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.”