What’s on?

The Park opening times: the park is open by 8am (9am at weekends), and closes at dusk. In the winter, this means that park closes at 3.45pm. The cafe is normally open from 9am, and closes by 4.30pm (3.30pm in winter).

The park is managed by the council. During office hours, you can contact them on the main council number: 01904 551550. The out-of-hours contact number is 01904 625751.

Friends activities

Friends’ meetings for 2020 are 16th January, 23rd April, 25th June and 15th October (AGM). Meetings start at 6pm at the Park cafe. During the winter, when the park is closed by 6pm, entry will be via Richardson St, where the gates will be open from 5.50pm to 6pm; if you arrive after this time, phone the cafe (01904 551489) for entry.

In previous years, the Friends have organised the Birthday Party in July.  However, this is taking a break. We do have our eye on celebrations for 2021 (the park’s centenary). Please contact us here, or via the Facebook site if you wish to offer your help in organising the centenary party.

Friends events for 2020

Volunteer Gardening-  every Tuesday from Feb-Nov (weather permitting), from 9.30 to 11.30 (followed by a cuppa!) and often on Saturday mornings. For more gardening information, please email gardening@rowntreepark.org.uk

Crafting Mondays – on Monday afternoons we host a craft session for adults interested in knitting/crochet.  The meet up is 1-3.30pm in the cafe. Keep an eye on Facebook for dates.

The Very Young Friends (0-5-year-olds and their parents/carers) meet the first Thursday of each month 10am-11.30am at the log circle in the woods (omitting August).

Art -The Friends are curate a series of exhibitions by local artists, in the Reading Cafe. If you’d like to display work contact art@rowntreepark.org.uk

Music – Informal and free summer-time music sessions are co-ordinated by Caroline music@rowntreepark.org.uk. After two years of groups and bands of all sorts, children’s groups, and a choir, we are again interested in all sorts of music for this summer; if it’s suitable for all, and suitable for outdoors, please get in touch with your musical offering.

Events for 2020

Please see Facebook for up-to-date events and details on our events.  The events in Italics are run by outsider providers, so please contact them for further details. More events to be added for 2020.

Date Event Extra Info
Sat 18th January Big Kids monthly Forest School  Ages 6-12

Book in advance

Thursday 6th February Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise
Fri 28th February Forest School 6 week block starts

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Thursday 5th March 2020

6.30-8pm

St Leonards ‘Lights of the Lake’  Ages 6-12

Book in advance

Thursday 5th February Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise
Sat 15th February Big Kids monthly Forest School 
Thursday 28th February Home education session – Green Woodworking Ages 5-16 welcome

Book in advance

Friday 6th March 2020 Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Friday 13th March Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Friday 20th March Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Sat 21st March Big Kids monthly Forest School  Ages 6-12

Book in advance

Friday 27th March Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Thurs 2nd of April The Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise
Friday 3rd April Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Thursday 9th April The Legendary Easter Egg Hunt  10.30am See FB event for prices and details
Friday 24th April Forest School  -start of new 4  week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Friday 1st May Forest School  -start of new 4  week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Thursday 7th May The Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Friday 8th May Forest School  -part of 4 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Friday 15th May Forest School  -part of 4 week block 

10-11.30am

Book in advance
Thursday 4th June The Very Young Friends Meetup 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Friday 5th June Forest School  -start of new 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Friday 12th June Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Friday 19th June Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Friday 26th June Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Thursday 2nd July The Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Meet at the Story circle in the woods
Friday 3rd July Forest School  -part of 6 week block 

10-11.30am

Sunday 12th July British Legion Poppy Walk
Sat 18th July Irish Association
Early sept Festival of Cycling TBC
Thurs 10th September The Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Thursday 1st October The Very Young Friends Meet up 10-11am Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Friday 2nd October Shine Walk
Monday 26th October Autumn Art 10-12 (TBC)
Saturday 31st October Spooky Saturday TBC
Thurs 5th Nov The Very Young Friends Meet up Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Thursday 3rd December The Very Young Friends Meet up Free to members £1 otherwise

Meet at the Story circle in the woods

Saturday 28th November Children’s Christmas Crafts Book in advance
Sat 5th  Dec  Wreath Making  for adults TBC

If you’d like to run an event in conjunction with us please feel free to drop us a line:membership@rowntreepark.org.uk       For music specifically, please contact us on music@rowntreepark.org.uk

Other Groups
Rowntree Park tennis club
is a private club that manages the tennis courts, and that welcomes new members. The club now offers an on-line booking system, which lets the public book and pay for the courts. There is also a local tennis league which players can join.  There are a number of sessions for adults and children that you can book onto.

Ready Steady Mums – are a group of parents who meet each Monday at 10am at the Butcher Terrace Gates.  They walk, chat and then get coffee!

Tai Chi – 9am Saturday morning you can drop into a session with Richard Siwiak.  This is ‘pay as you feel’. They are based in the raised garden on the right (looking from the cafe). Contact Richard for details: siwiaks@hotmail.com

There is a permanent orienteering course set up in the park by Eborienteers.  Maps can be borrowed from the cafe or you can download the maps for the three routes here

Other groups in the park

York Volleyball Club run an open session on Thursday evenings during the summer, either in Butcher Terrace Field or just outside the park, near Millennium Bridge.

Nordic walkers also use the park as their starting and finishing point on Mondays and Fridays.Find out more here

This is just for information; the Friends do not endorse (or otherwise!) activities run by other groups.

Please contact Make it York to find out about running an event in the Park that is not linked to the Friends of Rowntree Park (though we’d love to run events in conjunction with other groups, where possible and we appreciate knowing of any events you plan so we can help publicise and spread the word!)


21 Comments on “What’s on?”

  1. Ann Harris says:

    Could you add the times to your events please.

  2. cathmortimer says:

    Hi Ann, I’ve put in the times for the Friends’ events, and links or contacts for on-going events/activities which other groups organise. ‘This year’s events’ is the list as provided by Liz Topi, CYC, so you can get more information via the contacts for each event, or via Liz herself (01904 554253). Hope this helps.

  3. john jones says:

    What have you got planned to celebrate the Queens Jubilee?

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi John – The Friends have not got anything specific planned for the Jubilee, although the Very Young Friends will be out and about, as usual on Tuesday the 5th, and the Shakespeare production runs until the 5th. We’re just hoping the weather will be splendid; have a fantastic extended weekend.

  4. Suzanne says:

    Hello. I was just wondering if the miniature golf is still running on the weekends? Thank you

  5. David says:

    Hi Cath,
    Just wanted to thank you for organising the Christmas craft sessions run by Liz Collier which we thought were a great success and lots of fun. My daughter and her friends had such a lovely time and our christmas decorations took centre stage on our tree! Just wondered if there were any plans to repeat the events – perhaps with an on-going seasonal theme?
    Many thanks and a very happy new year to all FORP!

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi there, so glad you all had a good time at the workshops. We would love to do more, but we cannot justify the expenditure – we were rather under-subscribed. We will certainly be looking for other opportunities like this, perhaps at school holiday time, rather than Saturday mornings. All the best for the new year.

  6. Gemma Holloway says:

    Hello,
    I was wondering if you know if it would be possible to get married in the park. A humanist ceremony ?
    Just think it would be a unquie place to hold a wedding .

    • cathmortimer says:

      That sounds lovely, and I know that other people have asked this, but I’m not sure what the answer was! And I’m not sure you can legally get married outdoors yet, although it has been discussed. You’ll need to contact the council 551550 and ask for what used to be the Parks and Open Spaces team – I think they have a different title now. Good luck!

  7. Gemma Holloway says:

    Thanks
    I will let you what they say .

  8. stephanie says:

    Hi is the park open on easter Sunday
    Please let ne know

  9. Angela Adams says:

    Summer fair

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi Angela, the Birthday Party is our Summer Fair, this year on July 16th. Friends’ meetings dates are on this page in brief, with more information on our Newsletters (see Newsletters tab), when events get nearer.

  10. Charlotte says:

    Hi, any details on what time pramtastic starts?

  11. DCN says:

    Can’t find info re music 2-4 tomorrow 24th music jazz in Pk except on Fb. So can’t forward to none Fb friend! Is it on? Can you pop a copyable link here or even better to czecho30@hotmail.com thanks DCN

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi there, so much going on, we’re finding it hard to keep up! Sorry! Just posted this on Twitter:

      Nerves can’t stand watching the match? Chill out with some music instead: White Sail at 12 to 1.30 (by café) Sax Forte at 2-4 (by café or in picnic area). Bring a seat for maximum comfort

      I can’t work out if Sax Forte are going to by the cafe or in the picnic garden – but I guess that you’ll be able to track them down!

  12. Maria says:

    Will there be any events for children running in the summer holidays? Many thanks

    • cathmortimer says:

      Hi there
      The music events are going on throughout the summer – when not unavoidably postponed, like tomorrow’s (due to the weather). Check out Facebook for the most up-to-date listing. All are welcome. And the yarn-storming installation has just gone up (near the tennis courts/footstep maze). There are no child-specific Friends’ events, however, as we’re all off having holidays!


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