We Love Spark York

We Love Spark York

For street food, cool vibes and banging beats here’s some of our favs in Spark York – the box park is the place to be;

Clucking Oinks – is clucking amazeballs! buttermilk fried chicken, burgers & wings to feast on!

Shori York – Asian fusion street food – Bao, Ramen, Yakatori, Gyoza – WE LOVE IT ALL! 

Tricolor – Columbian Food – empanadas, pinchos, arepas – yum 

Sloppy’s Burgers – gourmet burgers like you’ve never tasted before – 3 blend ratio of chuck, brisket and short rib – deeeelicious! 

Bar No. Nine – grab a craft beer and chill! 

Dogs Nose Tacos – Yorks 1st Indie Taqueria 100% plant based & Gluten Free! 

So what ya gonna have for dinner tonight? See you at Spark York!

summer in the city

What to do in York

How are you spending summer in the city? We’d like to share some belters that are happening right here in York this summer…

Cool down with culture York Theatre Royal’s Pop up on the Patio – shows are every week this August from comedy, singing, story craft, modern mythical stories, puppet in a pub!, performance poetry, family magic and an award winning singer songwriter – all set on the intimate patio of the theatre, for an atmospheric summer production you will not forget.

Heard of the Good Organisations city tours with a difference? that help people affected by homelessness. With tours running every day of the week, you will always find something different to discover – Family Fun Tour (Sat/Sun), Story of Guy Fawkes (Sun/Mon/Tues), York’s Railway Heritage (Weds/Thurs), Health & Wealth of the City (Thurs/Fri)

Fancying something a little scary? Join Mad Alice for The Bloody Tour of York, her Yorkshire wit and spooky knowledge of the ghostly goings on in the city will send shivers down your spine! but don’t worry she tailors the tours to all ages so no kids will be scared in the process (unless they want to be!)

How about walking around the home of the Lord Mayor of York? The York Mansion House is back open again and you can join their behind the scenes tour every Sat/Sun.

Head to the York Walls! You cannot come to York without visiting England’s longest city walls! With a new one-way system in place, it is safe to visit and explore this unique view of the city.

Everyone loves Chocolate right?! If you’re a fan then why not visit York’s very own chocolate manufactory – York Cocoa Works. Here you can make chocolate lollies or indulge in chocolate tasting experiences – what’s not to love?

Of course you can discover all of this and more on the Connected York app now – go on get planning your summer in the city.

We Love The Shambles Market

We Love The Shambles Market

Why not visit the atmospheric Shambles Market in York?  
We love it because there’s always a great mix of stalls to browse, take a look at…

Cottingley Gin Yorkshire born, vegetarian & magical! 

Ponder over what to buy from Purepallets for gorgeous reclaimed wooden gifts & homewares, 

Beautiful clothes from Copper and White. 

Amazing artwork from Stavesart 

Then be sure to stock up on the best fresh fruit and veg from the locally loved Sheila’s Greengrocers!

Why not team your veg with some fresh fish from Cross of York , or for meat lovers head to Swains Butchers for the best in town!  

If that’s left you al little peckish you cannot miss a trip to the market’s food court where a host of delights await you; from sweet or savoury galettes from Krep Truck to Yorkshire’s best burgers from The Taylor Made Kitchen.

Take home some freshly baked bread from Bluebird bakery and how about a little sweet treat for the journey home from That Fudge Guy.

There’s plenty of insta worthy shots to be taken too of the medieval buildings at the Shambles Market shopping experience! 

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5 of the Best York City Tours

5 of the Best City Tours to Take in York

1. THE BLOODY TOUR OF YORK (Winter tours Thursdays & Saturdays) Let Mad Alice be your guide, wandering through the snickleways and backstreets of the city discovering its gruesome past.  One of the best tours in York, highly entertaining – Mad Alice will keep youspellbound – suitable for all ages too! 👻

2.  INVISIBLE TOURS OF YORK tourism making a difference.  These tours are run by people affected by homelessness.  The guides, each with their own experiences of the city, have shaped and created fun, interactive and informative tours for you to experience York from a different perspective.  There is a Family Fun Tour (Sat & Sun), York’s Railway Heritage Tour (Weds & Thurs) and the Story of Guy Fawkes Tour (Mon & Tues). So much to discover while helping provide employment and support to those affected by homelessness. Check out the full tour details on the Connected York app!

3. OUSE CRUISE – City Cruises York. Get a different view of the city and hear about York’s history of flooding and what the river was used for in times gone by.  There’s plenty of different cruises to choose from too – enjoy afternoon tea, evening dinner cruises or even a party night cruise!  Plenty to see whilst you sit back and relax on board to cruise the Ouse.

4.  YORK ICE TRAIL – (Feb 1st & 2nd) We’re really excited for this one – it’s a fab day out with the kids.  40 sculptures of ice dotted around the city for you to discover, each one with it’s own theme. Pick up a map from the Visit York Visitor Centre and follow the complete trail all around the city.

5.  YORK CAT TRAIL – This is another one that’s great for the kids – and it’s free!  There are little cat statues hidden all over the city, Clifford’s Tower, The Shambles and the Minster.  Download the trail from The Cat Gallery and get the kids searching for those little kittys.  

Enjoy discovering York with these tours, you’ll have so much fun!  Find out more things to discover and offers from local businesses on the #connectedyork (free) app!

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5 Reasons you Must Visit York in January

There are hundreds of reasons why you should come and wander the cobbled and history filled streets of York but we thought we’d share some gems that really have to be discovered when you visit our magical city; these are in no order of preference! 

1. Veganuary your thing? then look no further, York has some fabulous vegan eateries you just have to visit;  Fancy Hank’s Bar & Kitchen for a mouth watering vegan breakfast  Shori york for the best vegan ramen and bao ever! or give Source a try with their extensive vegan menu including Shakshuka, Tacos and hot dogs!  


2. Whether you’re committing to dry January or you’d rather fuel your January with an alcoholic beverage York has you covered! try the micklegate SOCIAL or the fossgate SOCIAL to fuel your love of coffee or a beer in the most relaxed and comforting surroundings – you will want to stay for more than one drink we guarantee!


3. Sustainable shopping – if this was your new years resolution then head down to these little gems Expressions clothing has an array of vintage pieces to kit you out in style – be sure to have a chat with owner Chris too he’s ace!  HELSTON STREET on the famous bishy road is full of the most beautiful unique homewares and dried flowers all hand chosen by owners Lucy and her mum. A complete must visit is Botanic not only to fill your home with greenery but you will escape into Yorks only urban jungle and emerge feeling refreshed and revived like you’ve had a little holiday (with armfuls of plants too!).


4. According to Mcgee with a view to die for of Clifford’s Tower and views inside to excite your eyeballs and delight your mind – this little gallery is filled with wonders – always something new to browse and purchase should you so wish to take a little memento home with you!


5. …and if you fancied treating yourself to a little self love this January then head for Lanamiché for a rejuvinating facial or massage or book in  The Cookery School at The Grand, York, York’s only 5 Star hotel where you can learn to cook something ultra special just for you! 

So there you have it our little guide to January in York – with love from Connected York .

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