Selby 950

2019 is set to be a big year as Selby celebrates 950 years since the town’s stunning Abbey was founded.

The wide variety of church and community events will include a bell peal, a living history day, fun days, bands in the park, dramatic presentations, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more. Among the highlights will be a carnival style parade to mark the Feast Day of the Abbey’s patron saint with music and movement, art and crafts on display to welcome to newly commissioned icon of St Germain; plus a light festival towards the end of the year when the Abbey will be illuminated over three evenings with a light work that will tell the story of the journey of a shining figure across land and water to the Abbey.

The town will see many other cultural events and activities throughout 2019, many of which have a strong heritage theme, with pop up museums and hidden histories showcased to residents and visitors to the area.

More details will be announced shortly!

Selby 950 Toolkit

We've put together a toolkit that includes everything you need to make the most out of Selby 950 in your own marketing, and to enhance your own event promotions:

Selby 950 toolkit

This includes logos, banners, photos and all the other information you might need to get involved.

Engagement pack

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter, or an absolute beginner, download our Selby Shines Engagement Activity Pack. It includes suggestions for themed designs, templates, patterns and colour schemes for our celebratory year. All of this can be used to decorate your own home, your street, your shop front or maybe you’d like to run your very own craft and making events in your community.

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