Sometimes copied, never bettered, the YorkMix pick of the weekend’s events returns with music, Lego, family fun and more. For the full weekend lowdown, go to our What’s On guide.
York Races Music Showcase
Widely credited with creating some of the best music of all time, the Beach Boys’ record sales number into the hundreds of millions. They perform at York Racecourse as part of the celebrated Music Showcase on Friday evening. The following day, Nineties megastars Wet Wet Wet will be playing a set full of hits following the last race on Saturday at 5.15pm.
Downton Abbey talk
York’s unique Quilt Museum And Gallery is currently playing host to the Setting The Scene exhibition, which contains costumes worn by Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley – and this one worn by Dame Maggie Smith in Downton Abbey. Curator Heather Audin will give a talk on the clothing – as well as the usual array of quilts and textiles – from 11am on Saturday.
Something for Lego fans of all ages here, as the AFOLs (Adult Fans Of Lego) at Northern Brickworks present their stunning models which include, buildings and even full streets. At the Ron Cooke Hub, York University, on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm
It’s a family day in Fulford, with some history and archaeology thrown in. As well as a tombola, face painting and storytelling, the event on Sunday, between 1pm and 4.30pm includes a battlefields walk and display of finds from Germany Beck. All in aid of the Help Save Fulford campaign.
York Cemetery pub walk
It’s far from a typical summer activity, but York Cemetery’s Brewers and Publicans walk promises to be a fascinating one-off event. Led by Jenny Hawkins, the walk visits twenty graves of pub landlords as well as a few brewers from as far back as 1837, informing the participants about their lives and livelihoods. Sunday, 2pm
York Dungeon Carnivàle
If you’ve had enough of summer and fancy trying something perhaps more suited to Halloween, head over to York Dungeon and their new Carnivàle exhibition. A perfect blend of the gory and the gigglesome, it’s all-new attractions include a freaky hall of mirrors and a postmortem performed before your very eyes! Starts Friday, 10am