23 things to do in York this weekend, August 22-23, 2015

Burgers and bands on the menu
21 Aug 2015 @ 4.12 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightHorses, creepy crawlies, barbies and bands feature this week. Get out there and make the most of summer while it’s still here! To get the full picture, see our comprehensive guide to everything going on here.

Medieval mischief

The fella on the right looks to have won this one… Photograph: Jorvik
The fella on the right looks to have won this one… Photograph: Jorvik
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Meet the legendary Henry Hotspur at the Richard III Experience in Monk Bar. Or travel further afield to join in the Medieval Day activities at Knaresborough Castle. Loads of merriment to be had at the Jorvik Medieval Festival this weekend – find out more here.

Medieval Festival fun

Event Venue Time
Medieval Arms and Armour Richard III Experience Sat & Sun @ 10am-5pm
The Mythology of Richard III Explore York Sat @ 8pm
Richard III and York Explore York Sun @ 2pm
Helen Cox: Magna Carta Barley Hall Sun @ 7pm
Medieval Day Knaresborough Castle 11am-4pm

Winning fun at the races

You too could enjoy this winning feeling. Photograph: York Racecourse
You too could enjoy this winning feeling. Photograph: York Racecourse
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Another amazing Ebor Festival comes to a climax with the running of the Betfred Ebor on Saturday. It’s an ideal day out whether you go for a family picnic in the paddock or a posh afternoon of hats and champagne – and if you follow our tipster Turpin you might leave with more cash than you brought. Full details here.

More sporting events

Event Venue Time
Bike and Brunch Star Inn The City Sun @ 8:30am

Beetle mania

Shine on – it's a tansy beetle. Photograph © Geoff Oxford on Wikimedia
Shine on – it’s a tansy beetle. Photograph © Geoff Oxford on Wikimedia
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For a more unusual afternoon, give beetle-hunting a go on Fulford Parish Green. It’s an excuse to get mucky as well as to help Buglife gather information about this important, and rather beautiful, species. On Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am – more here.

More outdoor fun

Event Venue Time
York Maze Elvington Lane, York Daily from 10am
Tree Tour of York Cemetery York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm

Charity barbecue

Burgers and bands on the menu
Burgers and bands on the menu
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Rather than scale Kilimanjaro or swim with sharks to raise money for charity, you may as well do so by simply having a delicious barbecue at York Sports Club this Sunday. There’s also a raffle, a bouncy castle, live music and a cake stall, with all money raised heading to Cancer Research UK – more here.

More all day activities

Event Venue Time
Family fun day Orchard Park Sat @ 1pm
Yorkshire Market Nunnington Hall Sun @ 11am-5pm

Ten years of tunes

York band Junk, performing at the all-dayer
York band Junk, performing at the all-dayer
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Promoter Please Please You is known amongst local musicheads for bringing top-notch acts from across the UK and beyond to local venues, and on Saturday at the Fulford Arms they celebrate their tin anniversary in the only way they know how – by hosting a massive gig! Performers include Slug, Junk, Soma Crew and Wolf Solent – more here.

More live gigs & shows

Event Venue Time
Bring The Noise Fulford Arms Sun @ 12pm
Love Me Tender Grand Opera House Sat @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 7pm
The Black Lagoons Fibbers Sat @ 7:30pm
Ian Kay’s Soul Dream Victoria Vaults Sat @ 8:30pm
The Mojos Kennedy’s Sun @ 7pm

Castle Howard proms

One of the best concert venues around… Photograph: Castle Howard
One of the best concert venues around… Photograph: Castle Howard
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Another musical anniversary this weekend is the 25th Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard, with the UK Philarmonic Orchestra, fireworks and a magnificent Spitfire flypast ensuring that it lives up to its name – on Saturday, more here.

More classical class

Event Venue Time
Yorkshire Young Sinfonia Barbican Centre Sat @ 7pm
Peter Wright Organ Recital York Minster Sat @ 7pm