Events

The My Castle Gateway team are in the process of working with different individuals, community groups and organizations to develop public events to explore and open up the histories, heritage and futures of the Castle Gateway. You can find out about our events via this page or by joining our mailing list.

We’ll be adding more events as they develop – if you’ve got ideas for an event then let us know.

ACCESS: If you have any additional requirements that will help you take part in any of our events, please email mycastlegateway@gmail.com.

Look at your city: What makes good public space?
Saturday 16th September, 2-4pm
Meet on Museum Street, outside Museum Gardens
Book your place
Public space is a big theme in the My Castle Gateway Brief. People have said they want to use different parts of the Castle Gateway area to gather for events, celebrate, remember, protest, meet friends, sit and reflect, buy food and drink and to be a part of York where you don’t have to spend money. To help us refine the Brief and to inform the Masterplanners’ options, we invite you and your camera to join us to explore York, and discover which public spaces work best for what, and why? We ask everyone coming to bring thoughts of your own favourite place to hang out in public in York so we can pay it a visit and take its photo! The walk will be a few first steps in gaining a shared view of design and details which make for good, usable public space for Castle Gateway. It’ll take around two hours and we’ll aim to finish somewhere near a café.

Living Well with Water
York’s rivers are crucial to the development of the city. They can be places for walking, quiet moments, picnics as well as being on the river in boats, barges and canoes. The rivers also flood. How do we make the most of our rivers while being prepared for extreme events? We will be work with all the rivers users and potentials as well as the agencies responsible for managing our rivers to develop the Castle Gateway brief.

Come to our Castle Gateway Challenges: Living well with Water event to explore living well with water on 19th September, 6pm, West Offices. Book your place.

Opening Up Castle Gateway, in collaboration with York Blind and Partially Sighted Society
22nd September 2-4pm
Book with Helen Graham
Email: h.graham@leeds.ac.uk / Phone: 07855 790347
The walk will take 1 hour 15 minutes, followed by tea and cake and further discussion.
We invite you to join a walk around the Castle area of York, 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.

As part of this we are running a walk with York to open up the Castle Gateway area. You will be invited to move slowly along a route from the Eye of York to Tower Gardens around the Foss Basin and back up Piccadilly. 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. An audio recording of the visit and soundscapes will be taken to ensure your ideas and experiences feed into the My Castle Gateway process. If you prefer not be audio recorded, just let us know on the day.

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.
Accessibility Information: If you use a wheelchair or would prefer to avoid steps, just let Helen know when you book your place.

My Castle Gateway Challenges Twitter Hour: Living Well with Water
Friday 22nd September, 5-6pm
Twitter #MCGLivingWithWater
In this twitter hour, we’re going to invite you to think about the Foss and Ouse. What do we want do on or near the city’s rivers. How do we make the most of our rivers while being prepared for extreme events? Join us as we start to refine the Brief for the public spaces of the Castle Gateway.

Movement

The Castle Gateway project has the potential for enabling better movement within, across and to the area. How can we deal with car traffic and parking in a way that doesn’t conflict with movement of those on foot and on bike? We invite everyone who wants movement around the area to be a pleasure to help us develop the brief, considering everything from  disappearing bike lanes to creating a logical approach to car parking. At a time of change, we’ll also look at how upcoming changes in car use may shape our city.

Come to our Castle Gateway Challenges: Movement event to explore movement on 26th September, 6pm, West Offices. Book your place.

My Castle Gateway Challenges Twitter Hour: Movement
Friday 29th September, 5-6pm
Twitter #MCGMovement
In this twitter hour, we’re going to invite you to think about movement within, across and to the area. We invite everyone who wants movement around the area to be a pleasure to help us develop the brief, considering everything from disappearing bike lanes to creating a logical approach to car parking.

Ownership and Values
Ownership and value underpin how we as a city shape our environment and economy. How do we collectively plan when we collectively only have ownership of parts of the city? How do we measure costs and benefits when changes often have subtle and far-reaching economic impacts? We will explore immediate issues such as car park revenue but will also open up debate about how we take account of the economics of long-term planning. We will seek to understand the long term roles and trends in retail and tourism. and how we consider the roles of retail and tourism. We’ll also look at ways to ensure long term community involvement in, and ownership of, any new development.

Come to our Castle Gateway Challenges: Ownership and Values event to explore ownership and values on 3rd October, 6pm, West Offices. Book your place.

My Castle Gateway Challenges Twitter Hour: Ownership and Values
Friday 6th October, 5-6pm
Twitter #MCGOwnershipValues
Ownership and value underpin how we as a city shape our environment and economy. How do we collectively plan when we collectively only have ownership of parts of the city? In this twitter hour we will explore immediate issues such as car park revenue but will also open up debate about how we take account of the economics of long-term planning. We will seek to understand the long term roles and trends in retail and tourism. We’ll also look at ways to ensure long term community involvement in, and ownership of, any new development.

 

Archive of previous events:
Walmgate Community Association Barbecque
Red Tower, Foss Islands Road
16th July, 2-5pm, Drop in.
My Castle Gateway will be working with York Archaeology Trust to bring a bit of the areas history and discussion about the area’s future to Barbeque festivities.

PechaKucha Night YORK Vol.13
The Arts Barge project, Angel on the Green

18th July, 8pm
My Castle Gateway will be share 20 slides each for 20 seconds on the project, gathering ideas and hopefully grabbing some pizza.Perspectives on Castle Gateway: a photography event in collaboration with York Past and Present
20th July, meet 3pm outside York Castle Museum, meet us from 4pm at Weatherspoons to discuss the area and add your ideas.Do you like taking and sharing photographs of York? Are you interested in the Castle Gateway area and want to share your ideas about the area?

In collaboration with York Past and Present, we invite you to join us on an afternoon stroll around the Castle Gateway area to see the beautiful, the ugly, the unexpected and to glimpse the area’s potential. We plan to use the walk to take photographs, generating lots of dfferent perspectives on the area, all to be shared through our My Castle Gateway Flickr page. We will end at Weatherspoons to look at the My Castle Gateway map and to reflect what you think is important about the area and what you – having experienced the area up close – would like to be able to do there in the future.

Bring your phone/camera connector so we can upload your photographs to Flickr at the end of the walk.

Opening Up Castle Gateway
My Castle Gateway in collaboration with Coaching York
22nd July 2017, from 10.30am
We invite you to join a walk around the Castle area of York, to experience it as it is now and to imagine it differently. To help you do this, the walks are being led by experienced coaches from Coaching York.
For more information and to sign up.

Walking the Foss: Opening Up Castle Gateway
26th July, 6pm-8pm
Mark Gladwin from The River Foss Society will lead a walk exploring the history and ecology of the River Foss. We will end the walk in the Mason’s Arms to discuss the role the river should play in the Castle Gateway regeneration and to identify what kinds of activities people would like to do alongside, and on, the Foss.
Book your free place

Castle Gateway: Stories of Change
29th July, from 9am
Join us for a series of events – with something for all ages – to explore the Castle area of York as it was, as it is now and to imagine it differently. As part of the Stories of Change event, we are also running Opening Up Castle Gateway walks.
For more information and to sign up for sessions.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
2nd August 2017, City Screen
My Future York have collaborated with York Central Action and City Screen to put on Citizen Jane: Battle for the City. Jacobs was a writer and a campaigner against ‘slum clearance’ initiatives who had a strong interest in how places are made by interactions between people and built environment. In her now classic book, The Death and Life of American Cities, Jacobs explore the complex social ecology of urban neighbourhoods drawing on her own street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion reflecting on the issue raised by the film for York. As York faces a variety of regeneration and development projects – not least Castle Gateway and York Central – we will ask what inspiration, warnings or practices might Jacob’s work offer?
For a trailor and to read more.
Tickets via City Screen

The New Walk: Opening Up Castle Gateway
10th August, 6-8pm
Meet inside the Tower Street entrance to Tower Gardens
Walk to be led by Alison Sinclair
Book your place
This walk will take in the New Walk part of the Castle Gateway development site. It will cover New Walk as far as Blue Bridge and look at St George’s Field, Browney Dyke and the Foss Basin. It will consider what used to be in these places, what is there now, and what might be there in the future. This is an opportunity to have a say on how these parts of the Castle Gateway area might be developed as part of future proposals for the Castle Gateway site.

My Castle Gateway Creative Hack
15th August, 6pm-8pm
Angel on the Green, 2 Bishopthorpe Rd, York YO23 1JJ
Access information: there is a ramp available. Email Helen Graham, h.graham@leeds.ac.uk if you need flat level access.
The Post It Notes are in – we know what matters and the kinds of things people want to be able to do in Castle Gateway – but now it is time to open up and discuss the underlying issues. We invite anyone to come and think about these challenges with us and to design some amazing public engagement events. You may have performance skills. Or artistic flare. Or you might like big picture thinking. Or know how to tell a good story.
All very welcome – just tell Helen you are coming via h.graham@leeds.ac.uk
More background on the event and its aims.

A Darker Gateway: Castle Gateway at Night
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.
For more information.

Public Spaces

What makes for a public space where people want to spend time, at different times of day and night and in all seasons? How do buildings and materials, activity and movement make public space work? How can planting and landscaping be designed to make spaces work better? We’re going to invite you to think about your favourite places to do things and to linger as we start to develop the brief for the public spaces of the Castle Gateway.

Come to our first Castle Gateway Challenges: Public Spaces event to explore Public Spaces on 12th September, 6pm, West Offices. Book your place.


My Castle Gateway Challenges Twitter Hour: Public Space

Friday 15th September, 5-6pm
Twitter #MCGPublicSpace
Public space is a big theme in the My Castle Gateway Brief. What makes for a public space where people want to spend time, at different times of day and night and in all seasons? How do buildings and materials, activity and movement make public space work? How can planting and landscaping be designed to make spaces work better? In this twitter hour, we’re going to invite you to think about your favourite places to do things and to linger as we start to refine the Brief for the public spaces of the Castle Gateway.

Where is your favourite public space in York? What makes you want to sit down and spend some time…and why do other places not work so well?