Selby District Residents’ Festival – here’s what you must not miss
Fall in love with the Heart of Yorkshire as the Selby District Residents’ Festival returns for one weekend only on 1-2 April 2023.
The special weekend will be kick-started this year with a FREE celebration of local food and drink on Friday 31 March.
The ‘Get to Know Your Own Heart’ festival offers people in Selby District the chance to celebrate, discover and explore the many gems right here on their doorsteps. From magnificent historic houses and beautiful gardens to quirky tea shops, dog friendly pubs and fabulous walks, the district has it all.
Residents’ Festival offers
Eat Your Heart Out – A FREE celebration of local food and drink
A unique celebration of local food set in the magnificent surroundings of Selby Abbey on Friday 31 March 10am to 4pm. This FREE event promises to be a feast for the senses, compered by Yorkshire celebrity chef Stephanie Moon.
Watch live cookery demonstrations including from the Head Chef at the Drovers Arms in Skipwith and a Ready Steady Cook-off. Plus, there will be historical food-themed talks and the chance to chat to stallholders from a wide range of food and drink businesses.
10% off Sunday lunches at Henry’s Bar, Selby
Enjoy 10% off your Sunday lunch at Henry’s in Selby on Sunday 2 April only. Treat yourself to a fabulous Sunday lunch at Henry’s wine and cocktail bar and restaurant, based at Market Cross in Selby
Watch the planes take off at Sherburn Aero Club
Sherburn Aero Club will be open to the public throughout the Selby District Residents’ Festival weekend.
There is a large aircraft viewing platform, a great cafe and a small playground with sandpit. Visitors can come along and sit in the garden, watch the aircraft take off and enjoy a bite to eat.
Kids eat free, downstairs at River Mills Ballroom
Offer 1 – Kids eat FREE with a paying adult.
Offer 2 – FREE bottle of wine with every order of 2 platters.
Please note that these two offers cannot be used in conjunction with each other and are only valid on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April 2023.
10% off and FREE hot drinks with Little Skipwith Carriage Rides
Enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride around the private grounds of Escrick Park Estate. Your carriage awaits you on the outskirts of the park in Skipwith Village where you will be greeted by your driver and one of the carriage horses.
Free tomato plant with every purchase at Selby Garden Centre
Receive a FREE tomato plant with every purchase at Selby Garden Centre (whilst stocks last). Grow your own fresh tasty tomatoes and beat the supermarket shortages!
Kids eat FREE with every paying adult at Busy Vs Sweets and Treats
Kids eat FREE from the lunch menu with every paying adult.
Personal viewing of the Long Hall wedding venue, The Dovecote Barns
The Dovecote Barns welcomes you to have a personal viewing of the ‘Long Hall’ venue which can be hired for intimate weddings of up to 56 guests.
FREE Walking Tours – A Stroll Along Ousegate
FREE Walking Tours – A Stroll along Ousegate: Selby’s Street of Transport and Trade. Special walks for the Selby District Residents’ Festival lead by David Lewis.
FREE Walking Tours – A Stroll Along Gowthorpe
FREE Walking Tours – A Stroll Along Gowthorpe: The Street of Fools. Special walks for the Selby District Residents’ Festival lead by David Lewis.
Discounted Tower Tours at Selby Abbey
Discounted Tower Tours at Selby Abbey on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April – A rare opportunity to climb the staircase, see the bell chamber, bells, clock and the view from the top of the Abbey Tower (weather-permitting). Advance booking via Eventbrite is essential.
Special offers at Walkers Kitchen, Tadcaster
Enjoy a complementary drink with either of the Walkers Full or Smaller Breakfasts. Bring your kids along and they can also enjoy 50% off a Kids Meal Deal with every main adult meal. Alternatively pop in for a cuppa & cake deal for £4.95, or homemade sausage roll & drink deal for £5.95.
Visit a cottage at South Newlands Farm Cottages
Your chance to visit one of the disabled accessible cottages at South Newlands Farm Cottages and discover the facilities on offer.
Paint a Ceramic Heart at The Painting Pot
Paint your own ceramic hanging heart at The Painting Pot in Selby on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. A special discount applies for the Selby Residents’ Festival weekend.
Special Residents’ Festival Menu at Burro
Enjoy a special menu and offers at Burro Restaurant in Riccall on Saturday 1 April and Sunday 2 April.
Special Residents’ Festival Menu at The Castle Inn
Enjoy a special Selby Residents’ Festival menu on Saturday 1 April 2023 only at either lunch time or in the evening. Pre booking is required – please quote ‘Selby Residents’ Festival’ when making your booking.
FREE chocolate and distillery product sampling
A chance to sample Fairfax Distillery & Chocolatiers products and chat with the distiller and the chocolatier about the process of making award winning products.
20% off at Aagrah Restaurants
20% off your food bill on 1 and 2 April 2023 during the Selby Residents’ Festival.
The hand-picked award winning team of chefs balance time-honoured dishes with culinary innovation, offering authentic Kashmiri cuisine to discerning clientele.
Free pottery trial
Enjoy FREE 20-30 minute trials on the pottery wheel for kids and adults using air dried clay (whilst stocks last) on both Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. Take your creations straight home!
10 free child’s hand print tiles will be given away across the weekend and personalisation with names and dates is available for just £5.
3 course lunch for just £15pp
Enjoy a fantastic 3 course lunch for only £15pp from the special Selby Residents’ Festival menu between 12 and 2.30pm on Saturday 1 April. Pre booking is required – please quote “Selby Residents’ Festival” when making your booking.
FREE house visit for afternoon tea customers
Pre-book an afternoon tea in the Stables tearoom and come look around the house at Carlton Towers for FREE.
The house will be open between 1pm and 4pm for Selby District residents to enjoy either before or after your pre-booked afternoon tea.
The Afternoon tea consists of a selection of finger sandwiches, chefs choice of scone and an array of delicious cakes/sweet treats. All ingredients are locally sourced. The afternoon tea also includes a hot drink of your choice from the great selection in the tearoom.
Half-price entry into Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
Discover a hidden gem of a garden on your doorstep during the Selby District Residents’ Festival! Award winning Stillingfleet Lodge Garden is a quintessential English garden, that is organically managed and wildlife friendly.
Entry to the garden will be half price for Selby residents on Sunday 2 April from 10am to 12 noon. There will also be 10% discount on all purchases from the well-stocked plant nursery, which is full of unusual perennial plants, 90% of which are grown on site.