Visit York Summer Guide 2022

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Summer Guide



Contents Explore York

04 - 16

Events & Festivals

17 - 23

Stay in York

24 - 25

Getting to York

26 - 30

Al Fresco & Dining Out

31 - 35

York Chocolate City

36 - 37

Indie York & Shopping

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Beyond York

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Welcome to York this Summer, a regular on the “best places to live” lists, the historic city of York is best known for its world-class attractions, the best racecourse in the country and has a varied cultural offering to suit all tastes. Overlooked by the iconic York Minster, York is surrounded by extraordinary walls and winding cobbled streets with independent shops and boutiques. With an incredible multitude of eateries spanning every cuisine imaginable, York is home to some brilliant dining destinations, with everything from international street food to a Michelin-starred restaurant. Following an exciting transformation project, Clifford’s Tower has reopened to the public. Immerse yourself in centuries of history and enjoy panoramic views over the city from a new roof deck. The deck can now be accessed from new internal walkways and historic stairwells which helps show the historical layout of the tower and give a better understanding of its history.

The City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar opened to the pubic this April and will bring the history of York’s city walls to life. Visit one of the most historic gateways to the city and discover fascinating stories from 2,000 years ago involving battles, imprisonment and near destruction. Yorkshire Museum has reopened with a new exhibition, The Ryedale Hoard, which contains a collection of significant Roman objects and for the very first time in Yorkshire, visitors will be able to see this exciting new discovery and explore the mystery of who buried the Hoard and why. Discover all the incredible things to do in York, including a packed calendar of events and make the most of your visit by extending your stay, and #LoveYork for longer. Follow @VisitYork for the latest info. Things change! While information is believed to be correct at the time of going to print, dates and events may change. We recommend that you check ahead to avoid disappointment.


Enjoy. Explore. Experience. Save money on attraction tickets with York's Official Sightseeing Pass Free entry to 40 York & Beyond attractions Includes free sightseeing 24 hr bus ticket & pizza or pasta at ASK Buy online at T&C’s apply

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Explore York’s hidden medieval townhouse Barley Hall and The JORVIK Group are owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered Charity in England & Wales (No.509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)

NEW OPENING 2 APRIL 2022 The perfect place to start your walk around the walls Book now City Walls Experience at Micklegate Bar is owned by York Archaeological Trust, a registered Charity in England & Wales (No.509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)

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BOOK ONLINE USING VYSG10 & SAVE 10% ON CRUISES *Use Promo Code VGSG10 on Adult, Concession & Child tickets for the York City Cruise, Early Evening Cruise, Lunch Cruise and Evening Dinner Cruise. Valid until September 2022. Website usage only, not valid with any other offer, family tickets or walk-up bookings.

Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Tour of York

Highlights A choice of 24 or 48 hours hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket See York’s most iconic landmarks including York Minster, Micklegate Bar and Clifford’s Tower A fun and educational experience for all Audio guide available on all departures Departs Daily. Customers can board the tour from any of the stops along the route. 01904 947211

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Discover one of the finest medieval guild halls in the world this summer

New for 2022! A trail exploring the history of York’s rivers through the Hall’s fascinating collections. Enjoy delicious food and drinks from the MERCHANTS’ COFFEE HOUSE in our walled garden.

Discover one of the finest medieval guild halls in the world this summer

From the beautiful simplicity of the eighteenth century kitchens to the magnificence of the staterooms, walk through centuries of society life and discover and thethe New treasure, for 2022! feasting A trail exploring history of York’s Lords of therivers City. through the Hall’s fascinating collections.

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YORK Events York has a vibrant calendar of events and there is always something exciting taking place for you to enjoy whilst visiting the city. Experience amazing world-class festivals and events such as Yorkshire Balloon Fiesta, York Races and the York Spring Fair and Food Festival. A city wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival returns for five days of living history, hands-on fun, craft workshops and many other favourite activities. Weaving Viking legends with the stories of modern-day York people, York Theatre Royal will be working in partnership with JORVIK Viking Centre on a new community production, The Coppergate Woman.

To mark this momentous year in history, celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen with an unmissable line up of events and activities across York and beyond. York is even set to co-host the Rugby League World Cup this autumn. Take your pick from some fantastic must-see events, theatre and performances, art and exhibitions and sporting events, you’ll find something to suit all tastes. There’s so much happening in York all year round, make sure to look out for exciting events each week and sign up to our 7 days newsletter to find some of the best things to do. Check out our calendar for some great events and start planning your trip to York now

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April 7 - 10 | Parliament Street April

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Easter in York York Blues Festival

Made in Yorkshire (Crafts)

May May 28 - June 1 | Citywide

July 10 | On the River between Lendal and Scarborough Bridges

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Events Events York Spring Fair & Platinum Jubilee events Food Festival Calendar Calendar York campaign York Festival of Ideas York cycle Open Studios 2022 community event Walkfest

July 10 | Museum Gardens Antique & Vintage Fair July 3 | York Racecourse thunder day July 10 | Yorkshire Air Museum York Early Music Festival plan-your-visit/events July 8 - 16 | National Centre for Early Music and various locations York Maze July 16 - September 5 | York Maze York Rotary Dragon

York Fashion Week April 29in - May 5 | Various Made Yorkshire (Crafts)

St Nicholas Fair From mid July | Parliament Street Lendal and Scarborough Bridges

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April | Parliament Street April14 2/3- |18 Parliament St and venues across the city |

April 2/3 & 9/10 | Various April 29 | Kings Square locations across the city venues the city Street April 7 across - 10 | Parliament May

York BIDinDeckchairs Competition Easter York April May 15 | Citywide Made Yorkshire (Crafts) April29 9in--24 | Events across the city May 12 - 15 | Parliament Street

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Festival of Vintage York Chocolate Festival April --May 1 | York York Spring & Racecourse April30 14 18 | Fair Parliament Street Food Festival

May 27 - June 5 | York Racecourse April 30 - May 1 | City walls April 29 | Kings Square May 28/29 | North York Moors National Park | northyorkmoors. York Fashion Week April 29 - May 5 | Various venues across the city JORVIK Viking Festival May 28 - June 1 | Citywide May York BID Deckchairs Competition April 29 - May 15 | Citywide

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June May 12 - 15 | Parliament Street Festival of Vintage April 30 - May 1 | York Racecourse Platinum Jubilee events York Spring Fair & June 2 - 5 | Events across the city

Food Festival York Walls Festival May 27 - June 5 | York Racecourse York Festival Ideas April 30 - May 1 of | City walls June 11 - 24 | Online and at the University of York |


May 28/29 | North York Moors York Pride

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Dolls House Fair JORVIK Viking Festival June 19 | York Racecourse

May 28 - June 1 | Citywide

York Mystery Plays (on wagons)

June 19 & 26 | Venues across the city June centre | June 22/23 | Two evening performances in the Shambles Market |

Platinum Jubilee events

June 2 - 5 | Events across the city Eboracum Roman Festival June 25/26 | Museum Gardens

York Festival of Ideas

June 11 - 24 | Online and at the University Annual Wildlife Day of York | June 26 | Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens York Pride event/annual-wildlife-day June 18 | Citywide | Dolls House Fair June 19 | York Racecourse

June 2 - -5June | Events across the city May 27 5 | York Racecourse June 11 - 24 | Online and at the University of York | May 28/29 | North York Moors National York IcePark Trail| northyorkmoors. York Pride June 18 | Citywide |

JORVIK Viking Festival Dolls Fair May 28House - June 1 | Citywide


June 19 | York Racecourse

Antique & Vintage Fair York Plays (on wagons) July 3 | Mystery York Racecourse


June 19 & 26 | Venues across the city centre | June 22/23 | Two evening performances in the Shambles York EarlyJubilee Music Festival Platinum events Market | July 8 -216 Centrethe for city June 5| |National Events across Early Music and various locations Eboracum Roman Festival York Festival of Ideas June | Museum Gardens June25/26 11 - 24 | Online and at the University York Rotary Dragon of York |

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July 10 | Museum Gardens July

July 3 | York Racecourse July 10 | Yorkshire Air| Museum centre June 22/23 Two evening performances in the Shambles plan-your-visit/events Market |

York Early Music Festival

July 8 - 16 | National Centre for York Maze Roman Festival Eboracum Early Music and various locations

July 1625/26 - September 5 | Gardens York Maze June | Museum

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July 30 - August 6 | York Theatre Royal July 30 | Shambles Market

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July - August 6 | York Theatre Royal York Proms July 10 | Museum Gardens

York Young Traders Event July 30 | Shambles Market

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July 10 | Yorkshire Air Museum York River Art Market July 30/31 | Dame Judy Dench Walk plan-your-visit/events

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July 16 - September 5 | York Maze

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York River Art Market

August 6/7 & 13/14 | Dame Judy Dench Walk |

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York Walls Festival August 13/14 | City walls

Café Mambo, Proms & Abba Symphonic Spectacular concerts

October 1 - November 5 | Across the city Halloween at York Dungeon

Made in Yorkshire (Christmas Crafts)

November 17 - December 18 York Guildhall

York Christmas Festival

Made in Yorkshire (CRAFTS) October 6 - 9 | Parliament Street

November 17 - December 23 Parliament Street and across the city

York Restaurant Week

Christmas at Castle Howard

Yorkshire Marathon

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

October 10 - 16 | Citywide October 16 | Citywide

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November 23 - January 2 2023 | Castle Howard | November - January 2023 | York Designer Outlet |

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August 28 | York Racecourse

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September Allied Air Forces Memorial Day September 4 | Yorkshire Air Museum |

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Dark Skies Fringe Festival

October 21 - 30 North York Moors National Park

Light Spectacular Express

York Book Fair

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York Beer & Cider Festival

October 28 - November 12 | York Theatre Royal |

September 9/10 | York Racecourse September 13 - 17 | York Racecourse

The Tragedy of Guy Fawkes

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September 18 | York Racecourse September 22 - 25 | North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Ghosts in the Gardens

September 23 - November 7 Citywide |

November 1 - 6 | Various locations across the city |

Rugby League World Cup

November 2, 6, 10 & 14 | LNER Community Stadium |

Cazoo UK Snooker Championship 2022

November 8 - 20 | York Barbican cazoo-uk-snooker-championship-2022/

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November 10 - 13 | York Racecourse

December 2 - January 2 2023 York Theatre Royal

York Early Christmas Music Festival

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Race Days May 11 - 13 | Dante Festival May 21 - 22 | May Spring Meeting June 10 - 11 | June Meeting July 8-9 | John Smith’s Cup Meeting July 22 - 23 | Summer Music Showcase August 17 - 20 | Ebor Festival September 4 | Family Raceday October 7 - 8 | October Finale

2023 York Residents' Festival January 2023 TBC

Dark Skies Festival

February 10 - 26 2023 | North York Moors National Park

York Ice Trail

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Stay in YORK York offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury hotels and boutique B&B’s to family campsites and self-catering getaways, giving you an extensive choice of inviting places to rest your head after a day of exploring the city. Stay for longer in York and discover the best places to get a good night’s sleep, whether its near all the main attractions or in the surrounding countryside, there’s something for all occasions.

If you’re travelling with children, there’s lots of great family friendly accommodation in York. Many of the best options for family accommodation have great facilities and deals which takes the pressure off when planning your stay. If you’re bringing your dog along, there is a great choice of dog friendly accommodation in York. Visit for more information.

Not just a beautiful boutique hotel in the centre of York There’s a lot more to love than great stays here. Our kitchen and bar team are conjurers of the essence of great British escapes, their dishes and drinks feel familiar and original all at once. And our afternoon tea is a joyful experience. Down in the quiet calm of our spa, skilled therapists listen carefully to needs before tailoring treatments to address them.

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The Grand, York Creating memorable experiences with true Yorkshire hospitality.

Originally built in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ – The Grand, York now provides true Yorkshire hospitality to its guests. From the awardwinning cookery school and tranquil spa to the wonderful array of food and beverage outlets, the hotel offers indulgence for all. Experience a quintessentially British tradition with an Afternoon Tea to take a break from exploring the historic city. Awarded ‘Best Afternoon Tea’ in 2022 by Condé Nast Johansens, the elaborate tower of savoury and sweet treats is presented on a silver tower and offers a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. The Grand is known for creating memorable culinary experiences, not only in The Rise restaurant where guests are treated to an array of modern British classics, but also in the Cookery School.

Head Chef Andrew Dixon offers a variety of classes designed for everyone from novices to aspiring chefs and children. The adventure doesn’t stop there, from children’s cinema nights and family packages to experiences such as the Masons Gin distillery tour as part of the Gin Journey, The Grand offers a crossgenerational getaway. With incredible bedrooms to call home at the end of a busy day, there is nowhere better to experience true R&R. Whether it’s rest and relaxation or a chance to explore and learn, The Grand have introduced a host of indulgent short breaks to showcase the historic city of York and the importance of true Yorkshire hospitality. Remember, you don’t have to check-in to check-out The Grand, York. Visit for more information.



Getting to York By Bus

Regular bus services run to York from many nearby towns and cities, including Leeds, Selby and Scarborough. Call Bus Info on 01904 551400 or visit

By Train

York Train Station is a short 10-minute walk from the city centre. For more information on services please visit

By Taxi

Check the travel section on for reputable taxi services.

Left Luggage

Store your luggage on Queen Street, adjacent to the long stay car park at York Railway Station, you will see the left luggage office on the right next to Europcar, YO24 1AD. Alternatively you can use Yorbag Left Luggage located at 20 High Petergate, only 90 metres from York Minster.

Park & Ride

Visitors travelling by car are encouraged to use York’s Park & Ride service for ease. Find out more about services at the six sites by visiting

Parking in York

There are a number of convenient and secure car parks in York city centre. For details, visit uk/directory/8/parking-directory/category/5

Access All Areas

During your summer visit we want to make sure you are able to get around safely. Visit to check for easily accessible venues.



Call 01904 679222 to hire a scooter or wheelchair from the second floor of Picadilly car park (YO1 9NX). Visit to find out more. Please check online for the most up-to-date information.


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We are York’s largest family owned coach operator and offer a one stop shop for all your transport needs.

We have a wide selection of vehicles ranging from 16 to 72 seats. • Executive, VIP & Wheel Chair Accessible Coaches • Midi-Coaches & Minibuses • Routemasters and Heritage vehicles from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, & 80’s • Open-top buses with a live guided tour • Experienced uniformed drivers, all DBS checked

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AL FRESCO DINING When the sun shines on a summer’s day, there’s nothing better than dining outside and enjoying some fresh air and fine food. From pop-up seating to dining in a beautiful English country garden, York has the place for you. Shambles Food Court Positioned next to the famous Shambles, the Shambles Food Court is the perfect spot for a lunch time treat. Delight your taste buds with delicious flavours from across the globe and relax at one of the city’s best hangouts with food cooked fresh by expert chefs every day of the week. Follow @VisitYork to stay in the loop Summer in the City Soak up the atmosphere on Parliament Street, a covered seating area with benches will be in place throughout Summer to create an


outdoor dining experience, offering some of the best street food in York. Home to some fantastic vendors, SPARK:YORK is a vibrant, relaxed and welcoming place to eat and drink. From juicy burgers to vegan burritos and sweet treats, these stalls never fail to get your mouth watering. Pretty places for al fresco dining Pack a hamper and enjoy the sunshine in the centre of York. Discover some beautiful spaces in York as temporary outdoor seating provided by York BID will be in place at various locations across the city, including Artists Garden, Eye of York and Tower Gardens.

Sit by the stunning York Minster on College Green or find a colourful picnic bench on Exhibition Square. There are plenty of cafés selling sandwiches and refreshments too if you are short on supplies. Lesser known coffee places York is the ultimate destination for foodies and is home to some of the best independent coffee spots in Yorkshire. After a busy day exploring all the main sights and attractions, they provide the ideal place to rest your legs and refuel. Relax in the peaceful courtyard at Bedern Hall or enjoy a tea or coffee within the medieval grandeur outside Merchant Adventurers’ Hall. There are plenty of delicious cafés lining the streets of York, for coffee and cake and stunning riverside views, SOPHiE on Lendal Bridge is a great choice. Secret spots and hidden gems On Low Petergate, Forest at Galtres Lodge is well known for its relaxed and cosy courtyard area, an enchanting space perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, serving scrumptious seasonal dishes in the heart of the city. Spaces are limited, so be sure to book ahead. Offering some of the best examples of fine dining in York, the Fish and Forest is dedicated to creating dishes using sustainably caught

produce. Taking inspiration from the sea, this restaurant offers a constantly evolving à la carte menu. Providing the perfect backdrop and views of the city walls, the Courtyard at The Grand, York is a great place to unwind and relax and is only a short walk from the city centre. Nestled in a secluded yet central part of York, Gray’s Court boasts an English country garden experience where guests can escape into the sumptuous surroundings and indulge with a delicious lunch and drinks menu.

Traditional pubs Rumoured to have more pubs than there are days in a year, York has a wide range of venues that offer al fresco dining and outdoor seating. Welcoming you with a delicious menu serving quality pub food and classic dishes for every appetite, The Old White Swan is nestled in York’s bustling Goodramgate. Situated in the historic High Petergate, the Fat Badger is a characterful Inn overlooking York Minster. The perfect place to relax after a busy day exploring the city, it has you covered for dining, serving a delectable menu using the finest seasonal produce. For more inspiration go to


Can you find your way through the secret entrance leading to an amazing experience of a 1930’s prohibition-style speakeasy? Find fabulous cocktails, live music and burlesque artists. A brand new, unique, hidden, private hire room can be booked for spirit, wine and cocktail tastings. Check out our website for full details and booking options ww Contact our friendly events team now! 01904 270101 or email

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York is famous for its chocolate history and is home to some of the world’s best known chocolate brands. Known as the Chocolate City, York has been creating classic confectionery that made global names from the likes of Terry’s and the Chocolate Orange, Rowntree’s and KitKat.

The city celebrated 250 years of being home to the renowned confectioner Terry’s. Today, this sweet legacy continues with treats ranging from humbugs to fudge produced in the city, with chocolate remaining a vital part of York’s sweet past, present and future.

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York’s Chocolate Story

York will always be associated with chocolate and there are some great ways to find out more about York’s sweet heritage. Explore the history of York’s chocolate past with a wonderful selection of chocolate shops, attractions, chocolate trails and festivals, there is something to suit every taste. Uncover the story of chocolate and learn about the entrepreneurial families and the fascinating facts behind their finest creations, not to mention the industry and dedication of its people. These stories are now being brought

to life with informative and entertaining guides taking you back to chocolate making in York over 300 years ago. Follow the York Chocolate Trail and discover the history behind York’s chocolate foundation. Take a mouth-watering journey through time, packed full of chocolate, pioneers and famous confectionery. For more information visit our Visitor Information Centre or go to

Visit our Manufactory for handcrafted chocolates, indulgences and learning experiences.

York Cocoa Works, 10 Castlegate, York, YO1 9RG | Open Daily 9.00am - 5.30pm |

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York’s independent scene is thriving, especially when it comes to retail. Take a walk along the city’s cobbled streets and discover the extraordinary range of local businesses there are in York. From specialist shops and unique boutiques to intriguing galleries and local traders, York has plenty of independent businesses just waiting to be discovered.

Family Favourites

Located in York’s busy Stonegate, Wunderplay is an independent family run shop filled with a fantastic selection of eco-friendly toys and games for young children. From doctors sets and play shops to rag dolls and rattles, these toys are guaranteed to put a smile on their face.

You’ll find an amazing collection of railway models and Scalextric sets at The Monk Bar Model Shop. With what seems like a train enthusiasts paradise, mostly selling Model Railways from all the leading brands together with slot cars and diecast planes you won’t be disappointed. Shambles Market

For a truly wonderful gift, Stonegate Teddy Bears just around the corner from York Minster, sell a wide range of lovely bears. They pride themselves on showcasing strong family values so that you can be assured that you are in great hands when choosing the perfect bear for yourself or a loved one. 38

The historic Shambles Market is a treasure trove of market stalls and is home to York’s largest collection of independent traders. From fresh fruit and veg, to vintage clothes and handmade crafts, it’s one of the city’s most unique shopping experiences.

Independent Galleries Whether you love contemporary art and photography, or if sculpture is more your thing, York has an art gallery to suit you. Located in a grade II listed building on Holgate Road, Holgate Gallery is a popular addition to York’s amazing art scene. Inside you will find some great contemporary photography from a range of photographers as well as showcasing work from other local artists.

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Finest Fashion York offers a unique shopping experience and there is always something extra special about discovering an independent shop. Pick up some lovely vintage fashion items from Bowler and Betty, this charming boutique located on the stylish street of Fossgate sells everything from classic vintage wardrobe staples to occasion wear. Head to Castlegate and discover a variety of vintage clothes at Dog and Bone Vintage. They sell pre-loved garments to suit all styles from branded and classic items from the 50s through to the 90s & early 00s.

Sitting proudly within York’s popular Colliergate is the Village Gallery. Home to a great selection of glass, jewellery, sculpture & silver, the gallery hosts free exhibitions showcasing the work of talented local artists. From traditional watercolours to contemporary art, Braithwaite Gallery showcases original paintings and limited-edition prints from a wide range of international and local artists. An independent family run business with many unique works, there is something to suit every taste and budget. According to McGee is an independent and contemporary art gallery with a fine display of paintings and prints available from some of the country’s leading artists. Alongside its collection of art, According to McGee hosts regular exhibitions celebrating both established and emerging artists. For more retail inspiration, go to


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Beyond YORK

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Once you’ve experienced the magic of York, venture beyond the city to discover the natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park, countryside and coast. Experience the warmth of Yorkshire hospitality for yourself; meander into charming villages and historic market towns.

Escape the city crowds and discover centuries of history and breath-taking landscapes right on the doorstep of York. Using York as your base explore the wider region of the North York Moors, from discovering traditional seaside towns and picturesque villages to stepping aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Experience the delights of the Sealife Centre in Scarborough or discover historic houses such as Castle Howard. Only 15 miles North of York, Castle Howard has an exciting programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Enjoy a visit to Beningbrough Hall and discover the formal gardens, walled kitchen garden, herbaceous borders and wildlife areas, each with their own style and beauty there is so much to explore this summer.

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Discover the ancient abbey ruins and breathtaking water garden at Fountains Abbey. Or take a trip to Nunnington Hall and soak up the atmosphere of a picturesque manor house, nestled on the banks of the River Rye.

spectacular and diverse scenery, charming villages and historic market towns. It is the heart and soul of the region, providing high quality accommodation, places to eat and great shopping experiences.

With over 20 acres bursting with colour all summer, Breezy Knees features beautiful award winning gardens, a specialist perennial nursery and café. Vibrant borders, sparkling fountains and a myriad of blossom will delight gardeners and visitors alike.

Sample local farm to fork produce in Malton and explore the market town of Helmsley, the perfect place for enjoying the wider area of the North York Moors. This year as they are celebrating their 70th anniversary, is a special time to come. With an invitation for you to join in on the fun, there is a whole host of events to enjoy from sharing your senses and being part of a new celebratory film, to enjoying a monthly cake offer. The 700th anniversary of the Battle Of Byland (1322) will also be marked.

Nestled in 100 acres of stunning woodland just outside Stamford Bridge, Northwood Trail is a magical experience for families with fairy houses, a willow maze and lots of lovely things to spot. Perfectly placed between York and Yorkshire’s spectacular heritage coast, Ryedale enjoys

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Summer days out

made at Beningbrough Spend the day in the countryside just a short drive from York. Explore the gardens before stopping by the walled garden restaurant to rest and refuel.


Sutton Bank National Park Centre Walk, bike, stargaze, run, climb – a world of adventure awaits! From stunning scenic walks, to family-friendly and thrill-seeking bike trails. Sutton Bank, Thirsk, YO7 2EH Tel: 01845 597426 /suttonbank

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Ryedale A land of extraordinary natural beauty and unique character, a place of gentle escapism with world-class attractions, year-round events, and award-winning food & drink.




For centuries, Ryedale’s historic market towns – Helmsley, Kirkbymoorside, Pickering, Malton – have been the heart and soul of the region, and that’s just as true today. Just a few miles away from each other, they form an extraordinarily vibrant 20-mile neighbourhood of award-winning shops, attractions and eateries that’s unique in the UK and full of character. They’re a pleasureseeking, shop-hopping paradise, but they’re also surrounded by Britain’s most beautiful and tranquil countryside, with walks, cycling and

wildlife-spotting from the doorstep. This summer, take a trip to Ryedale’s timeless towns and indulge in famous food festivals, ride a steam train, play king of the castle, hunt for antiques, discover an artistic masterpiece, explore an outdoor-lovers paradise, and get your breath back in a romantic restaurant or cute café. And if you find that one day just isn’t enough, stay a little longer in one of Ryedale’s luxury hotels or B&Bs. Discover more at

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From the arrival of the Romans in AD71 to Queen Victoria leaving in a huff, our open-top bus tours take you on an entertaining journey through York’s amazing past. With your ticket valid for 24 hours, you can hop off to explore whenever and wherever you like, then re-join the tour when you are ready.

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