12th June 2020 – 14th June 2020 all-day
The Grand Hotel
Station Rise
York YO1 6GD
See breakdown below
The Clerk, Virginia Rounding
020 7329 2189
Master's Weekend - York @ The Grand Hotel | Hoover | Alabama | United States

York is the choice for the Master’s weekend in June because Fiona is a Trustee of the wonderful National Railway Museum. It also has an exquisite Mansion House packed with glorious historical sights, all within walking distance or a very short taxi ride from the hotel. It is also York Races weekend and we are all invited to the Races in luxurious facilities on the Saturday.

The weekend is open to Liverymen, Freemen, partners and guests and a full breakdown is below:

Accommodation: The Grand Hotel, Station Rise, York YO1 6GD – https://www.thegrandyork.co.uk. The hotel is a refurbished former headquarters of the North Eastern Railways.


Friday 12th June – two options:

1. Early afternoon

  • York Chocolate Story, booked for 25 people starting at 2pm OR
  • York Minster – a guided tour starting at 2.30pm

2. Late afternoon

  • City Cruise starting at 4.10pm from the Lendl Bridge jetty. The time may be tweaked slightly on the day.
  • York Mansion House with a tour starting at 4.30pm, followed by tea in their Entertainment Room

Friday will finish with an evening dinner in the Old Board Room at the Grand Hotel at 7.15pm for 7.45pm. The guest speaker, Frank Paterson, a distinguished former Director of North Eastern Railways, is living history. He will tell us his railway stories and set us up for the National Railway Museum Visit on Sunday.


Saturday 13th June:

York Races through the generosity of one of our Liveryman who is providing access to the Committee Room box. His generosity includes an initial champagne reception, lunch and team and transport for the day. We start in the Old Board Room in the hotel at 10.45am for the champagne reception, before heading by coach at 11.30am to the Races. The box includes a lunch buffet and subsequently tea. A tipster will guide us on the best bets!

In return of the kindness of our Liveryman, we are each asked to make a donation to the Company’s Charity. Given the generosity and cost of a day at the Races, the Master suggest £75 per head.

Note: the dress code for the Races is lounge suit with tie for gentlemen and formal day dress, with hats encouraged, for ladies.

The coach leaves the Races at 5.00pm so we can get back to the hotel in time to get ready for dinner at Berden Hall, near York Minster, starting with a drinks reception at 7.30pm. The guest of honour in the evening will be the Lord Mayor of York.

Note: the dress code for the dinner is jacket with WCoBM or other suitable tie for the gentlemen, and the ladies will know what to wear! It is not black tie, and we are not obliged to be as formal as at the Races.


Saturday 14th June:
The weekend ends with a visit to the National Railway Museum, home to iconic locomotives and an unrivalled collection of engineering brilliance spanning 200 years! Starting at 10.30am, the morning will include a buffet lunch, finishing at 2.30pm.

Comfortable clothes and shoes should be worn.

Costs and payment details:

The weekend includes discounted rates at £239 per night for double rooms and three single rooms at £219 per night, held until 1st May. After this date, rates may change. The number to call for bookings is 01904 380038 and press 2 for the Events Team, quoting Worshipful Company of Builders’ Merchants. If you have queries, ask for Lauren Wilson.

A deposit of 50% of the accommodation cost will be required on booking with the remaining paid on arrival. You may cancel FOC up to 28 days before 12 June. If you cancel between 21 and 28 days in advance you will lose 50% of the deposit. If between 14 and 20 days before, the percentage increases to 75%, rising to 100% if the cancellation is any closer.

The major events, lunches and dinners (not Friday lunch and not including the Races donation) will cost £225 per person. When you have made your hotel booking, either send a cheque to cover the cost or, preferably make a BACS transfer to WCoBM. For Bank Transfers, please make sure your surname and ‘York’ is used as the reference. The charity donation can be paid directly to the Company’s Charity Fund.