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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.

Christmas is coming…

Here is just one of the ice sculptures from last year's Festival of Angels in York

As we always like to bring you insider information on what’s happening at The Fort we tracked down Andrew Elcock – The Fort’s main man. As someone definitely in the know and a long time resident of York, who better to ask about what’s been happening in the great city over the last month and more importantly, what’s happening with The Fort, now and in 2011.

With a plethora of events happening at Kennedy’s (the bar next door to The Fort) and numerous festive revelries to partake in, we asked Andrew for an update!

How is business at The Fort?

Great, it has been a success story from the opening night. We have had bookings from around the world and have advanced bookings through until next June. We recently welcomed our 500th guest the other day – people may have spotted that on our Twitter updates. The new website has certainly helped with bookings and allows future arrivals, a real feel of what has been achieved.

We always keep an eye on the comments that are placed on Hostelworld (and thank people for them) and we are currently looking at adjusting the double rooms to match the dorm room in regards to its bathroom door; we want to provide the ultimate in hostel experience and have some brilliant ideas up our sleeve!

York Minster was central to this year's festival, Illuminating York

York is a hive of festival activity at the moment, how have you found them this year?

A few weeks ago we celebrated Illuminating York, which has been going from strength to strength for the past three years. You can see various images of York Minster, creatively illuminated at this amazing festival on our Facebook page. There has also been St Nicholas Fayre, which certainly adds to the festive feel of the city. Finally we are looking forward to the Festival of Angels this weekend. With a hog roast, Mulled wine, Winter Pimms planned at Kennedy’s, we invite all those at The Fort to join us at this event.

Now the snow has been pretty bad in Yorkshire, has it had an impact on The Fort?

The weather has been pretty troublesome as people have been unable to move around the country and therefore they have been unable to reach us, but people have been popping into Kennedy’s and taking full advantage of our winter warmers!

Kennedy's: the perfect setting for festive fun

What can The Fort look forward to in 2011?

The Fort is only stage one of an ongoing project. We aim to create an even bigger and better experience for our guests that will include a larger communal area. Of course with expansion comes the need for fresh design talent to enable us to keep The Fort so unique.

Thanks, Andrew!

Check out a few images of last year’s Festival of Angels (and the recent snow!). Make sure you check out The Fort’s Facebook Page with updates of the Festival activity and events of what’s happening at Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant.


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