A Darker Gateway: Castle Gateway at Night

Beautiful? Mysterious? A bit scary? Like any part of the city, Castle Gateway changes after dark. These guided walks will give you the opportunity to consider how change might make this a better place to be after dark.

A Darker Gateway, 16th August 2017
Book your place for walks at 9:00pm and midnight
You are welcome to join us for one walk or both.

As part of a series of walks around Castle Gateway, we invite you to join us on a walk after dark, to experience it as it is now and to imagine it differently.

The City of York Council is currently working towards regenerating this part of the city centre – which includes Fossgate, Walmgate, Piccadilly, Foss Basin and Castle area and Eye of York – and has a collaboration engagement project called My Castle Gateway, to involve lots of different people in this process.

Like any part of the city, Castle Gateway changes after dark. The use of routes and spaces changes, and the shift from daylight to artificial lighting changes the way we see buildings and spaces. Places which may be inviting during daytime may be less so at night, while darkness may bring mystery and intrigue into unlikely corners. These guided walks will explore all of this and give you the opportunity to consider how change might make this a better place to be after dark.

We will be doing two walks. The first will start at 9:00pm from outside the Castle Museum, and will finish at the Fossgate Social at around 10:30pm, where participants will be encouraged to stay a while and share their thoughts over some post-its, a map, and a drink. The second walk will start at midnight, also from outside the Castle Museum, and will finish at around 1:30am in a convenient and sheltered location in the city centre where food and drink will be available, along with the post-its and the map. Along the way you will be asked what the different areas mean to you and what you’d like to be able to do there in the future. Notes of the conversations will be taken and fed into the My Castle Gateway process.

Through taking part you will informing the development of a collaborative ‘statement of significance’ and a collaborative ‘brief’ on which the Council-appointed masterplanners will then work.

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