The Mix Six: Six things to do in York this week

7 Sep 2012 @ 12.07 pm
| Entertainment
York's country house... and Beningbrough Hall is free on Saturday. Photographs: ©National Trust Images/John Millar

If you’re like the late Freddie Mercury and love to ride your bicycle, you’re in luck this weekend as the cycle festival wheels into town. And that’s not the only jamboree to be had, no sirree: over a dozen troupes are taking part in the traditional dance festival. And as a bonus Beningbrough Hall’s free for a day.

Join the chain gang

Inspired by Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy? Or more of a pedalling pootler who freewheels your way through life? Either way, there’s all things bike at the York Festival of Cycling this weekend. Entertainment includes The Clan’s spectacular stunt show, pedal-powered Scalextric, where you can race your friends on the four-rider track and a chance to try the megabikes.


Morris and more

The clash of sticks, the jingle of bells, the waving of hankies – it can only mean one thing, the Morris men and women are in town. York’s 25th Festival of Traditional Dance brings colour and music to the city centre this weekend, along with 200 dancers. Everything begins with the procession from the Guildhall at 10.30am on Saturday, led by the Britannia Coco-nut Dancers of Bacup

  • Where: Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Kings Square, York
  • When: Saturday, September 8, 10.30am-4.30pm, and Sunday, September 9, 11am-1pm
  • More details: The programme is on the Ebor Morris website

    Open hall hours

    York’s country house, Beningbrough Hall, throws open its doors for free this Saturday as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme. With its seven acres of formal gardens and fine Georgian house it’s well worth a visit. Check out the Victorian Laundry and interactive family friendly galleries, play games around the garden and follow a special trail for the open day.


    A family winner

    Now in its 13th year, The Press Family Raceday is a firm favourite on the calendar. The kids love having a picnic, saying hello to Peppa Pig, going on the bouncy castle and enjoying the other entertainments. Mums and dads, meanwhile, might well enjoy a beer or two and a chance for a flutter. There are seven races on the card, and the dress code for the County Stand is relaxed for the day.


    Holly good night out

    A night reliving all of Buddy Holly’s fantastic hits? Oh boy! That’ll be the day. It may be more than 50 years since we lost the genius who was Charles Hardin Holley but his music lives on courtesy of Buddy Holly and the Cricketers. They’re back performing all his greatest hits, the names of which escape us for the moment. Why not take Peggy Sue along?


    Flying carpets

    Everyone around in the Eighties remembers Inspiral Carpets. The Inspirals themselves may remember some of it too. They were part of the Madchester scene, and songs like This Is How It Feels and Dragging Me Down contributed to the soundtrack of the time. On Thursday they hit The Duchess in York, and for once for a reunited band it’s the original line-up.

    • Where: The Duchess, Stonebow, York
    • When: Thursday, September 13, doors open at 7.30pm
    • Tickets: £18
    • More details: On the Duchess website