31 things to do in York this weekend, August 1-2, 2015

Funny bones… Rob Beckett
31 Jul 2015 @ 3.00 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightThe inaugural Fringe finishes on a high, with some big names adding extra dates. And with the riverside alive with music, and the Railway Children at the NRM, York is still clearly a cultural hotbed despite of the loss of The Willow. Of course, everything else not mentioned here is in our famously thorough What’s On Guide

Tattifilarious talents of tomorrow

Funny bones… Rob Beckett
Funny bones… Rob Beckett

With heats having taken place at the Tea Pot all week, the grand final of the Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian will crown a fresh stand-up or sketch starlet. The final is hosted by Rob Beckett, on Sunday at 5.30pm before his own show later that evening – more here. New dates have been added from Reginald D Hunter, Henning Wehn and Tony Law too. Look out too for comedy musical extravaganza Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho and Slightly Fat Features‘ uniquely ridiculous mayhem.

All the Fringe events

More Fringe fun

Event Venue Time
Tim Brooke-Taylor Parliament Street Sat @ 2.30pm
The Kagools Parliament Street Sat @ 2.30pm
Slightly Fat Features Parliament Street Sat @ 5:30pm
Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho Parliament Street Sat @ 7pm
Reginald D Hunter Parliament Street Sat @ 7:30pm
Eleanor Tiernan Parliament Street Sat @ 7:30pm
Moulin Ouse Parliament Street Sat @ 8:30pm
Tom Stade Parliament Street Sat @ 9:45pm
Glenn Wool Parliament Street Sun @ 7pm
Rob Beckett Parliament Street Sun @ 8:30pm

Let’s get physical

A flashback to last year's race. Photograph: Simon Dewhurst Photography
A flashback to last year’s race. Photograph: Simon Dewhurst Photography

For the more actively minded this weekend, Sunday morning sees the start of York 10k on the Knavesmire Road. With a route taking in the Shambles, Minster and Clifford’s Tower, the streets will become a colourful carnival of participants and spectators to raise as much as possible for one of many partner charities – more here.

More active events

Event Venue Time
Try Cycling Saturday Rowntree Park Sat @ 10am
Yorkshire Day at the Maze York Maze Sat @ 10am

Chuffing great theatre


It’s back! Beginning another run on Friday evening at the NRM, the award-winning production of The Railway Children returns to its spiritual home with four performances taking place across the weekend. The original steam train from the famous 1970 film also brilliantly features in Mike Kenny’s emotional play – more here.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
West Side Story Grand Opera House Sat @ 2:30pm, Sun @ 7:30pm

Independents day

The Brigantes dancing at the last festival – and they're back this time. Photograph: Fossgate Festival
The Brigantes dancing at the last festival – and they’re back this time. Photograph: Fossgate Festival

Established as one of the city’s most vibrant and independent communities, Fossgate hosts another festival showcasing the finest street grub, music, dance and shopping the area has to offer. Sunday from 10ammore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
York CD and Record Fair The Basement Bar Sat @ 1pm

Riverside, let’s go!

Fabulous fun under canvas – the Riverside Festival. Photograph: York Arts Barge
Fabulous fun under canvas – the Riverside Festival. Photograph: York Arts Barge

The Riverside Festival in Tower Gardens is a free family all-day arts extravaganza, taking in workshops for kids including charcoal drawing, crocheting and other arty-farty fun. Respected local musicians including Moonshine Creek and Luke Saxton will also be performing folk and Americana-oriented music on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-11pmmore here and here

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Medieval Guild Halls Tour Bedern Hall Sat @ 8am-5pm
World Record Activities York Explore Sat @ 10:30am-4pm
West End Magic Parliament Street 2:30pm
Utterly Spiffing Magic Show Parliament Street Sun @ 2:30pm

Julian Cope comeback

Julian Cope. Photograph: YouTube
Julian Cope. Photograph: YouTube

Finally, Julian Cope returns. Last time he was here, he walked out on his Fibbers gig before a note was played, complaining about the dark. His rearranged gig is at The Duchess on Sunday – provided the lighting is to his stipulation of course. If the Teardrop Explodes frontman doesn’t float your boat, there are also sets of classic jazz and booze-soaked bop from Ronnie Scott’s and The Urban Voodoo Machine respectively. More about Julian’s gig here.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Urban Voodoo Machine Fibbers Sat @ 7:30pm
Annastasia Baker The Basement Bar Sat @ 8pm
York Minster Summer Organ Recitals York Minster Sat @ 7pm
The Ronnie Scott’s Story Parliament Street Sun @ 8:15pm
Harkin’s Bike Kennedy’s Sun @ 7pm