City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea #Review

City Cruises York Self Drive Boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Review: September 2020 #Gifted

City Cruises offer a whole range of exciting adventures aboard the river Ouse York, including Self Drive boats, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

Self Drive Red Boats

Become captain of your very own vessel and cruise your way down the river Ouse York, in style.

Jack was an amazing chap, welcomed us warmly, provided instructions and our life jackets.

In your self drive motorboat, that can accommodate 8 people, explore York’s sights seamlessly, as the Vikings once did.

Hire is by the half hour or full hour and City Cruises York have fourteen Red Boats in total, their names are Josephine, Angie, Leonie, Sarah, Yvette, Kathryn, Alice-May, Lucy, Tina, Heather, Ellen, Rebecca, Emma and Penny!

Have fun and sail your boat all the way down the Ouse and you will even see the millennium bridge.

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Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works #Review

Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works Review: September 2020 #Gifted

York Cocoa Works has always been a home away from home for us.  A lovely local independent chocolatier with high quality products where they literally go from bean to bite, as their yummy treats are produced on site at their chocolate manufactory.

Owner Sophie and her team have created a cosy and snug environment perfect for family, friends and couples to enjoy a chocolate indulgence making your day much sweeter.

As always, the whole team make you feel welcome and part of the Cocoa works family from the moment you step in the door which is a reason many York residents and visitors to York keep returning.

The York Cocoa Works Chocolate Indulgence package includes a platter of super scrummy chocolate truffles, cakes and a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.

You also receive a hot drink of choice and I would highly recommend having their signature hot chocolate.

Sophies beautifully bespoke handcrafted chocolate packages allow the team to adapt for allergies such as dairy free, wheat free, vegetarian and vegan, so perfect for everyone.

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York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York #Review

York Pedicab Tours: A Whistle Stop Tour of York Review: September 2020 #Gifted

York’s only licensed pedicab City tours are the perfect way to enjoy the best of both worlds with transport and tour rolled into one!

The cabs are weather protected, fitted with seat belts, have cosy cushions and blankets for colder nights and have no environmental impact so are 100% free of carbon emissions, so that is a big thumbs up from me!

All round nice guy and cheeky chappy John provides safe sightseeing York tours with some historical info thrown in for good measure.

Hear about the Romans, Vikings and all things medieval, so board your chariot, hold onto your Viking armoury and prepare for a fun and historical encounter like no other.

Discover the exciting tales and tribulations of historical characters such as Guy Fawkes, Dick Turpin, Henry VIII, Richard III, Constantine the Great, William the Conqueror and Queen Victoria who all played their part in the exciting story of how York has become what we love and know today.

Throughout your tour, you will visit iconic sights such as the York Minster, The City Walls and Gateways, Clifford’s Tower, Treasurers House, the Shambles and Whip Ma Whop Ma Gate.

Photo opportunities are plentiful and I can tell you John is pretty handy with the camera, so yet another perk of this amazing service.

John was patient and took time to get the perfect photos and create much loved photographic memories.

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Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York #Review

Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel and The Park Restaurant York – Review: February 2020 #Gifted

Looking for a chic, sophisticated and an elegant place to stay in York, the 4 start AA rated Marmadukes Townhouse Hotel is the perfect place to rest your head, enjoy a romantic break or time with family and friends

Situated within a central location minutes from York’s ancient Roman walls this Victorian hotel, that previously belonged to a Victorian gentleman, has all the charm and character one would expect.

The cosy countryside feel to the place provides a snug cosy hub and a hideaway to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil break away.

The breathtaking beautiful four poster room is rather regal, sophisticated and a perfect place to spend your time while in York.

The large room provides enough space to relax with writing/vanity desk and seating area with freestanding traditional full length mirror.

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Guy Fawkes Inn York #Review

Guy Fawkes Inn York Review: January 2020

We all remember the 1605 attempt to blow up parliament and the ‘Remember, remember, the 5th of November, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot’.

Now it is your chance to relive history in the shoes of Guy Fawkes and enjoy a unique experience by staying in the alleged birthplace of the notorious Guido Fawkes conspiracy plotter aka Guy Fawkes.

Warmly welcomed and looked after throughout by the lovely team including Delightful Dan and super Stacey.

Our fabulous four poster room had bags of character including the most amazing four poster bed and 3 large windows with the most wonderful views of the majestic York Minster cathedral.

The Guy Fawkes medieval Inn is located within a prime spot adjacent to the York Mister Cathedral in York city centre and the views from our room – just breath-taking and the ideal photo opportunity.

Our room had all the modern conveniences including a flat screen television and tea tray with biscuits.

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The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie #Review

The Botanist York Fabulous Festive Foodie Review: January 2020

Quaint and cosy, located within Stonegate, the Botanist York is the perfect place for family and friends to meet.

Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some fabulous food and drinks, as you unwind.

The décor is rustic and relaxed creating a beautiful and gorgeous setting for lunch or dinner.

Christmas in full swing, we loved the festive vibes and the charming Christmas tree.

Even though the place was super busy the staff including Christian, Richard and our super server Kyley all remained as friendly and efficient as always, a true test of professionalism and skill especially during the crazy Christmas season.

Equally impressive was the staff knowledge of allergens, without faff or fuss, providing both useful advice and alternatives which made our visit super smooth.

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The Hilt York Axe Throwing #Review

The Hilt York Axe Throwing – Review: January 2020

Prepare to unleash your inner Viking warrior, arm yourself with an Axe and chop down your competition a peg or two.

The Hilt York offer an immersive, exciting and entertaining experience right in the heart of York city centre.

Alex and Josh York residents and founders of the Hilt aim to captivate the crowds, push boundaries and enable people to seek out adventure.

Right from the offset, the welcome, quality set up and authentic interiors provide a relaxed and realistic setting to conquer the Axe throwing challenge.

Yes, there was a safety briefing, but delivered with flair and finesse, so to keep you alert and on focus.

Additionally, on a serious note, the whole set up including type of axes used, blue chipped flooring, upper board panels and caging have been built for your safety which makes this Axe throwing session, as safe as it can be, so you don’t need to worry and can get ready to sling them Axes.

We loved every minute of our session, fun, informative and what’s not to like about hurling an axe threw the air at a target right?! There are even trick shots to be learnt, my personal fav the Gun Slinger – Pow!

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York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada #Review

York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada Review: January 2020

This lovely cute, independent quality Chocolate café York cocoa Works is run by owner Sophie along with her team including the marvellous Michelle.

Their beautiful bespoke city centre York location is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy some you time.

Fixtures and fittings have been carefully thought out mixing the traditional and contemporary to create a warm and welcoming hub.

Get cosy and snug and craft your very own chocolate lollipops, perfect to gift or enjoy for yourself.

Why not go all out and enjoy an exquisite York Cocoa Works Festive Afternoon Chocolatada…pure yumminess!

The bonus about being independent is their ability to tailor make options especially when it comes to dietary requirements.  Not only were dietaries such as no milk, no egg etc not a problem, but the way Michelle reassured myself before the visit put my mind at ease.

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York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime #Review

York Theatre Royal, Sleeping Beauty Pantomime – Review: January 2020

York Theatre Royal, a social hub and beating heart of York’s cultural scene has been providing quality arts and entertainment for 275 years.

Now it is your turn to enjoy some of this fabulous friendly fun and folly with a trip to see the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime showing until the 25th of January 2020.

Additional amazingness on our visit included being able to see panto costumes, dotted around the theatre, from past performances.

The theatre renovations tastefully and sympathetically combine the traditional and contemporary which sets the tone for your visit.  Grab your panto souvenir brochure and prepare to be spellbound.

The award-winning Sleeping Beauty Panto at York Theatre Royal is a family crowd pleaser.

A classic case of good versus evil with many ‘Oh no you didn’t’ moments for the crowd to have their very own starring role which is an immersive and entertaining experience.

The Panto stars, Martin Barrass as the Queen, Suzy Cooper as Beauty, A.J Powell as Darth Diva and David Leonard as the wicked Evil Diva along with much more talent besides.

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Grand Opera House York Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime #Review

Grand Opera House York Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Pantomime Review: January 2020

It’s that time of year again… ‘oh no it isn’t’ ‘oh yes, it is’…prepare for comic pantomime capers at the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Grand Opera House York.

This year the cast even had the pleasure of meeting the gorgeous Gabriella who designed the programme cover for the 2019 Panto and I am sure that you will agree Gabriella has done a fabulous job.

Hi oh Hi ho it’s time for panto you know with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Starring Mark Little aka best baddie in Yorkshire, ‘Allo ‘Allo legend Vicki Michelle playing the Evil Queen and man of comedy and magic Martin Daniels, as Muddles.  Along, with a man that needs no introduction; York’s town Crier.

A mysterious and magical iPad mirror is where the tale begins voiced by the super sensational Debbie Magee in electronical format, an evil stepmother, a poisonous apple, a beautiful princess, seven cute chaps and well you know the rest.

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