Selby 950

Selby 950 is a celebration of the 950th anniversary of the Abbey’s foundation and the integral role it plays in Selby’s history. As well as celebrating Selby Abbey, it will also be a celebration of other key aspects of the town’s heritage.

Selby 950 has broad programme of activities planned throughout 2019 – much of which is still under wraps but as each element is finalised further details will unfold in the coming months, so watch this space.

The wide variety of church and community events will include a bell peal, a living history day, fun days, bands in the park, pop up opera, dramatic presentations, singing festivals, exhibitions and much more. Among the highlights will be a carnival style parade to mark the Feast Day of the Abbey’s patron saint with music and movement, art and crafts on display to welcome to newly commissioned icon of St Germain; plus a light festival towards the end of the year when the Abbey will be illuminated over three evenings with a light work that will tell the story of the journey of a shining figure across land and water to the Abbey.

Community collaboration will be the essence of Selby 950 with churches, Town and District Councils, schools and colleges, businesses, local charities, the library, the Civic Society and a whole host of creative individuals involved. If you are interested in joining in, contact Jennie Lowthian (Tourism Development Officer at Selby District Council) via  

Some Fixed Dates so far:

30th March  
Bell Peal to mark the date the Abbey Tower collapsed in 1690

2nd May 
Tour de Yorkshire Stage One finish at Selby Abbey

31st July 
St Germain Parade and Living History Day

6th Sept 
Classical Concert with Manchester Camerata, pianist Benjamin Frith and the Abbey Organ

22nd –24th Nov    
Selby Abbey 950 Illuminations