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Flying Scotsman Season

Exhibition, Sat 27 Feb – Sun 31 Jul 2016, free entry

A season of events and activities celebrating the fame and celebrity of locomotive legend Flying Scotsman, to mark its anticipated return to the tracks. Highlights will include an exhibition exploring the highs and lows of the steam icon’s rollercoaster career, a compelling new theatre production in collaboration with York Theatre Royal and a Flying Scotsman experience allowing first-hand access to the most famous train in the world.






Chocolate Model Making


Create your own chocolate model that you can paint and decorate beautifully with edible chocolate paints and sweets. We’ll show you how to create your own chocolate masterpiece, you’ll then learn how to professionally temper the chocolate so you make and decorate your chocolate model before beautifully packaging them to take them home to show off, share or just enjoy.
The cost of this workshop is £17.50 per chocolate model, you are welcome to create your own or work in a pair to create your chocolate model, just make sure there’re no arguments!





Design and Create Your own Chocolate Bar

Join us to learn how to create your own chocolate bar, all to your own taste and preference. We’ll teach you how to temper chocolate, then you’ll be able to experiment with different flavours creating your own chocolate bar. We’ll then leave them to set before packaging them for you to come back and collect.

The cost of this workshop is £17.50 per chocolate bar, you are welcome to create your own or work in a pair to create your chocolate bar, just make sure there’re no arguments!





Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop


We’ll show you how to create your own chocolate truffles, you’ll learn how to professionally temper chocolate so you can hand dip and then decorate your chocolates before beautifully packaging them to take them home to show off, share or just enjoy.




Chocolate Masterclass – Chocolate Tempering

The science behind chocolate tempering can at times be overwhelming however it is an essential component to being able to master chocolate. We’ll be exploring the process and the different techniques that can be used to effectively temper chocolate.

During the workshop you will:

Learn how to master 3 different tempering methods – slab tempering, seed tempering and our own hair dryer method.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to recognise and correct bloom and crystallisation errors.

You should be able to identify ways to effectively manage your environment to achieve perfectly tempered chocolate.

You will make a variety of chocolate products, including bars, shells and crystallised couverture for you to take home and work with.

You will beautifully wrap your creations to take home and enjoy

Go home with recipes and your newly found chocolate knowledge

What do you take away with you?

Each participant will take home approximately 500g of your own chocolate as well as the recipes and technical worksheets to be able to make your own and perfect your skills at home.


Dates Times
Sat 2 Apr 2016 11:30 to 13:30
Sat 9 Jul 2016 11:30 to 13:30
Thu 22 Sep 2016 18:30 to 20:30




York Cocoa House

3 Blake Street



01904 675787



Bee Keeping for Beginners

Wed 6 Apr – Wed 31 Aug 2016, £30


This is a hands-on bee-keeping course aimed at beginners that lasts for two hours, between 6:30pm and 8:30pm. You can book to come any Wednesday evening in the summer. Please book in advance through our website.

The bee-keeping course is led by John Cook who looks after our bees and hives throughout the year. You will learn the basics of the bee life-cycle and, by using our hives as an example, you will learn how to:

Care for bees
Deal with swarms
Reduce the risk of the cold
Harvest the honey.
We see bees as a vital part of Stillingfleet Lodge Garden – they pollinate our flowers and provide us and the shop with honey. However bees are important economically too – it is estimated that their economic value as crop pollinators is worth £200m per year in the UK alone. As many of you will have noticed, however, bees are in decline, which could cause real problems in the future.

According to the Bee-Keepers Association:

“Bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats and forage of solitary and bumblebees at a rate which gives them little chance for re-establishment. The honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite and it is only the treatment and care provided by beekeepers that is keeping colonies alive. Most wild honey bee colonies have died out as a result of this disease.”

Many people want to help the bee populations and are looking to set up their own hives. If you are thinking of becoming a bee-keeper, this bee-keeping course will give you the information and hands-on experience to do so. You must book in advance for this course as places are strictly limited to minimise disturbance to the bees.

This is what previous participants have said about the bee-keeping course:

“Thank you to John for his time on the beekeeping course He was very knowledgeable on the subject, which he explained in a friendly and informal way. This is a good opportunity for would be(e) beekeepers to get some hands on practical experience in a tranquil setting.


Dates Times
Wed 6 Apr – Wed 31 Aug 2016 18:30 to 20:30







York Fashion Weekend

General Event, Fri 22 – Sun 24 Apr 2016


A packed weekend of offers, events, competitions, workshops and demonstrations celebrating fashion in York. The hub of the Fashion Weekend will be the Fashion Marquee in Parliament Street, home to the Fashion Village, demonstration area and a bar. See the brochure and website for more details.


Dates Times
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Apr 2016 10:00 to 17:00





Winter Wine Tasting & Afternoon Tea InThe Vineyard

Wine Tasting, from 30 Mar 2016, £25


Begin you visit with a taste of our award winning Sparkling wine, meet the owners Chris & Gillian and let them tell you their story of how Yorkshire Heart became the award winning business it is today along with the wine making process. Taste through one of our white, red and rose award winning still wines, before then enjoying a delicious selection of sandwiches and cakes with a cup of Yorkshire Tea all in the warmth of our Visitor Centre at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Approx. time: 2.5 hours
£25 per head (As all tours/tastings pre-booking is required)


Dates Times
Wed 30 Mar 2016 14:00 to 16:30
Thu 28 Apr 2016 14:00 to 16:30





The Great Yorkshire Fringe

Festival, Fri 15 – Sun 31 Jul 2016


The Great Yorkshire Fringe was such a roaring success last year that it’s coming back – and promising to deliver the very best comedians, music and family entertainment from all over the world to the centre of York.

In 2016 there will be an extra week – altogether 17 days of comedy, variety and family entertainment, again centred on Parliament Street.

Also The Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year competition will return! Following in the footsteps of the highly successful, sold out 2015 competition, the search is now on for the 2016 champion. The Great Yorkshire Fringe is looking for the best up and coming comedians from Yorkshire and beyond to compete in daily heats throughout the Fringe, with a grand final on Sunday 31 July. Last year, Tom Taylor, aged 23 from Harrogate, was crowned the very first Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year. Tom beat 74 other aspiring comedians, who took part over eight daily heats, to win the competition.

The competition judges will include professionals currently working in the comedy industry. Past judges have included comedy critics from the Guardian, Independent, Time Out and Chortle, plus industry agents and promoters.

The 2016 winner will receive The Golden Pudding Award, £750, and the opportunity to perform at Leicester Square Theatre. Second place prize will be £500 and third place £250.

The competition is open to any non-professional act who’s been performing for five years or less and entries from character acts, musical acts, and sketch groups are welcome. The only restriction is that all contestants must stick to 5 minutes of original material or risk disqualification.

Entries will open on Monday 11 January 2016 and are on a first come first serve basis. Entrants must be available for a heat between Friday 15 and Saturday 30 July 2016 (excluding Mondays 18 & 25), and the final on Sunday 31 July.


Fri 15 – Sun 31 Jul 2016





Flying Scotsman and the Shildon Shed Bash

Railway Event, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Jul 2016, free entry



Scotsman will be joined by some special guests at Locomotion: Shildon at this free event.

As well as being in light steam daily on the events apron with accompanying locomotives, there will be cab access, themed family events, exclusive photography events and more.


Dates Times
Sat 23 – Sun 31 Jul 2016 10:00 to 17:00




August Thunder Day

General Event, Sun 7 Aug 2016


We will once again be starting up some of our collection of aircraft, engines turning and coming to life to recall how big piston engines and Cold War jets used to sound.

as ever, operational availability means that we will be announcing which aircraft closer to the time, so be sure to mark this date in your diary


Dates Times
Sun 7 Aug 2016




World Ploughing 2016

General Event, Thu 8 – Sun 11 Sep 2016


World Ploughing 2016 will incorporate both the 66th British National Ploughing Championships and the 63rd World Ploughing Contest and is being organised by the Society by kind permission of Hobson Farming Ltd who are loaning around 500 acres of land to hold the event.

Supporting World Ploughing 2016 will be trade stands, demonstrations of modern farming equipment, vintage displays and demonstrations celebrating Britain’s agricultural heritage, craft exhibits, horse ploughing and a host of other events to attract farmers, their families and people with a love of the countryside.

Very briefly, the Society of Ploughmen is a registered charity which is run by volunteers, and we organise the annual British National Ploughing Championships in a different part of the country each year. The World Ploughing Contest is held in a different part of the world each year – this year it will be in Canada and the last time it was in this country was in 2000 when the event was held in Lincolnshire.

During World Ploughing 2016 the Society of Ploughmen will be hosting ploughmen and judges from more than thirty countries, including from as far afield as the USA, Kenya, Australia and New Zealand. We also expect around 300 British ploughmen to compete in the National Championships. The cost of staging the event is estimated at close to £300,000 and money is already being raised by local ploughing societies, by private donations, and through sponsorship.

World Ploughing 2016 is attracting considerable interest from organisations and companies within the agricultural industry who will be supporting the event and I believe there are many benefits to be gained from being associated with the event and I would like to invite you to join us in supporting it.

The overseas ploughmen and guests will be here for at least 10 days for the official time-table which will begin with a ‘Welcome to Britain’ reception and we hope to have your support to help make our visitors welcome to the area.

The official party will be approximately 300 people but there will also be many other overseas supporters of the ploughmen, so along with the competitors and supporters for the National Championships and the expected spectators to the event, it will be a big boost to the local economy.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 8 – Sun 11 Sep 2016




York Horse Racing: October Meeting

Horse Racing, Fri 7 – Sat 8 Oct 2016, £5-£165


The last days of the season see some big name trainers testing their horses over the Knavesmire; astute form watchers have their notebooks to hand especially for the sprint contests such as the Listed Coral Rockingham Stakes and the Coral Sprint Trophy.

Friday means the return of Countryside Raceday, a celebration of countryside activity and produce. This year we look forward to welcoming range of Countryside events. The Countryside Market also proved an easy way to get some early Christmas treats. Keep an eye on this website to see what countryside attractions will feature for the 2016 event.

In 2015 we were delighted to welcome the following to our Countryside Market, with announcements for 2016 coming soon;

Annemarie King The Phodographer

Annabel Shaw Creations

Baroque Designs

Equestrian Art UK

Fassi Mare

George Durdy

Hampers of Yorkshire

Montana Country Collection

Raisthorpe Manor

Simples Yorkshire

The Injured Jockeys Fund

The Ripley Collection

The Sawley Kitchen

Tweedy Gromett

In recent years, Saturday has become one of the busiest weekend raceday of the month nationwide so there continues to be a buzz about the grandstands. There will be a military band performing during the afternoon and they bring the curtain down on the season in rousing style as they mark the Coldstream Guards Association Cup.

Most of us love the anticipation and carnival atmosphere of a big sporting occasion. Yet there is also something nice about the relaxed pace of a raceday that offers the chance to catch up with friends whilst enjoying easy access to some of the best views and facilities on the turf. These have been called our “undiscovered gems” and the October Friday fits this description.


Dates Times
Fri 7 – Sat 8 Oct 2016












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