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York Christmas Festival 2017

York Christmas Festival – 16 Nov – 22 Dec 2017

Christmas in York is a magical experience. Often touted as the UK’s capital of Christmas York has world class shopping, festive markets a range of independent food shops and eateries. We’ve got the season wrapped up with all the information you need for the ultimate Christmas experience in York.

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York Ice Trail (9 – 10 Dec)

Get ready for an icy adventure at the biggest outdoor ice trail in the UK! For one weekend the Ice Trail will transform York into a sparkling ice sculpture city.

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York’s Living Advent Calendar (1 – 25 Dec)

Shop windows in York will be adorned with glorious festive displays in this years Living Advent Calendar. Each day from 1 – 25 December a new Advent window will be revealed, and you’ll be invited to enter daily competitions on the Visit York Facebook page for great prizes!

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Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland (18 Nov 2017 – 7 Jan 2018)

Recently voted York’s Family Friendly Experience, the four-time award-winning festive event is back and it’s bigger than ever!

Home to the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink. With its iconic 30ft high Christmas tree, the rink and its surroundings will once again be inspired by the magic of Christmas. Welcoming new additions to this year’s festivities in the form of an alpine skate hire chalet with rinkside views and a stunning new Polar Express themed Grotto for Santa.

York Christmas Guide 2017

Checkout the York Christmas guide 2017 from Visit York below:

The Highlight of the Racing Season – York Ebor Festival

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Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival Wed 23 – Sat 26 Aug 2017

The Ebor Festival is the highlight of the racing season at York, featuring the oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races. Sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.

Wednesday 23 August – Juddmonte International

Witness the best the sport has to offer. Featuring the richest race of York’s season, ranked number one of all thoroughbred horse races in the world 2012 – 14. Famously won by Frankel, considered by some the as the best thoroughbred in history.

Thursday 24 August – Darley Yorkshire Oaks & Ladies Day

Ladies Day, the social highlight. Dress to impress for fabulous prizes on the Ebor Fashion Lawn, including a luxury trip courtesy of Marriott Hotels. Home to the highest rated mare and fillies race in Europe 2014 -16, the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Friday 25 August – Coolmore Nunthorpe

Race into the weekend. Featuring York’s fastest race, the Group1 Coolmore Nunthorpe ranked highest rated 1,000m sprint in the world 2014 -16.

Saturday 26 August – Betfred Ebor Day

Join the buzz of the raceday with your friends. Since 1840, York’s oldest and most famous race, the Betfred Ebor, has generated much excitement and tales.

York Races 2017 Fixtures

Award winning modern grandstands, characterful Listed buildings, manicured lawns and home grown flowers set the scene for some of the best racing in the UK.

York Races

2017 Fixtures:

  • Dante Festival
    Wed 17th May – Tattersalls Musidora Stakes
    Thu 18th May – Betfred Dante Stakes
    Fri 19th May – Betway Yorkshire Cup
  • May Spring meeting
    Sat 27th May – Weddingmates.co.uk Grand Cup
  • June Meeting
    Fri 16th Jun – Mid Summer Raceday
    Sat 17th Jun – Macmillan Charity Raceday
  • John Smith’s Cup Meeting
    Fri 14th Jul – 888sport Summer Stakes
    Sat 15th Jul – 58th John Smith’s Cup
  • Music Showcase Weekend
    Fri (eve) 28th Jul – EBF Lyric Stakes and live music
    Sat 29th Jul – Sky Bet York Stakes and live music
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
    Wed 23rd Aug – Juddmonte International
    Thu 24th Aug – Darley Yorkshire Oaks/Ladies Day
    Fri 25th Aug – Coolmore Nunthorpe
    Sat 26th Aug – Betfred Ebor
  • September Meeting
    Sun 10th Sep – Press Family Raceday
  • October
    Fri 13th Oct – Countryside Day
    Sat 14th Oct – Coral Sprint Trophy

Return of the Vikings 08.04.17

After a multi-million pound re-imagining the Jorvik Viking Centre is re-opening it’s doors on Saturday 8th April 2017!

It’s great to see this family-favourite attraction opening again after the floods of December 2015 forced it to close for the first time in 32 years.

What’s New?

Explore the Viking world like never before with an updated ride experience, taking you back in time to 10th century York, just after the banishment of the last Viking king in Jorvik, Eric Bloodaxe!

Experience a new JORVIK, with updated galleries showcasing 1,000 Viking-age artefacts discovered in Coppergate as well as special interactive displays, helping you to really bring the past to life!

Join the conversation on social media using #ReturnoftheVikings

Easter 2017 in York

Easter School Holidays: Friday 7 April 2016 to Sunday 23 April 2017

Enjoy a fun packed Easter in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!

 

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Daffodils beneath the York City Walls

Visitor attractions in York go all out at Easter, with a host of crowd pulling events. Parliament Street will host the annual Easter Crafts and Food Fayre, while the Lord Mayor’s Easter Egg Hunt promises a city-wide quest for chocolate lovers!

What’s on this Easter:

Easter dates 2017:

  • Easter school holiday: Friday 7 April 2016 to Sunday 23 April 2017
  • Good Friday: 14 April
  • Easter Sunday: 16th April
  • Easter (bank holiday) Monday: 17 April

Voted The Best Family-Friendly B&B in York!

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We are excited to announce we’ve been voted the “Best Family Friendly B&B in York” at the 2017 Little Vikings Awards. That’s two years running now!

We’re proud to provide family-friendly B&B accommodation. Our city centre location is perfect for all the major family attractions.

Family Room

Our family room is perfect for 2 adults + 2 children; a double bedroom with ensuite shower room and adjoining children’s room with two single beds. We also have a room with a double bed + single bed (perfect for 2 adults + 1 child).

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Little Vikings is a lovely free print and online magazine focusing on seeking out the best activities and things to do in York for kids. Founded and run by a York family. Be sure to checkout their website it’s full of activities and recommendations on the best activities and attractions for families.

English B&Bs Triumph in TripAdvisor 2017 Awards

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The humble English guest house has dominated international counterparts to claim five of the world’s ten rated B&Bs on TripAdvisor.

It’s great to see english B&Bs competing with the world’s very best and we’re proud to run what we think is an quintessential English B&B.

Shopping in Leeds

If York’s world class shopping is not quite enough for you, Leeds is just a 25 minute train ride away. With its compact city centre which is perfectly walkable, the city is a shopper’s paradise. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds City Centre has over 1,000 shops. Wonderfully diverse, Leeds combines quirky boutiques with high-end luxury and the big name high street brands, so there really is something for everyone.

Trinity Leeds

Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Trinity Leeds is located in the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street. Covering 3 floors and open 7 days a week, Trinity is home to over 120 shops, bars and restaurants. You can shop late night until 8pm from Monday – Saturday and then go on to enjoy dinner and a drink at over 20 superb bars and restaurants late into the night.

Kirkgate Market

Shopping in the city isn’t complete without a visit to Leeds’ historic Kirkgate Market. Leeds Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is open 6 days a week.

Designer Shops

If you’re looking for luxury buys, head to Victoria Leeds. Victoria Leeds is home to both Victoria Quarter and Leeds’ newest retail destination Victoria Gate. Victoria Quarter is the place to go for luxury buys, as a designer destination bathed in Victorian splendour.

Independent Boutiques

If you want one off fashion pieces, vintage delights and quirky gifts then head to the Corn Exchange.The beautiful Grade I listed building is home to a wide range of choice independent retailers and tasty eateries and also regularly hosts vintage markets and record fairs.

Christmas Shopping in York 2016

Christmas in York is a magical experience. Often touted as the UK’s capital of Christmas York has world class shopping, festive markets a range of independent food shops and eateries. Wander through the vibrant street markets with hot mulled wine and roasted chestnuts, or take in a captivating carol concert in a historic venue.

Every Christmas, York is transformed into a winter wonderland with events and attractions for all the family. Our city-centre location makes us ideally situated for guests to enjoy all York has to offer.

Don’t delay! book now to avoid disappointment.

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Autumn Half Term 2016

Taking a break at October half term (Fri 21 Oct – Sun 30 Oct) is the last chance many families will have for a holiday in 2016. Escape to York for sightseeing, shopping and entertainment.

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Clifford’s Tower lit up as part of the Illuminating York festival

There’s a crispness to the autumn air, Christmas is getting closer and the shops are already packed with festive goods. York is a magical time at this time of year with plenty to do for all the family.

Attractions & Events

York Maze – Presents Halloween

Spooky family fun awaits at York Maze this Halloween. Open for a week over October half term as Yorkshire’s award-winning family Halloween event. Don’t miss the Haunted Maze Treasure Hunt – just one of over 20 Halloween attractions rides and shows, plus every child gets a FREE pumpkin!

Hallowscream at York Maze

A terrifyingly entertaining night of fear and fun with 5 separate live action haunted house attractions. Serving a wide range of food and drink, along with a zombie themed exit bar, where you can get an alcoholic drink after the event to calm your nerves! Recommended for persons over the age of 14. Open selected nights 14th -31st October 2016.

Future Engineers at the York National Railway Museum

Half term for a fun with an interactive family experience that invites you to help shape the railways of tomorrow.

York Dungeons

Feeling brave? The York Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that takes you back to York’s darkest history – and you’ll encounter some frighteningly funny characters on the way.

Illuminating York

Wed 26 October – Sat 29 October 2016. Discover York in a new light! Now in its 11th year, the Festival was one of the first of its kind in the UK and it continues to pursue new ways of showing this beautiful historic city.

JORVIK DIG

DIG is a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!

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