Making your way around these pieces is also a great way to see the city, and most will undoubtedly get occasionally sidetracked into eating, drinking and shopping along the route. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a handy little guide to some fab places that will keep you warm on your walk around York Ice Trail.
One thing that you’ll surely be craving in the cold is a cosy stop-off or two. Well, Nice To See You Café on Goodramgate will provide that warm welcome and hot drink – and then some. The natural vibe is emphasised by their attractive wall of plants, and for such a neat place, it oozes comfort, especially in the food menu of cakes, milkshakes, pancakes, and other stuff that doesn’t end in akes. A surefire winning trail break for cool young things and cold old things alike.
Equally inviting is a family-run family-friendly café on Gillygate that serves homemade grub in a homely atmosphere. Osborne’s thinks of everyone, with a menu of cracking classics like their fishfinger sandwich, changing specials, and impressive vegan and gluten free options too. Even dogs are welcomed in as friends in this super little caff that makes for a perfect trail respite.
On the first weekend of February, it is the return of a wonderfully unique annual event. The York Ice Trail is already the biggest of its kind in the UK, and this year doubles from a one day spectacular to a weekend extravaganza!
All over the city, dozens of clear iced sculptures appear in an array of forms, for thousands of people to discover. These expertly crafted creations are at once fun and awe-inspiring, emitting a magic and joy across York for all ages to enjoy.