Selby region Residents’ Festival 2024

Fall in love with the Heart of Yorkshire and discover what is on your doorstep as the Selby Residents’ Festival returns for one weekend only on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April 2024.

The ‘Get to Know Your Own Heart’ festival offers people in the Selby region the chance to celebrate, discover and explore the many gems right here on their doorsteps. From magnificent historic houses and beautiful gardens to quirky tea rooms, dog friendly pubs and fabulous walks, the area has it all.

A wealth of businesses will throw open their doors with special discounts, offers, tours, entertainment and more. Selby region includes the towns of Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn in Elmet.  If you need a reminder about all of the fabulous towns and villages that make up Selby region, here’s our map.

The monthly Farmers market will also be in the market place on Saturday 20th April, where there will be a vast range of different stalls.  Many of the traders will be providing special offers for residents too!

We are hard at work putting some great offers together for our Residents and some exciting things are happening with York Mix radio and Arriva buses over the weekend.  Look and listen out for the adverts on the side of buses, on the radio, in the press and online from the end of March.

The York Mix roadshow bus will also be travelling around the region on Friday 19th April, broadcasting live on air with giveaways, competitions etc.  Look out for it on a street near you!

Further details about the offers available across the weekend can be seen listed below.  So, get the dates in your diaries and support your local businesses by taking advantage of the offers available for what is looking to be a great weekend of local activity.


  • Kinsmen Activity Centre, Skipwith Common – axe throwing for the reduced price of £15 per person, usually £25 per person. Minimum booking of 4 people.
  • Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens, Stillingfleet – this year the garden opens for Selby Resident’s Festival on the morning of the Sunday 21st April between 10:00 and 12:00. Admission will be just £3 per person.
  • The Barn, Tadcaster – SkateBarn, 20th April between 11am and 5pm.  Tadcaster Art Open Day, 21st April between 10am and 4pm.
  • The Skylark, Drax – explore a unique ecological setting, see a wealth of wildlife species in their natural environment. Visiting families will receive a pack of nature-based activities to complete including word search, nature scavenger hunt, ‘see, hear smell’, mini beast identification etc.  Open Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Painting Pot, Selby – receive a 10% discount for Selby residents when you make a booking at the painting studio.  Also, offer of ‘Paint Your Heart Out’ – painting hanging ceramic hearts for a discounted rate of £6 each over the course of the weekend.
  • History/Heritage walk, Selby – join our knowledgeable guide, David Lewis for a guided walk entitled the ‘Minor Pleasures of Selby’ – a stroll around some of Selby’s less well-known heritage sites, their architectural and heritage value and ‘listed’ buildings.  Operating both Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April.
  • Selby Superbowl – £5 off for 1 person for a game of bowling on either the Saturday or Sunday of the festival
  • Sherburn and Villages Community Library – On Saturday 20th April between 10am and noon, enjoy a family friendly Saturday morning and make your own postcard from your town/village or add a personalised heart to the community celebration tree!
  • Sherburn Heritage Walk – On Sunday 21st April meet at the Old Girls’ School in Sherburn in Elmet for a FREE leisurely circular walking tour of local landmarks and heritage by the Chair of the Sherburn History Society.  The walk will last around 2 hours and is primarily on pavements and refreshments will be available at the end of the walk.  Although free please book your space on the walk in advance by going here

Food and Drink:

  • The Drovers Arms, Skipwith – special locally sourced fixed price menu available on Saturday 20th April.
  • Harmony House, Garden Room, Stillingfleet – Afternoon Tea for 2 for £38 on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April.
  • The Greyhound, Ricall – Saturday 20th, any main meal on the Resident menu is 2 for £15. Sunday 21st, try the home-made Sunday lunch and get a free dessert with any regular plate.
  • Carlton Towers – book an afternoon tea in our staterooms and be upgraded to a FREE High Tea. High Tea includes traditional English afternoon tea, a selection of savouries and pastries, plus a glass of fizz. Special price of £28.00 per person.
  • Burro restaurant, Riccall – special set menu available from 12 noon until 5pm on both Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April. 2 courses for £22 per person or 3 courses for £26 per person. Also, buy one get one free on the special drinks menu from 3pm to 5pm both days.
  • Fairfax Distillers and Chocolatiers – purchase a 70cl bottle of Fairfax Spirit and receive £10 worth of Fairfax Chocolates added to your order free of charge. All orders must be place via over the weekend of the festival and the words ‘Selby Residents Weekend’ must be written in the message box.
  • Downstairs @ River Mills – coffee and cake for £5 per person on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April – offer excludes extras such as syrups, cream etc.


  • Simply Devine hat shop, Tadcaster – Receive a personal hat experience, including advice about how to wear a hat and receive a £10 discount against any hat or hatinator purchase (excluding fascinators).
  • The Book Circle, Selby – local author and transport historian Patrick Bennett will be signing copies of his highly popular ‘Railways Around Selby’ and his new book ‘Joint Railways: Scotland and Northern England’ at The Book Circle, 21 Finkle Street from 10.00-12.00.
  • RSPCA, Selby – local charity supporting the York Animal Home in caring for animals in the local area. Window display for the weekend focusing on Selby, and raffles for locals to win. One would feature prizes for dogs, one for cats, and one for their human owners.  We will also be giving treats to all our doggy visitors and will have leaflets detailing good walks and dog friendly spaces in Selby.


  • The Dovecote Barns, Kelfield – Sunday 21st April 2024 between 2pm and 5pm.  View ‘The Long Hall’, Dovecote Barns’ celebration venue for intimate celebrations
  • Selby Abbey – behind the scenes tower towers. Guided Tours of the Central Tower (including ringing room, clock room, bell room and the view from the top – weather permitting) for a reduced price of £5 per person.
  • Selby Leisure Centre – 7 days of unlimited access to Swimming, gym, sauna and group exercise classes (All bookable in advance, +14yrs for gym/class access)
  • Tadcaster Leisure Centre – 7 days of unlimited access to Swimming, gym, sauna and group exercise classes (All bookable in advance, +14yrs for gym/class access)
  • Sherburn Aero Club – Saturday 20th April at 1pm. ‘Operations and History of the airfield’ presentation and tour of the airfield.  Followed by 10% discount on refreshments for attendees and 10% discount voucher on experience flight bookings for attendees.

Farmers market – Saturday 20th April ONLY:

  • Friendly Bakes – for all purchases over £5 receive a free shortbread star biscuit.  For all purchases over £10 receive a free piece of cake. While stocks last!
  • House of Plants – Pick your plant, Pick your pot! A locally-owned independent business selling high quality house plants along with a variety of premium pots. Receive free, expert advice on caring for house plants from a Plant Science specialist.
  • Melts and More – for all purchases over £10 receive 10% off or a free sample bag of a new scent
  • MI Honey – receive a 10% discount on all our beehive products, including Borage Honey, Heather Honey, Summer Honey, Soft set Honey, Beeswax candles
  • 23rd Street Food Company – for all purchases over £10 receive a free cookie – while stocks last!
  • Caffe Aperitivo – free Cake Pop with all drink purchases (while stocks last) – choose from Pink Chocolate & Berry, White Chocolate & Caramel or Chocolate & Hazelnut
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies – sample some of the organic skin and body care from the first beauty brand to be carbon neutral.  Anyone making a purchase in April via will save 15% on Lavender Body Lotion and De-Stress essential oil blend.  These products are not available on the high street!
  • Latin Fusion – receive extra additional items or a takeaway kit when you spend £20


Remember that for some of the attractions, tours and events, you may need to pre-book. Some venues have limited tickets and operate on a first come, first served basis. Please check the details for each offer carefully.

Disclaimer: The Heart of Yorkshire or North Yorkshire Council cannot be held responsible for any changes to the offers made. Keep checking this website, and follow the @heartofyorkshire social media channels for further details.

This page will be updated regularly as offers are added.