Six family things to do in York this weekend, July 20-21, 2013

Head to the Arts Barge tent at Tower Gardens for music and more. Photograph: Arts Barge
19 Jul 2013 @ 9.01 am
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Head to the Arts Barge tent at Tower Gardens for music and more. Photograph: Arts Barge
Head to the Arts Barge tent at Tower Gardens for music and more. Photograph: Arts Barge

York is on the go this weekend, using paddle, pedal and steam power. But don’t panic: you don’t have to cycle the streets, power your way in a canoe or stoke up a loco’s boiler. Put your feet up and watch…

Not mentioned here but definitely worth supporting is the ADAM Festival in Acomb on Saturday from 10am till 4pm – our full feature on this new event is here.

For details of everything happening this weekend, don’t forget to check our bulging What’s On guide.


Cycle races

One of our fastest riders, Ed ClancyA year before the Tour de France comes to York, the British circuit races give us a taste of the thrills of race cycling. Top names from the sport will hurtle round the city centre in pursuit of glory, preceded by the York Cycling City Races. And afterwards big screens will show the Tour de France climax. Sunday from 1pm.

River festival

River Ouse by Allan HarrisThe Dragon Boat races were a huge success last weekend (although not for the YorkMix boat – Ed). And there’s lots more water-based fun this weekend, with the Arts Barge putting on music, theatre and workshops at Tower Gardens, and there are canoe races on Saturday afternoon. So there’s still time to make a splash. All weekend.

Railway gala

derwent-valley-light-railwayThe NRM may have garlanded the big headlines recently, but it’s not the only steam show in town. One hundred years ago the Derwent Valley Railway opened, and there’s a big gala at Murton Park to celebrate, featuring guest locos, model and miniature railways, vintage buses and more. Saturday, 10am-5pm.

French Day

french-dayOoh la la! La Ballon d’Or est having un shindig! For those without YorkMix‘s brilliant grasp of French, that translates as the Golden Ball pub is hosting a French day. Expect boules, French cricket, cheese eating, wine drinking and listening to the superb chanteuse Maggi Stratford and Encore. Sunday, 2pm-5pm.

Dunnington Fayre

dunnington-chainsaw-carvingThe organisers Dunn good! Loads to do, including bungee fliers, inflatables and balloon modelling. And loads to see, like chainsaw carving, birds of prey and a dog show. With music, food, a bar and stalls it will keep the whole family happy. Saturday, 11am-4pm, with a family disco later.

Huntington scarecrows

huntington-scarecrowThe straw men are back, and this time they’ve invaded Huntington. There are three trails, which all start at the Memorial Hall, plus stalls, refreshments, tuck shop, Tombola and more. Both Saturday and Sunday, 10am-5pm.