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York & Yorkshire Music School Tours

Traditionally a favourite destination for school trips, York is a beautiful, historic and unique city offering an array of wonderful performance opportunities and visits, including York Minster, the largest Gothic Cathedral in Northern Europe, and the Shambles, York's oldest street and delightful shopping area, all ready to explore.

York is also the ideal base for exploring the sights and sounds of North Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire and its glorious coastine resorts of Filey, Scarborough and Whitby.  Whether you’re looking for dramatic rolling countryside, glorious historical sites or traditional British seaside towns, you’ll find it all in Yorkshire.

Prices start from£249pp

Price Shown includes

  • 3 night's B&B accommodation
  • Executive coach transport from & to school & throughout your stay
  • Organisation & publicity of 2 concerts
  • Group travel insurance
  • Generous free place ratio of 1 in 8

Price shown is based on 40 paying passengers departing from selected departure points in February 2022 and is subject to availability.


On tour support

Get even more from your trip with a Music Tour Manager! Call us for details. 

On-tour support includes...

  • Pre-booked meals at great group prices

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Popular options in York


Top performance venues

York Minster, York

Visiting choirs are invited to sing, primarily as part of the liturgy during the Minster choir's holidays, at this world-class cathedral.

St Helen’s with St Martin, York

For a fee, groups may perform as part of the guest concert series at this wonderful parish, located in the centre of York.

 

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York Rowntree Park, York

Groups of all musical flavours are invited to perform at the open-air amphitheatre of this 20-acre public park close to York's River Ouse.

 

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Scarborough Spa Bandstand, Spa Gardens, Scarborough

Sat atop Scarbourough's South Cliff, with beautiful beach views, music groups are invited to give free performances at the pavillion of this Grade II listed spa complex.

 

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Ripon Spa Gardens, Ripon

Music groups can give Sunday afternoon concerts at the Victorian bandstand in these beautiful gardens in Ripon.

 

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Bandstand, Crescent Gardens, Filey

Bands, orchestras and choirs can perform at Filey bandstand in the beautifully tended Crescent Gardens, with fantastic coastal vistas.

 

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Bridlington Priory, Bridlington

Bridlington Priory hosts a number of concerts and recitals throughout the year to guest performers.

 

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Beverley Minster, Beverley

As one of the UK's largest parish churches, Beverley Minster offers excellent concert opportunities to a range of musical ensembles who are happy to partipate in their fundraising events series.


Top visits

York Minster & Education Centre

This cathedral was built on what was the headquarters of a Roman fortress and is now seen as the jewel in the historical crown of York. With guided tours, educational workshops and trails around the cathedral, York Minster covers a range of KS2 subjects.

Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft -  within the underground chambers of York Minster, is a new dynamic audio-visual and interactive experience where you can walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers, discover dramatic events and more!

 

Flamingo Land Theme park & Zoo

The Flamingo Land theme park offers seven unique themed areas. Journey through The Lost Kingdom’s vast African plains, the clear blue skies of Swoosh! and the wet and wacky world of Splosh! and you’ll discover a theme park that has something for all ages to enjoy. Alternatively, you can add a whole new dimension to your viewing pleasure by joining Happy Feet’s Mumble and friends in Flamingo Land’s 4D Cinema. 

A captivating programme of regular free shows, including the breath-taking acrobatic skills of Bongo Warriors, guarantees that the fun never stops too. Excitement and adventure for younger guests is also assured by a fantastic collection of junior coasters, carousels and fun slides, plus indoor and outdoor soft play areas. At the opposite end of the scale, if you’re looking for adrenaline-fuelled thrills, then eight extreme rides are waiting just for you, including the record-breaking Mumbo Jumbo, featuring the world’s steepest drop!

For something a little different, the zoo & conservation area is anything but tame! Away from the thrills of the sensational theme park, you’ll quickly discover what makes this the UK’s most visited zoo. With tigers from the frozen wastelands of Siberia, giraffes from sub-Saharan Africa, Penguin Coast, the amazing new penguin pool, and all the kids’ favourites in the Muddy Duck Farm collection, you can enjoy a truly amazing view of the animal kingdom in the heart of North Yorkshire. What’s more, with regular handling sessions and talks by zoo keepers, there’s sure to be something that’ll capture their imagination.

Henry VII Experience at Micklegate Bar

Situated on the route of York’s famous walls walk, Micklegate Bar has stood sentinel to the city for over 800 years. Visit the ancient gateway to explore the pageantry and barbaric history that has unfolded between these walls through the centuries.
Find out about Henry VII’s early life as an exile Lancastrian heir to the throne, see the impact on the city of York as it continued to prosper throughout his reign and enjoy interactive experiences exploring life and death in Tudor times.

 

Jorvik Viking Centre

The Jorvik Viking Centre holds the preserved remains of houses, workshops and backyards of the Vikings from 1,000 years ago. Now reconstructed, this centre enables your pupils to experience life in Viking-Age York. Your pupils will encounter the old Norse speaking citizens, see inside their houses and back yards, experience a blast of smoke from blacksmith’s furnace and enjoy the smell of home-cooked stews.

Available workshops include Anglo-Saxon & Viking Costume, Anglo-Saxon & Viking Medicine, Viking Battle Tactics and Viking Saga.

Robin Hood’s Bay

An ideal and popular destination for group visits, where pupils can enjoy searching the rocky shore for current and Jurassic habitats. There is a wide range of wildlife on show, an exciting exhibition and education centre and pupils can even find and classify a fossil.

Scarborough Castle

Scarborough Castle has a 2,500 year history, stunning location and panoramic views over the dramatic Yorkshire coastline. It started life as an Iron Age Fort, was occupied by the Romans, became a Viking settlement and reached its heyday under Henry II. This royal stronghold, built by successive medieval kings over two centuries, has seen more than its fair share of conflict and sieges. Learn how it was fought over in the English Civil War and came under bombardment during WWI.

Whitby Abbey

Discover how over 1,500 years of history make this abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites. You’ll find out what life was like through different ages, explore the modern day issues of restoring a ruined property and learn about the troubled history of the Abbey.

York Boat Cruise

Cruise on the picturesque River Ouse through the walled City of York. See for yourself where Saxons fought Vikings in 1066, where monks entertained their guests and where witches were ducked in the Middle Ages.

York’s Chocolate Story

Take your class on a fascinating, fully-guided tour and discover how chocolate made history in York. Explore the origins of cocoa, find out how to taste chocolate like an expert, have a go at our hands-on chocolate making station and enjoy live Chocolatier demonstrations. Pupils can also uncover a host of surprising secrets and fascinating facts behind York’s greatest chocolate products, from the Chocolate Orange to the world-famous KitKat.

Curriculum linked workshops are also available - call us for more information! You can even pre-order goody bags for your group too!

York Ghost Walk

This York ghost walk will take your pupils on an exciting tour of all the famous and infamous haunted sites throughout the ancient City. Your specialist guide will help you discover the secrets of York’s dark cobbled streets.


Evening activites

  • Bowling
  • Ghost walk
  • Boat cruise

Expert's comment

'Historic York is a wonderful hub for musical and cultural experiences, also providing an excellent base for exploring the wider Yorkshire region and its picturesque landscapes.'


Transport

Available from any location in the UK, our executive coaches are fitted with seatbelts, toilet facilities, air conditioning, DVD and reclining seats.


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
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