Beverley is undisputedly one of the most beautiful areas of East Yorkshire. Renowned for its 13th Century Minster, pretty cobbled streets and charming architectural wonders, Beverley offers something for everyone.
Among those to be discovered in the chocolate box town are a white rabbit, the Kings and Queens of England and a host of medieval musicians.
Leaving the Beverley Folk Festival site and the rolling acres of the Westwood, common land, open for all to enjoy, you enter the town via its last remaining gateway of the 15th century, North Bar; a great start to any visit.
“A place for walking in and living in, it will not disappoint any visitor who chances upon it.” Sir John Betjeman.
There are many delightful Georgian buildings in North Bar and many more hiding away in the narrow back streets of the town. The magnificent St Mary’s Church is also to be found here.
The traditional market is held each Saturday in the Saturday Market Place. Enjoy the atmosphere and do a little shopping as you walk towards Beverley Minster, situated at the southern end of the town centre. Described by Pevsner as “one of the finest Gothic churches in Europe” it is well worth a visit. You might recognise it as a substitute for Westminster Abbey in the ITV hit historical drama “Victoria” and as a backdrop for BBC2’s “Charles III”.
Several of the pubs also support the ‘Festival Fringe’ and the regular shuttle bus service from the festival site to the town will drop you off near to the venues, find out more on our Fringe page (details available soon)
Enjoy a pint in town but remember the festival also has its own Real Ale bars with great music and entertainment all day.
Beverley has a long tradition as a town of music and musicians from the medieval musicians guilds to today.
The Beverley Folk Festival is proud to be part of the heritage of presenting the very best of live music and in encouraging participation by young and old.
To satisfy your curiosity:
The white rabbit is a carving on the doorway to St Michael’s Chapel in St Mary’s Church, which is said to be the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Also in St Mary’s is the magnificently painted ceiling showing the Kings and Queens of England and on a musical theme the painted Minstrels’ Pillar.
The medieval musicians are a series of carvings in the Beverley Minster and are said to be “some of the best contemporary representations of medieval musical instruments…”
Shuttle Bus – Visiting the historical town of Beverley is made easy with a regular shuttle bus service operated by local company, Acklams → , which will run to and from the festival all weekend.
Photo Credit: Colin Edwards