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Guide to Sports and Leisure

By SPP Reporter


Local Multiplex Cinemas showing recent film releases are:

Vue Cinemas, Clifton Moor 0871 224 0240

Reel, Blossom Street 01904 733633

City Screen, Coney Street 0870 7583219

Theatres and Concert Halls

York boasts three theatres:

York Theatre Royal Tel: 01904 658162

This theatre includes a restaurant, buttery and bars. It promotes a wide variety of shows from those of a sound and educational import to those aimed to entertain in a more relaxed style.

The Grand Opera House Tel: 0870 6063595

This theatre provides a wide range of live entertainment.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre, Haxby Road

Tel: 01904 658197

Ten Pin Bowling

York Megabowl, Clifton Moor Centre

Tel: 0871 5501010

Contact York Megabowl for prices and opening times.


Flat Racing – York Racecourse is situated just one mile to the South West of the City Centre within easy access of the A64 and A1.

The Romans introduced organised racing in the York area, and the first meeting on the famous Knavesmire took place in 1731. The first grandstand was built in 1754. York boasts several of Britain’s most prestigious races. The Tote Ebor Festival takes place over three days in August.

Course – Tel: 01904 620911 for Race Day Information.

Racing – May, June, July, August, September and October.

Other Courses within easy reach of York:

Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Ripon, Redcar, Thirsk, Wetherby


A good variety of coarse fishing is available in waters around York. Good sea fishing facilities are available at many places on the coast including Whitby, Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey. See Yellow Pages for details of fishing clubs, rivers, lakes and tackle shops.

Remember all waters belong to someone and therefore permission must be obtained before fishing.

The closed seasons when fishing is not permitted are:

Coarse Fishing 28 Feb-31 May

Garbling 15 Mar-4 Jun

Salmon and Sea Trout 1Nov-5 Apr

Trout 1Oct-25 Mar

National Rod licences that cover the whole country and must be carried when fishing can be obtained from post offices. Fishing permits are sold at most tackle shops.

Do I Need A Fishing Licence for Sea Fishing?

The short answer to this question is No – sea fishing does not require a licence. However, in many areas the situation is, unfortunately, a lot more complicated. Some fishing marks inland where saltwater and freshwater fishing cross over the licence issue can become unclear which can cause a lot of confusion amongst anglers. Read on to find out more about the issues surrounding sea angling and the issue of fishing licences.

Anglers fishing from clear sea fishing marks such as beaches, rock marks, piers and breakwaters have no need at all for any kind of licence (as long as they do not catch and keep certain species – see below). This is clear cut and means the vast majority of sea anglers can fish without worrying about licences at all.

However, the issue becomes more complicated further away from the sea. Anglers fishing inland up rivers do not need licences either if they are using sea fishing tackle to target sea fish species within tidal waters (i.e. there is movement of water level with the incoming and outgoing tide). Fishing marks further inland and out of tidal waters may well require a licence and anglers fishing without one will be risking the £2500 fine – even if they claim to be using sea fishing tactics/equipment to target saltwater species. In areas where freshwater anglers are targeting freshwater species side by side with anglers using sea fishing gear to catch sea fish species the issue can become extremely complicated indeed – sometimes there are signs stating that an anglers fishing in an area need licences, often there is not. Anglers unsure about whether they need a licence to fish a particular area should contact the authorities to get advice before they go fishing (ask the local Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities).

Licences are organised by the Environment Agency and are available online or from Post Offices around the UK.


The Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club is at Naburn, five miles from York.


York Garrison runs its own Golf Society and plays from the Strensall Golf Club. Fixtures are held throughout the summer visiting many other golf clubs in Yorkshire. For more information speak to the Society Secretary Mr Andy Ramsey 01904 442945.

Golf Clubs in the York area are:

York Golf Club (Strensall) 01904 491840

Fulford 01904 413212/413579

Heworth (12 holes) 01904 422389

Pike Hills 01904 700797

Forest Park 01904 400425

Forest of Galtres 01904 766198

Melodies Park Gallery Golf 01904 690421

Skelton Park Golf Centre 01904 470549

Sandburn 01904 469922

Swimming Pools

Sadly there is no Garrison swimming pool. However, for those who like a swim the local pools are:

Energise Acomb –Yearsley Swimming Pool, Haxby Road 01904 552424

Water World Monks Cross 01904 642111


For those interested in horsemanship and equestrian riding schools in the York area are:

Cottage Farm Stables

Osbaldwick 01904 416245

Escrick Park Rideways 01904 728252

York Riding School Wigginton 01904 691242

Lacy Cottage Riding School,

Stamford Bridge 01759 371586

Bleach Farm Stables,

Stamford Bridge 01759 371586

Ice Skating

York does not have its own Ice Arena, the nearest rinks being:

Hull (Olympic Size) Caters for beginners in basic skating and ice hockey.

Professional ice hockey resident team.

Tel: 01482 325252

Doncaster The Dome

Tel: 01302 370888 – Ice skating and swimming.

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