The Mix Six: Six things to do in York this weekend

23 Aug 2012 @ 3.17 pm
| Entertainment
Lighten up… the Paralympic Lantern's on its way to York

Water, fire and henna tattoos… it’s going to be a Bank Holiday Weekend to remember. Lots of stuff to do whether you’re looking for a free family day out or to dance till dawn. Enjoy!

It’s flaming back!

The Olympic Torch may be on its way to Rio (you can still catch footage of its progress through York here) but the Paralympic Lantern arrives in York on Friday. The Paralympic Lantern for Yorkshire and Humberside will be lit at Trafalgar Square before travelling to York by train. Then it’s taken to the Royal York Hotel lawn to be split into five flames, four of which dash off elsewhere in Yorkshire. Our lantern will travel by open-top bus to the Minster to begin its tour.
The bus will then tour up Bootham, Water Lane, Carr Lane and on to Front Street, Acomb, where it will join an escort of accessible bikes before arriving at Energise at approximately 3.15pm. See a map of the route here.

Friday, August 24: Approximate times to see the Paralympic Lantern

  • 2.15pm York Minster
  • 3pm Front Street, Acomb
  • 3.15pm Energise, Cornlands Road


Floating our boats

The York 800 flotilla, sunk by torrential rain back during the Charter Weekend in July, is ready to sail back into view on Sunday. Hundreds of vessels of all shapes and sizes are due to take part in a procession down the River Ouse to mark 800 years of York being an independent city, with the Paralympic Lantern to the fore. Everyone is welcome along the river banks, and there’s music and activities in Tower Gardens and on the Eye of York from 11am.

  • When: Sunday, August 26. Entertainment from 11am, boats set sail 12.30pm. Due in the city centre just after 1pm
  • Where: People will be able to see it from any safe vantage point along the River Ouse banks between Naburn Marina and Clifton Ings


Summer fair fun

Classic family entertainment is the name of the game at the Acomb Green Summer Fair on Saturday. There’s a falconry display with owls and eagles, the Doggy X Factor for the community’s classiest canines, a bouncy castle and a climbing wall. Plus music, stalls, henna tattoos and more.

  • When: Saturday, August 25 from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Where: Acomb Green, situated on Wetherby Road/York Road near Front Street
  • Admission: Free, as are many of the activities


New walks around old York

The best way to see York is on hoverboard. But until that’s invented the best way is on foot. And this Sunday, three new history trails are published to reveal some of York’s hidden stories. Created by The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past (IPUP) at York University, the Roman Walk, Jewish History Trail and Great War walk will be available to download as free apps and podcasts from Sunday, August 26. Printed versions are available from the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum.

To mark the launch on Sunday, August 26 Professor Helen Weinstein, director of IPUP, is leading three, free walks. No ticket is needed, and they start from the steps of the Yorkshire Museum:

  • 11am: Walking with the Romans: Daily life in Eboracum
  • 2pm: Jewish History Trail: Life, death and burial from the medieval period to the 20th century
  • 4pm: Experiencing the Great War: York in World War One

From Sunday,


Crafty day out

Forget the throwaway society – the Choose2Reuse Fair is back this Saturday. Browse more than 30 stalls of re-designed, upcycled and customised goods from local designers, artists and crafts people who have ingenious ways to extend the life of every day items. Demonstrations include bag making, paper making, rag rugs and origami boxes.


Bop till you drop

Ash, Buzzcocks, Guillemots, the Galtres Festival is a veritable A B, er, G of popular music. Adam Ant’s there, as are two of Ocean Colour Scene, all of Seth Lakeman and many more. Lots of family activities, lots of proper Yorkshire beer and cider, lots of memories to be made. Check out our full preview, complete with videos, here.