January 22, 2014 by talkaboutyork
Right you residents of York. We spend all year sidestepping tourists who stand in the middle of the pavement snapping pictures or get impatient when we’re trying to get to somewhere mundane like the bank but have to jostle through crowds of visitors ambling up Stonegate.
Well this weekend – 25 and 26 January 2014 – is dedicated to you. The VisitYork Residents’ Festival is here again. If you go to the website, you will find an extensive list of places you can visit absolutely free! Never been to the Jorvik Centre? Then get down there this weekend. Always wanted to have a go at DIG but didn’t want to pay? Then this is the weekend for you. Fancy a free walking tour or ghost walk or a nose around one of the countless museums dotted around the city? Or what about a free cruise down the Ouse? This weekend you can do it….all for free (or in some cases, a very small fee).
Further afield, you can get into Castle Howard, Beningbrough Hall, Eden Camp and Scarborough Sealife Sanctuary, or catch the train through the south Pennine foothills on the Kirklees Light Railway or even have a go at Rock Climbing at Brimham Rocks.
Plenty of eateries throughout York are also offering a range of great deals, and if you’re after entertainment, there really does seem to be something for everyone. Minster FM will hold a road show with music on Parliament Street, but there are behind the scene tours of theatres, lectures on the history of York, fashion events and clothes swaps and even go kart racing special offers.
I already have a very busy weekend but at some point I want to squeeze in a visit to Fairfax House and want to listen to the talk on the Bloody History of York by a local author. I wish I had time to fit in more because there is so much to choose from.
To be able to enjoy all of this, all you need is a York Resident Card. If you don’t have one, go to any of the York public libraries, pay £3 and you will get a card. Just like that. The cards can be used year round to get into museums like York Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum for free, not to mention entitling you to take out library books!
So go on, behave like a tourist this weekend and learn a little bit more about this fantastic city we are so fortunate to live in. If you are a York local, leave me a comment on what you are going to see.