Published Monday, 6th August 2018

Community groups across York are working together to stage the first ever York Walls Festival, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August, 2018.

Volunteers from the Red Tower group and Friends of York Walls, supported by Explore York Library & Archives, Jorvik and City of York Council, are looking forward to celebrating and promoting this much-loved attraction. The launch event on the Friday evening, being held at York St. John University, will feature a talk by John Oxley, city archaeologist, and a visit from the Lord Mayor of York.

Saturday will see a host of guided walks, events and open days across the city centre, giving the public the chance to find out more about parts of the three-mile circuit they might not often visit. It’s a rare day that sees all the Towers on the walls open at the same time. For children there will be a York Walls Explorers Trail in which they can collect stamps as they make their way around the city. There will also be an opportunity for children to build the walls – and other city landmarks – out of Lego. Most events are free.

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One of the event's organisers, Martin Hetherington (Friends of York Walls) said:
“It’s great to be working with other local groups who are passionate about sharing the city’s heritage with the public. Plans are advancing for a York Walls Visitor Centre at Fishergate Postern Tower, and a display there will show progress to date. Our volunteers will be showing off highlights from the city’s archive photo collection too.”


Cllr Keith Aspden, executive member for Economic development and community engagement at City of York Council, said:
“Over a million people take a walk through 1,900 years of history on York’s city walls every year. They are a key symbol of the city and are valued by residents and visitors alike.

“Last year, the council announced an exciting five-year programme of investment to preserve and protect the medieval walls, which are renowned as being the finest and most complete walls in England. Some of this work is already complete – more recently at Micklegate Bar – and what better way to celebrate this then opening the walls up to a new festival.”

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