If you go into York today, you might bump into a two headed monster, an oompa loompa or an ocean liner.
But don’t worry, you’ll be able to see right through them…
They are among more than 30 ice sculptures arranged around the city today and tomorrow (3 and 4 February) for the York Ice Trail 2024.
The theme of this year’s trail, run by Make It York, is ‘City Of Dreams’, with the designs interpreting that in many different ways.
All the intricate sculptures have been created by the talented team at Icebox.
The York BID (Business Improvement District) has a number of mythical beasts on display, from the two-headed Hydra on Goodramgate to the Kraken, relocated from its original location by the river to Micklegate, due to the floods.
And in the grounds of Middletons Hotel on Skeldergate, you’ll find a magical Wonka world of treats, featuring sculptures from the hotel, York’s Chocolate Story, City Cruises and Potion’s Cauldron.
Thousands of people have come in to see the ice trail. The event has been blessed by sunshine – although the mild temperatures are causing some sculpture drips!
In Parliament Street you can meet the YorkMix presenters at our bus, spin the game wheel and enter our competition. Guess the number of Mixie bugs trapped in our Chasing Rainbows sculpture – named after one of chart-topping York band Shed Seven’s biggest hits – and you’re in with the chance of winning £1,000.
Also on Parliament Street you can sit on a tractor, courtesy of Murton Park, and get half price entry to Dalby Forest on their stand.
And further down, in St Sampson’s Square, there are demonstrations of live carving.
The York Ice Trail runs until about 4pm today, and again from 10am-4pm tomorrow.