Who We Are

We are a Branch of Humanists UK – if you are a member or supporter of Humanists UK then you are also a member or supporter of York Humanists. (A member pays a subscription; a supporter has asked to be on the mailing list. If you aren’t already known to Humanists UK but would like to be on the mailing list for our events, please make your request by emailing info@humanists.uk.)

The group began life in January 2005 as the North Yorkshire Humanist Group, and became the York branch of Humanists UK in 2021. We meet regularly to discuss issues of interest to humanists, and to support national and local campaigns that are relevant to humanists.

What We Do

Our events normally consist of a talk by an invited speaker, although we do occasionally have debates, video showings or social nights.  Over the years we have had dozens of speakers, talking on a wide mix of subjects.

Meetings finish around 9pm, followed by a trip to a nearby bar. We also meet up socially throughout the year with restaurant visits, a book group, a philosophy group, and other events.

Anyone can attend our meetings but we do ask for a voluntary donation of £2 to help towards the room hire costs.  

York Humanists attracts people from a wide area, including York, Harrogate, Knaresborough, Scarborough, Whitby, and Pickering.

We also have a social links with the Secular Humanist Association of New York and Victoria Humanists in Australia.

How to Find Us

We usually meet in York on the first Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm in the Denham Room of the Priory Street Centre, York YO1 6ET.

York rail station is about 5 to 10 minutes walk away from Priory Street, and the nearest public car park is at Nunnery Lane. There is also some local street parking for £3.

Book Group

Our Book Group meets in a pub every couple of months to chat about our latest book selection. To see previous book choices, have a look in our archives.

If you’d like to join the group, please contact us and we’ll add you to the mailing list.

Philosophy Group

Our Philosophy Group meets in a pub every couple of months for an informal discussion on a chosen topic.

Members take it in turn to initiate a discussion on a topic of their choosing, usually circulating in advance one or two references or short papers relevant to the topic. Previous topics have included subjects such as Happiness, Marx, and Nuclear Deterrence.

If you’re interested in joining, please contact us and we’ll add you to the mailing list for upcoming topics and reading.