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Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre
25 June – 2 September 2018

Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean Theatre is heading to York. Audiences will enjoy the dramatic playhouse setting beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower.

Read all about it here and get inspiration for how your business could link in with this fantastic event in York.

A ‘Bloom-ing’ good opportunity to get involved!

There’s still chance to get involved in Bloom! York’s first horticultural festival, which will see the streets of York brought to life with plants, flowers and colour this July.

Bloom! is taking place over four days from 5 – 8 July 2018, and it is a festival that will celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists, as well as being a wider celebration of York’s horticultural heritage and the rich and varied activity that takes place across the city today. It will take in York’s little-known gardens, its public parks as well as the parks, gardens and nurseries outside of the city. It will offer a link to horticulture for every audience type and every age-group.

Bloom! is calling upon all businesses, organisations and community groups to embrace this exciting new festival and to start thinking about ways in which they can add to the events and initiatives that have already been planned. Whether it’s the hanging of a basket outside your premises, a new window box, a potted tree by the door and something more ambitious – a themed display, exhibition or menu, we’d love as many people to get involved as possible. A window dressing competition set to be judged by celebrity florist Simon Lycett, will be launched next month and information will be sent out in due course detailing exactly how you can take part.

No matter how small the gesture, every addition to the festival and the celebrations taking place will have an impact on someone and this is the true joy of Bloom! So, please do get your thinking caps on and let us know what you are planning.

For any enquiries please contact festival curator Lotte Inch

Calling All Retailers!

The York Retail Forum is free to join for all York retailers and is an ideal platform for businesses to put forward ideas and join debates on issues affecting retail in York.

The York BID is actively seeking ideas and projects to help retail in York and there is no better time for retailers to get involved and influence for the good of the city.

For more details and for details on how to join click here

City centre promotional space

Winter rates available for City Centre promotional space from as little as £200 per day!

Have you thought about running a sampling session, a sports activity, or even bringing part of your attraction into the city centre? From the UK’s biggest sleepover by Ikea to Disney’s Toy Clinic, successful companies are using experiential marketing to build their brands.

You too can put on an experiential marketing activity and we can help…
York is a prime destination for promotional activities, with guaranteed footfall.
Guaranteed because the city attracts 6.9 million visitors a year and because 4.5 million residents live within an hour’s drive. York City Centre is home to street stalwarts – Marks and Spencer, Fenwick and Browns, along with many other independent and chain brands.

As a valued member of Visit York, we’re now offering preferential rates for your business to use the city centre as a promotional space. For example Parliament Street could host your experiential marketing activity, enabling you to reach a weekly audience of 168,000.

Why not raise your brand awareness and engage directly with your customers in Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square or St Helen’s Square?

To find out more about promotional space in York City Centre please get in touch: Rachel Walker, City Centre Executive, Make It York. Tel: 07887 588993.

JORVIK Viking Festival Needs You!

Could you cook up a Viking inspired menu? Create a norse-themed windows, or offer special offers for the Festival?

Click here to find out how you can be a part of it.

Shop Local, Shop Shambles Market

Shambles Market is not only a one-stop shop for tasty regional produce and beautiful crafts, it’s also the perfect destination for hosting an outdoor meeting this summer. We’re calling on all business to support your local market.

There's plenty of outdoor seating and fantastic food kiosks in the new-look Food Courtyard, making Shambles Market ideal for an alfresco meeting! Thanks in advance to all businesses for your support.

Shop local, Shop Shambles Market

York Bid

York BID news

Businesses in York voted YES to a Business Improvement District in the city centre.

The York BID was established following more than a year of consultations with businesses across York. The yes vote was secured after a higher than average turnout of 42% of York city centre businesses with 76% voting to establish a Business Improvement District for York.

If you want to know more about the York BID and its projects, visit

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