What & Where is open in York for families? York

What’s Open – Shops

Following Government guidelines, we are now reopen!

Help us to help you – socially distanced shopping at Dean’s Garden Centre
Here are some of the strict social distancing measures we’ve put in place to help customers and our staff to keep safe.
If you are planning a visit, we’d love to see you, and we truly appreciate your custom but when visiting the Garden Centre please remember:
• We are quieter in the morning and late afternoon. We are open from 9am to 5pm Monday – Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on a Sunday.
• Only 2 individuals per household. This will allow more shoppers in the Garden Centre at any one time.
• Please no under 16s. This is to help ensure that we all keep social distancing and can allow more shoppers in the Garden Centre at any one time.
• Please DO NOT enter the Garden Centre if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 including a high temperature or a new, continuous cough. We have clear signs at the entrance doors regarding this.

For further details please visit our Facebook Page

Our opening times will be 9am – 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am – 4.30pm on a Sunday

We are closely monitoring advice and updates given by the government, NHS and WHO.

01904 400141


New opening hours from 15th June:
– Monday-Saturday 10am-12noon: Appointment only including pointe shoe fittings
– Monday-Saturday 12noon-5pm: Open to public

Fancy Dance Shop is an independently owned dance wear shop which was established in 2004. We are based at the bottom of Micklegate and are just a 5 minute walk from both the city centre and York train station.

We stock all local dance school uniforms as well as all the essentials needed for ballet, tap, contemporary and traditional types of dance for both males and females. Therefore we are the perfect one stop shop for all your dance requirement’s.

Fancy Dance Shop also have a wide range of stunningly cute tutus, outfits and accessories perfect for the little ones starting baby ballet with stock sizes as low as 2 years old.

One of the services we pride ourselves upon is our excellent pointe shoe fitting service done by our fully trained fitters, we continue to upgrade our training with extensive courses to ensure that pointe shoes are fitted correctly and to a very high standard.’

35 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JH

Mention Mumbler for a 10% discount.

01904 642221


Opening 15th June on an appointment-only basis for personal shopper appointments and car seat consultations. In-store appointments can have a max of 2 adults. 1 child can also attend car seat appointments if required. Click-and-collect also available.

A fantastic range of all baby items including buggies and pushchairs (all of which you can try out in the huge show room) plus accessories, highchairs, nursery items etc. A must visit for any expecting parent.

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm Monday- Saturday inclusive

20 Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, Huntington, York, YO32 9JS

01904 674800


Shop open Mondays 9am-5pm selling fruit and veg as well as deli products and sweet treats.

PYO also now open starting the season with gooseberries and strawberries. Keep an eye on their social media for picking slots and to book your tickets.

01759 373023


The Potions Cauldron on Shambles in York describes itself as the most magical drinks emporium in the World and the apothecary is Joe back open serving magic after a lockdown refit.

You can experience a magical drink with their new child friendly Butterscotch Beer, magic potions and even Iced Mead for older Wizards.

There is a magical never ending drink, and bubbling cauldrons to enjoy, plus the Wizards making every drink an experience for anyone from 3 to 103.

The new Potion notebooks, bath bombs and candles all make great gifts.

And use the magic password Mumbler to get a free slush potion for the kids worth £2.50 when you spend £10.

Visit them on Shambles everyday from 10am or go on the website for a spin of their Wizards Wheel for on-line prizes.

See the magic for yourself @PotionsCauldron on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

01904 692192


Update: Shop now open. Attraction reopening 4th July (pre-book only)

Attraction open throughout July: Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Wednesday – Sunday 9th – 12th
Wednesday – Sunday 16th onwards

Bring your family to Visit England’s quality assured visitor attraction, and discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate. Unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself. A fully guided tour and three floors of interactive exploration take you on a journey through the city where chocolate made history. Indulge yourselves in our café, with it’s delicious chocolate menu and shop from some of Britain’s finest confections stocked in our shop.

Admission Prices (from Feb 2020):
– Adult: £13.50
– Senior/Student £12.95
– Child £10.95
– Family of 4 £44.95
– Under 4’s go free. York residents receive 1/3 off the full price admission rate on Sundays.

Open daily from 10:30am, last tour at 3:30pm. Closed 25th-26th December and 1st January

King’s Square, York, YO1 7LD

01905 541441


Alterations Express

Clothing & curtain alteration and repair boutique.

10 Fossgate, York

T: 01904 611400

Barnitts of York

York’s largest independent department store selling lighting, kitchenware, housewares, gardening, pet accessories, tools, workwear, fabrics, bathrooms and furniture.

24-26 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BW

T: 01904 625601

Birdies Perch

Card and gift emporium.

Great for greeting cards to make someone smile and smaller gifts like Jelly Cat cuddly toys, chocolates and candles!

Opening Times:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-4pm

88 Clifton, York, YO30 6BA
T: 01904 612007

Blue Bird Bakery

Bakery using long-fermentation methods and local ingredients. Shop open Tuesday-Saturday 9-3. Dough to Door service available for orders.

2 Little Shambles, York

T: 01904 627706



A family run business supplying gifts and items for the home suitable for every budget. They also reclaim and reupholster furniture.

6 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LQ

T: 01904 629697

Cots to Tots

Selling new and pre-loved goods for babies and children. Open Mondays, Fridays & Saturdays 10am-4pm.

Unit 9 Haxby Shopping Centre, York

T: 01904 762435

Cycle Heaven

Open Tues-Sat 9am-1pm for walk-in retail service and 1.30-4.30pm (close at 5pm) for bike sales only – by appointment. Also, open Sun-Mon 10.30-3.30pm (close at 4pm) for bike sales by appointment only.

31 Hospital Fields Road, York
T: 01904 636578


An independent bike shop in Pocklington Town Centre selling new cycles and accessories as well as offering bicycle servicing and repairs.

6 Clarkes Lane, Pocklington, East Yorkshire, YO42 2AW

T: 01759 306770


Open 8:30am-6pm weekdays with social distancing rules. CycleStreet provides honest, unbiased advice on the right bike for you.

87 Layerthorpe, York

T: 01904 655063



York’s award-winning liquid deli. Open for mail order and local click and collect. Choose from their selection of alcoholic drinks such as whiskies, gins and quirky liqueurs as well as oils and balsamic vinegars. These are available in eco-friendly refillable bottles!

11 Museum Street, York YO1 7DT

T: 08456 048 350
E: info@demijohn.co.uk

Dutch Nurseries Ltd

Bespoke florist creating and delivering flowers for any occasion. The shop is currently offering a click and collect or delivery service. Order online.

5 Wyre Court, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2ZB

T: 01904 768439

Footloose Shoes

Footloose opened in Pocklington near York in February 2008, originally selling only children’s shoes. Our aim was to create a child friendly environment with great choice and highly trained staff providing an expert fitting service. Recently we extended our range offering a carefully selected collection for ladies. With style, comfort and quality in mind, our customers can have confidence in their purchase.

‘I’d definitely recommend calling footloose in Pocklington, they specialise in children’s shoes. I don’t trust anyone else with my children’s shoe fittings (extremes of very small an narrow to very very wide ) they’re passionate about getting the right fit and if they don’t they won’t make do.’

VS, April 18

‘If it’s school shoes you are looking for they have a really good selection been in today.’

SS, July 19

47 Market Place, Pocklington, York, YO42 2AP

T: 01759 301201

Frankie & Johnnys Cook Shop

A fabulous shop selling gorgeous cookware, homeware, gifts, cards and Polish Pottery. For children we have aprons, baking sets, animal cookie cutters and pocket money toys. Our famous cool bags are perfect for the kids packed lunch and we hire out numbered cake tins for the perfect birthday cake!

23 Bishopthorpe Road, YO23 1NA

T: 01904 676123

Ged Bell Butcher & Pie Maker

Butchers using traditional methods. Check Facebook for their latest opening hours.

30 Middlethorpe Grove, Dringhouses, York, YO24 1JS

T: 01904 706069

Gillygate Framing

Family-run business providing high-quality framing services. 3 people allowed in-store at one time. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-4pm.

30-32 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 625722


Vintage style for modern living. Selling gifts, furniture and homeware.

3-4 Bridge Street, York, YO1 6DD

T: 01904 631109

Haxby Bakehouse

Artisan bakery making bread with organic Yorkshire-milled flour and using traditional slow fermentation methods.

2 Ryedale Court, Haxby, York, YO32 3SA

T: 01904 765878

HEIMA Hardware + Homeware

Open Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays 9:30am-4pm with 2 customers allowed in the shop at once.

HEIMA offer a wide range of homeware and gifts with a design-led and eco-friendly ethos.

‘Fab little shop.’

EB, May 18

34 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 624 180

Little Arras

Bakery open Tuesday-Saturday 9am-3pm.

50 Goodramgate, York

Love Cheese

Sells the best artisan cheeses from Yorkshire, the UK and Europe as well as carefully selected wines. Shop open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-3.30pm. You can also order your cheese and wine online!

16 Gillygate, York

T: 01904 622967

M&K Quality Butchers

Family-run butchers. One person allowed in store at once. Deliveries also available including reheatable meals.

10 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1JJ

T: 01904 639300

Monk Bar Chocolatiers

Luxury handmade chocolates that make perfect gifts for others or treats for yourself.

‘They make the most amazing chocolates and chocolate gifts.’

NG, June 2020

‘This is our favourite shop! 😋’

AW, June 2020

7 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

T: 01904 634999

Monkbar Pharmacy

York’s late night independent pharmacy. Offers prescription collection and delivery.

3 Goodramgate, York

T: 01904 626181

Pavers Shoes

Shoe shop born in 1971 in York. One of the UK’s leading comfort shoes retailers focussing on affordable quality.

Coppergate Walk, York

T: 0844 847 5611

Pextons Hardware

We’re back! Open again with service conducted (for the time being!) through a hatch. Feel free to use the website to check stock availability before making a trip down Phone lines open again too. Looking forward to seeing you all!

11-13 Bishopthorpe Road York YO23 1NA

Rafi’s Spicebox

Indian cuisine: re-invented! At Rafi’s Spicebox we’re introducing new ways of thinking and new ways of eating. Forget rich, oily dishes and be inspired by fragrant, colourful combinations. Our easy to use Rafi’s Curry Packs are hand mixed to order and tailored to your tastes. Each spice blend comes complete with instructions for you to take home and cook up an incredible Indian meal for your family and friends.

‘One of the best presents I have received was a curry mix from Rafi’s spice box in town.’

SM, June 2019

17 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LW

T: 01904 430 850

Rise and Shine Living

An independent, family run business that offers a wide range of UK & Yorkshire made brands. We stock as many sustainable living items as we can, as we believe small changes make a big difference. We are proud to work with other small independent business & help people live more sustainably.

44 Fossgate, York YO1 9TF

Shambles Market

The market is currently open for fresh food traders – including fruit, veg, fish & meat – as well as food court traders offering a takeaway service. All other traders are set to return 20th June with a one-way system and social distancing measures in place.

Take a Leaf

Mother and daughter florist partnership based in York.

6 The Square, Stamford Bridge, York
T: 01759 373887 

The Blue House Bookshop

Independent children’s bookshop. Open 1-5pm or alternatively you can Book  a Browse any evening between 5-8pm to have the shop exclusively to your household.

10 Bootham, York

The Cactus Trading Post

Independent retailer specialising in pop and rock music merchandise such as mugs, t-shirts, stickers and gifts.

26 Gillygate, York, YO31 7EQ

T: 01904 634915

The Crooked Tap

Open for off-licence sales for local brewery beers Thursday-Saturday 12-7pm. Click and collect also available.

39 The Green, Acomb, York, YO26 5LL

T: 01904 339584

The Easy Learning Shop

A traditional toy shop with unique wooden and educational fun products for children of all ages, sourced from around the world. We sell key stage kits, games, toys, jigsaws and puzzles. We have nationwide delivery if you can’t get into the shop. Visit our Facebook page for more.

T: 07938 175023

The Great Yorkshire Sweet Shop

Traditional sweet shop in the city centre. One household allowed inside at once currently.

11 Church Street, York, YO1 8BG

The Greengrocer of Acomb

Independent greengrocer selling essentials including dairy & bread as well as savoury treats like scotch eggs made in-house. We allow 2 customers in the shop open 6am until 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

63 York Road, Acomb, York, YO24 4LN

T: 07402 149715

The Imaginarium

A magical emporium to discover homewares and gifts.

6 Blake Street, York, YO1 8QG

T: 01904 466642

The Little Apple Bookshop

This little bookshop has an impressive collection of children’s books as well as selling signed collectibles. They offer a fast ordering service and are happy to offer recommendations for children’s books and for books you might want to try yourself. Open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-2pm. Customers must wear face coverings.

13 High Petergate, York

T: 01904 676103

The Little Green Weigh

Eco-friendly products delivery service bringing zero waste shopping to you. Our product range includes food, beauty, toiletries, cleaning, household goods, kids and gifts. Order online for collection or delivery.

The Little Green Weigh, Unit 2, York Business Park, Rose Avenue, YO26 6RR
T: 07985218223

The Nut Centre

Independent whole foods store in York city centre. Open Monday-Saturday 9-5:30 and Sunday 11-5.

21 Market Street, York

T: 01904 641205

The Shop That Must Not Be Named

A great visit for families with fans of the Wizarding World selling officially licensed Harry Potter merchandise.

30 The Shambles, York, YO1 7LX

T: 01904 801562

Thora & The Prince

Open Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm (subject to change each week – check Facebook for updated opening hours). Thora & The Prince sell a range of home and lifestyle gifts such as scarves, candles, jewellery and cards.

Thora & the Prince in Haxby have lovely things.’

CH, July 19

‘So many beautiful things xx’

LG, July 19

20 The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 3HT

T: 07837 657177

Totally Awesome

For little and big kids alike. This shop seems the latest play things like scooters, kites and much more. Staff can also repair and customise your scooter too!

Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday: 9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday: 11am-4:30pm

8 Colliergate, York, YO1 8BP
T: 01904 631696

Viking Butchery

Butchers selling local beef, pork, lamb, poultry and pies.

22 Allerton Drive, Nether Poppleton, York

T: 01904 794848


Opening 23rd June

Family-owned footwear retailer. Children’s feet measuring appointments available. Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.

53 Goodramgate, York, YO1 7LS

T: 01904 623388

Wigginton Carboot Sale

Reopening on Sunday 21st June, weather permitting. Gates open 5.45 with queued entry for buyers and sellers. Stalls will be spaced out and a one-way system will be in place.

Home Farm, Corban Lane, Wigginton, York

T: 01904 768463