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What's on - in and around the City of York 2012

DECEMBER 2012


Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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7th April -
31st December
2012

York 800 Festival - In 2012 it will be 800 years since the city was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1212, allowing York to take charge of its own affairs by electing a council, creating the post of mayor, and giving a voice to its people. In celebration of the anniversary, there is a special programme of events running from January to December 2012.

New medieval exhibition for 2012 - When King John granted a royal charter to York almost 800 years ago, in 1212, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of the city.

Gaining independence from the Crown meant that York could regulate its own affairs, collect its own taxes and even appoint a mayor. This paved the way for the success that was to flourish here over the following centuries. In effect; it was the making of the city.

To commemorate the 800-year anniversary of York’s independence, The Yorkshire Museum are planning a new exhibition, set to open at Easter, called 1212: The Making of the City. Set amongst the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, our medieval gallery is perfectly placed to tell the story of medieval York and celebrate the people, places and events that have contributed to the city’s medieval heritage.

The Yorkshire Museum’s medieval collections will still take centre stage, with the York Helmet, Middleham Jewel, Sapphire Ring and St William’s Shrine all given pride of place. Original manuscripts and a fantastic array of paintings and works on paper from York Art Gallery will add real richness to the stories we will be telling.

By flooding the exhibition with colour, sound and film, we hope to capture the vibrancy of the medieval city and celebrate the imagination, creativity and skill of its people.




Yorkshire Museum

29th November
- 2nd December
2011

St Nicholas Fayre - St Nicholas Fayre is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, with thousands of visitors coming to York over the four-day event.

The Fayre offers a range of markets specialising in gifts, crafts, and the very best in local farm produce. Outside markets move into Parliament Street, St Sampsons Square and Coppergate while York's grand medieval Guild Hall provides a home for 'Made In Yorkshire' artists and crafters from across the region.

The magnificent medieval townhouse, Barley Hall, presents a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders and St William's College houses an arts and crafts market for fine hand-made items not to be found in the shops. Carol singers and buskers flock to the city to perform over the weekend to thousands of festive shoppers.



A York Christmas
pdf file

Future Events and Attractions


1st December
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The St. Nicholas Tour.

A fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas - the origin of Santa Claus. The walk includes a tour of York Minster with its many representations of St. Nicholas in mediaeval stained glass and other works of art. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


1st December
2012

First Saturday Lunches - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - RARE BREED MEATS.

Traditional breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs really do taste different from cross-breeds. "It's how meat used to taste". Come and find out for yourself.

- Home-made Merguez Sausage of Suffolk Lamb
- Duo of Home-made Pastrami and Bressola of Longhorn Beef
- Slow Roasted Saddleback Pork Belly with Caramelised Apples
- Lemon Panna Cotta with Limoncello


Meltons Restaurant
opens pdf file

1/2nd December
2012

Christmas Weekend - The Museum's Christmas weekend event: A great weekend for all the family. The 1st – 2nd of December will see the Museum in full festive swing with activities, demonstrations, crafts, cooking, stalls, music and all round festive fun. Hope to see you there to help the museum close for Christmas with a bang!

Ryedale Folk Museum


1/2nd December
2012

A Christmas Carol - Actor Chris Cade brings to life this Dickens's classic especially for Dickens's 200th anniversary year.

Scrooge meets the unusual Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come, but will he repent in time for Christmas, or is Scrooge doomed to a life of Misery? This performance takes us through Dickens' classic novel and makes it easily accessible for young and old alike.

Wrap up warm and come and shop for unique Christmas gifts and sample English Heritage's own range of liqueurs and seasonal treats too. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.00 pm and 2.30 pm



Brodsworth Hall


2nd December
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


3rd December
2012

The Monthly Monday Meal - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - RARE BREED MEATS.

Traditional breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs really do taste different from cross-breeds. "It's how meat used to taste". Come and find out for yourself.

- Home-made Merguez Sausage of Suffolk Lamb
- Duo of Home-made Pastrami and Bressola of Longhorn Beef
- Slow Roasted Saddleback Pork Belly with Caramelised Apples
- Lemon Panna Cotta with Limoncello


Meltons Restaurant
opens pdf file


3rd December
2012

The York Artworkers Association - The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone keen to broaden and share their knowledge.

2011/12 Talks - Susan Vincent, dress historian.

What were the pleasures and disciplines of dress? How did garments affect personal interactions, bodily movements and the wearer’s health? What was the relationship between clothing and morality? Susan’s work invites us to explore some of these desires and enter an aesthetic sometimes radically different from our own. Susan is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of York, and has published widely in the field of fashion and dress history. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association


8th December
2012

An Audience with Father Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas in the Entrance Hall of Brodsworth, dressed in sumptuous traditional colourful costume who will tell tales of Christmas past and recite famous yuletide stories and poems.

Join the audience to relax and listen to these heart warming stories, there will also be opportunity for photo's.

Short sessions with a treat for each child. Plus opportunities to shop for seasonal treats with liqueur and food tastings of seasonal treats. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Audiences from 12 noon - 4.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

9th December
2012

A Christmas Choir - Seasonal festive singing with the fine Yorkshire choirs in the Entrance Hall at Brodsworth. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Performances 2.30 - 3.30 pm


Brodsworth Hall


11th December
2012

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (York Group) lecture - "A Last Voyage to St Kilda" by Tom Lawson. 7.30 pm

Temple Hall
York St. John University

RSPB York




15th December
2012

York Christmas Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market


15th December
2012

An Audience with Father Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas in the Entrance Hall of Brodsworth, dressed in sumptuous traditional colourful costume who will tell tales of Christmas past and recite famous yuletide stories and poems.

Join the audience to relax and listen to these heart warming stories, there will also be opportunity for photo's.

Short sessions with a treat for each child. Plus opportunities to shop for seasonal treats with liqueur and food tastings of seasonal treats. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Audiences from 12 noon - 4.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

16th December
2012

Christmas Carols.

Join the Bilsdale Silver Band for seasonal festive music at the Abbey. Plus a chance to buy some unique festive gifts. Carols start at 1.30 pm


Rievaulx Abbey

16th December
2012

A Christmas Choir - Seasonal festive singing with the fine Yorkshire choirs in the Entrance Hall at Brodsworth. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Performances 2.30 - 3.30 pm


Brodsworth Hall

21st December
2012

The Sheriffs' Riding or Yoolgirthol every 21st December (St Thomas's Day). Beginning at Micklegate Bar (the main entrance to the city from south and arrival point for all visiting monarchs) and stopping at various stations throughout the city in order that a proclamation may be promulgated, heralded by a long blast on a horn. An amnesty is declared to "all manner of thieves, whores, dice-players and other unthrifty folk for the feast of Yule, until the twelve days be past; God Save The Queen"

Or as described by Sir Francis Drake in 1736 - "The sheriffs, by the custom of the City of York do ride to several parts every year betwixt Michaelmas and midwinter, that is Yoole, and do, at several parts of the said City make a proclamation.

The ceremony of riding, one of the greatest shews in the City, is performed on this manner. The sheriffs appear on horseback, apparelled in their black gowns and velvet tippits, their horses in suitable furniture, each sheriff having a white wand in his hand, and a badge of his office, and a servant to lead his horse who also carries a gilded truncheon. Their sergeants at mace, attorneys and other officers of their courts, on horseback in their gowns riding before them.

These are preceeded by the city's waites, or musicians, in their scarlet liveries and silver badges playing all the way through the streets. One of these waites wears on his head a red pinked or tattered ragged cap, a badge of great antiquity.

Then follows a great concourse of country gentlemen, citizens, &tc. on horseback who are invited to this honour and afterwards to dine with them, and I have seen near four hundred people at the entertainment.
"



Starts 6.00 pm
promptly, from
Micklegate Bar

The York Waits




22nd December
2012

York Christmas Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market


22nd December
2012

An Audience with Father Christmas.

Meet Father Christmas in the Entrance Hall of Brodsworth, dressed in sumptuous traditional colourful costume who will tell tales of Christmas past and recite famous yuletide stories and poems.

Join the audience to relax and listen to these heart warming stories, there will also be opportunity for photo's.

Short sessions with a treat for each child. Plus opportunities to shop for seasonal treats with liqueur and food tastings of seasonal treats. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Audiences from 12 noon - 4.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

23rd December
2012

A Christmas Choir - Seasonal festive singing with the fine Yorkshire choirs in the Entrance Hall at Brodsworth. Do dress warm the Entrance Hall is unheated. Performances 2.30 - 3.30 pm


Brodsworth Hall

 

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