Avon Valley brimming with culture and arts for York Festival

Eloise O'Shea (6) will be in the Running of the Lambs.
Eloise O'Shea (6) will be in the Running of the Lambs.


SPRING will see the Avon Valley burst to life, with WA’s oldest inland town staging a community celebration of culture and arts.

The York Festival from September 16 to 17 is an attraction expected to draw thousands of visitors out of Perth to the tourism hot spot.

Cultural heritage and environment will be celebrated in many forms, from music and performance, to workshops, art exhibitions and activities for all ages.

Festival exhibitions will be month-long for the first time and culminate on October 14 to 15 at the York Festival Maker’s Markets.

The action-packed program of attractions features a run-cycle event to Mt Brown, a gold hunt, hay sculpture making and a children’s little lambs costume race.

Activities will take place across town in landmark buildings selected to host exhibitions and entertainment including York Town Hall, the Old York Courthouse and the Troopers Yard.

There will be buskers along Avon Terrace and free guided walking tours with time to delve into the history of the town, plus a night-time ghost tour for the more adventurous.

Entertainment highlights will include Roald Dahl’s The Twits presented by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Act-Belong-Commit York conversations and a ‘slice of life’ exhibition at the Town Hall with stories and artefacts from people who are a part of York history.

Other attractions include readings from Balladong poets and Northam Noongar community members.