Guided walks and events, 2018

 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.

Ticketed events: All tickets (unless otherwise stated) are available from the cemetery office and sell out fast due to limited numbers.  See individual events for prices and details. Bat Night and Butterfly Walk cost £3 per person which includes a drink and biscuits.

Non-Ticketed events: Just turn up – no need to book.

If no price is stated, the Friends of York Cemetery suggest a donation of £3 per non-member or, for members and children, £1.  Includes drinks and biscuits.

Walks meet at the Gatehouse, last 1 1/2 – 2 hours and finish with your drink & biscuits in the chapel.

Please note: Only assistance dogs are permitted in the cemetery

Living History. Fulford School Drama

Saturday 30 June, 11.30 am & 1.30 pm

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


NEW: Early Accidental Deaths in the Victorian Section of the Cemetery

Sunday 1 July, 2 pm

With Dennis Shaw.


Concert: Seeds of Change, by Soon Amore

Sunday 8 July, 5pm

Soon Amore presents ‘Seeds of Change’, a unique programme of music and poetry reflecting our aspirations for equality and our shared humanity. The concert will include a performance of ‘The Pankhurst Anthem’, commissioned by the BBC this year, composed by Lucy Pankhurst, with words selected by Helen Pankhurst from the writings of her famous suffragete great-grandmother, Emmeline. There will also be protest songs from the 60s; ‘Tsunagari’, a Japanese piece commemorating the victims of the 2004 Tsunami; and a new setting of the now-famous words from MP Jo Cox, ‘We are far more united, and have far more in common, than that which divides us’

Tickets (cash only) £8/£5 on the door.


Walk: Lord Mayors Buried in the Cemetery

Sunday 8 July, 2pm

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


Bat Night No.1

Wednesday 11 July, 9 pm

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


Concert: Songs for a Summer Afternoon

Sunday 15 July, 2.30 pm

The South Bank Singers present Songs for a Summer Afternoon, in support of The Friends of York Cemetery. Free admission, donations to FOYC welcome.


Bat Night No.2

Wednesday 18 July, 9 pm

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


Walk: Brewers & Publicans in the Cemetery

Sunday 22 July, 2 pm

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


NEW: The Arts in the Cemetery

Sunday 29 July, 2 pm

With T. Bylo.


Walk: Geology in the Cemetery

Sunday 5 August, 2pm

An interesting and informative geological walk around the cemetery with Neil Bartlett.


Butterfly Walk

One Sunday in August (to be arranged), 2pm

Study butterflies in the cemetery’s beautiful, natural environment with Dr David Chesmore. TICKETS ONLY

A new walk with genealogist Dennis Shaw


Tree Walk

Sunday 19 August, 2 pm

Discover the cemetery’s trees with Clive Dawson.


NEW: Foul & Suspicious Deaths

Friday 24 August, 7 pm

With T. Bylo


NEW: Monuments of G.W. Milburn

Sunday 2 September, 2 pm

With Dennis Shaw



A Cemetery Stroll (Victorian Section)

Sunday 16 September, 2 pm

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


Walk: Industrialists in the Cemetery

A Sunday (to be arranged) in September, 2 pm

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


Military Heroes in the Cemetery

Sunday 30 September, 2 pm

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


Annual Carol Concert

Friday 14 December, 7.30 pm (gates open 7 pm)

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