Tag Archives: 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (at Kennedy’s!)

It has been an incredibly exciting year for us here at The Fort. Not only have we seen bookings go through the roof, but we have also played host to a variety of creative visitors to York. These have included numerous journalists who were keen to venture to York and stay with us in one of our very lovely rooms (not to mention try a breakfast from Kennedy’s, next door).

In fact, if you check out the travel section in the Guardian next Saturday you will see The Fort’s latest review. We were thrilled to be chosen as a destination for a journalist from the Guardian, and will post the link as soon as it is available.

Speaking of Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant, they have just sent out a newsletter to inform all their loyal customers about their planned activity for this New Year’s Eve. Starting at 8pm, you can expect bubbly on arrival with a complimentary hog roast on the roof terrace with music from top live band, FUNKtion.  Not only will Kennedy’s bash allow you the chance to see the  New Year in with style, but you also have the option of heading over to the minster at midnight, to then return and party until 2am.

To ensure that your New Year goes off with a bang then please contact Kennedy’s to purchase your ticket (£20 each) by emailing contact@kennedysbaryork.co.uk, as they are limited in number we urge you to book asap!

Regardless of your planned activities to see in the New Year, everyone at The Fort would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Illuminating York is a firm favourite here at The Fort

As you may have read, via our tweets and also in a recent blog post, we were waiting in anticipation for Illuminating York. We have to say that we were not disappointed.

The main events took place at the Minster and Castle Museum (that’s where our shots were taken), and although there were a few rumbles of discontent that more medieval buildings were not included on the night, it can’t be disputed at how well the whole evening’s events were executed.

York Minster has been at the heart of the festival for a number of years, although this year the exterior wasn’t used but instead the interior of the great cathedral. There was also a sound installation installed in the gardens of the Minster called ‘Contours’; now despite being a festival of light, the harsh Nordic tones that were central to the installation really enhanced the experience.

A nice point to note is that the cathedral was open (that meant we didn’t have to pay the standard £9 entry fee – something that can cause a problem traveling on a budget).

The exterior of Castle Museum was bathed in glorious technicolours that help to tell the story of the city. We have included a link to a great video clip of the event at Castle Museum to show you just how good it was.

As the event has been running successfully for that last 7 years, we should no doubt expect another creative display next year!

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