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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Illuminating York 2015

Illuminating York

Outside Bettys and Mansion House

Having being excited for just about the whole year, I decided to trip down to the 'ole' illuminating York festival last night 30th October 2015 What a fabulous atmosphere.

Once a free event, last year it was taken over and bought by a private investor and made its first commercial debt.  Due to work and other commitments I haven't managed to get tickets and attend since it went to be a private enterprise. Friday was my first opportunity.

Wow it certainly has taken off.The cue extended from the museum gardens and carried on right around the corner into St Leonard's Place. I could hear the stewards shouting please join the cue, this is the 7pm tickets and that was at 7.20pm. Suffice to say I never did actually get in and didn't get to experience the attraction. I would be interested if any of my followers had taken any good images to post thhem on the York Priory facebook wall. Id love to see what the attraction was like. For those who may consider coming back next year, my tip for you. There is a lesson to be learned here! Book early tickets and expect to que 

On a positive note here are the images I did manage to capture of our lovely York on the evening capturing the festival fringe events

The Shambles 

The Shambles
Coppergate Glass Bauble Tree
Disco Glitter Balls

The Shambles

Thursday, 27 August 2015

The New Walk. The Tree lined Riverside Walk that goes right through York City Centre

New Walk

Having lived here all my life, @yorkpriory  I cannot believe how blessed we are to have such a gorgeous riverside walk, that leads right into the heart of the city.  I walk down here almost every day (if not in flood)  with my dogs.

New Walk is a tree lined promenade created in the 18th century for the Georgeians to stroll on.

Although not all New Walk the riverside path has extended from The Millennium Bridge right through the city and out the other side as far as the Clifton bridge. it is approximately 3 miles then continues to further more rural areas of shipton and Beningbrough. On the south side if you so wish you could walk to Selby via the cycle path. The area I'm referring to is a fully tarmacked and cycle friendly too . Considering its short length through the city gives an interesting insight into the size of York.

If I leave the York Priory and walk down Grange Garth or New Walk Terrace, there are steps at the bottom of the road that lead onto the riverside. If I turn right I can walk into the city in about 10 - 15 minutes. Go over

                                   The Blue Bridge

And then walk along a bit further until You walk under the

Skeldergate Bridge
After you've come out of the 'otherside', There it is ! On your right hand side, in all its splendid glory

Cliffords Tower

So for the magnificent Castle Museum or The Jorvik Viking Centre or Shambles walk up to the main road from here, alternatively stroll along to the next bridge for


Ouse Bridge

Just before it is the Kings Arms pub. Famous for going under water in the floods. Flooding incidentally has always occurred in York. The city was built around the Ouse. When the river breaks its banks (which happens often) it usually cases little disruption, however! Sometimes when the weather has been particularly bad and a clash of all natures elements occur at once, the Ouse can flood fiercely and be a spectacular sight to see albeit deadly and distributive if not respected. York invariably continues about its daily business and deals with it in the usual way as we have become accustomed too.
Just before The Kings Arms Is one of my favourite little gems 'Plonkers Wine Bar' There is nothing quiet like sitting buy the river enjoying a drink and a meal in the summer or walk up Cumberland Street to find the Bar itself.  They are dog friendly inside and out and the food is a real treat. Even better they are open until 2am with a taxi rank next door.
So that is the New Walk from the York Priory to the city. Now if I walk down Grange Garth again and turn left at the bottom of the stairs, I can walk and walk and walk, should I so wish. On my way is

The Pikeing Well

Pikeing well is a grade II listed building. Circa 1752

I never tire of the seasonal beauty, the constant and evolving landscape not to mention the hive of activity that goes on down here 

I can access the #racecourse within 20mins walk over the millennium bridge

The Millenium Bridge

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Whats happening this Autumn and New Year at The York Priory England

Just wanted to welcome all our friends and customers old and new, to our seasonal update, we want to let you know what's been happening recently at The York Priory.

We have relaunched our bar, and now stock a wide variety of beverages. Becks Vier and Boddingtons are on draught, bottled and canned drinks Budweiser, Peroni, Bulmers (various flavours), Guinness and many more.  We have a new selection of  Red, White and Rose wines and spirits on offer and plenty of soft drinks too!! (J20, Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Tango etc. Between the hours of 11am until 7pm we are introducing a daytime snack menu, which will offer lite bites to the hungry traveller.

During the summer months we have started to include tap filtered bottled water in the bedrooms and for the light sleepers complimentary earplugs can be requested from reception.

From the 30 September 2013, Sky Sports will be available in The York Priory Bar, Yey !!!!!  This will be a nice surprise for our sport orientated customers, who would prefer to just sit and chill instead of the sightseeing and shopping that York is famous for.  Lee our bar and entertainment manager, will be looking forward to entertaining you there, being a local lad (and a loyal York City fan) he will enjoy exchanging football banter and yarns.

Also from 30 September 2013,  ALL Superior Bedrooms will have the full sky home package including movies (excluding Sky Sports). This tv package will also be available in Room 201 adjoining family room, in the main bedroom only. The rest of the bedrooms will still have the standard freeview package.

Due to high volume of enquiries, for the very FIRST TIME The York Priory have decided to open our doors to guests, from 27 December 2013 and will stay open until New Years Eve (we will be closed on New Years Day). We are going to have a guest and family party on the 31 Dec 13, to see in new 2014!!  All our guest that book for these dates are welcome to join us celebrating the end of 2013 and start of 2014. There will be a finger buffet and snacks, music and perhaps some games etc. The bar will stay open until the early hours.  However, we do intend to serve breakfast a little later on New Years Day, it will be served the between 9.30 am and 10.30 am, Do not be disappointed, book now, please call 01904 819022 or enquire at reception about the availability of accommodation for New Year's Eve, we would love to share it with you.

We continue to listen to feedback and make improvements wherever we can.

Many thanks to family and friends for your continued support in loving my business.

Elizabeth Jackson

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Visit York Racecourse Event

York Racecourse

Pam Jackson and Darren Wiseman


I was invited to a behind the scenes event by Visit York at  The York Racecourse. 

This was a fabulous event taking us into areas where the public would not be allowed to go. The Weighing room, the Changing rooms and The Stewards room. We were entertained with insights and stories by William Derby Chief Executive & Clerk of the Course, James Brennan Head of Marketing and Sponsorship and Tony Lee Operations Manager. 

It made me realise in particular just how lucky we are to have such a fantastic race course. Easy to see why they call it the Ascot of the North. 

I also didnt realise just how many different events they hosted throughout the year all nothing to do with racing at all.

Whilst we were there Gillian Cruddas reminded members of the Scandanavian Choir Tour which is a free event in York on 26th may 2012. Fun evening of music and song from Scandinavia and England! 4 Norwegian choirs will perform as part of their weekend festival in York: Nordstrandkoret, Unn-koret, Porsgrunn Sangforening and Ostre Gausal Sangkor.

Plus for some local flavour the South Bank Singers from York and the Four Quarters Quartet from Ryedale.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Live Entertainment

York is a reknowned Hot Spot for a great night out. It is very rich in vibrant cafe bars, bars pubs, restaurants, live music venues and night clubs.

Just about every Saturday there is always something on

My most favourite free music venue to go is The Roman Bath A pub right in the heart of the city at St Sampsons Square. Live entertainment is on most days 9pm - 11.30pm. On the 1st day of every month there is a black board with a list of bands playing over the next month. The venue has several rooms and a beer garden in which you can smoke. Be warned if the band is popular then the venue can get very very crowded. I can recommend 3 bands I have watched recently.

The Black Pearls
The Dark Flowers
The Mojos

2 other Free music venues in the area are The Golden Lion and The Old White Swan Goodramgate

At the end of the evening I usually head towards Plonkers Wine bar. This is a fabulous wine bar situated opposite the Grand Opera House on Cumberland Street. Plonkers is open until 2am and from 11pm-2am a DJ plays music.

When the evening has finished Plonkers is situated right next door to Streamline taxis ideal transport to your next destination
Saturday, 24 March 2012

Harrogate Flower Show well worth a visit

The Harrogate Flower Show is well worth a visit whilst visiting if you are visiting York around 26th - 29th April 2012.

Its run by the RHS and is often refered to as the Chelsea of the North.

There are gardens diplays, flowers, stalls, demonstrations, Flower arrangement competitons Cookery Demos

Harrogate is only 20 miles from York so is an easy distance to visit the show.

Do have a look around Harrogate town whilst visiting its a quaint little spa town.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The festival of angels

The weekend bought some wonderful ice carvings and street cafes and christmas market to York this weekend

The city centre was packed with christmas shoppers even I ventured out to absorb the atmosphere. The festival of angels is a great event created by the city of yorks traders as a thank you to the York citizens

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