33 things to do in York this weekend, August 13-14 2016

Daniel Simonsen – or Erik, as Vic and Bob fans know him. Photograph: Edward Moore
12 Aug 2016 @ 2.53 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Take yourself off to a picnic in the park, browse some art by the river or watch a comedian off the telly… the choice is yours. For summer holiday ideas see our guide here, and everything is in the superlative What’s On Guide.

Potluck Picnic

Let's eat out
Let’s eat out

Food-sharing festivities to celebrate the official launch of Olio, a free app connecting neighbours with each other and with local shops and cafes to share their edible surplus food. Everyone is invited to bring a dish for the picnic, then there’ll be family games. Museum Gardens on Saturday. More here.

Share food – don’t waste it! Pioneering app launches in York with a family picnic

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Heworth Community Summer Fair The Shoulder of Mutton Sat @ 1-7pm
York Explore book sale York Explore, Museum Street Sat & Sun
Knavesmire junior parkrun Knavesmire Sun @ 9am
Little Diggers – Medieval Music
DIG Sat @ 10-11am

York River Art Market

Photograph: York River Art Market on Facebook
Photograph: York River Art Market on Facebook

York River Art Market is having an encore – one last event till next summer. Artists based from all over Yorkshire exhibit and sell their unique art works by the river at Dame Judi Dench Walk on Saturday from 10am. More details here.

More art and exhibitions

Event Venue Time
Angelina Ballerina illustration exhibition Nunnington Hall Daily @ 11am-5pm
Tales of the Real & the Imagined Lottie Inch Gallery Till Aug 20
Demolition and restoration Treasurer’s House Daily
Jorvik: Home and Abroad St Mary’s Church Daily
The Weird & The Wonderful Fairfax House Daily
Shaping The Body Castle Museum Daily

New Earswick Reserve Open Day

The nature reserve at New Earswick. Photograph: Mia Titley
The nature reserve at New Earswick. Photograph: Mia Titley

A chance the visit this hidden gem of a nature reserve, spot the wildlife and spend time walking the tree trail. Entry is free and parking available at New Earswick Folk Hall, while the entrance to the Reserve is on Alder Way. Saturday, noon-4.30pmmore here.

More outdoor events

Event Venue Time
Summer Holiday Activities St Nicks Environment Centre Daily
Small Mammal Breakfast Three Hagges Wood Meadow Sat and Sun @ 9:30-11:30am
Summer Holiday Animal Adventures Castle Howard Daily
York 100 cycling event University of York Sports Centre Sun @ 7am

Red Tower Open Day

Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

Here’s a chance to explore one of York’s most distinctive fortifications. The historic Red Tower on York city walls is open from 11am-2pm on Saturday. Tea, cakes, banter and history: more here.

More Events for Historians

Event Venue Time
Guided Historic Pub Walk Royal Oak, Goodramgate Sat @ 3-5pm
Royal British Legion Women’s Section Memorial Day Yorkshire Air Museum Sun @ 10am-5pm
Chocolate and the People of York York’s Chocolate Story Daily @ 10am-5pm

Annabella’s Bow Wow Wow


Created by Malcolm McLaren in the Eighties, Bow Wow Wow featured a trio of escapees from Adam And The Ants – but it was the frontwoman who stole the show. Annabella Lwin brings her incarnation of Bow Wow Wow to Fibbers on Sunday, mixing hits like Go Wild In The Country with new songs.

More music

Event Venue Time
York CD and Record Fair The Basement Sat @ 10:30am-4pm
Southbank Sessions Knavesmire pub Sat from 5pm
Peg Powler and Maddison’s Thread Folk Band Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate Sat @ 7:30-9:30pm
King Corona Black Horse Sat @ 8.30pm
Kaya Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9-11pm
The Moondogs The Victoria Vaults Sun @ 4-7pm
Glasville Fibbers Sat @ 7:30pm
Guy Jones + Special Guests The Basement Sat @ 8pm

The Burning Duck Comedy Club

Daniel Simonsen – or Erik, as Vic and Bob fans know him. Photograph: Edward Moore
Daniel Simonsen – or Erik, as Vic and Bob fans know him. Photograph: Edward Moore

A work-in-progress show from the Norwegian comic and Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer. Best-known for playing Erik in Vic and Bob’s sitcom House of Fools, Simonsen is described as “creepily brilliant” and brings his show to the Basement on Sunday. More here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Sweeney Todd John Cooper Studio Theatre Fri @ 7:30pm-Sat @ 10pm
Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles York Theatre Royal Sat @ 2:30pm