Things to do in York this Bank Holiday Weekend, August 23-25, 2014

Summer’s nearly over, but that doesn’t mean the holidays are! There’s plenty to do in the city and along the coast this weekend, so grab a poncho and brave the weather with our complete What’s On Guide.

Get that festival feeling

It’s a big one for festivals this weekend, with the Ebor Festival and Galtres Parklands Festival racing onto the scene.

  Bet on your favourite horse to win the Betfred Ebor, don your best dress and head to York Racecourse this Saturday, August 23 from 11am – 5pm.

  At Galtres, it’s a family affair with three days of live music, cabaret and local Yorkshire produce. Headliners include The Levellers, Morcheeba and The Human League. Don’t miss out this Friday, Aug 22, 12pm – 3am and Saturday 23 – Sunday 24, 10.30am – 3am at Duncombe Park.

Summer fairs

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  If you fancy browsing some local talent, a wide range of exhibitors are bringing the goods with the popular Fulford Show 2014. There are plenty of exhibits to be perused and trophies to be handed out from flowers to bread, this Monday, August 25 at Fulford School from 1 – 5pm.

  In the town centre it’s the Made in Yorkshire Summer Event, with craft stalls in St Sampson’s Square. There are many local and unique gifts to be purchased this Thursday, Aug 21 – Sunday 24 from 10am – 5pm.

Family fun

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  Dig in this weekend, with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s community Garden Mosaic Workshop at Lidgett Grove Methodist Church this Monday, August 25 form 10.30am – 12pm.

  Help the environment with York St Mary’s Bank Holiday Special Remake: Recycle arts and crafts workshop for children this Monday, 11am – 4pm.

  York Castle Museum are delving into story behind the Battle of Mons with this artist-lead Myths and Legends Workshop on Monday, 11am – 4pm.

Off the beaten track

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  Ride-Away Equestrian have some special visitors this weekend, with the The Donkey Sanctuary bringing along furry friends Doodles and Joey for a bit of Donkey Therapy. Saturday, 10am – 3.30pm.

  Murton Park are hosting a fun-filled Bank Holiday Special Event with historical re-enactment, craft activities and steam train rides, Saturday through to Sunday, from 10am – 5pm.

Historical Tours

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  Have a lovely wander through the city this Saturday, with York Guided Historical French Connections. To celebrate the aftermath of York’s involvement in the Tour de France, this walk covers sites and people of interest that link the two. Starting at St William’s College from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

  If you’re looking to commune with nature, head to the sprawling grounds of York Cemetery for their Tree Walk, Sunday from 2pm.

Trips to the coast

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  Why not escape the busy cities and head to the coast for a day, with X Factor finalists Union J playing a set at Scarborough Open-Air Theatre along with Rough Copy, this Saturday, 6 – 10pm.

  Flamborough’s Living Seas Centre are celebrating ‘Seaweed Week’ with themed arts and crafts activities for children, from Monday, Aug 25Sun 31, 10am – 5pm.

  Or perhaps you’d like to Make Your Own Bird kite at North Yorkshire Moors National Park? Sunday, August 24 from 10.30am – 4pm.