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Ignite Concerts announce York Minster event

Join them for a magical 'Night at the Movies'

‘Botanic’ Blooms at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Local York-Based Independent Business Chosen to Exhibit

Pairings Wine Bar launch new lunch menu

Pairings Wine Bar is an award-winning independent wine bar run by sisters just around the corner from Cliffords Tower, on Castlegate.

The Bloody Tour of York wins 'Best Sightseeing tour in Europe' title

The Bloody Tour of York, run by Alicia Stabler, has won the 2024 European Arival TourReview Spotlight Award for Best Sightseeing Tour within One City.

Clouds and blue sky. Dreamy. Text: Hempwell Sleep Day March 15th

Invite: Hempwell Sleep Day

You're invited to celebrate National Sleep Day with HempWell!

Last Wishes Funerals Open House Event

Join Chris Dudzinska at Last Wishes Funerals' Open House Event on either Saturday 16th March, or Tuesday 19th March, from 11 am to 3 pm. This event uniquely ble ...

Rae & Rae Opticians does things Unconventional

December 2023 marked three years since mother-daughter duo Tracey and Georgia Rae launched Rae & Rae Opticians – now a national award-winning business – located in York’s famed indie quarter, “Bishy” Road.

The Big Indie York Q&A

Bringing together a panel of independent business owners and experts to address the challenges and questions faced by the thriving community of York's independent's

Free Cycle checks and rides in York

York based charity Everybody’s Cycling are offering a series of cycling events across York in January 2024.

SPARK:York offers opportunities to make a positive impact this Christmas

This holiday season, SPARK:York, the community space on Piccadilly, celebrates the spirit of giving and creativity with a range of exciting events and initiatives for local people.

SPARK:York celebrates National Self Care Week with a series of events for the local community

This six-day-long celebration, running from 14th to 19th November, will offer a broad spectrum of activities catering to people of all ages, backgrounds and interests.

Introducing ‘The Winning Formula Potion’ from The Potions Cauldron

A game-changing collaboration with York City Football Club for The Potions Cauldron’s latest offering.

The Falcon Turns One!

They have an exceptional line up of beers planned including some staff favourites.


Join Snowhome on Friday 3rd November as they host another Pop-up Patisserie with ShutiShuti Patisserie

The Hole in Wand Unveils Spooktacular Trick or Treat Spin Wheel for Halloween

It promises to add a touch of magic and a whole lot of prizes to this year’s Halloween celebrations in York.

Two art exhibitions open at SPARK this weekend

SPARK:York, the creative community space in the city centre, will host two exhibitions this weekend (14th-15th October), both exploring themes powerfully relevant to our communities today.

York Mumbler Nearly New Sale & Expectant Parent Event

Mumbler Nearly New Sales are for buying or selling pre-loved baby, toddler and children’s items such as clothes, toys, nursery items or maternity wear.

Second Meet the Maker event @ Snowhome

Join Snowhome for the second of their Meet the Maker events as they welcome Will Sharp Jewellery to the store on Friday 6th October 2pm-6pm.

The Big Yorkshire Social | 28th September

This unique new event, hosted by Uniquely Local, Yorkshire Mark & Visit York, is to bring together everyone involved in Yorkshire’s thriving food & drink scene.

Tabanco by Ambiente hosts 5 course sherry paired dinner to celebrate Sherry Week

International Sherry Week, Monday 6th November 2023 until Sunday 12th November 2023, has been celebrated by Sherry enthusiasts from around the globe since 2014.

York Restaurant Week | 9-15 October 23

York BID are accepting applications from businesses interested in participating in York Restaurant Week, taking place between 9 – 15 October 2023.

Meet the Members event | 7th September

Indie York members are invited to meet and speak to new leaders of City of York Council; Cllr Claire Douglas & Cllr Pete Kilbane.

York Food & Drink Festival 2023

The York Food Festival proudly announces its forthcoming 26th anniversary.

Summer holidays on Piccadilly

The summer holidays have arrived at SPARK, York's creative community hub, with plenty of events and activities on offer throughout August.


Join Snowhome on Friday 11th August as they host a Pop-up Patisserie in collaboration with ShutiShuti Patisserie and Fortress Coffee.

Win an Indie York Goodie Bag!

COMPETITION ENTRY DEADLINE EXTENDED!  This winter Indie York are excited to be running a special campaign to spread the word about our wonderful community of me ...

[PRESS RELEASE] Indie York Gears Up For Its Biggest Map Launch Ever

Following a record year in 2022 for distribution of their famous map, the team at Indie York are aiming to make 2023, and the new edition of their map, bigger a ...

Exclusive Offer from Award Winning TS Personal Training

Yorkshire Prestige award winner for Personal Trainer of the Year 22/23, TS Personal Training are offering Saturday Morning Classes for just £5! What are you wai ...

'Meadow, St Aidans' © John Thornton

Summer at Last! At Kentmere House Gallery

New work from some of Kentmere House Gallery's favourite artists | Open Weekend 6th & 7th August A collection of original work from more than 70 artists fro ...

Summer Chocolate-Filled Fun at York Cocoa Works!

Chocolate lovers and budding chocolatiers and chocolate makers are invited to join us at our Manufactory, on Castlegate, for a range of chocolate indulgences an ...

Keeping it Crafty at FortyFive Vinyl Cafe! Monday 18th July

Some of you may remember these Crafty Social events from those heady pre-Covid days. Some of you may be new to them. Either way, we are super excited that the w ...

Get Cycling with this brilliant Summer Sale!

The sun is shining and what better way to prepare for a summer of cycling than with a Summer Sale from our Indie York Members, Get Cycling CIC?! With a great ra ...

Primrose Hill, Summer, after Bruegel by Mychael Barratt

New Exhibitions at Pyramid Gallery | Mychael Barratt & Trevor Price

Pyramid Gallery are celebrating 40 fabulous years this 2022 and have an exciting programme of exhibitions taking place throughout the year. The newest of these ...

Indie York AGM & Summer Social

We are thrilled to invite you to this summer's AGM and Summer Social. We are equally delighted to be welcoming guest speaker Jenny Herrera, CEO of The Good Busi ...

York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas | Building York's Entrepreneurial Culture

York Festival of Ideas | The Next Chapter | 11-24 June 2022 York Festival of Ideas 2022 has a wide range of fascinating events to attend and engage with, both i ...

PechaKucha 20x20 at Theatre@41 | 29th July 2022

York Creatives and The Arts Barge Project present: PechaKucha Volume 23 - Safe Landing Taking place at Indie York Member Theatre@41 on 29th July 2022, from 7pm ...

Art Exhibition: 'Art | Science | Interface | Making York's Air Pollution Visible'

Exhibition and Private View Invitation: Art | Science | Interface: Making York's Air Pollution Visible 03.06.22 - 30.06.22 Preview Event: Thursday 2nd June, 6-8 ...

Save the Date! For the Bishy Road Jubilee Street Party!

All cheer, the legendary Bishy Road Street Party is back!! In celebration of their 10th Anniversary, and of course, to mark the Royal Jubilee, the brilliant Bis ...

York BID Dragon Boat Race Team

Indie York to Support York BID in this year's Dragon Boat Race

Indie York are delighted to be supporting the York BID with their entry into this year's Dragon Boat race, which will be taking place on Sunday 10th July 2022

Indie York's Mysterious & Magical Trail 2021

Indie York hosts their Mysterious and Magical Trail 2021

Indie York hosts their Mysterious & Magical Trail 2021. 

Indie York is excited to announce details of our Mysterious & Magical Treasure Trail. Held from Saturday 23th October to Sunday 31st October, over 90 Indie York member businesses are taking part in the trail to promote the city’s independent businesses and highlight our city.

Download trail map here 


Indie York sixth edition of paper map

Sixth edition of the Indie York map is out soon!

We are delighted to announce that the sixth edition of our well loved map is due to be released this January 2022. We look forward to seeing it in our member businesses and at the Visit York Information Centre. We have distributed 100,000 to date and continue to grow each year. We have over forty new members in this edition so there is plenty to explore. If you would like a copy of the map then please get in touch and we will happily send one to you. 

Indie York Annual General Meeting & Summer Garden Party

Indie York Annual General Meeting & Summer Garden Party

We are delighted to hold our Annual General Meeting & Summer Garden Party which this year will be a socially distanced event taking place at Bootham School, ...

Totally Locally Fiver Fest 2021

Totally Locally Fiver Fest 2021



New Indie York Chair Appointed

Indie York Appoints A New Chair Indie York (York Independent Business Association) is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Chair, Rebecca Hill. She ...

Indie York Member Status - Lockdown 3

You can now find a directory of current Indie York Food & Drink member status during Lockdown 3. This list was last updated on the 11th January 2021. We recommend that you contact members for current information as their situation can change.  

You've found Sprout!

You've found Sprout!  As part of the Indie York Advent Calendar, Sprout has been hiding in different member windows around York, and today (Sunday 13th December ...

Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail Prize Draw Winners

Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail Prize Draw Winners are announced!

Indie York Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail

Indie York's Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail & The Little York Ghost Hunt starts this Saturday 24th October and runs for half-term week ending on Sunday 1st November.  

Indie York Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail Press Release

Indie York’s Medieval & Magical Treasure Trail Press Release 

Indie York Treasure Hunt & iTravel York's Walking Festival

Indie York Treasure Hunt & iTravel York's Walking Festival

This is a jointly organised event that will encourage people to hunt out the clues in York's High Street Independent's windows and to encourage people to walk and cycle and to follow paths and tracks on our printed and online map around the City on foot. Download here!

Eat Out to Help Out Indie York Directory

Restaurants and other food outlets have signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out scheme which will offer 50% off the bill (excluding alcohol), up to a maximum of £10 per person, throughout August. It’s available from 3rd August 2020 - Monday to Wednesday only. The scheme is designed to help the UK's many food businesses. Here is the full directory of Indie York member businesses participating in the scheme. 

Indie Business Live

Indie York are delighted to be an Ambassador for Indie Business Live.  Through entertainment and messages of support from well known performers, this one day event will highlight to consumers the importance of supporting small local businesses. All small businesses can be listed on the website for free ( and viewers will be encouraged to spend with these businesses during the event. #IndieBusinessLive

Captain App Video featuring Johnny Hayes, Chairman of Indie York

Johnny Hayes invites you to our York Independent Business Association Summer Meet and AGM 2020 ...

Summer Meeting and York Independent Business Association AGM 2020

Dear Members,Summer Meeting and York Independent Business Association AGM via Zoom at 6.30pm on Monday 22nd June.We are very pleased to announce that Bill Grims ...

Coaching York Teams Up with Indie York

Coaching York is working in partnership with Indie York to offer gifted (free, no obligation) support to Indie York members. This can be ...

Statement regarding the Corona Virus from Indie York 23/03/2020

Statement regarding the Corona Virus from Indie York 23/03/2020

Indie York Press Interview

Johnny Hayes interview with The York Press 

Indie York Corona Virus Statement

Indie York issues statement about the current Corona Virus situation  

BBC Politics Live featuring Indie York

BBC Politics Live filmed in York and featuring Indie York 

Indie York attended the York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event at York College.

Indie York attended the York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event at York College

Indie York attended the York Apprenticeship Recruitment Event at York College.

Independent businesses gather to celebrate new map and website

The Indie York initiative was launched last night as over 100 attendees gathered to mark the occasion at Bootham School.

Totally Locally Fiver Fest

Totally Locally Fiver Fest

Totally Locally Fiver Fest is being held in York from 15-29th Februry 2020. 

Photo Credit by Michelle Sorrell

York is open for business!

York is open for business! February 2020 and York is experiencing flooding but the city centre is largely unaffected.

The floods - York is open for business

For many in York last year, Christmas was cut short when the floods of Boxing Day arrived. The city’s plight, along with many other areas around the country, was well documented by the media but it was also giving the impression that the entire city was underwater and a complete no-go zone

The map and Indie York

With the campaign set in motion by the 30 initial businesses, the aim was to turn this negative news of the floods into a positive.

Our first members - interviews and photographs

Over the last few months, with the support of the York BID, the team have been going out to meet the current 30 members to interview them and shoot photos for the map.

The soft launch

Monday, November 21, 6.30pm – 8.30pm. Bedern Hall, Bartle Garth, St Andrewsgate, York YO1 7AL

Indie York initiative launches

After months of planning and preparations, a new print map and website featuring 100 independent businesses in York will launch on April 27th.

Indie York Celebratory Launch Event

Indie York is celebrating their updated Autumn 2017 map and interactive website and holding an event at Grays Court Hotel.

Our new members for 2017

Indie York is about to launch their updated map and interactive website which now includes 145 members.

New map and website launch for independent businesses in York

The new edition of the Indie York printed map and website will be launched on Wednesday, May 30, at a celebratory event to take place at Bootham School.

Indie York Festive Get Together and Map Launch

Our festive get together was held on Monday 18th November at Bedern Hall.

It's here! We are very excited to share that the fourth edition of the Indie York map has arrived!

New fourth edition of the Indie York map is out!

It's here! We are very excited to share that the fourth edition of the Indie York map has arrived!