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.
- Where: Rowntree Park, York
- When: Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, from 10am-5pm
- Admission: Free
- More details: On the cycle festival’s website
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
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.
- Where: Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD
- When: Saturday, September 8, 11am-5.30pm
- More details: Go to the Beningbrough Hall pages on the National Trust website
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.
- Where: York Racecourse
- When: Sunday, September 9. Gates open at 11.15am, with the first race at 1pm and the last race at 5pm
- Admission: Under-16s accompanied by an adult get in free. Tickets start from £10, and there’s a County Stand discount for Press readers here
- More details: On the York Racecourse website
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?
- Where: The Grand Opera House, Cumberland Street, York
- When: Wednesday, September 12, 7.30pm
- Tickets: £19.50
- More details: Check out the Grand Opera House website
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