'Dry' discos and later festivals could boost York's evening economy

Prague has been named as an example for York to follow

Prague has been named as an example for York to follow

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BRINGING back alcohol-free discos for young people, open-air shows and later markets and festivals have been put forward as ideas for revitalising York’s evenings.

The suggestions were made by a City of York Council task group formed to look at ways of lengthening the city’s “tourist day” and encourage visitors to stay longer or spend the night in York, particularly focusing on families.

Another possibility is asking museums, galleries and other attractions to be used for other "cultural" events after their normal closing times.

It is part of a wider study of York’s night-time economy, also intended to attract more residents into the city-centre during the evenings. The group of councillors said the revival of “dry discos” for young teenagers should be looked into, but safety issues would need to be addressed.

Their draft final report, which will be discussed by the council’s learning and culture overview and scrutiny committee today, said the group was disappointed early-evening discos were stopped, but their popularity – meaning staff “could not ensure safety” as teenagers left or hung around outside – and changes to nightclub management forced their cancellation.

The report said a residents’ survey suggested the “perception of York as a drinking centre” and a lack of activity and attractions in the city-centre after 5pm may be putting people off.

However, it said: "The task group was unable to identify anywhere which has successfully tackled the teatime lull between 5pm and 8pm, leading to tangible improvements in their early evening economy, either through an improved cultural offer or extended retail offer.

"To achieve city-wide success in York, a partnership approach is required as no organisation can achieve it alone."

It said Prague's National Gallery stayed open in the evenings for classical music concerts and heritage attractions in York could follow this example, as they "may be suitable for alternative cultural use after their close of normal business" and would be one way of bridging the 5pm to 8pm gap.

Extending festivals and markets until 8pm, with buskers and street entertainers asked to perform until that time, and using areas like Newgate Market, King's Square and the Minster Piazza for outdoor music and theatre performances are also suggestions, although funding for performers may be an issue.

The report also said: "The task group agreed the city-centre lacks a focal point where residents and visitors can find information about what's on each day, and the city would benefit from a number of high-quality poster boards strategically placed throughout the city-centre."

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10:22am Wed 19 Mar 14

roskoboskovic says...

there is absolutely nothing for a family with kids to do in york in the evening.out for your evening meal meal,walk around a bit then back to the b and b.
there is absolutely nothing for a family with kids to do in york in the evening.out for your evening meal meal,walk around a bit then back to the b and b. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 22

10:46am Wed 19 Mar 14

suzymf says...

My family and I travel extensively and also attend a lot of music festivals. It is always good to see families interacting and enjoying quality time together. As stated in the comment above, it is so difficult to do this is British towns. Live music and night markets would be a great idea, thus allowing each generation to socialise together.
My family and I travel extensively and also attend a lot of music festivals. It is always good to see families interacting and enjoying quality time together. As stated in the comment above, it is so difficult to do this is British towns. Live music and night markets would be a great idea, thus allowing each generation to socialise together. suzymf
  • Score: 18

10:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

Oyy you says...

Dry discos, they'll be a hit, idiots......
Dry discos, they'll be a hit, idiots...... Oyy you
  • Score: -16

10:57am Wed 19 Mar 14

Kiwi2 says...

How about linking some of these ideas in with late night opening of shops so that people could do a bit of shopping after work?
How about linking some of these ideas in with late night opening of shops so that people could do a bit of shopping after work? Kiwi2
  • Score: 18

11:04am Wed 19 Mar 14

P3TER1 says...

It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening. P3TER1
  • Score: 22

11:50am Wed 19 Mar 14

Yeller Belly says...

It's good idea, but won't work unless there's also a ban on trains from the North East on Saturdays.
It's good idea, but won't work unless there's also a ban on trains from the North East on Saturdays. Yeller Belly
  • Score: 18

12:36pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Alf Garnett says...

Kiwi2 wrote:
How about linking some of these ideas in with late night opening of shops so that people could do a bit of shopping after work?
Indeed. Why not keep shops open all night every day of the year ? One of the features of shop hours in several European countries is that they either open later than ours or close, as in Italy, after lunch and open again in the evening. Shop workers are already pretty hard pressed. It seems a shame to grind them down even more.
[quote][p][bold]Kiwi2[/bold] wrote: How about linking some of these ideas in with late night opening of shops so that people could do a bit of shopping after work?[/p][/quote]Indeed. Why not keep shops open all night every day of the year ? One of the features of shop hours in several European countries is that they either open later than ours or close, as in Italy, after lunch and open again in the evening. Shop workers are already pretty hard pressed. It seems a shame to grind them down even more. Alf Garnett
  • Score: 4

12:51pm Wed 19 Mar 14

old_geezer says...

These "high quality poster boards" should be screens inside shop windows. Cheaper in the long run, no forlorn ads for past events, central control, less vandalism.
These "high quality poster boards" should be screens inside shop windows. Cheaper in the long run, no forlorn ads for past events, central control, less vandalism. old_geezer
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Wed 19 Mar 14

X5019c says...

I see we are not allowed to comment on the new leads about Claudia Lawrence and her disappearance, but if they are new leads then some Police officers need sacking. Come on these fact should have been know in days not years!
I see we are not allowed to comment on the new leads about Claudia Lawrence and her disappearance, but if they are new leads then some Police officers need sacking. Come on these fact should have been know in days not years! X5019c
  • Score: -4

1:12pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

P3TER1 wrote:
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow.....

So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live....

What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
[quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall? Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 8

1:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

TheTruthHurts says...

There is no such thing as a dry disco. There will always be some kids/tweens/teens that smuggle booze in get ratted beyond their control puke everywhere and have there parents called. Its happened since the beginning of time and is kind of a rite of passage.
There is no such thing as a dry disco. There will always be some kids/tweens/teens that smuggle booze in get ratted beyond their control puke everywhere and have there parents called. Its happened since the beginning of time and is kind of a rite of passage. TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 6

2:04pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Major Bloodnok says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
P3TER1 wrote:
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow.....

So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live....

What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community
.overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?[/p][/quote]What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go. Major Bloodnok
  • Score: 10

3:37pm Wed 19 Mar 14

BL2 says...

Major Bloodnok wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
P3TER1 wrote:
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow.....

So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live....

What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community
.overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.
Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law!
[quote][p][bold]Major Bloodnok[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?[/p][/quote]What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.[/p][/quote]Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law! BL2
  • Score: 4

3:53pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

BL2 wrote:
Major Bloodnok wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
P3TER1 wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.
Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law!
Behave.... 20-30 years ago there were no police around compared to today. Crime still occured and kids still drank on the streets. What is there to do now that there wasn't then? i agree with the youth club when we had one all of us went. We weren't angels but we just played pool and footy and more importantly were off the streets.

The stories i hear from parents i know growing up in york were far worse then anything i did as a kid.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Major Bloodnok[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?[/p][/quote]What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.[/p][/quote]Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law![/p][/quote]Behave.... 20-30 years ago there were no police around compared to today. Crime still occured and kids still drank on the streets. What is there to do now that there wasn't then? i agree with the youth club when we had one all of us went. We weren't angels but we just played pool and footy and more importantly were off the streets. The stories i hear from parents i know growing up in york were far worse then anything i did as a kid. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 1

3:59pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Stuart Jones says...

Major Bloodnok wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
P3TER1 wrote:
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow.....

So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live....

What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community
.overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.
Scouts? Guides?
[quote][p][bold]Major Bloodnok[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?[/p][/quote]What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.[/p][/quote]Scouts? Guides? Stuart Jones
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Stuart Jones says...

BL2 wrote:
Major Bloodnok wrote:
Archiebold the 1st wrote:
P3TER1 wrote:
It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.
yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow.....

So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live....

What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?
What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community
.overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.
Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law!
I'm certain there was a proportion of 'young people' breaking the law and causing trouble 20-30 years ago. Most young adults just want somewhere to hang out, beyond the sight of their folks. Nothing wrong with that and you're always going to get some bravado and boisterousness, but that's life.
[quote][p][bold]BL2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Major Bloodnok[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]P3TER1[/bold] wrote: It's a great idea and something that works very well in most other European countries. Although the drinking culture in the UK is very different. Although personally I would be rather embarrassed if our European neighbours saw what I see in our towns on an evening.[/p][/quote]yes as none of their cities are based on nightlife tourism (STAG DO'S!) are they...especially not Budapest, Prague, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Krakow..... So reading this article we need more things to do on a night in York.. so the ideas are drink free nights (no kids will go for them without drink) and opening shops later when in this economy people are struggling to live.... What do people think kids want to do on a night? when I was younger footy was the main thing and hanging around with mates... no imagine if there was a sports facility that allowed kids to show up and play sport on a night? Would this not deter them from drinking on the streets kicking a ball against the wall?[/p][/quote]What happened to the good old youth clubs....No alcohol....a game of snooker....a gym . .helping in the community .overseas trips ...and a dance on Friday night... I met the Dear old Wife at my youth club ....God rest Her. They say so much about the youth today being in involved in crime .....but there is now where for them to go.[/p][/quote]Just because there is no-where to go does not mean they have to behave like animals and criminals! The wasn't all that much to do 20 to 30 years ago when I was young and we managed to enjoy ourselves without causing trouble and breaking the law![/p][/quote]I'm certain there was a proportion of 'young people' breaking the law and causing trouble 20-30 years ago. Most young adults just want somewhere to hang out, beyond the sight of their folks. Nothing wrong with that and you're always going to get some bravado and boisterousness, but that's life. Stuart Jones
  • Score: 3

4:11pm Wed 19 Mar 14

yorklabourcouncilsucks says...

suzymf wrote:
My family and I travel extensively and also attend a lot of music festivals. It is always good to see families interacting and enjoying quality time together. As stated in the comment above, it is so difficult to do this is British towns. Live music and night markets would be a great idea, thus allowing each generation to socialise together.
British towns? You mean boring, socialist, drab York. Many towns do a great job at this! Lol at your stupid generalisation.
[quote][p][bold]suzymf[/bold] wrote: My family and I travel extensively and also attend a lot of music festivals. It is always good to see families interacting and enjoying quality time together. As stated in the comment above, it is so difficult to do this is British towns. Live music and night markets would be a great idea, thus allowing each generation to socialise together.[/p][/quote]British towns? You mean boring, socialist, drab York. Many towns do a great job at this! Lol at your stupid generalisation. yorklabourcouncilsucks
  • Score: -8

4:39pm Wed 19 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Hope this lot never went on a jolly at taxpayers expense to come up with this.!!!
And another thing.We are NOT european .I.m certain we are british. ( well most of us ).we do things er different. Always have done .always will.live with it.
Hope this lot never went on a jolly at taxpayers expense to come up with this.!!! And another thing.We are NOT european .I.m certain we are british. ( well most of us ).we do things er different. Always have done .always will.live with it. piaggio1
  • Score: 1

6:07pm Wed 19 Mar 14

TismeMrsP says...

We had the "bop" in New Earswick an a Tuesday and Saturday night and "teeny bop" on a friday night, no alcohol because its a Quaker village but still had a fab time
We had the "bop" in New Earswick an a Tuesday and Saturday night and "teeny bop" on a friday night, no alcohol because its a Quaker village but still had a fab time TismeMrsP
  • Score: 6

7:56pm Wed 19 Mar 14

mike.......durkin says...

to dear to go there are poverty in york famly having a hard time but love to come...£30 to 40
to dear to go there are poverty in york famly having a hard time but love to come...£30 to 40 mike.......durkin
  • Score: -1

3:04am Thu 20 Mar 14

Magicman! says...

There is still the fact in a lot of the UK we still seem stuck in the past, whereby that in a household there is still at least 1 adult that is at home all day to go out and 'run errands'. Given the equal rights issue and the government's relentless drive to demonise anybody who dares to stay at home and look after their children so they don't become juvenile delinguents, a lot of households have everybody who can work in work until past 5pm... and yet should these people need to get an appointment (dentist, doctors, bank, and so on) they are given a timeslot between 9am to 5pm (6pm latest); and if you're not at home to get a parcel delivered then you have to go and pick it up from the depot (not just royal mail, but any carrier) during normal office hours.
Times have changed, it's time to move with it. here in the UK we already work more hours than a lot of other European countries, for equal or less wages - perhaps it's time to break up the day with an early afternoon siesta for a couple of hours - or stagger start and end times for various sectors of employment, for example having shops open from 12 noon until 8pm instead of 9am until 5pm (and on sundays from 12 noon to 6pm instead of the current loony situation of opening at 10am for a 'browsing hour' where no purchases can be made and then turning potential customers away at the doors at 4pm because the shop is closing).

Extending festivals and markets until 8pm, with buskers and street entertainers asked to perform until that time, and using areas like Newgate Market, King's Square and the Minster Piazza for outdoor music and theatre performances are also suggestions

Worth pointing out that the Minster Plazza is actually a highway, and so any event held there would need special authorisation to close the 'road'.... same for Kings Square once that's finished.
There is still the fact in a lot of the UK we still seem stuck in the past, whereby that in a household there is still at least 1 adult that is at home all day to go out and 'run errands'. Given the equal rights issue and the government's relentless drive to demonise anybody who dares to stay at home and look after their children so they don't become juvenile delinguents, a lot of households have everybody who can work in work until past 5pm... and yet should these people need to get an appointment (dentist, doctors, bank, and so on) they are given a timeslot between 9am to 5pm (6pm latest); and if you're not at home to get a parcel delivered then you have to go and pick it up from the depot (not just royal mail, but any carrier) during normal office hours. Times have changed, it's time to move with it. here in the UK we already work more hours than a lot of other European countries, for equal or less wages - perhaps it's time to break up the day with an early afternoon siesta for a couple of hours - or stagger start and end times for various sectors of employment, for example having shops open from 12 noon until 8pm instead of 9am until 5pm (and on sundays from 12 noon to 6pm instead of the current loony situation of opening at 10am for a 'browsing hour' where no purchases can be made and then turning potential customers away at the doors at 4pm because the shop is closing). [quote]Extending festivals and markets until 8pm, with buskers and street entertainers asked to perform until that time, and using areas like Newgate Market, King's Square and the Minster Piazza for outdoor music and theatre performances are also suggestions[/quote] Worth pointing out that the Minster Plazza is actually a highway, and so any event held there would need special authorisation to close the 'road'.... same for Kings Square once that's finished. Magicman!
  • Score: 1

12:24pm Thu 20 Mar 14

meme says...

Everthing is open in Prague for all from free concerts for about 200 people in old churches to rave nights
its an amazing City, not without its issues similar to York, but every public building is used for something from art to music in the evenings. Most of ours are shut!
I went to a small operatic concert in Prague for about an hour in a church that seated possibly 200 people. I suspect it was an amateur performance but the venue and the intimacy meant it was full and fun and there was every age group represented who then went onto cafes/bars etc and spent money in the community.
York has a plethora of tourists looking for things to do in the evening so bring it on as we have fantastic venues from merchants halls to churches dotted within our small city perfect for this sort of thing
Everthing is open in Prague for all from free concerts for about 200 people in old churches [which still operate as churches in normal hours] to rave nights its an amazing City, not without its issues similar to York, but every public building is used for something from art to music in the evenings. Most of ours are shut! I went to a small operatic concert in Prague for about an hour [I am not an opera buff!] in a church that seated possibly 200 people. I suspect it was an amateur performance but the venue and the intimacy meant it was full and fun and there was every age group represented who then went onto cafes/bars etc and spent money in the community. York has a plethora of tourists looking for things to do in the evening so bring it on as we have fantastic venues from merchants halls to churches dotted within our small city perfect for this sort of thing meme
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