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

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, 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
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.

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.