Thousands brave the weather to visit York Residents’ Festival attractions

Thousands brave the weather to visit York Residents’ Festival attractions

Twins Jacob and Josh meet The Jester at York Dungeon as part of the Residents’ Festival

Poppy Hargreaves, aged 12, tries her hand at stone carving with the guidance of Paul Handley, York College stonemasonry tutor, during a have-a-go session at the Yorkshire Museum

Ziad Sayed, aged seven, has a drink with Michael of York, alias Mick Breslin, at Barley Hall

First published in News

THOUSANDS of people braved spells of torrential rain to visit 60 free attractions and events in York during the weekend’s Residents’ Festival.

Hundreds took advantage of the first opportunity in living memory to visit the historic Red Tower, near the City Walls in Foss Islands Road, a Grade I listed building dating back to 1490.

Christopher Rainger, of the Friends of York Walls, which opened up the red brick tower to visitors, said that despite poor weather on Saturday, it had a very busy day, with more than 250 visitors.

“All said they were delighted to have the chance to look inside, and one man said he had waited 72 years to see it,” he said.

Mr Rainger said an exhibition organised by the Friends moved inside when rain started but there was sufficient light to see the pictures and read the text, thanks to VP Hire Station, who had provided a generator and lamps free of charge.

“VP Hire Station also provided a free elevated platform, so visitors could see the first-floor room and roof,” he said.

The Friends also opened up Fishergate Postern Tower, and more than 400 visitors climbed the spiral staircase on Saturday alone to see the rooms and an exhibition about Fishergate. On Saturday, about 200 people looked around City of York Council’s West Offices.

The annual residents’ festival was organised by tourism organisation Visit York in partnership with the council as its way of saying thank you to residents for the warm welcome most give to York’s 7,000,000 annual visitors. It was open to all residents with a valid YorkCard.

New additions to the festival in addition to the Red Tower included All Saints’ Church in North Street and Jacob’s Well, a medieval building originally home to the priests of Holy Trinity Priory.

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11:47am Mon 27 Jan 14

roskoboskovic says...

you would have to be very sad or very tight to go out in yesterdays weather to partake in the increasingly underwhelming free residents day.to see the queue outside the dungeon was somewhat saddening as the rain lashed down.the day is an insult by ycc to the residents of york and if people had any self respect they d boycott it.stillit is yorks favourite price.
you would have to be very sad or very tight to go out in yesterdays weather to partake in the increasingly underwhelming free residents day.to see the queue outside the dungeon was somewhat saddening as the rain lashed down.the day is an insult by ycc to the residents of york and if people had any self respect they d boycott it.stillit is yorks favourite price. roskoboskovic
  • Score: -20

11:55am Mon 27 Jan 14

KevinWard59 says...

@yorkpress Some pictures in Red Tower which you may wish to see. http://share.eye.fi/
s/pgpiqUkE5t2CWegJtW
VFZY8LdM … Taken at Public Open Day Yesterday, Sunday 27/01/2014
@yorkpress Some pictures in Red Tower which you may wish to see. http://share.eye.fi/ s/pgpiqUkE5t2CWegJtW VFZY8LdM … Taken at Public Open Day Yesterday, Sunday 27/01/2014 KevinWard59
  • Score: -2

12:29pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Grey Lady says...

Instead of hosting a residents weekend in the middle of winter, why don't we have several days throughout the year? Or maybe a much reduced entry fee on production of a York Card.
Instead of hosting a residents weekend in the middle of winter, why don't we have several days throughout the year? Or maybe a much reduced entry fee on production of a York Card. Grey Lady
  • Score: 22

12:43pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bishboy says...

Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free......
Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free...... bishboy
  • Score: 6

1:02pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Rankled says...

bishboy wrote:
Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free......
If you bought it for this weekend and didn't use it, then no it isn't free. If you did make use of it for free entry, or you use the library, then it more than pays for itself.
[quote][p][bold]bishboy[/bold] wrote: Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free......[/p][/quote]If you bought it for this weekend and didn't use it, then no it isn't free. If you did make use of it for free entry, or you use the library, then it more than pays for itself. Rankled
  • Score: 13

1:17pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Blimp says...

KevinWard59 wrote:
@yorkpress Some pictures in Red Tower which you may wish to see. http://share.eye.fi/ s/pgpiqUkE5t2CWegJtW VFZY8LdM … Taken at Public Open Day Yesterday, Sunday 27/01/2014
Thanks for posting the pictures! We wish we'd known it was open.

Brilliant love it! More please.
[quote][p][bold]KevinWard59[/bold] wrote: @yorkpress Some pictures in Red Tower which you may wish to see. http://share.eye.fi/ s/pgpiqUkE5t2CWegJtW VFZY8LdM … Taken at Public Open Day Yesterday, Sunday 27/01/2014[/p][/quote]Thanks for posting the pictures! We wish we'd known it was open. Brilliant love it! More please. Blimp
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Mon 27 Jan 14

CHISSY1 says...

Moan,Moan,Moan.
Moan,Moan,Moan. CHISSY1
  • Score: -5

3:10pm Mon 27 Jan 14

AnotherPointofView says...

I thought the first picture was James Alexander in his day job...... or was that wishful thinking?
I thought the first picture was James Alexander in his day job...... or was that wishful thinking? AnotherPointofView
  • Score: 5

3:41pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Just to inform the York Press, the Red Tower IS PART if the walls not "Near" come on wake up and an appology to mambers of the Trust and People of York. COME ON PRESS. and didnt see any reporters covering the eveni on the streets. Also Yes to more summer autum days events ,,,,,,
Just to inform the York Press, the Red Tower IS PART if the walls not "Near" come on wake up and an appology to mambers of the Trust and People of York. COME ON PRESS. and didnt see any reporters covering the eveni on the streets. Also Yes to more summer autum days events ,,,,,, Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Mon 27 Jan 14

bishboy says...

Rankled wrote:
bishboy wrote:
Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free......
If you bought it for this weekend and didn't use it, then no it isn't free. If you did make use of it for free entry, or you use the library, then it more than pays for itself.
Can get a Yorkcard that is for library use only for free !
On that basis it costs £3 and is not free to visit the attractions.
Just another moneymaker for City of York Council ?
If not why cant they just accept photo ID for entry to, or participation in the events.
[quote][p][bold]Rankled[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bishboy[/bold] wrote: Yorkcard costs £3 so it's not really free......[/p][/quote]If you bought it for this weekend and didn't use it, then no it isn't free. If you did make use of it for free entry, or you use the library, then it more than pays for itself.[/p][/quote]Can get a Yorkcard that is for library use only for free ! On that basis it costs £3 and is not free to visit the attractions. Just another moneymaker for City of York Council ? If not why cant they just accept photo ID for entry to, or participation in the events. bishboy
  • Score: -2

3:15am Tue 28 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

Why is the residents weekend in January, during the "dead zone" between periods of tourism? why not have it in April, just after Easter in a small lull of visitors to the city then... as the weather is far more likely to be better. If you're stood up on Cliffords Tower or the top of the Minster, you want to be able to see for miles - not see leaden skies and get rained on constantly. What would happen if it snowed - would the weekend be called off because it'd be dangerous to climb the stairs of certain attractions?

I'm not against the concept, I just think allocating it to January is dumb.
Why is the residents weekend in January, during the "dead zone" between periods of tourism? why not have it in April, just after Easter in a small lull of visitors to the city then... as the weather is far more likely to be better. If you're stood up on Cliffords Tower or the top of the Minster, you want to be able to see for miles - not see leaden skies and get rained on constantly. What would happen if it snowed - would the weekend be called off because it'd be dangerous to climb the stairs of certain attractions? I'm not against the concept, I just think allocating it to January is dumb. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

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