Snooks, York’s Character Trail

🎉 The Snooks Trail Has Concluded - But the Adventure Continues! 🎉

Thank you to everyone who joined us on the enchanting Snooks Trail through the historic heart of York! While the trail itself has ended, the journey doesn’t stop here.

🎨 Catch Them at the Auction! 🖌️ Don't miss your chance to take a piece of this magical adventure home! Join us at the upcoming auction where each of the 21 uniquely designed Snooks sculptures will be up for grabs. It’s not only an opportunity to own a piece of York’s creative legacy but also to support our wonderful charity partners, St Leonard’s Hospice and York Creates. Get your tickets here. Alternatively, you can bid from the comfort of your own home at the online auction!

Saturday 2nd March - Thursday 25th April 2024. A Make It York event.

Introducing The Snooks Trail, an exciting new character trail organized by Make It York in collaboration with our charity partner, St Leonard's Hospice.

This trail will take you on a captivating journey through York's historic cobbled streets and hidden gardens. Prepare to be enchanted as you encounter 21 Snooks scattered throughout the city. These unique sculptures, sponsored by local businesses, have been brought to life by talented artists. Each Snook has its own identity and style - which one will capture your heart?

When you need to refuel, the Shambles Food Court offers the finest food-to-go, ensuring you're never far from a delicious bite to keep you going on your adventure.

If you find yourself a bit turned around while exploring the city in search of the Snooks, worry not! Our friendly team at the Visitor Information Centre on Parliament Street will be your guide and help put you back on track.

Come join us on this magical journey and discover your favourite Snook!

Follow Visit York for the latest updates on The Snooks Trail! #SnooksTrail

Discover The Snooks Trail

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Trail Leaflet & Map ▸

This carefully curated guide is your passport to unlocking a world of imagination and wonder as you embark on this unforgettable adventure in York.

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Sculpture List ▸

Discover our full list of Snooks, each one a unique chapter in York's storytelling journey. Start exploring and see where each Snook will lead you!


Auction ▸

Enjoyed The Snooks Trail? This is your chance to own your favourite! People and businesses from all over the world can bid for the unique sculptures and raise money for charities St Leonard’s Hospice and York Creates.

Download brochure ▸

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Meet the Snooks ▸

Set off on a delightful discovery to meet the Snooks! Uncover the origins of these charming characters and learn about their creator...

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Trail FAQs ▸

What is the Snooks Trail? When does the Snooks Trail take place? Do Snooks sleep? How can I participate in the Snooks Trail? And more!

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Cardboard Snooks Project

Discover the Cardboard Snooks Project, a unique initiative made possible through the generous support of Aviva.

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The Production Company ▸

Encounter the crafters behind the magic – Norse Sky, the masterful set builders and prop makers hailing from North Yorkshire, whose skilled hands have lovingly shaped the Snooks into existence.

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Meet the Artists ▸

Discover the creative minds behind the enchanting Snooks sculptures on The Snooks Trail. Explore the diverse talents and unique perspectives of the artists who have contributed their imagination and skill to bring these captivating characters to life!

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Meet the Sponsors ▸

Meet the businesses who have proudly sponsored The Snooks Trail and delve into their inspiring reasons for supporting this captivating event.

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Survey ▸

Tell us about your Snooks Trail experience in a quick survey and you could win a Snooks Trail Goody Bag! T&Cs

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Accessibility Guide ▸

Make It York is proud to organise many free events and festivals throughout the year for residents and visitors to enjoy. We are committed to ensuring that everyone can participate, with access requirements in place to support with additional needs.

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Charity Partner ▸

St. Leonard's Hospice, our esteemed charity partner for The Snooks Trail, is a highly regarded organization dedicated to serving the communities of York and North Yorkshire for over 35 years.