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York is ‘Here For Tourism’ this English Tourism Week

This week marks ‘English Tourism Week’ (22 – 31st May) – a week-long celebration dedicated to showing support for tourism businesses and destinations across the sector as they reopen and start to rebuild. Coordinated by VisitEngland, English Tourism Week aims to highlight the economic importance of tourism to local economies and promote the innovation, quality and range of products and services on offer to encourage more domestic breaks. 

Kicking off on 22nd May with a call out from York’s Town Crier Ben Fry on Visit York’s social media, businesses across the city have been urged to share why tourism is so important to them using #EnglishTourismWeek21.  

Businesses across York have been celebrating why they are ‘Here for Tourism’ with photos, social media posts and videos throughout the week to highlight the importance of tourism in the city. A short video bringing together some of Visit York members showcases businesses including The Balloon Tree, Yorkshire Appetite Tours, Ambiente Tapas and Hotel Indigo York: English Tourism Week: Here For Tourism | Visit York 

One of the city’s first big Spring events will also take place during English Tourism Week – the York Spring Fair & Food Festival. This brand-new covid-safe event will run from 28th May to 6th June, bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire for many years and a Food Festival showcasing the very best artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond. To show their support of English Tourism Week and the launch of the event, the new Lord Mayor of York Cllr Chris Cullwick and York Central MP Rachael Maskell will be joining York’s Town Crier Ben Fry to open the Spring Fair on 28th May.  

As part of the event the Visit York Information Centre team will have a stall each day  – sharing with visitors and residents their expert local knowledge of attractions, travel information, places to eat, shops and things to do in the city. Throughout the week the Visit York team will be joined by characters from some of the city’s popular attractions – including The York Dungeon – with chances for visitors to win special prizes and find out more about events happening in the city this summer.  

Ashley Young, Senior Marketing Manager at Make It York, said:

“We are delighted to support English Tourism Week and champion the local businesses who do such an amazing job of welcoming tourists to the city every year. Showcasing and celebrating the outstanding tourism offer in the city is hugely important, especially as the sector starts to reopen and rebuild post- Covid. 

“It is great to see bigger events like the Spring Fair and Food Festival returning to the city – offering a safe and family friendly environment for visitors and residents to enjoy this bank holiday and half term. We look forward to seeing more events coming back over the summer months and working with local businesses to highlight all that York has to offer as a staycation destination.” 

This English Tourism Week the brand new Sandburn Hall Hotel near York has also played its part by opening for the very first time, with a showround for local MP Kevin Hollinrake.  Kevin was shown round the hotel by James Hogg, Director of Sandburn Hall.  Sandburn Hall has had a successful first few days’ trading since opening on Monday 24th May, including sales of what is proving to be a popular “Great Yorkshire Staycation” holiday package.  

VisitEngland have produced toolkits and a series of posters for York’s tourism businesses and destinations to download and get involved in the week, promoting their products and services, attractions and experiences. 

Find out more about English Tourism Week here: 


Notes to Editor 

Images: © Gareth Buddo / Visit York

Make It York  
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.  

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand  
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York.  

For more information please contact:  

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive 

Residents urged to support York’s retail and outdoor hospitality businesses as they safely reopen today

With the further easing of Covid restrictions from today (12th April), many of York’s retailers and businesses offering outdoor hospitality will be reopening in the city and safely welcoming back residents and visitors. Updated information on what is open in the city can be found at  

To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience for people coming into the city centre, Make It York has been working alongside York BID and City of York Council to introduce new temporary outdoor spaces across the city. The new seating areas will allow people to safely see their friends and family and create additional seating to support nearby cafes, pubs and restaurants.  

On Parliament Street, a tipi-style covered seating area with benches has been set up in partnership with Thor’s Tipi, offering extra space for nearby hospitality businesses. The space will be fully managed, with regular cleaning and stewards on hand to ensure social distancing is in place.  The installation of temporary public toilets, additional litter bins and city centre cleaning will also ensure the space is welcoming and safe for all to enjoy. 

Shambles Market will reopen for all traders from 12th April – with a wide variety of independent traders offering local produce, crafts and delicious street food. To help manage the space effectively and aid with social distancing, a number of the Shambles Market street food businesses will be trading from St Sampson’s Square where additional benches will be provided for the public. This will include Shambles Kitchen, KREP and Stam & Maria Greek Street Food.  

York’s Visitor Information Centre will also reopen its doors from 16th April with reduced opening times (Friday-Sunday 10.30AM – 3.30PM) – with plans to open seven days a week from 17th May. The Visitor Information Centre team will be on hand to give locals and visitors a warm welcome and provide information on a range of areas including travel advice, guidance on what is open locally, and expert insight on the city – including leaflets and trail maps.  

Ashley YoungSenior Marketing and Communications Manager at Make It York said: “We are delighted that more of York’s businesses are able to reopen today as lockdown restrictions ease. York has so many incredible independent retailers and a world-class hospitality industry, and it’s a positive step forward that we can start to see some of the businesses that we’ve greatly missed over the last few months now reopening. Local York businesses need our support more than ever before and so it’s really vital that people shop local and get behind the wonderful retailers and hospitality businesses we have in the city. 

“Safety continues to be paramount and we know that a huge amount of work has been done by businesses to ensure that they are offering safe and enjoyable experiences for their customers. The new outdoor spaces in the city centre have also been created to help support nearby businesses by providing additional seating areas for people to relax and safely enjoy their food and drink. “  

Councillor Andrew Waller: Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said: “We are extremely lucky in York to have such an incredible range of independent and micro businesses. They make our city an exciting and dynamic place to visit, and many of us will be looking forward to being able to support them from Monday. Whilst we are delighted to be able to enjoy even more of what our city centre has to offer, we would still encourage residents to continue behaving safely and following hands, face, space to stop the spread of the virus and keep the people and places we love safe. Let’s keep York open.” 

For more information about what is open from 12th April visit 


Notes to Editor 

Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment. 

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment. 

For further information please contact: 

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager 

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive 


Shambles Market to reopen for all traders

From Monday 12 April 2021 Shambles Market will reopen for all traders including sellers of non-essential goods and popular food and drink vendors at the Shambles Market Food Court. As part of the government’s second step in the coronavirus roadmap out of lockdown announced on 30 March, the open-air city centre markets can reopen to offer non-essential shopping. 

Shambles Market, located in the heart of the city, has served as an essential local shopping spot to York residents for decades, with traders offering a wide range of products from fresh produce, fruit and veg, to handmade arts and crafts, clothing and various repair services. In the recently held digital #LoveYork Awards, organised by Make It York, Shambles Market was awarded Gold as the public’s ‘Favourite Independent Shopping Experience’ in the city, while the market’s Food Court received a Gold medal for the ‘Favourite Lockdown Foodie Experience’ – proving popular among York residents with a wide variety of dishes and cuisines on offer as well as its quality. 

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A new trader queue management standard will be implemented across Shambles Market, to ensure the safety of both visitors and market traders. The standard, put together by the health & safety team with input from the traders, adhered to the government’s regulations and will provide a guideline to each market trader on the best and safest way to manage queues around their stall and improve the customers flow through the market.  

Ashley Young, Senior Marketing Manager at Make It York, said: 

“Shambles Market is a hugely important part of York’s city centre and we are delighted that we are in a position to be able to work towards fully re-opening the space. With safety being our upmost priority, we have continued to implement appropriate measures to ensure it is a safe place for both our traders and visitors to the market. Shambles Market and Food Court are an integral part of York’s city centre identity and we are looking forward to be able to once again animate the space and bring all our amazing traders back.” 

Kevin Tuohy, the Chair of York Market Traders Forum and owner of Bags of Style, said: 

“The market traders are looking forward to getting back to their familiar routine. We have missed our colleagues and customers so much and it will be refreshing to get back to continue to trade safely and with the undoubted enjoyment this will bring.” 

Shambles Market represents many of York’s and Yorkshire’s local independent businesses, who need the support of York residents post-lockdown. Meet some of the Shambles Market traders you can help support now: 

  • Mannion’s Fruits and Vegetables 

From as far back as 1906, the Mannion family have held stalls on York’s city centre – and in 1970, John Mannion took over the business from his father, offering a wide range of fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables. Now John and his wife Jean are on Shambles Market every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, providing customers with high quality goods and friendly customer service. 

John Mannion, talking about the Shambles Market: 

“We’ve seen a lot of change over the years but my favourite thing about trading on Shambles Market has always been getting to meet so many new people and chatting to our customers. The market also has a really unique blend of traders and an outstanding fresh produce selection. Whilst the pandemic has had a big impact and has been tough, we’ve continued to provide high quality produce for our customers throughout. I’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for their ongoing support and to continue to encourage local York people to come down to the market to do their shopping and see what there is on offer.” 

  • Staves Art 

Selling a unique range of hand drawn cityscape artworks, Staves Art was founded by artist Ben Staves in 2017. Ben designs unique maps of cities across the UK and beyond – including York, London, New York and Paris – portraying the famous streets and landmarks in an unusual 3D globe style. Pre-lockdown, Staves Art was trading on Shambles Market three days a week, now you can purchase some of Ben’s artworks from the Visit York e shop.  

Ben Staves, talking about the Shambles Market: 

“We started trading on Shambles Market towards the end of 2019 and found it a really wonderful way to promote our products and get out and meet people. The atmosphere on the market is fantastic and it’s a great community of traders on there – offering a mix of really cool products and street food and we love being part of it! We have really missed seeing our customers face to face and chatting to them out on the stall – we can’t wait to be back when it’s safe to reopen again!” 

Find out more at or and check out the Visit York e-shop  

  • Black Yak 

Black Yak is a unique Fair Trade importer, wholesaler and manufacturer, this year celebrating twenty-five years of being in business, and trading on Shambles Market. With a loyal customer base from all over the world, Black Yak sells a range of sustainable clothing and crafts that are handmade in Nepal – from woolly hats, jumpers and gloves through to beautiful summer clothing.  

Rupert Harrison of Black Yak, talking about the Shambles Market

“Over the last twenty-five years we’ve seen real changes in Shambles Market and it has been great to see how it has grown in recent years as a major tourist attraction in its own right. The quality and diversity of the traders on the market is fantastic, and I really enjoy being part of that and meeting such a diverse range of people on a daily basis. I’d like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to our customers who continue to support Black Yak and in turn help the artisan workers in Nepal who make our products.” 

Find out more about Black Yak here:  

  • Wigginton Road Nurseries 

Run by brothers Gary and Andrew since 1976, Wigginton Road Nurseries specialises in a wide range of high-quality cut flowers and plants. With a base on Shambles Market for many years, the Wigginton Road Nurseries stall located on Jubbergate has always offered a year-round selection of the very best seasonal flowers and plants. Hand-picked in Holland, the stall offers a fantastic range of fresh flowers, providing customers with some of the more unusual and unique options not available in supermarkets. 

Gary, talking about the Shambles Market

“We’ve been on Shambles Market for a long time and seen many changes and improvements in recent years. Being part of the Shambles Market community is great – seeing new traders coming in and developments like the introduction of the Food Court has been really positive and people seem to really love the shopping experience and supporting their local traders. A huge thank you to all our customers past and present for their outstanding support – it really is appreciated, and we look forward to returning to our stall and seeing everyone again!” 

Find out more about Wigginton Road Nurseries here:  

  • Cycle Culture  

Set up in July 2020 by Luke Suff, Cycle Culture is a York-based business providing customers with high quality and reliable bicycle repair and servicing. With a stall on Shambles Market every Friday, Cycle Culture are also on hand to provide a wide range of bicycle parts and accessories, as well as offering basic bike servicing on the stall whilst customers wait.  

Luke Suff, talking about the Shambles Market: 

“We started trading on Shambles Market in October last year and we’ve been made to feel so welcome – both by the other traders and the Make It York team who’ve been on hand to provide any help and guidance we’ve needed. There has been a huge surge in cycling recently with people using it as a way to get out and about more and exercise – we’ve been excited to help people get back out cycling again and enjoy the outdoors. We are really looking forward to continuing to build our business through 2021 and working with customers old and new!” 

Find out more about Cycle Culture here:  and follow their Facebook page for their latest updates and offers: 

Shambles Market and Food Court are open Monday-Sunday from 9am to 5pm (traders’ working days/hours may vary, please check their individual websites and social media channels for more info).  

For more information on Shambles Market traders visit and follow the Shambles Market social channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.  


For further information please contact:  

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive  

Amy Goodman, Consumer Communications Manager 

Notes to editors: 

About Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.  

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment. 

Rugby League World Cup 2021 Tickets Now on General Sale to Mark 200 Days to Go

  • General admission tickets on-sale today (Tuesday 6 April at 9:00 AM BST) following a hugely successful pre-sale and ballot process
  • Prices start as low as £2.21 and there’s tickets for all games still available
  • 80% of tickets are priced below £50
  • Competing nations merchandise also launched
  • York will host eight women’s tournament fixtures, including both women’s semi-finals at the LNER Community Stadium.

Today (Tuesday 6 April) marks 200 days to go until the opening fixture of Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), and to celebrate this milestone, general admission tickets are now officially on sale.

The public in York can now secure their seat for anyone of the 61 fixtures that take place later this year, across the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments that will take place simultaneously for the first time across England.

Fans can now purchase tickets via until Tuesday 1 June, where tickets will go off sale for a three-week period until Monday 21 June for seat assignment. In addition, RLWC2021 has also launched competing nations merchandise which is available via the RLWC2021 Official Shop.

The general sale will see ticket prices starting as low as £2.21 for concessions, and the unique tournament will be one of the most accessible and affordable for fans with more than 80% of tickets priced below £50.

Demand for tickets has already exceeded organisers expectations during the ballot period last year, with several fixtures only having limited availability remaining.

York will host six women’s group stage fixtures, and both semi-finals:

  • New Zealand vs France – Wednesday 10 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs Cook Islands – Wednesday 10 November at 19:30
  • New Zealand vs Cook Islands – Sunday 14 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs France – Sunday 14 November at 19:30
  • France vs Cook Islands – Thursday 18 November at 17:00
  • Australia vs New Zealand – Thursday 18 November at 19:30
  • Semi-final 1: Group B Winner vs Group A Runner-Up – Monday 22 November at 17:00
  • Semi-final 2: Group A Winner vs Group B Runner-Up – Monday 22 November at 19:30

Fans who have been starved of live sporting actions since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic have the opportunity to experience the pinnacle of Rugby League surrounded by full stadiums. RLWC2021 are working alongside UK governing bodies to deliver a restriction free tournament.

Greg Dyke, Chair of Make It York, said:

“We are delighted that York will be playing such a key role in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 – with tickets now on sale for what is set to be a fantastic line up of fixtures held right here in the LNER Community Stadium.

“The event will provide a real boost to the city, showcasing York on the international stage and bringing some of the biggest names in the sport here to experience what our city has to

offer. With 200 days until the tournament kicks off, we can’t wait to welcome players and fans alike to our city for this prestigious event.”

Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of RLWC2021, said:

“This is a momentous day for the tournament as general admission tickets go on sale to the public. York has a big part to play at RLWC2021, as they get ready to host eight women’s tournament fixtures at the LNER Community Stadium, including both semi-finals.

“The last year or so has been an incredibly challenging one for everyone, including fans deprived of seeing live events, and to be able to go on sale for what promises to be the biggest and best Rugby League World Cup in history is very exciting.

“The countdown is well and truly on, and fans from all of our incredible host cities can feel the excitement building, with general sale being the latest milestone passed on the road to RLWC2021.

“With the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournament tickets going on sale today, there are so many amazing fixtures for fans to secure their seats to, giving them a chance to be involved in what is sure to be a fantastic World Cup. There is a real opportunity for them to not only support their own nation, but also the realistic and affordable possibility of seeing some of the other high-profile games and maybe adopting a second team in the tournament.”

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“This past year we have all been missing big events and the 2021 Rugby League World Cup gives us all something to look forward to later this year.

“If you haven’t yet booked tickets I would urge you to be there to witness some incredible games in the fantastic new LNER Community Stadium. Later this year the city will be welcoming world-class athletes to our great city which will inspire and offer fantastic entertainment for all.”

Jon Flatman, Chairman of York City Knights said:

“With just 200 days to go until the Rugby League World Cup 2021 tournament begins we are incredibly excited to play host to a fantastic line up of fixtures, including the Women’s Semi-Finals. This event is massive for our city – bringing talented athletes from around the world here to York as part of a tournament with huge global reach and a strong community-led approach. Ensuring a long-lasting legacy for the sport and the wider community here in York will be absolutely key for this event and we look forward to working with RLWC and partners across the city to develop plans for this over the coming months.”

Tournament organisers have also issued a ticket refund guarantee for all ticket buyers should there be restrictions on crowds at the event and to reassure fans in the unfortunate circumstance the event has to be cancelled. More information is available here:

Premium seats and Hospitality experiences are still on sale and available for all matches and will give fans the opportunity to secure a place at the tournament in addition to enjoying the best match day experience each venue has to offer. More details available at the

Fans can also secure their ticket through booking their Squad Trip including accommodation and experiences all in one place – making it easy to plan your trip and giving you a great choice across our host towns and cities. Squad Trips available via

For full ticketing details visit Follow all the latest news via and the official social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


Notes to Editor

Make It York

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business. The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

One of Make It York’s strategic aims is to promote York as a brilliant place to do business, helping to support business growth and innovation across a range of business sectors, such as financial & professional services, rail and high value manufacturing and to stimulate greater inward investment.

For further information please contact:
Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager Email:

About Rugby League World Cup 2021

The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle major event of rugby league, globally contested every four years. RLWC2021 will be a breakthrough moment in the tournament’s history with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time.

The three tournaments will take place across 21 venues throughout England. Both the women’s and wheelchair competitions will be contested by two groups of four teams, whilst the men’s tournament will see 16 teams compete across four groups.

RLWC2021 will be the most visible Rugby League event in history with all 61 games in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being broadcast live on the BBC.

Mission: Creating inspirational moments that excite, engage and leave a long-lasting legacy.
Vision: Delivering the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup.

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