28 things to do in York this Bank Holiday weekend, May 2-4, 2015

There be cowboys in them thar Murton Park. Photograph: Yorkshire Museum Of Farming on Facebook
1 May 2015 @ 4.25 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightAs the late great Larry Grayson nearly said, “What a May Day!” With three days of fun and frolics ahead, here are our picks – choose for yourself via our massively useful What’s On Guide

Tour de Yorkshire

Flashback to the Tour de France (they won't be going past the Minster this time)
Flashback to the Tour de France (they won’t be going past the Minster this time)
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There’s some sort of cycle thingy happening this weekend, did you know? The TdY cyclists hit York on day two, when they’ll be doing a quick 174km sprint from Selby (they must be coming the long way round). Here’s our complete guide to the Tour de Yorkshire. They’re due into York about 2.30pm on Saturday.

More Tour de Yorkshire fun

Event Venue Time
Le 4 de Yorkshire Beer Festival Lawrence Street Till Mon May 4
Fossgate Festival Fossgate, York Sat @ 9am-9pm
The New Ebor Street Feast York Racecourse Sat from 10.30am
E By Eck Party Bishopthorpe Road, York 11am-9pm

Rowing Regatta

York City Rowing Club on the River Ouse. Photograph © David Dixon on geograph
York City Rowing Club on the River Ouse. Photograph © David Dixon on geograph
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It’s sport, Jim, but not on two wheels… Prepare to be oared as York City Rowing Club stages its Spring Regatta on the Ouse. The races take place between Clifton and Lendal. From 9am on Saturdaymore here.

Copmanthorpe May Day Street Fair

Last year's fair. Photograph: Copmanthorpe May Day Street Fair on Facebook
Last year’s fair. Photograph: Copmanthorpe May Day Street Fair on Facebook
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With stalls featuring local produce and crafts, live music, tombola, fairground rides, games, refreshments and much more, Copmanthorpe’s annual fair – now in its 25th year – promises to be bigger and better than ever. Monday from noon till 4pmmore here.

More festivals and fairs

Event Venue Time
Yorkshire Heart Beer and Music Festival Yorkshire Heart Brewery Sat @ 1pm-11.30pm
Stamp Fair Wigginton Rec Sat @ 9.30am-3.30pm
Craft & Gift Fair Stillingfleet 10am-3pm

Family fun

There be cowboys in them thar Murton Park. Photograph: Yorkshire Museum Of Farming on Facebook
There be cowboys in them thar Murton Park. Photograph: Yorkshire Museum Of Farming on Facebook
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Polish your spurs and knock the dust off your stetson – the cowboys are coming to the fort at Yorkshire Museum of Farming for the May Day weekend. Yeehah! More here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Creative Body Percussion Workshop NCEM Mon @ 10am-noon
Sing-a-Ling-a-Frozen Grand Opera House Sun @ 11am, 3pm & 6.30pm
Fishergate Postern Tower Open Day Fishergate Postern Sat-Sun @ 10am-4pm
Eco-Active Day St Nicks Sat @ 10am-2pm
Brilliant Brands exhibition York’s Chocolate Story From Monday @ 10am

Yamato Drummers of Japan

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Now seen by more than six million people worldwide, Yamato’s perform authentic Japanese Taiko drumming using their whole bodies to expertly control the rhythms. At the Grand Opera House on Saturday at 7.30pmmore here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Drums In The Night Friargate Theatre Till Sat @ 7.30pm
Walk The Walk Dunnington Reading Rooms Sat & Sun @ 7.30pm
Crystallised: 15th Anniversary Show Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 3pm

Mostly Autumn in concert

Back in town… Mostly Autumn
Back in town… Mostly Autumn
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York’s Mostly Autumn, who’ve built a loyal cult following since their first album 16 years ago, return with their latest album Dressed In Voices, exploring the dark concept of a killer forced to witness the full weight of all he is taking away as time briefly comes to a standstill. At Fibbers on Saturdaymore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Dark Inventions NCEM Sat @ 7.30pm
Al Stewart Barbican Sat @ 8pm
The Assembled St Martin cum Gregory Sun @ 1pm
The High Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm
Misty Miller Basement Sun @ 8pm
Anna Meredith Mansion Sun @ 10pm
Poppleton Live Festival Poppleton Centre From Mon to Sun May 10