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York Christmas Market wins Best Large Speciality Market at NABMA’s Great British Market Awards 

York Christmas Market has won the ‘Best Large Speciality Market’ category at the Great British Market Awards, organised by The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). We share this alongside Strafford upon Avon. 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director of Make It York, said: “We are extremely proud and privileged to have won the Best Large Speciality Market in the UK. We could not have achieved this accolade without the support of our partners, local businesses and the City of York Council. A huge thank you to the wide array of local traders and local businesses that get involved and support the Christmas Market and Christmas festivities year on year. 

Lots of work was done this year ensuring past feedback was taken into consideration, a great example of this is the new layout which we received lots of positive feedback from those attending and trading.”  

The Christmas Market really showcases York at it’s very best and is a brilliant example of how both residents and visitors support Yorkshire based businesses and encourages repeat visitors throughout the year. York really is the most Festive Place in the UK. 

Research shows York Christmas Market has had a positive impact on the city’s economy and local businesses. Infact, it returns over £80m into the local economy with 68% of visitors going on to shop elsewhere in the city and 71% spending time eating at local restaurants and cafes. 22% of visitors stayed overnight. 54% went to the Minster, Museums and attractions, as part of the day or overnight visit. 

The Market featured in 174 pieces of print and online coverage, with a reach of 42 million and a value of £1.2 million.  

Following York Christmas Market 2023, 100% of Christmas Traders have registered interest in taking part in the York Christmas Market 2024, with 92% agreeing that the new layout worked well and 86%  

*Data based on interviews with 80 market traders and 216 visitors to the York Christmas Market 2023.  

NOTES TO EDITORS: 

For more information, please contact: 

Comms@makeityork.com 

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 

About NABMA 

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) have been representing and working on behalf of our member markets for more than 100 years. Markets from across the whole of the UK form our membership. NABMA works with a range of organisations including Government to promote and campaign for markets. 
 
To find out more about NABMA visit the website: nabma.com 

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York’s popular Christmas Market to return 16th November to 22nd December 2023 

After a hugely successful York Christmas Market in 2022, Make It York have confirmed that plans are underway for Christmas 2023, with the popular market set to return on 16th November to 22nd December. 

Following last year’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, the famous alpine chalets will return to line Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, creating a festive wonderland of local traders and artisan products.  

In 2022, York’s Christmas activities influenced 75% of visitors to come to York, with 49% of visitors visiting for the Christmas market alone. Traffic to the Christmas content on the Visit York website exceeded 515,000 views, with Visit York social channels reaching over 3.9m in November and December. There were also over 194 pieces of media coverage, which had a combined reach of over 91M. 

Make It York’s research into 2022 also demonstrated that York Christmas Market had a positive impact on other businesses within the city. 87% of visitors spent their time in York shopping within the Christmas Market itself, with 93% then shopping elsewhere in the city and 80% eating and drinking in venues away from the market.* 

Applications for retail businesses to get involved in this year’s York Christmas Market are now open. To be involved, please find out more here. The deadline for applications is the 26th May 2023.   

*Data based on 210 visitors interviewed by Qa Research at York St Nicholas Fair 2022. Base: 174 visitors and 36 residents. 

For further information please contact:  

Brittany Guymer, Communications Coordinator 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. 

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Support local creatives and designers with unique York Christmas bauble

This winter, Make It York have collaborated with local artist Emma Feneley to produce a limited-edition bauble celebrating Christmas in York. Proceeds from the baubles will go into a new York Creates Fund, a new micro-fund that will support cultural and creative activity in the city.  

The hand-decorated porcelain bauble is unique to York, with Emma’s design featuring famous York landmark Clifford’s Tower in the festive season. It was commissioned by Make It York as part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations of the St Nicholas Fair, following a public competition to create a unique design for the bauble.  

Proceeds from the bauble will go into a new fund to support artists and makers in York. The York Creates Fund will provide opportunities for local creatives to produce new work through micro-grants, commissions and competitions. The fund will be held by Make It York and administered in reference to the objectives of York’s Creative Future, the city’s Culture Strategy. 

Emma designs are created through unique collages that repurpose wastepaper for her art, and often depict places in the local area. The baubles are high quality white porcelain and hand decorated with Emma’s creation, produced by Foley Pottery.  

The bauble is available to purchase from the Visitor Information Centre in York City Centre. 

Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing at Make It York, said: “At Make It York, we’re really committed to supporting the cultural and creative sector, so we’re delighted to be collaborating with Emma to launch this beautifully designed bauble. The bauble not only celebrates and raises the profile of the work of a local artist, but its profits will go towards setting up a fund that can benefit even more creatives across York, so this is a key initiative for us. It’s also really nice to be able to do this at Christmas, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the St Nicholas Fair.”  

Artist Emma Feneley said: “The MIY competition has been such a lovely, fun opportunity for me to share and develop my artwork within the local area. It’s always exciting to see your work in print or being used for a purpose, and this felt even more special knowing that the profits will go back into the community and support other creatives. As a smaller, ‘starting out’ artist, this really does make a difference and has already helped to build my profile. Outside of making, I also work full time at a local primary school. The children have been so excited to see the finished bauble and it’s really inspired them to experiment with their own art, knowing that there are opportunities like this to make artwork in a meaningful way.” 

About York’s Creative Future 

York’s Creative Future has inclusion and participation at its core, and the commitment to ensure that culture is relevant and accessible to everybody in York – regardless of age, background or postcode.  

The Culture Strategy has the ambition to transform York – and by 2025 we believe York will be known as a city where outstanding, renowned heritage comes together with a cutting-edge and contemporary approach to creativity – reflecting the city’s rich history and its status as the UK’s first UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. 

About Make It York 

Make It York is the city’s Destination Management Organisation, with the purpose to develop and promote the city and its surroundings nationally and internationally.  

The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management and Shambles Market, as well as delivering world-class festival and events, including the St Nicholas Christmas Fair, and the city’s ground-breaking Culture Strategy.  

For further information please contact:  

Culture team at Make It York 

Email: culture@makeityork.com 

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Full programme of free events to celebrate 30 years of St Nicholas Fair on 17th November

To mark the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, the city will come alive on the opening day of the Christmas market with a special programme of free events and activities for residents and visitors. 

From 12pm to 9pm on Thursday 17th November, there will be live entertainment in St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street and Shambles Market to get everybody in the festive spirit. There’ll be choirs, bands and performances throughout the day and into the evening. Plus, an opportunity to meet St Nicholas himself at Shambles Market.  

Those in the city centre on the evening of the 17th November, celebrating the opening of St Nicholas Fair, will be the first to see the spectacular light display for the 2022 festive season. This year will see more lights, new technology and new areas added to the scheme.  

A partnership between York BID and Make It York, this year’s winter light display will increase the use of more sustainable LED and solar lights, with new areas to be lit up including George Hudson Street and Nessgate. The curtain of lights on York’s historic bar walls will remain, along with the magical ‘Tree of Light’ at the Eye of York with its 1km of twinkly LED lights which change colour to mark important dates and festivals. 

What’s more, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, all traders at this year’s Christmas market will be offering exclusive discounts for York residents when presented with a valid York Card or identity card with proof of address*. Each trader will offer a discount ranging from 10 to 30% discounts, more details can be found here. 

The full schedule of free events on Thursday 17th November to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair: 

Shambles Market 

12.00 – 19.00: Meet St Nicholas!  

Suitable for families and children. Learn more about who St Nicholas is and was, all about the naughty list and enjoy some chocolate coins! 

13.00: Musical Connections 

Join Musical Connections for a special performance. A small charity based in York, empowering people to live happier and healthier lives through music.  

St Helen’s Square 

12.00: Dunnington Community Choir 

Enjoy festive music, performed by local singers.  

13.00 – 15.00: Buskers 

15.00 – 18.00: York Theatre Royal 

Look out for the York Theatre Royal nativity characters, handing out flyers and doing competitions.  

16.00: Musical Connections – The Rolling Tones 

Join Musical Connections’ The Rolling Tones for a special performance. A small charity based in York, empowering people to live happier and healthier lives through music. 

17.00: University of York Brass Band 

A selection of classic Christmas carols to get you into the festive mood! 

18.00: Lucy’s Pop Choir 

A choir performance from grown-ups who love singing!  

18.00 – 20.00: The Island 

Meet the York-based children’s charity as they fundraise to enhance children’s quality of life through mentoring.  

19.00: York Phoenix Harmonies 

Join York’s Newest Vocal Harmony Group for a special performance of Christmas carols.  

Parliament Street (next to the Christmas Tree) 

12.00 – 17.00: Buskers 

18.00: York RI Golden Band 

6 to 10 players performing Christmas Carols.  

19.00: Larks Christmas Band 

Lively vintage Christmas performance in full costume. 

20.00: Olivia Tingle 

An unapologetically authentic duo playing a classy mixture of anthemic covers and soft sympathetic originals. Not to be missed! 

Christmas cheer will be spread across the city, with carol concerts, festive events and the return of panto season. For more information about what’s happening in York this Christmas, please visit visityork.org/christmas.  

Visit York’s festive press pack can be found here and press images can be downloaded here. 

*To qualify for the resident discounts offered by traders at St Nicholas Fair, you must present a valid York Card or identity card that proves York residency. If presenting an identity card, this must clearly state ‘York’ (e.g. driving licence or older person’s bus pass). The full list of offers can be found here. 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster and Brittany Guymer 

Communications team at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

St Nicholas Fair runs from 17th November to 23rd December on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, open daily from 10am to 7pm. St Nicholas Fair is a Make It York event.  

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. 

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York Busking Slots over the Christmas Period

To mark the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, the city will come alive on the Thursday 17th November with a special programme of free events and activities across the city centre. From 12 – 9pm there will be live bands and choirs bringing the city to life with festive performances. We are working with Covent Garden Entertainment, and everyone is welcome to join the celebration and there are slots available throughout the day for buskers / street performers!

Here is the programming timetable for the event in the locations St. Helens Square, Shambles Market and Parliament Street.

Herbie’s Treehouse: The Treehouse Rooftop bar will be running again on top of Herbie’s Treehouse on the corner of St Sampson’s Square. Sound and lighting are supplied, and you can use your own case, or a large busking collections cup is available. Buskers are very welcome to come and perform and are invited to book in with the bar manager for time slots.

There are busking slots available for the opening event on St. Helens Square and Parliament Street (outside the Christmas tree) throughout the day please book this directly through events@makeityork.com. If we receive too many bookings, we can do a draw for the busking slots.

Important Information:

Throughout the duration of the Christmas Markets (17th November – 23rd December), due to concerns of crowd management at peak times we need to ensure there is adequate space around the Christmas Tree on Parliament Street and both the Christmas Market and the Shambles Market.

We will be monitoring congested areas and asking street performers not to perform or leave any equipment to reserve the pitch around the Christmas Tree on Parliament Street. We work with a range of city centre partners, businesses, and traders throughout the year to deliver a successful Christmas Market and experience. We want to ensure that all visitors and users of the city centre have an enjoyable and profitable experience and therefore we would like to propose a system that works for all to help us manage entertainment bookings at St. Helens Square during this period.

Throughout the Christmas Period on weekends Make it York will have choirs and bands booked between the hours of 2pm and 4pm at St. Helens Square. Outside of these times buskers can manage the square for their performances. On Saturday 3rd December we are using St. Helens Square from 10am – 2pm as we have a charity booked and 4 choirs performing.

Please email events@makeityork.com to book your slot for the opening event we would love to have you involved!

Many thanks

The Events Team

Make it York.

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York Christmas Festival 2022: Celebrations for 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair

Baubles, carols and festive fairs – Christmas in York is just around the corner! Extra special plans are in place across the city this year to celebrate 30 years of York’s famous Christmas Market, St Nicholas Fair. 70 alpine chalets will line the streets of Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square from 17th November to 23rd December, creating a festive wonderland with an array of local produce and artisan gifts on offer from local traders. 

From luxury stationary to Yorkshire Pudding beer, there are lots of unique gift ideas at this year’s Christmas market. What’s more, all traders at this year’s St Nicholas Fair will be offering exclusive discounts for York residents when presented with a valid York Card or identity card with proof of address*. Each trader will offer a discount ranging from 10 to 30% discounts, more details can be found here. 

Brand new to York Christmas Market for 2022 is a traditional Swiss chalet, The Winter Hütte. With a spectacular terrace overlooking St Nicholas Fair, The Winter Hütte offers a ‘Swiss with a Twist’ dining experience from one of Yorkshire’s best-known chefs, the Michelin-starred Andrew Pern. For passers-by, there is a fully-licensed bar area serving seasonal favourites such as gluhwein and spiced cider. Dining bookings are now open on the website. 

Another new addition to York’s Christmas Market 2022 is the Chocolate Circus. The brainchild of the York based family behind Herbie’s Treehouse, look out for their Instagram-worthy loaded hot chocolates. From giant snowman marshmallows to York printed wafers, there’s a topping for everyone including a full vegan hot chocolate alternative menu.  

Herbie’s Treehouse returns for its fifth year, with premium German mulled wine, Cornish mulled cider and Belgian hot chocolates. This year, look out for the new Herbie’s Secret Orchard at the back of the Treehouse for a special menu of hot toddies created with award-winning York Gin. Throughout the duration of the Christmas Market, resident singers and variety performers will play on the new Treetop Stage above the Treehouse, offering an exciting new entertainment area. Local schools, choirs and community groups will be invited to perform, as well as York based artists and international singers.  

Shambles Market Food Court vendors Krep and Shambles Kitchen will be returning to the Christmas market this year, plus Meow and Bao Little Bubble Box will be serving up a combination of infused Asian cuisine. Shambles Ski Bar is also returning this year, with an authentic Après Ski themed pop-up bar stocked with festive favourites. A new addition to this year’s market is York Cocoa Works, who will be on hand to share their chocolate making process from cocoa beans to chocolate bar, truffles, cakes and more. Don’t miss a visit to neighbouring Shambles Market for some of York’s best independent traders, selling everything from seasonal wreaths to locally grown produce.  

To mark the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair, the city will come alive on the opening day of the market with a special programme of free events and activities for residents. From 12pm to 9pm on Thursday 17th November, there will be live entertainment in St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street and Shambles Market to get everybody in the festive spirit. There’ll be choirs, bands, performances and free theatre workshops throughout the day and into the evening. Plus, there’ll even be an opportunity to meet St Nicholas himself at Shambles Market! The full programme of events will be announced soon. 

Those in the city centre on the evening of the 17th November to celebrate the opening of St Nicholas Fair will be the first to see the spectacular light display for the 2022 festive season. Promising to be the best winter lights display the city has seen, this year will see more lights, new technology and new areas added to the scheme. A partnership between York BID and Make It York, this year’s winter light display will increase the use of more sustainable LED and solar lights, with new areas to be lit up including George Hudson Street and Nessgate. The curtain of lights on York’s historic bar walls will remain, along with the magical ‘Tree of Light’ at the Eye of York with its 1km of twinkly LED lights which change colour to mark important dates and festivals. 

Another great way to see the city in all its festive glory is by following the brand-new Nutcracker Trail. Pick up a free map and seek out ten Nutcrackers across the city centre for a chance to win a £500 York BID Gift Card.  

York Minster has a packed programme of events for Advent and Christmas, including their Christmas Carol Concerts and the return of the Christmas Tree Festival. Castle Howard is set to be transformed into a wonderland of ‘happily ever afters’ with their new ‘Into The Woods’ Christmas experience designed by Charlotte Lloyd Webber Events and The Projection Studio. Plus, THOR’S Tipi will be back in The Principal Hotel Gardens from 11th November, serving up delicious snowboard platters by Yuzu Street Food and cocktails by the cosy log fires. 

Residents and visitors can bring home some of the magic of York this Christmas, with their own special edition 30th Anniversary Bauble. Designed by local artist Emma Feneley, following a local competition, the porcelain bauble will be available to purchase from the Visitor Information Centre from mid-November. Emma’s design features famous York landmark Clifford’s Tower in the festive season and is the perfect addition to any Christmas tree! 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “Christmas in York is always a special time of the year, with this year set to be even more so as we celebrate 30 years of the famous St Nicholas Fair. We’re delighted to be welcoming Michelin-starred Andrew Pern and The Winter Hütte to Parliament Street for a unique food and drink offer. We’re pleased that all of our traders at this year’s St Nicholas Fair will be offering a discount for York residents, plus we’ll be hosting a whole day and evening of free festive entertainment on Thursday 17th November to mark this special milestone for St Nicholas Fair.” 

Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities, said: “The programme of Christmas activities across York this year is outstanding – with so many unique experiences on offer for all to enjoy. This, combined with world-class food and drink and an array of independent retailers and traders, is sure to bring the festive magic back to York.  Christmas is a great time to support York’s local businesses by purchasing unique gifts and enjoying all they have to offer. 

“York really comes alive at Christmas, so we are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to enjoy the magic of the festive period in York.” 

Andrew Lowson, Executive Director at York BID said: “We’re excited about the new design and can’t wait to see the new winter lights scheme in place. Residents and visitors will notice a real difference in key areas like Parliament Street, and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to extend the scheme to light up new areas like Castlegate, George Hudson Street and Nessgate.” 

Andrew Pern, Michelin-Starred Chef, said: “We are hugely excited to be bringing The Winter Hütte and a taste of the Alps to the ancient streets of York. Aside from the incredible two-storey structure, I am delighted to introduce a new Star Inn venture to The Winter Hütte with a restaurant serving great Yorkshire produce with a Swiss twist.  As well as traditional fondue and raclette, the menu will also boast off-piste specials such as Cinnamon Roast Porcetta Suckling Pig with spiced apples, chestnuts and mulled cider juices or Gratin of Winter Roots with toasted cranberry muesli, nut “cheese”, garden sage and onion.  In the downstairs ski bar we will be serving a range of Bratwurst from “The Dog Haus” to enjoy with a festive beverage, while passers-by can also grab a tasty bite from the window counter.  Together with the scent of pine and decor of mountain scenes and cow bells, The Winter Hütte will be a real experience for all the senses this Christmas.” 

Festive cheer will be spread across the city, with carol concerts, festive events and the return of panto season. For more information about what’s happening in York this Christmas, please visit visityork.org/christmas.  

Visit York’s festive press pack can be found here and press images can be downloaded here. 

*To qualify for the resident discounts offered by traders at St Nicholas Fair, you must present a valid York Card or identity card that proves York residency. If presenting an identity card, this must clearly state ‘York’ (e.g. driving licence or older person’s bus pass). The full list of offers can be found here. 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Sarah Foster and Brittany Guymer 

Communications team at Make It York 

Email: comms@makeityork.com 

Notes to Editors: 

St Nicholas Fair runs from 17th November to 23rd December on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, open daily from 10am to 7pm. St Nicholas Fair 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.  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 The Winter Hütte 

The Winter Hütte is a joint venture between Coopers Marquees, CMJ Events and Andrew Pern of The Star Inn the City (York) Limited. Combined, the team brings over 60 years of live entertainment and food knowledge to deliver this spectacular new event for York, home to all three companies. 

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St Nicholas Fair 30th Anniversary Bauble Design Competition 

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED


Make It York are calling out for visual artists, print makers, and designers to create a bespoke bauble design to celebrate the 30th anniversary of York’s St Nicholas Fair.  

A staple in York’s streets over the festive period since 1992, the St Nicholas Fair Christmas Market will this year feature a special limited run of porcelain baubles that celebrate this exciting milestone. Profits from the bauble sales will be used to create a new cultural fund, York Creates, to provide future small-seed funding for artists and makers in the city. 

About St Nicholas Fair 

Rated in the top ten Christmas Markets in the UK, the five-week St Nicholas Fair features over sixty alpine chalets lining the streets of Parliament Street and St Sampsons Square, with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. The fair is the heart of the city’s Christmas experience and contributes to York ranking in the UK’s top ten Christmas destinations.  

Find out more about Christmas in York here. 

About the Competition 

The theme for the design is: A York Christmas 

Artists should produce a design around this theme for the bauble, which can be traditional, contemporary or give a fresh interpretation to a York Christmas.   

Artists should produce a design using the guidelines provided and give a short explanation of their design. The bauble can accommodate three images of 40 x 40mm. These images can either be identical or different, depending on artist preference. However, one (or all) of these image squares should either be or include the word ‘York’, or some variation around a Christmas greeting (e.g., ‘Merry Christmas from York’). 

Designs should be high quality and appeal to a range of customers, both local and visitors. The design should be suitable for use set against the white background of the bauble. The brief is open to interpretation on design style. Download instructions here for design specifications. 

The winner will be decided by Make It York. The winner will be awarded a £500 cash prize and be included in promotional activity. A limited run of baubles will be produced and sold through Make It York as part of the 2022 St Nicholas Fair. 

Enter the competition by 12 noon on 12 August 2022. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

For more information or to ask a question, contact culture@makeityork.com.

Competition Rules 

  • Artists may submit a maximum of two entries. 
  • Anyone over the age of sixteen is eligible to enter the competition. Artists should reside in York, or have a strong local connection. 
  • Designs that do not fit the specifications provided will not be accepted. Read specifications here.  
  • Only new designs will be permitted – designs which already exist and have been used in other contexts will not be accepted.  
  • The artist should submit a visual design for a bauble which will be manufactured professionally. Artists are not expected the manufacture the baubles themselves.  
  • Entries from members of Make It York staff, Visit York staff and volunteers, and close family of these is not permitted. 
  • Entries remain the intellectual property of the artist and after the competition, will be kept on record for informational purposes only by Make It York. Artists may contact the company to request their design be removed from records. 
  • The winning artist’s prize includes a buyout fee of £500 of the intellectual property of the design, which will become the property of Make It York, who will have sole right to merchandise the baubles. The artist will not receive a share of sales. All profits will be ringfenced for the new York Creates cultural seed fund. 
  • Decisions will be made in August 2022, with the winner being notified on or before 19 August 2022.  
  • The decision of Make It York on the outcome of the competition is final, although we are happy to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.  

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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. 

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Shambles Market wins ‘Best Outdoor Market’ Award

York’s Shambles Market has won the ‘Best Outdoor Market’ category at this year’s Great British Market Awards, organised by The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).  

Announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 3rd February, Shambles Market Manager Lucy Lines and Senior Market Operations Supervisor Joe Etheridge collected the award.  

The National Market Traders Federation and NABMA judged Shambles Market as the Best Outdoor Market, with the awards seeing one of the largest public votes on record. 

Simon Baynes MP for Clwyd South and the Chairman of the All-Party Markets Parliamentary Group presented the awards. On winning the award, the judges commented that: “This is a highly popular market in a traditional location with a huge appeal to both locals and has a significant tourist trade.  In the not-too-distant past, it was considered to be in somewhat of a decline, but it is a market that has put in a lot of effort to restore a quality market reputation. The market boasts many excellent businesses and collectively, with strong and passionate management, they have enabled the market to re-establish itself in this iconic tourist city. It is a market with a buzz, it is full of traders and is both an attractive tourist and general market with a huge influence on the local economy.” 

Lucy Lines, Market Manager at Shambles Market, said: “We are so thrilled to receive this award! Shambles Market has seen a renaissance in recent times with local residents using the market more frequently during the pandemic. York’s community now more than ever have sought out an experience locally with quality goods, produce and an excellent food offer. York residents got behind us by shopping local at the market, supporting our local traders. The support from locals was crucial to winning this award for York, it’s not just for the Shambles markets traders and Make It York to be proud of, this is with huge thanks to the community support too. I’d also like to say a special thank you to First Bus York, who partnered with us last year and have continued to support our vision and helped us bring more customers into the city centre to shop with us. We’re incredibly excited about the future of Shambles Market, with lots of exciting events in the pipeline” 

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Markets Team for winning the Best Large Outdoor Market in the UK. It is a brilliant achievement and well deserved. Shambles Market is a brilliant example of how locals have continued to support local traders in our city and a huge thank you to all our traders who make Shambles Market such a special asset in York.” 

For more information about Shambles Market, visit: Shambles Market | Visit York 

NOTES TO EDITORS: 

For more information, please contact: 

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

Comms@makeityork.com 

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 

About NABMA 

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) have been representing and working on behalf of our member markets for more than 100 years. Markets from across the whole of the UK form our membership. NABMA works with a range of organisations including Government to promote and campaign for markets. 
 
As well as the Great British Market awards, NABMA operates annual campaign Love Your Local Market, which takes place in May every year. 
 
To find out more about NABMA visit the website: nabma.com 

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Make It York appoints new Market Manager to lead on plans to revitalise Shambles Market

A new Shambles Market Manager has this week been appointed by Make It York to develop the city’s market and maximise its potential as one of York’s greatest assets. Lucy Lines joins Make It York with a wealth of events and market management experience – including most recently as Market Manager for Trinity Market in Hull.  

The new role is part of Make It York’s ongoing commitment to develop and deliver a thriving city centre market and support York’s diverse array of independent traders with the creation of a vibrant and dynamic market hub. Lucy will be leading on a new strategy to drive footfall to Shambles Market, maximise economic potential and deliver a series of community-focused pop-up events. Appointed with support from the York Market Traders Forum, trader representatives were also included on the recruitment advisory panel with a key part of this role being a focus on building on the collaborative partnership-led approach to working with traders.  

Lucy has over eleven years’ experience within the sector including leading on the regeneration of Hull’s Trinity Market and transforming it into an inclusive market and community hub. With a background in driving market footfall and supporting local businesses, Lucy has strong experience in revitalising markets through events, community outreach and working in partnership with city-wide arts and music organisations. Prior to this, Lucy also managed the ‘Humber Street’ and ‘Made and Sold in Hull’ Markets and has experience as a licensee, managing numerous bars and night club events in Hull.   

Lucy Lines, Shambles Market Manager at Make It York, said: “I am hugely excited about joining the Make It York team to develop the wonderful offering at Shambles Market. There is such a unique range of traders and an incredibly diverse mix of different types of businesses, and I can’t wait to work alongside them to shape plans for the future direction of the market. Shambles Market has a really special atmosphere and I am looking forward to leading the team in the ongoing plans to make this a vibrant hub for residents and visitors to enjoy.”  

Greg Dyke, Chair of Make It York, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lucy to the team at Make It York. Lucy has a very strong background in delivering high quality market experiences and we are thrilled to have her on board to lead on our ambitious plans for Shambles Market. We see the market as being one of the city’s greatest assets and in partnership with our ever-growing group of traders we want to continue to build on this and grow it into a world class example of market excellence.”  

Kevin Tuohy, Chair of York Marker Traders Forum said:  “The YMTF welcome Lucy and look forward to working collaboratively with her to positively develop the Shambles Market. We were very taken with her vast array of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm for all aspects of market life and will look forward to working closely with Lucy and her team. We feel confident that together we can maintain the traditional classic Shambles Market ethos combined with exciting new ideas to help drive the local and tourist economy into the market even more successfully. Good luck Lucy and thanks for joining our community.” 

The appointment closely follows on from the new partnership between First Bus York and Make It York to invest in the future of Shambles Market and attract more visitors. Supporting York’s diverse array of independent market traders, the partnership plans include a vibrant and modern new look for the market, new creative marketing promotions and regular pop-up events. 

For more information about Shambles Market visit: https://www.visityork.org/business-directory/category/shopping/shambles-market 

ENDS 

For further information please contact:  

Ana Ignatova. Communications Executive 

Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com  

Amy Goodman, Consumer Communications Manager 

Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com  

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