33 things to do in York this weekend, June 17-18, 2017

Photograph: York Racecourse
16 Jun 2017 @ 3.20 pm
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If Tomasz Schafernaker has it right, this weekend’s going to be a right old scorcher.

Fortunately there’s lots of outdoor fun to be had, from the races to a river regatta, picnics and a busking jamboree.

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

Macmillan Charity Raceday

Photograph: York Racecourse

It’s the Saturday where brilliant sport and a brilliant cause come together. Under what is forecast to be beautiful sunshine, thousands at York Racecourse will enjoy a spectacular card of races, including the new stakes in memory of Cathy Paver, raising £450,000 for Macmillan in the process. More here

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York Races After Party at Popworld on Saturday and Sunday nights
Strensall Carnival at Strensall Village Hall on Saturday

The Great Get Together

Inspirational… Jo Cox

York is wholeheartedly throwing itself into The Great Get Together, a nationwide community event in memory of murdered MP Jo Cox. There are picnics, parties in the park, bookswaps and more planned all over York across the weekend, so embrace the community spirit and go along to one of them. Full details here

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R U Taking the P…? 2017 at Rowntree Park on Sunday

York Summer Regatta

Photograph: York City Rowing Club

We’d call this messing about in boats, but it’s much more competitive than that. Hosted by York City Rowing Club there’ll be serious sport on the water, as rowers from as far afield as Cambridge and Durham go oar-to-oar along the Ouse between Clifton Bridge and Lendal Bridge. Great to watch in the Sunday sunshine, plus there’s a bar and refreshments at the club – more here.

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Himalayan Balsam Bashing at St Nicks Environment Centre on Saturday
Motor Show and Classic Car Rally at Castle Howard on Sunday
Dad’s Day Out at Beningbrough Hall on Sunday
Stillingfleet Gardens Wildlife Day at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens on Sunday

Operation Codebreaker


York Army Museum is offering a weekend of code cracking for budding spies and secret agents with Mrs Taylor, their very own World War II recruiter. Deciphering the secret messages will reward you with tales about the museum’s objects. This event is primarily aimed at 6-11 year olds, but all ages are welcome – all part of the last weekend of the Festival Of Ideas. More here

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Wastebuster’s Fest at St Nicks Environment Centre on Saturday
Anglo-Saxon Crafts at Kings Manor on Saturday
Lego building at York Explore Library and Archive on Saturday
Mini Millers at Holgate Windmill on Saturday
RPG Day at Travelling Man on Saturday
Steven Spazuk Exhibition at Art Of Protest Gallery from Friday

York Musicians Busking Fundraiser

Kitty VR busking in York

Led by Kitty VR, musicians will be busking in St Helen’s Square on Saturday to raise money for the daughters of Angelika and Marcin Klis, the York couple who died in the Manchester bombing last month. Among those taking part are Faried and Arjun, Sam Howarth and the Hyde Family Jam. More here

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Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes at The Pig and Pastry on Saturday
Tom McKenzie at The Nook on Saturday
Davey Stuart at Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
The Mojos at The Roman Bath on Saturday
Ezee Goin at The Edinburgh Arms on Saturday
Upside Your Mind at Sotano on Saturday
Monteverdi: Vespers (1641) at St Michael le Belfrey on Saturday
York Cantores: Of Animals and Beasts at York Cemetery on Saturday
The Peacers at The Fulford Arms on Sunday

Not A Game For Girls

Lily Parr (Laura Castle) in Not A Game For Girls. Photograph: Off The Rock Productions / Hannah Argyle Photography

Not A Game For Girls tells the story of the post-war formation of women’s football teams and how the Football Association tried to ban them for being just too popular. Head down to the Friargate Theatre on Saturday or Sunday to catch this performance from Off The Rock Productions. More here