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York Dungeon joins the illuminating York Fringe

illuminating York
Weds 28 – Sat 31 October 6pm – 10pm
Officially supported by TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband

The mischievous Turnkey and Jester from the York Dungeon children’s tour ventured out into the daylight today to plot their route as part of illuminating York ‘s Festival Fringe. This 10th anniversary Festival, in the UNESCO Year of Light, will celebrate York in all its beauty.

A new event to the Festival Fringe, this special walking tour of York aimed at 6-10 year olds and their families runs from 28th – 30th October (booking required).

Helen Douglas, General Manager at The York Dungeon said; “we are delighted to be taking part in the illuminating York Fringe Festival and we’re looking forward to seeing families illuminating Yorks streets this Halloween. If your child is a lover of ghosts, bats, witches, and all things Halloween, and under the age of 10 years old then this family tour is definitely for you.”

Other Fringe events that run throughout the Festival’s 10th anniversary include the breathtaking Loco’s in a Different Light at the National Railway Museum as well as Dancing in the Light by KIOSK projects who will also be hosting BYO Film on 29th Oct, encouraging local film makers and film lovers to show and discuss their films exploring light and different ways of projecting. While the York Army Museum invites visitors to view the First World War through the magic lantern.

Kate McMullen, Head of Consumer Products and Marketing, Make It York : ‘We’re delighted so many of York’s Visitor Attractions are taking part in the Festival Fringe and we’re confident the York Dungeon tour will be a popular addition to this year’s packed programme.’

It wouldn’t be illuminating York without candle or torch lit tours and Fairfax House, the Merchant Adventurers Hall and the Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, each offer an opportunity to see their surroundings in a very different light. York Art Gallery will also be open for a mystery tour by night. (booking may apply for each of these).

The Festival Fringe will be joining the core artistic pieces of the Festival; Illuminati Botanica in Museum Gardens, Flown next to the Mansion house, Join the Revolution in the Shambles, Three Graces at St Helen’s, All Saints Pavement and St Michael le Belfrey churches as well as the lantern trail around the city. Keep checking the website for more information about any of the Festival Fringe events as well as the main Festival at

illuminating York is co-ordinated by Make It York on behalf of a city-wide steering group, and is supported by Arts Council England, York St John University, English Heritage, The Institute of Physics, Explore York, York Museums Trust, York University, National Railway Museum, York Archaeological Trust and City of York Council.

Booking information for Fringe events are available at the Festival website and for Illuminati Botanica are available (£6 adult, advance ticket booking), U16 £5 (advance ticket booking), under 5’s free from or by phoning 01904 623568. For more information go to
For further information, photographs and interviews please contact:
Lizzie Forbes-Ritte – Purple Marketing on behalf of Illuminating York,
Mobile: 0788 4438152

Notes to the Editor

1. illuminating York
2. Make It York
3. TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband
4. Supporting Festival

1. illuminating York
• 50,000 people attend the Festival every year
• Over the past ten years the festival has commissioned over fifty artworks for the city
• Illuminating York is a member of ‘Lighting Up the North’, a network of seven light festivals taking place in cities across the North of England
• Illuminating York was named by the Guardian in their top ten European Lighting Festivals
• In 2015 the illuminating York Festival was nominated for a Dulux Colour Award
• The principal funder of the festival is Arts Council England, with funding from ticketing and private sponsors
• 2015 is the first year that curators have been appointed for the Festival: Hazel Colquhoun and Andrew Knight
• Listening to audiences we have created a whole city experience where visitors can come back every day and discover something different

The Illuminating York Festival Aims To:

• Promote York as a creative city, highlighting the cultural heritage and inviting visitors to ‘see York in a different light’
• Attract overnight visitors to stay and visit the festival
• Encourage residents to participate and visit with their families
• Support the development of the evening economy in York
• Showcase York putting on contemporary and bespoke artworks for the city
• Showcase York as a vibrant, lively creative city. Illuminating York gives visitors the chance to ‘discover York in a different light’

2. Make It York
Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as an exciting place to live, study, visit and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York

Key tourism facts:
6.7 million visitors annually, £573 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs

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5. Fringe Festival
Please note details are correct at the moment but may be subject to change.

Text: Technology, Disability & Art
According to McGee, 8 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SA
Fri 30th and Sat 31st 8pm – 10pm
Light artist Nick Walters returns to project Text Art: slogans, tweets and mini poems, by artists and young people with disabilities. A New Visuality project.
Free - No booking required

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre
17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ
Wed 28th Guided tours 7pm – 8pm Exhibition open till 9pm
Visitors are invited to a guided tour of this grand, Georgian house by night, exploring three centuries of turbulent history with costumed actors. The brand new Bar Convent Exhibition is included.

The Bloody Tour of York
Underneath the Rose Window of York Minster
Wed 28th – Sat 31st 4pm, 6pm, 8pm (Each tour lasts 90 minutes)
Join Mad Alice on this candlelit tour and discover stories of murder, plague, witches, executions and gunpowder plots to name a few. Mad Alice will dip in and out of alleyways leaving more than a few heads rolling…
Adults £5, Child £3 (under 15) No booking.

Fairfax House
Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN
Thurs 29th – Sat 31st 7:30pm
Visit Fairfax House after dark for an unusual and illuminating candlelit performance by the ‘original Georgian inhabitants’. Led by Lord Fairfax, his daughter Miss Anne and household staff, experience an unvarnished insight into 18th-century life.
Adult £14, Child £7 (incl. refreshments) Booking required
To book:

Guy Fawkes Trail
Meet at York Museum Gardens gates, Museum Street
Fri 30th and Sat 31st 10.30am
A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame. Explore York’s medieval streets and the dark corners associated with Guy Fawkes.
Adult £6, Child/Yorkcard/Student/YHA £5 No booking required

Merchant Adventurers Hall
Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD
Thurs 29th and Fri 30th 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
This popular candlelit tour returns with a unique experience including a costumed guide. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this stunning medieval building as it was lit centuries ago. Tour lasts approx. 1 hour.
Adult £8 Child £4. Booking advised

The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments
National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, YO1 9TL
Fri 30th 7:30pm- 8:45pm
Sound House will present music of the 17th century within a modern context of newly composed pieces, exploring the astonishing aural effects and illusions that so intrigued our 17th century forbears.
Adult £13, Conc’s £11, Students £5.00. Booking advised

All Saints North Street Church
All Saints North Street, York. YO1 6JD
Sat 31st 5pm – 8pm
17:00 – Talk: An introduction to York's finest medieval Church, site of The York Visions foretelling the death of Henry V, and details of the current archaeological excavations.
17:30 – Vespers: Gregorian Latin Chant with "Illuminations by Visions of York"
(repeated at 18:30 and 19:00)
Free – No booking required

Locos in a Different Light
National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York, YO26 4XJ
Wed 28th – Sat 31st 6:30 – 10pm
A breath-taking opportunity to see our locomotives atmospherically lit. The café and shop will be open and free parking will be available.

York Art Gallery – Late Night Opening and Torch Lit Tours
York Art Gallery Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW
Torch Lit Tours – Fri 30th 5:30pm and 7pm
Late Night Opening – Sat 31st 10am – 8pm
Uncover hidden truths in a mystery tour of York Art Gallery by night. Each tour lasts an hour.
ADMISSION: Fri 30th £5 (suitable for all ages) Pre-booking required
Sat 31st Normal charges apply

Conjuring Tommy: Viewing the First World War through the magic lantern
York Army Museum
3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB
Thurs 29th 6pm – 7:30pm
‘Lamps are going out’ all over the Army Museum to mark the centenary of WWI. Magic lanternist Andrew Gill will use 100-year-old slides to tell the story of a real serving soldier. The performance will include rare Victorian magic lantern slides. 90 minutes (incl. interval)
£12 (incl. glass of wine) Booking required
Not suitable for young children.
To book:

York Dungeon Children’s Halloween Tour
12 Clifford Street, York, YO1 9RD
Thurs 28th – Fri 30th 4:30pm
Sat 31st 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm
Led by mischievous Dungeon characters, children will be regaled with Halloween tales guaranteed to ensure a frighteningly good time in this 60-minute adventure around the most haunted city in England!
£12 (family ticket of 4 £20) Booking required
To book:
Aimed at 6-10 year olds.

Blessed City: Lamentations and Light
St Michael le Belfrey, High Petergate, York YO1 7EN
Sat 31st 7:30 – 9:45pm
On All Hallows Eve, we present an atmospheric journey of darkness and light. Travelling from the dark splendour of Allegri’s Miserere to Bairstow’s haunting setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah written for York Minster.
£14, Conc’s £12 Booking is advised
To book:

Christingle at St Helen’s Church
St. Helen’s Square, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8QN
Fri 30th 5:30pm
St Helen will hold a special Christingle. Ideal for all the family, this will kick off the fun before going out to explore Illuminating York. Each child must bring an orange!
Free. No booking required

Hotel Chocolat Late Night Opening
13-14 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS
Wed 28th - Saturday 31st Late Night Opening until 9pm
Call in to our chocolate sanctuary and feast your eyes on our Giant Slabs, not to be missed! Delve deeper to find the selector section with something to tempt everyone. Sample our taste of the month and Prosecco.
FREE – No booking required.

Vespertine #5
The Cells, York Castle Museum, The Eye of York YO1 9RY
28th October 6pm – 9pm FREE
Pilot theatre invite you to follow the stories of characters drawn from myth and reality, past and present; on their journeys connecting to the prison cells with food and family workshops.

BYO Film
KIOSK projects, 41 Fossgate, York
29th October 6pm-8pm £3
BYOfilm is a new bi-monthly, participatory film night, based in York. It’s a place where local filmmakers and film lovers can meet to show and discuss their films. BYOfilm will be exploring light and different ways of projecting as part of Illuminating York. Book via

Castle Howard Illuminated
Castle Howard, York YO60 7DA
30th October 5pm – 7pm Normal Admission Applies
Discover Castle Howard in a new light this half term, when the elegant interiors will be lit by candle and firelight for one night only during Illuminating York. Outside marvel at the floodlit South Front and Atlas Fountain before warming up with food and drink in the café.

Dancing in Light – 3 Colours/3 Dancers
KIOSK projects, 41 Fossgate, York
30th October 6pm – 7:30pm FREE
How do different colours make us feel? How much do we choose colour to meet our mood?
This intimate piece of work places three dancers in the confined space of a small shop at night, lit only by a beautiful, intense, and ever-evolving light. Watching through the window from the darkness of the street, you will experience their emotional journey as they dance, relate, separate, harmonise, conflict, and move with and against each other through fields of colour, supported by a live DJ.

Lighting Up The North
Illuminating York is a member of Lighting up the North, a network of seven light festivals taking place in seven cities across the North of England