Six things to do in York this weekend – July 19-20, 2014

Always lovely… Rowntree Park
18 Jul 2014 @ 2.14 pm
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It’s party time in York. There are birthday celebrations on the south bank, music and theatre in Acomb and a city centre treasure hunt – plus some live history elsewhere. Remember to check our what’s on guide for full listings.

ADAM Festival

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Acomb is so much more than a suburb of York. And everything about this vibrant community is celebrated at the second ADAM Festival. Performers young and old will entertain with theatre, music, dance, readings and art at venues across Acomb. Saturday, 10am-4pm

Rowntree Park birthday party

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Extract from last year’s photo contest winner Nathan Reynolds
This year is not only the 100th anniversary of the First World War, but the 93rd birthday of the park created as a memorial to that conflict. And the Friends Of Rowntree Park are putting on a bash which includes stalls, a model boat regatta, model railway, owl display, stalls and live music. Sunday, 1pm-4pm

City Centre House Treasure Hunt

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Lord Mayor of York Cllr Ian Gillies. Photograph: City of York Council
Turn detective this weekend and join the Lord Mayor of York’s Charity Treasure Hunt. Teams of up to six people pay £10 to enter at the Guildhall, before setting off to find some hidden gems. All the money raised goes to the York Teaching Hospital Charity and York Against Cancer, this year’s civic charities, and the winner gets a Nestlé hamper. Sunday, 3pm-4.30pm

Meet The Romans

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Better known for hosting Vikings, the Yorkshire Museum Of Farming at Murton Park welcomes some even older York residents for its Meet The Romans weekend (July 19-20, 10am-5pm). Learn how to write and cook like a Roman, undertake weapons drill like a legionnaire – and there’s also classic cars on the Saturday and new steam train Merlin on the Sunday.

Dig this

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Several York venues are taking part in this year’s Festival of Archaeology. The Holgate Windmill is open from 11am-4pm all weekend with an exhibition which explores the world of cogs and you could see the mill cogs make flour. Also you can see archaeology in action at a dig at All Saints Church (Saturday, 10am-5pm), or learn about the Vicars Choral of York Minster at nearby Bedern Hall (until Thursday, July 24, 10am-5pm).

Party At The Palace

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Fancy a summer’s night picnic at the Archbishop of York’s place? You can this Saturday from 3pm-9pm at Bishopthorpe Palace. There’s music from the Grand Old Uke of York, the Kaminari drummers and more, with a firework display to finish the evening off. Tickets cost £15 adults, £5 for under 12s and a family ticket is £35 – all proceeds to St Leonard’s Hospice.