York Residents’ Festival 2023

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2023.

Organised by Make It York, sponsored by Grand Central.

Explore the city and be a tourist for the weekend – for free! Organised by Make It York, this annual Festival is our way of saying a HUGE ‘thank you’ for the warm welcome you give to York’s 8.4 million visitors. See below for the range of attractions, food and drink offers, and retail offers available to York residents this year. 

How do I take part?

  • To get involved in Residents’ Festival, please present a valid York Card, student card or identity card that proves York residency. If presenting an identity card, this must clearly state 'York' (e.g. driving licence or older person's bus pass).
  • Pre-booking is required for some attractions, tours and events.
  • Some venues have limited free tickets and operate on a first come first serve basis.

Win dinner for two at The Principal York - help make the York Residents' Festival even better in years to come by filling out our survey, and be entered into the prize draw. See terms and conditions.

York Residents’ Festival 2023 Offers

Attractions & Things to Do ▸

Discover the best things to do in York and fill your weekend with amazing experiences. York is home to everything from museums, churches, tours and galleries to hidden gems and must-see attractions and iconic historic buildings.

Food & Drink ▸

From delicious light bites, to fine dining, British classics and authentic food from across the globe, there is a whole host of incredible dining experiences on offer.

Retail ▸

York offers a unique shopping experience and is hard to beat if you’re looking for a special gift idea, want to spoil yourself or treat someone special.