Events

York Ice Trail 2023: Date and Theme Announced

York Ice Trail organisers, Make It York, are pleased to announce that plans are underway for the family-favourite event to return to the city in February 2023.  

The theme for York Ice Trail 2023 will invite people to time travel to prehistoric ages, walk through history and step into the future for ‘A Journey Through Time’. 

The last York Ice Trail took place in March 2022 and was a huge success, following a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Over 40 ice sculptures lined the streets of York over the weekend, with an estimated 25,000 people participating in the trail. Research commissioned with Qa Research showed that 94% of participants would recommend the trail to family and friends.* 

The free trail also had a positive impact on businesses in the city, with 81% of participants eating out or drinking in the city’s restaurants, cafes and bars. Plus, more than 50% were likely to go shopping or visit an attraction. 

Post-pandemic, York Ice Trail appealed to more residents than pre-pandemic in 2020. The proportion of residents visiting York Ice Trail in 2022 increased to 39%, compared with 23% in February 2020. 

York Ice Trail 2023 will once again see the ‘coolest’ sculptures around the city, all sponsored and concepted by local businesses. UK and Europe’s leading ice specialists, Icebox will design and create all the sculptures for the 2023 trail for the second year.  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “York Ice Trail is one of the best-loved events in the city and we’re so excited to planning our next trail in February 2023. It’s a huge celebration of our city and a great opportunity for businesses to come together to support. The concept for next year’s trail will inspire the imagination with ‘A Journey Through Time’, transporting visitors across time and dimension!” 

Greg Pittard, Managing Director at Icebox, said: “We are thrilled to be returning to York for the second year in a row as the sculptors for the 2023 Ice Trail!  The York Ice Trail is by far one of the ‘coolest’ events we have been a part of, and we have a busy few months in the freezer ahead as we begin carving for this year’s theme. Thank you to Make It York and all the amazing businesses across the city for trusting us and making this event possible!” 

For more information, visit York Ice Trail | Visit York  #YorkIceTrail  

*Research based on a survey of 393 visitors  

ENDS 

For more information, please contact: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors 

York Ice Trail 2023 will return on 4th and 5th February. York Ice Trail is a Make It York event. 

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

York’s Unsung Hero wins at national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Adam Wardale, General Manager at Middletons Hotel in York, won the Unsung Hero award at the tourism industry’s annual national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in Birmingham.

Following Adam’s win for Unsung Hero at this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards in March, he was put forward for consideration in the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and was shortlisted as a finalist alongside Neeshal Jeewon and Clive Goodwin.  

The Unsung Hero Award is a new award for 2022, which recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. Upon winning the Visit York Tourism Award in March, judges commented that “Adam Wardale at Middletons is a very deserving winner. As well as being instrumental in transforming the hotel into a luxury destination, he has undertaken a number of initiatives to benefit the community such as his work with local prisoners. He is inspiring and a credit to York.” 

Adam celebrated his win at the national awards ceremony last night, 8 June, at the Library of Birmingham, where Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were announced by broadcaster and author Clare Balding.  

The prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence have been running for more than 30 years, celebrating and championing innovation, quality and best practice across the industry recognising businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer. 

The full list of winners for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence can be found here.  

Adam Wardale, General Manager at Middletons Hotel and winner of the Unsung Hero Award, said: “It was both an honour and a privilege to be nominated, yet alone to win, the prestigious Unsung Hero Award at both the Visit York and VisitEngland awards. On both a professional and personal level, I am incredibly proud to have been able to represent Middletons Hotel and York – a wonderful city that has such as diverse tourism offering. Over the past few years, the Middletons’ team has worked incredibly hard to develop the hotel and offer guests a first-class experience. We’re also extremely proud to be able to give back to the York community by forging strong partnerships with local institutions such as HMP Askham Grange women’s prison. This has always been a personal passion of mine and I’m determined that we will continue to support local schools, colleges and universities to promote and champion hospitality as a viable career.” 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “A huge congratulations to Adam for his well-deserved win at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence! We’re incredibly grateful for all the hard work that Adam has put into our city and for always going above and beyond, both for our visitors and in our communities. A huge congratulations again to Adam and we’re so proud that he’s brought this national accolade home to York.” 

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “Our superb tourism businesses offer something for everyone and the sector is one we can be proud of. It is fantastic to see so many hardworking businesses of all sizes recognised for their gold-standard contribution to English tourism and I congratulate all the winners.” 

Nick de Bois, Advisory Board Chair at VisitEngland, said: “It is wonderful to see the Awards event back in-person, giving us the opportunity to come together, celebrate and congratulate the best-of-the-best across England’s world-class tourism industry. 

“From an accessible and inclusive sailing school to a family run rural glamping site and an immersive living museum, these awards highlight the outstanding quality, the innovation and the customer service excellence across our industry. All these businesses are winners in every sense. 

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards also highlight the dedication of tourism businesses as they rebuild, championing best practice and providing visitors with first-class experiences.” 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to editors: 

  • This year’s national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence aligned with 14 local competitions, which ran across England, with winners automatically entered into the national awards. 
  • For more information about the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence – see www.VisitEnglandAwards.org 
  • The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence has been accredited with the Awards Trust Mark. The Awards Trust Mark scheme, run by The Independent Awards Standards Council, enhances trust between those entering awards schemes, and the organisations running them. For more information about the Awards Trust Mark see – https://awardstrustmark.org/ 
  • TXGB (Tourism Exchange Great Britain) is a business to business platform connecting tourism suppliers to a diverse range of domestic and international distributors. 
  • For images of the individual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022 winners contact Thomas.Clues@visitbritain.org 

About Make It 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, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

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. 

York Music Venue Network Praises YorkLife Festival

York’s Parliament St hosted a new metropolitan festival last weekend celebrating the creativity and culture of the city, in an unprecedented special event curated by Make It York with the York Music Venue Network. 

YorkLife featured over 30 acts, musicians and interactive workshops over Saturday and Sunday, including the YorkLive music stage, which brought together some of the best local talents from across the many grassroots music venues in the city, and all local production teams.

The festival arena, which had been created especially for the event, featured a YorkGin bar, stretch tent and poster barrels highlighting listings and gig posters for the 6 venues that make up York Music Venue Network – The Crescent, The Fulford Arms, National Centre for Early Music, The York Vaults, York Barbican & FortyFive Vinyl Cafe. 

Despite varied weather, the event was busy throughout the weekend with both festival headliners Huge and The Howl & The Hum, playing to a packed Parliament St crowd who were enjoying the return of live music to the City’s streets.

Chris Sherrington from York Music Venue Network said “It’s been a truly wonderful weekend delivering an event that celebrates the amazing talent and creativity that York has to offer both on stage and behind the scenes. The event was made possible by City of York Council support and it has been wonderful to work with Make It York and Reel Productions to highlight that the local music scene is back and flourishing. Seeing families enjoy the workshops, audiences appreciating the wide programme of music and artists back on stage, playing in their home city was incredibly moving and I hope we can do it again soon. We would love to see everyone’s memories of the weekend on social media #YorkLife and thank everyone for their support.”

Big Ian from Saturday night headliner, Huge said “What a wonderful event to bring all generations together to sing with one voice. It shows the difference that people can make when venues all share their passion and expertise.This shows just how live music is so important. 32 years after first performing in York city centre it showed us why you should never hang up your guitar!”

Tom Beer from York Alt-rockers “Bull” said “The YorkLife event was a triumph! Well run by a team of excellent local dedicated music scene heroes, a free event for the people of York, an opportunity for York musicians to play in front of new and larger audiences. It was such a diverse audience, bringing the people of York closer together, & thoroughly enjoyed by all of us performing. State of the art sound and lighting, a professional experience which attracted many to York for a positive and celebratory reason as well as providing young and old York residents with an unforgettable weekend of fun and wonder!”

Bradley Blackwell from The Howl & The Hum said: “This festival was on par, if not better than, any festival, domestically or internationally, we’ve had the honour to play. The lineup, the setting, the organisation and the crew were all of the highest quality, and we’d love to play it again”

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York says We wanted YorkLife to be a celebration of local York talent and culture, from our street musicians to our local community groups and it definitely was! It was amazing to see our residents coming together to really celebrate the sense of community in York and see some of the hottest talent York has to offer. We thank the York Music Venue Network for working so closely with us on YorkLife and we’re looking forward to further opportunities where we can come together and support our local talent.”

Throughout the day, there was also an array of interactive sessions held by local organisations in the city such as circus skills, face painting, comedy, dance and talks from the Festival of Ideas, all to inspire creativity and showcase the amazing creative businesses around York.

Full programme announced for YorkLife Festival 

The full programme has been announced for York’s inaugural YorkLife Festival, which will see over 30 local performers and organisations come together on Parliament Street on the 2nd and 3rd April.  

Organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding, the programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind, supporting local talent across the city and bringing the festival feel to York this spring. The weekend will showcase a programme of family friendly workshops, as well as stellar line-up of musical performances from the likes of The Howl and The Hum and Huge. 

There will be a full schedule of workshops throughout the weekend, from theatre to music. The full workshop programme includes:  

Saturday 2nd April – Workshops:  

  • 11.00 – 11.45: Drumming with Mark BarfootA fun and inclusive drumming session for children and families using a mixture of djembe drums and hand percussion. 
  • 12.00 – 12.45: Storytelling with Mud Pie Arts Meet Jenna, author of Cloud Tales, as you hear stories of lonely dragons and desperate dogs mixed with plenty of dressing up and fun improvisation activities.  
  • 13.00 – 13.45: Thunk-it TheatreExplore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11. 
  • 14.00 – 14.45: York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood York Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as you’re immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity. 
  • 15.00 – 15.45: YorkMix Quiz – Ben and Laura will be bringing their much-loved Game Wheel live to YorkLife, giving you a chance to win some incredible prizes. 
  • 16.00 – 16.45: The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts A fun taster session for young budding singers, dancers, actors or filmmakers in this PQA session. 
  • 17.00 – 17.45: The JORVIK Viking Takeover – A 45-minute interactive presentation about various aspects of Viking life in the 10th century. 
  • 18.15 – 19.45: Burning Duck Comedy Club Presents Stepping out of The Crescent, Burning Duck Comedy brings you 90 minutes of Live, back-to-back comedy. 

Sunday 3rd April – Workshops:  

  • 11.00 – 11.45: York Wire Skylines with Gemma Wood Join Gemma Wood, a York-based visual artist, as your immersed and transformed into the depths of your curiosity. 
  • 12.00 – 12.45: Ukulele Workshop with Christian TopmanJoin Christian Topman, co-founder of the arts barge project and bass player, to learn how to play fun tunes on the Ukulele. 
  • 13.00 – 13.45: Thunk-It Theatre Explore the process of creating your own dream city through drama, singing and crafting, perfect for anyone aged 4-11. 
  • 14.00 – 14.45 York Festival of Ideas Prepare to be inspired as you enjoy a preview of York Festival of Ideas, one of the largest free festivals of its kind in the UK. From mind-reading to crime and punishment, and the bass guitar to plasma, don’t miss a range of interactive talks. 
  • 15.00 – 15.45: Say Owt Poetry Workshop Meet Henry Raby, a York-based performance poet, as he teaches you how to make quick and fun poetry and become craftier with your words. 
  • 16.00 – 16.45: Beatboxing with Matty GrooveIn this exclusive workshop, Matty will share his knowledge and secret techniques into the unusual art of beatbox. 
  • 17.00 – 18.00 – London Magician and Card Reader, Chris Wall Be amazed with a 60-minute performance from Chris Wall and his mind-reading magic!  
  • 18.15 – 19.45: Say Owt Back-to-Back PerformanceSay Owt present a back-to-back poetry slam from their collective of ‘gobby northern poets’. 

There’ll also be all-day face painting across the weekend with Fantastic Faces, whose expert team of face and body artists are providing a series of face painting, body painting and henna from 11:00 to 17:00. 

‘Circus Workshops’ are also taking place throughout the weekend, including fun skill-building challenges such as unicycling, juggling and various other fun circus skills. A great family-friendly way to share moments and build memories.  

The main YorkLive Stage on Parliament Street will be showcasing live music by talented local artists  from afternoon to evenings, as curated by York’s Music Venue Network. The full YorkLive programme includes:  

Saturday 2nd April – Live Music: 

14:30 – Marnie Glum 

15.30 – Pennine Suite 

16.30 – Wounded Bear  

17.30 – Flatcap Carnival 

18.30 – Kitty VR  

19.30 – HUGE  

Sunday 3rd April – Live Music: 

15.00 – Bargestra 

16.00 – Floral Pattern  

17.00 – Hyde Family Jam  

18.00 – Trueman & The Indoor League  

19.00 – Bull  

20.00 – The Howl & The Hum  

There’ll also be two dance flashmobs taking place on Sunday, courtesy of the Big City Flashmob and York Dance Space. Learn the choreography on the YorkLive stage at 12:00 on Sunday to be able to take part in either of the two flashmobs on Parliament Street at 12.45 or St Helen’s Square at 13.30. There’s also a tutorial video to learn the moves here.  

The main stage will be located on Parliament Street, with an open viewing area that holds a capacity of 500 people. The workshop and performance tent will be located at the end of Parliament Street, near St Sampson’s Square, and can hold up to 100 capacity. There will also be a covered stretch tent, which will hold a York Gin bar and seating area. The stretch tent holds a further 90 people, on a one-in-one-out policy.  

YorkLife is organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding – which aims to support businesses impacted by Covid-19. The programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind and to support the city’s recovery from Covid. 

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Our cultural sector is the life-blood of our communities. There is so much local talent in York, from musicians to comedians and poets to performers, which make our city so vibrant and unique. YorkLife is an excellent way to celebrate our home-grown musicians and performers, particularly after what have been a challenging few years for us all. I would encourage residents to join the festival and enjoy the best of York’s own local talent.” 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York said: “YorkLife is a celebration of local York talent and culture, from our street musicians to our local community groups. We want to really celebrate the sense of community in York and we’re encouraging residents to come join the party and see some of the hottest talent York has to offer.” 

Chris Sherrington, Music Venue Co-Owner and a member of York Music Venue Network, said: “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to showcase some of York’s amazingly talented artists who have developed their careers across the city of York’s many great grassroots music venues. As part of YorkLife weekend, we are looking forward to celebrating the return of live music to the city and enjoying the wonderful variety of music for one and all. This event has been a true cooperative effort of York’s event industry and creatives and we look forward to working on future events.” 

This is a free event and there is no need to book tickets in advance. 

Find out more about YorkLife Festival at visityork.org/yorklife #YorkLife 

For more information, please contact: 

Brittany Guymer 

Communications Executive at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors 

YorkLife  is taking place on the 2nd – 3rd April between 11:00 and 21:00 on Parliament Street. This is a free open event organised by Make It York, with the support of City of York Council’s ARG funding.  

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

Over 30 acts, musicians and interactive workshops announced for York’s new Spring festival, YorkLife 

A new spring festival is being brought to York this April to showcase local talent in the city in the form of musicians, performers, comedians and much more. Organised by Make It York, YorkLife will see over 30 local performers and organisations join together on Parliament Street over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd April for residents to enjoy.

Festival headliners include Huge, who for the last 30 years have been filling dance floors and theatres across York, will be bringing the party to Saturday night. Closing the festival Sunday night will be home-grown talent The Howl & The Hum, who recently graced the stage of York Minster and celebrated a sell-out 2-night residency at The Brudenell. They headline the main “YorkLive” stage which hosts a programme curated by York’s Music Venue Network showcasing local artists, including Bull, Kitty VR, Flatcap Carnival, Hyde Family Jam & many more.

There’ll also be an array of interactive sessions held by local organisations in the city such as theatre workshops, instrumental workshops, face painting, comedy and dance performances, as well as fire performers and local circus acts to really bring the festival feel to York this spring and celebrate York residents.

The main stage will be located on Parliament Street, with an open viewing area that holds a capacity of 500 people. There will also be a covered stretch tent, which will hold a York Gin bar and seating area. The stretch tent holds a further 90 people, on a one-in-one-out policy. This is a free event and there is no need to book tickets in advance. 

YorkLife is organised by Make It York, with support from the City of York Council’s ARG funding – which aims to support businesses impacted by Covid-19. The programme of events for YorkLife has been curated with York residents in mind and to support the city’s recovery from Covid.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “Our cultural sector is the life-blood of our communities. There is so much local talent in York, from musicians to comedians and poets to performers, which make our city so vibrant and unique. YorkLife is an excellent way to celebrate our home-grown musicians and performers, particularly after what has been a challenging few years for us all. I would encourage residents to join the festival and enjoy the best of York’s own local talent.”

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York said: “YorkLife is a celebration of local York talent and culture, from our street musicians to our local community groups. We want to really celebrate the sense of community in York and we’re encouraging residents to come join the party and see some of the hottest talent York has to offer.”

Chris Sherrington, Music Venue Co-Owner and a member of York Music Venue Network, said: “It’s wonderful to have this opportunity to showcase some of York’s amazingly talented artists who have developed their careers across the city of York’s many great grassroots music venues. As part of YorkLife weekend, we are looking forward to celebrating the return of live music to the city and enjoying the wonderful variety of music for one and all. This event has been a true cooperative effort of York’s event industry and creatives and we look forward to working on future events.”

Find out more about YorkLife at visityork.org/yorklife #YorkLife

The full line-up for YorkLife will be announced later in March 

For more information, please contact:

Brittany Guymer

Communications Executive at Make It York

Comms@makeityork.com

Notes to Editors

YorkLife  is taking place on the 2nd – 3rd April between 11am and 9pm on Parliament Street. This is a free open event organised by Make It York, with the support of City of York Council’s ARG funding. 

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.  

These are: 

  • City positioning and profile-raising
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy

Full line-up to be announced soon. Confirmed acts and workshop include: 

Workshops:

Mud Pie Arts – Interactive Storytelling Cloud Tales

Thunk It Theatre – Build Our City Theatre Workshop 

Gemma Wood – Art ‘York Skyline’

Fantastic Faces – Facepainting 

York Mix Radio – Quiz 

York Dance Space – Dance Performance

Burning Duck Comedy Club – Comedy night 

Henry Raby from Say Owt – Spoken Poetry 

Matt Barfoot – Drumming Workshop 

Christian Topman – Ukulele Workshop 

Polly Bennet – Little Vikings PQA Performing Arts Workshop 

Innovation Entertainment – Circus Workshops 

Musicians

The Howl & The Hum 

Huge

Bull

Kitty VR

Flatcap Carnival 

Hyde Family Jam 

Floral Pattern

Bargestra

Wounded Bear

Winners of Visit York Tourism Awards 2022

On Thursday 3rd March, the winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards, sponsored by LNER, were revealed at the prestigious awards ceremony. Held at York Racecourse, the best of York’s businesses went head-to-head to win one of 15 trophies.  

Hosted by YorkMix Radio Breakfast Presenters, Ben Fry and Laura Castle, the ‘Tourism Oscars of the North’ sees eligible winners across a number of categories automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022.  

This year’s winners include two awards for Gray’s Court and The Bow Room Restaurant, who take the Taste of York award and Small Hotel of the Year with judges commenting on an “outstanding experience”.  They will now be put forward for VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence, which they won in 2020 for Small Hotel of the Year.  

New Tourism Business of the Year goes to The Deathly Dark Tours, which judges said had “quickly become one of the most popular tours in York”. Dorian Deathly is also a finalist for VisitEngland’s Tourism Superstar, with the public vote still open until 22nd March.  

JORVIK Viking Centre takes the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year award with judges commenting that the “world-class attraction” scored a “10 out of 10 experience”. While the Small Attraction of the Year goes to North Yorkshire’s Mother Shipton’s Cave, with judges praising the “magical experience” and the “enthusiasm of the staff”.  

York Maze is crowned Event of the Year, with judges “particularly impressed by the constant reinvestment and innovations that make York Maze an excellent summer event year after year.” A special mention is given to the Highly Commended ‘That JORVIK Viking Thing’ for reaching “a global audience with an amazing array of events and activities”. 

The Bloody Tour of York takes the award for Experience of the Year, with judges commenting on “a top quality quirky and memorable York experience that has fans from all over the globe”.  

York Gin is awarded Shop of the Year, for their “interesting and unique retail experience”, and Drover’s Arms takes Pub of the Year with judges “impressed with the many changes that the team have implemented over the past year to deal with the various covid restrictions, and with how they have come out of the pandemic stronger.” 

In accommodation, The Grand, York “once again delivered a true five-star experience for York” winning the Large Hotel of the Year award. Heritage Escapes takes Self Catering Accommodation of the Year, with “a near faultless experience”.  

Tower Guest House is awarded B&B and Guest House of the Year with the researcher finding “no room for improvement” and Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm takes Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year for being “an impressive venue”.  

The Visit York Tourism Awards 2022 introduced two new categories, including the Resilience & Innovation Award. This award honours organisations who have built on their strengths, innovated their business and showed incredible resilience during a difficult time for the industry. The judges commented that “the team at The Web Adventure Park has demonstrated incredible resilience during a very challenging time. We were impressed by their grit and determination, with their campaigning on behalf of all indoor soft play areas and with how they put children’s mental health so high on their agenda.” 

The second new award for 2022, the Unsung Hero category recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. The judges commented that this “was a very difficult category to judge as each of the finalists has gone above and beyond. Adam Wardale at Middletons is a very deserving winner. As well as being instrumental in transforming the hotel into a luxury destination, he has undertaken a number of initiatives to benefit the community such as his work with local prisoners. He is inspiring and a credit to York.” 

This year’s charity partner for the Visit York Tourism Awards is the Family Holiday Charity, which will be fundraising throughout the evening to raise funds for families to experience their first holidays.  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “All of the finalists and winners of this year’s Visit York Tourism Awards have a lot to be proud of. After an incredibly challenging couple of years for our tourism industry, they’ve demonstrated perseverance, resilience and creativity. We’re so pleased to be able to celebrate their achievements this evening and offer a huge congratulations to all of our winners.”  

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “We are pleased to support the Awards to help celebrate the individuals and businesses that make York such an attractive destination, with thousands of visitors travelling with us to this great city and wider region every week. Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners. We are proud of the role LNER plays in York’s tourism industry, with our business delivering an annual contribution of more than £486 million to the Yorkshire and Humber economy. We’re already looking forward to welcoming more people to York this year to enjoy and experience the world-class attractions, sights and shops on offer.” 


Councillor Darryl Smalley: Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “York is well known for its vibrant and flourishing tourism sector and these awards give us the chance to celebrate the incredible businesses that York is lucky enough to be home to. It is a significant achievement to be shortlisted amongst so many excellent businesses. Congratulations to the well-deserved winners of this year’s awards for all they contribute to our city!” 

Visit York Tourism Awards Winners 2022:  

B&B and Guest House of the Year – Sponsored by Morrell Middleton  

Winner: Tower Guest House  

Finalists: MonkBridge House, Westergate House  

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year – Sponsored by The Fabl 

Winner: Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm  

Finalists: Springwood Shepherd Huts Glamping York, Wolds Walk Glamping  

Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Destination Core 

Winner: The Bloody Tour of York  

Finalists: Castle Howard, The Deathly Dark Tours, The Cookery School at The Grand, York,  

Event of the Year – Sponsored by Rugby League World Cup 
Winner: York Maze 

Highly Commended: That JORVIK Viking Thing  

Finalists: The Great Ryedale Maze, York Balloon Fiesta  

Large Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Streamline Taxis 

Winner: The Grand, York  

Highly Commended: Sandburn Hall Hotel  

Finalists: Hotel Indigo York, Middletons Hotel, The Principal York  

 
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Sponsored by YO1 Radio 
Winner: JORVIK Viking Centre  

Finalists: The York Dungeon, York Art Gallery, York’s Chocolate Story  

New Tourism Business of the Year – Sponsored by City Cruises 
Winner: The Deathly Dark Tours  

Finalists: Malmaison York, Sandburn Hall Hotel, York Riverside Apartments  

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd 
Winner: The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

Finalists: House of Trembling Madness Lendal, House of Trembling Madness Stonegate 

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year – Sponsored by Clarion Housing 

Winner: Heritage Escapes (York)  

Finalists: Roomzzz Aparthotels – York City, Staycity Aparthotels, The Enchantment Chamber, The Riverside York (Finalist) 

Resilience and Innovation Award – Sponsored by Fabler & Co 

Winner: The Web Adventure Park  

Finalists: The Deathly Dark Tours, The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub, The North Yorkshire Moors Railway, The Web Adventure Park, Trembling Madness Ltd, York Gin 

Shop Experience of the Year* – Sponsored by Fidomoney  
Winner: York Gin  

Finalists: The Antiques Centre York, York’s Chocolate Story 

Small Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Hospitality Staffing 
Winner: Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant  

Finalists: Galtres Lodge, The Judge’s Lodging  

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – Sponsored by Fowlers of York 

Winner: Mother Shipton’s 

Finalists: Fairfax House, York Army Museum 

Taste of York Award – Sponsored by The York Roast Co. 
Winner: The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel  

Finalists: Forest at Galtres Lodge, Mr Chippy York, Plush Café, The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub  

Unsung Hero Award - Sponsored by LNER 

Winner: Adam Wardale, General Manager at Middletons Hotel  

Finalists: Frank Caulfield, Porter at Dean Court Hotel and Norbert Lawrie, Kitchen Porter at Galtres Lodge  

*Visit York only. These categories are not eligible to go forward to the Visit England Awards for Excellence. 

Photos from the awards ceremony will be available on Friday 4th March.  

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

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, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

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. 

About Family Holiday Charity 

We help families get time away together, often for the first time ever. 

We’re here for families’ children who have never seen the sea, for teenagers who can’t remember when they last saw their mum smile. For parents having to choose between a day out and a new pair of school shoes. For young carers, kinship carers, families facing illness isolation and bereavement. 

Holidays open up new possibilities. There’s time to reconnect, to try new things, and to make happy memories together. Time for running, playing, climbing trees and flying kites, time for picnics and bare feet. There’s time enough to share a laugh and watch the tide come in – for buckets and spades and sandy sandwiches. 

St Nicholas Fair to return for 30th Anniversary

After a hugely successful St Nicholas Fair in 2021, Make It York have confirmed that plans are already underway for Christmas 2022 with the popular fair set to return on 17th November to 23rd December. 

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, which has been a staple in York’s streets during the festive period since 1992.  The famous alpine chalets line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square creating a festive wonderland, with an array of local traders and artisan products.   

In 2021, St Nicholas Fair influenced 71% of visitors to come to York – with 3 in 10 visiting for the market alone.* Traffic to the Christmas content on the Visit York website exceeded 700,000 views, with Visit York social channels reaching over 1.4 million. There was over 140 pieces of media coverage, which had a combined reach of over 19 million. Plus, a national marketing campaign including national radio adverts and 50,000 print Christmas guides which were distributed across the city. 

Make It York’s research into 2021 also demonstrated that St Nicholas Fair had a positive impact on other businesses within the city. 32% of visitor spend was at the Christmas Market itself, with 41% shopping elsewhere and 20% eating and drinking in venues away from the market.* 

St Nicholas Fair was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, with Visit York hosting a virtual market online. 2021 saw the second year of the Virtual Christmas Market, which allowed shoppers unable to travel to have the opportunity to buy from local traders online.   

Tendering is now open for St Nicholas Fair 2022. To be involved in a special year for the market, please find out more here. The deadline for applications is 4th March 2022.  

*Data based on 200 people interviewed by Qa Research at York Christmas Markets 2021. Base: 169 visitors and 31 residents  

 
For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster and Brittany Guymer, Communications team at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com   

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.  These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

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. 

Go ‘Around The World’ at York Ice Trail 2022. 5-6 March 2022

The family-favourite York Ice Trail event returns to the city this winter, with over 40 ice sculptures set to line York’s streets on the 5th and 6th March.  

Go travelling ‘Around the World’ with this year’s sculptures, including main sponsor First York’s Park & Ride Bus, which can be ‘boarded’ at Parliament Street. As well as The Bettys Express Train which will be waiting for commuters in Davygate.  

This year’s sculptures will transport visitors into other destinations ‘Around the World’ and beyond, including an invitation to ‘go down the rabbit hole’ at Middletons Hotel. Their grounds will be transformed into a wonderland, with four magical ice sculptures and plenty of photo opportunities with Mad Hatter themed props. York BID have seven ice sculptures to find, one for every continent in the world, inspired by seven Disney characters ranging from classic characters to new favourites.  

City of York Council’s ‘The York Skyline’ sculpture is a must visit, with famous York landmarks carved into the ice across Exhibition Square.  

For international sport lovers, look out for the Rugby League World Cup trophy on Parliament Street in celebration of York being a host city for this autumn’s tournament.  

There’ll also be live ice carving at St Sampson’s Square with Ice Box, who create the ice sculptures. Plus, there’ll be opportunities to have a go at ice carving on the graffiti wall in Parliament Street.  

The hugely popular event, which saw 31,000 people participating in 2020’s ‘Fantastical Fiction and Fairy Tales’ trail, was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. This year’s event, which was initially set to take place in February, has been postponed to March due to rising Covid-19 cases and based on guidance from the city’s Safety Advisory Group, Public Health and City of York Council.  

This March, families and friends will have the opportunity to travel through York’s streets and find over 40 ice sculptures designed and sponsored by local businesses in York. 

York Ice Trail is a Make It York event, with main sponsors First York. 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the much-loved York Ice Trail event for 2022, and although slightly later than planned, it will be worth the wait! After a couple of years where many of us haven’t been able to travel too far, this year’s theme will bring sculptures inspired from ‘around the world’ to the streets of York. There are over 40 ice sculptures to find this year, which have all been kindly sponsored by local businesses.”  

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council, said: “York Ice Trail was, I’m sure, missed by many last year, so it’s excellent to see the much-loved event return once again in March for residents, families and visitors to enjoy safely.   

“Our city is well known and loved for its vibrant businesses, so many of whom have joined the festivities this year, with an impressive 40 sculptures set to bring some extra magic to the city.  With so many sculptures and ways to get involved, this year’s festival promises to be another unmissable event.” 

John Godfrey, Head of Marketing at First York, said: “We’ve been a supporter of the Ice Trail for three years with our own sculpture and know what anticipation and interest the event creates. This builds on our commitment to help people enjoy the leisure and social life York is famous for and look forward to seeing thousands of visitors makes the trip to marvel at the attractions around the city.” 

For more information, visit York Ice Trail | Visit York and watch this year’s York Ice Trail promotional video here. #YorkIceTrail 

For more information, please contact: 

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors 

York Ice Trail 2022 is taking place on 5th and 6th March, from 10am. #YorkIceTrail 

York Ice Trail is a Make It York event, supported by First York. 

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

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York Ice Trail 2022 sculptures: 

Around the World, Blake Street – provided by Make It York   
The York Skyline, Exhibition Square – Provided by City of York Council  
The Queen of Hearts, Lendal – Provided by The Judge’s Lodging  
Oceania: Bruce (Nemo), Wellington Row – Provided by York BID   
May I Take Your Luggage?, Station Rise – Provided by The Grand, York   
Anniversary Oak – Celebrating 70 Years, Station Road – Provided by North York Moors National Park 
Leap of Faith by Gudelia Li, Hudson Quarter – Provided by Palace Capital   
South America: Kevin (UP), Micklegate – Provided by York BID   
The Executioner’s Block, Middletons – Provided by Middletons Hotel  
Cheshire Cat, Middletons – Provided by York Gin 
The White Rabbit, Middletons – Provided by Middletons Hotel   
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Middletons – Provided by Middletons Hotel  
Take the Helm, Captain!, Kings Staith – Provided by City Cruises   
Penguin on Parade, Tower Street – Provided by York Army Museum

Africa: Simba (Lion King), Castlegate – Provided by York BID 

Wanted: Dick Turpin, Spurriergate – Provided by York Dungeons 
Big Ben Strikes Ate O’Clock, High Ousegate – Provided by Ate O’Clock   
The Vikings, Coppergate Centre – Provided by Coppergate Centre  
The Melting Earth, Piccadilly – Provided by Spark: York   
Antartica: Olaf (Frozen), Fossgate – Provided by York BID  
Europe: Remi (Ratatouille), The Shambles – Provided by York BID  
North America: Pepita (Coco), Goodramgate – Provided by York BID  
Fabergé’s Trans-Siberian Railway Egg, High Petergate – Provided by National Railway Museum   
Eco Rocks Diamon by Kay Bradley, Low Petergate – Provided by Bradleys Jewellers 
Waitress, Grape Lane – Provided by Lucia Bar   
Atlas the Turtle, Little Stonegate – Provided by Turtle Bay   
The Bettys Express Train, Davygate – Provided by Bettys  

Heavenly Delight, St Helens Square – Provided by Heavenly Desserts 
The Plane, St Helens Square – Provided by The Ivy  
Asia: Sisu (Raya and the Last Dragon), Coney Street – Provided by York BID  
The Astronaut, Davygate – Provided by Shephard Group   
Space Shuttle, Feasegate – Provided by Viewpoint   
Live Carving, St Sampson’s Square – Provided by York Ice Trail   
Cow Print, St Sampson’s Square – Provided by Cut and Craft  
Rugby League World Cup Trophy, Parliament Street – Celebrating York as a host city 
Norris the Knight, Parliament Street – Provided by York Knights   
Flying Carpet in the Market, Shambles Market – Provided by Shambles Market   
Bug Count Cash Giveaway, Parliament Street – Provided by York Mix   
Wizard Golf Challenge, Parliament Street – Provided by Hole in the Wand  
Graffiti Wall, Parliament Street – Provided by York Ice Trail  
First York Park & Ride, Parliament Street – Provided by First York  

York Residents’ Festival: Over 70 Attractions, Events And Offers Announced

York Residents’ Festival is returning this January with over 70 attractions, events and offers. Taking place predominantly over the weekend of 29th – 30th January, some offers are extended for up to a week exclusively for York residents. 

Major attractions in the city will be offering free entry to York residents, including York Minster, JORVIK Viking Centre, York Castle Museum and Merchant Adventurer’s Hall. For theatre lovers, there’ll be exclusive behind the scenes tour available to book at York Theatre Royal, Grand Opera House and Joseph Rowntree Theatre. 

There’ll also be exclusive food and drink offers at some of York’s most popular bars and eateries, including Ambiente Tapas, The Rise Restaurant at The Grand, York and Plush Café. For the chocolate lovers, there are free tours on offer at York’s Chocolate Story and York Cocoa House, plus tasty discounts at Cocoa Joe’s and Heavenly Desserts.  

For those wanting to explore outside of the city walls, Yorkshire Air Museum are offering free admission, Yorkshire Heart Vineyard and Brewery are offering free wine tours and there’s free admission to Beningbrough Hall. 

For those who prefer to explore the city on foot, there are complimentary walking tours with Anne Lister in York Walking Tour, York Historic Pub Walks, Yorkshire Appetite’s York Food Tour and more.  

There’ll also be a chance for York residents to get their hands on one of the 350 £5 York Gift Cards from York BID, in their Great Gift Card giveaway. As a thank you to residents for supporting local businesses, gift cards will be given on a first come, first served basis at the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street from 10am on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January. 

York Residents’ Festival is open to all York Residents who have a valid YorkCard or student ID card. YorkCards are available from all of York’s Explore libraries, with a £6 administration charge for adults (free for under 18s). YorkCard entitles users to discounts at a range of leisure facilities and attractions throughout the year.  

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director of Make It York said: “York Residents’ Festival is our way of saying thank you to residents for sharing their beautiful city with tourists throughout the year. We’re so pleased to be able to offer over 70 special offers this year, with huge savings. It’s a brilliant opportunity to rediscover corners of the city and support our local businesses. Some of the venues do require pre-booking this year to ensure social distancing, so make sure you book your place as soon as you can!”  

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of the Council said:  “I’m delighted that York Residents’ Festival is once again back this year. After the challenging time we have all had over the last two years, the Festival promises to be a great way for residents to safely celebrate the many wonderful attractions on offer throughout York and support our local businesses. 

“As always, our thanks go to all the partners around the city who have come together to make this event such a success. 

“There is so much to explore and discover locally, with something for everyone on offer during this fun-packed weekend of activities. I hope residents take part, enjoy and celebrate our city!” 

For the full list of offers for York Residents’ Festival, please visit www.visityork.org/resfest. Please note, some venues require pre-booking.  

York Residents’ Festival is organised by Make It York, supported by City of York Council.  

For more information: 

Sarah Foster and Brittany Guymer 

Make It York Communications team 

Comms@makeityork.com 

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. Its mission is to grow the economic prosperity and wider wellbeing of York and its citizens. In practice, this means delivering a range of projects and programmes based around our corporate strategic priorities.   

These are:  

  • City positioning and profile-raising 
  • Ensuring an exciting city centre 
  • Delivering the city’s ground-breaking Cultural Strategy 

Visit York Tourism Awards 2022 finalists revealed

Finalists in the Visit York Tourism Awards, sponsored by LNER, have been revealed today. The prestigious awards ceremony returns on Thursday 3rd March 2022 with the best of York’s businesses going head to head to win one of 15 trophies. The event aims to shine a spotlight on excellence in York’s tourism sector and reward outstanding service, innovation, quality and resilience.   

These prestigious ‘Tourism Oscars of the North’ will be hosted by York Mix Radio Presenters Ben Fry and Laura Castle and will be held at the splendid York Racecourse. Eligible winners across a number of categories will be automatically put forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022 to compete for the crown of the country’s best.  

New categories for 2022 include ‘Resilience & Innovation Award’ to honour organisations who have built on their strengths, innovated their business and showed incredible resilience during a difficult time for the industry. Another new ‘Unsung Hero’ award recognises an individual working for a tourism business who excels in their role and deserves to be applauded for their work and commitment to the industry. 

Ashley Young, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at Make It York, said: “We are so proud of the vibrant and flourishing tourism sector in York, which welcomes millions of visitors to the city each year as well as creates an atmosphere full of culture and diversity for the residents. There are so many organisations around the city working incredibly hard year round to deliver the highest quality visitor experiences, which has been especially challenging during the past two years. The awards will reward those who are truly exceptional in their field. Good luck to all finalists – we all look forward to celebrating the successes at the ceremony in March.” 

David Horne, Managing Director at LNER, said: “From historic sites to wonderful places to eat and stay, York has so much to offer and is one of our most popular destinations on the LNER route. It is therefore great to see so many of the city’s businesses and individuals who work incredibly hard to create outstanding visitor experiences, recognised at the Visit York Tourism Awards.” 

 
Councillor Darryl Smalley: Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “We all know what an incredibly challenging 18 months these businesses will all have faced, and that’s why it’s more important than ever to celebrate the incredible range of businesses that York is lucky enough to be home to. These businesses are an essential part of our great city and I am delighted to see such a diverse group of finalists this year. I wish them all the best of luck and whilst it’s been said many times before, it really is a significant achievement to be shortlisted and you are all winners already.” 

Visit York Tourism Awards Finalists 2022:  

B&B and Guest House of the Year ** 

MonkBridge House 

Tower Guest House 

Westergate House 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year ** 
Springwood Shepherd Huts Glamping York 

Wigwam Holidays Ball Hall Farm 

Wolds Walk Glamping 

Experience of the Year ** 
Castle Howard 

The Bloody Tour of York 

The Cookery School at The Grand, York 

The Deathly Dark Tours 

Event of the Year* ** 
That JORVIK Viking Thing 

The Great Ryedale Maze 

York Balloon Fiesta  

York Maze 

Large Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Streamline Taxis 

Hotel Indigo York 

Middletons Hotel 

The Grand, York 

The Principal York 

Sandburn Hall Hotel 

 
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Sponsored by YO1 Radio 
JORVIK Viking Centre 

The York Dungeon 

York Art Gallery 

York’s Chocolate Story 

New Tourism Business of the Year – Sponsored by City Cruises 
The Deathly Dark Tours 

Malmaison York 

Sandburn Hall Hotel 

York Riverside Apartments 

Pub of the Year – Sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd 
House of Trembling Madness Lendal 

House of Trembling Madness Stonegate 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year ** 

Heritage Escapes (York) 

Roomzzz Aparthotels – York City 

Staycity Aparthotels 

The Enchantment Chamber 

The Riverside York 

Resilience and Innovation Award – Sponsored by Fabler & Co 

The Deathly Dark Tours 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway 

The Web Adventure Park 

Trembling Madness Ltd 

York Gin 

Shop Experience of the Year* – Sponsored by Fidomoney  
The Antiques Centre York 

York’s Chocolate Story 

York Gin 

Small Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Hospitality Staffing 
Galtres Lodge 

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant 

The Judge’s Lodging 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year ** 

Fairfax House 

Mother Shipton’s  

York Army Museum 

Taste of England Award** 
Forest at Galtres Lodge 

Mr Chippy York 

Plush Café 

The Bow Room Restaurant at Grays Court Hotel 

The Drovers Arms Restaurant & Country Pub 

Unsung Hero Award - Sponsored by LNER 

Dean Court Hotel 

Middletons Hotel 

Galtres Lodge 

*Visit York only. These categories are not eligible to go forward to the Visit England Awards for Excellence. 

**Sponsorship opportunities available. 

Tickets for the glittering awards ceremony event on Thursday 3rd March 2022 are available from today. Book your tickets here. 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster, Communications Manager at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

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, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

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. 

Key tourism facts (pre-covid): 

8.4 million visitors annually, £765 million total visitor spend, supporting 24,000 jobs 

Winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2020: 

B&B and Guest House of the Year – sponsored by Booking.com  
Winner: Woodlands Farm Thimbleby 
Finalists: No.21 York 

Business Events Venue of the Year – sponsored by Spark 
Winner: The Grand, York  
Finalists: Novotel, York BarbicanYork Racecourse 

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year – sponsored by Minster FM 
Winner: Vale of Pickering Caravan Park 
Finalists: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, York Holiday & Cycle Stop  

Experience of the Year – sponsored by LNER 
Winner: The Bloody Tour of York 
Highly Commended: The Cookery School at The Grand, York 
Finalists: Castle Howard, Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience 

Event of the Year* – sponsored by LNER 
Winner: York Maze Hallowscream 
Highly Commended: York Minster – The Northern Lights 
Finalists:  JORVIK Viking Festival 

International Tourism Award – sponsored by City Cruises York 
Winner: The Grand, York  
Finalists: OE Media 

Large Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Streamline Taxis 
Winner: The Grand, York 
Finalists: Grantley Hall, Hotel Indigo York, The Principal Hotel 
 
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by Fowlers of York 
Winner: Castle Howard  
Finalists: JORVIK Viking Centre, National Railway Museum 

New Tourism Business of the Year – sponsored by Minster FM  
Winner: Grantley Hall 
Finalists: Northwood Trail, England’s Fairy Sanctuary, OE Media, Yorkshire Appetite Food Tours 

Pub of the Year – sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd 
Winner: The Drovers Arm Restaurant & Country Pub 
Finalists: House of Trembling Madness (Lendal), The Ackhorne, The Botanist York 

Self Catering Accommodation of the Year – sponsored by HomeAway 
Winner: Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges 
Finalists: Serenity Inn the City, The Enchantment Chamber 

Shop of the Year* – sponsored by York BID 
Winner: York Gin 
Highly Commended: Bluebird Bakery 
Finalists: The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café, The Shop That Must Not Be Named 

Small Hotel of the Year – sponsored by Yorkshire Laundry Services 
Winner: Grays Court Hotel 
Finalists: Dean Court Hotel, The Parisi Hotel 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – sponsored by York Pass 
Winner: Energi Trampoline Park  
Finalists: Barley Hall, Locked in Games York, Mother Shipton’s Cave, York Army Museum 

Taste of York Award – sponsored by Morrell Middleton 
Winner: Roots, York 
Highly Commended: The Whippet Inn 
Finalists: Plush Café, The Star Inn The City, The York Roast Co 

Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award – sponsored by Yorkshire Gas & Power  
Winner: JORVIK Group of Attractions 

Tourism Champion of the Year* 
Winner: Ben Fry 

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