Beds, lanterns and a tipi bar – Dean’s Park looks very different this summer!

The entrance to the Sól Ást tipi bar when it was in Dean's Park in 2018. Photograph: Richard McDougall
4 Jul 2018 @ 1.15 pm
| Entertainment, Food & drink

York Minster’s back garden has never looked like this before.

Part of Dean’s Park has been converted into an outdoor chill zone, complete with cushion-bedecked platforms, lanterns and a tipi bar.

Heart of Yorkshire Festival
  • Wed Jul 4-Sun Sep 2
  • Dean’s Park, York Minster
  • More details

These are now in place for the first Heart Of Yorkshire Festival, organised by York Minster.

The event runs throughout the summmer and includes exhibitions, movies, events, workshops and activities for all ages.

There will be activities for children and grown-ups, an outdoor cinema, and a stone carving festival.

Outdoor bar and barbie

The first part of the festival to open is the brand new tipi bar. Called Sól Ást (‘sun love’ in Old Norse), it is from the same people who bring us Thor’s Tipi at Christmas.

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An open air cinema and tipi bar will pop-up next to York Minster in new summer festival

Actually created with two linked canvas tipis, and adorned with greenery and lanterns, it is a unique venue.

A large outdoor garden comes with day beds and a terrace, offers visitors the chance to enjoy one of the most magnificent settings in the country with a drink in hand.

Its drinks menu features Pimm’s, local draft ale and the signature cocktail, the Minster Martini.

There’s also coffee from Coffee Culture, tea and summery soft drinks.

Food comes via a barbecue, and includes Yorkshire sausages and burgers made from locally sourced meat and vegetarian options.

From the menu
  • Pimms Summer Cup – £6
  • Mojito – £6.50
  • ‘Minster’ Martini – £6.50
  • Maris the Otter bitter – £4.50 pint
  • Freya’s Gold lager – £5 pint
  • Ultimate BBQ Burger – £6.50
  • Jumbo hot dog – £4.50
  • Grilled smokey chicken burger – £5
  • Smoked garlic mushroom burger – £5
  • Greek salad – £5
Lie back and think of York
The tipi is there till September
This is how it looks inside

Thrilling location

Wonder if the archbish will drop in?

Co-founder of Thor’s Bars Ltd Amanda Monaghan said it was their first summer bar – and they were thrilled to open it in such an iconic location. She said:

Our summer theme offers the perfect setting to enjoy the sunshine with a terrace, large garden and an amazing summer drinks menu carefully designed to ensure there is something for everyone.

With street food dining, alfresco drinking, day beds and summer tunes, SOL AST tipi bar at the Minster is the sunny and summery place to be in York.

Lanterns add colour to the park
How about a spiffing glass of Pimm’s?
Or a G&T…