Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Event: Beauty and the Beast
Date: Friday 15 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018
Where: Grand Opera House York, Clifford and Cumberland Street, York, YO1 9SW
Admission: £22.15 – £31.15 plus £4.00 transaction fee

Beauty and the Beast will be gracing the stage at the Grand Opera House York from Friday 15 December 2017 to Sunday 7 January 2018. After the monumental success of the record breaking Panto in 2016, Three Bears Productions are back to bring you the ever-popular Beauty and the Beast.

Three Bears Productions Ltd is a new theatrical production company specialising in bringing the next generation of spectacular pantomimes to UK theatre. They have their own scenic workshops where they create the sets for all their productions, and their own in-house wardrobe department with over 5000 costumes.

A star-studded cast

The star-studded cast is a fantastic ensemble of stage, screen and TV talent.  This year, audiences can look forward to seeing Antony Costa from iconic boy band Blue, Lynne McGranger from Home and Away and TV personalities Debbie McGee , Les Dawson and Audrey Leybourne. Joining them on stage will be Emmerdale’s Stuart Wade, stage star Charlotte Maclachlan and Britain’s classiest dame, Steve Wickenden.

Planning ahead

Beauty and the Beast at the Grand Opera House York is a ton of fun and the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations. As you can imagine, this event is very popular and tickets are selling out fast. If you intend to visit the historic city of York, please plan ahead. Accommodation at this time of year is in high demand. B+B York is perfectly located with quick access routes to all the Christmas festivities. We have enough room for the whole family. Contact us today to arrange your booking. Telephone +44 (0) 1904 559 777 or email: [email protected] We hope to see you soon.

Christmas in York

Christmas in York

Christmas in York

Event: Christmas in York
Date: 15 December 2017 to 5 January 2018

Planning your perfect Christmas can sometimes get a little bit much. Fortunately, B+B York is here to give you some extra support to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the festivities this Christmas. We’ve made a list and we’ve checked it twice

If you are travelling into York from out of town, finding accommodation at this time of year might be tough. Not only do you have to search for a hotel or B&B close enough to the town centre, you also have to face the daunting fact that prices can be quite high.
You’ll be happy to know that B+B York has a festive break offer available from 15 December 2017 to 5 January 2018. Book a 3-night stay with us from only £225.

So that’s one thing you can tick off your list. What about Christmas Day lunch? There’s so much to choose from in York. Below we’re listed a choice of our favourite restaurants just for you.


Christmas Day Lunch

Best Western Monkbar Hotel
Seven courses including tea and coffee
Adults: £70
Children: £35 (aged 11 to 15)
Children: £20 (aged 10 and under)

Driving: 10 minutes / Walking: 20 minutes
More Information or call 01904 667 702 and speak to Dan Edwards


The Cross Keys, Goodramgate
Five Courses: £49.95
Four Courses: £42.95

Driving: 10 minutes / Walking: 15 minutes
More Information or call 01904 655 082

The Dormouse
3 Courses
Adults: £57.95
Children: £27.50

Driving: 5 Minutes
Walking: 23 Minutes
More Information: or call 01904 640 682

Plan ahead

As you can imagine, York is very popular at this time of the year. B+B York is perfectly situated with quick access routes to all the action. Contact us directly on +44 (0) 1904 559 777 / Email: [email protected]

St Nicholas Fair 16 November to 22 December 2017

St Nicholas Fair

St Nicholas Fair

Event: St Nicholas Fair
Date: 16 November – 22 December
Tickets: Free of Charge to attend.
Opening Times: Sun – Wed (10:00 – 18:00) / Thurs – Sat (10:00 – 20:00)

The St Nicholas Fair in York is one of the most anticipated events on the Yorkshire Christmas calendar. It runs from 16th November to 22nd December.  For most of us, Christmas is not only about the presents and full bellies after eating way too much it is also about spending quality time with friends and family. What better way to take in the Christmas spirit than by taking a relaxing stroll through the wide variety of Christmas stalls while enjoying a delicious cup of mulled wine.

As a prelude to St Nicholas delivering this year’s must-have gift down household chimneys in 6 weeks’ time, York has prepared a stunning array of Christmas stalls for the whole family to enjoy. There is definitely something to be said about the simple pleasure of wandering through the Christmas markets. Enjoy a hot drink while perusing the stalls and perhaps buying that special something for that member of the family you can never find a gift for.

The best part of the St Nicholas Fair is that most of the stalls supply goods which have been locally produced from locally sourced materials. Any gifts purchased here would be truly unique and special.

The following are some import dates to mark

Christmas Dates

16 Nov – Festive First Night
18 – 19 Nov – Brass Band Weekend
25 – 26 Nov – Choir Weekend

2 – 3 Dec – Family Weekend
9 – 10 Dec – Ice Trail
16 – 17 Dec – Shambles Party

The markets close on the 22nd December.

As you can imagine, the St Nicholas Fair is very popular. Large numbers of eager shoppers are expected to flood in from out of town. If you are planning your visit to beautiful York, why not stay more than one day. B+B York is perfectly situated with quick access routes to all of the festivities. Contact us directly on: Telephone +44 (0) 1904 559 777 / Email: [email protected]

Railway in Wartime

Railway in Wartime

Railway in Wartime

What’s happening? Railway in Wartime
Date:   14 October 2017 – 15 October 2017
Where? The North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The sound of drums and marching bands will fill the air at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on the 14 and 15 October as York celebrates with military and civilian vehicle parades. A Pickering in Business collaboration reviewed last year’s parade and we are proud to announce that 2017 is set to deliver a much bigger and better event for all to enjoy.

Everyone is getting on board

There truly is something for the whole family. During the course of the event, families can enjoy steam and heritage diesel train rides. Step back in time and relive the exhilaration and camaraderie shared during World War II.

The weekend event will consist of a foot parade led by the Yorkshire Corps of Drums. This will include all military disciplines, followed by a large display of 1940s military vehicles.

Families can look forward to hopping on board steam and heritage diesel trains. At each station along the journey, a spectacular display of wartime vehicles will be staged on the platforms. Families will also enjoy a variety of performances at each station. These will include a wartime street, ‘The Sidings’, at Pickering, Home Guard demonstrations at Goathland, and an RAF-themed Grosmont, with a replica mk9 Spitfire.

As the legendary train chugs along the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, you will eventually arrive at Levisham. This iconic civil parish in the Ryedale district will once again be transformed into a German-occupied French village with re-enactment displays and Café Allée du Bois.

Planning ahead

If you are thinking about joining in the fun why not avoid the long drive home after all the excitement? B+B York is perfectly located with easy access to the exciting Railway in Wartime Event. A comfortable bed and second-to-none service awaits you after your train journey. For more information, contact us on Telephone +44 (0) 1904 559 777 / Email: [email protected]

York National Book Fair 2017

York National Book Fair 2017

York National Book Fair 2017

Europe’s largest Book Fair is back and this time it’s going to be even better and bigger than before. Held at York Racecourse in the Knavesmire Suite, the York National Book Fair promises to attract all book enthusiasts from far and wide.

This year we celebrate the 42nd year that the fair has been running. Over 200 leading dealers will gather to offer rare, antiquarian, unusual and hard to obtain out-of-print books on all conceivable subjects. Prices will range from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds, so there will be items for serious collectors and first time-buyers alike. This year we welcome exhibitors from America, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and Hong Kong.


Back in 1974, the White Swan Inn in York hosted the very first National Book Fair. The turnout was quite limited with only 20 exhibitors. Today the York National Book has grown considerably. It is now the largest, and many say friendliest, rare, antiquarian & out-of-print book fair in the U.K.

For collectors, you will be able to find books over 500 years old. For the more modern readers, there will be plenty of recently published works to review.

Access to the event could not be easier and there is unlimited free parking on the premises as well as a free shuttle bus from the Railway Station to the Fair every 20 minutes.


Literature is one of the firm British cornerstones. What better way to celebrate these heroes of the written word than by attending the York National Book Fair. If you are attending the event, please plan ahead. Accommodation is usually in high demand so book now to avoid disappointment. B+B York is perfectly situated. For more information, you can contact us on +44 (0) 1904 559 777 / Email: [email protected]

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

The Great Yorkshire Fringe

As we embark on the first days of August, we approach the last days of the Great Yorkshire Fridge. Much like our neighbours in Scotland, the Great Yorkshire Fringe has grown from humble beginnings. For the last 2 years, audiences in York have enjoyed a wide range of performances on Parliament Street. More recently, however, the audiences have grown significantly, allowing for more locations around the city to welcome performers to take part in the festival.

The organisers of the festival have one objective in their sites – to create the key summer event on the York calendar. To do so they have endeavoured to bring the best in comedy, cabaret, theatre and music to Yorkshire. The growth of the festival has been based on the success of the previous two festivals.

This year audiences have enjoyed performances by Ruminations, a recital ofClassical Guitar by Richard Haslam, Magic –  A kind of Queen (still the best tribute to Queen), Andalou Dog – Pulled Down by the Sky and ‘Young Thugs Presents’ showcasing some of the acts associated with York record label ‘Young Thugs Records’.

Central Methodist Church

To get the ball rolling this year, the Great Yorkshire Fringe arranged a series of evets at the Central Methodist Church, kicking off with Andy Hamilton and Susan Calman who both wowed their audiences.

Andy, who is the co-creater/writer of Outnumbered, What We Did On Our Holiday and Drop The Dead Donkey and has also been a regular on The News Quiz, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, Q.I. and Have I Got News For You. Susan Calman is a veteran on the comedy circuit and has made regular appearances on television shows such as Q.I., Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, Listomania and Mock The Week

Big things from small beginnings

From humble beginnings, The Great Yorkshire Fringe has grown from strength to strength. B+B York is very proud of the festival and we look forward to seeing it grow. Look out 2018!

York Rally


York Cycle Rally

York Cycle Rally

Welcome to the York Rally! 72 years ago, one of the greatest British cycling events was created right here in beautiful Yorkshire. Since 1945, The York Rally has been a firm favourite on the cycling calendar. Held on York’s Knavesmire (a large, marshy undeveloped areas within the city of York), the event is entirely free of charge!

The event is truly a cycling spectacle to behold, offering one of the largest assembly of cycle tourers, grass-track and grass-roots racers and historic cycle experts. For those involved, cycling is more than a simple hobby, it is an all-consuming way of life. There is always a friendly expert on hand for those who want to learn more about this great sport. Applications to join Friends of York Rally, can do so at the event. This brilliant organisation is responsible to organising the York Rally – enjoyed by young and old alike (email: [email protected])

This year the rally will be held on Saturday 24 June and Sunday 25 June. The event is very popular amongst enthusiast and spectators, drawing major interest from British Schools Cycling Association’s National Grasstrack Championships (Saturday) to cyclo-cross races from the Yorkshire Cyclo-Cross Association on Sunday, with many young rider classes.

Numerous led rides head out from the Rally, from under five miles to over 100! There are many short, safe family-friendly and traffic-free outings, as well as more challenging routes for more experienced cyclists. On Sunday, a cycle ride will be organised to Naburn for a cycling church service.

If you are attending the York Rally and would like to avoid the long drive home; why not stay the weekend at our perfectly located bed and breakfast. We are pet friendly and our wide range of accommodation offers have everything you would need. For more information, please contact us on +44 (0) 20 7259 8570 / [email protected] or visit

York Cycle Rally
Date: 24th-25th June 2017
Address: Knavesmire Rd, York YO24 1GG
Tickets: Free of charge.


JORVIK Viking Centre

Stay at B+B York while you enjoy the JORVIK Viking Centre

Stay at B+B York while you enjoy the JORVIK Viking Centre

JORVIK Viking Centre is the talk of the town. B+B York welcomes all Viking enthusiasts to come and stay with us while enjoying the magic of the recently re-opened Viking attraction.

Apart from its stunning beauty and breath-taking scenery, the city of York is steeped in archaeological history. In the late 70’s, archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust made an astounding discovery.

They found resounding evidence that York used to be stomping ground of the Vikings. The JORVIK Viking Centre, formerly the location of many Viking houses, workshops and backyards of the Viking-Age city of Jorvik, has recently been re-opened.

The Viking Age dates back to around AD 800 to 1050. Back then, Vikings lived in Scandinavia. The Vikings had a distinctive culture including such common features as house forms, jewellery, tools and other everyday equipment. It was because of these similarities that this period in history was labelled the Age of the Vikings.

Archaeologists discoveries

JORVIK Viking Centre has been built on the very site of all these incredible discoveries. Archaeologists discovered four Viking-age house plots in the street of Coppergate, where much of the detail about Jorvik comes from.

Viking based workshops

The JORVIK Viking Centre offers several Viking based workshops to be enjoyed by the whole family. This includes Battle Tactics where you can learn some of the causes of raiding and warfare used by the Vikings. You will also get a chance to re-enact some of the strategies used on the battlefield.

Before the days of modern technology like television ad radio, the Vikings would share stories and poems. Don’t miss the Viking Sagas workshop where you will experience the magic of Viking storytelling and poetry. Listen to stories and poetry heard by Vikings over a thousand years ago, help re-enact a myth about Thor and his hammer and have fun with Viking riddles or ‘kennings’.

Stay at B+B York while you enjoy the JORVIK Viking Centre

B+B York is located only 15 minutes’ walk from the JORVIK Viking Centre. This is ideal for those who want to spend more than one day in our beautiful and historic town. Contact us today on +44 (0) 1904 559 777 / Email: [email protected] or book online on

 JORVIK Viking Centre opening times

Reopening Weekend and the Easter Holidays: 10am-6:30pm (last admission)

April – October: 10am-5pm (last admission)

November – March: 10am – 4pm (last admission)

Address: Coppergate Shopping Centre, 19 Coppergate, York YO1 9WT

Tel: 01904 615 505

Email: [email protected]

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Helmsley Castle

Over-looking the Town of Helmsley is Helmsley Castle, situated only 45 minutes’ drive away from B+B York. This picturesque stronghold is a great place for your family and beloved pets to enjoy out in the open air.

There is plenty for you and your four-legged companions to explore in this 900-year-old, medieval fortress. Located in the North York Moors National Park, The Helmsley Castle has transformed from a luxurious Tudor mansion into the glorious castle we see today. This is an ideal location for you and your furry friends to adventure while enjoying some well-deserved fresh air.

Helmsley Castle

Lord Helmesley Walter Espec – otherwise known as ‘Walter the Woodpecker’ built he first castle at Helmsley in the early twelfth century. This ambitious military and judicial figure also founded the Rievaulx Abbey and Kirkham Priory.

Through the years, the living quarters and mansion were modernised by the Manners family, however the castle was largely affected by the Civil War. This involved a three-month siege before the Great Keep suffered devastating explosion, leaving it in ruins.

More recently, the Castle has been given the TLC it truly deserves. English Heritage has now made the establishment more accessible to a wide range of visitors – local and tourists alike. The brand-new visitors centre makes it easy to learn more about the castle’s fascinating history.

 Join the fun

Whatever your age, the castle has a firm hold on the hearts, minds and imaginations of all who visit the awe-inspiring region. Helmsley Castle is for the whole family. Don’t miss the hands-on exhibition in the mansion house or the bronzed archers ready for battle. Audio headsets are provided for all visitors. You will be able to hear the sounds and detailed descriptions of your surroundings. Truly a blast from the past.

Stay with us

B+B York is pet friendly. We invite you to stay with us while you enjoy the wonders of Yorkshire.

Helmsley Castle
Castlegate, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, YO62 5AB
Phone: 01439 770 442
Web: Click here

Dining out in York

Dining out in York

Dining out in York

B+B York offers a fantastic breakfast to all our wonderful guests. However, if you are interested in dining out in York, we have a few recommendations for you to try during your visit.

The Raj Restaurant

Address: 21/22 Bootham, York, YO30 7BW
Phone: 01904 613366 / 612017

In late 2012, Raj Ahmad opened The Raj Restaurant in the centre of the historic city of York. The ambitious venture was quick to receive rave notability with it’s fine Indian & Bangladeshi cuisine.

The recently refurbished restaurant seats 70 guests and offers a sit-down or takeaway menu for the whole family to enjoy. Their reputation across York is unrivalled for quality of food and second-to-none service.

The menu caters for those seeking the authentic delight of the East. The Raj offers a superb menu with a range of Indian cuisine to suit all tastes and pockets –  cooked to order on the premises from fresh ingredients, by a team of specialist chefs. Diners can choose from standard curries through to a selection of Chefs Specials and Balti dishes.

Open from Sunday to Thursday evening 17h30 to 23h30 and Friday/Saturday 17h30 pm to Midnight

For all Belong and Benefit members, The Raj will be offering 20% off the food and beverage.


Brew York

Address: Unit 6, Enterprise Complex, Walmgate, York
Phone: 01904 848448

If fine beers and great atmosphere is your heart’s desire, you’ll fine Brew York in the heart of York’s busy city centre. Only 20 minutes’ walk from B+B York, Brew house offers ‘Good food, Good music, Great beer’

Founded by Lee Grabham and Wayne Smith, the team offer informative tours of the brewery. The venue is ideal for the novice and beer connoisseur alike. Anyone who is interested in the skilful craft of brewing are welcome to celebrate the best local ales that redefining the city’s position in the UK brewing scene.

The team are proud to present their fine brews, including: Brew York Brew York (American pale ale), Viking DNA (Smoked porter), Little Eagle (Session IPA), Eagle IPA (American IPA), Marris The Otter (English Bitter) and Kiwi Ale (New Zealand brown ale).

The Shop is open Monday to Wednesday 13h00 to 18h00, Thursday 13h00 to 17h00 and Friday/Saturday 12h00 to 23h00.

The tap room is open Thursday from 17h00 to 23h00 and Friday/Saturday 12h00 to 23h00. Unfortunately, the business is closed on Sunday.

Brew York will be offering 10% off Brewery Tours to all Belong and Benefit members.



Address: Skosh, 98 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JX
Phone: 01904 634849

A leisurely 20-minute stroll from B+B York will lead you to one of the city’s little gems. Skosh is a Grade II listed building which was transformed into a contemporary dining room with an open plan kitchen allowing for a unique dining experience.

At Skosh you can enjoy a full range of snacks or you can partake in the complete dining experience. They cater for the whole family with an eclectic menu featuring Hen’s egg’ with dale end cheddar.

Founded by Neil Bentinck, the restaurant strives to bring you a fine dining experience without braking the bank.

Open from Wednesday to Saturday 12h00 to 14h00 / 17h30 to 22h00 and Sunday 12h00 to 16h00

Skosh will offer all Belong and Benefit Members 10% off their food bill. See you there.