Monty Python madness and stories by candlelight: Museums At Night in York

Medieval Monty… A scene from the comedy favourite Monty Python And The Holy Grail
11 May 2016 @ 9.25 am
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Usually quiet and empty at night, dozens of Yorkshire museums will spring back to life after dark this month.

Organised by publisher Culture 24, Museums At Night sees British museums, galleries and heritage sites throw open their doors after hours to showcase their treasures in unexpected ways.

It runs from May 11-14 2016, and here’s what you can explore nearby…

Events in York

Medieval Monty Python

Barley Hall, 2 Coffee Yard, York

Fri May 13 @ 6.30pm


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To celebrate the highly momentous 41st anniversary of this classic comedy film, Monty Python And The Holy Grail will be screened at Barley Hall.

Watch the Arthurian legend in the authentically medieval setting of the 14th century town house off Stonegate.

Join the King of the Britons, his servant Patsy and Sir Lancelot the Brave on their quest for the Holy Grail, with a three-headed giant and a killer rabbit for good measure.

King Arthur: Who are you who can summon fire without flint or tinder?

Tim: There are some who call me… Tim.

Fairfax House After Dark

Fairfax by a flickering flame…
Fairfax by a flickering flame…

Fairfax House, Castlegate, York

Sat May 14 & Sun May 15 @ 7.30pm

Adults £14, children £7

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Fairfax House opens its doors during the shadowy recesses of the late evening for a “highly unusual and illuminating candlelit performance” by the mansion’s former inhabitants.

Participants will enjoy a trip into 18th century life as they are guided through the chambers of the house by Lord Fairfax himself.

Further afield

Turner Prize winner at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Fri May 13 @ 7pm


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Take an evening trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) to explore the impact of colonialism on African heritage with Duncan Campbell’s Turner Prize winning film It For Others.

The film coincides with the visit of celebrated South African artist Willem Bishoff to YSP.

YSP are hosting a twilight lake walk and the opportunity to peer through James Turrell’s tranquil Deer Shelter Skyspace on the same night.

Ripon Ghost Walk

Cabman’s Shelter, Ripon Market Square

Fri May 13 @ 7.30pm


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Ripon Museums has teamed up with the Ripon Ghost Walk to offer the opportunity to explore the darker side of the city’s history.

Be judged at the Courthouse, punished at the Prison and Police museum, and terrified at the Workhouse.

Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter on Ripon Market Square, where the walk will finish in time to see the city’s Hornblower blow his horn at 9pm.

Archives At Dusk

North Yorkshire County Record Office, Malpas Road, Northallerton

Thu May 12 @ 6pm


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Archivists at the North Yorkshire County Record Office open up their vaults for their sixth annual Museums At Night event.

The theme this year is historic homes and gardens. From castles to cottages, they’ll be searching through plans, photos and maps of North Yorkshire homes to inspire and delight.