Social Programme

YA organises a social programme each week with a number of activities in the evenings for our clients. These activities are optional but give a flavour of what York can offer its visitors.

A typical week could be:

Monday:At 5.00 pm a welcome drink in our coffee lounge and a 30 minute presentation on the city and its rich history (free)
Tuesday:From 5.00 pm, a walk around the city accompanied by a guide who will point out places of interest. Followed by dinner in a local restaurant (£15 - £25 & accompanied by a member of YA staff)
Wednesday:The chance to listen to Evensong at 5.00 sung by the renowned choir at York Minster (free - unaccompanied by YA staff)
Thursday:From 8.00 pm drinks and listen to a live folk or jazz band in a popular York pub (cost of own drinks, & accompanied by YA member of staff)

For clients who stay over the weekend, we also offer the opportunity to join our sister school “English in York” which usually organises a full day excursion outside York to a local place of interest such as Castle Howard, Whitby & Robin Hood’s Bay, Leeds or the Yorkshire Dales. This usually costs around £25 per person and will be accompanied by a member of staff.

If you would like to explore on your own, for example before you course begins or if you are are staying on in York after your course finishes, here are some favourite activities you could do while in York:

  • Visit York Minster, one of the largest medieval cathedrals in Europe
  • Learn about York's early Vikings at the Jorvik museum.
  • Take a journey through time at the National Railway Museum.
  • Enjoy a great day at the famous horse races
  • Go on a Chocolate Trail to see why York is the “Chocolate Heaven”
  • Tiptoe through a Ghost Walk
  • Take a York City Hop-On Hop-O tour
  • Hold your breath as you explore the York Dungeons
  • Enjoy a drink by the river at the King’s Arms, one of York’s most famous pubs
  • Go on a hiking trail of some of York’s historic walking areas
  • Tune in to a wide genre of entertainment, ranging from live bands to stand-up comedians at Grand Opera House
  • Enjoy afternoon tea and scones at Betty’s traditional English tea room
  • Go pub-hopping, starting with the Blue Bell, an award-winning York pub
  • and many more...