It’s the second ever York Wallks Festival this weekend, and there’s loads planned – most of it free!
The festival gives you a chance to explore usually closed towers, take part in family activities and learn more about the history of the walls on guided walks.
Here’s the lowdown of what it is and what’s happening when.
Questions and answers
What’s on when
Open 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday
Explore the 500 year old watchtower, normally closed to the public. There will be be a display about the archaeological dig of the underfloor of Fishergate Postern Tower undertaken last December, and Fox Lane Books will also have a stall with titles for all ages (including Horrible Histories).
Open 11am – 6pm Saturday and 11am – 4pm Sunday
On the Saturday, “Barbecue Plus” is planned from 3pm – 6pm, where locals and visitors will be able to sample some dishes prepared by those living nearby. The Lord Mayor will be attending from 3.30pm.
Original music and performance art takes place on the Sunday between 5.30pm-6.15pm. Tickets are free but must be reserved by Eventbrite.
‘Red Brick York’ walk
Leaves King’s Manor at 2pm on Saturday
Led by Red Tower volunteer Ian Tempest this will take about 90 minutes to reach the Red Tower.
Festival Family Fun Tour
Starts in front of York Explore, Saturday and Sunday, at 10am and noon
This tour has been specially created for the festival by Gavin Sullivan. You can book it via the GoodOrganisaion website.
Morris Dancing – Between Fishergate Postern Tower and Walmgate Bar
Sunday at Walmgate Bar 12-12.30pm, and Fishergate Bar 1.30-2pm
There will be Morris Dancing on the Walls between Walmgate Bar and Fishergate Postern Tower.
Make a Tile Workshop, York Explore
Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 11am-2pm Sunday
Suitable for ages 8 – 12. Come and create a tile at the library, inspired by a story linked to York’s Walls. No need to book.
Found Fiction, York Explore
Saturday: 9am – 4pm, Sunday 11am – 3.30pm
Visit the Found Fiction Writing Desk and add to a short story one line at a time. Can you help co-write a masterpiece? There’s also an incomplete sentence on the wall on York Explore’s library lawn. Finish it your way by filling in the blanks.
The River Foss Society – Foss Islands Road
Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am – 4pm
The society will provide information about the river and its past, demonstrate how to carry out water tests of the river and stage activities for children such as Foss invertebrates “wee beasties” to be examined and identified using magnifiers.