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Stone Carving Festival 2018: Day One

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Stonemasons and carvers from across the UK and the globe showcase their skills during a weekend-long celebration of the ancient craft in Dean’s Park this summer.

Festival-goers will be able to see world-class stonemasons and carvers at work creating designs based on the theme ‘All creatures great and small’.

As well as the carving activity, a series of lectures will run from 12noon with speakers and topics including:

The official opening of the event with the Sheriff of York and Canon Michael Smith will be at 11am on Saturday.

Day two of the festival runs from 8am to 5pm on Sunday 19 August and includes an auction of the stones carved during the weekend. 

The York Minster Stone Carving Festival is part of a four day celebration of the ancient craft at the cathedral which begins with Stoneyard Open Day on Friday 17 August and concludes with an auction of historic stone on Wednesday 22 August.

Want to take part in the festival? Registration is now open to all masons, carvers, sculptors and stonework apprentices here.


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