Local Heroes

 

Thanks to everyone who took part in our local heroes campaign on social media. We had some amazing entries and we loved hearing about everyone’s efforts going above and beyond during the pandemic. We were humbled knowing how much you’d done for one another during such a challenging time and we’re so happy we could give back in a small way.

Our final winner (as voted by you) was Charlie from Manchester. Charlie wins a weekend break to York for his hard work supporting his local food banks:
 
“I've been collecting donations to fund shopping trips for local food banks at Christmas for about 5 years, but when lockdown began I realised the need was going to skyrocket. We alternated between taking money donations one week, and picking up and sorting food donations the next. We raised over £12,000 and collected over 10 tons of food donations across lockdown, translating to 62,000 meals for people who needed them. The motivation was simple, people were hungry and I wasn't, and I couldn't just sit back and let that happen.”

Charlie won a short break in York with an overnight stay at Queen’s Hotel, tickets for York’s Chocolate Story and the chance to go to The Cookery School at The Grand.

We also had three wonderful runners-up who won days out at attractions across our network:
• The British Music Experience, and Anfield stadium tour in Liverpool
• Camera Obscura, and history and ghost tours with Mercat Tours in Edinburgh
• The Dungeons, and Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience exhibition in York

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Queen's Hotel

An independent hotel located on the banks of the River Ouse, in the heart of York. Comfortable, friendly accommodation for visitors wanting to enjoy our wonderful city!

York's Chocolate Story

Discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate and unwrap the secrets of chocolate making on our guided tour.

The Grand Hotel Cookery School

Visit The Cookery School at The Grand, York and enjoy a half-day cookery class for two! With plenty of classes to choose from, there is something to suit everybody’s taste.

British Music Experience

The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia from the Beatles and Bowie to Adele, Oasis and X Factor.

Liverpool FC Stadium Tour

Go behind the scenes at Anfield, one of the world’s most iconic stadiums. Visit the dressing rooms, see the famous This Is Anfield sign, walk down the players’ tunnel, take a seat in the Manager’s Dugout, and more.

Camera Obscura

Weave your way through a world of illusions. Explore the five floors jam-packed with over 100 illusions and discover the best rooftop views of Edinburgh.

Mercat Tours

5-star history walks and ghost tours from Edinburgh's award-winning storytellers. Visit key sites such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Blair Street Underground Vaults.

The York Dungeon

Live and breathe York’s darkest history as you travel through 2000 years of gripping story-telling – laugh and scream as you enter the depths of the Dungeon.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Take an awe-inspiring journey into the world of Van Gogh, one of the world’s greatest artists, in a magnificent, immersive spectacle of cutting-edge 360 ̊ digital animation, music and optical illusion.

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