As the nights draw in, the 2014 Illuminating York promises to shine more brightly than ever before.

Taking place at the end of October, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to the city to experience York in a new light. Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York’s unique heritage, from spectacular sites to hidden gems.

In 2013, Illuminating York spread right across the city centre with 11 brand new illuminating artworks. In addition, a fantastic programme of fringe events in some of the city’s best attractions, meant that you could enjoy the festival over more than one evening, experiencing beautiful buildings by candlelight, tasting chocolate in the dark or uncovering some our resident ghosts.

The theme for the 2014 festival is Leading Lights. Uncovering the rich history and future of innovation and discovery in the city of York. We are in the process of planning a fantastic programme for 2014 and will be releasing further details in the coming months.


Starts on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ends on Saturday, October 31, 2015

Festival website

Booking info

For live information on the Festival, photos and associated offers in York’s restaurants and cafés, visit the festival website.