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Make It York delivers a year-round programme of flagship events for residents, visitors and businesses, from large scale city-wide events like the York Ice Trail, corporate events such as the Visit York Tourism Awards, through to the hugely popular St. Nicholas’ Fair.

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Visit York Tourism Conference

January

The Visit York Tourism Conference is a must for anyone working in tourism and associated sectors across the city. Each year the conference leads on topical issues for the industry, with guest speakers and a themed discussion for an audience of 250 attendees.

York Residents
Festival

January

York’s annual Residents Festival is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome our residents continue to give to York’s visitors. Businesses and attractions across the city come together in curating a programme of discounts and offers for residents.

York Ice Trail

March

York Ice Trail is a signature event for the city. The UK’s biggest outdoor Ice Trail features a range of magnificent ice sculptures and brings tens of thousands of visitors into the city each February. Following our trail map, attendees can explore the city streets and uncover the sculptures as they go, complete with interactive pieces, live carvings and photo opportunities. 

Visit York Tourism Awards

March

The prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards take place annually, providing a platform for local tourism businesses and individuals to be recognised for their contribution, shine a spotlight on excellence in York’s tourism sector and reward outstanding service, innovation, quality and resilience.  

YorkLife Festival

April

Showcasing talent in York. A free open event for York residents to enjoy, organised by Make It York.

Enjoy over 30 acts, musicians and interactive workshops at York’s new Spring festival, YorkLife. The festival will showcase local talent in the city in the form of musicians, performers, comedians and much more! Experience a range of interactive sessions held by local organisations such as theatre workshops, instrumental workshops, face painting, comedy and dance performances, as well as fire performers and local circus acts!

Yorkshire Day

August

A weekend of Yorkshire-themed events and activities taking place across the first weekend of August, putting York at the heart of Yorkshire Day. In past years we’ve seen giant screens, photo opportunities, market stalls and pop-up attractions. Venues across the city contribute with special offers, events and experiences inspired by Yorkshire.

Rugby League
World Cup

October/November

Thrilling matches, elite athletes and world-class sporting action. The Rugby League World Cup is coming to York in 2022. For the first time in the sport’s history, the men’s, women’s and wheelchair tournaments will all be played at the same time. Make It York work with a range of partners, including City of York Council, on this incredible event.

St Nicholas Fair

December

Rated in the top ten Christmas Markets in the UK, the five-week St Nicholas Fair features over sixty charming alpine chalets lining the streets, with local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to delicious treats. The Make It York team work with partners to deliver a safe and magical event in York, one of the UK’s most festive cities.  

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