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Shambles Market to reopen for all traders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mannion’s Fruits and Vegetables 

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

John Mannion, talking about the Shambles Market: 

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

  • Staves Art 

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

Ben Staves, talking about the Shambles Market: 

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

Find out more at www.stavesart.com or www.instagram.com/stavesart and check out the Visit York e-shop https://shop.visityork.org/  

  • Black Yak 

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

Rupert Harrison of Black Yak, talking about the Shambles Market

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

Find out more about Black Yak here: https://www.blackyak.co.uk/  

  • Wigginton Road Nurseries 

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

Gary, talking about the Shambles Market

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

Find out more about Wigginton Road Nurseries here: https://www.instagram.com/wiggintonroadnurseries/?hl=en  

  • Cycle Culture  

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

Luke Suff, talking about the Shambles Market: 

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

Find out more about Cycle Culture here: https://www.cyclecultureyork.com/  and follow their Facebook page for their latest updates and offers: https://www.facebook.com/CycleCultureYork/ 

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

For more information on Shambles Market traders visit www.visityork.org/shamblesmarket and follow the Shambles Market social channels on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the latest updates.  

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For further information please contact:  

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive  
Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com 

Amy Goodman, Consumer Communications Manager 
Email: amy.goodman@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.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.  

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

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: Kevin Tuohy from Bags of Style

Trading on Shambles Market for over six years, Kevin Tuohy runs ‘Bags of Style’ – a business selling stylish handbags and purses, with a diverse variety of designs and colours on offer. Sourcing the very best quality products from trade fairs across the country, Kevin is passionate about providing customers with a wide range of choice and the opportunity to show off their own unique style.  

During lockdown, Bags of Style has continued to operate as an online business with new products regularly added to www.bagsofstyleuk.com. When the market reopens later this month, Kevin plans to be back welcoming customers every Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday – with a wide variety of new products available.   

Kevin Tuohy owner of Bags of Style comments: “I’m really looking forward to returning to the market and meeting up again with colleagues, friends and customers. Things will undoubtedly be different, however I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things and doing what I love most – trading.  

“One of the biggest draws for me is that no two days are ever the same – I love meeting the other traders and forming bonds, and of course interacting with my lovely customers. We get lots of regulars who return time and time again – looking for gifts for loved ones or a treat for themselves. We are happy to get feedback from our customers and will always do our best to accommodate requests for different colours and order them specially in for collection the following week.”  

In addition to running Bags of Style, Kevin is also a part of the York Market Traders Forum –  taking on the role of Chair in 2017 and working alongside the other traders and Make It York to develop the market.  

Kevin continues: “Before the pandemic hit the market was really flourishing and it’s fantastic to be a part of that. Over the years the market has really developed, with a hugely diverse range of traders and a real quality offering. From established traders, to brand new innovative businesses, the market offers a real varied mix for customers and we are very proud of this diversity.   

Since 2017 I’ve been a part of the York Market Traders Forum and this has been a very enriching and rewarding experiencing – I’ve learnt a lot about how a market operates and have enjoyed working together with my fellow traders and the Make It York team.   

What I think is really important to point out is that the Shambles Market traders are really like a sort of extended family to each other. Trading is a way of life and we all look out for one other – offering support through thick and thin, a real sense of camaraderie and a close social network. It’s lovely to be part of the community of traders on Shambles market who are all so passionate about what they do and I can’t wait for us all to be reunited when we are able to reopen again.”  

Find out more about Bags of Style here: https://www.bagsofstyleuk.com/ , follow on Instagram or Facebook.  

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: John Mannion

From as far back as 1906, the Mannion family have held stalls on York’s city centre – and in 1970, John Mannion took over the business from his father, offering a wide range of fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables.

Now John and his wife Jean are on Shambles Market every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, providing customers with high quality goods and friendly customer service.

Throughout all the government lockdowns over the last twelve months they have remained open in all weathers and have worked hard to ensure local people could get their fresh produce each week. With their fresh deliveries coming in from Leeds market, John ensures he has a choice selection of the very best goods from all over Europe and beyond for his customers.

John Mannion comments:

“We’ve seen a lot of change over the years but my favourite thing about trading on Shambles Market has always been getting to meet so many new people and chatting to our customers. I’ve lived in York all my life so have lots of knowledge about the local area and love to chat to people and share info and expertise about the city.

The market has a really unique blend of traders and an outstanding fresh produce selection. With the likes of Cross of York offering fresh fish that is second to none, and the wonderful fresh meat and cheese counters – the market has such a fantastic offer for local people during lockdown.

Whilst the pandemic has had a big impact and has been tough, we’ve continued to provide high quality produce for our customers throughout. I love what I do – being out in all weathers, meeting new people and seeing our regular customers come back each week.

I’d like to thank all of our loyal customers for their ongoing support and to continue to encourage local York people to come down to the market to do their shopping and see what there is on offer.”


Find out more about Shambles Market here: https://www.visityork.org/shopping/shambles-market

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: Staves Art

Selling a unique range of hand drawn cityscape artworks, Staves Art was founded by artist Ben Staves in 2017. Ben designs unique maps of cities across the UK and beyond – including York, London, New York and Paris – portraying the famous streets and landmarks in an unusual 3D globe style.

Each design can take anywhere up to 100 hours to create – with Ben hand-drawing intricate, detailed maps of the city and its iconic buildings to give a totally unique take on the city skyline.

From originally pursuing a career in Architecture, Ben created the first of his iconic city globe designs whilst studying at Northumbria University back in 2012, and over the last nine years has gone on to develop this passion for art into a successful business. Pre-lockdown, Ben was trading on Shambles Market three days a week – with his father and uncle helping him run the business both on market stalls and online. Ben is now one of the artists whose work is on sale in the brand new Visit York e shop – which offers a carefully curated collection of some of the best locally created York gifts, crafts and merchandise. The shop features Ben’s hand-drawn ‘York Globe’ artwork – a unique and original take on a city map design with the print available to buy on high quality greetings cards and cushions.

During lockdown, Ben has been kept busy with new commissions and sales via his revamped website – www.stavesart.com – which offers a wide variety of different cityscape locations as well as popular sporting venues (and even fantasy worlds!)

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Ben Staves explains, “I began creating the cityscape artwork when I was in University as part of my Architecture degree and since then I’ve been delighted to be able to develop this into a business. What began as a hobby, and something that I absolutely love doing, is now my full-time job and it’s been great to see how it’s grown over the years.

We started trading on Shambles Market towards the end of 2019 and found it a really wonderful way to promote our products and get out and meet people. The atmosphere on the market is fantastic and it’s a great community of traders on there – offering a mix of really cool products and street food and we love being part of it!

It’s also been great to be a part of the new Visit York e shop and have our York pieces on there for people who want to pick up something a little bit different as a souvenir or gift. The artwork has a huge amount of detail and lovers of York will be able to spot lots of their favourite sights and locations.

Whilst lockdown has been challenging, with us not being able to do the shows and stalls that we had planned, on the plus side it has given me time to work on creating new pieces and developing the online side of the business. Sales via our website have been doing really well and it’s been great to see people supporting small independent businesses when purchasing gifts online. We are really missing seeing our customers face to face and being out chatting to them out on the stall and can’t wait to be back when it’s safe to reopen again!”

Find out more at www.stavesart.com or www.instagram.com/stavesart and check out the Visit York e-shop for a selection of unique gifts, merchandise and clothing from a range of local suppliers and artists.

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: Black Yak

Black Yak, a unique Fair Trade importer, wholesaler and manufacturer, will this year celebrate twenty-five years of being in business, and of trading on Shambles Market. With a loyal customer base from all over the world, Black Yak sells a range of sustainable clothing and crafts that are handmade in Nepal.

Offering everything from woolly hats, jumpers and gloves through to beautiful summer clothing – the brand has most recently had fantastic national media coverage with a piece in The Independent, following a viral meme being shared online of Bernie Sanders wearing wool mittens at the inauguration of Joe Biden.

During lockdown, Black Yak continues to operate as an online business – shipping their high-quality clothing in a range of sizes and designs to customers across the world. Visit www.blackyak.co.uk to browse Black Yak’s selection of hand-made clothing, crafts and accessories and to find out more about how their goods are ethically produced.

Recognised by BAFTS, (The British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers) as a Fair Trade importer and seller, an ethos of fairness and equality is at the heart of the Black Yak business – alongside a commitment to providing long-lasting high-quality products to their customers.

Rupert Harrison of Black Yak explains: “The ethos behind the business is to only buy fairly and ethically produced goods from our workers in Nepal – with a focus on ensuring that they earn an honest wage and are looked after all year round. This is hugely important, especially now during the pandemic when we are doing everything we can to ensure that the workers in our supply chain continue to be taken care of.

“Whilst Covid-19 has had a big impact on our business and we were sad not to have been able to see customers face to face on the Shambles Market and at York’s St. Nicholas Christmas Fair, it’s been positive to see that our website remains popular. Coverage like the recent piece in The Independent all helps and we’ve seen a great increase in traffic to our site and sales of the mittens featured.

“Over the last twenty-five years we’ve seen real changes in Shambles Market and it has been great to see how it has grown in recent years as a major tourist attraction in its own right. The quality and diversity of the traders on the market is fantastic, and I really enjoy being part of that and meeting such a diverse range of people on a daily basis.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you from the bottom of my heart to our customers who continue to support Black Yak and in turn help the artisan workers in Nepal who make our products. Buying from us really does help to make a difference, and we look forward to be able to see customers in person again when it’s safe to do so!”

Find out more about Black Yak here: https://www.blackyak.co.uk/

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: Cycle Culture

Set up in July 2020 Cycle Culture is a York-based business providing customers with high quality and reliable bicycle repair and servicing. Offering a highly personalised service, Cycle Culture provide a mobile bike service to customers across York and the surrounding areas (including everywhere from Malton and Easingwold out to Selby and Stamford Bridge.)

With a stall on Shambles Market every Friday, Cycle Culture are also on hand to provide a wide range of bicycle parts and accessories, as well as offering basic bike servicing on the stall whilst customers wait. Appointments for repairs and home collection can be made in person on Shambles Market or via their website.

During lockdown, Cycle Culture have continued to be busy helping customers with their bike repair and servicing – bringing their high levels of service, expertise and knowledge to people across York and surrounding areas. Cycle Culture are also proud members of The Association of Cycle Traders, giving customers peace of mind that they meet the highest standards of bicycle repair.

Luke Suff, Owner of Cycle Culture said: “I set up the business in the summer of 2020, coinciding our launch with the Government ‘Fix Your Bike’ scheme which really encouraged people to get back out cycling again. Since launch we’ve had a huge amount of support and lots of new customers finding out about us through recommendations from family and friends.

“The main focus for our business is providing a really personalised and bespoke service for each customer, allowing us to cater to everyone’s unique needs. We have over 10 years experience in this area and we pride ourselves on our personal and friendly service – ensuring customers are kept fully up to date throughout the repair process and keeping costs as low as possible.  We’ve also been working hard to ensure we provide a safe service for all our customers – with systems in place to adhere to social distancing rules at all times, so that everyone can feel confident and secure with our service.

“There has been a huge surge in cycling recently with people using it as a way to get out and about more and exercise, and this has been great to see. With us being able to go out to help customers in the surrounding villages and rural areas just outside of York this has been a real lifeline for many – helping them to get back out cycling again and enjoy the outdoors.

“We started trading on Shambles Market in October last year and we’ve been made to feel so welcome – both by the other traders and the Make It York team who’ve been on hand to provide any help and guidance we’ve needed. We are really looking forward to continuing to build our business through 2021 and working with customers old and new!”

Areas covered include York and out to Boroughbridge, Easingwold, Malton, Pocklington, Selby, Tadcaster and Stamford Bridge. The cost for the bike pick-up is £10 for anywhere in central York or near the ring road, and up to £20 for places further out.

Find out more about Cycle Culture here: https://www.cyclecultureyork.com/ and follow their Facebook page for their latest updates and offers: https://www.facebook.com/CycleCultureYork/.

Meet the Shambles Market Trader: Wigginton Road Nurseries

A family-run business since 1976, Wigginton Road Nurseries is run by brothers, Gary and Andrew – specialising in a wide range of high-quality cut flowers and plants.

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

During lockdown the brothers have been busy with a bespoke delivery service – driving across York to deliver fresh flowers direct to people’s homes and bring some much-needed positivity and cheer!

Gary said: “It has been wonderful to see how people have been really getting behind local businesses and the support we’ve had with our flower delivery service over the last week has been absolutely superb. Customers have said it really helps to brighten their day, and how lovely it is to have a local delivery service like this, especially during lockdown.

“With our stock being purchased direct from Dutch wholesalers, the fresh flowers and plants are auctioned every day and prices will of course fluctuate with supply and demand. Over the coming weeks stock levels may also be limited by what we are able to get from our suppliers – however, we are keen to do everything we can to continue to provide this service where possible. When lockdown is over, this may continue to be something we offer our customers, along with the option to order for weddings and events.

“We’ve been on Shambles Market for a long time and seen many changes and improvements in recent years. Being part of the Shambles Market community is great – seeing new traders coming in and developments like the introduction of the Food Court has been really positive and people seem to really love the shopping experience and supporting their local traders.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all our customers past and present for their outstanding support – it really is appreciated, and we look forward to returning to our stall when lockdown is over and seeing everyone again!”

Find out more about Wigginton Road Nurseries here: https://www.instagram.com/wiggintonroadnurseries/?hl=en

Shop Local at new ‘LoveYork Virtual Market’ and support York Businesses

Make It York have today (12th January 2021) launched a new ‘LoveYork Virtual Market’ on visityork.org – promoting the online products, gift vouchers and offers from a wide range of York businesses. With over 35 local traders, retailers, hotels and attractions currently on site, the platform offers a diverse selection of products from York’s array of independent businesses.

With all but ‘essential’ shops now closed, online sales are now more important than ever for so many businesses across the city and Make It York are calling for residents and virtual visitors to ‘shop local’ and support York’s traders during this challenging time. With many attractions and hotels offering vouchers to book ahead for experiences, alongside the wide range of online retail offers and businesses providing UK-wide delivery on products – the virtual market will bring these all together in one place.

Building on the success of the virtual Christmas market which was visited over 33,000 times during the festive period, this new virtual market platform is open to any York business offering online products and experiences – including gift vouchers, food/drink and retail offers. Businesses who would like to add their products to the site can contact the Make It York team on membership@makeityork.com for information about how to get involved.

The platform includes a range of different businesses including everything from city centre retailers and traders on Shambles Market, to attractions such as York Minster, JORVIK and the York City FC club shop.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York said:

“Shopping local and supporting York’s independent businesses is vital and with the current lockdown restrictions is more important than ever before. Make It York’s new virtual market brings some of York’s wonderful indie businesses together in one place so that residents and virtual visitors can browse what is on offer and support York’s local traders. We are very lucky to have such a diverse range of businesses on our doorstep here in York and we are keen to ensure they thrive in 2021 and beyond.”

Visit the ‘virtual market’ here: https://www.visityork.org/whats-on/loveyork-virtual-market

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Notes to Editor

Make It York

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

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

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com

Visit York brings festive cheer into the homes of York residents and fans of the city this Christmas Eve

York residents and people from all across the globe are invited to join Visit York in celebrating Christmas this year – virtually. A surprise Visit York Christmas Special video will premiere at 2PM on Christmas Eve (December 24th) across Visit York social media channels and on YouTube, bringing festive cheer into homes across the city.  

The video will bring to life what makes our city so special, particularly at this time of  year – with a real community Christmas feel. Local businesses and personalities will come together to bring a combination of theatre, music, performances, stories and a special sing-along for all to enjoy this Christmas Eve from the comfort of their own homes.  

The Visit York Christmas Special video will be presented by the city’s favourite Town Crier and this year’s Visit York Tourism Champion – Ben Fry. Resident Spookologist and expert storyteller of York’s ghoulish past, Dr Dorian Deathly, will open the Visit York Christmas Special with a phantasmagorical tale to add some mystery to the Christmas celebrations.  

The Visit York Christmas Special will feature a number of musical performances including York’s very own singer-songwriter and BBC’s Fame Academy star, Alistair Griffin, and York based SONY Award winning songwriter, folk musician and Radio 4 “Open Country” presenter, Jez Lowe. Viewers will be able to enjoy a very special performance of “Silent Night” from year ones at Westfield Primary Community School, while the National Centre for Early Music will also share a part of their “York Christmas at Home” festival with a special musical performance from the Palisander ensemble.  

Two of York’s theatres will show snippets of their latest performances. Badapple Theatre Company will perform a section of their production of “The Snow Dancer” – a touching winter fairy tale with a furry tail. The popular “Travelling Pantomime” from York Theatre Royal have also taken a break from their Christmas tour around the city and sent a snippet of their festive show to bring plenty of laughs and fun into the homes of everyone this Christmas.  

The video will also have a special message from the Archbishop of York, followed by the York Minster Choir performance. And, to make this year very special to all in York, Visit York have got the biggest Christmas celebrity there is to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and they are inviting everyone to join the Visit York Christmas Special premiere to find out who this is!  

Helen Apsey, Head of Culture and Wellbeing, Marketing and Communications at Make It York said: 

“Our team has been working hard behind the scenes with our local community to create this Visit York Christmas Special. Even though Christmas may look a little different this year, we wanted to do something to spread some Christmas cheer and it’s great to see so many people contributing to this film, to do just that. We hope that this film will bring some festive magic into people’s homes on Christmas Eve, so please do tune in to watch the Visit York Christmas Special – and a very Merry Christmas from all of us here at Make It York.” 

The Visit York Christmas Special will premiere at 2PM on Thursday 24 December on Visit York Facebook and YouTube channels. It will then be available to watch again on @VisitYork Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The Visit York Christmas Special will also be broadcast live on YorkMix Radio at 2PM.  

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Notes to Editor 

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

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

For more information please contact:  

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive 
Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com

Festive plans for York city centre this Christmas season

Following the news that York will be moving into tier two from 2nd December, Make It York is working with York’s retail, hospitality and tourism businesses, York BID and City of York Council to create a welcoming and safe Christmas experience to enjoy in the city for residents and people who can visit safely. Plans to animate the city centre space include seasonal food vendors on Parliament Street, festive street performers over the weekends on the run up to Christmas and the return of the much- loved ‘vintage carousel’.

From 2nd December, many of York’s businesses including local retailers, attractions, restaurants, cafes and more, will be back open in the city centre. Shambles Market will also be reopening – with a wide variety of independent traders offering local produce, festive gifts and delicious street food. The focus for the city’s Christmas marketing this year will be to support York’s diverse and vibrant local business community by creating a welcoming festive ambience in the city centre. Activity will aim to encourage a sense of community, promote shopping local, and support York’s local traders – recognising the individual and unique offers of York’s businesses who have worked so hard to continue keeping the city safe. 

From 2nd December until 10th January (excluding bank holidays), there will be a variety of local street food vendors spread out on Parliament Street serving seasonal food, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Traders will include KREP and Shambles Kitchen (who can also be found on the Shambles Market Food Court), The Treehouse, Vines Mulled wine and The Cattle Shed (who can also be found on Coppergate). Children (and adults!) are invited to take a ride on the vintage carousel which will be operating throughout the festive period.

Festive roaming street performers will also be in the city centre on the weekends of the 12th-13th and 19th-20th December – moving around key areas of the city to create a fun, visually engaging experience for visitors into the city centre.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York said, “The Christmas period is hugely important for traders and businesses across the city, especially as we come out of this second national lockdown. Our marketing activity focuses on championing York’s local businesses and delivering plans to ensure a welcoming and safe Christmas experience for residents and visitors. Our team have been working hard with partners across the city to create a magical city centre experience, with all the ambience you’d expect from a traditional York Christmas, and festive initiatives to get people moving around the city.”

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning, said:

“York is known worldwide as a city with a fantastic festive atmosphere at Christmas time. This year’s celebrations will be different to those we have enjoyed in previous years, but the festive spirit will still be strong in the city.

“We are lucky enough to be home to an amazing range of independent retailers in the city, and they have put in a great effort to ensure they meet all the covid secure guidelines. Our stores are ready to welcome shoppers back in a safe way as they prepare for Christmas.

If we all continue to follow hands, face, space guidance we can continue to shop locally, support our independent retailers and give back to the local economy this Christmas.”

A York Quest augmented reality app is also being launched by York BID with co-funding from Make It York this week. The app features a Santa search, encouraging families to find seven Christmas characters who have taken up residence on York’s historic streets. They can then take a fun photo with the character and share on social media. The York Quest app is available from Thursday, December 3 on Google Play Store or App Store.

Throughout the city centre the winter lights are also up, giving a special festive back drop for residents and visitors to the city centre to enjoy. Organised by York BID and Make It York, the winter light scheme this year includes beautiful Christmas trees on St Helen’s Square, Parliament Street and Shambles Market and York’s historic bars illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights.

The city’s many attractions and venues will also be offering a range of festive experiences for people to enjoy – from chocolate making with Santa at York’s Chocolate Story, Christmas themed walking tours, Santa experiences with City Cruises and a ‘Christmas Spectacular’ on Kirkgate at York Castle Museum – there is something for all ages and interests.

A virtual Christmas market is also taking place on visityork.org until 4th January to celebrate the outstanding diversity of local traders, retailers and businesses across the city and bring the magic of St Nicholas Fair into homes across the country. The virtual markets will give people the chance to browse the markets from the comfort their own home, offering a safe and snug option for those looking to purchase their festive gifts online this year whilst also supporting their local traders and retailers.

For more information about York at Christmas visit:  visityork.org/Christmas

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Notes to Editor

Make It York

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

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

For further information please contact:

Amy Goodman – Consumer Communications Manager
Email: amy.goodman@makeityork.com

Ana Ignatova – Communications Executive

Email: ana.ignatova@makeityork.com

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