Guided walks and events, 2019

 Programme Changes: Will be posted on the cemetery notice board, in our Walks & Events leaflet (which is updated at regular intervals but does not necessarily cover all changes) and on this webpage.  Or contact us for more details.

Ticket only events: Tickets available from the cemetery office.
Tickets for Bat Night and Butterfly Walk sell out fast due to limited numbers.
They cost £5.00 per person which includes a drink and biscuits.

Non-Ticket events:
Just turn up – no need to book.
If no price stated, we suggest a donation of £5.00 or, for Friends of York Cemetery and children, £2. Includes drinks and biscuits.

Walks meet at the gatehouse, last 1½-2 hours & finish with your drink & biscuits in the chapel.

Please note: Only assistance dogs are permitted in the cemetery

Sunday 21 April, 11am – 12
Easter Egg Hunt

Fun for the kids. Free event including refreshments.

Sunday 28 April, 2pm
Monuments and their makers

A look at a variety of monuments and their makers, with David Poole

Sunday 5 May, 2pm
The History of York Cemetery

Guided walk exploring the fascinating history of York Cemetery. With Sheila Bartlett.

Tuesday 14 May, 6.30pm
Blossom in the Cemetery

An informative yet relaxing walk around the cemetery gardens with Clive Dawson.

Sunday 19 May, 2pm: FREE
A Victorian Cemetery
York’s Dead Good Festival

In collaboration with St Leonard’s Hospice.
Sponsored by Last Wishes Funerals.
With Clive Dawson

29 May, 10:30 – 1pm
Family Fun with the Beautiful Burial Ground Project

The Beautiful Burial Ground Project would like you to join us exploring the wildlife of the beautiful York cemetery this half-term. Drop
in anytime between 10:30 and 1pm for free activities to explore and discover. Children must be accompanied.

NEW: Sunday 9 June, 2pm
Not a Good Way to Go

Second in a series of walks visiting some more people who suffered sudden and unexpected deaths.
With Dennis Shaw.

Sunday 16 June, 2pm
Garden Walk & Honey Bee Talk

Enjoy a tour of the cemetery gardens with Clive Dawson then find out about bees with Beekeeper Anthony Day.

Saturday 22 June, 8pm
Songs of the Seasons

A concert by the York Cantores chamber choir in the chapel. See their website for more details.

Saturday 29 June, 11.30am & 1.30pm
Living History

Meet at the gatehouse. Two performances based on lives of people buried in the cemetery, by Fulford School Year 10 Drama Pupils.

Sunday 30 June, 2pm
Lord Mayors and Sheriffs Buried in the Cemetery

A walk visiting their gravestones & hearing their stories, with the knowledgeable David Poole.

Sunday 7 July, 5pm
Soon Amore (a cappella choir)

2019 summer concert of music and verse in the chapel, including new commissions by Hayley Jenkins and David Lancaster. Musical director Chris Bartram. See their website for more details.

Sunday 14 July, 2pm
Geology Walk

Get a very different view of our beautiful cemetery by exploring the stories of the stones it contains. Led by Tom Berry.

Wednesday 17 July, 9pm
Bat Night no 1

Meet in the chapel for a presentation then enjoy the guided walk observing and listening to bats. With Claire Storey. Bring a torch!

Sunday 21 July, 2pm
Brewers & Publicans in the Cemetery

Guided walk. Jenny Hawkins tells the interesting historic tales of York brewers & publicans.

Wednesday 24 July, 9pm
Bat Night no 2

Meet in the chapel for a presentation then enjoy the guided walk observing and listening to bats. With Claire Storey. Bring a torch!

Sunday 28 July 2pm
The Arts in the Cemetery

With T Bylo.

Sunday August, 2pm: TBA
Butterfly Walk

Study butterflies in the cemetery’s beautiful, natural environment.

Sunday 18 August, 2pm
Tree Walk

Discover the wonderful trees of York Cemetery
with Clive Dawson.

Wednesday 21st August, 7pm.

A Presentation of women buried in York Cemetery between 1837 and 1918 who defied social norms and conventions.

By Chloe Skinner, M.A student, York University.

Friday 23 August, 7pm
Foul Deeds & Suspicious Deaths

With T Bylo.

NEW: Sunday 1 September, 2pm
The Shopkeepers of Kirkgate

Visit some people whose shops and businesses can be found in the Castle Museum’s famous recreated indoor street.
With Dennis Shaw

Sunday 15 September, 2pm:
Industrialists in the Cemetery

Explore York’s industrial past with a guided walk led by Linda Slack and Christine Walmsley.

Sunday 22 September, 2pm:
A Cemetery Stroll (Victorian Section)

Interesting memorials and characters in the Victorian Section and a tour of the chapel catacombs, with walk leader Roger Daniel.

Sunday 29 September, 2pm
Military Heroes in the Cemetery

Visit the graves of military heroes and hear their stories.
Pauline Beckwith leads this guided walk.

Friday 13 December, 7.30pm (gates open 7pm)
Annual Carol Concert

In the beautiful grade 2* listed cemetery chapel: Drama, traditional carols & readings, a musical performance by Quodlibet, home-made mince pies and fruit punch.
A wonderful evening to get you into the Christmas spirit! FREE