30 things to do in York this weekend, July 8-9 2017

7 Jul 2017 @ 2.22 pm
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It’s the first ever York Proms this Sunday – but it doesn’t make our list only because the show is already sold out.

If you’ve missed out, don’t panic there’s loads more to do – from cheering on dragons to street parties to music festivals.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Dragon Boat Challenge

Fiercely contested: a moment from the race in 2016. Photograph: Graham Dann

You know summer’s truly here when grown men and women don fancy dress and fright wigs, climb into wooden boats, and pelt down the River Ouse to the strains of the Hawaii 5-0 theme tune… The York Rotary Annual Dragon Boat Challenge is great fun, raises loads of cash for good causes, and runs all day Sunday. More here.

Day at the Museum


The museum in question is the National Railway Museum and it’s hosting a day of family fun this Sunday. Activities include Circuit City, Science Busking and Screwball Signals – and most of them are free. More here.

See also
Fishergate Postern Tower Open Day on Piccadilly this Saturday
New Earswick Nature Reserve Open Day on Saturday
Lord Mayors Buried in the Cemetery at York Cemetery on Sunday

Bishy Road Summer Party

York’s party street – Bishopthorpe Road. Photograph Tim Green on Flickr

Is your dog special? I mean, really special? If so he might do well in the Bishy Barkers Competition, a dog show which forms part of the party held on Bishopthorpe Road on Sunday. Other activities include children’s games, face painting and an open mic. More here.

See also
Summer Fair at St James the Deacon Church on Saturday
Copmanthorpe Carnival 2017 at the Copmanthorpe sports centre on Saturday
New Earswick Summer Fair at New Earswick Primary School on Saturday
Grovestock 2 – A Musical Summer Fair and Festival at Park Grove Primary School on Saturday
Heslington Summer Fair at Heslington Church on Saturday
West Bank Park Summer Fair on Sunday

York Early Music Festival

Performing in York Minster: The Sixteen. Photograph: Simon Jay Price

Happy 40th birthday to the early music fest. There’s no sign of any mid-life crisis, just lots of incredible musicianship from artists old and new. And there’s the culmination of the event’s Bassoon Extravaganza. Runs till Sat July 15 at various venuesmore here.

See also
Bev Jones Music Company Presents Around The World In 80 Minutes at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
Anne Reid: I Love To Sing at York Theatre Royal on Saturday

York Calling presents

Amber Warren is on the bill

City music magazine York Calling returns with another series of gigs, the first featuring Amber Warren, Will Ellis and Fiona Lee. As YC owner Graeme Smith says, “Our city is often overlooked on the national music scene which we think is a travesty.” On Saturday at Clements Hallmore here.

See also
Irie Vibes Fundraiser at the Crescent on Saturday
Bayonet + support at the Basement on Saturday
Ezee Goin Live at the Beeswing on Saturday
The Two-Phoons at the Volunteers Arms on Saturday
Noize Doctorz Live at the Black Horse on Saturday

Comedy with Daniel Simonsen

Daniel Simonsen – or Erik, as Vic and Bob fans know him. Photograph: Edward Moore

Norwegian born New York resident Daniel Simonsen, aka Erik in Vic and Bob’s House Of Fools, is a rising stand up star and Best Newcomer Edinburgh Festival award winner. On his second trip to the Burning Duck he will perform Net – new scripted comedy – and No Net – improvised on the night. This Sunday at the Black Swanmore here

See also
Comedy & Wigs #2 at the Grey Horse, Elvington on Saturday
Another Op’nin’ Another Show at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
Dance, Dance, Dance 2017 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday

Edible Open Gardens

Photograph: Edible York / Facebook

Where do you think food comes from? It doesn’t grow on trees you know… But of course it does, and on bushes, and in various Edible York gardens. This Saturday, many of the gardens will be showcasing their efforts from river banks to libraries. Go along, learn more and have a nibble. More here.

See also
York City of Ale Festival Fined V Unfined at the Rook And Gaskill till Saturday
Hazed & Confused Craft Beer Festival at Belfrey Hall till Sunday
The Old Ruin Beer n Cider Festival 2017 at York Priory on Saturday
SASH Wine & Cheese Soirée at York Medical Society on Saturday