Our events for all ages bring the community together.

Fun filled events that bring the community together and enhance a love of Rowntree Park


Events run by the Friends of Rowntree Park

The Friends of Rowntree Park offer a range of events throughout the year for all ages. These include a range of family and children’s events such as forest school and nature/eco-based sessions. We also run adult craft and wellbeing sessions, nature walks and have live music in the park when we can.

Some of our events are drop in but others need booking in advance. Please check Facebook for up-to-date information on events.

External events held in Rowntree Park

Anyone can book to use Rowntree Park as an event/activity venue. The Friends of Rowntree Park handle external bookings for the park. As it is a ‘managed’ park, activities have to be booked.

In 2022 we have regular activities including Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Salsa, Baby Wearing Dance Classes and Kindermusik. Links to regular providers are below so you can boom with them.

We also have one off events including theatre, music events, family fun days, orienteering, our scarecrow trail and more.

If you’d like to find out more about booking an event at Rowntree Park get in touch

If you have an idea for an events and activity, whether as an independent person/organisation or something you want to run in conjunction with us – get in touch and we can chat!

Contact for more details.

Family/Children events

We have weekly forest school for 2-5 year olds and monthly Saturday Forest School for 6-12 year olds. We run sessions for home-educated children too. There is also a monthly nature group (very young friends). We also run a range of art, craft, ‘eco’ and nature events through the year.

Adult events

Our craft group meets on Tuesday afternoons in term time at the park cafe.
We also have ‘Woods for Wellbeing’ sessions, nature crafts, nature walks, and bird- and bat-watching events.



Forest School Rowntree Park York

Events for schools and nurseries

We offer a range of bespoke sessions for educational settings. These include Forest School and survival experiences as well as nature-based sessions tailored to the curriculum and needs of the children.


What’s on?
See our calendar of events

We have some Tree Trails and Yoga Trails set up in the park. You can buy your leaflet for just £1 from the cafe.

There is a permanent orienteering course set up in the park by Eborienteers.  Maps can be borrowed from the cafe or you can download the maps for the three routes here

Regular events from outside providers

Salsa takes place in the park on Monday’s and Sundays. Some are footwork classes and others partners classes. To find and more and book your place – here

Mamas Got Moves
These baby-wearing classes are perfect for parents of babies and toddlers. The sessions run on Monday’s and through 2022 there is also a monthly family picnic event. to find out more and book your place – here

Pilates in the Park
Running through summer and autumn these sessions take place. Running on Saturdays (and the occasional Sunday) June-end of August 2022. See here for details (York Pilates People).

Yoga on a Saturday morning in the Sensory garden with Maddie of Little Nama Yogi. Details are here.

Regular weekday sessions on Monday and Tuesday mornings. See here for details.

Tai Chi
Running Saturday and Wednesday mornings. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Contact Richard for details:

Move the Masses – wellbeing walks
Second Tuesday of each month – free. The walk will be approximately one mile and at a very gentle pace, with plenty of opportunity to sit and chat along the way. The group walks are for older or less physically able people who want to get some fresh air, get moving and all with some good, friendly company. Meet outside Rowntree Park Reading café, at the bottom of the steps. Contact:

There are also one-off events that take place – keep an eye on social media for details or check our calendar.