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The annual York Residents’ Festival returns on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th January 2024. Organised by Make It York to kick start an exciting 2024 year of events, there are over 50 events and offers for residents to take advantage of.

Historical attractions such as York Minster, JORVIK Viking Centre, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, Barley Hall and Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will be opening their doors for free to residents across the weekend. Residents can also take advantage of a free river cruise with City Cruises, free wizard golf at The Hole in Wand and the first 100 visitors can visit for free at York’s Chocolate Story.

There are great offers at some of York’s popular eateries and restaurants including The Grand, Rio Brazilian Steakhouse York, Ambiente Tapas and Pearly Cow. Plus, there are a range of retail offers exclusively for residents at Avorium, York Gin, Love Cheese, Potions Cauldron and many more.

For those preferring to explore by foot, there are some great offers and discounts on walking tours and outdoor activities. Mountain Goat will be taking residents off the beaten path to explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, join The Wizard of York for a family-friendly walk of York that promises to be spellbinding or learn to abseil and climb Brimham Rocks.

To take advantage of the great offers during Residents’ Festival, please present a valid York Card, student card or identity card that proves York residency. If presenting an identity card, such as a driving license or older person’s bus pass, this must clearly state ‘York’.

For the full list of offers for York Residents’ Festival, and for pre-booking information, visit the Visit York website. Please note, some venues and activities require pre-booking.

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: ‘We’re delighted that we have so many York businesses providing fantastic offers for Residents’ Festival weekend in January. This is a great opportunity for residents to rediscover some of the brilliant attractions, retail and food offers on their doorstop. A huge thank you to our Visit York members for coming together to provide so many brilliant offers, there’s something for everyone during this fun-packed weekend”


Notes to Editors

Please refer to the Visit York website for the most up-to-date list of offers here.

You can get a York Card at Explore York Libraries and Archives, or online here.

For more information or interview enquiries, please contact:

Brittany Guymer, Communications and Marketing Executive

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