Between 22nd – 25th October 2021, celebrate the 1300th anniversary of St John of Beverley and the centuries of pilgrimage to our town with a festival of ideas, events, community, family, talks, film, real ale, and more.
2021 is a monumental year for Beverley, marking 1300 years since the Anglo-Saxon bishop John of Beverley died in the monastery which he founded here. A number of events will be taking place at Beverley 1300 Festival between 22nd – 25th October 2021 to commemorate key milestones the market town has faced.
With something for everyone and a perfect way to kick off Half Term, doors will be flung open at heritage sites across the town centre with family friendly activities to get involved in. From the North Bar to the historic barges on the Beck for the free Pilgrimage Trail, make sure to pick up your ‘Pilgrim Passport’ and get it stamped at each museum, gallery, and church on the trail to win a souvenir.
October is traditionally a month for beer festivals, and so the Saturday of the the festival culminates in a beer tasting and talk in St Mary’s Church by international brewing expert Dr Dawn Maskell, who was born in Beverley.
King Henry V of England visited the shrine of St John of Beverley 600 years ago, which makes 2021 a momentous double anniversary year for the town. The festival will present a Sunday matinee screening of Laurence Olivier’s 1944 classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s epic play, Henry V.
For full details on the events and activities, view the brochure here.