24 things to do in York this weekend, August 15-16, 2015

14 Aug 2015 @ 7.38 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightCould world records be broken at Elvington, Rowntree Park and York Maze? Plus a one-day music extravaganza – for the full lowdown try our internationally-acclaimed What’s On Guide.

Guinness World Wheelies

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Two wheels good, one wheel better… At least that’s the theory behind the Guinness World 1km Wheelie Records, a speed-driven thrill fest at Elvington Airfield. Bikers from around the world will be trying to record the first ever 200mph-plus wheelie. Saturday and Sundaymore here.

More sporting spectacle

Event Venue Time
York City vs Hartlepool Bootham Crescent Sat @ 3pm

Record Breakers Sports Day

Record breaking venue… Rowntree Park. Photograph © TIm Green on Flickr
Record breaking venue… Rowntree Park. Photograph © TIm Green on Flickr
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Turns out, it’s a record-breaking weekend. Organisers York Explore invite all ages to the park to see if you have a record in you. Test your penalty-taking skills and get to grips with the climbing wall. Saturday from 10.30am – more here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
UK Sweetcorn Eating Championships York Maze Sat @ 12pm-4pm
Vikings 4D Jorvik Sat 10am-5pm
Go Outdoors Fun Day Go Outdoors, Foss Bank Sat 10am-5pm
Lego Animation Workshop York Explore Sat 11am-4pm
Huntington Parish Council Gala Huntington Sports and Social Club Sat from 12.30pm

Shatterfest

Rocking the fest: The Franceens
Rocking the fest: The Franceens
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If you are looking for something to rock your weekend, head over to the Fleeting Arms on Saturday for Shatterfest 2015. This all-dayer, organised by York promoters One For The Road, features two stages of great music from Yorkshire and beyond. Featured artists include Jim Lockey & the Solemn Sun, Beans On Toast and Mike TV, with The Franceens bringing it to a rousing finale. More here.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Bastard Sons Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
The Cornelius Corkery Trio Volunteer Arms Sat @ 7pm
Juffage Basement Bar Sat @ 8pm
Dana Ali Band Kennedy’s Sun @ 4pm
Merrick’s Tusk Basement Bar Sun @ 8pm

At home with the Georgians

Georgian slendour… Photograph © Fairfax House
Georgian slendour… Photograph © Fairfax House
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What was it like to be a pampered Georgian? Find out on Saturday as The Mannered Mob turn back time, reenacting life in the mid-18th century in the splendid setting of Fairfax Housemore here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Assize of Ale From the Guildhall Sat @ 10am-3pm
Rich & Poor in Victorian York Castle Museum Sat @ 12pm-1pm
Barefoot Gen York Cold War Bunker Sat @ 7pm
Towton Battlefield Walk Towton Sun @ 10.30am

Dogfight

Ready to rumble… Dogfight. Photograph: Pick Me Up Theatre
Ready to rumble… Dogfight. Photograph: Pick Me Up Theatre
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Based on the River Phoenix movie of the same name, Dogfight is a love story set in Sixties America. Brought to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday, the Pick Me Up Theatre adaptation has a memorable musical score – more here.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
The Railway Children Theatre Royal Sat @ 2pm & 7pm

Artists from the Penfold Press

Beautiful designs. Photograph © Penfold Press
Beautiful designs. Photograph © Penfold Press
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With the nearby York Art Gallery reopened, Janette Ray Rare and Out of Print Books on Bootham stages a new art exhibition of its own. Running till September, Artists from the Penfold Press features the work of Mark Hearld amongst others who have collaborated with Selby print studio the Penfold Press – more here.

More art

Event Venue Time
Royals Then And Now Beningbrough Hall Daily, not Mondays
Elementals from the North According to McGee Daily