24 things to do in York this weekend, August 20-21, 2016

19 Aug 2016 @ 2.53 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Dancing, racing, fireworks and 200mph wheelies – fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy weekend… Everything as always in our superlative What’s On Guide.

Motorcycle Wheelie World Championship

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What could be more thrilling than seeing motorbikes speeding by at 200mph? Bikes doing just that – on one wheel! Sounds amazing, and not bonkers at all. Head over to Elvington Airfield this Saturday and Sundaymore here.

More motoring fun

Event Venue Time
Classics On The Green Sutton upon Derwent Sun from 1pm

Artists Garden

Tree-mendous art behind York Art Gallery. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Tree-mendous art behind York Art Gallery. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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From roaring engines and the smell of petrol fumes, to total tranquility… The first artwork is now in place at the new Artists Garden behind York Art Gallery. Called Foundation Myths it consists of bright yellow ceramic tree trunks. Sit, contemplate, relax. Open daily.

More arty fun

Event Venue Time
Angelina Ballerina exhibition Nunnington Hall Till Sept 4
Junk modelling Yorkshire Museum Sat & Sun
Make a periscope Castle Museum Sat & Sun
Fancy dress summer York Art Gallery Sat & Sun
Artrageous August Beninbrough Hall Sun 12.30pn-3.30pm

Dancing in the streets

Video: People of York on Twitter

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You know those movie musicals where everyone spontaneously breaks into a dance routine as if they’d been rehearsing all their lives? It will be a bit like that on Sunday morning when hundreds of dancers will be filmed dancing around the likes of High Petergate and Lendal in York for a new BBC show. Go and take a gander: it’s free. More here.

More outdoors fun

Event Venue Time
Summer Holiday Activities at St Nicks St Nicks Environment Centre Till Aug 30
Family Fun Day Orchard Park, Huntington Sat @ 1pm-3pm
Escrick 10K Escrick Park Estate Sun @ 11am

Cycling in the Park

Pedal power in the park
Pedal power in the park
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Have you been inspired by Team GB’s golden cyclists? Get back in the saddle with this event at Rowntree Park on Saturday. York Bike Belles will be on hand to offer free try-outs of child seats and trailers, try the confidence sessions for nervous cyclists, and there’s a free health check for your bike too. More here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Little Diggers – Medieval Tournament DIG Sat @ 10am-11am
Tiger Tea Party Waterstones Sat @ 2pm
Solar Gazing Castle Howard Sun @ noon-3pm

York Races

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It’s the final day of four at the Ebor Festival on Saturday and a big crowd is expected at York Racecourse. The big event of the day is the Ebor Handicap, the oldest race at York and the richest flat handicap in Europe. And for a different perspective on the day, take a look at the video above…

More food and drink

Event Venue Time
Thorganby Real Ale Festival Thorganby Village Hall Sat @ 3pm-11.30pm
SASH Wine & Cheese Soirée Love Cheese Sat @ 7pm-11pm

Castle Howard Proms

Night lights… Photograph: Castle Howard / Ally Carmichael
Night lights… Photograph: Castle Howard / Ally Carmichael
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Anything the Albert Hall can do, Castle Howard can do better, and with more fireworks… The annual proms spectacular sees guest soloist Aled Jones and soprano Janet Mooney belting out the classical hits with the English National Orchestra. And it all finishes with that pyrotechnic finale. Saturday from 5pm – don’t forget your picnic. More here.

More shows & music

Event Venue Time
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles York Theatre Royal Sat @ 2.30pm & 7pm
Part Time Miserables Basement Sat @ 8pm
The Dukes Revolver Black Horse Sat @ 8.30pm
David Ward Maclean The Hole In The Wall Sat @ 9pm