38 things to do in York this Bank Holiday weekend, April 29-May 1 2017

Fun at the Fossgate Festival
28 Apr 2017 @ 2.49 pm
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Three day weekend! Yaayy!!! And York is packing a lot in from politicians to Cheeky Girls, festivals to quizzes. Get out and have fun good citizens…

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

British Transport Police Weekend

Photograph: visityork.org

As part of its Mystery On The Rails season, the National Railway Museum hosts a weekend dedicated to the bobbies on the railway beat. Loads of activities from Saturday to Monday, including police dog demonstrations, fingerprint badge making and a rogues’ gallery. More here

See also
Viking Re-enactors at Yorkshire Museum of Farming on Saturday
Miltary Menagerie Exhibition at York Army Museum until June 30
Toy Fair at York Racecourse on Monday
Rover 75/MG ZT Car Club Rally at Eden Camp on Sunday
Beningbrough: short stories and untold tales at Beningbrough Hall until June 30
Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past at York Castle Museum
250 Years Of Terrys at York’s Chocolate Story
The Boggle at York Theatre Royal on Saturday
Doctor Dolittle at Joseph Rowntree Theatre till Saturday

Fossgate Festival


Food, drink, fun and – hopefully – sun. Fossgate traders take over the street for their first al fresco party of 2017 on Sunday. And new bar Cosy Club York is taking part for the first time. More here

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Grazia Style Studio at York Designer Outlet on Saturday
Turning Point Brewery Launch at The Falcon Tap till Sat Apr 29
Roses 2017 at University of York till Sunday

Alan Johnson in conversation

Alan Johnson. Photograph © ChathamHouse on Wikipedia

Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson is at York Explore on Saturday from 1.30pm. Considered by many to be the best leader Labour never had, he will be talking about his autobiography. Well at least it’s a quiet time for politics. Oh, hang on…More here

See also
Meet Dan Toombs aka ‘The Curry Guy’ at Waterstones on Saturday
Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary Celebration at York Explore on Saturday

The Cheeky Girls

The Cheeky Girls, aka Monica and Gaby Irimia. Photograph: YouTube

What a weekend. Alan Johnson one day, The Cheeky Girls the next. The pop duo hit Fibbers on Sunday night to celebrate the birthday of crazy cabaret and miming night Lip-Sync Lollapalooza. More here

See also
TOWIE star Pete Wicks at Kuda on Sunday

Cresfest – Beer, Art & Music

Party time at the Crescent. Photograph: YorkMix

It’s the second Cresfest, held at the Cresfest Community Venue. There’s loads of live music, games consoles, a craft and art fair, a kid’s area and films plus the venue’s first Bake Off. Fun all weekend, Friday night to Mondaymore here.

See also
Edstock music festival at the Fulford Arms on Sunday and Monday
Rule The World – Recreating The Magic Of Take That at York Barbican on Saturday
The Magic of Motown at Grand Opera House on Saturday
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall at York Theatre Royal till May 6
Tristan Gwinnell & Debra Simpson at The Nook on Saturday
Fantasia 2000 at the National Centre For Early Music on Sunday
The Searchers at Grand Opera House on Sunday
The Moondogs at Acorn Rugby Club on Monday

The Baedeker Raid walk

The photograph, taken on May 5 during during the clean up operation, shows the scale on the damage to York Bar Convent. Photograph © Explore York Libraries and Archives

This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Baedeker Raids on York. Historian David Poole will lead this walk from York Cemetery on Sunday at 2pm and guide you around some of the parts of the city hit by the German bombs. More here

See also
Plant sale at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery on Saturday
Haxby and Wigginton Scarecrow Festival on Saturday-Monday
Keep Your Pet Dog Walk at York Racecourse on Sunday
Great Ouseburn Spring Festival on Sunday

Lord Mayor’s Great Yorkshire Quiz

Photograph: Black Swan

The Black Swan on Peasholme Green is 600 years old. Although the planned full weekend of festivities has had to be scaled down due to illness, the Lord Mayor’s Great Yorkshire Quiz goes ahead as planned on Sunday at 7pm. See how your knowledge of God’s Own County fares in the beautiful surroundings of the Swan. More here

York Open Studios

This Mark Hearld collage features in the York Open Studios

Love art? Fancy meeting York’s creatives? York Open Studios is back from Friday to Sunday letting you take a peek behind the scenes at the workshops of painters, potters, sculptors and jewellers. More here

See also
Albert Moore: Of Beauty and Aesthetics at York Art Gallery
From Beatrix to Beckham at Beningbrough Hall till June 10
Raymond Campbell Exhibition at York Fine Arts till May 21