33 things to do in York this weekend, July 1-2, 2017

Catherine Gledhill, the designer of this year’s Castle Howard in Bloom with the cascade of 3,000 carnations, crystals and tiny gypsophilia blooms in the Great Hall. Photograph: Castle Howard
30 Jun 2017 @ 5.47 pm
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Poptastic fun at the races, a first for beer lovers and flowers galore this week.

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

Olly, Olly, Olly

Back at the races after six years… Olly Murs

There’s a new raceday to add to York’s calendar on Saturday. The Summer Music Saturday features a £150,000 seven-race card, followed by a concert from Olly Murs. All the stand-side tickets have been snapped up – but you can still get into the course enclosure. More here

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Late Music Ensemble at the Unitarian Chapel on Saturday
2 Bob at the Snickleway Inn on Saturday
Dead Funky 3rd Year Celebrations at the Crescent on Saturday
York Junior Youth Choir concert at York St John Chapel on Saturday
Faure and Moore: Requiems at York Minster on Saturday
The 5.15s at the Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
The Klis Family Fundraiser at the Ainsty on Sunday
Vinyl Reggae Sunday at the Spread Eagle on Sunday
York Triathlon at York Sport on Sunday
Two Rivers Radio Presents at the Corner Pin on Sunday
York Symphony Orchestra concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Sunday

Yarn Storm and Cat Trail


The resurgence of Micklegate continues, with another fun family event. Knitters are yarn storming the street from Sunday, with hand-knitted flowers and more. And there’s a knitted cat trail you can follow to win prizes. Lasts through the month – more here.

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York Embroiderers’ Guild Big Stitch Day at New Earswick Folk Hall on Saturday

Wooden Cask Festival


Just one of the amazing things happening to mark York’s City of Ale week, this is a first for York. The beer festival at the Falcon Tap is serving seven different ales, all from wooden casks – no other beer is meant to taste the same. On till close of play Saturday nightmore here

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York Charity Beer Festival at York Brewery till Saturday
The 4th Four Towers Challenge around the City Walls on Saturday
Thorganby Real Ale Festival 2017 at Thorganby Village Hall on Saturday

Fossgate Festival

Fun at the Fossgate Festival

Fossgate’s street party is back. There’ll be live music, great food and drink, shopping and more. From lunchtime on Sundaymore here.

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Summer Fete at St Clement’s Church on Saturday
York CD and Record Fair at the Basement on Saturday
Acomb Primary School Summer Fair on Saturday
York Cats Protection Open Day on Saturday
Millennium Fields Summer Fair on Sunday

Castle Howard in Bloom

Catherine Gledhill, the designer of this year’s Castle Howard in Bloom with the cascade of 3,000 carnations, crystals and tiny gypsophilia blooms in the Great Hall. Photograph: Castle Howard

This stunning picture shows that this year’s Castle Howard flower festival is quite spectacular. This is a ‘waterfall’ including 3,000 white carnations, gypsophilia and crystals cascading from the balcony in the Great Hall, and there are more ambitious, bold and modern designs in the and Long Gallery. On till Sundaymore here.

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The Moving Prefab Museum at Eden Camp on Saturday
Poppleton Garden Trail starting at the Poppleton Centre, all weekend
Three Hagges Wood-Meadow Discovery Day at Escrick on Saturday



It’s your last chance to catch the first performance of Gypsy at York in 25 years this Saturday. Best known for its “stage mother from hell” – Momma Rose – and her show-stopping number Everything’s Coming Up Roses, Pick Me Up Theatre’s production at the Grand Opera House is a showstopper. More here

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Everything Is Possible: The York Suffragettes at York Theatre Royal till Saturday
Say Owt Slam Clash of Champions III at the Basement on Sunday
Music Night presents ‘The Music You Love’ at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday