Planning has begun for the third York Walls Festival, which takes place in August. A January meeting, hosted at York Explore, established a seven-strong committee to help bring plans together.

Ideas discussed included the following:

  • York Explore could either run the tile-decorating workshop (as in 2019) or Map Attack with Lego (as in 2018)
  • Possibility of an archery event at Baile Hill – Bill is to discuss with the Jorvik Group
  • The River Foss Society will again have their display boards along Foss Islands Road
  • Barry Crump (Centre for Lifelong Learning) and Louisa Hood (CYC) are to give talks; Ian Tempest will again lead a walk
  • English Heritage attended, and are keen that Clifford’s Tower has a role to play in the festival. There is also interest from York Liberal Jewish Community in having an event linked to the site
  • York Museums Trust are hosting our Festival Information Point in Museum Gardens, and there will also be a festival stall during the Roman Festival in May
  • Riding Lights Theatre Company are working on a number of projects with FOYW and Red Tower. It is hoped there will be a promenade piece in July, ahead of the main festival
  • Baz Jones will again look to show video pieces during the festival
  • Red Tower and Fishergate Postern Tower will have open days over the festival weekend
  • The activity booklet, explorer trail and map will return
  • York St John will again assist with their summer internship programme


The festival logo for 2020 is below. The website will carry updates, but please check our Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest news.

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