Why 2019 is York’s Year

As this year winds down, 2019 has plenty to look forward to! We’ve been York estate agents since 2000 and have seen many changes to the city. Looking ahead at what’s to come in 2019, we’re convinced that 2019 will be one of York’s best years yet!

(Which is saying something as York has had some fantastic years).

To help you prepare for 2019 and to prove that our claim has some legs to it, we’ve put together a list of York’s key events. We’ve also highlighted some of its major property developments, which are making York an essential place to live and work. 

We believe that every year is York’s year, but 2019 already looks like it’s going to be a record-breaking year for the city itself, as well as for businesses and residents alike.

Here are several events across festival, business events and new developments that highlight why 2019 is York’s year.

York Resident’s Festival

Saturday 26–Sunday 27th January

The Resident’s Festival is an annual event aimed exclusively at York residents.

If you have a valid York Card or student ID, you can access more than 70 attractions, events and offers… all for free! The event is organised by Make It York, an organisation that promotes the city as a great place to work, study and live in.

It acts as a thank you for the warm welcome residents give to York visitors, and it lets them step into the shoes of a tourist for the weekend. This year, residents will get the chance to see behind the scenes in venues not usually open to the public, making this a rare opportunity for any York resident.

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Castle Howard

Last year the venue’s included the York Castle Museum, York Minster, Beningbrough Hall, Castle Howard and the City Cruises York boat trip to name a few of the brilliant venues featured in the festival. The 2019 Resident’s Festival is likely to delight through a similar collection of venues.

More details of the event will be available nearer the time. Keep an eye on the Visit York website for the latest information.

York Ice Trail

Saturday 2nd February

February brings an exciting event for families and businesses alike.

Although it previously happened every December, the York Ice Trail is so popular to visitors, residents and businesses of York that it’s been moved to February for the first time in 2019.

The York Ice Trail features dozens of ice sculptures scattered across the city. Visitors can explore York’s cobbled streets in search of more than 50 frozen creations. Each sculpture is sponsored by a different company, making this a great chance to reach hundreds of different people!

This year’s overall theme is Myths & Legends so you can expect some creative homages to the popular Harry Potter tale, as well as many other fantasy stars.

We’re still waiting for further details, but the official Facebook page promises plenty more surprises.

Jorvik Viking Festival

Wednesday 20th – Wednesday 27th February

The Jorvik Viking Festival is known as the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

York’s 2019 festival has over 100 events including combat performances, archery workshops, historic walks and talks, crafting and living history encampments.

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Vikings in York

Nothing brings the Viking era to live like hearing historically accurate and exciting tales from experts of the era. Taking place during half-term, it’s ideal for any Horrible History fans in the family. The Jorvik Viking Festival attracts visitors from all over Europe to come and learn about plus celebrate York’s rich Norse heritage.

Find out more about previous Jorvik Viking Festivals here.

York Food & Drink Festival

April, June, September

Foodies of York can rejoice in 2019 as the York Food & Drink Festival is bringing 3 events to the table.

York Chocolate Festival

In time for the annual York Easter Egg Hunt, the York Chocolate Festival will return from the 19th to 22nd of April in Parliament Street and at the Shambles Market. For anyone with a sweet tooth or a weakness for chocolate, this event is the perfect event to indulge and gives you another reason to love living in York.

York Taster Festival

The Taster Festival takes place on the 8th and 9th of June. It’s a great opportunity to taste some new cuisines and it features live demonstrations from a team of professional chefs (including Michelin Star chefs).

The 2019 line-up is yet to be announced, but be sure to visit the Shambles Market and Parliament Street in June to be wowed by these masters of their craft.

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A foodie’s dream city

York Food & Drink Main Festival

The main York Food & Drink Festival 2019 is in September and across 3 locations; Fossgate, Shambles Market and Parliament Street.

It runs from 20th to the 29th of September and is a mix of the previous two festivals, but on an even bigger scale. Explore the food from various vendors, watch the live demos and treat yourself to some sweet delights.

Yorkshire Family Business Conference

Thursday 9th May

If you’re part of a family business, this new event is perfect for you. The Yorkshire Family Business Conference is an opportunity to discuss the unique challenges family firms face.

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Independent cafes and businesses in York

Attendees can also enjoy workshops, sample the wares from different family businesses, and make some new friends or business connections.

The closing keynote will be given by Simon Spinks of Harrison Spinks, a 5-generation business which manufactures beds.

Taking place at York Racecourse, this is an opportunity no family business can afford to miss! For more information visit the official Eventbrite page.

Rod Stewart – Live in Concert

Saturday 1st June 2019

Thinking of going to the York races next year? Looking for a fun music event? If you answered yes to both of these, York racecourse might be able to solve both problems. There’s two music highlights at York Racecourse that we felt compelled to mention to highlight what an exciting year 2019 is going to be for York!

To introduce his 30th studio album, Blood Red Roses, Rod Stewart is touring the UK in 2019. On Saturday the 1st of June he’s coming to York. A purpose built arena will be positioned on the Knavesmire behind the Clocktower Enclosure at the York Racecourse to accommodate him and offer concert-goers a fantastic experience.

It’s been three years since his last album release, so any Rod Stewart fan in York can take-up this great opportunity to see Rod live in concert in 2019. Full details are on the ticketmaster website. 

Music Showcase Weekend

Friday 26th–Saturday 27th July

The York Showcase Weekend at the York Racecourse combines York’s usual horse races with live music performances. Previous music showcases have featured major artists like Madness, The Corrs and the Kaiser Chiefs. Expect a similar calibre of musician at 2019’s event!

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Music is grand in York

There are no booking fees and car parking is free for this event, though children aged 15 and under will need a special ticket. These tickets are limited, so visit the York Racecourse website for more details.

York Business Week 2019

Mid-November 2019

The official dates of the 2019 business week haven’t been announced yet, but this is definitely a must-add to any calendar of a York-based business owner.

Make it York, the city’s Destination Management Organisation– promoting York and all it has to offer – runs this weeklong event.

Business conference Photo by Teemu Paananen on Unsplash
Sharing knowledge for York businesses to thrive

Every day there are useful business talks to support York businesses to hone their skills and thrive in York. It also features various networking events, which are ideal for making key connections with other York business owners.

The business week is recommended for York newcomers and entrepreneurs looking to break into the York market, as the city and surrounding areas have their own unique business vibe plus etiquette. Gaining an insight into this through the business week is advantageous to business owners wanting to hit the ground running in York.

Property Developments

Of course, York isn’t just a place to have fun. It’s a place to live and work, and we’re pleased to report York is home to many major developments. Whether they’re in the centre of York or further afield. These developments show how proactive York is as a city, especially in 2019.

So many of the development projects listed below are designed to make the city an even more vibrant place to live and work in. 2019 has some highly exciting projects starting and completing that will shape the future of the city!

We’ve highlighted some of the most important ones below.

· Castle Gateway

This is an ongoing project to develop the area around the former York Castle. The area in question includes Piccadilly, the Coppergate Shopping Centre and the Foss Basin, with large parts of it currently either derelict or underdeveloped.

cliffords tower york
Cliffords tower

Last year a ‘Masterplan’ for the area was presented to the York Council Executive. It proposes major developments such as turning Castle Car Park into a new public space. It also suggests building new homes and a walkway near Foss Basin, and adding new commercial space to Piccadilly. No construction work has started yet, but you can read more about the plans here.

· Hungate

This area is located near York’s business and retail centres. It received outline planning permission for offices, housing and other developments back in 2005. This outline started to bear fruit back in 2009, with more construction work due in the next few years.

So far, 363 apartments have been built in the area, as well as a new bridge over the River Foss. By the end of its development, Hungate will have about 1,000 apartments, as well as commercial space, public space and landscaping. You can learn more about Hungate here.

· York’s Outer Ring Road

Other important developments are happening a little further afield. York Council has allocated up to £38 million to improve the A1237. The improvements are focused on the seven roundabouts between the Wetherby Road and Monks Cross Junctions, and will take about four years to complete.

The improvements are a response to the predicted growth in housing and employment. They will result in reduced congestion and improved journey times. But this will only be apparent once all seven roundabouts are improved.

Some of the roundabouts may see better pedestrian and cycling access, and the proposals include a landscaping scheme to plant trees, hedgerows and wildflowers. Learn more about the project here.

· York Colleges

The University of York has proposed to add two new residential buildings to the existing University estate.

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More space for students to socialise

If approved this will add 1,421 new beds for students at Goodricke Lane and Baird Lane.

The new residential buildings will be known as North College (730 rooms) and South College (691 rooms including 30% of rooms being “premium”), and will support to meet the growing student numbers coming to the city year-on-year.

A large open area that is intended to support with socializing, and to become the welcoming front door of the colleges will connect both buildings. Stay tuned with the latest news on this development here.

Whatever your interests, York has plenty to offer residents both now and in the near future. If you’re a visitor considering a more permanent stay, we at Quantum can’t wait to help you find your new home in York. And if you’re a current York resident interested in finding a home in one of York’s many charming areas, go to our contact page to discuss what you’re looking for.

As a York estate agent we’re proud to offer a broad selection of properties in York.

And we’ve got an in-depth understanding of York’s different areas and charms to support your property search.

Not sure where to look?

You can give us a call to talk about your dream home and your perfect area.

Browse our latest properties for sale or for rent here, or phone us on 01904 631631 today.

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