Make the most of your trip to York with our the exciting events on at Elmbank Hotel.

Pre-York Races Brunch

Before your day at the races. choose from our Continental Buffet and add your selection of hot dishes from our Brunch menu. Plus either a Glass of Prosecco or a York Gin Breakfast Cocktail!

Available Dates:

July – 14th, 15th, 29th July
August – 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th
September – 23rd
October – 13th, 14th

£24 per person 

Christmas 2023

Looking to get a head start on your holiday plans? Look no further! Discover our exclusive Christmas 2023 packages and offers that will make your festive season truly unforgettable.

York Gin Afternoon Tea - ‘History in the tasting’

We are delighted to be partnering with our local distillery, York Gin for an afternoon tea with a difference in the stunning surroundings of Leetham’s Restaurant, our very own piece of York history.

We have 3 York Gins to choose from, take your pick from London Dry, a beautiful, smooth, and balanced dry gin, best served with a fever tree light and a curl of lemon, Old Tom, a very slightly sweetened dry gin, with Yorkshire Rose and herbs from the Michelin-starred Star Inn, Harome, best served with a fever tree light and star anise, or Roman Fruit, a full-strength dry gin with no added sugar. Fruits and flowers from Ancient Rome including strawberries and hibiscus give it a deep red hue, best served with a fever tree Mediterranean and strawberries and raspberries.

Then we have a delicious traditional afternoon for you with a delicious twist!! To accompany your selection of freshly cut finger sandwiches and cakes, we have a warm scone and clotted cream served with Pink Grapefruit & York Gin Marmalade! Beautiful, we will let you decide whether it’s cream on the bottom or on the top.

And finally, a freshly brewed tea or coffee to finish.

Creative Workshops with Afternoon Tea

Join us at Elmbank for a wonderful afternoon of either floral watercolour painting, or wreath making followed by a delicious sparkling afternoon tea served in Leethams Brasserie!

Available Dates:

Sunday 26th December – Christmas Wreath
Sunday 3rd December – Christmas Wreath

Sunday 17th September – Autumn floral letter
Sunday 10th December – Floral Christmas Card


£65 per person 

Murder Mystery Breaks 2023

Join us at Elmbank Hotel, York for our Murder Mysteries in 2023. Read the plot of each of our events below!

Friday 15th September 2023 – The Toy Boy

Plot: Mary Langford has been widowed twice, but they were both long and very happy marriages. So you’d think she’d be content with her memories. Sir Robert Langford OBE, her second husband, was CEO of the British and Commonwealth Petroleum company and left Mary a huge fortune. So why is she getting married a third time? And to a man young enough to be her son! At least it has the blessing of her daughter, Jemimah.  Or does it?

Prices from £55pp

Friday 20th October 2023 – Pipers Grave

Plot: MBX-TV, the infamous, sleazy cable TV channel is 5 years old this weekend/evening. Matthew Bradshaw, founder and CEO of the company has thrown a party to celebrate and to make a very important announcement. But things don’t go according to plan – why is MBX-TV losing ground to its rivals? What secrets and mysteries does the hotel harbour? And are the rumours about John Piper’s ghost true?

Prices from £55pp

Friday 17th November 2023 – Murder on the Dance Floor

Plot: Style TV, is new to the UK. Owned by Australian media magnate Greg Copeland, the TV company is set to go head to head in an all out war with BBC’s ‘Strictly’ this year. Their new dance show, ‘Step Up & Dance’ promises to be big & brash.
Fronted by TV host Sam Delaney, the show will have notorious musical star P.J. McQueen as lead judge, who makes Craig Revel Norwood seem like a pussycat!!
Tonight will be an opportunity for one lucky person to join the show!

Prices from £55pp

Thursday 7th December 2023 – Twas the Night Before Christmas

Plot: It is Christmas Eve 1987 and you are part of Smartoys staff Christmas party.  This year, Fiona Smartley-Price (Smartoy’s CEO) has extra cause to celebrate because the company have achieved having the Christmas Number 1 toy in the shops.  Mouseville Friends is that toy and was the brainchild of Siobhan (Fiona’s daughter and a managing director of the company).  She launched the new toy along with her fiancée Noel Thurst who is a television executive that has launched an animated series based on the toys.  Will the celebrations continue all night long or will sinister happenings halt them?

Prices from £55pp

Thursday 14th December 2023 – Mr Carrols Christmas

It is Christmas day and the Carroll family are celebrating Christmas for the first time since the recent and unexpected death of matriarch Holly Carroll.
Could this Christmas be a time for togetherness and playing happy families or is someone about to tear the family apart?

Prices from £55pp

Thursday 21st December - Gold, Frankincense & Murder

Plot: Welcome to the celebrations of the first night of Sleeping Beauty pantomime, at the Emerald theatre.

The first night was a runaway success, it’s looking like Jack will be able to save his beloved Emerald theatre from closure.

Sleeping beauty was awakened, but were their secrets that were also awakened, and should Golden Secrets have been left to lie?

Prices From £55.00pp

Thursday 28th December - Murder Under The Mistletoe

Plot: It is Christmas in 1899 and the Prime Minister, Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, is hosting a lavish party. Spirits are high at the turn of the century, commerce and politics are doing well. It is also 7 years since the infamous Jack the Ripper was last active. But is everyone who they say they are? And has the Ripper really finished his work?

Prices From £55.00pp

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