What's on - in and around the City of York 2012

JULY 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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7th April -
31st December
2012

York 800 Festival - In 2012 it will be 800 years since the city was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1212, allowing York to take charge of its own affairs by electing a council, creating the post of mayor, and giving a voice to its people. In celebration of the anniversary, there is a special programme of events running from January to December 2012.

New medieval exhibition for 2012 - When King John granted a royal charter to York almost 800 years ago, in 1212, it marked a pivotal moment in the history of the city.

Gaining independence from the Crown meant that York could regulate its own affairs, collect its own taxes and even appoint a mayor. This paved the way for the success that was to flourish here over the following centuries. In effect; it was the making of the city.

To commemorate the 800-year anniversary of York’s independence, The Yorkshire Museum are planning a new exhibition, set to open at Easter, called 1212: The Making of the City. Set amongst the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, our medieval gallery is perfectly placed to tell the story of medieval York and celebrate the people, places and events that have contributed to the city’s medieval heritage.

The Yorkshire Museum’s medieval collections will still take centre stage, with the York Helmet, Middleham Jewel, Sapphire Ring and St William’s Shrine all given pride of place. Original manuscripts and a fantastic array of paintings and works on paper from York Art Gallery will add real richness to the stories we will be telling.

By flooding the exhibition with colour, sound and film, we hope to capture the vibrancy of the medieval city and celebrate the imagination, creativity and skill of its people.




Yorkshire Museum



13th June -
16th July
2012

The Reduced Shakespeare Company in 'The Complete World of Sports (abridged)'

The original "bad boys of abridgement" are back in the UK following a highly successful run in New York and a sell-out US tour of The Complete World of Sports (abridged).

In this merciless but affectionate satire, The Reduced Shakespeare Company canter through the entire history of athletic competition in a marathon of madness and mayhem that sees the world's great sporting events shrunk down to theatrical size.

The result is a tour-de-force comedy that will delight every sports and non-sports fan in the family. Every sport ever played on every continent in the entire history of the world in under two hours!

Let the games begin!

York Theatre Royal hosts the UK premiere ahead of a nationwide tour and the show’s West End premiere in this 2012 Olympic Year.

Owes as much to the insanity of Monty Python as to the inanity of actual sports programs.’ Boston Globe



York Theatre Royal




30th June/
1st July
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - De Havilland Weekend.

Featuring the Mosquito, Devon and Nimrod in this celebration of the famous De Havilland name. First engine runs of the restored Mosquito Nightfighter making this a must for everyone!!

YAM is the largest original RAF Bomber Command Station open to the public, this year being the 70th Anniversary of the commencement of operations with 77 Squadron. Halifax bombers of No. 77 Squadron RAF were the first to be stationed here in 1942, followed by the only two Free French Heavy Bomber Squadrons of the Second World War 346 Guyenne and 347 Tunisie. This was the only base to be operated by French personnel – a close history which continues to this day.

The collection at YAM includes the famous Halifax Bomber and Mosquito Nightfighter plus aircraft from the early 1900's through both World Wars and the Battle of Britain right up to the jet-age with examples of Meteor; Javelin; Lightning; Harrier and Tornado.


Yorkshire Air Museum
York

Future Events and Attractions


1st July
2012

Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club and Band Concert.

Grace, pace and horsepower – classic cars on display. All vehicles for exhibition must be pre-booked. Plus enjoy the gardens in the company of one of the best of South Yorkshire's musical brass bands. 12.00 noon - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

2nd July
2012

Pontefract Races

Pontefract Racecourse

4th July
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

5th July
2011

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - George Hudson – Railway King.

Come and listen to the story of the ‘Railway King’ in the Debtors’ Prison cells.

George Hudson was a debtor, here at York Castle Prison – hear the story told by the man himself! To coincide with the month Hudson was imprisoned. Actor Chris Cade plays Hudson. 6.00 pm

York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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6th July
2011

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - A Tour of Kirkgate.

The Victorian street is set between in 1870-1901 and reflects the stories of the businesses and people of York from the time.

Take a guided tour through the street to uncover the patterns of life in Victorian York. Hear about the entrepreneur ironmonger John Parkes proprietor of The Little Dustpan on Fossgate, the extraordinary life of Edward Allen the Taxidermist and the everyday experiences of the inhabitants of 'Rowntree Snicket'. 11.00 am - 12.00 noon


York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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6th July
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - Active Galactic Nuclei and why Amateurs should observe them by Nick Hewitt, BAA.

8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society

6/7th July
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse





6-14th July
2012

York Early Music Festival 2012.

The 2012 York Early Music Festival reflects the Olympic ideals of excellence and aspiration, focusing on moments when new ideas and styles crossed the many European borders to create an interconnected musical world, moving overseas through the missionaries and adventurers to the far off lands of South America.

Guest artists include Hesperion XXI directed by Jordi Savall; Florilegium directed by Ashley Solomon joining forces with the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir; and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers.

Highlights include Robert Hollingworth's I Fagiolini presenting their award-winning production of Alessandro Striggio's Mass in 40 parts (1566) staged in the round in the glorious surroundings of York Minster - encouraging audiences to promenade between groups of musicians to gain different aural perspectives on its amazing sound world and crossing their own borders to create new musical experiences.





National Centre for Early Music




7th July
2012

Fire Service Preservation Group Rally.

Fire engines and other associated vehicles and equipment on display over the weekend.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.




Eden Camp
Malton


7th July
2012

First Saturday Lunches - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - BEYOND BOLOGNAISE.

The Emilia Romagnia region, around Bologna, is known for its use of the whole pig, for Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and Balsamic vinegar.

- Antipasto of Prosciutto di Parma with leaves dressed with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
- Tortelloni al Burro e Formaggio (with Butter and Cheese)
- Zampone di Modena (Slow cooked stuffed Pigs Trotter, served hot)
- Ferrara's Torta di Mele (Apple Cake)


Meltons Restaurant
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7th July
2012

The Micklegate Singers present - The Modern Man I Sing.

A contemporary programme of the sacred and secular, as part of the Late Music Festival, with local connections in Philip Moore and Will Todd. Richard Rodney Bennett's Missa Brevis is his only piece of liturgical music and demonstrates a wide variety of styles in a brief span. Betty Roe was recently awarded an MBE for her services to music, and her witty arrangements contrast with the darker-toned Lorca Suite of the Finnish master, Rautavaara.

Rodney Bennett - Missa Brevis

McDowall - Deus, portus pacis

Moore - Evening Prayers

Todd - Christus est Stella

Rizza - Ave Generosa

Briggs - I will lift up mine eyes

Chilcott - The Modern Man I Sing

Rautavaara - Lorca Suite

Roe - Three English Folksongs. 8.00 pm




Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Micklegate Singers

7/8th July
2012

Meet the King - King John himself will be returning to the centre of York Castle at Clifford's Tower for one weekend only.

Come and see the King on his throne in full regalia ready to receive his subjects and anyone who wishes to petition the King. Plus an opportunity to hear tales from the King and a chance to learn medieval etiquette, and a chance to wear the crown yourself. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Cliffords Tower



7/8th July
2012

'The Master & The Mine' - Meet Mr Thellhusson and the Housekeeper inside the Hall as they reflect on the Royal visit of 1912.

In 1912 King George V and Queen Mary visited south Yorkshire along with Mr Thellhusson in his capacity of Sheriff. Unfortunate incidents at the nearby colliery at Cadeby diverted the Royal party – and almost 100 years later, you can hear these tales from the master of the house, Mr Thellhusson and his housekeeper. 1.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

8th July
2012

The York Rotary Dragon Boat Challenge - The Club will hold its next annual Challenge on the River Ouse on Sunday 8th July 2012. This will be a particualrly special occasion as 2012 will be the 10th Anniversary of the original Dragon Boat Challenge held in 2003 - having been held annually since that time and raised approaching £600,000 for a whole host of worthwhile charities.

The Dragon Boat Challenge Racing will start at 10.00 am. Racing will take place over a 250 metre stretch of the River Ouse between Scarborough and Lendal Bridges with the support of the York City Rowing Club and British Waterways. The South Bank of the River will be used by the participating teams and their family and friends.

There will be a Gala Day atmosphere on the North Bank with stalls and a variety of activities. The racing itself will be run once again by Dragon Boat Events Ltd. Each team member will be required to raise sponsorship with one third going to Rotary’s designated charities and two thirds going to a charity of the team's own choice.

Each crew consists of 16 paddlers and a drummer selected from a team they nominated of up to 20 including reserves. The helmsmen are professionals provided by Dragon Boats Events Ltd. Each team participates in three preliminary rounds and the teams with the fastest times in the preliminary rounds take part in the Grand Final.



Dragon Boat Challenge

8th July
2012

Tractor and Engine Day - Action and noise! Come and witness the fantastic displays of vintage tractors and engines at the Museum as well as cooking in the cottages and other traditional crafts.

Ryedale Folk Museum


8th July
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall


9th July
2012

The Monthly Monday Meal - A longstanding tradition at Melton's, they are very popular and booking is necessary. Todays' theme - BEYOND BOLOGNAISE.

The Emilia Romagnia region, around Bologna, is known for its use of the whole pig, for Parma ham, Parmesan cheese and Balsamic vinegar.

- Antipasto of Prosciutto di Parma with leaves dressed with Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale
- Tortelloni al Burro e Formaggio (with Butter and Cheese)
- Zampone di Modena (Slow cooked stuffed Pigs Trotter, served hot)
- Ferrara's Torta di Mele (Apple Cake)


Meltons Restaurant
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9th July
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse

10th July
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - Athletes of the Natural World. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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10th July
2012

Pontefract Races

Pontefract Racecourse

10-12th July
2012

The 154th Great Yorkshire Show - The Great Yorkshire Show was born in October 1837 when a group of leading agriculturalists, led by the third Earl Spencer, met at the Black Swan Hotel in Coney Street, York to discuss the future of the farming industry. The result was the decision to form an organisation - the Yorkshire Agricultural Society - whose aims were to improve and develop agriculture and hold an annual show of excellence.

In 2011 over 135,00 people visited the show - join them.

Great Yorkshire Showground
Harrogate

Great Yorkshire Show

11th July
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

11-13th July
2012

University of York - Graduation Ceremonies

University of York



12th July
2012

Open Air Theatre - 'Romeo & Juliet' by William Shakespeare.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents the greatest love story ever told as Shakespeare's unforgettable tale of romance and passion tours beautiful open-air venues across the UK and Ireland. Join family and friends to picnic under the stars and enjoy this wonderful new production, alive with magnificent costumes and original music.

Chapterhouse brings Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers to Helmsley Castle in one of the most memorable and magical evenings of the summer. Bring your chairs, picnics, wine and friends and enjoy an enchanting evening of outdoor theatre at its best. Gates open 6.45 pm, Performance starts at 7.30 pm.


Helmsley Castle




13/14th July
2012

York Races - John Smith's Cup Meeting.

The Friday of the meeting offers a great start to a weekend of high quality racing as it contains the Group 3 Summer Stakes as well as the chance to relax into the weekend. Several of the other races are also supported by brands that are backing the charity of the grocery industry, Caravan; it all makes for an exciting day.

Ever since it was first run in 1960, the John Smith’s Cup has had a story to tell; last season’s winner, Green Destiny, went on to win two Group 3 races including one on the Knavesmire. Who will land the £150,000 prize and unique Wedgwood trophy this year? In the past finding the answer has produced some of the biggest gambles to hit the bookmakers; the roar when the favourite hits the front is spine tingling. A racegoer with an eye on the future can also pick up tips.

The support of the Tadcaster brewer makes this the longest running sponsorship on the flat anywhere in the world and the event is one of Yorkshire’s finest.

In recent years, to celebrate the occasion, RAF Linton-on-Ouse has carried out a flypast over the Knavesmire using its Tucano aircraft. The Racecourse website will keep you updated as plans are announced for this celebration.




York Racecourse



13-29th July
2012

Ryedale Festival 2012 - The two-week Ryedale Festival, held in late July each year, is one of the most enterprising and attractive music festivals in England. From its beginnings in 1981 it has gone from strength to strength, earning itself a national and even international reputation for its excellent musical and literary events held at spectacular historical venues in this beautiful area of North Yorkshire.

Each year is different with performances given at the great houses of Castle Howard, Sledmere, Duncombe Park and Hovingham Hall. Church performances include many beautiful locations in remote villages as well as at Ampleforth Abbey, Rievaulx and sometimes York Minster.

Over the years, our internationally known artistic directors have developed a range of musical events to suit many tastes, from baroque chamber music, eighteenth-century string quartets and opera to cutting edge compositions and improvisations inspired by Gypsy and Arabic music as well as tango and jazz. Innovations include an opera produced especially for the Festival which subsequently went to London, experimental concert formats such as the Triple Concert at Castle Howard, combined literary and musical events, and the 'Ryecrawl', a magical musical mystery tour by coach linking short concerts in special areas and venues. It is also a community festival with local artists taking part alongside professional artists, and helping to run the Festival.

Full details of the 2012 Ryedale Festival programme will be available at the end of April and will be announced initially at the Festival Launch Concert on 13th April - thereafter they will appear on the Rydale Festival website.

Ryedale Festival




14th July
2012

Airborne Forces Day.

Reunion of veterans who have served with Airborne Forces over the last 60 years.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.




Eden Camp
Malton

14th July
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - A Thousand Years of Gardening in York.

Tutor: Peter Goodchild, Director of GARLAND (The Garden & Landscape Heritage Trust).

Session 1: Gardening in York in the Middle Ages

Session 2: Gardening in York from 1822 to 1922

Both these sessions involve an introductory talk in the morning and a guided tour in and around the Gardens in the afternoon.

Session 3: York's Gardeners and Botanists.

A day focussing on gardeners and botanists and their connections with York. 'A Thousand Years of Gardening in York' can be taken as a course or as individual sessions.



Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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14th July
2012

Sowerby Music present Passacaglia.

Passacaglia return with a blockbuster programme. Bach Brandenburg Concerti No 4 and No 5 plus Telemann Concerti for recorder, flute and viola da gamba.

St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music

14/15th July
2012

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Vintage Vehicle Weekend.

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway has teamed up with a number of classic car and motorcycle owners and enthusiasts to offer an event bringing iconic engines and motor vehicles together for one glorious weekend.

The NYMR’s Vintage Vehicle Weekend will provide passengers with an added attraction – displays of historic vehicles at stations along the route, specifically at Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont. At Pickering, a heritage bus will operate from the station, providing free trips around the market town on both days.

Rail passengers will be able to experience the beauty, smell and sound of classic vehicles. On show will be many British marques from bygone days, such as Humber, Wolseley, Jowett, Triumph, Austin, BSA. Several car clubs are also in attendance, such as Allard, Ford Capri and Triumph Stag.

Levisham station plays host to miniature traction engines, alongside displays of up to 45 historic motorcycles and cars. Live music will also be on offer from 12 until 4pm each day. Shadows Music will perform on the Saturday and Jive Express on the Sunday, giving passengers a flavour of the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s in between train departures and arrivals. A real ale tent completes the picture at Levisham.

Goathland station will play host to 55 vehicles. Here a number of historic motorbikes will be on display too.

Motoring through the ages will be the theme at Grosmont, which will also feature a massive 60 vehicles.

It is the 19th year that this motoring extravaganza has been held on the Moors Railway. Volunteer organiser Ian Wolstencroft said: “For many it is certainly a trip down memory lane and a great day out. It wouldn’t be possible without the continued support from both the railway and the groups and individuals who make the event what it is. Together, they lovingly keep all of these forms of transport going. It is truly magnificent and a joy to see.




NYMR


15th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - York Riverside Walk.

York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets.

A tranquil stroll along our beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


15th July
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall


17th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Kings Manor - A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


17th July
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - The Archaeology of York Castle.

Part of the CBA Festival of Archaeology (14 – 29 July). Discover the history of York Castle through objects at the Yorkshire Museum with the Yorkshire Museum’s curators of Archaeology. Then take a walk through the city to see the castle itself. 1.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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17th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - 'Inaccessible and Hidden York' - A series of several different walks to places not open to the public.

Today - Guildhalls & Secret Passages - Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

17th July
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse


18th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - York Riverside Walk.

York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets.

A tranquil stroll along our beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk

18th July
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse


19th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour.

Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


19th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Historic Inns and Pubs of York Tour - over 18's only.

What better way to relax than to visit some of York's historic inns and alehouses. Many go back to Mediaeval and Tudor times.

Relive the Golden Age of Coaching when the streets rattled with coaches from all parts of the kingdom. And of course the opportunity to sample a few beers on the way! Walk starts at 7.30 pm


Yorkwalk



19-22nd July
2012

Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival 2012.

We are pleased to announce that bestselling Norwegian crime writer Jo Nesbo will be appearing as a Special Guest at the 2012 Festival. Programming Chair Mark Billingham has put together an astounding programme, with Jo Nesbo joining a stellar line-up of Special Guests including Harlan Coben, John Connolly and Charlaine Harris.

Watch this space for further announcements…


Harrogate

Crime Writing Festival 2012.


20th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - York Riverside Walk.

York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets.

A tranquil stroll along our beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk






20th July
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer’s day aboard the “Scarborough Flyer”? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The “Scarborough Flyer” leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black ‘5’ 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 “Oliver Cromwell” Britannia class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.

20th July
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - Stars of Life and Death – the biggest explosions in the Universe by Tom Boles, BAA.

8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society

20th July
2012

Pontefract Races - Evening Meeting

Pontefract Racecourse

20th July
2012

Vin Garbutt in Concert.

Reeth Memorial Hall

20-22nd July
2012

The Deer Shed Festival 3.

Our ethos - we are massive fans of music and the arts in general, and we all have kids. We have over the years got increasingly fed up with paying a small fortune to get our families into various festivals only to be disappointed in the music or in the entertainment, facilities and vibe for the sprogs.

The Deer Shed Festival is our long considered response to this. Kids are not second class citizens at DSF. However, we will not compromise on what's on just because we are 'family friendly'. If you don't have kids to bring along you will still find a lovely chilled atmosphere in which to enjoy a great weekend.

The festival site will open around lunchtime on Friday 20th July. In addition to our circus cabaret performance in our Big Top, Friday evening will also have headline music acts on our main stage. The Friday ticket is optional though most folks make a full weekend of it.

Saturday is our main music and arts day, three music stages, loads going on, the meat in the sandwich.

Sunday is a Long Goodbye. Coffee, newspapers, organised kids sports, live ambient electronica cafe in the Big Top, a crafts market, a birds of prey display, nature trails and lots more to be confirmed. The festival site will close late on Sunday afternoon. Camping in a tent is free and all kids activities are free unless stated otherwise on this site.

If you came in 2011 you can expect more arts including commissioned theatre productions through the woods, more camping space, more after hours entertainment and later bar opening hours, a longer long goodbye on Sunday, custom indestructible swingballs and whatever else we can dream up between now and then.





Baldersby Park
Topcliffe

Deer Shed Festival




21st July
2012

York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-

Yorkshire beef, lamb & pork;
Organic vegetables;
Free range chicken & eggs;
Fresh handmade bread & cakes;
Pastries;
Fish;
Sausages;
Soups;
Preserves & much more...

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.





York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market


21st July
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Patchwork with Evelyn Gibb.

An introduction to crazy patchwork with Evelyn Gibb. Make a panel for the centre of a cushion; the front of a bag or the first of many for a throw or quilt. Embellish with beads, buttons, lace or embroidery or a bit of each. Materials are included. Please bring sewing kit.

Runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens


21st July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - York Riverside Walk.

York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets.

A tranquil stroll along our beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk

21st July
2012

Ripon Races - Ripon Racecourse commonly known as the Garden Racecourse is suitably located in one of the country's most beautiful and quaint cities. With the market town being one of the oldest cities in England it is a great place to visit.

Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse known widely for its picturesque surroundings was fittingly presented with the Gold Rose Award by the Yorkshire in Bloom; the county's regional body representing the national Britain in Bloom campaign.



Ripon Racecourse



21/22nd July
2012

'Dracula' & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle.

From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale.

2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm.

Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go... Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey

21/22nd July
2012

Masham Steam Engine and Fair Organ Rally 2012.

Masham Steam Rally


21/22nd July
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle

21st July -
2nd September
2012

Time Travellers Go…Royal.

Become King for a Day – Children can dress up as medieval nobles in splendid costumes and hats, including a medieval crown. Step forward and discover medieval etiquette and sit on the throne – Parents bring your camera for this Time Traveller taster event every day during school holidays. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Cliffords Tower






22nd July
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the ‘days of steam’.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there’s scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain’s most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the ‘Border City’ at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can ‘take a breather’ as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 (‘Black 5’) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 “Scots Guardsman” rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.


22nd July
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall

23rd July
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse


23-27th July
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey


25th July
2012

Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens 2012 Workshop Series - We have some fantastic workshops for you this year at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens. All courses include coffee and biscuits and the opportunity to look at books and leaflets of interest. ALL WORKSHOPS INCLUDE GARDEN ENTRY. Pre-booking is Essential.

Today - Garden Walk with Vanessa Cook.

This is an opportunity to tour the garden and vegetable plot with its creator Vanessa Cook and learn about its development and maintenance with particular reference to the plants that are at their best in each particular month. It is a great opportunity to have some expert advice and the tours are tailored to the needs and interest of each group.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens


25th July
2012

Borrowby Show 2012 - Borrowby show was first held in 1949, it is now a regular feature on the last Wednesday in July.

Field classes cover most farm animals. Tent classes and exhibits range from, cattle, sheep and farm produce through garden produce, flowers, cookery, wine, arts & crafts and children's competitions.

There are show jumping events, a gymkhana and a fancy dress parade. Trade stands and other attractions add further interest and a dance is held in the evening in the marquee. Licensed Bar, Refreshments, Ice Cream.


Knayton
Thirsk

Borrowby Show

25th July
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

26th July
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - Australia & Tasmania Wines.

Tutored wine tastings, run in association with The Wine Academy with a two course supper and coffee. Wine Academy staff or a guest speaker will conduct the relaxed, informal tasting and our chefs will choose a two-course meal to compliment the theme of the evening. 7.30 pm


Meltons Too
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27th July
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Scarborough Flyer'.

What could be better than spending a beautiful summer's day aboard the "Scarborough Flyer"? This special train runs from Crewe to York and Scarborough and will be steam hauled in both directions using one of our pool of three magnificent steam locomotives. The train travels through the contrasting, yet splendid scenery of the Pennine Mountains and the Vale of York. Passengers can choose to visit either York or Scarborough. The "Scarborough Flyer" leaves Crewe at around 07:30 and heads north to Wilmslow and Stockport where it stops to pick up more passengers. Later, the train passes through Stalybridge, with its famous Buffet Bar which first opened in 1885, and climbs into the Pennines through Standedge Tunnel. It descends to Huddersfield, where it stops to pick up further passengers, and then follows the route of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to Wakefield Kirkgate. Here there is a stop for more passengers before the train continues through Castleford to York, where our steam locomotive takes on water.

Those passengers who choose to alight at York will be able to make the most of the time in this fascinating city by visiting such sights as the Minster, The Shambles, the Jorvik Viking Centre and, of course, the superb National Railway Museum.

On departure from York, we take the Scarborough line and immediately cross the River Ouse, with lovely views of the Minster. We should have a fast run through the Vale of York before slowing for the curves that follow the River Derwent past Kirkham Abbey. We continue through Malton and Seamer to our final destination at Scarborough, the most popular seaside resort in Yorkshire and perhaps the whole of the East Coast. It has everything you would expect from an established seaside resort, with two stunning sandy bays and a host of things to do and see.

The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip come from the following pool: No. 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" Princess Coronation Class 'Pacific' 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, for use on express passenger trains now in B.R.Green livery. No. 45305 Black '5' 4-6-0, built for the LMSR by Armstrong-Whitworth of Newcastle-on-Tyne in 1936, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" Britannia class 'Pacific' 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

Departs York 12.00 noon.






'The Scarborough Flyer'.

27th July
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - 'Go Racing in Yorkshire' Summer Festival.

Thirsk Racecourse




27/28th July
2012

York Races - Music Showcase Weekend.

Music Showcase Evening is the only evening of York’s year on Friday July 27th combining competitive racing with live music. The European Breeders' Fund Lyric Stakes is a Listed contest to reward talented fillies. Last season Blondie took to the stage to complete the evening's entertainment; keep an eye on the Racecourse website to see who will play for 2012’s evening.

The Sky Bet York Stakes on Saturday is a Group Two race with £100,000 in prize money so it attracts a field from the top stables; Sir Michael Stoute and Saeed bin Suroor have provided recent winners for this all age middle distance contest.

A full field are likely to contest the prime betting heat of the afternoon, the £50,000 Sky Bet Dash, a six furlong handicap. A fitting part of the Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival.

Last year Scouting for Girls performed live after racing. The multiple Brit nominated band generated a great atmosphere with This ain’t a Love Song. Elvis isn’t Dead and She’s So Lovely. Watch out on the Racecourse website for the announcements of 2012’s acts.




York Racecourse


28th July
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Choccy & Sweetie Tour.

A delicious tour - hear the history of Terrys & Rowntrees, visit Choccy and Sweetie shops and taste free samples. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


28/29th July
2012

'Robin Hood'.

Meet our trio of actors as they preset the story of the outlaw Robin Hood, a merry weekend of comedy, combat and derring-do. See the hero Robin with his fair maid Marion and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Plus hands on activities for all junior outlaws! 11.00 am - 4.30 pm


Conisbrough Castle


28/29th July
2012

'The Leyburn 1940's Weekend'.

Please come and join us as Leyburn returns to the 1940’s once again. Join in with the civvies and “Armed Forces” on leave that swell the population of our town every weekend. In these dark times we are still at war and still under constant threat of Invasion. But this “Dales Town” is REFUSING to give up the fight!!!!

Over the past years the event has been educational, fun and an active reminder to all of the few that did so much for so many.


'Leyburn 1940's Weekend'



28/29th July
2012

'Dracula' & Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life with a cast of 4 actors.

The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle.

From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale.

2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary. These performances are suitable for children aged 8 and above. Performances at 11.30 am, 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm.

Plus there will be hands on activities throughout the day based on King Arthur, St George, Dracula and other myths & legends, with our Time Travellers Go... Myths & Legends Big Top.


Whitby Abbey


28/29th July
2012

Warrior Weekend - Could you make it as a medieval Knight or noble Lady?

Meet our costumed and armoured trio and discover the life of a Knight. Junior knights can take part in sword practice and see hand-to-hand sword fighting. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Scarborough Castle






29th July
2012

Steam Train Excursion - 'The Waverley'.

This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in Britain. There is also the option of visiting the Cumbrian market town of Appleby or the border city of Carlisle.

We have two steam locomotives available for these trains, types that were regularly seen on this route in the 'days of steam'.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton, in the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs high above valleys, over bridges and through more dramatic tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Then, the dramatic peak of our journey, we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1,169 feet of it! We travel high above the valley at Mallerstang and then drop down through Kirkby Stephen to Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

Passengers who choose to continue to Carlisle will enjoy a swift downhill run through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00. There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On departure we climb almost continually for just under 50 miles back up to Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. We stop, en route, at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. From Ais Gill our locomotive can 'take a breather' as it rushes back down the hill. We stop again for our locomotive to take on water before continuing to our setting down points at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds, and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

One of the two following steam locomotives will be used on this day trip: No. 44932 class 5 ('Black 5') 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains. No. 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains. Possibly LMS Jubilee Galatea.

Departs York 9.00 am.






'The Waverley'.

29th July
2012

Huby and Sutton Show - This traditional family show will again take place in the beautiful parkland at Sutton Park just 8 miles north of York, where car parking is available free of charge.

The packed programme commences at 9.00 am with the judging of the many equine classes in the 8 rings available, to be followed by many other displays and competitions in the surrounding areas and marquees.

A variety of rural entertainment in the Main Ring commences at 12.45 pm which includes Dressage, Classic Cars, Foxhounds, Carriage Driving and a Flying Display of Falcons. The judging of prime Beef Cattle and Sheep will take place in other areas as does the Church Service, the Ploughing Match, the Punch & Judy show and a fairground for children.

Surrounding all this activity are some 76 trade stands, a craft marquee and a Home Produce & Crafts Section organised by Huby WI and Sutton Country Women’s Association.

Last year we recorded an attendance of over 5,000 because of which we have this year received a record number of entries and trade stands. If you love the countryside BE THERE.

Huby and Sutton Show



29th July
2012

Weeton & District Agricultural & Horticultural Society 2012 Show.

Animals - Animals are a vital and hugely popular part of our show and each year we aim to have the widest range of domestic, farm and interesting animals yet. We encourage you to enter our varied classes or bring along your dog on the day to stroll around (on a lead) or compete in the infamous Weeton Show Dog Race™.

Events - The day is packed with scheduled events including races, brass bands, children's shows and entertainment, Punch & Judy shows, Beagle & Fox Hound displays, Traditional Craft and skills demonstrations, ferret racing and many more.

Competition Classes - The breadth of competitive classes means there's chance for anyone and everyone to enter something in the Show whether it be a prize onion or watercolour, a Cleveland Bay or the dog with the waggiest tail.

Trade Stands - Weeton Show is crammed with numerous trade stands selling a variety of gifts, food & drink, crafts and a host of unique items. Refreshment stands serve hot and cold, traditional and speciality dishes for every taste. We also have a number of sideshows and amusements ranging from magic shows to climbing walls.



Weeton Show

29th July
2012

Pontefract Races - Family Day

Pontefract Racecourse


29th July
2012

Sunday Afternoon Band Concerts.

Hear the best local bands perform against the stunning backdrop of Brodsworth Hall. Bring along your deck chairs and picnics for an afternoon of superb music. 3.00 - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall


30th July
2012

Yorkwalk History and Heritage Coach Tours - Explore parts of England other visitors miss. Guided day long visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Boughton House and Eleanor Cross (Northamptonshire).

Boughton is the residence of the Duke of Buccleuch and not often open to the public. The house will be providing us with a substantial buffet lunch, made on the premises and using produce from the kitchen garden. We shall then have an exclusive private tour of the magnificent interior of the mansion.

There will be time to explore the beautiful gardens and we shall have afternoon tea with a selection of cakes.

At some point in the day we shall call at Deddington to see the Eleanor Cross, one of only two preserved in England, in an idyllic village setting; these were erected by a grieving Edward I to mark the stopping places of the funeral cortege of his Queen from Lincolnshire to London.




Yorkwalk

30th July -
3rd August
2012

Time Travellers Go… Myths & Legends.

Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, dressing up and hands on activities. Take part in Arthurian sword practice or medieval hobby-horse jousting training.


Whitby Abbey

30th July -
5th August
2012

"My Last Car" - A theatrical performance each day exploring peoples relationships with their car.

Ryedale Folk Museum

31st July
2012

The 146th Ryedale Agricultural Show - Held in the natural ampitheatre of Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire and drawing in spectators in excess of 15,000. Join us in Olympic Year for a Special Show.

Ryedale Show

31st July
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse

 

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