Your complete guide to the York Festival Of Angels 2013
As we hurtle inexorably through advent with all its festivity planning panics, spending headaches and last minute workplace duties, one city centre event offers us the chance to slow down for a moment and appreciate some otherworldly beauty in the familiar streets of The Quarter.
The Festival Of Angels was launched in 1999, and has been bringing a touch of icy magic to the heart of York on a yearly basis ever since. For a generation of locals, it’s every bit as synonymous with the city as the smell of nascent KitKats and regular flooding.
When: Saturday, December 14 to Sunday, December 15 2013, from 11am, closing at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.
Where: The Quarter (Minster Quarter, Low Petergate, Stonegate, St Helen’s Square, King’s Square, Back Swinegate and Davygate)
Suitable for: All ages
What is The Festival of Angels?
The Festival of Angels is a free event which celebrates the coming of Christmas and the culmination of a year’s trade with an often beautiful array of ice sculptures, arranged in a trail leading through the Minster Quarter, Low Petergate, Stonegate, St Helen’s Square, King’s Square, Back Swinegate and Davygate.
Ice sculptures, you say?
The ice sculptures on show at The Festival of Angels are always worth seeing and at times breath-taking. The sculptures displayed over the years have ranged from massive hits like the 9ft angel which towered over Grape Lane in 2001 to naff misses like last year’s profoundly uninspiring York 800 logo sculpture.
For the first time the festival will feature an ice bust of panto dame Berwick Kaler who will be appearing in his 35th pantomime at York Theatre Royal. Warriors from the Jorvik Viking Centre will be creating a Nordic winter scene on Davygate with Thor’s hammer enshrined in ice.
Much of the work is created by the talented sculptor at Glacial Art. Expect to see a pleasing array of seasonal subjects along with a few wild cards – plenty of pleasing scenes and excellent craftsmanship to appeal to young and old alike.
Anything else on offer?
This year’s Festival of Angels promises food and drink stalls, street entertainment and a dusting of ‘snow’ falling from the shop windows lining the streets, ensuring a festive feel and plenty to do once visitors have seen all the sculptures on offer.
The festival is organised jointly by City of York Council and local traders, who would undoubtedly recommend the event as a perfect opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and do some Christmas shopping in the city centre.
Booked rail tickets in advance with close friend . Lost my mam in August with 2nd cancer in which she loved to go to this festival every year. I decideded to carry on her wishes to go and my friend kindly said she would join me . Really
Disappointed that this has been cancelled .
just read that the York Festival of Angels 2014 has now been cancelled this is a shame was looking forwood to attending this year
Unfortunately that is true Carol: Cancelled: York Festival Of Angels scuppered by lack of cash.
Very disappointing news.
Have you been given the dates yet for the Festival of Angels
We’ve finally tracked them down Rachael: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
dates please for the festival of angels .
Hi Catherine. See here: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Any update on the date for this years Angel festival, please?
Not yet Kathleen: we are asking. Will try to nail this ASAP.
Belatedly, yes Kathleen. See here: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Hi please could you tell me when the ice angels weekend is in Dec 2014 ?
We are trying to find out Paul: will post as soon as we have confirmation.
Hello again Paul. We have an update: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Hello, are the events and displays on the Saturday any different from what goes on, on the Sunday? Thanks.
Hi Charlotte. We’re unsure as to what is happening at the York Festival of Angels 2014: we’re seeking an update though and will post details when we get them.
No details about the events yet Charlotte, but here’s the latest: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Can you tell me please when the angel and ice sculpting weekend is on in 2014 thanks
Hi John. We’ve got a query lodged with York council about this, and will be posting an update as soon as we hear.
Hello again John. Here’s the latest: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
can someone please advise me when there is a date confirmed for the festival of Angel in york this year ! would love to take my parents in law there ! so beautiful !
Many thanks in advance
Hi Viviane. We have contacted both Visit York and the city council and are waiting to hear back. We’ll let you know when we do.
Hi again Viviane. We now have more info: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Hi There do you know when this years festival of angels will be ? many thanks debbi ward
Hi Debbi. You’re not the only reader to ask this question. We have been in touch with the council and they have promised to come back with the answer and when they do we’ll pass it straight on.
Hi again Debbi. We’ve finally got this sorted: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
please could it be possible to find out for definite dates for the weekend in December of festival angel for 2014 thanks tricia
Hi Tricia, unfortunately the dates have not yet been set for the Festival of Angels 2014. We will publish this information as soon as we receive it.
Hi again Tricia. We now have the 2014 dates: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed
Please could you confirm when the York angel festival is in 2014
We’ve just checked on the York Festivals site and Visit York and this year’s Festival Of Angels is not listed, so it doesn’t look as though a date has been set.
Judging by the dates of the last two festivals (Sat Dec 15-Sun Dec 16, 2012 and Sat Dec 14-Sun Dec 15, 2013) the most likely weekend would be Sat Dec 13-Sun Dec 14, 2014. But that is only a guess – it’s not confirmed at this stage.
Hi Samantha. We now have the dates: York Festival Of Angels 2014: Dates now confirmed