Visitor attractions prepare for York Residents’ Festival

First business manager Will Pearson, left, helps senior house steward Garry Fearn with the spring cleaning at Fairfax House ahead of the Residents' Festival

First business manager Will Pearson, left, helps senior house steward Garry Fearn with the spring cleaning at Fairfax House ahead of the Residents' Festival

First published in News

DOZENS of York’s favourite visitor attractions will be opening their doors to residents for free this weekend.

The city’s Georgian gem, Fairfax House, is among the venues forming part of the 19th York Residents’ Festival, organised by Visit York and City of York Council as a thank you to the people of the city for the welcome they give to visitors.

The event will offer 60 free attractions and events – 15 of them new for this year – including the chance to see behind the scenes at some of York’s hidden treasures, tours and restaurant deals.

The festival’s main sponsor is bus operator First, whose York business manager Will Pearson was given a preview inside Fairfax House in the build-up to the event.

First will be offering a discounted FirstDay Group ticket for YorkCard holders, costing £5, this weekend.

Mr Pearson said: “We’re delighted to be the lead sponsor of the York Residents’ Festival and this partnership will enable us to engage more closely with the York community.”

Visit York’s head Kate McMullen said: “The 2014 Festival is set to offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy a holiday at home.”

As well as Fairfax House, other new additions include All Saints Church in North Street and Jacob’s Well, a medieval building originally home to the priests of Holy Trinity Priory.

More information is at visityork.org and from Visit York’s information centre in Museum Street.

YorkCards are needed to gain free admission to venues.

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4:22pm Tue 21 Jan 14

yorkie71 says...

Went to the York Explore Library yesterday ... it seems they are expecting the 'annual York card renewal queues' on Saturday ... so might be worth getting yours before the queues are long and the attractions are full
Went to the York Explore Library yesterday ... it seems they are expecting the 'annual York card renewal queues' on Saturday ... so might be worth getting yours before the queues are long and the attractions are full yorkie71
  • Score: 6

5:23pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Free attractions but £10 to park and a £60 Lendal Bridge fine.

Mixed messages?
Free attractions but £10 to park and a £60 Lendal Bridge fine. Mixed messages? Garrowby Turnoff
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11:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

madcatlady123 says...

York Cemetery's open on Sunday for free tours, genealogy, etc, you can just turn up and there's free parking! They have a good website if you want to know more.
York Cemetery's open on Sunday for free tours, genealogy, etc, you can just turn up and there's free parking! They have a good website if you want to know more. madcatlady123
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3:12am Wed 22 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

First will be offering a discounted FirstDay Group ticket for YorkCard holders, costing £5, this weekend.
Oh I'm sure that will get a lot of use, or perhaps not. It would have been far better if First had said "all YorkCard holders are entitled to a free journey into the city centre", as that benefits more people.

At least The Press have actually told us about the event just BEFORE it has happened, for once.
[quote]First will be offering a discounted FirstDay Group ticket for YorkCard holders, costing £5, this weekend. [/quote]Oh I'm sure that will get a lot of use, or perhaps not. It would have been far better if First had said "all YorkCard holders are entitled to a free journey into the city centre", as that benefits more people. At least The Press have actually told us about the event just BEFORE it has happened, for once. Magicman!
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