What to do in York this weekend, June 9-10 2018

Highlights include a colourful Knavesmire knees-up, a pop-up food factory on Parliament Street, wrestling and science (though not together).

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

Try your hand at baking bread with the Food Factory at York’s Taster Food Festival. Photograph: Nadya Spetnitskaya on Unsplash

It’s back and it’s brighter than ever. This celebration of inclusivity now features everyone from the armed forces to schools. The parade begins outside York Minster at about 11.45am, and then the fun on Knavesmire – including Cleopatra coming atcha – begins in earnest.

Two days of foodie fun hit Parliament Street. As well as chef demos and a fab market, this year’s event features the Food Factory for the first time. Here you can get ‘hands-on’ and make everything from bread to butter, cheese to chocolate.

Head to King’s Square to hear scientific speakers take to their soapboxes to tell you about their exciting research. This is part of the Festival of Ideas.

One of comedy’s rising stars, Sophie Willan has appeared on As Yet Untitled on Dave and sold out her shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Willan has had a lifetime of being branded by others. In her smash hit new show, this brutally honest breakout star returns to tell us why.

Fibbers hosts another round of pro-wrestling. Featuring more body slams, tag teams and mad characters than you can shake a one-piece leotard at. Fun for all the family, especially Nan…

Live music, food, and of course plenty of beer! Do not fear, for you non beer drinkers out there, there will be Pimp My Prosecco and a small range of summer cocktails too.


Gritty rock/ blues/ raw acoustic roots musician Daryl James has toured UK and Europe with many top bands including Buffo’s Wake and The Junk. Now he brings his solo show to Micklegate’s music café.