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*2016* – York Residents’ Festival takes place again this year on York 30th & 31st Jan 2016. #ResFest16

I’ve only lived in York for a few years and sadly have never made it to the Residents’ Festival. After missing it again this year I decided it was time to find out exactly what it was all about so I would be ready when the next one came!

The idea of the Residents’ Festival is to thank all the local people of York for the welcome they give the city’s 7 million visitors each year. It’s a chance for the people of York to be a tourist in their own city for a weekend and get out enjoy things you might otherwise overlook. Granted it’s in January which I don’t think is really the ideal time to enjoy York but you gotta take what you are offered!

During the event many of York’s attractions are free including Barley Hall, Clifford’s Tower, DIG, JORVIK Viking Centre, Mansion House, National Railway Museum, York’s CHOCOLATE Story, YorkBoat, York Dungeon and more. There’s also a number of attractions further afield included in the deals such as Eden Camp, Castle Howard and Scarborough SEA LIFE.

There’s a number of free events across the city too such as the Black Swan folk night, behind the scenes tours and fashion and retail events plus a number of city guided walks including the famous ghost walks.

If you get hungry check out the range of cafes and restaurants offering deals and special menus.

The key to this whole event is the YorkCard which proves you are a York Resident. See our article on how to get a YorkCard to make sure you are ready for next year!

Visit York has full information on the range of activities available.