York took over London for the day today (Monday) – as Make It York showcased some of the city’s upcoming trails.
Thousands of people at King’s Cross Station got to see a preview of the new Snooks Trail, York’s first ever character trail, coming to the city between March and April 2024.
Five of the Snooks were at the station, alongside a Tansy Beetle canvas to represent the York Trailblazers Trail and an impressive ice sculpture of the London to York skyline to represent the York Ice Trail.
The York Trailblazers Trail will take place in autumn, and the York Ice Trail will take place on the 3 and 4 February.
Plenty of pictures were taken with the colourful Snooks as the Make It York team showcased the city’s events for 2024 – while highlighting the short travel time between York and London.
The Snook character was designed by Yorkshire artist Sian Ellis and each sculpture has been sponsored by city businesses and paired with artists across the UK to decorate their individual Snooks.
There will be a total of 23 sculptures on the trail, hidden throughout York’s cobbled streets and secret gardens.
The five Snooks showcased at King’s Cross today were from sponsors Middletons Hotel, City Cruises York, York’s Chocolate Story, YDL and St. Leonard’s Hospice.
“They look brilliant,” managing director of Make It York, Sarah Loftus told Victoria Charles of YorkMix Radio.
“We’ve got loads of interest, so hopefully we’ll have lots of visitors to come and see the Snook Trail in York this year. It’s got some Yorkshire sayings, it’s very colourful and shows York to its best.
“The trail is really family orientated, it’s free, it’s a bit of exercise and it’s just great fun.
“It gets people to places in the city that they might not have previously been to or forgotten about – so it really does showcase the city to its best.”