32 things to do in York this weekend, July 15-16 2017

14 Jul 2017 @ 2.23 pm
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Cash in at the races, lose yourself at the maze, or browse art by the river. The choice is yours.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

John Smith’s Cup

Photograph: York Racecourse

Heeere’s Johnny! One of the richest race days of the season arrives in the beery form of the 58th John Smith’s Cup day on Saturday. It’s the richest ever with more than £365,000 in prize money up for grabs. But will you win some? Sure you will if you check in with YorkMix tipster TurpinMore here

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Mass Water Fight near Millennium Bridge on Sunday
Craft Pong at BrewDog York on Sunday

York Maze reopens

Photograph: Richard McDougall

Get lost people. In a good way. Britain’s largest maze returns, taking over a large expanse of farmland at Elvington, and this year it has a Star Wars theme. Lots of other family activities too, all summer long. From Saturday: more here.

Streetfood Sunday

The beer garden beach. Photograph: Fulford Arms / Facebook

York On A Fork teams up with the Fulford Arms for this first family-friendly street food event. It features Street Cleaver cooking up some amazing food after a successful stint in the kitchen at the Evil Eye. And there’s even a beer garden beach to enjoy the grub. On Sunday, noon-6pm: more here.

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International Picnic at Rowntree Park on Sunday

York River Art Market


The riverside art gallery returns for a second year. Browse and buy original works from Yorkshire artists at the railings on Dame Judi Dench walk on Saturday from 1am-6pmmore here.

See also
Poppleton Yard Sale on Saturday
Sensory Tour for Adults at York Art Gallery

Brave film screening


Head over to the Yorkshire Museum for another of its family movie afternoons. Pixar favourite Brave is the choice on Sunday from 1.30pm then you can enjoy a post-film chill in the Museum Gardens. More here.

See also
Bring on the Bollywood at York Theatre Royal till Saturday
Pirates, Pants & Wellyphants by Nick Sharratt – Exhibition at Nunnington Hall
Script Factor Final at York Theatre Royal on Saturday

ADAM Festival

The Acomb Community Choir

Live music, poetry workshops and art exhibitions are among the treats at this years ADAM (Acomb Dance Arts & Music) Festival. Most of the fun is at Acomb Explore Library and Lidgett Community Church and it runs both Saturday and Sundaymore here.

See also
Airborne Forces Reunion & Service at Eden Camp on Saturday
Meet The York Normandy Veterans at St Lawrence Church on Saturday

Shelley Segal


Shelley is a singer songwriter from Australia who is now based in the USA – and she’s doing a gig in York after a fan asked her to! Martin Walls is a fan of her music – described on her website as incorporating “elements of jazz, folk, pop, blues, reggae and electronica”. When Martin heard she was jetting to the UK he invited her up here. As a result you can hear Shelley live at The Winning Post on Sunday at 7pmmore here.

See also
York Early Music Festival 2017 till Saturday
Rebecca Shelley at The Royal York Hotel on Saturday
Live Music and Gin Night Special at the Monkbar Hotel on Saturday
Two Rivers Radio presents at The Nook on Saturday
Marc Halls at the Black Swan on Saturday
Native City at Fibbers on Saturday
Joe Below at the Black Horse on Saturday
Stevie Jaye at the Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
David Ward Maclean and Bradley Blackwell at The Hop on Saturday
Delirium live at The Roman Bath on Saturday
Jake Dalton at the Snickleway Inn on Saturday
Soon Amore – a capella choir at York Cemetery on Sunday
Jack Savoretti at Fibbers on Sunday