Coming this Summer...


Lunchtime Summer Concerts

with York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir

Tuesday 7th and Thursday 9th July - 12.30 pm - 1.15pm


"There's sure no passion in the human soul, but finds its food in music"

- George Lillo (1693 - 1739)

Join the award winning York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir this July in the stunning surroundings of the Hall for a special lunch time treat of songs. Whether your taste is for contemporary, classical, west-end, opera, folk song or spiritual, there will be something for everyone!

The choir have been entertaining the people of York and further afield for 90 years and have played a significant part in the rich musical fabric of the city.

Normal admission charges apply. York residents half price with proof of residency.




The HandleBards Present...

A Midsummer Night's Dream & Hamlet



A Midsummer Night's Dream - Tuesday 28th July 2015

Hamlet - Wednesday 29th July 2015

Doors open (Fossgate entrance only) 6.00pm for 7.00pm Start


Beautifully British and bonkers - for the last two years, the HandleBards, a four-strong, all male troupe of cycling player, have pedalled the length and breadth of the UK perfromaing fast-paced, bicycle-powered Shakespearean productions. Once again they'll be back at the Hall performing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet.

This summer's tour will is their most adventurous yet - not only will they cycle 1500 miles to play 44 characters between them, they'll also complete the entire escapade off-grid - using dynamos to store cycle-powered energy. They'll be the first carbon-positive touring theatre company on the planet!

In A Midsummer Night's Dream four lovers enter a fairy-filled forest to sort out their entangled relationships. Four amateur performers also enter the forest to rehearse their play. A naughty fairy plays tricks on them all and condusion ensues! Hamlet starts with a ghost appearing to our Danish Prince, who looks remarkably like his father, asking him to avenge its death. Hamlet suspects his uncle of the foul deed. Hamlet debates love, death, deception, family, politics and the meaning of life before the play's thrilling end.

The performances will be open air so we will be expecting glorious sun-shine (fingers crossed - if the weather is inclement, the Great Hall will make a rather marvellous stand-in). So grab a tasty picnic, your finest group of friends, low-backed chairs, rugs and cushions and come watch some first-rate Shakespeare in the stunning surroundings of the Hall!



Adult: £10.00, Concessions (Over 60's and Students): £8.00, Children: £4.00

Family (2 adults plus 2 children): £24.00

Tickets are non-refundable and non exchangeable. For more details including purchasing tickets please ring the Hall on 01904 654818.




JORVIK Medieval Festival: Medieval Merriment

Bank Holiday Monday (31st August)

10.00am - 4.00pm



A fun packed day that the whole family will enjoy, in the heart of historic York!

Featuring a host of Medieval crafts and activities including; Have-a-go archery, birds of prey displays and sword fighting workshops.  

The Plague Doctor will also be in residence here at the Hall, ready to diagnose any ailment and offer a terrifyingly medieval cure...all for the right price, of course!

With fun crafts and themed activities on offer throughout the day this is going to be a day of Medieval merriment for all!

Admission Free, small cost for some activities. For more details on this event please phone 01904 615505 or e-mail





BBC History Magazine's History Weekend

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September 2015



On 25th September, the BBC History Magazine's History Weekend makes its debut in the historic city of York and we are proud to be the venue for this exciting event. We will host 15 expert speakers  - historians such as Bettany Hughes, Michael Wood and Ian Kershaw amongst others.

This is also your opportunity to take advantage of a fully stocked bookshop, book signings and a delicious meal prior to the lectures.


To buy tickets for the History Weekend please call 08716 204021 or click here.

For more information on the York History Weekend including details on the speakers click here.



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