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York Ice Trail 2023

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary journey through time? The UK’s biggest outdoor Ice Trail and one of city's ‘coolest’ events returned to York on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023 for A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME, with handcrafted sculptures from different time and dimensions! Sponsored by York Park & Ride and organized by Make It York, it was a treat for all the family!

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Sculptures of solid ice once again lined the streets waiting to be discovered, with live ice carving by Ice Box in St Sampsons Square. Visitors had the chance to witness the magical transformation of a plain ice cube into a stunning work of art right before their eyes. The talented carvers from Ice Box transported the audience to the Arctic with their skill and creativity.

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But the journey didn't stop there. Middletons Hotel on Skeldergate hosted a family-friendly showcase of ice sculptures with a magical twist. The historic grounds of the hotel were transformed into a mystical world of mythology. Visitors encountered show-stopping ice sculptures depicting mythical creatures and had plenty of opportunities for memorable photos. With York Gin, City Cruises, and Potions Cauldron joining in the fun, there was something for everyone to enjoy.

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The ice sculptures at the York Ice Trail were a diverse and captivating mix. From the LNER's 100 years to the Cash-asaurus T-Rex from YorkMix Radio, each sculpture had its own unique charm. One lucky person even had the chance to win £1000 by guessing the amount of cash frozen inside the Cash-o-saurus.

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The theme of the event, "A Journey Through Time," was beautifully captured by Ate O'Clock's ice sculpture of "The Delorean" car from the "Back to the Future" films. This whimsical design perfectly aligned with Ate O'Clock's business theme centred around the number 8. And who could resist the enchantment of The Enchanted Unicorn sculpture by Hole In Wand, inspired by their magical drink called Unicorn Essence?

The Grand Opera House York showcased their love for the stage by selecting the GOHY stage as their ice sculpture. Radisson York reminded us that every moment matters with their sculpture, while The Grand, York highlighted their luxurious address with the sculpture "Where Ever I Lay My Hat."

The York Ice Trail also paid homage to the city's rich history and heritage. Coppergate Centre chose a Viking-themed sculpture, honouring the Viking settlements that formed the foundation of the city. York Minster's sculpture took inspiration from the cathedral's medieval architecture, featuring grotesque carvings commonly found in that era.

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The event wasn't just about history, though. Spark:York created an interplanetary wonder with their sculpture of the extra-terrestrial friend, E.T. And for the chocolate lovers, York's Chocolate Story presented a tribute to Terry's Clock, a beloved icon of York's chocolate heritage.

These are just a few of the fantastic ice sculptures that graced the streets of York during the Ice Trail 2023. With 37 sculptures in total, visitors had a delightful time discovering each unique creation and capturing memorable moments.

The York Ice Trail 2023 was truly a journey through time and space, bringing together history, art, and entertainment, providing a fun-filled day for families, friends, and ice art enthusiasts. The event showcased the creativity and talent of the Ice Box and highlighted the charm and beauty of York.

Whether you're a local resident or a visitor, the York Ice Trail is an event not to be missed in the future. So mark your calendars and get ready to embark on a magical journey through time at the next Ice Trail in York!

All these icy creations from around the world were generously sponsored by the following businesses. How many did you find?

- A Journey Through Time | Provided by Make It York | Location: Parliament Street
- Y01 MIC | Provided by YO1 Radio | Location: Parliament Street
- York to London Skyline | Provided by Grand Central | Location: Parliament Street
- Growing the Future | Provided by Dalby Forest | Location: Parliament Street
- Cash-asaurus T-Rex | Provided by YorkMix Radio | Location: Parliament Street
- Atey Ate Miles Per Hour | Provided by Ate O’Clock | Location: High Ousegate
- 121 Years of Making Magic | Provided by Grand Opera House York | Location: Spurriergate
- Every Moment Matters | Provided by Park Inn by Radisson | Location: North Street
- Where Ever I Lay My Hat... | Provided by The Grand, York | Location: Station Rise
- 100 Years of LNER | Provided by LNER | Location: Station Road
- York Quest App: The Roman | Provided by York BID | Location: Micklegate
- The Enchanted Unicorn | Provided by Hole In Wand | Location: Middletons
- Ginny the Dragon | Provided by York Gin | Location: Middletons
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Ouse | Provided by City Cruises | Location: Middletons
- The Monstrous Chimera | Provided by Middletons | Location: Middletons
- York Quest App: The Butcher | Provided by York BID | Location: Kings Staith
- Coppergate Viking | Provided by Coppergate Centre | Location: Coppergate Centre
- E.T. Comes Home | Provided by Spark:York | Location: Piccadilly
- York Quest App: Dick Turpin | Provided by York BID | Location: Walmgate
- Adventure is Out There | Provided by Hiscox | Location: The Stonebow
- York’s Chocolate Story Clock | Provided by York Chocolate Story | Location: King’s Square
- Erupted Volcano | Provided by Lucia Bar | Location: Grape Lane
- The York Rose Diamond by Kay Bradley | Provided by Bradley’s Jewellers, York | Location: Low Petergate
- Minus 200 Degrees Coffee | Provided by 200 Degrees Coffee | Location: Low Petergate
- York Quest App: Anne Lister | Provided by York BID | Location: Goodramgate
- Gothic Grotesque | Provided by York Minster | Location: Minster Piazza
- Celebrating 100 Years of Flying Scotsman | Provided by National Railway Museum | Location: High Petergate
- York Quest App: Guy Fawkes | Provided by York BID | Location: Gillygate
- The Pearly Cow | Provided by No.1 by GuestHouse | Location: Clifton
- Layers of Time | Provided by North York Moors National Park | Location: Exhibition Sq
- York Quest App: Wally Herbert | Provided by York BID | Location: Museum Street
- Ryedale Roman Hoard | Provided by Yorkshire Museum | Location: Museum Gardens
- Greek Minotaur | Provided by The Judge’s Lodging | Location: Lendal
- Busloads to Love! | Provided by York Park & Ride | Location: St Helen’s Square
- The Bettys Express Train | Provided by Bettys | Location: Davygate
- Fire Breathing Dinosaur | Provided by Cut and Craft | Location: St Sampson’s Square
- Live Carving | Provided by York Ice Trail | Location: St Sampson’s Square

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