27 things to do in York this weekend, June 27-28 2015

Dr Seuss's unique characters are brought to life. Photograph: We Are Theatre
26 Jun 2015 @ 1.19 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightFestival fever hits York, there’s a party in the park and history is made in the sky… For everything everywhere, check out our What’s On Guide

Apollo Festival – and more music

Space, one of the bands ready to rock Apollo
Space, one of the bands ready to rock Apollo
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Festival season is here. While the uneducated hordes get stuck in the Glastonbury mud, more discerning musos will head to York Sports Club for the Apollo Festival, headlined by the legendary Inspiral Carpets. Saturday, 11am-midnightmore here.

12 bands not to miss at the Apollo Festival 2015

More music

Event Venue Time
Healing Rocks Fulford Arms Sat @ 1pm-7pm
Opera In The Garden Treasurer’s House Sat @ 7pm-10pm
Ste Kenwright Benefit Gig Clements Hall Sat @ 7pm
D.O.A. Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Sullivan’s Music St Edward the Confessor Sat @ 7.30pm
Chanticleer Singers Bar Convent Sat @ 7.30pm
Music for a Summer’s Evening St Helen’s Church Sat @ 7.30pm
Dave Smith Blues Woolpack Inn Sat @ 8pm
Jesse Bannister NCEM Sun @ 7.30pm
York Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Concert Jack Lyons Hall Sun @ 8pm

Heritage flypast – and more history

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It’s probably York’s final chance to see a Cold War V-bomber in the air this weekend. The Salute the V-Force Tour sees the last flying Avro Vulcan bomber overfly its sister V-bomber, the “Lusty Lindy”, at the Yorkshire Air Museum at lunchtime on Saturdaymore here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Armed Forces Day Goddards Sat @ 11am-5pm
Living History York Cemetery Sat @ 11.30am-12.30pm
A Cemetery Stroll York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm-3pm

Flower festival – and more outdoors fun

Castle Howard florist Kymm & her mum, Carol, who used to be the house florist, arrange displays in the Great Hall. Photograph: Tony Bartholomew
Castle Howard florist Kymm & her mum, Carol, who used to be the house florist, arrange displays in the Great Hall Photograph: Tony Bartholomew
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Local flower club members work alongside the house’s own garden team to fill it with a blaze of floral colour for the four day Flower Festival at Castle Howard. A large wooden Garuda statue in the Long Gallery will be covered with orange, yellow and red blooms as the house commemorates 75 years since the fire which destroyed several of its rooms. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pmmore here.

More outdoor fun

Event Venue Time
Wildlife Day Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens Sun @ 10.30am-5pm
York City v Barnsley York College Sun @ 2pm

Bar Lane art showcase

Some artwork by Ian Boonham on display at the studios. Photograph: Ian Boonham on Twitter
Some artwork by Ian Boonham on display at the studios. Photograph: Ian Boonham on Twitter
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Art lovers should head along to Bar Lane Studios, which is showcasing the work of its 13 resident artists on Saturday from 10.30am-5pm. It’s also a chance to peak behind the scenes – more here.

West Bank Park Summer Fair

All the fun of the fair at West Bank Park. Photograph © Nick Ansell / West Bank Park Facebook
All the fun of the fair at West Bank Park. Photograph © Nick Ansell / West Bank Park Facebook
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It’s all the fun of the fair at West Bank Park, with a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, tea, cake and more. More than 2,000 people went along last year, and organisers reckon it’ll be even bigger on Sunday from 1pm-4pmmore here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Gruffalo Family Fun Day Haxby Road Primary Academy Sat @ 1pm-3pm
Blake’s Genes Family Fun Day Oaken Grove Community Centre Sat @ noon-4pm
Searching The Skies Jack Lyons Hall Sat @ 8pm

Seussical – and more theatre

Dr Seuss's unique characters are brought to life. Photograph: We Are Theatre
Dr Seuss’s unique characters are brought to life. Photograph: We Are Theatre
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Dreamed up partly by Python Eric Idle, and based on the remarkable stories of Dr Seuss, Seussical The Musical by We Are Theatre is a riot of fun and colour. Catch it at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pmmore here.

More theatre & comedy

Event Venue Time
Godspell Upstage Centre Youth Theatre Until Sat
Witness for the Prosecution Guildhall Until Sat
Saturday Night Lounge The Duchess Sat @ 7pm