York’s City Walls are CLOSED until further notice.
Fishergate Postern Tower is CLOSED until further notice.
The 2020 “York Walls Festival” organisers released the following statement on 24th March 2020 =
Statement – York Walls Festival 2020
“Like all groups organising events this summer, we are faced with the realism that ordinary life will be on hold for many months. Only yesterday the Bar Walls themselves were closed to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Given it is nearly five months until the festival though, on August 15 & 16, there is also a hint of optimism that the worst may be over by then. Even as a small festival, the uncertainty over whether government restrictions will be in place makes planning difficult.
We will therefore keep the situation under review, but certain events due to take place outdoors like an archery event at Baile Hill and a theatre piece between Red Tower and Fishergate Postern Tower will be cancelled. Talks may be postponed or delivered as online videos. Indeed, the festival committee will see what activities we can take forwards online (at www.yorkwallsfestival.org and via Social Media), and look at developing resources to share our wonderful heritage more widely.
During the planning so far for this year’s festival, the committee have agreed on our vision and noted the audiences we are looking to attract. This will be posted on Twitter (@WallsYork) shortly.
As we scale back our 2020 plans, at least we can confirm our dates for 2021: Aug 14 & 15 next year. Updates regarding festival plans will be shared online. Finally, may the festival committee wish everyone well for the months ahead. Times will be hard, but everyday life will eventually resume, and we look forward to enjoying the City Walls with you when it does.
In line with Government Coronavirus Guidelines the planned OPEN DAYS at Fishergate Postern Tower are now CANCELLED until further notice.
You can still visit the interior of Fishergate Postern Tower in a safe and virtual way using our new FPT VR Tour available HERE
The FOYW AFM will be postponed to a later date, and our “committee meetings” will be conducted electronically.
The City Walls are controlled and managed by the City of York Council (CYC) who have announced “The City Walls will be closed until further notice to ensure we are supporting the government’s social distancing messages.”
You can now “visit” Fishergate Postern Tower and look around the interior thanks to a new Virtual Reality Tour. You don’t even have to negotiate the narrow spiral staircase, except in a VR world, to see what is inside the tower – on the ground floor and on the three upper floors in detail. Please Go To :-
Fishergate Postern Tower – A Virtual Tour
Open the above link and carefully navigate around each of the 360 degree views. Move from one location to another using the “Sun Hotspots”. Hover over a hotspot and the “Title” by that hot spot tells you where you are going to move to.
With thanks to Jonathan Malory at Sky Filming for providing the images and files to FOYW.
TIP – for a full screen display on a PC or a laptop use the f11 function key.
Fishergate Postern Tower
@ Junction of Piccadilly and Lead Mill Lane YO1 9AF
Open on Sat 25th Jan & Sun 26th Jan 2020
from 10:00 – 16:00
FREE ENTRY (but donations welcome)
Climb the spiral staircase of this early Tudor tower, work the model portcullis and find a remarkably complete garderobe, masons’ marks, re-used roof beams and our displays, including brand new replicas reborn from fragments found in our recent archaeological dig.
Disabled Access (Partial – ground floor only)
This event is provided by volunteers of The Friends of York Walls. If you would like to get involved please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the first opening of Fishergate Postern Tower for our 2020 season. For other 2020 open days please see HERE
The 2019 season of Open Days at Fishergate Postern Tower has now come to an end. The next FPT opening, to start the 2020 season, will be The York Residents Weekend on 25th & 26th January 2020.
The planned open days for 2020 are available HERE
Thank you to all the FOYW volunteers for all the time that you have put in during the year. A summary of visitor figures for the tower is available HERE
We need a new “Volunteer Co-ordinator”, as Martin Hetherington, who has performed the role for over five years, is to move on to new things. Nearly 40,000 visitors have been to Fishergate Postern Tower since 2014, and the list of volunteers has changed somewhat since then. Thank you to Martin for all your hard work.
If you would like to be the FOYW Volunteer Co-ordinator please send an email to email@example.com