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Hilda’s Heirs

Celebrating women of faith

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Celebrate International Women’s Day and follow in the footsteps of women of faith at the annual festival of Hilda’s Heirs, held in partnership between the Diocese of York, York Minster and the Yorkshire North and East Methodist District.

The festival, which will take place inside York Minster on Saturday 9 March, is free to attend and includes acts of worship, a market place and specially designed trails exploring the legacy of women in York.



The day will begin with an accessible and inspiring service of thanksgiving at 10am, recognising the historic and current impact that women of faith have on our lives.


Market place

Women in positions of leadership from across different sectors and settings will host a market place, offering conversation and activities to visitors. Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central, will be in attendance.


Women in the Minster trail

We invite you to follow in the footsteps of inspirational women of faith who have played a part in creating this magnificent building, a little piece of Heaven on Earth. Sometimes as leaders, other times behind the scenes. Creating exquisite embroidery, designing fabulous floral displays; using their wealth, learning and talents to support the life of the Minster.

Download the trail map HERE or collect a copy from our welcome desks.


City of York trail

Explore the City of York to discover and celebrate diverse women who have transformed their community over the centuries.


All are welcome to join the festival. Free tickets must be booked in advance HERE.

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