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UK’s First ‘Urban Picnic Guide’ Launched By Visit York

To Mark National Picnic Week (June 17 – 23)

The UK’s first ‘Urban Picnic Guide’ has been created to celebrate National Picnic Week (June 17-23). Tourism organisation Visit York has developed the online guide to illustrate where in the city visitors and residents can enjoy a picnic. It features both indoor and outdoor sites including a medieval graveyard, the city’s medieval walls, the National Railway Museum and the chance to picnic 200ft in the air, overlooking the city on the York Wheel.

Gillian Cruddas, MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York said: ‘While traditionally enjoyed in the countryside, our new urban picnic guide offers visitors a choice of venues to picnic right in the heart of – and even high above - our historic city-scape. Research shows that in the UK, 1 in 5¹ people worry about the weather ruining their planned picnic, so the guide also includes wet weather options for fair weather picnickers.’

Chosen sites provide views across the river Ouse, towards the iconic York Minster from the city walls, an aerial view of the whole city from the York Wheel, including secluded and off the beaten track places such as a medieval graveyard. Visitor attractions in the city, such as the National Railway Museum and Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum, provide dedicated picnic areas if the weather turns foul.

Gillian continued, ‘For those whose picnic preparation isn’t quite up to scratch, York is living up to its TripAdvisor award of ‘Best UK Gastro Destination’, with quite literally an explosion of new delicatessens, restaurants and food outlets, all offering Yorkshire fayre for the perfect pack-up – Wensleydale cheese being one of my picnic favourites.’

The city’s delicatessens including Henshelwoods and Hairy Fig offer a range of hampers. Both deli counters are stocked with a wide range of delicious local tasty treats which are perfect for picnics.

Picnickers are also being asked to share their favourite urban picnic spots via Facebook and Twitter.
Download Visit York’s National Picnic Week ‘Urban Picnic Guide’ at


Photo Opportunity

Date: Friday 14 June, 2013

Time: 11.00am

Place: The York Wheel, Royal York Hotel Grounds, Station Rise, York, YO24 1AA
Meet Joanna Willis, PR Consultant at the ticket desk (Tel T: 07896 135205)
Activity: To celebrate national picnic week and the launch of the UK’s first online urban picnic guide, a photo of two of York’s visitors enjoying a picnic in the sky

Contact: Kay Hyde – Head of Communications – Visit York. Direct Line: 0033 (0) 3 80 72 5978, Mobile: 00 44 7506 048852, Email:
Lois Ackerley – Communications Executive – Visit York, Direct Line: 01904 554448, Email:

Note to Editors:

National Picnic Week, from 17th to the 23rd June, celebrates the picnic and the nation’s love of an outdoor lunch.

¹ National Picnic Week

The history of the picnic dates back to the 14th century when medieval feasts were held outside before hunting. The name comes from the French piquenique, an informal meal eaten in the open air. The main foods were hams, baked meats and pastries. Picknicking really came into its own during the Victorian era: Dickens, Trollope and Jane Austen all write about picnics in their novels.

For further press information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of Communications – Visit York
Direct Line: 0033 (0) 3 80 72 5978
Mobile: 07961 828092

Lois Ackerley – Communications Executive – Visit York
Direct Line: 01904 554448

About Visit York

• Visit York is supported by the City of York Council and over 700 tourism businesses and works in partnership with Visit England and Welcome to Yorkshire.

• Visit York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure and business visitor, and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. Visit York is responsible for leisure and conference marketing, visitor services (running the city’s Visitor Information Centre), training and ensuring a quality visitor experience.

• Visit York is the driving force of the city’s tourism industry. Key facts:

7.1 million visitors
£443 million total visitor spend
23, 000 jobs