It was previously known as the York Bzzaar, but The York Festival has now evolved to include so much more fun for adults and children! As well as the fabulous artisan designed work visitors have come to expect, they have lined up vintage cars, children’s circus, sand sculptures, children’s archaeological digs and that’s just the beginning.
If you’ve never been before (or even if you have), this year is the year to be there! The event will run over the weekend of the 10th and 11th September in York and is the perfect way to spend a weekend with family and friends whilst exploring the beautiful Wheatbelt.
There is just so much to do and see and eat at The York Festival, but here are our top five things you shouldn’t miss over the weekend:
Check out the beautiful art and design market stalls
At The York Festival this year there will be over 57 stalls selling amazing handcrafted products… everything from jewellery to clothing to home decor and candles. You will have the chance to meet the lovely faces behind the products and pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts.
Taste some delicious York Ice-Cream
When in York, it is only fitting to taste some local York treats! The York Ice-Cream, dubbed “the best ice-cream you’ve ever tasted” was Champion Ice Cream at the 2015 Perth Royal Show and therefore is the perfect afternoon treat in between doing everything else there is to do at The York Festival! You can find discover all of the amazing food and drinks that will be available over the weekend here.
Challenge yourself in the Mount Brown Run
If you’re up for a challenge, sign up for the inaugural Mount Brown Run, being held on the Saturday morning of the festival. The event is open to anyone interested in running or walking the picturesque 6km course. There’s even the chance for you to set a record as the fastest person in your category! It will cost you $10 to register, which can be done here.
Participate in a hands-on workshop
Whatever your artistic interests, there’s bound to be a workshop for you at The York Festival! Whether you want to learn more about wearable art, are passionate about bush basketry, want to try dying and printing your own fabrics or would love to learn to bind a make a handmade book… there’s plenty of opportunities to improve your skills and learn something new! The workshops are run by individuals who are passionate about their craft and want to pass on some of their knowledge to you. See all the courses on offer here.
Catch some live entertainment
Live entertainment will be in no short supply over the weekend of The York Festival. There will be entertainment for kids and adults alike, including a Bush Poets Breakfast and a show featuring a 71 year old contortionist! Find out more about these shows and more here.
Will you be headed to The York Festival this year?