York map
York Minster
Old York
Tudor York
Detail from Victorian Fountain York

Upcoming Events

Coronavirus Update

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, YAYAS

sadly had to cancel the 2019-20 programme

of lectures and excursions and the 2020/21

programme has suffered as well. We have 

been working hard to set up an online series

of lectures, details of which you will find to 

the right of this article. We will be updating this programme as we find lecturers, so please do keep checking in on it.

Unfortunately, excursions are looking unlikely in 2021, as many will feel that coach travel and group meeting are risks they are not prepared to take in this climate. We will try to organise a couple of very local excursions in the summer as restrictions allow, and may be able to deliver some high-tech solutions when this third lockdown ends. For now though, please do join us in enjoying some images of our Yorkshire treasures from the comfort of your own home by visiting our excursions archive. If you have any images to add from YAYAS excursions you've enjoyed, please send them to

New Publications!

YAYAS' Council's very own Catherine Sotheran has published this lovely companion to several walks around the York the tourists miss! Perfect for planning your post-lockdown wanders!



"York in close up - the walks" takes you on a wander round many of York's streets and lesser known areas showing you lots of little details which often go unnoticed. There is a circular route around the centre which is split in to 4 parts and 3 stand alone walks which take you a bit further out.
The paperback book is A5 and wire bound so the pages fold back and make it a very convenient size to carry around. It contains 80 pages with over 1000 photos. The price is £15 + £2.50 p&p, purchase it from Catherine at

or email us at YAYAS for more information if you're not a Facebooker!

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The Society is excited to announce a series of Zoom lectures whilst we are still unable to get out and about due to Covid19.

Our new lecture programme is now out - please visit our lectures page

to find out more!