33 things to do in York this Bank Holiday weekend, August 27-29, 2016

One of the more striking carts ready to take on the Micklegate challenge
26 Aug 2016 @ 1.12 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Madness on Micklegate, sci-fi stars at the racecourse and a Knockout Knavesmire tournament are among our Bank Holiday picks. See our What’s On Guide for the complete guide.

Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge

One of the more striking carts ready to take on the Micklegate challenge
One of the more striking carts ready to take on the Micklegate challenge
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The Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge is an hilarious go-cart race down York’s finest street. Fifty teams will be racing their home made soapbox carts down the steep cobbles. Throughout the day there’ll be street food, bands and entertainment for the little ones, so join the crowds and come and support this fantastic event. More here.

Revealed: 13 of the soapbox carts which will soon be hurtling down Micklegate

More outdoor events

Event Venue Time
Hop Skip and a Micklegate Run Micklegate Bar Sun @ 2pm
Heworth Scarecrow Trail Glen Gardens Sun & Mon
Fulford Show Fulford Social Hall Mon @ 1pm-5pm
Fossgate Festival Fossgate Sun @ 10am-6pm
Acomb Green Summer Fair Acomb Green Mon @ 1-4pm
Fox Fest Fox Inn Fri-Mon

York Unleashed

Ready to storm the racecourse… Photograph © aitoff
Ready to storm the racecourse… Photograph © aitoff
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York’s comic-con is back at the racecourse on Sunday with a new name and big stars from the world of sci-fi and fantasy. From Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy, who played the seventh Doctor, and Sophie Aldred who played his companion Ace, team up again, while Jeremy Bulloch, better known as Boba Fett, is one of the Star Wars stars in attendance. Loads of stalls and attractions too: more here.

Rent

Rent focuses on a group of friends dealing with love and loss
Rent focuses on a group of friends dealing with love and loss
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Fresh from their triumph with Little Shop Of Horrors, York Orchard Theatre Company brings Rent to the Grand Opera House. Loosely based on the Puccini opera La Bohème, this rock opera tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village. Friday and Saturday – more here.

More shows and music

Event Venue Time
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles York Theatre Royal Fri and Sat @ 2:30pm
Jesus Pizza album launch The Basement Fri @ 8-11pm
Mashed The Crescent Community Venue Fri @ 8pm-12:30am
Behind The White Door Fulford Arms Fri @ 8-11:30pm
The Mothers Black Horse Fri @ 8:30pm
Elvis Karaoke Charity Night Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 8-11:15pm
David Ward Maclean The Habit Sat @ 9pm
Lucie Jackson York Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Deviation Fulford Arms Sun @ 8pm-1am
The Ultimate Blues Brothers York Acorn Rugby Club Sun @ 8pm
Bank Holiday Sunday Fibbers Sun @ 10:30pm-3:30am
Sammie Leigh York Acorn Rugby Club Mon @ 3-6pm
Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts The Crescent Community Venue Mon @ 7:30pm

WW2 Living History Weekend

Lots of re-enactors bring back the war years. Photograph: Eden Camp
Lots of re-enactors bring back the war years. Photograph: Eden Camp
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Re-enactment groups UK Homefront and the Frontline Association will be portraying British and German troops as well as civilians at Eden Camp. Delve deep into life in the war years this Saturday. More here.

More events for history buffs

Event Venue Time
Church Explorers Day St Mary Bishophill Junior Sat @ 11am-4pm
The Dark Ages Society and Trailblazers Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton Sun @ 10am-4:30pm
Bishopthorpe Sports Club 70th anniversary Bishopthorpe Sports & Social Club Sat & Sun

It’s A Knockout

A crack team from York Brewery are in training to ensure they retain their crown in the annual It’s a Knockout tournament, held to raise funds for St Leonard’s Hospice. The team will be taking on all-comers in a variety of fun, challenging games on Knavesmire, based on the old TV series. On Sunday from 10.30ammore here.

More family events

Event Venue Time
Summer Holiday Activities at St Nicks St Nicks Environment Centre Daily
BBQ at the New York Club New York Club Sat @ 12-7pm
The Bay Tree Summer Sunday – Part 2 The Bay Tree, Stillington Sun @ 12pm

Festival of Flowers

A floral fireplace. Photograph: Fairfax House
A floral fireplace. Photograph: Fairfax House
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In stark contrast to its In Pursuit Of Pleasure exhibition, which is all decadence and debauchery, Fairfax House launches a much more fragrant event. Starting on Saturday with the theme Georgian Floral Delights, the house is transformed by New Earswick Flower Club: more here.

More colourful events

Event Venue Time
Poppleton Art Exhibition Poppleton Tithe Barn Sat @ 10am-6pm
Little Shambles, Big Art Shambles Market Sun @ 10:30am-4:40pm