York Researchers’ Night (YorNight) 2020 takes place at York Barbican on Saturday 8 February from 2pm to 7.30pm. All activities, talks and the science cabaret are FREE to attend.


Join us at York Barbican, Paragon Street, York, YO10 4AH (map). York’s largest music and arts venue, York Barbican is located close to the historic city walls and is just a five-minute walk from Clifford’s Tower.


All our family-friendly activities run continuously from 2pm to 6pm. Short 15- and 20-minute talks take place between 2.30pm and 6pm, and our science cabaret runs from 6pm to 7.30pm.


Book your free tickets in advance online or at the York Barbican Box Office on the day.


Families are warmly welcomed to YorNight. Many of our activities have been designed specifically with the young in mind. As well as offering a fantastic insight into the exciting world of research, our events might even provide a glimpse into a future career.

Food and drink

A range of hot food, snacks and drinks, including pizza slices, wedges and kettle crisps, will be available to buy at York Barbican from 2pm to 6pm.

Travel and transport

Many local bus services serve the city centre, including the Park & Ride. Bus information can be found by visiting the First Group website or the Park & Ride website.

York railway station is approximately a 20-minute walk from York Barbican, and ample bicycle racks are available at the venue.

While it is recommended that you arrive by public transport, there are several car parks nearby, including the Barbican Q-Park. Information on alternative city car parking can be found on the iTravel York website. You can buy a discounted parking voucher for the Barbican Q-Park from the Barbican Box Office for £6.50, which is valid for eight hours. To redeem the discount, park your car first, then take your Q-Park ticket to the Box Office.


York Barbican has step-free access into the auditorium, meeting rooms and bars, and a lift to the first floor. The main entrance/Box Office entrance has level access from the piazza on Paragon Street.

All bars and the Box Office have low level counter positions and an accessible toilet is available on both floors of the Barbican. Hearing and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building, and dog mats are available on request. 

Limited disabled parking spaces are available at the nearby Barbican Q-Park.

For accessibility queries, please phone 01904 324119. (Please note that this is not a booking line.) 

Photography and video

Photography and video recording will take place during YorNight, which may be used for marketing and research purposes by the University of York. If you would prefer not to be featured, please visit the Information Desk on arrival. If you have any concerns or would like further information please email marketing-support@york.ac.uk. For further information about how we use photography or video that includes you, please see our privacy notice.  

Book sales

Look out for Fox Lane Books in the York Barbican foyer.

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Contact us

If you have any queries, please email us at yornight@york.ac.uk.