York Festivals in February

York Festivals In February

York festivals are fun. If you are looking for a city break in February, York is the place to be.

York Ice Festival February 3rd -4th 2024

York’s Ice Trail  is set to welcome thousands of visitors  over the first weekend of February.  Each year the festival has grown in popularity and is one of Visit York‘s most popular winter events.

ice sculpture of bird and Santa

Has Santa travelled specially for the Ice Festival?

Wrap up warmly and take to the winding medieval streets and snickleways of York to discover the most amazing creations, sculpted in ice.

For 2024 the theme will be City of Dreams  -frosty, fantastical, ice carvings strategically sited within the city walls in the most unexpected places. As well as the ice sculptures, there will be opportunities for adults and children alike to have a go at ice carving- not quite the same as building a snow man, but just as chilly!

Remember the Ice Trail is free to visit and great fun for all the family.

Ice Angel

Glistening ice angel at night

This year Icebox is the creative team  responsible for the fantastic displays.  You can read about their work by visiting their web pages. Their sculptors have worked all over Europe and created unimaginably complex works of art that are destined to last for the briefest of moments.

Ice sculpture with children looking on

Children admire the icy statue

Tonnes of ice, in all their wonderful shapes and forms, will need to be transported into the city in readiness for the visitors and residents to admire the finished work on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th. The ice artists will have worked diligently to ensure their beautiful ice creations will look their best for the delight of York‘s tourists and the people of this wonderful city.

If you are thinking of staying  in York,  you can check out our availability at any time by looking at the calendar for our three York properties https://www.heritage-escapes.co.uk/york-old-brewery/book-york/

The Yorvik Viking Festival 12th -19th February

The Jorvik Viking Festival welcomes all Vikings, young and old to the streets of central York. The spirits of the Viking invaders are celebrated in fine style. This week -long festival is acknowledged to be one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and showcases sword fighting, historical encampments, Viking costume, talks, walks and all things Viking!  Be prepared to encounter  Norsemen, Norsewomen and their children in the most unexpected places! They certainly look quite scary, but they are really very friendly.

Viking Festival York

Viking Festival York