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Many of our excursions are open to members only. To find out more about becoming a member of YAYAS click here.


YAYAS organises several excursions each year: these trips range from local walking tours to cross-county visits to places of national historical, archaeological and architectural interest, many not usually open to the public. Excursions are a great way to make like-minded friends and a fantastic opportunity to explore little-known sites with knowledgeable guides. Most excursions have a charge: this is not for profit but to cover costs. YAYAS strives to keep excursions affordable and available to all, but they often book up quickly, so register your interest early to avoid disappointment!

Wednesday 19th October 2022, 2pm - 4pm

Raids Over York: a walking tour of the sites of interest in York City Centre.

Cost to YAYAS members: free

Currently open to members only.


A walking tour in the company of Nick Beilby and John Shaw of some of the damage wrought by 11 air raids on York with locations of Air Raid Shelters, Civic Amenities and personnel detailed in the 1940 York citizens' guide.

The walk should last about 2 hours with a meet and chat in a café if space allows! Meet at 2pm outside WH Smith's on the Railway Station concourse.

This is a free tour for YAYAS members only, numbers limited to 20. To book a place, please email John Shaw, YAYAS Chair, at

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