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City Experiences

A vibrant and entertaining place to be

Your York BID 

City Experiences

A vibrant and entertaining place to be

The experience economy is what modern-day cities must plan for. We will continue to support established festivals but also seek to nurture a vibrant and lively city centre that has plenty to offer those who live and work here, as well as delight visitors.


Ghosts in the Gardens

Discover historic sculptures in beautiful settings.

Cementing York’s reputation as one of the most haunted cities in Europe, York BID brings you Ghosts in The Gardens. With 45 ghosts to admire in some of the city's most scenic landscapes, it's the perfect family day out.

Since launching in 2021, Ghosts In The Gardens has grown considerably in popularity, last year attracting over 20,000 views to the event web page.

Colour & Light

Colour & Light is a high impact and large-scale visual arts project, using 3D projection mapping to bring York’s iconic buildings to life.

The project was launched in 2023 in partnership with York Minster, and celebrates the city’s UNESCO Media Arts status.

This year, York BID worked with York Museums Trust to illuminate the façade of York Art Gallery. Over 35,000 visitors marvelled at the displays across the two events.


York Restaurant Week

Now a popular and much-loved feature on the city’s calendar.

Discover delicious dining on a budget with York Restaurant Week. There’s a huge variety of food and drink offers to choose from, all temptingly priced between £5 and £30. That’s seven whole days to explore some of York’s best venues and indulge with friends and family.

Across the events delivered to date, a total of 100,000 vouchers have been downloaded worth a monetary value of £1,500,000 for local hospitality businesses.

York Mural Trail 

Street art is a striking and effective way to improve the appearance of the city centre.

These vibrant murals are here to help animate York’s shopping streets, adding a pop of colour and breathing new life into once-neglected spaces.

York BID is committed to delivering an inspiring mural trail across different areas of the city centre, to tell stories that reflect York's unique history and identity through art.

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Winter Lights

York has one of the strongest festive offerings of any city in the UK.

The annual Winter Lights scheme delivered by York BID consists of over 160,000 lights stretching 16km end-to-end that stretch across the entire city centre, as well as the dressing of each of the four medieval city wall bars in a stunning cascade of shimmering draped lights.

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