 6 months and after that on 18 June 2016, the astronauts were landed safely on the face of our mother Earth. The whole of the journey, months spent orbiting around the earth and experimenting, walking, and even running a marathon, the astronauts enjoyed their time and brought back stories to tell everyone they meet.

The credit of the success of Principia goes to the resilience and knowledge of the astronauts. However, at the same time the spacecraft—Soyuz TMA-19M— is also to be given some applause. It has seen our atmosphere, been attached to the ISS, and brought back astronauts safe to the earth while it scorched itself at a 1500-degree C.
The bruises and burns of the journey back to the planet are visible on the surface of the spacecraft. For any space lover, seeing these can be something of an exhilarating experience and why shouldn’t it be? Witnessing the sturdiness of the spacecraft right before the eyes is what everyone wishes for.

Spacecraft have not been as safe as Soyuz TMA-19M before. There has been accidents like the one that killed cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. He had been on the first Soyuz mission when it happened.

With the added security and resilience, spacecraft such as the one we are talking about should be presented to the public so that they can get an idea of how space ventures can be, if not experience them.

This is the true reason why after being exhibited at some other locations, Soyuz is finally being shown to the public at the National Railway Museum in York, North Yorkshire.

Just as the imprints of an ancient animal give us a peek into its structure and the era of its living, similarly the scars on the spacecraft on the display will tell you about the two-way journey from earth to ISS.
But that’s not all, you can have the honour of listening to the astronaut Tim Peake as he narrates the ups and downs of his journey through a space-age virtual reality experience. You can even bring your kids to the display and let them have an out-of-this-world experience.

With the virtual reality experience available, you can also have the opportunity to imagine your own space adventure at the Imagination Station in Station Hall.

This is an amazing live experience with the Soyuz TMA-19M and provide a 360 degree virtual tour of the journey narrated by Tim Peake.

Be informed that the closing date is 8 March. You can visit the exhibit from 10.00 to 17.00, and the entry is free; however, you’d have to pay for the VR experience.

We encourage you to spare some time and visit the museum even if you are from far away. Don’t worry about accommodation because we can take care of that for you. Our short stay property rentals are there to serve you for the time you spend in York, North Yorkshire.

In this article, we look at some of the things happening around and about in York early in 2018. This promises to be a mammoth year and we don’t need to wait until the summer months for things to start happening.

To start with, the classic Beauty and the Beast story enters it’s final week in early January at the Grand Opera House York. Don’t miss your last opportunity to see this fantastic story brought to the stage.

Also in January, Beningbrough Hall hosts the “Oh wide owl’ art trail. This event hosts an intriguing collection of original sculptures and artwork inspired by the magnificent owls of Britain.

Shrouded in mystery and folklore, the statuesque owl is both revered and feared, polarising beliefs. Inspiring fireside stories of shapeshifters and legend, symbolising protection and wisdom for some cultures, whilst an omen of darkness and witchcraft for others. Throughout the generations the owl’s enduring beauty and prowess has captured the imagination of storytellers and artists alike.

Beningbrough celebrates this nocturnal beauty with an outdoors art trail on open until 25 February 2018.
Heading into February the York Barbican plays host to ballet and sees the classic Swan Lake arrive. Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet is the acclaimed company behind this and now makes its debut at York Barbican. Their performances have an air of magic, complemented by a full orchestra and outstanding soloists who will take your breath away!

Singer songwriters Chas & Dave also come to the Grand Opera House with a range of their classic songs and new material too. Following on from the release of their brand-new album That’s What Happens on Warner Brothers Records which reached the top 20 and their headlining performance at The Royal Variety Show. Appearing on the 12th February your tickets can be secured directly from the box office.

Come and stay with us in 2018. See all our York properties and book now to explore the city of York and everything it has to offer.

York Viking Festival returns in 2018

Over 1000 years ago York was under Viking rule and during these times, great celebrations took place during February called ‘Jolablot.’ The festival signalled the coming of spring and the end of winter hardships.
These celebrations were long forgotten until the 1980s when the York Archaeological Trust brought this Norse tradition back to the city.

The York Viking Festival returns for its 34th year in February 2018. The event will be held from the 12th to the 18th February. The festival features different aspect of the Norse culture at events across the city.

The festival will include family friendly events, lectures, guided walks and re-enactments. You will be able to experience first-hand what life was like for the Vikings and what brought them to Britain in the first place.

Previous events have also introduced us to Viking challenges such as the Strongest Viking Competition. In this, we saw a number of rounds consisting of Holmgang combat, Dane axe holding, shield wrestling and even bragging!

Don’t forget that you can also visit the newly re-opened Jorvik Viking Centre which is from 10am to 4pm daily during February.
If you’re looking to come with family or friends don’t forget available accommodation will be scarce for such a popular events. View our properties and book with us now so that you can enjoy the festival at a relaxed pace!