On Saturday 21st July the ‘Friends of York Walls’ are holding a Tofts Fair around Lower Priory Street, just inside the walls near to the Victoria Bar. With help from the local Residents Association and the support of City of York Council, this is part of the City’s 800th Charter Year celebrations.

Activities planned include:
Music & dance, Giant games, Miniature train rides, Bouncy castle, Dog show, Halfords bike display & free bike safety checks, Charity stalls, Climbing wall, Face painter, Ice cream refreshments & BBQ, Punch and Judy, Local history displays, Free fruit for the children, Sponsor a Stone and History of the Walls display by FYW, etc..

The Friends of York Walls are keen to join with local residents in celebrating the walls that meander past their streets and back gardens. The Walls in York are England’s longest and most complete, and visitors from all over the world come to walk on them. The Friends of York Walls are keen to promote our wonderful heritage for the good of local residents and visitors alike.

Advertising flyer available here.


On Saturday 14th July 2012 The Friends of York Walls escorted the Lord Mayor of York Councillor Keith Hyman, and Mrs Karen Hyman the Lady Mayoress, on a walk along some of York’s historic walls.

The civic party was first entertained by the York Concert Band on the front lawns of The Kings Mansion before setting off on a “walls walk” through the Museum Gardens to Lendal Bridge and the start of the city walls. There they were entertained by a busker and given tea and biscuits courtesy of the Cedar Court Hotel. More buskers entertained the walking party at Micklegate Bar and then at the Bitchdaughter Tower where the party was given wine and biscuits. The walls walk finished at Fishergate Postern Tower when the civic party sponsored a stone and climbed the spiral staircase to view the upper floors. Throughout the event collections were taken in aid of “The Lord Mayors Charities”.

More photographs taken during the event can be seen here.


The Red Tower Fair on 7th July was blessed with a rare event this summer, a warm and sunny day.

The Friends of York Walls in association with the local residents provided stalls, games, entertainment, activities and refreshments. A good afternoon was had by all.

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

If you missed the Red Tower Fair we will be doing it all again at Tofts Fair Bishophill, inside the walls near to Victoria Bar, on 21st July from 12 – 4 pm.


On Saturday 14th July the Lord Mayor will be entertained by the 50 piece ‘York Concert Band’ outside Kings Manor, followed by a “Walk on the Walls”.

We need help setting up at 11am, erecting 3 gazebos and setting up 50 chairs. Once the Concert Band are playing we need at least 3 people helping to collect money for the Mayors Charities from the crowd of people that will hopefully gather around.

We also need volunteers to walk with the Mayor from the Mansion House to Kings Manor, and then for a walk on the walls.