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Retired Computer Design Engineer. Main hobby photography. Moved to live in York in November 2010 to be near family.

York Walls Festival 2018 – Booklet of Special Issue Newsletter

The 2018 York Walls Festival was a great success.  Details of the August event have been published as a Special e-Newsletter. This has now been  converted  into a PDF file – and formatted to print as an 8-page booklet.  The text is identical to the e-News, except for an added  list of contributors (on the back page), and had to drop two pictures.   You are free to use it as you wish.



Saturday 15th September – Heritage Open Day
Saturday 29th September
Saturday 13th & 27th October
Normal Opening Times – 10:00am to 4:00pm

If an “archaeological dig” takes palace within FPT, as part of installing an electricity cable, then additional open day(s) may be arranged. Watch this space !  The tower will then normally be closed from the end of October 2018 until the York Residents Weekend at the end of January 2019.


York Walls Festival 2018


Community groups across York are working together to stage the first ever York Walls Festival, on Friday 10th and Saturday 11th August, 2018. Volunteers from the Red Tower group and Friends of York Walls, supported by Jorvik and City of York Council, are looking forward to celebrating and promoting this much-loved attraction. The launch event on the Friday evening, likely to be held at York St. John University will feature a talk by John Oxley, City Archaeologist, and a visit from the Lord Mayor of York.

Saturday will see a host of guided walks, events and open days across the city centre, giving the public the chance to find out more about parts of the three-mile circuit they might not often visit. For children there will be a Walls Passport to collect stamps for as they make their way around the city. A detailed programme will be issued later in July, and people can stay in touch via:

  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @WallsYork #YorkWallsFest

One of the organisers,  Martin Hetherington (Friends of York Walls) said:  “It’s great to be working with other local groups who are passionate about sharing the city’s heritage with the public. Visitors will be able to see inside all the main gates on a single day. Plans are advancing for a York Walls Visitor Centre at Fishergate Postern Tower, and a display there will show progress to date.”


Martin can be contacted via the FOYW email:

More details to follow.



Fishergate Postern Tower Open Days 2018

Fishergate Postern Tower will next be open on :-

Saturday 21st July – Festival of Archaeology
Saturday 11th August + York walls festival 2018
Sunday 26th August – Late Summer BH
Saturday 8th & 15th September – Heritage Open Days
Saturday 29th September
Saturday 13th & 27th October

Normal Opening Times – 10:00am to 4:00pm


Fishergate Postern Tower Fundraising

Please help The Friends of York Walls to pay for the installation of electrical sockets and new lighting inside Fishergate Postern Tower, a part of  York’s famous City Walls.  Please donate anything, however small, via the Justgiving Link Here  and help us to improve the facilities inside the tower.  Thank you!

The Friends of York Walls have recently leased the tower from the City of York Council;  and display information there about the tower and the history of York’s City Walls.  Entry to the tower is free on our open days, but individual visits can be arranged for a donation. Currently we need money for internal electrical installations, lighting, and roof repairs.  With electricity and lighting inside the tower we can then improve our informative and historical displays and enhance the visitor experience.

For FPT OPEN DAYS see the list HERE