Today was the day of the annual York Ice Trail, said to be the biggest outdoor ice trail in Britain. Normally held at Christmas time it has now been moved to later in the Winter so that all does not clash plus the trail now gets what it deserves, its own special time of the year.
It was a day away from mountains this week for me and a day of ‘shopping’ alas. So whilst going in and out of stores there was the added treat of seeing as many of the ice sculptures as I could find on the way round.
This years theme is myths and legends.
It was obvious that today, York was busier than normal and immediately thought this was a super way to get more people into the high streets. Each sculpture was sponsored by businesses trading locally so a wonderful way to work together for footfall.
There are 50 altogether this year, spread all around the City from the Minster to Clifford Tower. From Walmgate to the Museum Gardens. Even in just the central area I was in there was plenty of ice sculptures and activities around them.
Near the Minster for example there is a train made of ice that children (and adults) were taking turns to get on and have a photo opportunity.
At every location there were take away leaflets that helps detailing the names of every sculpture plus a map to help you find them all. It was a great family adventure for lots of people and could see many excited children (and adults again) eager to find, admire and interact with them.
Take the Shakespeare sculpture I came upon. If was your wont you could have your face in the sculpture creating an ice selfie 🙂
Back at the Minster was the Heart of Yorkshire in ice, with the backdrop of the Minster itself.
A local business was giving out cookies to passers by near Monkgate. When you saw the sculpture beside it the connection was obvious 😉
A lot of people do come to York to sample the ambience, tea, food and cakes of Bettys Tea Room. Of course they had their own sculpture on display outside. Celebrating 100 years!
Many of the ice marvels on display were getting towards ingenious and away from just ice modelling. Take this butterfly on display in Parliament St for example. Real roses frozen in time within.
On Stonegate there was a florist with another example of flowers within the ice.
I felt I had seen a lot of them but yet I had only a few. For example, across the river there was a Hero Camp with sculptures of superheroes together with a firepit, shire horses, and free chocolate!
Around town there were also blocks of ice full of chocolate bars inside. Children were kept busy chiselling away to get the chocolate out as a bit of fun.
It is only on for one day of the year so if you want to see something different whilst also visiting the beautiful City of York then make a note for next year as from past experience this event gets bigger and bigger every time. Definitely one for a family day out with the young ones I would say.