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.
- Obelisk: Learn how to make a willow obelisk & dome for your garden.
- Basket: Create a beautiful and functional frame basket. Using centuries-old techniques these baskets can be used for berry picking, foraging or decoration.
- 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.
- Clive Nichols Summer Photography | Tuesday 29 June
- Willow Frame Basket | Wednesday 14 July
- Early Bird Photography Morning | Wednesday 11 August
- Early Bird Photography Morning | Wednesday 18 August
- Clive Nichols Late Summer Photography | Monday 27 September
- Ben’s Bulb Workshop | Monday 4 October | SOLD OUT
- Willow Christmas Star | Wednesday 8 December
- Willow Christmas Star | Wednesday 15 December
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.
Please note, York Gate garden and gift shop will be closed on 14 July for filming. The cafe and plant nursery will remain open.
To maintain social distancing, we need to limit the 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 in order for us to maintain social distancing.
Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs or any other pets at York Gate, apart from assistance dogs.
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