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


Easter Egg Hunt

Sunday 1 April, 11 am – 12 pm

Fun for the kids!


Free event including refreshments


Walk: A Look at a Variety of Monuments and their Makers

Sunday 29 April, 2pm

With David Poole


RSPB Dawn Chorus Walk & Illustrated Talk

Saturday 5 May, 5.30 am

Learn about the many types of birds visiting York Cemetery with RSPB expert, Barry Bishop.

TICKETS ONLY Adults £5, Children Free. Including tea/coffee


Walk: The History of York Cemetery

Sunday 13 May, 2 pm

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


Moth & Insect Night

One Friday in May (to be confirmed), 8 pm

With expert Dr David Chesmore


Garden Walk

Sunday 10 June, 2pm


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


A Cemetery Stroll (‘Modern’ Section)

Sunday 17 June, 2 pm

Discover interesting monuments and characters buried. With walk leader Roger Daniel.



Garden Walk & Honey Bee Talk

Sunday 24 June, 2pm

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


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

Sunday 1 July, 2 pm

With Dennis Shaw.


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.


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


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