Summer of Sport - We Are All Winners

Friday 9 July - Sunday 5 September

This summer we’re celebrating all things sport! Whether you want to relax and soak up the sun, or have an action-packed school holiday, York is bursting with great things to do. See the six fun sporty sculptures on the Sporty Sculpture Trail, enjoy pop-up tipi bars, iconic running routes, free yoga classes, outdoor ping pong tables and more!

See your friends and family while supporting local venues at the colourful outdoor spaces across the city. On Parliament Street, THOR’s Tipi bar offer a range of tropical-inspired drinks and cosy evenings around fire pits. A number of your Shambles Market Food Court favourites, including Shambles Kitchen, KREP and Stam & Maria Greek Street Food, will be serving up their delicious street food from St Sampson’s Square for you to relax and enjoy the #TasteOfYork.

Missing the beach? Head to YO1 Beach Club - a brand-new family-friendly beach area located in Tower Gardens, with beach huts serving teas and coffees, ice creams, as well as an open barbecue serving a choice of delicious grilled food!

There’s so much to see, and a great deal more in York's beautiful surroundings, so extend your stay, and #LoveYork for longer. With measures in place for you to enjoy York safely, pre-booking is a must at many attractions and venues. While you're in York, the Visitor Information Centre team will be on hand to give you a warm welcome and provide information on a range of areas including travel advice, guidance on what is open locally, and expert insight on the city – including leaflets and trail maps.

First Summer Day? That's the ticket! Explore York this summer with First Bus. Just download their app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, then purchase the First Summer Day or Group mTicket to get around town and get £1 off street food and drinks at Thor's Tipi Bar!

  • First Summer Day mTicket valid for unlimited travel after 18:00pm on Fridays, or all day on Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays.
  • Find our more about the First Summer Day mTicket here.
  • Download the First Bus App to purchase your mTickets and plan your journey!

Summer of Sport Map

Download your ‘Summer of Sport’ map! Track down sporty sculptures, outdoor ping pong, Yoga classes and all of the family-friendly activities happening in York this summer. See more details on summer in our Summer of Sport leaflet.

Sporty Sculpture Trail

See all six fun Sporty Sculptures across York between 9th July - 5th September, from celebrating on a winner’s podium and driving a racing car, to posing with weights. Get outdoors, keep active and have some summer fun! 

Thor's Tipi - Parliament Street

From 21st June until 5th September a pop-up THOR’s Tipi bar will be on Parliament Street offering a range of tropical-inspired drinks, cosy evenings around fire pits, and weekend DJ sets.

YO1 Beach Club

A brand-new family-friendly beach area located in Tower Gardens, open between Thursday 24th June and Sunday 5th September. Including beach huts serving teas and coffees, ice creams, as well as an open barbecue serving a choice of delicious grilled food!

Yoga Classes

Join free yoga classes in THOR’s Tipi each week in partnership with Emperor’s Gym. Kicking off from 14th July, classes run each Wednesday (07.30AM - 08.30AM) and Friday (08.30AM - 09.30AM) with pre-booking required by email to

Iconic Running Routes

Take in all the best city centre sights with two iconic running routes, a 5K and a 10K devised in partnership with York Knavesmire Harriers.

First Summer Day? That's the ticket!

From Friday 16th July, purchase a First Summer Day mTicket for £3 from the First Bus App, and get £1 off street food and drinks at Thor's Tipi Bar!*

Outdoor Ping-Pong

Table Tennis anyone? Challenge your friends or family to a few rounds of outdoor ping-ping on Parliament Street, for free! Game on!


One of the best ways to explore York is on foot. A stroll down any snickelway, wall or ings opens you up to a whole world of discovery.

Mid-Week #LoveYork Adventure

Summer is a wonderful time to visit York, and what’s the best way to avoid the weekend rush? That’s right, visit mid-week! York is buzzing any day of the week.

Visit York Summer Guide

Summer of Sport, Al Fresco Dining, #LoveWalking. There are plenty of reasons to visit York this summer! Read the Visit York Summer Guide now.

What is Open in York?

Many of York’s retailers and businesses have reopened and are ready to welcome you safely back to the city. See what's open.

Book Your Summer Stay

York offers a wide range of accommodation, from luxury spa hotels to self-catering getaways, giving you an eclectic choice of inviting places to rest your head after a day of exploring.

COVID-19 Guidance

Can I Visit York? See guidance on what you can do in York and how you can keep safe.

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