Famous conspirator Guy Fawkes, who plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, was born in York and attended St Peter’s School in Bootham. To this day, the school still refuses to burn effigies of their famous alumni on the 5th November.
FEB / Jorvik Viking Festival - The largest event of its kind in Europe, the Jorvik Viking Festival is a city wide celebration of York's rich Norse heritage. One week long, with live battles and re-enactments plus talks, tours and marches.
MAR / York Literature Festival - A celebration of nationally respected writers along with home-grown scribes from York and the surrounding areas. Workshops, open mics and talks throughout the city's venues.
SEPT / York Food & Drink Festival - Events throughout the year with the main festival in September. Celebrating the very best of Yorkshire food and independent food businesses within Yorkshire.