From singing nuns to daft dogs – via a talent show and bike ride – let us transport you away from boredom with our selection of stuff to do. Want more? Head for our comprehensive guide to what’s on in York.
Ainsty Fest 2014
The Ainsty Fest is back, and bigger than ever with acts including Beth McCarthy, magician Alfie Whattham and the Breakin Habits Crew (winners of Ainsty’s Got Talent 2014). As well as music there’ll be comedy, magic shows, face painting and a BBQ. This Saturday, Sept 14 at The Ainsty from 12 to 11pm.
Paws for a Cause
St Leonard’s Hospice are hosting their annual Paws for a Cause dog walk this Sunday, Sept 14 starting at the Ron Cooke Hub on the University of York Heslington East Campus. Grab your pub and choose a one or four km stroll and watch a series of entertaining canine shows, or take part in some puppy-friendly games. Register between 10am and 11am.
Heritage open days
Heritage Open Days are back, when you can get into some wonderful historic properties for free. Beningbrough Hall, Treasurer’s House and Fishergate Postern Tower are among those taking part, until Sunday, Sept 14.
View stunning Images of York Minster in the York Photography Society’s exhibition at York Minster itself this Saturday, Sept 13 – Thursday, Sept 25 from 9am – 5pm, Mon – Sat and from 12.45pm on Sundays
Oh happy day! Sister Act is in town and ready to convert you with it’s heart-warming story of friendship and redemption. Join Deloris Van Cartier (played by Cleopatra Rey above) as she is forced to seek shelter at a convent, and finds herself singing her way to happiness – with a little help from a few nuns and stern Mother Superior. This Friday, Sept 12 – Sat, Sept 20 at 7.30pm at the Grand Opera House.
York Festival of Cycling
You’ll be getting flashbacks to the Grand Depart this weekend as York’s Festival of Cycling rolls into town, but this time you can have a go at riding a penny farthing or a bicycle made for two. There’s a KMX racing track, a Viking try-out zone for younger kids and an air bag for you to practice your daring BMX moves. This weekend, Saturday, Sept 13 – Sunday, Sept 14 10am – 5pm at Rowntree Park.
And on the Sunday (10.30am-4pm), it’s Sky Ride York, when the cyclists are given the freedom of the city centre.
Dig In Show
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Dig In project rolls into at Glen Community Gardens. Dig In is a project that aims to create food-growing spaces within the communities of York, so celebrate everything green with music, a BBQ and the winners of the summer show competitions. This Saturday, Sept 13 from 1 – 4pm.