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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!

The Fort readies itself for the festivals

The past year has flown by, and we are only weeks away from one of our favourite of all York’s festivals: Illuminating York.

If you are unfamiliar with this particular festival of lights, then let us enlighten you on just why we love it. To begin with it is spread across the city, incorporating many of York’s finest buildings. Now in its seventh year the festival responsible for illuminating our historic treasures is set to continue its mission to enable both residents and visitors alike to look at York in a different light  – quite literally.

Using multi-coloured lights to add a contemporary twist to the illumination of buildings such as Clifford’s Tower and York Minster, we eagerly await the ingenious methods used to provide entertainment simply using different lighting techniques. Last year we were enthralled by the work of two French artists whose work was highlighted through light in real time.

The Fort was chosen as the accommodation provider for a number of the talented artists involved in last year’s festival, and we are proud to say that it has once again been chosen as a base for those who will be working their magic across the city.

If you’d like to see York in all its illuminated glory, then please feel free to head over to the city from 26-29 October. If you’re looking for accommodation at The Fort then we suggest you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We will be featuring our own images of the festival on Facebook along with a blog entry, so if you don’t get the chance to head over and see it you can check in with us online to see what you missed.

With the Ghost Festival (22-31 October), York Early Music Christmas Festival (30 November – 10 December), not forgetting the Festival of Angels (10-11 December), there is plenty to see and do in York over the coming months.

For further info on the Illuminating York Festival, please head over to their official website.

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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