York Ice Trail 2020 – Complete guide and interactive map

The York Ice Trail returns! Photograph: Charlotte Graham
30 Jan 2020 @ 2.35 pm
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The sculptures

Mirror Mirror provided by Make It York

Guy Fawkes provided by St Peter’s School

Spongebob provided by City Cruises York

The Grand Safe provided by The Grand York

Miss Fritter provided by York Park & Ride

Breaking Ground provided by Palace Capital

Porg provided by the York BID

Ice Wall with Prizes provided by Judges Lodging

Harry Potter provided by Middletons Hotel

Hedwig provided by Middletons Hotel

Jawa provided by York BID

Cannon provided by York Army Museum

Sonic provided by Coppergate Centre

Gruffalo provided by Eboracum Security

Totoro provided by Spark:York

Ewok provided by York BID

Book provided by Hungate York Regeneration

Phoenix provided by Doubletree by Hilton

Crystal Fox provided by York BID

Grotesque provided by York Minster

Rocket provided by National Railway Museum

Repotted provided by The Botanist

Dumbo provided by Kennedys

Squirtle provided by Turtle Bay

Gingerbread Man provided by Bettys

Unicorn provided by Shepherd Group

Aslan provided by the William Birch

Luna’s Spectrespecs provided by Viewpoint

Viking Helmet provided by Little Vikings

Dragon Luge provided by Cut and Craft

White Beauty Rose provided by the Lucia Bar

Pocket Watch provided by the Bradley’s Jewellers

Sword In The Stone provided by Ancestral Name

Azume Selfie provided by LNER

Grouch provided by Forge Recycling

Curtains Up provided by The Grand Opera House

Sunflowers provided by the St Leonard’s Hospice

Pillories provided by The York Dungeon

Carving Wall provided by York Ice Trail

Live Carving provided by York Ice Trail

The York Ice Trail 2020 is here, with fantastical and fictional favourites to find!

Returning for not one, but TWO days this year, York Ice Trail 2020 will take place on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February between 10am-5pm each day.

Last year 17,000 residents and visitors took part with footfall in the city centre up 41%.

The theme for 2020 is Fantastical Fiction and Fairy Tales, featuring sculptures of famous magical characters from books, films and cartoons as well as icy renditions of unicorns and magic mirrors.

The event is organised by Make It York and sponsored by York BID, which has a series of Star Wars sculptures dotted around the city – can you spot the Ewok on Walmgate or a Porg on Micklegate?

40 to spot

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A total of 40 icy artworks are on this year’s trail. Some are interactive, and others offer particular photo opportunities. And the interactive carving wall on Parliament Street allows everyone to have a go at creating their own ice sculptures.

The historic grounds of Middletons Hotel will be transformed into a world of Witchcraft and Wizardry with three ice sculptures, including one of Shambles’ favourite Harry Potter.

You can also meet real owls and shire horses, and warm up with a hot chocolate around the fire pit.

Andrew Lowson, executive director of The York BID, said: “We’re delighted to support the York Ice Trail again this year.

“It’s an event that drives footfall all over the city and is always a popular event at a traditionally quiet time of year.”

Head of marketing and communications at Visit York Paul Whiting said:

  • The 2020 event is set to be the best yet.

    We are looking forward to welcoming visitors to explore this Only In York experience and unveiling all of this year’s designs, though we can say that our sculpture proves that magic mirrors are not just for wicked queens!

Mat Foster of Glacial Art says it takes his four-man team almost six months to prepare for the York Ice trail. “It is going to be fantastic and without doubt our favourite event of the year.

What a privilege it is to have the entire city of York as a gallery for our frozen works of art.”

Want a paper map rather than our digital one? Then download it here, or pick one up at Visit York on Museum Street.

Follow #YorkIceTrail20 on social media for inspiration and share your ice sculpture pictures, and why not tag YorkMix in them too? We’d love to see them!