35 things to do in York this weekend, June 25-26 2016

A special place… West Bank Park
24 Jun 2016 @ 2.21 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Free museums, fun in the park, a top rock festival and art by the river (plus a celebration of beer and a naked bike ride…) Full details in our What’s On Guide

West Bank Summer Fair

West Bank Park, with Holgate Mill in the background. Photograph © Tristan Moss
West Bank Park, with Holgate Mill in the background. Photograph © Tristan Moss
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Featuring 30 local community and charity groups, several of whom are new to the fair, the fair in West Bank Park is on Sunday from 1pm-4pm. The Golden Railway Brass band will set the tone with a traditional musical backdrop to the afternoon, alongside the ever popular Miniature Railway. The bouncy slides, spinning teacups, climbing wall, ice creams and the “Have a go” sessions on the Bowling greens are always very popular – more here.

More events

Event Venue Time
Beer & Food Celebration Brew York Sat @ noon-11pm
York World Naked Bike Ride 2016 Millennium Bridge Sat @ 5pm
Strensall Carnival Strensall Village Hall Sat @ 12-5pm
Wigginton School Summer Fayre Wigginton Primary School Sat @ 1-4pm
Rufforth Primary School Summer Fair Rufforth Primary School Sat @ 1-3:30pm
Pet Coe’s Tall Tailes National Centre for Early Music Sun @ 11:30am-12:30pm

York Museums Open Weekend

Captivating Kirkgate in York Castle Museum. Photograph: York Museums Trust / visityork.org
Captivating Kirkgate in York Castle Museum. Photograph: York Museums Trust / visityork.org
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York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum will be absolutely free to local residents on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26.
This includes entry to two new major exhibitions – Shaping the Body at York Castle Museum and the York Art Gallery’s Truth and Memory – as well as a Fossil Roadshow at the Yorkshire Museum. Jorvik’s new exhibition JORVIK: Home and Abroad at York St Mary’s is also included in the Open Weekend. More here.

Free fun! Some of York’s favourite attractions are opening for nothing this weekend

More exhibitions

Event Venue Time
A Vision of Dimensions Kunsthuis Gallery Daily
York College Creative Show York College Daily
Little Shambles, Big Art Shambles Market Sun @ 10:30-4:40

Apollo Festival

Dodgy, one of the Apollo headliners
Dodgy, one of the Apollo headliners
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After winning Yorkshire’s most outstanding festival 2015 the Apollo Festival is back for a fourth year this Saturday. Again there will be a full funfair, kids quarter, dance troupes, beers, ciders and a cocktail tent, all alongside four stages playing the best local and national music around. More details here.

Apollo Festival 2016 – Your rocking guide to this year’s line-up

More music

Event Venue Time
Summer Sounds in the Park Rowntree Park Sat @ 12-5pm
Mozart in Prague St Olave’s Church, Marygate Sat @ 12pm
Music In The Churchyard Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate Sat @ 1-4pm
Branded By Fire Black Horse, Monkgate Sat @ 8:30-11:30pm
Spangled 10th birthday The Crescent Community Venue Sat @ 9pm-2am
Rock Train Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9-11:20pm
Ordinary Affair York Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Gippeswyk Singers St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel Sun @ 3-4:45pm
Love Revisited The Crescent Community Venue Sun @ 7:30pm

Race For Life

In the pink… flashback to the York Race For Life in 2014
In the pink… flashback to the York Race For Life in 2014
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This year’s Race For Life, fundraising for Cancer Research UK, includes three events. There’s a 5K race for all abilities and the bigger 10K challenge on the Sunday from 11am, and the Pretty Muddy 5K – a muddy obstacle course – on Saturday. It all happens on Knavesmire – more info here.

More Charity Fundraisers

Event Venue Time
The Wilberforce Walk Various Saturday
York Pretty Muddy 5k York Knavesmire Sat @ 1:15-2:15pm
York RI Community Day York RI New Lane Sports Club Sun @ 11am-2pm
St Leonard’s Hospice Summer Fair St Leonard’s Hospice Sun @ 12-4pm

York River Art Market

A view across the River Ouse. The art market will be on the railings to the left. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
A view across the River Ouse. The art market will be on the railings to the left. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
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York River Art Market aims to be an regular summertime happening along Dame Judi Dench Walk by the River Ouse, where people can exhibit and purchase original artworks. The first is on Sunday from 10am-5pmmore here.

York River Art Market launches: ‘Soon we’ll be the Paris of the North!’

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Little Shambles, Big Art Shambles Market Sun @ 10.30am
Poppleton Yard Sale Poppleton Tithe Barn Sat 9am-4pm
Car show, craft & gift fair York Bird Of Prey Centre Sun @ 10:30am-5:30pm
York Does Vintage Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Sun @ 11am-4:30pm

The Little Mermaid

Two funky fish from the Little Mermaid. Photograph: We Are Theatre
Two funky fish from the Little Mermaid. Photograph: We Are Theatre
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Based upon the original tale of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, this new show from We Are Theatre features an enchanting new script, original music, a live band and lots of under the sea creatures. At the Joseph Rowntree Theatre till Saturdaymore here.

More Shows

Event Venue Time
A Midsummer Night’s Dream Rowntree Park Fri @ 7pm
Attitude Ripped Grand Opera House Sat @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Brideshead Revisited York Theatre Royal Fri @ 7:30pm, Sat @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Mystery Plays 2016 York Minster Fri and Sat @ 7:30pm