The BID celebrate 25th Residents Festival anniversary with massive York Gift Card Giveaway.


The York Residents Festival is a chance for residents to explore the city and be a tourist for the weekend for free. The popular festival is organised by Visit York as a way of saying thank you to York residents for the warm welcome they give to York’s visitors each year.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary, in 2020 the York BID are giving away 400 £5 York Gift Cards during the festival. These cards can be spent in over 230 businesses in the city centre including the gift shops and cafes of some of Yorks best-loved tourist attractions which open for free to residents during the festival.

The first residents to arrive at the Visitor centre on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January will receive a £5 York gift card - until they run out! A full list of businesses which accept the gift card can be found at

Over fifty attractions and tours now take part in the residents festival, with food and drink and retail discounts also available during the weekend.

York Residents Festival is open to all York Residents and York students who have a valid YorkCard or student ID. YorkCards are available from Explore York libraries -  you’ll need one card per person. 

The York Gift Card is available to buy from The Potions Cauldron, York Gin or online at

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