Six things to do in York this weekend, August 3-4, 2013

2 Aug 2013 @ 12.15 am
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The Handley Page Victor XL 231, or “Lusty Lindy” as she’s known to her friends at Yorkshire Air Museum. Photograph: Richard McDougall


It’s the weekend again, and what a to-do we have for you. Missing moggie mysteries, Dickensian picnics, fair fun and some very loud aircraft.

These are merely hand-picked highlights, of course. For the full lowdown, see our what’s on guide for all that’s going on in York.


Medieval shopping

medieval-fayre-barley-hallHere’s a shopping experience with a difference: all the traders are from the Middle Ages. Or certainly look like they are. These medieval market holders are selling all sorts of crafts, gifts and homewares in beautiful Barley Hall, and there’s a tavern serving wines and ales. Part of the Yorkshire Medieval Festival which runs through August. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Summer Fair

hull-road-parkIt’s got everything you could wish for from a summer fair. Birds of prey. A fun dog’s show. Bouncy castles, stalls, food and drink. And Hull Road Park Summer Fair has the added advantage of… being in the lovely Hull Road Park. Saturday, 1pm-3pm.

Dickens picnic

charles-dickens-picnicWhat the Dickens – performances in the park while you picnic? That’s the thrust of this unique Rowntree Park event, which also boasts stalls and games. It’s an extravaganza by those outdoor theatre specialists, Nightshade Productions. Sunday, 11am-4pm.

Thunder Day

air-museum-smallReady to hear those old aircraft roar again? It’s the last of this season’s Thunder Days at Yorkshire Air Museum, featuring the likes of Dakotas and Nimrods powered up and in full throttle. Music to the ears of any aircraft enthusiasts. Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Cat napped

cat-napped-heroIt’s a mystery for mini Morses and Marples. Ginger is missing, but who’s behind the crime? Follow the clues round the Castle Museum and Kirkgate to find who took the Lord Mayor’s cat in a new activity which starts on Saturday and runs throughout August.

Art workshops

postman-patIf you’re kids are the arty sort, there are a few activities to “draw” them in. Ahem. Art workshops at York St Mary’s run throughout the weekend, while you can make a Richard III boar badge at the Yorkshire Museum. And if you like looking at pictures rather than making them, Ray Mutimer’s original artwork for Postman Pat and Rupert Bear is on display at Beningbrough Hall.