Planned Events



Fishergate Postern Tower

Come to Fishergate Postern Tower on both of our festival days! It is a 500 year old watchtower that’s usually closed to the public and is open from 10am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday for free!

Fox Lane Books will also have a stall with titles for all ages at the tower (including Horrible Histories).

There will also be a display about the archaeological dig of the underfloor of Fishergate Postern Tower undertaken last December as part of bringing in an electricity supply. This has been put together with the assistance of York Archaelogical Trust and Dick Raines Design.


Red Tower

The Red Tower will be open 11am – 6pm Saturday 10th August 2019 and 11am – 4pm Sunday 11th August 2019.

On the Saturday, “Barbecue Plus” is planned from 3pm – 6pm, where locals and visitors will be able to sample some dishes prepared by those living nearby. The Lord Mayor will be attending from 3.30pm. 


Live music and performances:

Music and Performance Art event at The Red Tower on Sunday 11th August (17.30 – 18.15 approx.). The event is free, but tickets must be reserved via eventbrite

Lizzey and Claire are delighted to invite you to The Red Tower for an exclusive site-specific event of original music and performance art as part of The York Walls Festival. 

At 45 minutes in duration (with no interval), you won’t want to miss a second of this unique artistic experience.

Make a Tile Workshop, York Explore

Want to get involved? Come and create a tile at the library, inspired by a story linked to York’s Walls. Maybe you want to be a builder, a soldier or a campaigner to save the walls. Or you could help tourists find their way. Whatever the tale, make it in clay.

Saturday 10am-4pm

Sunday 11am-2pm.

No need to book.

Suitable for ages 8 – 12.

Found Fiction, York Explore

Writing Desk 


Having toured literary festivals across the UK, the Found Fiction Writing Desk comes to York Explore. Visit the desk and add to a short story one line at a time. Can you help co-write a masterpiece? 


Writing’s on the Wall 


If these walls could talk, they’d be full of stories. And during the festival they will be. There will be an incomplete sentence on the wall on York Explore’s library lawn. Finish it your way by filling in the blanks.  

Saturday: 9am – 4pm  

Sunday 11am – 3.30pm 


Morris Dancing – Between Fishergate Postern Tower and Walmgate Bar

Ebor Morris – Morris Dancing

There will be Morris Dancing on the Walls between Walmgate Bar and Fishergate Postern Tower! 

Sunday 11th August, at Walmgate Bar 12-12:30pm, and Fishergate Bar 1:30-2pm


The River Foss Society – Foss Islands Rd.

The River Foss Society

The River Foss society will provide information about the river and its past! They will also be demonstrating how to carry out water tests of the river and showing individuals how to test the toxicity of the river which will show how healthy it is for plants and wildlife. There will also be activities for children such as Foss invertebrates “wee beasties” to be examined and identified using magnifiers and a guess the square game with a prize of a toy otter!

They will be located on Foss Islands Rd. next to the river and will be in a Gazebo – look out for them at the festival to learn more about the river. Find out more about the River Foss Society here. 

Saturday 10th August 10:30 – 16:00

Sunday 11th August 10:30 – 16:00


Ian Tempest, a Red Tower volunteer, will lead a ‘Red Brick York’ walk. This will leave King’s Manor at 2pm on the Saturday, and take approx. 90 minutes to reach Red Tower.


Festival Family Fun tour by GoodOrganisation’s Gavin Sullivan (Walk)

Festival Family Fun tour by GoodOrganisation’s Gavin Sullivan.

This 60 minute FREE tour starts from in front of York Explore Library at 10.00 & 12.00 on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of the festival, no booking –just turn up!

Children will be encouraged to participate and interact, being active in traditional games, creative in activities, imaginative in taking themselves back in time! They should be prepared for some horrible yet wonderful stories! The tour is however no fairy story and the stories of the past are true.

This tour has been specially created for the festival and offered free as a result of cooperation between Friends of York Walls and GoodOrganisation. GoodOrganisation works to help people affected by homelessness benefit from ‘tourism with a difference’. Since June this year Gavin has offered a 90 minute family fun tour booked through .

He writes: “I quickly realised I could offer a child and family friendly tour having built up skills in childcare doing roles such as playworker, teaching assistant and being a Dad to two children. The tour is something I feel passionate about and it is my wish to give what I have learnt to others who would like to know more about York. I have had my troubles in the past but the tour has given me more focus to achieve and look towards a brighter future.