York is on the go this weekend, using paddle, pedal and steam power. But don’t panic: you don’t have to cycle the streets, power your way in a canoe or stoke up a loco’s boiler. Put your feet up and watch…
For details of everything happening this weekend, don’t forget to check our bulging What’s On guide.
A year before the Tour de France comes to York, the British circuit races give us a taste of the thrills of race cycling. Top names from the sport will hurtle round the city centre in pursuit of glory, preceded by the York Cycling City Races. And afterwards big screens will show the Tour de France climax. Sunday from 1pm.
The Dragon Boat races were a huge success last weekend (although not for the YorkMix boat – Ed). And there’s lots more water-based fun this weekend, with the Arts Barge putting on music, theatre and workshops at Tower Gardens, and there are canoe races on Saturday afternoon. So there’s still time to make a splash. All weekend.
The NRM may have garlanded the big headlines recently, but it’s not the only steam show in town. One hundred years ago the Derwent Valley Railway opened, and there’s a big gala at Murton Park to celebrate, featuring guest locos, model and miniature railways, vintage buses and more. Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Ooh la la! La Ballon d’Or est having un shindig! For those without YorkMix‘s brilliant grasp of French, that translates as the Golden Ball pub is hosting a French day. Expect boules, French cricket, cheese eating, wine drinking and listening to the superb chanteuse Maggi Stratford and Encore. Sunday, 2pm-5pm.
The organisers Dunn good! Loads to do, including bungee fliers, inflatables and balloon modelling. And loads to see, like chainsaw carving, birds of prey and a dog show. With music, food, a bar and stalls it will keep the whole family happy. Saturday, 11am-4pm, with a family disco later.
The straw men are back, and this time they’ve invaded Huntington. There are three trails, which all start at the Memorial Hall, plus stalls, refreshments, tuck shop, Tombola and more. Both Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.