What’s on in York: The Big City Read Annual Walk


York Explore Library :

Thu 21 Sep :

11.00am – 12.00pm :


BCRThis will be an hour’s walk through the streets and snickleways of central York based on this year’s Big City Read novel. It will take in the places referred to in the book with a running commentary from the walk leader on the places and how they tie in with the novel.

Meet in the foyer at York Explore

This is a free event and no booking is needed.

This walk will not be accessible to pushchairs and wheelchair users as some steps will be included. Please wear suitable clothes and footwear for walking.

What’s on in York: Alison Weir … Anne Boleyn A King’s Obsession

York Explore Library :

Wed 20 Sep :

6.00pm – 7.30pm :


Sept _20Alison WeirAlison Weir recounts one of the most sensational episodes in English history, revealing a courageous, determined woman on a headlong course to tragedy.

Fresh from the cultivated hothouse of Renaissance France, Anne Boleyn draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love. But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game. She has a spirit worthy of a crown; and a crown is what she seeks. And so she embarks on her perilous course, which will plunge a kingdom into turmoil. Alison Weir weaves new research and theories into the dark, powerful tale of Henry VIII’s second wife – a woman ahead of her time, who dared to question traditional concepts of femininity, and whose ambition drove her to gamble with the fickle nature of a dangerous king.

Be prepared for your perceptions to be challenged.

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published seventeen history books and six historical novels. Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is the second in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII.

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She has published seventeen history books, including Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Lady in the Tower and Elizabeth of York, and six historical novels. Her latest biography is The Lost Tudor PrincessAnne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is the second in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, following on from Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen.

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: ‘Murderabilia’ …. Crime Fiction that looks like Crime Fact

York Explore Library :

Tue 19 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Sep _19MurderJack Denham discusses an in-depth look at gruesome murder artefacts,discussing the ways that we use crime fiction to decode crime fact.

Inspired by his PhD Research, this talk will consider murder memorabilia (murderabilia) from a criminological perspective. We’ll be looking at some gruesome artefacts, taking a tour of some crime museums, and talking about the ways in which we think about crime, through culture, in the 21 century.

Not for the squeamish!

To book tickets click here.

What’s on in York: Ballroom Dance for Beginners … Introductory session

 York High School:

Mon 18 Sep :

6.30pm – 8.30pm :


Sept _18BallroomdanceAn introduction to Ballroom Dancing.  Workshop is aimed at couples, so dancers are advised to come with a friend or partner, though this does not have to be male/female couples.  Lessons are active, with a short break included. The session will cover basic Waltz and Rhythm Foxtrot for social dancing.

Suitable footwear is advised and if dancers have ballroom shoes, this would be appropriate.  If not, day shoes can be worn but men must avoid heavy shoes or boots, and women should wear shoes which are comfortable with a heel no higher than 3”.

West York Adult Education Centre, York High School, Cornlands Road, Acomb, York, YO24 3WZ. (Fully accessible, ground floor classroom)

£15 for all

Booking via our website: www.yortime.org.uk or the York Learning bookings line: 01904 552806


What’s on in York: A Taste of Mindfulness

York Explore Library :

Mon 18 Sep :

6.30pm – 7.30pm :


Sept _18MindfullnessEver feel stressed at home or work? Lost in worry or feeling that life is passing you by?

Then this one hour Mindfulness taster session is for you. Ancient wisdom and the latest in neuroscience combine in Mindful CBT to provide a simple everyday ‘toolkit’ for reducing stress and anxiety, warding off depression and even finding the happier you.

Make the most of the life you have with these simple, yet powerful tools – just one hour can change your outlook.

Topics covered:

  • Discover the joy and wonder of living in the moment
  • Reduce worry and anxiety through relaxation and thought awareness (including a short guided meditation)
  • Learn that self-compassion is a choice
  • Break harmful habits and find the real you
  • Find peace through accepting what cannot be changed

This mindfulness session will focus on nurturing; and being good to ourselves, and explore how to develop awareness of our own health and wellbeing. Ticket price includes a hot drink and cake.

To book tickets click here.