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Illuminating York


12:01am 26th October 2011

A metre-wide mirror ball at Clifford's Tower in York has transformed the courtyard of the historic site into a stunning open-air ballroom.

It's all for this week's Illuminating York festival from the 26th to the 29th October 2011.

Clifford's Tower will be opening each evening during the festival from 6.00pm to 9.00pm (last admissions at 8.30pm) offering a fantastic location to look over the city's lights from its ramparts.

Visitors will also be able to take advantage of the dancing lights reflecting off the mirror ball to wander, or dance, around the courtyard.

Indeed, York's own competition-winning amateur ballroom dancers, Michelle and Trevor Daniel-Martin, took advantage of a preview evening to take a look at York's only alfresco ballroom.

Trevor and Michelle have been competing in regional and national ballroom and Latin American competitions around the country for around four years.

They train five times a week taking Latin lessons with Joel Chapman at the Rock Academy of Dance in York and also with London-based coach Mark Lunn, and ballroom lessons with renowned trainer Scott Draper at Drapers Dance School in Sheffield, and compete on the open competitive circuit at senior open level for amateur dancers.

Earlier this year, they won the prestigious 'Champions of Tomorrow' competition at the highest senior pre-championship ballroom level at Blackpool's world-famous Winter Gardens Ballroom.

Anyone also looking to trip the light fantastic at Clifford's Tower is welcome to visit the site from 6pm to 9pm from 26 to 29th October. Admission prices are £3.90 for adults, £3.50 for concessions and £2.30 for children, or £10.10 for a family ticket (two adults and up to three children).

For more details, please visit or call 01904 646940.


Elsewhere, there's also a ghostly glow at Treasurer's House.

The landmark and its garden will spring to life with a ghostly glow on the first of four nights of eerie illumination as it takes part for the third year in the Illuminating York Festival.

To mark the unique place this festival has in York, Treasurer's House will throw open its doors free to York card holders on Wednesday and Thursday night of the event.

Lisa Holden Visitor Services Manager said:

"It's the perfect excuse for those who live in York and never get around to visiting the attractions on their doorstep to have a look for free!

"Even if you have been before, you will never have seen the house look like it will during the event.

"We will have eerie lighting, twinkling candles, ghost stories and sound effects throughout the house. The garden will be looking lovely too, full of colour and light, thanks to the support of local lighting firm technical stage services."

The fusion of light, sound and ghostly tales will illuminate the past as a spell is cast over grand period rooms.

From the shadows a ghostly glow will reveal some of the ghostly tales of this intriguing house renowned across the city for its ghosts.

Families are more than welcome with the chance to get faces painted on the Wednesday and Thursday of the event or try your hand at glow in the dark juggling on the Friday and Saturday.

Ghost cellar tours will also be available for those 8yrs+  and the free to enter tearoom will be open with a special offer of a free dessert with every main course purchased.

Cost: Adult £4 Child £2, Free to NT members, FREE to York card holders (26 and 27 only)

For more information please email or call 01904 624247.

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