Please see below for an overview of events at the third York Walls Festival. More details on the online events are here.

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!

Have you seen the display about the archaeological dig of the underfloor of Fishergate Postern Tower undertaken in December 2018 as part of bringing in an electricity supply? This has been put together with the assistance of York Archaelogical Trust.

Red Tower


The Red Tower will be open on both Sat 15 Aug and Sun 16 Aug 2020. Also open 10am to 4pm both days.

Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be available outside.

Hidden Spaces – York Walls

Have you ever wanted to explore the corners of the City Walls and the Bars that are usually closed to the public? Explore Fishergate Corner Tower and Sadler Tower in short videos by Sharpstick Productions. Thanks to City of York Council for arranging access.

The River Foss Society –

Foss Islands Rd.

The River Foss Society

The River Foss society will provide information about the river and its past! Find out more about the River Foss Society here. 

There will be display boards along Foss Islands Road on both days.

A video showing part of the Foss in the city centre, from Layerthorpe Bridge to Foss Bridge will be added to our online content page in the week before the festival. Here

Flickr gallery, hosted by York Explore


There are lots of fantastic images to explore in the online collection here.

A selection of photos from Victorian times onwards showing the City Walls will feature in their own special gallery.

Talks and blogs

Dr. Louisa Hood, Bar Walls Manager, will be writing a blog post on conservation and the City Walls. Look out for her blog post in the week before the festival.

York Liberal Jewish Community will be telling the story of the 1190 pogrom at Clifford’s Tower, through a new video filmed by Sharpstick Productions.

More on the background to the events is here: Times of Israel article

Ian Tempest, a Red Tower volunteer, will give a ‘Red Brick Treasures of York’ talk. The Zoom talk is on Weds 12 August at 7pm, and the slides will be available after the event.