6th Annual Beer Festival at Bishopthorpe Club

Beer FestivalBISHOPTHORPE SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB (voted CAMRA York Branch Club of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2015) will be holding its 6th annual St Patricks Beer Festival on the weekend of Friday March 17th to Sunday 19th.

The festival starts at 6pm on the Friday night with music later on in the evening from local blues band “Up in Smoke”.
Saturday kicks off at 12 noon until midnight with all the days sporting action on the TVs and big screen with music later on in the evening.
Sunday once again starts at midday to finish off whatever is left!

Getting into the spirit at last year’s festival



There will be 12 real ales with choices from
  • Green King – Patron Saints Ale
  • Belhaven – Grand Slam
  • Hadrian Border – Ouseburn Porter
  • Abbeydale – Absolution
  • Old Mill – March Mist
  • Black Sheep – Special Ale
  • St Peters – Hoppy T’ale
  • G2 – Orion
  • Chantry – Teaser
  • Otter – Spring
  • Spire – HoPink Mad
  • Treboom – Spring Blonde
  • plus 3 ciders to choose from :
    • Duddas Tun – Cherry
    • Orchard Pig – Hog Father
    • Snailsbank – Orchard Dry

For all the details you can see the flyer here Beer Festival 2017. You can email the Club on bishopthorpeclub@gmail.com or telephone 01904 707185.


Bishopthorpe Gala Details

In response to the previous post, the details regarding booking a stall at this year’s Village Gala at Bishopthorpe Palace is as follows:

Saturday 24th June 2017 between 12 noon and 4.00pm.

Cost of pitch: £5.

To make a booking or obtain further details contact:

Catherine Davies, 43 Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2RA.  Telephone: (01904) 704216.

Deadline to make a booking is end of March 2017.

Bishopthorpe Gala – Information Request

Bishopthorpe dot net has had a few enquiries recently from people and organisations asking for details about this year’s Gala.

Unfortunately the only information we have so far is that the date has been agreed for Saturday 24th June at the Palace, so we haven’t been able to help much. Does anyone have more details, such as who to contact to discuss booking a stall etc?

Bishopthorpe’s Sunday Bus Service

The Free Sunday Bus Service 500 is now set to continue at least until 26th March when it will again be reviewed. The service was introduced in November 2016 to provide connections for residents between Foxwood, Woodthorpe, Bishopthorpe, & the Askham Bar Park & Ride, and then on into York via the Park & Ride service. The route also serves Askham Bar Tesco.

Information about the service can be found by following this First York link https://www.firstgroup.com/york/plan-journey/timetables/service-500-free-trial-sunday-service

The current timetable can be downloaded here https://www.firstgroup.com/uploads/node_images/Service%20500_York_A5_030217.pdf 

Although a lot of people complained about the loss of the Sunday service direct to town, it seems that to date the free bus has not been very well used. Unless this changes, it’s quite likely that we will again be without Sunday buses from April.
This might not be the most convenient way of getting to town but it’s certainly better than no service at all, so residents are encouraged to use this service wherever possible or face losing it altogether at the next review.

First York would like to hear any feedback or suggestions on service 500 by phone on 01904 883 063, by email at getintouch@firstgroup.com, or tweet @FirstYork.


The History of Askham Bog

Tuesday, 7 February 2017 at 7.30pm.

Bishopthorpe Methodist Church Hall.


Bishopthorpe Local History Group welcomes Alastair Fitter of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust who will give an illustrated talk on The History of Askham Bog.

Askham Bog was the Trust’s first reserve, gifted to, the then, Yorkshire Naturalists’ Trust in 1946 by Sir Francis Terry and Arnold Rowntree; they bought it to save it from development.  It is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest and, within the last two years, has been saved again from the polluting effects of proposed nearby development.  Being so close to York the reserve remains a vulnerable site.  With this important historical and ecological site on our doorstep, please do come and hear more about it from Alastair.

This talk has been arranged both to increase our local history understanding and in support of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s work in managing and protecting the site.

Talks are free to members of Bishopthorpe Local History Group.  Non – members are very welcome at a charge of £3.50 per meeting.  This includes light refreshments.

For full details of the 2017 Bishopthorpe Local History Group programme, please click here.