New in 2018

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre (25 Jun – 2 Sep)
Iconic feature of York’s skyline – Clifford’s Tower – will welcome a brand new neighbour this summer. An Elizabethan-style Shakespearean theatre will diversify York’s theatrical scene. A ten week season will see four of Shakespeare’s greatest plays performed on the stage of this London Rose Theatre inspired attraction.

Bloom! (5 – 8 Jul)
York is home to the Ancient Society of York  Florists - the oldest horticultural society in the world, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Bloom! is a brand new festival designed to celebrate plants, flowers, and all things green in York. Supported by many of York’s organisations, for three days in July the city will Bloom!

York Mediale (27 Sep – 6 Oct)
Mediale is a brand new biennial festival celebrating York’s designation as a UNESCO City of Media Arts. Mindblowing art, performances, workshops and installations will be brought to York for the festival to showcase world’s leading artists and technologies.

York International Balloon Fiesta (28 – 30 Sep)
Following the success of the first year, York International Balloon Fiesta will be making a spectacular return once again for 2018. Lifting off from the Knavesmire, over 40 hot air balloons from all over the UK will fill York’s skyline.

York Mystery Plays on Wagons (9, 12, 16 Sep)
York Mystery Plays are a cultural treasure that York is rightly proud of and they will be staged again this year. Drawing on the talents of local people, they represent the values of community. For the first time ever this year an additional torch-lid evening performance will be held.

Feature Idea: Only in York
Media with a commission are invited to venture forth on an #onlyinyork adventure. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliette, iconic Lupins and Yorkshire Roses, hot air balloons high above the crowds and modern art and technologies - you'll find all of this here in York. This ancient Roman and Viking city will offer visitors a year of #onlyinyork experiences.  Make it the top of your travel bucket list this year.