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York Spring Fair & Food Festival

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York Spring Fair & Food Festival will be returning for a second year to York Racecourse in May, the organisers announced today, and looks set to be THE place to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee in the city, with 10 days of funfair, food and entertainment planned including the lighting of York’s Jubilee Beacon.

York Spring Fair & Food Festival 2022 brings together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire, and a food festival showcasing the very best artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, with a stage hosting live music and family entertainment – not to mention additional vintage funfair rides, and more than 40 traders and street food stalls already confirmed.

The special programme of entertainment being planned for the Platinum Jubilee Weekend includes the lighting of York’s beacon on the evening of Thursday 2nd June as part of the UK-wide lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacons, and the opportunity to head to the racecourse for a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June, where an array of food and drink stalls can provide a picnic to suit all tastes! There will be plenty of tables, benches and bunting, as well as live music over the weekends from popular local bands Huge, Y Street Band, Hyde Family Jam and New York Brass Band as well as Welsh sensation the Old Time Sailors.

During the daytime the live family show ‘Just Josh’ from popular York entertainer Josh Benson will take place on the stage four times a day, combining magic, juggling, balloonology, disco and fun for all ages. And on midweek evenings a DJ will take to the stage from 5pm-7pm playing favourite tunes to create a party ambience.

York Spring Fair & Food Festival will take place in the Clocktower Enclosure on York’s iconic Knavesmire from Friday 27th May to Sunday 5th June - over school half term week and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Tickets are on sale from today at £5 admission for adults on off-peak days and £7.50 on peak days, with children aged 12 and under free. Admission includes daily family entertainment and live music evenings. Tokens for funfair rides and game stalls - with prizes won every time! - are additional and can be purchased on site at £3 per ride.

York Spring Fair & Food Festival made its debut in May last year, welcoming over 25,000 visitors during its 10 day run. More than 30 food and drink stands attended the event along with 14 vintage funfair rides and game stalls for all ages to enjoy.

James Cundall, co-organiser explains the new additions to York Spring Fair & Food Festival for 2022. “We are thrilled to be adding live entertainment to this year’s event with popular local bands on weekend evenings and a DJ on midweek evenings. During the day the stage will host family entertainment from Josh Benson whose high-energy show ‘Just Josh’ will keep everyone entertained. Visitors can enjoy all the fun of a vintage fair then sit back with a drink and some food and soak up the entertainment and atmosphere.”

Co-organiser of the event, Johnny Cooper was delighted with the first year’s attendance. “It was great to see how many people visited us, after what had been a tough few months. The food and drink element really complemented the vintage funfair and the customer feedback was excellent. We are really looking forward to this year’s event and making it the centre of York’s Jubilee Celebrations.”

WHAT

York Spring Fair & Food Festival -

- over 40 stalls of artisan food and drinks, street food, crafts and gifts

- two bars including the Yorkshire Bus Bar

- more than 15 vintage funfair rides

- 5 live bands and a DJ across 10 evenings plus support acts

- daytime family entertainment 4 times each day from Josh Benson

- lighting of York’s Jubilee Beacon on Thursday 2nd June

- Big Jubilee Lunch celebrations on Sunday 5th June

WHEN

Friday 27th May to Sunday 5th June 2022

WHERE

The Clocktower Enclosure, York Racecourse, YO23 1EX

TIMES

Opens 10am daily

Closes 9pm Fridays and Saturdays, 7pm Sundays and Monday to Wednesday, 10.30pm on Thursday 2nd June following Beacon Lighting at 9.45pm

PRICES

£5 admission for adults on off peak days – Sunday 29th May to Wednesday 1 June

£7.50 admission for adults on peak days – Friday and Saturday 27-28th May, and Thursday to Sunday 2nd – 5th June.

Children aged 12 and under FREE

Tickets are on sale now with Ticketsource at www.ticketsource.co.uk/yorkspringfair.

Entry ticket allows access to the Clocktower Enclosure and live entertainment/music. Tokens for funfair rides and game stalls are additional and can be purchased on site at £3 per ride.

SCHEDULE OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR YORK SPRING FAIR & FOOD FESTIVAL

DATE

GATE OPENING TIMES

DAYTIME

ENTERTAINMENT

TIMES

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT

TIMES

SUPPORT ACT

Fri 27/5

10:00-21:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Y Street Band

18:30-20:30

17:00-18:00

Sat 28/5

10:00-21:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Huge

18:30-20:30

17:00-18:00

Sun

29/5

10:00-19:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

DJ

17:00-19:00

Mon 30/5

10:00-19:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

DJ

17:00-19:00

Tues 31/5

10:00-19:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

DJ

17:00-19:00

Weds 1/6

10:00-19:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

DJ

17:00-19:00

Thurs 2/6

10:00-22:30

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Old Time Sailors

Lighting of Platinum Jubilee Beacon

18:30-20:30

21.45

17:00-18:00

Fri 3/6

10:00-21:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Hyde Family Jam

18:30-20:30

17:00-18:00

Sat 4/6

10:00-21:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Huge

18:30-20:30

17:00-18:00

Sun 5/6

10:00-19:00

Just Josh

11:30 13:00 14:30 15:30

Big Jubilee Lunch

New York Brass Band

All day

18:30-20:30

17:00-18:00

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