York Balloon Fiesta 2019

Friday 27 September 3pm-9.30pm
Saturday 28 September 7am-10.30pm
Sunday 29 September 7am-6.30pm

York Balloon Fiesta is a FREE entry event held on York Knavesmire over 3 days.

The event includes over 50 hot air balloons over the weekend performing mass launches, night glows and tethered displays.

There is also stage entertainment, large funfair, arena entertainment and on the Saturday evening a Laser and Firework display.


Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival

Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival

As the seasons begin to change and we slip slowly from the heat and hustle of summer to the cool, golden light of autumn, come and join us as we put on a spectacular celebration of the Harvest and rural life.

With a nod to the traditional Feast of Michaelmas, which marks the beginning of Autumn and the shortening of days, and which is the festival upon which today’s “Harvest” Festival is based, our Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival is a great day out for all the family and a seasonal feast for all the senses.

Experience stunning floral installations throughout the House that reflect the autumn landscape and the bounty of the harvest using seasonal flowers and produce. Designed by the team behind our extraordinary Christmas displays, Charlotte Lloyd Webber and her artistic designers, as well as local Yorkshire artists and crafters, expect a creative and lavish spectacle that showcases everything Autumn has to offer. Look out for a stunning centrepiece in the Octagon; a Michaelmas dragon breathing flames of wheat. Made by the team behind the incredible 5 Gold Rings we displayed last Christmas, Figurehead Studios will create this mesmerizing showstopper especially for Castle Howard.

After exploring the House, join us outside as we put on a true harvest experience including:

Displays of vintage tractors and farm machinery

A trail of beautiful willow sculptures from Dragon Willow

Traditional harvest games including apple bobbing, pumpkin bowling and other garden games

Tours of the Castle Howard orchard

Find out about Yorkshire’s incredible wildlife with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust at their charity stall

Be introduced to our prickly residents, hedgehogs, with charity Hoggies Respite and learn what everyone can do to lend hedgehogs a helping hand.

Learn about fruit growing with the Northern Fruit Group and get tips on how to make your own delicious cider at home.

Take a Fungi Foray around the Grounds with our mushroom mastermind Malcom Greaves who will help us discover the importance of fungi and answer that all important question, ‘can we eat it?’

Discover our heritage hedgerows and their botanical secrets on a guided tour with Sloemotion, local makers of hedgerow drinks and delights, and then try their hedgerow gin.

Sign up to a workshop with willow artist Anna & The Willow to create your own willow sculptures

Treat yourself to harvest themed menus and culinary treats across our restaurants and cafes and shop our local produce in the Farm Shop

Visit our friends from The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust & Wild Yorkshire Honey who will be joining us throughout the weekend.

We hope you can join us for this glorious gathering and help us celebrate the seasons in style.

Antique Home & Vintage Fair

Antique Home & Vintage Fair

Visit us for a wide choice of antique and vintage items, home décor inspiration, collectables and curios. With around 100 specialist dealers there’s something for everyone, for all homes and all budgets.

We are more than just a simple marketplace. You’ll find a friendly and vibrant atmosphere, free parking , a proper restaurant, toilets with baby changing, superb disabled access and cash machines onsite too.

We’re family run and family friendly. We’ve been brought up on a diet of Antique Fairs and Flea Markets and we think they’re a great way to bring history to life. We offer free entry to anyone under 16 years, and we always try to provide something entertaining for our younger visitors to enjoy.

So, whether you’re buying or browsing, looking for specialist advice, or just wanting a great day out…

All are welcome at our next Antique Home & Vintage Fair.

The York National Book Fair

The largest, friendliest, rare, antiquarian and out-of-print book fair in the U.K. Held over two days, with over 220 of the country’s leading booksellers, expect a breath-taking selection of books, as well as maps & prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds.

Also look forward to a range of trade stands selling exquisite marbled papers and binding materials who will be exhibiting alongside providers of services to the book trade including software providers and packaging material suppliers.

Throughout the two-day event, also keep an eye out for the specially commission book-themed art installation from mobile artist, Lu Mason. Winner of “best in show” at York’s Art& Fair in 2018, Lu’s inspired work will be based on John James Audubon’s huge illustrated book “Birds of America.”

A free shuttle bus will operate between York Railway Station and the Book Fair.

Lunches and light refreshments will also be available throughout the fair’s opening hours.

Opening Hours are:

Friday 13 September, 12 – 7pm

Saturday 14 September, 10am – 5pm

Heritage Open Days Festival

Heritage Open Days Festival

Each September thousands of volunteers across the country invite you to experience local history, architecture and culture. All for free.

This year’s festival will run 13-22 September. What will you discover?!

All Saint’s Church, Holme on Spalding Moor
Market Weighton Road, Holme on Spalding Moor, YORK, North Yorkshire, YO43 4ED

This medieval church will be open for visitors to look round. You will be able to climb the tower to look at the Saxon carving and see the magnificent views of the Vale of York (including York Minster on a clear day).
Sunday 15 September: 14.00 – 16.00

All Saints’ Church Heritage Weekend
All Saints’ Church, Kirby Hill, Church Lane, Boroughbridge, York, North Yorkshire, YO51 9DX

Visitors can visit our beautiful, ancient (pre-Conquest foundation) church and look around, accompanied by one of the church members on duty or unaccompanied. Refreshments (tea/coffee and biscuits) available to visitors
Saturday 14 September: 1000 – 1630
Sunday 15 September: 1200 – 1630

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens
Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, Y030 1DD

Explore the evolving gardens and watch the harvest grow. Take a seat under the new Pergola, designed by Andy Sturgeon. Head into the hall to see this year’s exhibition: Yorkshire! Achievement, Grit and Controversy.
Friday 20 September: 1030-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1030-1700

Castle Howard – Howard Family Mausoleum Tour
Castle Howard Estate Ltd, Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7DA

Discover breath taking landscapes and awe-inspiring architecture, with a rare chance to visit the spectacular Castle Howard Mausoleum. Journey through an 18th-century landscape where art and nature’s beauty combine to create a place like no other.
Pre-booking required
Saturday 14 September: Tour departs 10.30 – FULLY BOOKED
Monday 16 September: Tour departs 10.30
Friday 20 September: Tour departs 10.30 – FULLY BOOKED

Celebration of Glen allotments, Glen park and Mosaic garden in York
Glen Park, East Parade, Heworth, York, North Yorkshire, Yo31 7yb

A guided walk around Glen Allotment site celebrating over a 100 years of continual use, followed by nearby walk around park and Mosaic garden with volunteer gardeners and tea and cake in the park at our kiosk.
Saturday 21 September: 13.00 – 16.00

Fishergate Postern Tower
Friends of York Walls, Fishergate Postern Tower, Piccadilly, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9AF

Look round this largely unmodernised 500 year old tower with volunteers to help. You can climb the narrow spiral staircase to the rooms on 3 floors with a garderobe, mullioned windows, timber roof, battlements, look-out tower and mason’s marks.
Saturday 14 September: 10:00-16:00
Sunday 15 September: 10:00-16:00

From Past to Present at the King’s Manor
University of York, The Kings Manor, Exhibition Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7EP

Come and discover the hidden histories of The King’s Manor, a medieval building at the heart of York. Discover the building with our expert guides and find out about some our latest discoveries.
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1500

Goddards House and Garden
Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York, North Yorkshire, YO24 1GG

A warm Arts and Crafts house full of memories, Goddards is the former home of the Terry family, where you can sit down in the drawing room with a sherry, play tennis on the court in the garden or make a chocolate box in the factory room.
Friday 13 September: 1030-1700
Friday 20 September: 1030-1700

Howsham Mill
Howsham Hall Road, Howsham, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 7PA

Come and meet some of the pioneers of the Howsham Mill restoration project. Discover just what ‘people power’ has achieved in restoring this 18th century water mill back to its former glory.
Sunday 15 September: 10.30am to 5pm

Kilnwick Percy Hall: Buddhist Meditation Centre
Madhyamaka K M C, Kilnwick Percy Hall, Kilnwick Percy, York, North Yorkshire, YO42 1UF

Grade 2* listed Georgian mansion now home to Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre, a centre of meditation & modern Buddhism, set within nearly 50 acres of beautiful gardens and woodlands, with cafe and gift shop.
Saturday 14 September: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 15 September: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Nunnington Hall
Nunnington, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5UY

Picturesque Yorkshire manor house with organic garden and exciting exhibitions
Friday 20 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700

Rievaulx Terrace
Rievaulx Terrace & Temples, Mossy Bank Wood, Rievaulx, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5LJ

One of Yorkshire’s finest 18th-century landscape gardens, containing two temples
Friday 20 September: 1000-1700
Saturday 21 September: 1000-1700

Ryedale Folk Museum
Ryedale Folk Museum, Hutton-le-Hole, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 6UA

Nestled in the beautiful moorland village of Hutton-le-Hole, the Ryedale Folk Museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the history and heritage of the North York Moors. See our historic buildings, discover our collections and meet our animals.
Saturday 21 September: 1000 – 1700

St Lawrence Churchyard
St Lawrence Church, York, North Yorkshire, YO10 3BW

St Lawrence Church York will be open to visitors and in the Churchyard Old St Lawrence Tower will be open to see inside – guided tours of the Churchyard will be available and inside the Church a display on the planned St Lawrence Churchyard project.
Saturday 14 September: Open 10:00 – 14:00. Also ten minute tours at 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:30, 13:00 and 13:30.

Treasurer’s House
Treasurers House, Minster Yard, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JL

Treasurer’s House was the first house to be donated with it’s full collection to the Trust in 1930. Wander through a house of contradictions and marvel at the award winning garden with breathtaking views. Free Ghost cellar and Attic tours available.
Saturday 14 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Sunday 15 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Saturday 21 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)
Sunday 22 September: 1100-1630 (Last entry 1600)

York Glaziers Trust studio tour
York Minster Stoneyard, Deangate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 7JB

Go behind the scenes at York Glaziers Trust, Britain’s oldest and largest specialist stained glass conservation studio and learn about its work to conserve York Minster’s medieval windows.
Pre-booking required
Friday 20 September:
York Glaziers Trust Studios tours: 9.15am, 10.30am, 11.45am and 1.30pm
South Quire Aisle scaffolding tours: 9.15am, 10.15am, 11.15am and 12.15pm
York Minster Stoneyard’s Plaster Cast Museum and Drawing Office with Master Mason John David: 9.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am

Allied Air Forces Memorial Day

Allied Air Forces Memorial Day

The 2019 Allied Air Forces Memorial Day will also mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. A truly international event, we celebrate the unique relationship and cooperation that Allied Air Forces have established throughout military conflicts across the years, leading to the representation of many nations at this significant national memorial event, which grows in size and stature each year.

The event will feature a major Parade, led by the Yorkshire Military Marching Band, and comprising of members of various Service organisations, current serving personnel and Air Training Corps cadets. The Parade will lead to the Drumhead Service in the Main display hangar, set against the stunning backdrop of our famous Halifax bomber, “Friday the 13th”, followed by the poignant finale of the ‘Sunset’ Ceremony and Lowering of the RAF Ensign and the March Past with Salute taken by the senior attending dignitaries. So, we look forward to an exciting, colourful and memorable occasion once again.

Festival of Cycling

City of York Council’s annual Festival of Cycling returns to Rowntree Park on Sunday 1 September, with a wide variety of fun, pedal-powered activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be bikes and trikes of all shapes and sizes for people to have a go on, including adapted bikes, balance bikes and tandems; breath-taking BMX stunts from the Savage Skills display team; free travel planning advice from the council’s iTravel team; an opportunity for people to sign up to TryBike, a new scheme that enables anyone interested in giving cycling a try to borrow a bike free of charge for three weeks; and lots more besides.

Councillor Andy D’Agorne, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Transport, said: “The Festival of Cycling is a fun, free family day out that gives residents and visitors to the city the opportunity to find out about the travel and health benefits of cycling.

“Rowntree Park is a wonderful setting and there will be activities for people of all ages and levels of cycling ability to enjoy, as well as plenty of opportunity to access advice and information about cycling and other forms of sustainable transport. Do come along and join us!”

The event will be open from 10am to 4pm, and there will be plenty to see and do throughout the day.