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


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. There are approximately 1,400 trees in the cemetery with a 1,000 in the modern section of UK varieties from Oak, Yew, Birch, Holly and many more. In the Victorian section there are unusual trees that the Victorians would have planted, such as the Gingko Biloba, Snaked Barked Maple, Tulip Tree and Snowdrop Tree to name but a few.


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.


Big City Read Walk: Cemetery History and Gothic Monuments

Sunday 28 October, 1.45 – 4pm

As part of the city-wide Big City Road programme of events, join Dennis Shaw on a 90 walk and tour of the cemetery with tea and biscuits afterwards. A suggested donation of £3 per adult of £1 per child is appreciated.

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