31 things to do in York this weekend, July 1-3 2016

The book sale – bag some bargains! Photograph: York Explore on Twitter
1 Jul 2016 @ 4.43 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Lots of foodie fun this weekend with a charity beer festival, chocolate workshop and seafood masterclass. Don’t forget Fossgate Festival will also be in full swing. Enjoy dancing and relaxing on Fossgate after drinking award winning ales the previous night. Full details in our What’s On Guide

Charity Beer Festival


All hail the ale this weekend at the York brewery tap room’s charity beer festival. A selection of over 20 award winning championship real ales, perries and ciders will be on offer this Friday night, 17:00-23:00 and Saturday afternoon 12:00-23:00. Entry is only £6 which includes two free drinks so come along to bag yourself a beer bargain – more here.

More charity fundraisers

Event Venue Time
Pedal for Parkinson’s Ripley Castle Sun @ 9am
Blooming Great Coffee in aid of Marie Curie RVS Centre Sat @ 10am-12pm

Fossgate Festival

The festival spirit is alive and well and living on Fossgate

Visit independent shops, cafes and bars as well as dance to live music on Fossgate, the much loved street, to experience city life in a brand new way. Fossgate is one of York’s oldest streets and full of charming character. The festival is family friendly and aims to create a continental street atmosphere. Relax in a bar, have coffee with the kids or get up and dance to the music filling the streets. Happening on Sunday from 10:00 till 18:00 and free to wander through – more here.

More festivals

Event Venue Time
Gymfusion gymnastics festival York Barbican Sat @ 11am-3pm
Copmanthorpe Carnival Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre Sat @ 11:30am-6pm
Strensall Scarecros Festival Hurst Hall Sat @ 10am
Minster Grange Carnival Minster Grange Care Home Sat @ 2pm

Seafood Masterclass


York Cookery School are holding a tasty class this Saturday from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Focusing on crab, lobster and mussels, learn how to get the most out of your seafood in this indulgent workshop. Impress your friends by coming along and creating your own lunch to take home – more here.

More food and drink

Event Venue Time
Sutlers Gin Festival Sutlers, Fossgate Sun Jul 3
Chocolate Masterclass Gorgeous Ganache York Cocoa House Sat @ 11:30am or 6:30pm
Vegan and Vegetarian Workshop York Cookery School Sun @ 10am or 2pm

Yorkshire Family History Fair

A genealogist’s heaven. Photograph: Yorkshire Family History Fair on Facebook

One of the largest family history shows in the UK is coming to the Knavesmire Exhibition centre at the Racecourse this Saturday and Sunday between 10:00 and 16:30. Come along to find out more about tracking your own family history and finding those lost relatives. Over 70 exhibitors will be attending in addition to expert speakers giving talks throughout the day. Tickets cost £4.80 and can be pre-ordered online – more here.

More exhibitions

Event Venue Time
Holgate Windmill Open Weekend Holgate Windmill Sat @ 10am-3pm
Discovery Day at Three Hagges Wood Three Hagges Wood Meadow Sat @ 1pm-4pm
National Meadows Day St Nicks Environment Centre Sat @ 1pm-4pm

Summer Booksale

The book sale – bag some bargains! Photograph: York Explore on Twitter
The book sale – bag some bargains! Photograph: York Explore on Twitter

Fill a carrier bag for £5 at York explore library’s booksale this Saturday and Sunday. There will be a range of non-fiction, fiction and children’s books on sale in the Marriot Room. Come along for some bookish bargains and get your summer reading sorted for the holidays – more here.

More fairs and markets

Event Venue Time
News Earswick Summer Fair New Earswick Primary School Sat @ 12am-4pm
The Handmade Fair Bar Lane Studios Sat @ 10am-5pm
Millennium Field Summer Fair Millennium Bridge Sun @ 1pm-5pm
River Art Market Dame Judy Dench’s walk, river Ouse Sun @ 10am-5pm
Askham Richard Summer Fair Askham Richard Green Sun @ 11am-3pm

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers


York Light is bringing York Theatre to life with this all-time favourite movie and musical. With catchy songs and shining performances, this is a truly classic production. It tells the story of Adam Pontipee and his new bride Milly’s search for wives for his six unkempt brothers. While teaching them how to court girls, things don’t quite go to plan – more here.

More music and theatre

Event Venue Time
John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe National Centre for Early Music Fri @ 7:30pm
Becoming Hattie York Theatre Royal Sat @ 7:45pm
Little Shop of Horrors Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sat @ 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Open mic night at the Basement The Basement, York Sat @ 7:30pm
The Springsteen Sessions Fibbers Sat @ 7:30pm
Orichalcum Brass Quintet St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel Sat @ 7:30pm
Mickelgate Singers Hearts and Flowers St Olvaes Church Sat @ 7:30pm
Enkelit Choir Concert York Cemetery Chapel Sun @ 2pm