York Gate Workshops 2021

Booking is now open for our wonderful workshops at York Gate. We have limited tickets available so book now to secure your place. 

Clive Nichols Photography Masterclass
Join Clive Nichols, world renowned garden photographer, in an exclusive workshop. Clive will share over 30 years’ experience, capturing beautiful photos of amazing gardens. York Gate is the perfect backdrop, with its clever vistas and diverse range of plants for getting that special shot. This workshop is for keen photographers with your own equipment and includes tea/coffee and a buffet lunch.

Early Bird Photography
A rare opportunity to visit the garden at first light with Head Gardener, Ben Preston, opening the gates at the crack of dawn.  You will have access to both the garden and the wilder areas of York Gate. This is a chance for keen and budding photographers to capture some great shots in the garden’s best light. Tea/coffee will be provided. 

Willow Weaving Workshops with Anna & the Willow
Anna will guide you through the process.  All tools and materials are provided. Suitable for beginners. All willow workshops include tea/coffee and a buffet lunch.

  • Star: Learn how to make your very own star decoration using only English willow in this festive and fun workshop. 

Bulb Workshop with Head Gardener Ben Preston 
An illustrated lecture and tour of the garden, using spring bulbs in the garden and in pots. A buffet lunch will be provided, followed by an afternoon practical workshop planting bulbs for containers.  

Follow the links below to find out more and book.

Afternoon Tea in York Gate’s Cafe

£15 per person – pre-booking essential and gift vouchers available


  • Freshly prepared dainty sandwiches and savouries
  • Selection of homemade cakes
  • Freshly baked scone with preserve and clotted cream
  • Yorkshire tea or cafetière of coffee

Event Space for hire

If you are interested in hiring our Spencer Suite for a class or workshop, or for small group events, please get in touch.


2021 Seasonal Opening Times

Garden and Nursery open 14 April – 31 October Wednesday –Sunday | 11am –4.30pm. We are also open on bank holiday Mondays. Book your slot here or call 0113 267 8240.

Cafe open and gifts available all year  | Wednesday –Sunday | 10am–5pm.

Click here to find out more about York Gate’s specialist workshops. 

We’re still limiting numbers in the garden, so you’ll need to book your slot before you come. Payment will be taken on entry at the garden. The garden will be operating a cashless system, so please bring your card and use contactless payments where possible.

We kindly ask that you make your way around the garden during your allocated slot before visiting the cafe, gift shop and plant nursery. York Gate’s policy of asking people to wear masks inside enclosed spaces will continue. 

Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs or any other pets at York Gate, apart from assistance dogs.

For full terms and conditions, click here. 

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Download 2021 leaflet

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