Residents of Selby District are encouraged to be local tourists for the weekend

Selby District’s very first residents’ engagement festival is taking place on 16th & 17th October 2021, with a number of offers, one time only experiences, activities and events for residents to enjoy.

Organised by Selby District Council’s Culture and Visitor Economy Team, the ‘Get To Know Your Own Heart’ festival is all about showcasing the varied and quality offer available across the whole of the district and encouraging residents to explore. The festival includes offers, special events, guided tours, behind the scenes experiences, family entertainment, live music & more. It will be a great time for residents to discover what the district has to offer as a destination.

Councillor Tim Grogan, Selby District Council Executive Member with responsibility for Health and Culture, said:

“As a district we offer a warm and genuine welcome, as well as authentic and exciting product. The aim of our very first residents' engagement festival is to showcase the wide range of activities and experiences available across the district and to encourage our residents to explore them.

“There are some fantastic offers and one-off experiences available, for our residents to enjoy over the weekend, as well as live music and family entertainment in each of our three towns.

“The district’s very own Cray Bakes will even be creating a special ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ brownie that will be available at the Selby Farmer and Craft market on the Saturday, so I would really encourage our residents to spend time in our district, ‘Get To Know Your Own Heart’ and really discover what we have to offer.”

Grace Chapman, Selby District Visitor Economy Advisory Board Member and Community Engagement Officer of Selby Abbey, said:

“Now, more than ever, is a time for local discovery and the ‘Get To Know Your Own Heart’ residents’ engagement festival will inspire and encourage residents to learn more about their district and explore their own doorstep.”

“We’re very excited to be offering after hours and family tours for the first time, as part of the festival. It’s a fantastic chance for residents and locals to come along, experience the Abbey - and see it in a whole different light.”

A programme of live entertainment will be available in Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet, as part of the Residents’ Engagement Festival, featuring acts such as Elsie Franklin, Professor Fiddlesticks, Hyde Family Jam and just Josh.

Full details of all participating attractions, festival events and offers can be found at: 

https://exploreheartofyorkshire.co.uk/residentsfest/.

Here are a few highlights:

Selby Abbey, special Family and Children’s Tour, and an extra special After Dark Tour.

Guided Walk of Towton Battlefield, with Towton Battlefield Society.

Live music with Elsie Franklin at The Coffee Club in Selby.

Family entertainment with Professor Fiddlesticks at The Barn in Tadcaster.

20% off a painting session, with Clayfever Ceramic Studio in Tadcaster.

Live music with Hyde Family Jam in Selby and Sherburn in Elmet.

Selby Town Council Farmer’s and Craft Market, with special ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ brownies available from the Cray Bakes stall.

Free coffee with every £8 purchase at The Stables Tearoom at Carlton Vineyard.

Magic, juggling and balloonology with just JOSH at The Old Girls’ School in Sherburn in Elmet.

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