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York Minster Stone Carving Festival


Dean's Park, YO1 7JN
York Minster Stone Carving Festival


Stonemasons from across the globe will gather in York Minster’s Dean’s Park this summer to take part in the cathedral’s first Stone Carving Festival since 2010.

More than 70 expert craftspeople will travel from a range of countries including India, Iceland, Norway and Cyprus, as well as locations across the UK to take part in the festival.

The masons will spend two days carving on the theme ‘All creatures great and small’, with the finished pieces auctioned at 3.30pm on the Sunday.

The event forms part of a four-day celebration of the ancient craft at the Minster, which starts with the annual Stoneyard Open Day on Friday 17 August. The free open day allows visitors a rare chance to go behind the scenes at the Minster’s Stoneyard and learn how the cathedral’s expert craftspeople repair, restore and protect the cathedral’s historic fabric. Tours of the cathedral’s South Quire Aisle scaffolding and of the Stoneyard’s plaster cast museum and drawing office will be available on the day on a first come, first serve basis.

The four-day celebration concludes on Wednesday 22 August with an auction of historic stone removed from the cathedral during conservation work. The auction, which starts at 12noon, includes 140 lots which range in date from 14th century stones to Victorian pieces. Highlights include grotesques, finials and ten lots which form an 18th century pinnacle. For the first time this year, people will be able to view and bid for the pieces being auctioned via an online catalogue, both before and during the live auction.

For full details visit the York Minster website at

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