43 things to do in York this weekend, June 23-24 2018

There's magic and mystery at Barley Hall this weekend… Photographs: Richard McDougall
22 Jun 2018 @ 4.03 pm
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Nudity, tattoos and magic this weekend – if that doesn’t tear you away from the World Cup, nothing will.

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


Held almost every year since 1945, the York Rally on Knavesmire is two days of two wheeled fun. Vintage bikes, cycling demos, speedway and cyclo-cross, there’s something for all the family.

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York’s only annual nude transport excursion, since the demise of the Starkers Express. The naked bike ride draws attention to the vulnerability of cyclists while celebrating “the beautiful bicycle, and the diverse bodies which ride them”. So squeak onto your saddle this Saturday.

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If you’re into your ink, think New Earswick this weekend – as some of the best artists descend on the village. Two days of tattoos, music, body modification and grub.

Trans-Siberian: The World’s Longest Railway

Fri Mar 26 - Sun Sep 5
National Railway Museum
Leeman Road
York, YO26 4XJ United Kingdom
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Whether you’re mad on memorials, raring for Romans or wild about walls, there’s something for you here. York Civic Trust is staging a series of guided walking history tours around the city – and all for free.

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Veganism is having a moment, with its eco and health credentials being taken up by ever more high profile figures. Find out more at this event featuring food, stalls, music and talks.

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York’s talented musicians join together to stage a special concert at the Barbican. There could be as many as 1,000 performers!

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A medieval alchemist will walk you along the fine line between science and magic at Barley Hall during this weekend’s opening of Magic & Mystery, a new exhibition which explores how ‘magic’ played an important role in Middle Ages life. Expect demonstrations of alchemy, and hands-on crafting activities.