26 things to do in York this weekend, June 6 and 7, 2015

5 Jun 2015 @ 6.08 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightA fiesta of food, a festival of folk and lots of fabulous fun in the sun this weekend. Go crazy! And for completists, here’s our full What’s On Guide.

Parties in the parks

Glen Gardens. Photograph: YorkMix
Glen Gardens. Photograph: YorkMix

Summer’s here, so it’s time to get out in the fresh air. Luckily there’s plenty to do in York’s parks and gardens, with “big lunches” at two of them. But the big event is the Glen Gardens Centenary Celebrations. To celebrate 100 years, there will be music, stalls, games and sport from 1pm-4pm on Saturdaymore here.

More outdoors fun

Event Venue Time
The Big Lunch Rowntree Park Sun Jun & @ 11am-2pm
YUMI Big Lunch Museum Gardens Sun Jun & @ 12.30pm-3pm
New Earswick Reserve Open Day New Earswick Sat Jun 6 12pm-4.30pm
Countryside Day Askham Bryan College Sun Jun 7 @ 10.30am-3.30pm
Tansy Beetle Walk Rawcliffe Meadows Sun Jun 7 @ 2pm

Food festival



The main York Food Festival is not until September but the taster festival on both Saturday and has lots to whet the appetite. Stalls, chef demonstrations and even an edible hat – more here.

Seven things not to miss at the York Food and Drink Taster Festival 2015

More food fun

Event Venue Time
Vespertine Coffee Trail York Cocoa House Sat Jun 6 @ 5pm

Family fun

Bishopthorpe Palace. Photograph © Steve F on Wikimedia Commons
Bishopthorpe Palace. Photograph © Steve F on Wikimedia Commons

Fates and fairs aplenty this weekend, with tombolas getting in a spin across the city. The Bishopthorpe Village Gala is as traditional as they come, with children dancing and singing, a magic show, bouncy castle, trampoline and coconut shy. Plus singer Alistair Griffin. Saturday from 12pm-4pm at Bishopthorpe Palacemore here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
RAF Museum Collections Yorkshire Air Museum Until Sun Jun 7 @ 10am-5pm
Wigginton Community Fair Wigginton Church Sat Jun 6 @ 10am-3pm
Minster School Summer Fete Minster School Sat Jun 6 @ 11am-3.30pm
Elvington Church Fete Elvington Village Hall Sun Jun 7 @ 1pm
Rufforth Utd Junior FC Open Day Rufforth Playing Fields Sat Jun 6 @ 10am-12pm
Carr Junior School Triathlon Carr Infant School Sat Jun 6 @ 1pm

Folk weekend


York’s fabulous folk focal point, the Black Swan, hosts the City Of York Folk Weekend until Sunday. Artists include David Ward Maclean, The Lennanshees, Grand Old Uke Of York and Union Central.

More music

Event Venue Time
Albany Trio Unitarian Chapel Sat Jun 6 @ 7.30pm-9.30pm
The Membranes Fibbers Sat Jun 6 @ 7.30pm-10.30pm
Saturday Night At The Movies Jo Ro Theatre Sat Jun 6 @ 7.30pm
The Willow Consort St Wilfrid’s Church Sat Jun 6 @ 7.30pm-10pm
Bad Dog Roman Bath Sat Jun 6 @ 8pm
Luke Pickett Basement Bar Sun Jun 7 @ 8pm-11pm
Kickback Kennedy’s Sun Jun 7 @ 8pm

Meet Terry Deary

Foul, fiendish and very funny… Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories. Photograph: Chris Clunn
Foul, fiendish and very funny… Terry Deary, author of the Horrible Histories. Photograph: Chris Clunn

The man who put the ‘yuk’ into yesteryear, and has entertained countless children of all ages, is in York this weekend. Horrible Histories author Terry Deary is at York Waterstones on Saturday at 1pm, signing new book Top 50 Kings & Queens and others in the series. More here.

Have you tried our York Horrible Histories quiz?

Stewart Lee’s stand up show



Stewart Lee, the stand-ups stand-up, and former partner of York City fan Richard Herring, brings his critically-acclaimed A Room With A Stew show to York. Catch him at the Barbicanon Saturdaymore here.

More comedy

Event Venue Time
Satuday Night Lounge The Duchess Sat Jun 6 @ 7pm