Footfall figures in York city centre are up on last year as the critical Christmas period gets into full swing.
Yesterday (Saturday) York was “heaving” as thousands made their way into the City to view the ice sculptures and visit shops and markets.
The City lights have general been well received this year reflecting well on the York BID and supporting organisations.
York residents and visitors are being invited to take a sneak preview at York’s newly restored Mansion House this festive season.
Fully dressed for the Christmas period – complete with decorative garlands and a 10ft Christmas tree – the Mansion House will open its doors to the public for the first time since its £2.6m restoration, on the first weekend in December (Saturday 2 – Sunday 3 December).
As well as seeing the new-look Mansion House restored to its former glory, visitors will also be able to find out more about Christmas culinary specialities through the ages with food historan and broadcaster, Dr Annie Gray.
Younger visitors will also be able to write a letter to Father Christmas, and hand it over to the Lord Mayor, Councillor Barbara Boyce, for her to send on to the North Pole, receiving some chocolate treats for their efforts.
Richard Pollit, Mansion House Curator, said: “This is the first chance visitors will get to have a look at the incredible outcome of the resoration project. We’re so excited to open the doors to the public for the first time and are really looking forward to welcoming our first visitors.”
Councillor Keith Orrell, Interim Executive Member for Economic Development and Community Engagement, City of York Council, said: “York Mansion House is a beautiful building at any time of the year, but during the Christmas period it really take centre stage in the city. I hope that local residents will take this opportunity to see for themselves the marvellous retoration work – the biggest since the house was finished in 1732 – and find out more about the unique history of York’s Mansion House than ever before.”
The restoration includes a new-look exterior, with a brick-coloured facade and a polychrome crest – a colour scheme voted for by York residents in 2016 – and thought to be similar to how the Manison House would have looked in the 1890s.
The Mansion House will be officially re-opened on 27 January 2018 (Residents’ First Weekend), when visitors will be able to see the newly curated silver galleries for the first time.
York residents can get half price entry to the Mansion House with a York Card or proof of residence (such as a Council Tax bill). Full price entrance is £6.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and £3.50 for children. The house is open every day (except Mondays and Tuesdays) between 10.30 and 5pm until Saturday 23 December.
The ‘Opening Doors’ restoration project was made thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), funding from City of York Council and a variety of grants and generous donations totalling £2.6 million. The project sought to improve the visitor experience by beautifully restoring this gem of York’s architectural history, allowing more people than ever to enjoy it.
Something a little different this Christmas?
Goddards on Tadcaster Road
Take a seat in the former Terry family dining room that overlooks the Arts and Crafts garden and enjoy a special two or three course lunch.
Friday to Sunday
17th Nov to 17th Dec
- Onion soup with gluten free cheese scone crouton.
- Mackerel and beet salad.
- Smoked salmon and herb mousse.
- Conisbee turkey and trimmings with seasonal vegetables.
- Beef, onion and red wine pie with season vegetables.
- Polenta and squash salad with goat’s cheese and orange dressing.
- Classic Christmas pudding.
- Ginger and caramel cheesecake.
- Poached pears in honey and orange.
Three courses £24.95
Two courses £19.95
More details and booking Call 01904 771956
All properties in York will get either a grey bin or recycling collection this week.
When you have a recycling collection, the Council will accept extra festive recycling including greeting cards, paper, wrapping paper (non foil), cardboard, plastic bottles, tins and glass. All you need to do is place them in separate untied clear bags or open boxes with your recycling, or simply take them to a recycling site.
You can check when your refuse will be collected by clicking here