Lock up your daughters! Or if they’re bearded ladies, let them out! Because York is hosting its first Vagabond Bazaar this Saturday, September 1. Staged by Rag and Bone, it is billed as “a vaudevillian carnival of live magic, burlesque, art, gypsy-esque music, fortune telling and some most unusual gift stalls”.
The Melbourne Centre on Fishergate will be transformed into a bustling bazaar with artists including Becki Harper, who won the Best New Blood Award at the London design awards D&AD in 2009 and Laura May, who last year exhibited at The Brick Lane Gallery, London. Among the stalls will be a “Freak Show” of carnivorous plants from Wack’s Wicked Plants, burlesque-inspired jewellery and accessories from Derby based All Girls Are Magpies and palm reading. Live music, burlesque and other performers are promised. Dressing up is not mandatory but, say the organisers, “most defiantly encouraged – we want to see circus freaks, harlequins, Romany gypsies, mimes, bearded ladies and all manner of vaudevillian weirdos!”
- Where: Melbourne Centre, on Fishergate, York
- When: Saturday, September 1, from 11am
- More details: Check out the Facebook page
Knockout day out
Remember Stuart Hall and his mad laugh? People dressed as fairytale giants falling into the water? Eddie Waring totting up the scores? They don’t make telly like that any more, but you can recreate that Seventies fun feeling with the It’s A Knockout charity tournament in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice this Sunday.
Up to 27 teams will battle it out on Knavesmire to become champion of the inflatables. They will face water, foam, inflatables and a few tactical challenges on the road to glory. There’s also a barbecue, bar, face painting, raffle, tombola, ice cream van and more.
- Where: Knavesmire
- When: Sunday, September 2, from noon
- More details: On St Leonard’s Hospice Facebook page
Day of thunder
Sunday is Thunder Day at the Yorkshire Air Museum. Headlining is the Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight performing a flypast. Organisers are also firing up the SE5a biplane, evoking images of the First World War era of dogfights and daring, along with the super De Havilland Devon twin prop which sounds fabulous when the blades are spinning.
The ground will shake when big jets like the Blackburn Buccaneer XN 974 and the Mighty Hunter Nimrod MR2 XV250 take their turn. Meanwhile the museum’s fire team will give kids the chance to have a go with the hoses and knock a few bollards over.
- Where: The Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, York
- When: Sunday, September 2. Gates open at 10am
- Admission: Museum entry is adults £8, children £4
York Archaeological Trust battlefield officer Russell Marwood is hosting a tour round two evocative and unspoilt battle sites, Boroughbridge and Myton. The first is the place where the rebellious Earl of Hereford met an unpleasant end, the second the scene of the destruction of the “White Chapter’ by the Scottish veterans of Bannockburn.
Some things to note: you need to wear outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear, and be prepared to walk long distances and cross busy roads. And participants will be required to drive from Boroughbridge to Myton for the second part of the tour. Walk duration is about two-and-a-half hours.
- Where: Meet opposite the Black Bull Inn, St James Square, Boroughbridge, York YO51 9AR
- When: Sunday, September 2, 2pm
- Price: £4 adult, £3 conc. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505
- More details: Jorvik Viking Centre website
It started as a movie starring Reese Witherspoon in 2001, was reborn as a stage musical in 2007 and won Best Musical in the Olivier Awards last year. And next week Legally Blonde The Musical returns to York.
It stars Pop Idol star Gareth Gates, former Brookside actor Jennifer Ellison and Faye Brookes as Elle Woods.
Elle thinks she can handle anything. So when her boyfriend dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett, her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart.
Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical “smart, sassy… spectacular” by the Daily Telegraph.
- Where: Grand Opera House, York
- When: Tuesday, September 4 to Saturday, September 8, 7.30pm. Matinees Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
- Price: £19.50-£49.50. Book them here
Aw – lovely Ben’s here!
He’s been stranded by the BBC in Castaway, has raced across the Sahara, rowed the Atlantic and dashed about in Antarctica. Now Ben Fogle (he’s the one on the right) is making the much simpler trek to York.
The Animal Park, Countryfile and Crufts presenter is at Explore York to talk about his new book, the Accidental Naturalist, all about his encounters with animals.
- Where: Explore York – what was York Central Library
- When: Wednesday, September 5, 12.30pm
- Price: £5 (including a glass of wine). Available from Explore York on 01904 552828 or [email protected], or call into your local library