What’s on?

The Park opening times: the park is open at 8am (9am at weekends), and closes at dusk. In the winter, the park closes at 3.30pm.

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 2018 are January 18th, April 12th, June 14th and October 18th (AGM). Meetings start at 7pm at the Park cafe. During the winter, when the park is closed by 7pm, entry will be via Richardson St, where the gates will be open from 6.50pm to 7pm; if you arrive after this time, phone the cafe (551489) for entry.

In previous years, the Friends have organised the Birthday Party (aka Summer Fair =  stalls run by community groups, food stalls, music activities and entertainments), on the second weekend in July. However, in 2016, the Party was so successful and well-attended, we realised that any future events of this nature needed to be supported with a much larger organising team, and a substantial investment in practical items such as portaloos, PA system and security guards. Hence the Friends don’t anticipate running the Birthday Party over the next couple of years (although another group may wish to step forward with an offer?); we have our eye on 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 2018

Gardening volunteer sessions are every Tuesday (weather permitting), from 9.30 to 11.30 (followed by a cuppa!) and once a month on a Saturday. For more gardening information, please email gardening@rowntreepark.org.uk

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 (minus August).

Subject Date
Sat 28th April York Music Centre (Minstrels)
Sat 5th May York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)
Sat 12th May York Music Centre (Big Band)
Sat 19th May York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)
Thurs  26th May 10am-12pm Boat Making (YF)
Sun 28th May 11-5pm Walk Cycle Festival
Sat 2nd June 1-3pm Den Building (YF)
Thurs 7th June 10am Very Young Friends meet up
Sat 9th June York Music Centre (Chamber Strings)
Sun 10th June 2-3pm Rich Hardcastle Band (Music)
Sat 16th June York Music Centre (Minstrels)
Sat 23rd June 1-5pm York College Music Showcase
Sun 24th June 12-1pm White Sail (Music)
Sun 24th June 2-4pm Sax Forte (Music)
Sat 30th June York Music Centre (Folkestra)


Thursday 5th August 10-11.30am Very Young Friends meet up
Sat 7th of July York Music Centre Big Band
Sat/Sun 7th and 8th of July Scarecrow Trail weekend
Sun 15th of July Friends picnic for members and volunteers
Sat 21st July 10-12.30 Orienteering Event with Eborienteers (all ages)
Sat 21st July 2-3pm Track29 –  Music
Sun 22nd July The Big Sing 2pm

Stone Gate Singers from 3.30pm

Mon 23rd July 10am-12pm Rock Painting Session – drop in (2- 10 year olds)
Friday 27th of July 10-11.30am Brilliant Butterflies (2-10 year olds)
Mon 30th of July 2-3pm Midsummer Night’s Dream storytelling workshop with Miss Tycal’s Magical Emporium ( children aged 6+)
Sunday 5th of August 1-4pm Jonny and the Longwaves (Music)
Thursday 9th of August 10-11.30 Enchanted Woodland Event (aged 2-10)
Sunday 1st September Festival of Cycling
Thursday 5th September 10-11.30 The Very Young Friends meet up

Run York
have a regular Thursday evening meet-up at the Millennium Bridge corner of the park, using 3k, 2k and 1k routes which are described on a notice at the meet-up point.

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.

Thre 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.

Parent/child/buggy fitness classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays; no contacts are known, at present.

Nordic walkers also use the park as their starting and finishing point.

This is just for information; the Friends do not endorse (or otherwise!) these activities.

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 appreciate knowing of any events you plan so we can help publicise and spread the word!)

In 2017 the Friends ran the following events and activities:

  • Very Young Friends monthly meet ups
  • Regular gardening sessions
  • ‘King of the Birds’ woodland trail with artist  Gerard Hobson
  • Spring Plant Sale
  • Clothes swop (recycling)
  • An International Picnic in conjunction with YUMI
  • Rock painting session
  • A half-term Rock hunt
  • Halloween activities (Spooky Saturday and a craft morning)
  • Christmas Wreath Making
  • Artist’s workshops
  • A festive story-telling session for children
  • “Decorate a tree for Christmas” activity through December

19 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:

    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:

    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!

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