New attractions for York Residents Festival

Last year’s Residents Festival at the Yorkshire Museum when York College Stonemason tutor Paul Handley passed on some tips to Zetta and Margaux Butler.

Holgate Windmill

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A NUMBER of new venues – including Holgate Windmill and York’s new council HQ – have been added to the list of attractions taking part in the city’s annual Residents Festival later this month.

The festival, which offers discounted or free entry to visitor attractions and tours for city residents, takes place on Saturday and Sunday January 26 and 27.

It is intended as a “thank you” to the people of York from tourism bosses for the warm welcome they give to the city’s seven million annual visitors.

New attractions include a workshop and family concert at the National Centre for Early Music, off Walmgate, on the Saturday afternoon.

People will have a chance to join the centre’s Minster Minstrels recorder ensemble try out the more unusual recorders and then join in a performance of Through The Arches Of Time by Anthony Purnell. The workshop is open to all recorder players of Grade 1 standard and above.

People will have a chance to look around the newly refurbished and extended West Offices in Station Rise on Saturday and Sunday, prior to its opening as City of York Council offices in March.

The windmill in Windmill Rise, Holgate, built in 1770, is a fully restored and working windmill, where flour is produced and can be bought from The Mill Shop. The mill is open to the public on the Sunday from 11am to 4pm. Access is by steep ladders.

Some attractions taking part are outside the city. At Scarborough, people can get up close and personal with sea creatures including sharks, rays and turtles at the Sea Life Sanctuary at Scalby Mills on the Saturday and Sunday.

The Kirklees Light Railway at Clayton West, near Huddersfield, is also involved for the first time, offering a scenic railway journey from Clayton West to Shelley in the South Pennine foothills.

Pre-booking is required for some of the events, and residents need a YorkCard to gain admission at each venue, available from all of York’s public libraries.

For more information about the attractions involved in the festival, visit visityork.org/residentsfestival or pick up a leaflet from the Visit York Information Centre in Museum Street, York.

Some venues have limited tickets and operate on a first come, first served basis.

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10:08am Mon 7 Jan 13

sheps lad says...

Bikes may be left at PP's house by visitors to the windmill!
Bikes may be left at PP's house by visitors to the windmill! sheps lad
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3:24pm Mon 7 Jan 13

pedalling paul says...

The half mile long drive to PP Towers may suffice. Just leave room for me to get past in the Rolls.
The half mile long drive to PP Towers may suffice. Just leave room for me to get past in the Rolls. pedalling paul
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3:39pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Oncebitten says...

" Yorks new council HQ" well that's got to be top of my list, cuts to many services but please come and see our new shiny building........ummm
m maybe someone should have given that idea more than 2 seconds thought!
" Yorks new council HQ" well that's got to be top of my list, cuts to many services but please come and see our new shiny building........ummm m maybe someone should have given that idea more than 2 seconds thought! Oncebitten
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