YORK is set to host the biggest outdoor Ice Trail ever seen in the UK next month.

It will be the fourth year that the city has hosted an ice sculpture trail but the 2019 event, which opens on February 2, promises to be the biggest yet.

It will feature 50 impressive fire and ice sculptures depicting myths and legends and will also celebrate the Chinese New Year with Chinese dancers.

New for this year will be interactive sculptures on Parliament Street, including a carving wall where visitors can have a go at sculpting the ice.

There will also be a Shuffleboard, where visitors can push discs along the ice to win prizes.

Paul Whiting, head of Visit York, said: “This is the biggest event of its kind in the UK.

"We’re adding lots of new elements to the trail and expect it will draw thousands of visitors locally and from right across the UK.

£It’s a fabulous family friendly event and free for everyone to enjoy.”

Mat Foster, creative director, Glacial Art, said: “York Ice Trail is the highlight of our year.

"We’ll be hand carving over eight tonnes of ice to spread the magic all across the city. We can’t wait to see the reaction to it.”