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

JUNE 2012

Longer Term events/exhibitions etc Currently Running
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11th February
-
10th June
2012

Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape - This exhibition showcases more than 100 works by one of the country's leading ceramic artists.

Baldwin, born in 1932, is internationally regarded as the UK's most distinguished living sculptural potter, who, for the last fifty years, has been producing the most radical and exciting work in clay.

He has been highly influential both as a teacher and artist and can be seen as a key post-war artist, whose activity has helped move ceramics onto a sculptural platform and away from its more traditional functional concerns.

Gordon Baldwin is a sculptural potter who has been very influential in moving ceramics towards sculptural forms and away from traditional functional pots. This show will display his works thematically, alongside related drawings, collages and photographs.

Most of the work on display will be from the 1980s onwards, including new works made by Baldwin as he approaches his 80th birthday.



York Art Gallery



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



19th May -
3rd June
2012

The Swaledale Festival - music, arts and walking in the Yorkshire Dales.

The 2012 Festival opens on 19 May with a free open-air concert on Reeth Green by The Olympianist, the internationally renowned pianist and avid cyclist Anthony Hewitt.

He is celebrating the London Olympics by cycling the length of Britain, in aid of charity, from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with his piano trailing in a van.

An exciting outdoor visual extravaganza from Swung Low at Richmond Castle, is planned to mark the Festival's end on 3 June.

Work is well underway on the rest in the middle, but it's still under wraps! The 2011 Festival was an outstanding success, with exceptional music from around the world - solo violin to jazz guitar, folk to brass, Arabic music to string quartets - as well as poetry, drama, art exhibitions and wonderful walking.

Swaledale Festival

Future Events and Attractions

1st June
2011

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Curators Talk - Making Museums.

In 1938 Dr Kirk opened York Castle Museum, a new home for his collection. At its heart was Kirkgate, a Victorian street where for the first time museum visitors could step back in time.

Kirkgate is seen by the museum world as a crucial landmark in the ‘making of museums’. Using sources from Dr Kirk's personal archive we will explore this fascinating story. 11.00 am - 12.00 noon


York Castle Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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1st June
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - The Medieval Astrolabe by Dominic Ford.

8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society


1st June
2012

House Concerts present - Joanna Chapman-Smith.

Blending acoustic urban Canadiana with jazzy and European flavours, Joanna has a supple and finely-nuanced voice and writes with the ear of a poet. Her musical self-portrait is composed of an unusually large palette of moods and colours.

On her second album - Contraries - the songs spring from a global-vagabond sensibility. Understandable, when you find out she has a love of Klezmer and her family roots stretch from Italy to New Zealand.

Joanna has already toured many times around the world performing her music as well. when alone on stage, or when accompanied by the likes of Mat Martin, she charms unassuming crowds into a world that questions right and wrong, mind and body, permanence and impermanence.

2011 marks the passing of a great year for Joanna: winning the 9th annual IMA songwriting award for Melodies (above) in the ‘Best Acoustic Song’ category; being awarded a professional development grant by the Canada Council for the Arts, and beginning work on a new album titled, Love Me Deeply – scheduled for a 2012 release.



House Concerts

1st June
2012

Pontefract Races - Evening Meeting

Pontefract Racecourse


2nd June
2012

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

An old favourite - our asparagus comes from Morritt's at Sand Hutton.

- Puff Pastry - Asparagus and Chive Butter
- Chilled Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraiche
- Blanquette of Yorkshire Veal with Asparagus and Morel Mushrooms
- Passion Fruit Tart


Meltons Restaurant
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2nd June
2012

The Late Music Concerts are a unique series of concerts devoted exclusively to the work of living composers who create the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. Today - Rika Zayasu – Piano Recital.

Frederic Rzewski: Short Fantasy on 'Give Peace a Chance'
Judith Weir: The King of France
Peter Sculthorpe: Night Pieces I-IV
David Lumsdaine: Six Postcard Pieces
Michael Parkin: Prelude & Fugue No's 1&2 WP
Michael Parkin: Prelude & Fugue No's 4&5 WP
Peter Sculthorpe: Little Pasacaglia
Steve Crowther: New Work WP
Arvo Part: Fur Alina
Frederic Rzewski: The Dead Moth Tango



The Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts

2nd June
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse

2nd June
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

2/3rd June
2012

World War II Weekend – The Museums annual event returns with 1940s re-enactments on site all weekend. Gain an insight into life in Britain during these eventful times.

Ryedale Folk Museum

2-10th June
2012

Railfest 2012 - We're planning Britain’s biggest ever railway festival for June 2012.

With key support from RAIL, Steam Railway and Model Rail, we're staging Railfest 2012 from 2-10 June.

The event will include a substantial display of locomotives and rolling stock from our collection, as well as a fleet of visiting steam locomotives and heritage rolling stock which are yet to be agreed, and significant representation from the modern rail industry.

Railfest 2012 will be a paid admission event (charges TBC), although we'll continue to offer free admission to the rest of the Museum throughout the nine-day event.

Climb inside drivers' cabs, ride on trains big and small and see toy trains from big brands. Get up close to the fastest, strongest and newest locos, and catch rarely-seen vehicles like snow ploughs and leaf blowers.

Locomotive list - The following locomotives have been announced but may be subject to change. Many more locos will be added to this list in the months leading up to the event -

A4 No.4468 Mallard

A3 No.4472 Flying Scotsman

LNWR Webb No.790 Hardwicke

LNER No.60163 Tornado

GWR No.3717 City of Truro

No.6229 Duchess of Hamilton with matching coach

Shropshire & Montgomeryshire 0-4-2WT Gazelle

Schools No.925 Cheltenham

RSH No.1 Castle Donington

A4 No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley

9F No.92203 Black Prince

Peckett No.2150 Mardy Monster

Peckett No.2012 Teddy

Tysley 0-6-0PT No.L94

Webb No.1054 Coal Tank

No.55002 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

Prototype HST

LMS Jubilee Class No.45596 Bahamas

LB&SCR Brighton Belle brake car No.88

Hunslet No.1786 Courage / Sweet Pea





The National Railway Museum

2-10th June
2012

Royal Trail - Especially for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, seek out the monarchs from the past, see how many you can find hiding around the site. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm


Cliffords Tower




3rd June
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - "Thunder Day".

Live 'Thunder Days' will be extra exciting this year as for the first time they will feature our historic propeller driven aircraft such as the historic wartime Dakota and De Havilland aircraft in addition to the Jets of the mighty Nimrod MR2!! This is a 'Engine Running Day' with historic live jets and propeller aircraft and vehicles on display!

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



3-5th June
2012

A Right Royal Weekend & Time Travellers Go…Upstairs, Downstairs.

Take a step back 100 years exactly to the Edwardian era, the year is 1912 and the gentleman of the house has responsibility for a special royal visit of King George V and Queen Mary.

Falconry displays, costumed performers as household and servants, music and a travelling cinema decorate the front lawn. Plus there's also a school for potential new servants with hands on interactive fun and traditional Punch & Judy shows all combining to create an atmosphere of times past.

The highlight each day is the King's arrival, a time to wave your union jacks and get ready to meet a monarch from the past. Witness a series of scenes inside and outside the Hall during this event. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm (House open 1.00 - 5.00 pm)



Brodsworth Hall



3-5th June
2012

Viking Raiders & Time Travellers Go…Warriors.

Encounter the terrifying Vikings as they spread a wave of terror and turmoil with their raids on the North eastern coast of England.

The small site of Lindisfarne was first to be set upon in 793 AD, before more raids and invasions began. The abbey at Whitby virtually disappears from record at about this time, presumably falling to those Norse warriors.

Explore their encampment to discover the rigours and entertainments of Viking campaigning. Witness grisly displays of combat culminating in a full-scale, deadly battle with the re-enactors of Regia Anglorum.

Plus hands on activities for all junior warriors in our Time Travellers Big Top. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Whitby Abbey


4th June
2012

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

An old favourite - our asparagus comes from Morritt's at Sand Hutton.

- Puff Pastry - Asparagus and Chive Butter
- Chilled Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraiche
- Blanquette of Yorkshire Veal with Asparagus and Morel Mushrooms
- Passion Fruit Tart


Meltons Restaurant
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4th June
2012

THE DUNCOMBE PARK COUNTRY FAIR.

A fantastic day out for all the family, the original country fair of North Yorkshire in the beautiful grounds of Duncombe Park.


Duncombe Park Country Fair



4th June
2012

Vikings! – Blood and Bonds.

A unique occasion to see Viking life at twilight within the site of the ruin of Whitby Abbey.

See the Vikings townsfolk and warriors come together to celebrate a Viking wedding, but the peace will soon be shattered with rival warriors challenging the Viking to deadly combat. 7.30 - 9.00 pm


Whitby Abbey

4-8th June
2012

Traditional Crafts - Half Term activities based all around traditional crafts, each day there will be crafts demonstrated and you can join in to!

Ryedale Folk Museum

6th June
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



6-10th June
2012

Time Travellers Go…Upstairs, Downstairs.

Discover life in Edwardian and Victorian times, would you like to live "upstairs" or work, "downstairs".

Know your place - we will be recruiting for all sorts of jobs to keep the great Hall or house in order. Take part in hands on activities, butler school and traditional games. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm



Brodsworth Hall


6-10th June
2012

Time Travellers Go….Warriors.

Have you got what it takes? Train to be a warrior from the past, Saxon or Viking you can discover how to use a sword and shield. Try on armour and plenty of hands on fun. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Whitby Abbey


7th June
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 - Cholmondeley Castle and Gardens (Cheshire).

We are extremely fortunate to have secured a visit to this romantic early 19th Century Castle which is only open to private tours on half a dozen days in a year, as it is still the residence of the Marchioness of Cholmondeley.

We shall have a private visit to the Chapel and Castle interior led by the Archivist. There will then be time to explore the extensive and magnificent gardens, which will be at their best at this time of year. The grounds include picturesque Temple and Ruin, Water Gardens, a Lake, a Rose Garden and Aviary.




Yorkwalk



7th June
2012

Julaba Kunda - Gris Sanderson fiddle, nickelharpa, bodhran Juldeh Camara vocals, riti, koloko, talking drum.

A rare chance to catch an unmissable live set as Gris from Scotland and Juldeh from Gambia launch music from ‘Traders’, their debut CD which is rapidly gathering outstanding reviews from the mainstream and world music press alike.

Expect an extraordinary encounter where the desert sounds of West African riti, a one-stringed fiddle of ancient design, meets its European sisters the violin and the amazing Swedish nyckelharpa, to bring us snaking Fula trance melodies from the Sahel’s nomadic herdsmen joining tumbling strathspeys and reels from Scottish crofts and dancehalls.

‘… a telling combination of inspiration and hard work…lovely stuff and full of endless surprises..’ Songlines Magazine



National Centre
for Early Music

7th June
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.

7th June
2012

Wetherby Races - Yorkshire's premier National Hunt Racecourse presents Evening Meeting

Wetherby Racecourse


7-10th June
2012

The Georgian Fair - Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Georgian Country Fair at Pockerley Waggonway from Thursday 7th to Sunday 10th June 2012.

There's a whole host of traditional Georgian entertainment for all to enjoy.


Beamish Museum
Chester-le-Street


8th June
2012

York Concerts present Nish as Rish.

Traditional Celtic music is at the heart of the sound-world of Nish as Rish (Manx for ‘now and again’) whose members hail from England, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

The group formed in 2009 while at the University of York during which time they were Young Musicians in Residence at the 2009 Harrogate International Festival and were selected to feature in the Sir Jack Lyons Showcase Concert.

They made their Celtic festival debut when invited to headline the opening night of the Isle of Man’s Yn Chruinnaght Festival in 2010. In spring 2011, Nish recorded their debut album and were chosen to represent the Isle of Man at Festival Interceltique de Lorient – the world’s largest Celtic festival – in August 2011 where they won the prestigious Trophée Loïc Raison for the best new folk group.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

8th June
2012

Catterick Bridge Races

Catterick
Racecourse

8/9th June
2012

York Roman Festival - This event is a celebration of the cultural and military customs that the Romans brought to York. York was one of the most important Roman cities in Britain and for a period at the end of the 3rd century was the capital of the Roman Empire.

It was in York that the famous VIIII Legion disappeared, where Emperors Septimius Severus and Constantius Chlorus died and where Constantine The Great was proclaimed Emperor.

York's Roman history is fantastic and should be better understood and appreciated. The York Roman Festival will make an important contribution to that end with:
Military re-enactors in and marching around the city
Children's activities
Spirits of the Lost Legion ghost event
Roman talks
Living History camp
Romans versus Barbarians battle
Gladiators, Wrestling & Chariot Race
Music & dance
Crafts & stalls





York Roman Festival


9th June
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



9/10th June
2012

North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Sixties Weekend.

Step back to the swinging 60s with a mix of period locomotives, vehicles and live music at stations along the railway.

On Saturday, we will be operating an hourly service during the day. Our evening Pullman dining service will have additional seating for the public and will return from Pickering earlier than scheduled so that passangers and diners can enjoy the music at Goathland as we wait there on the way back!

Our DMU will be operating evening services too, departing from Pickering and Grosmont to allow passengers to see music up and down the line.




NYMR

9/10th June
2012

King Richard Returns.

The Yorkist King, Richard III returns to his boyhood home of Middleham Castle along with his courtly retinue. Meet the nobles and hear tales of upset in the land. Sumptuous costume, splendid armour and engaging dialogue combine to make a special weekend of living history. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm


Middleham Castle


11th June
2012

The York Artworkers Association - The York Artworkers is an eclectic association of craftsmen, artists, conservators, academics and others who share a serious interest in the design of buildings, interiors and landscapes. Members represent architectural craftsmanship, other applied arts, fine arts, architecture and conservation. We welcome not only practitioners in these fields but anyone keen to broaden and share their knowledge.

2011/12 Talks - Hilary Bower, textile artist.

Hilary Bower studied embroidery at Birmingham Polytechnic in the early 1980’s. Her work has increasingly become sculptural, with a fine art basis and currently employs cloth, metal, wood, sand and wax.

She draws as a way of making, and is currently developing a series of experimental drawings involving a range of media processes. She considers these as ‘findings’ and feels that they are an important link in her current investigations into silence, waiting, space and insignificance. Hilary has a studio at The Harley Foundation Studios at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. Talk starts at 7.30 pm


Jacob's Well
Trinity Lane
Micklegate

York Artworkers Association

11th June
2012

Pontefract Races - Evening Meeting

Pontefract Racecourse

12th June
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - Ancient Animal Bone from the Teesdale Cave. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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12th June
2012

York Barbican presents - The Chieftains.

Six time Grammy Award winners and international ambassadors of traditional Irish music, The Chieftains, are back with a nationwide tour to celebrate 50 definitive years.

Whilst continuing to inspire, The Chieftains remain loyal to their roots and after half a century of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, they remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began. They have performed with many symphony and folk orchestras worldwide and have broken many boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world.

Please note there is no support act.




York Barbican



13th June
2012

The Ebor Lectures - The Ebor Lectures are a response to the growing need for theology to interact with public issues in contemporary society.

2011-2012 The Good Society? Re-invigorating Public Life - There has been recent political debate about the importance of re-invigorating society, and increasing the engagement of citizens in public life. As part of this debate, the Government has proposed the development of the Big Society, encouraging people to engage in neighbourhoods and communities. They propose a shift of power from the state to communities, through support of social enterprise, charities and co-operatives. Some argue that the Big Society represents a retreat from state provision.

Within this context the 2011-12 Ebor Lectures, in partnership with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, ask fundamental questions about the nature of the 'good society', and the role of citizens, government, faith communities and voluntary organisations in the re-invigoration of civic life.

Tonight - 'Moral Communities in a Society of Strangers: turning social theories into practial politics' with Rev Dr Malcolm Brown, Director of Mission & Public Affairs, The Archbishops’ Council.

Admission is free but by ticket only.



York St John University

The Ebor Lectures


13th June
2012

York Concerts present The University Chamber Choir.

JS Bach Motets: Jesu, meine Freude
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied
Jauchzet dem Herrn, alle Welt
Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf

Telemann Trumpet concerto in D TWV 51:D7

JS Bach and Telemann formed a friendship early on in their careers and although Telemann was only four years older he was not only considerably better known but was also first choice for the post of Cantor at Leipzig which eventually went to Bach.

Jauchzet dem Herrn was begun by Telemann and finished by Bach. The trumpet concerto is one of many that Telemann wrote in an enormous range of styles.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

13th June
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse



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

14th June
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Cara Luft.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.


14/15th June
2012

York Concerts present The University Jazz Orchestra.

Following the success of last season’s concerts in the excellent acoustic of the intimate Rymer Auditorium, the Jazz Orchestra again repeats the same concert on two evenings. The concert will feature a special guest, details to be announced.

Rymer Auditorium
UoY

York Concerts



15th June
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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15th June
2012

York Astronomical Society presentation - Informal Evening by members of York Astronomical Society.

An informal evening, where members of the society are invited to step up and give a short presentation on an astronomy-related subject that interests them.

8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society




15/16th June
2012

York Races - June Meeting.

Enjoy top class racing whilst raising money for charity.

Since 1971 this event has now raised over £5,000,000 for good causes and provided some fantastic racing excitement. Just by attending the day, racegoers will be helping to raise money for cancer related charities in York, one of which is Macmillan Cancer Support. Macmillan provides practical, medical, emotional and support and pushes for better cancer care.

The feature race of Saturday is the most valuable sprint handicap for three year old horses in Europe. There is a special thrill in cheering home your winning selection surrounded by thousands of people and a Saturday provides that excitement.

The lawns and champagne terraces provide a great place to celebrate or commiserate, now that summer is with us.

The first race time on Friday is set that little bit later which allows many people to wind down to the weekend by coming racing after a morning at work.




York Racecourse




15-30th June
2012

Grassington Festival.

2012 events include -

28th June The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Band
Having recently renewed their ‘National Champions of Great Britain’ title, Brighouse & Rastrick are regarded by many as the best and most consistent public subscription band in the world. Brighouse and Rastrick recently collaborated with Mercury-nominated Tyneside band, The Unthanks (described by The Guardian as ‘haunting, original and magnificent’) as part of BRASS2011.
Grassington Festival 2012 is your opportunity to see The Unthanks once again perform folk-led material from their repertoire, accompanied by the epic backdrop of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. A unique live collaboration that will uplift and inspire.

29th June The Animals & Friends and The Move (featuring Trevor Burton & Bev Bevan)
Performing huge hits like ‘House of the Rising Sun’, Animals & Friends features founder member of The Animals, John Steel, alongside original Animals’ Micky Gallagher (The Blockheads, The Clash, Paul McCartney), Danny Handley (Spencer Davis and Ric Lee of Ten Years After) and Peter Barton (Wayne Fontana’s Mindbenders and Boomtown Rats Roberts & Crowe).
Leading 60s rock band The Move’s line-up includes guitarist Trevor Burton (Steve Gibbons Band, Ginger Baker's Airforce, Raymond Froggatt) and drummer Bev Bevan (ELO, Black Sabbath). Having toured together in 2010, Animals & Friends and The Move unite again for a special performance at Grassington Festival.

30th June Billy Ocean (with supporting act TBC) We are delighted to confirm Billy Ocean as the headline act for Grassington Festival 2012: the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced. Selling over 30 million records in his lifetime, multiple Gold and Platinum record holder and English Grammy Award-winning Billy Ocean has had chart-topping hits worldwide with iconic tracks like ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’ and ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going’.




Grassington Festival.




16th June
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


16th June
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 - Meadows with Ione Bareau MIEEM (BSc. Biol. Sci. Hons. ZOOL.)

Learn about traditional wildflower meadows including grass identification; starting a meadow from scratch; selecting plants suitable for your pH; and how to care for established meadows.

Runs from 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

16th June
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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16th June
2012

Diamond Jubilee Concert - Music to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II featuring -

Parry: I was glad

Albinoni: Oboe Concerto Op9, No2

Handel: Music from The Fireworks Suite (a selection)

Handel: Coronation Anthems (a selection)

Parry: Blessed Pair of Sirens

..... performed by York Musical Society Chorus & Orchestra.

We mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne with a concert of music associated with royal occasions. Handel’s Fireworks Music (far more successful than the display it was written to accompany) and his glorious Coronation Anthems, including the famous ‘Zadok the Priest’, were both composed for King George II.

Sir Hubert Parry’s pieces have been a staple of more recent royal occasions including the wedding of the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

Elegant and serene, with a sublime slow movement, Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto will complement the majesty of the other works in this concert.

Founded in 1765, York Musical Society (YMS) is the oldest Musical Society in England.




York Minster


York Musical Society


16th June
2012

Yorkshire Bach Choir present - Purcell Dioclesian.

Purcell’s 1690 semi-opera, Dioclesian, is among his greatest compositions which remained popular well into the 18th century although seldom heard complete. Certainly it contains some of his best-known and most spectacular music with a colourful orchestra of oboes, recorders, trumpets and strings. The longest and most important scene of the semi-opera is the final masque, ostensibly performed to welcome Diocles into rural retirement, but actually a self-contained, through-composed pastoral.

We meet Cupid, Jove, a boisterous trio of Baccanalians, a sensual shepherd and his lass and have the great Chaconne to conclude.

In this performance the musical items are linked by a narration specially prepared by Andrew Pinnock, secretary of the Purcell Society.



7.30 pm
St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir


16th June
2012

York Cantores present 'Creation and Farewell'.

Britten Flower Song; Copland In the Beginning and Four Motets; Parry Songs of Farewell. 8.00 pm

St Olave's Church
Marygate

York Cantores

16th June
2012

Sowerby Music present Yorkshire Young Musicians – an update on our local talented musicians directed by Penny Stirling.

St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music


16/17th June
2012

Dad's Sword School.

Join our trio of medieval sword masters with demonstrations and interactive hands on sessions for all Dad's and junior Knights. Handle a variety of swords and see thrilling hand to hand combat displays. 11.00 am - 4.30 pm


Conisbrough Castle


17th June
2012

The 34th North Yorkshire County Show.

There will be many exciting displays and demonstrations at the Show, plus a whole range of of Main Ring Attractions, Bungee Trampolines, Traction Engines, Classic Cars and Motorcycles, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry, Rabbits and Ferrets, Children's Inflatables, Country Pursuits, Carriage Driving, Horticulture and Produce, Arts, Crafts, Photography, and the Yorkshire Country Women's Association & Children's Classes.

The Carriages will make a main ring appearance in the afternoon, after their local drive and there will be the usual Grand Parade of Cattle and Class winners followed by Classic cars, vintage agricultural machinery and traction engines.

Also at the show will be the Yorkshire Food Marquee, Craft Marquee, a wide variety of Trade Stands, and on-site Catering including Ice Cream, and a Real Ale Bar.


Otterington Hall
twixt Northallerton
and Thirsk

NYCS 2012


17th June
2012

Classic Cars for Father's Day.

Recall motoring memories and classic marques from the past. All vehicles for exhibition must be pre-booked. 12.00 noon - 4.30 pm



Brodsworth Hall



18th June
2012

Bolivian Connections.

Ashley Solomon, director of the award-winning early music ensemble Florilegium, celebrates the music of Bolivia in a lecture based on his research and musical experiences with the Arakaendar Bolivian Choir, illustrated with musical examples from the University of York Chamber Choir directed by Peter Seymour.



National Centre
for Early Music

19th June
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Champagne Tuesday.

Thirsk Racecourse


20th June
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Curators Talks.

Future Plans for York Art Gallery.

12.30 pm

York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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20th June
2012

York Concerts present The Sir Jack Lyons Concert.

Programme to include: Graham Bier & Edward Caine what fruite of immortality

The annual Sir Jack Lyons Concert showcases some of the best student performances of the year and also features the first performance of what fruite of immortality, commissioned for the 2011 Lyons Celebration Award. Musicologist Graham Bier and composer Edward Caine explore the psalmody translated into poetic metre by Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575), and set to music by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). A new, specially-made edition of the Tallis settings will be woven into a larger unified original composition exploring the psalms and writings of the Archbishop.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

20/21st June
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

21st June
2012

Tutored Wine Tastings - New Zealand 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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21st June
2012

The Black Swan Folk Club present - Will Kaufman: All You Jim Crow Fascists.

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.



21-24th June
2012

The Willowman Festival - We had a great festival in 2011 with a weekend of top quality music, strange Robots and stilt walking fairies, good quality food, trade stalls and an exciting children's area within a safe environment. We only had one damp evening but that didn't stop the party. We feel that it was a success and has quickly established it's self on the festival circuit.

If you came in 2011 you can expect more arts crafts and a complete Healing Area set in a tranquil position within the festival site, There will be Indian head massage, Shiatsu massage and Spiritual talks along with Card readings and Pagan Stone readings. For those of us who appreciate retro clothing and a Bohemian atmosphere this year we will be hosting an under cover Vintage Market. A Chill Out Tent with entertainment and on the Open Mic Stage and our very own Willowman Arms Real Ale late bar.

The festival site will open around lunchtime on Thursday 21st June 2012. We will be having a special Solstice Party on Thursday evening to kick off the weekend.

Friday we promise a Special headline music act on our main stage making a great start to the dancing along with several other great artists making appearances on both stages along with featured DJ's all weekend. Saturday will see a day of quality music featuring the Festival's main act. With two music stages fully booked we have decided to add an Acoustic Open mic Stage so bring your guitars and other instruments along. This will be in the new Chill Out Tent where you will be able to buy drinks and snacks while you sit in charming surroundings sing along or just CHILL!!!!

Sunday will have several additions too, a craft market, a Treasure Hunt and lots more to be confirmed. The festival site will close late on Sunday evening. Camping in a tent is free and all kids activities are free unless stated otherwise on our website.



Brompton
nr Northallerton

Willowman Festival



22nd June
2012

The Eduardo Niebla Experience - 'My GypsyWaltz' Eduardo Niebla Spanish guitar and composer and Carl Herring guitar accompaniment.

Hailed as one of the world's great guitarists, Eduardo Niebla returns with his internationally acclaimed guitar duo, to present an amazing repertoire of 'stunning flamenco jazz' from his latest albums. Continually seeking out new musical terrain, Niebla has traversed the worlds of pop, jazz and world music, collaborating with such diverse partners as sitar maestro Nishat Khan, George Michael, Lol Coxhill and Craig David.

A spellbinding evening of passion, verve and fleet fingered virtuosity from one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion.

‘Niebla is the king of Latin guitar, a world-class virtuoso’ Time Out



National Centre
for Early Music


22nd June
2012

York Concerts present The Chimera Ensemble - Within Cage Without Cage.

Takemitsu Archipelago S and music by Christian Wolff, Brown, John Stringer, William Brooks, Ives and Crawford Seeger.

In celebration of the centenary of the birth of composer John Cage, Chimera presents its own, suitably offbeat, homage with a concert containing nothing written by the man himself but turning instead to his own influences and the music he inspired.

Whilst the bold modernism of early 20th-century Americans Charles Ives and Ruth Crawford Seeger fed into Cage’s own work, the evening also showcases pieces from prominent composers who were in turn stimulated by his revolutionary approaches: compatriots Earle Brown and Christian Wolff, and Japan's Toru Takemitsu.

There's also a chance to hear the results of an exciting new collaboration between composer and York lecturer John Stringer and saxophonist James Mainwaring.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts

22nd June
2012

Tom McConville Band in Concert.

Reeth Memorial Hall

23th June
2012

The Chapter House Choir present - Bob Chilcott Day

- Come and Sing! - Join us for a day of joyous singing with one of the world’s leading choral composers and conductors. Tickets may be purchased from the Minster Box Office. 10.00 am to 4:30 pm

Followed by Chilcott - The Making of the Drum

We are thrilled to be giving the world premiere of a new 8 part unaccompanied work commissioned by the choir and written by BobChilcott. The concert also includes his infectious African-influenced, The Making of the Drum.

Chilcott: The Making of the Drum

Chilcott: New commission

Commences 7.30 pm




Methodist Central Church
St Saviourgate

Chapter House Choir




23th June
2012

Yorkshire Air Museum - 609 RAF Fighter Squadron Association Reunion.

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


23/24th June
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - SKETCH & STITCH: MOTH MAGIC.

Please note: Sketch & Stitch will be held at York Art Gallery

Be surprised and inspired by the colours and patterns in moths from the natural history collection of the Yorkshire Museum. Develop design ideas; begin a sketch book and create stitch samples, with an experienced embroiderer. Experiment with a variety of design and stitch techniques, building towards a finished piece of textile work. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm



York Art Gallery

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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23/24th June
2012

YORK CYCLE SHOW 2012 - There will be something for all cyclists at this great weekend cycling festival.

Trade Show & Exhibition. Arena Events. Extensive Catering & Bar. Camping and caravan pitches. Saturday Organised Rides from 25 Km to 150Km. Stunt Show, Cyclists' Service at the Minster and Grand Parade through the city. Cycle Club displays. Veteran Cycles. Childrens' entertainments. Climbing Wall. Saturday Night on-site musical entertainment & more.

YORK CYCLE SHOW

23/24th June
2012

The Wonders of Wood - A chance to see some of the Harrisons' amazing treen collection. Turners, carvers, paper making and more! A great day out to learn all about the wonders of wood and how it has been used through the ages.

Ryedale Folk Museum



24th June
2012

Joe Stilgoe.

Joe Stilgoe, son of songwriter Richard Stilgoe, is a serious musician having fun. His singing, piano playing and sense of humour have made him a favourite at the UK’s top jazz clubs. His formidable piano technique and vocal range (described as ‘wonderful’ by New York cabaret legend Steve Ross) stem from a classical training starting when he was five.

Joe released his debut album ‘I Like This One’ last year and has drawn comparisons with singer/pianists such as Nat King Cole, Harry Connick Jr, Buddy Greco and Jamie Cullum.

Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this...Whether he’s performing his own material or reshaping an old favourite.’ The Observer



National Centre
for Early Music

24th June
2012

Pontefract Races - totesport Family Day

Pontefract Racecourse


25th June
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 - Watercolour Painting with Helen Wright.

Helen Wright, an inspirational teacher will help you to produce a wonderful painting in the glorious surroundings of Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens at this beautiful time of year. If you have any equipment please bring it along though we can provide basic equipment for beginners.

Runs from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.



Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens

25th June
2012

Thirsk Races 2012 - Summer Jazz Night Evening Meeting.

Thirsk Racecourse

26th June
2012

Yorkshire Museum Curators Talks - York’s Mystery Plays. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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26th June
2012

Beverley Races

Beverley Racecourse



26-30th June
2012

'Close The Coalhouse Door' - A musical play celebrating the magnificent spirit of the North East, Close the Coalhouse Door is told with a wry smile, sparkling dialogue and moving songs by an extended family of wives, vicars, sons, daughters and of course the miners themselves.

The show is an exhilarating ride through all the major strikes, victories and disappointments in British mining history from the formation of the first unions in 1831. Inspired by working mens' songs of each period it has all the irony and lively mischief of Oh What A Lovely War, the dark grit of Our Friends InThe North, and the triumph over adversity of Billy Elliot.

Northern Stage and Live Theatre are the two biggest producing theatres in the North East. Most recently they have been seen around the country with Oh What A Lovely War and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Northern Stage), The Pitmen Painters and A Walk on Part (Live Theatre).



York Theatre Royal


27th June
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


27th June
2012

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

Today - Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole - Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into a mediaeval house off Micklegate and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. We also visit a magnificent Georgian Town House, not open to the public, and explore its cellars, attics and state rooms. Walk starts at 10.30 am


Yorkwalk


27th June
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - Garden Tour: Wildlife Friendly Gardening

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens with the Garden Manager, Sjaak Kastelijn. Discover how to attract insects and wildlife to your garden. 2.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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27th June
2012

Yorkwalk Historical Guided Walking Tours - The Jewish Heritage Trail.

A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Finishing at Clifford's Tower, the site of the dreadful massacre of the Jews in 1190. Walk starts at 2.15 pm


Yorkwalk


27th June
2012

York Concerts present The University Choir and Symphony Orchestra.

Puccini Messa da Gloria
Verdi Quattro pezzi sacri

The composers of the two sacred works in this programme are, of course, much better known for their operatic work. Both compositions have an operatic imaginative power and musical beauty which equals that in their dramatic compositions. Together they provide a festive conclusion to the 2011/12 concert season.


Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts



27-30th June
2012

'Beulah' - Beulah is a world created by William Blake that sits somewhere inbetween heaven and earth. This is a new piece featuring poetry, live music and song about time, dreams and reality; it’s about how we measure ourselves and the world around us.

We measure our age by our birthdays but Lyca was born on a leap year. The play explores her concept of time.

Don’t miss this premiere from the innovative York based collective of performers, before it heads to the Edinburgh Festival.



York Theatre Royal


28th June
2012

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme - MOTH TRAPPING.

Join our Stuart Ogilvy, our Assistant Curator of Natural Science, to discover which moths have been caught in traps he has set in the Museum Gardens, right in the heart of the city. Release these beautiful and surprising insects back into the wild and find out how to set a trap yourself. 6.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum

York Museums Trust Adult Learning Programme
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29th June
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


29th June
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


29th June
2012

Open Air Theatre - 'Private Lives' by Noel Coward.

Heartbreak Theatre return with their splendid al fresco performance of Coward's witty classic comedy of manners. 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.


Mount Grace Priory




30th June
2012

Sunderland Classic Car Club Rally.

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


30th June
2012

York Symphony Orchestra present -

Brahms - Academic Festival Overture

Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor with Alexandra Dariescu: Piano

Bruch - Symphony no.3 in E major.

We are delighted to welcome back Alexandra Dariescu to play the Rachmaninov concerto with us. Whereas this is one of the most well-known of the composer’s works, the symphonic output of Max Bruch has remained largely in the shadow of his violin and orchestra works. The 3rd Symphony is a glorious love-letter in music to Bruch’s native Rhineland.

The concert starts with Brahms’ highspirited Academic Festival Overture written as a ‘thank-you’ to the University of Breslau for bestowing an honorary degree upon him. 8.00 pm


Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
UoY

York Symphony Orchestra

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30th June
2012

Songs of Summer with The Chanticleer Singers - Why not celebrate summer with us by enjoying some choral favourites in the beautiful setting of Old Malton Priory? 7.30 pm

Old Malton
Priory Church

The Chanticleer Singers




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

 

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