Selby 950

Selby 950 is a celebration of the 950th anniversary of the Abbey's foundation and the central role it plays in the town.

This year will see a broad programme of activities to celebrate the building and the town's heritage.

The wide variety of community events will include a bell peel, living history day, fun days, bands in the park, pop up opera, drama, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more.

Highlights will include a carnival style parade on 31 July to mark the Feast Day of the Abbey's patron saint with music and movement, art and crafts on display to welcome the newly commissioned icon of St Germain.

From 22 to 24 November a light festival will see the Abbey illuminated over three evenings with an interactive light show that will tell the story of the journey of a Pilgrim to the Abbey.

Community collaboration is the essence of Selby 950 with churches, the Town Council, schools, colleges, the library, the Civic Society and local businesses involved.

Get involved

If you are interested in joining in, contact Jennie Lowthian, our tourism development officer, by email 

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We've developed a special Selby 950 Event toolkit - with images, logos and banners to help you get involved in this very special year of celebrations.