Oct 2023 was our second York Unlocked event. We opened 80 sites to visitors both local and afar. People travelled from around the country. Many buildings opened for the first time and most were new to our out-of-town visitors.
"Thoroughly enjoyed last year's York Unlocked. My friend cited it as one of the best days of her life!"
“Thanks York Unlocked for brilliant event. We had such a great time..."
"Cannot wait for next year already. Thanks for making us so welcome…”
“Had the most amazing weekend in York thanks to York Unlocked…. Will definitely be back next year”
“what an amazingly successful York Unlocked weekend! “
Many building owners reported their highest ever visitor numbers and commented that visitors were very diverse "not your typical heritage visitor". They said “… an extraordinary weekend. I’ve heard so many amazing sentiments from people thrilled that this has happened….” (Guildhall)
“This is a big increase on our usual visitor numbers; a lot of people said they either found out about us through York Unlocked or had previously
passed by but not found the time to come in until the event”. (All Saints North Street)
"We had approx 350-400 visitors on the Saturday, most had never visited before” (Bar Convent)
Through our interactive live-stream event we also connected with people who are largely house-bound.
“Although I live in York my mobility is very bad so I was so pleased (to attend) these tours. … enabling me to go to places and experience things I couldn’t otherwise do”
York Unlocked is managed by a small team of volunteers (all have full time jobs).
See our Volunteers page on how to be a York Unlocked volunteer. Around 11 volunteers run planning & ops plus support for our festival and another 70 participate as Event Stewards.
We have no funding other than what we fundraise or via the public e.g buying programmes.
Your help would be greatly appreciated to ensure that York Unlocked can continue to offer you a great weekend of "open buildings", all FREE to YOU!
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