37 things to do in York this weekend, June 11-12, 2016

Pets, people and plenty of fun… Photograph: Askham Bryan College
10 Jun 2016 @ 1.59 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Country fun, fabulous food and a right royal knees up. As always your full What’s On Guide is here.

Party at the Palace

The gateway to Bishopthorpe Palace. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
The gateway to Bishopthorpe Palace. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
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No, not that palace! This party is at Bishopthorpe Palace, home to the Archbishop of York, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Bands, bubbles, and big bangs, all raising money for St Leonard’s Hospice. More here.

More events for the Queen’s birthday

Event Venue Time
On Her Majesty’s Service York Cemetery Sat @ 8pm
Gun Salute Museum Gardens Sat @ 11.30am-12.05pm

Countryside Day

Pets, people and plenty of fun… Photograph: Askham Bryan College
Pets, people and plenty of fun… Photograph: Askham Bryan College
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The Askham Bryan College Countryside Day on Sunday is jam-packed with demonstrations, stalls and children’s activities. Includes duck herding, inflatable assault course, donkey rides, drystone walling demonstration, tractor and trailer rides and even llamas doing an agility display… More here.

More outdoors

Event Venue Time
Huntington hubs Huntington 11am-3pm
Future-Proof Your Home St Nicks Environment Centre Sat @ 10am-4pm
The Mysterious World of Moths St Nicks Environment Centre Sat @ 8-10pm
Garden Walk & Honey Bee Talk York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm

Macmillan Charity Raceday

Photograph: York Racecourse
Photograph: York Racecourse
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There is a special thrill in cheering home your winning selection surrounded by thousands of people at York. Since 1971 this event has raised over £6.5 million for good causes and provided some fantastic racing excitement. More here.

More charity fundraisers

Event Venue Time
A Royal Light Classical Concert The Guildhall Fri @ 7.30pm-9.45pm
RAG Festival York University Sat @ 3pm

York Taster Food Festival

Festival favourite the Chilli Jam Man is just one of the foodies selling their goodies in Parliament Street. Photograph: JoanneB
Festival favourite the Chilli Jam Man is just one of the foodies selling their goodies in Parliament Street. Photograph: JoanneB
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A taster of what’s to come during the September Food Festival (23rd September – 2nd October 2016). Visit Parliament Street on Saturday and Sunday for delicious smells, sights and tastes of York’s finest produce. More here.

More fairs and festivals

Event Venue Time
York Festival of Ideas Various Ongoing
Dringhouses Primary School Summer Fair Dringhouses Primary School Sat @ 12-3pm
Elvington Church Fete Elvington Village Hall Sun @ 2-4:30pm
LUMA Film Festival University of York All weekend

York College Creative Show 2016

One of the students at the York College Exhibition
One of the students at the York College Exhibition
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A chance to see what talented young people we have in this city. A collection of contemporary craft and design work by the 2016 graduates of York College, exhibited in the Quad South Hall of York St John’s University from 10am-5pm, June 11-16. More here

More shows, arts and craft

Event Venue Time
Dinosaur Zoo Theatre Royal Sat 11am & 2pm
The Enchanted Chalk York Theatre Royal Fri @ 4:30pm
Jane Austen’s Emma Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate Fri @ 7:30pm
It Came from the Tumble Dryer The Basement Fri @ 8:30pm
James Shirley’s Hyde Park TFTV Scenic Stage Theatre, University of York Fri and Sat @ 7:30pm
Mystery Plays 2016 York Minster Fri @ 7:30pm and Sat @ 12:30 and 7:30pm
The Pine Tree and its Green Secret York Theatre Royal Sun @ 11am, 12pm, 1.30pm & 3pm.
Razzamataz York Theatre School Summer Showcase Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sun @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon York Theatre Royal Sun @ 2:30-3:30pm
Holgate Windmill Open Weekend Holgate Windmill Sat @ 10am-3pm
Textured Knits Knit & Stitch Sat @ 10am-4pm
Japanese Book Binding Super Sustainable Centre Sat @ 2-4pm
A Century of Shoes Fairfax House Daily

Quadrophenia

The 5:15s will be performing. Photograph © Marc McGarraghy / Yellow Mustang Photography
The 5:15s will be performing. Photograph © Marc McGarraghy / Yellow Mustang Photography
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Mod alert! A cast of local musicians are joining forces to perform Quadrophenia, the rock opera written by Pete Townshend. The York All Stars, featuring local acts The SuperModels, Faraday Waves and The 5:15s, as well as an ensemble of well known local musicians will perform the 1973 album in its entirety at the Grand Opera House on Saturdaymore here.

More Music

Event Venue Time
University of York Symphony Orchestra Jack Lyons Concert Hall Sat @ 7pm
Make once more my heart thy home: The choral music of Hans Gál National Centre for Early Music Fri @ 6.45pm-8.30pm
La Voce Grand Opera House Fri @ 7:30
Carmina Burana York Barbican Sat @ 7:30
Kickback Black Horse, Monkgate Sat @ 8:30pm
OK Karaoke – The June Edition Fulford Arms Sun @ 7:30pm-11pm