The MixSix: Six things to do in York this week
It’s the last week of the school year, York’s main theatres are all dark and the big York 800 celebrations are behind us.
But there’s still plenty to do in the city that does sleep (but only to ensure it is refreshed enough to enjoy all the activities on offer). Here’s a few to get you going.
1. Have a laugh with Patrick
An Englishman, an Irishman and an Iranian walk into a bar. They all happen to be the same man, stand up Patrick Monahan, whose mum’s from Ireland, his dad’s from Iran and he was brought up a Geordie.
The bar is the Black Swan, home to Trapdoor Comedy, who have brought Patrick to York.
Winner of Loaded LAFTA’s Best Newcomer 2012, he’s toured the UK as well as performed a run at the Adelaide Comedy Festival.
Where: The Black Swan, Peasholme Green, York
When: Monday, July 16, 8pm
Tickets: available from this website, or on the door, for £5
2. Go to a Georgian tea party
What makes the perfect cuppa? Milk in first of course, freshly boiled water and Yorkshire teabags. That’s the YorkMix recipe, but they did things differently in the olden days as Wives and Witches: the Art of Taking Tea in the 18th and 19th Century will prove.
Complete with Georgian garb, and surrounded by the architecture and tea accoutrements of the age from the Fairfax House collection, tea expert Dr Annie Gray explores the fascinating history of tea.
Where: Fairfax House, Castlegate, York
When: Tuesday, July 17 7pm
Tickets: £16 or £14. Contact Fairfax House on 01904 655543 or call in
3. Walk back to Victorian times
York used to be the second seaport of England. And as part of the York Festival of the Rivers, Yorkwalk is conducting a stroll by the Ouse, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge.
Where: Depart Museum Garden gates
When: Wednesday, July 18 2.15pm; Friday, July 20 10.30am; Saturday, July 21 10.30am
Tickets: £5.50 (£5 with Yorkcard) More details at Yorkwalk or on 01904 622303
4. Experience Guns ‘n’ Roses
As tributes go, the Guns ‘n’ Roses Experience are louder than most. Expect all the big hits at Fibbers on Friday.
According to their publicity “the Guns N’ Roses Experience meticulously recreates every visual detail and every musical note to capture that reckless spirit of the original Guns’N Roses legendary live performances”. Meticulously reckless? That we’ve got to see.
Where: Fibbers, Stonebow, York
When: Friday, July 20 7.30pm
Tickets: £10, via the website
5. Enjoy paddle power
It’s the seventh annual York River Festival Canoe Races on Saturday. Teams of all ages and abilities will be paddling along one the Ouse in the hope of grabbing one of the 27 trophies.
Races start at the Millennium Bridge and run along a short course to Skeldergate Bridge and back, a medium course to the Railway Bridge and back, and for the real pros, a long course to Clifton Bridge and back.
River festival activities conclude on Sunday afternoon with a model boat regatta in Rowntree Park, and performances from the River Ouse Junkestra at Tower Gardens.
Where: Millennium Bridge, York
When: Saturday, July 21 2pm
Details: The York Canoe Club website
6. Watch the fur fly
What is flyball? It involves dogs and balls and, according to York group Monster Flyball, it’s “a relay race for dogs and is the fastest growing dog sport in the UK”. You’ll get a better idea what goes on from the video below.
To see it live, head to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming. You can even bring your dog and have a go.
Where: The Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York
When: Sunday, July 22 10am-5pm
Tickets: Covered by the admission to the museum: Adults £6, concessions £5, children £4