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Witches: Burned Alive! York Dungeon. 10.30am – 5pm. Witches: Burned Alive! transports visitors back to the 16th and 17th centuries when an estimated 200,000 people were condemned for witchcraft. Tel: 0871 423 2260. Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate. The centre recently underwent a £1 million refurbishment, and now aims to bring visitors closer to the origins of the Viking Age discovery in Coppergate in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Tel: 615505. Ghost trail: The 70-minute tour starts from the West Doors of York Minster at 7.30pm each night, 4

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Family fun: Sutton Park at Sutton-on-theForest offers a grand day out for all the family. Attractions include woodland walks, tearooms, an adventure playground and a falconry. Tel: 01347 810249. Hidden gem: Discover one of York’s hidden gems by booking a place on a guided tour of the Mansion House, the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York. The tours take place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tel: 552036.

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Until 3 July Quilt shows: The Quilt Museum and Gallery at Peasholme Green, York, is hosting two exhibitions entitled ‘Inspired by the Past’ and ‘Breakthrough’. Tel: 613242.

Until 28 November Ouse cruise: YorkBoat runs daily daytime city cruises from 10.30am, sailing every 30 minutes during the summer. Time Tour at 7.30pm and Floodlit Evening Cruise, at 9.15pm, both sailing from King’s Staith until 30th October during weekends and school holidays. Tel: 628324.

1 July Bats fly: Claire Storey will lead a Bat Night at York Cemetery from 9pm. Bring a torch. Tel: 610578.

1-3 July Kafka drama: A York St John University-based theatre company, comprising of people who use mental health services, take to the stage in their debut performance at York Theatre Royal. Out of Character will perform ‘Tales from Kafka’. Box office: 623568.

1 – 11 July Northern Landscapes: Yorkshire photographer Chris Ceaser hosts an exhibition of his work at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal, 10am – 5pm. Tel: 01765 608888.


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2 & 3 July

Abbey tours Join a free tour to discover fascinating stories about Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Tel: 01765 608888.

Toad drama: Ratatat Theatre Company presents ‘The Wind in the Willows’ at Helmsley Arts Centre at 7pm. Box office: 01439 771700

2 July Floral theme: Ian Clarkson will give a talk entitled ‘Chain Saw And Turn’ to Jorvik Woodturning Group at Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Earswick, York, at 7.30pm. Tel: 704092. Open-air drama: Helmsley Castle. Gates open 6.45pm, performance starts at 7.30pm. Rain or Shine Theatre Company will be performing Oscar Wilde’s comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’. Bring your chairs and picnics. Tel: 01439 770442. Ceramics and guitar: The Pyramid Gallery at 43 Stonegate, York, is opening an exhibition of ceramics by members of the Northern Potters Association, plus etchings and drawings by York artists Judith Pollock and Caroline Machray, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tel: 641187


3 July Military show: York is marking Armed Forces Day with a ‘Proms in the Park’ type event at Knavesmire, 4pm -9.30pm, Tel: 554660. On song: The Micklegate Singers will perform meditational music entitled ‘One Foot In Eden’ at the Chapter House, York Minster, at 8pm. Tel: 0844 939 0015. Meet the cats: York Cats Protection is holding an open day, between 1pm and 4pm, at York Adoption Centre, Huntington Road, YO32 9QA Folk duo: Blackheart will play Haxby Memorial Hall to raise funds for the venue. Doors open at 7.30pm with a licensed bar. Tel: 764404.

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School fair: Huntington Primary School is hosting a summer fair, between 11am and 2pm, to raise funds for the school. Attractions include police dogs, pony rides, bouncy castle, games and refreshments. Church tour: Tour of the richly decorated St Mary’s Church at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Meet at St Mary’s Church at 11am. Tel: 01765 608888. Live music: Copmanthorpe Carnival provides a storming day of live music featuring some of the best of North Yorkshire bands brought to you with 104.7 Minster FM. In addition to the music there will be big screen World Cup action, assault course, football cage and fairground rides. The fun starts at noon at Copmanthorpe Recreation Centre. Get your ticket online at www. Garden tour: Join a guide to learn secrets of the gardens at Beningbrough Hall, between 2pm and 3pm. Tel: 472027. Classical concert: York Symphony Orchestra. Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York, from 8pm. Tel: 627900.

3 & 17 July Beyond Monopoly, Railway Institute, Queen Street. 10am – 6pm. York’s friendliest boardgame club is for adults and families, so children from eight to 12 must be accompanied (the club is not suitable for children under eight). Your first session is free. Just turn up, or email bmyork@ for details.


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Butterfly walk: Wheatlands Community Woodland, Northfield Lane, behind Poppleton Garden Centre off the A59, is hosting a butterfly walk led by Joy Jones at 11am. Indian dance: Traditional Kathak dance from North India and live music . Helmsley Arts Centre at 4pm. Box office: 01439 771700 Hidden gardens: A street fair will be at Helperby and Brafferton, where several gardens will be open.

3 & 4 July Windmill event: See how the restoration of Holgate Windmill is progressing between 11am and 4pm. For details, call Helen Hoult on 331402 or Bob Anderton on 795851. Steam rally: Duncombe Park, Helmsley, is hosting its annual steam rally. The event attracts more than 50 full-size steamers, over 30 miniatures, more than 100 commercials, over 200 tractors and stationary engines, and about 200 vintage cars and motorcycles. Grow Your Own: Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate, is hosting a Grow Your Own weekend . Tel: 01423 565418.

4 July Cars and music: Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club & Brass Band Concert, Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Doncaster. From noon; band, 3pm – 5pm. Jazz brunch: Have brunch on the terrace at Newby Hall, near Ripon, while listening to a live jazz quartet. 8

Lazy Sunday: Relax in the Tea Room gardens at Nostell Priory, near Wakefield, read the papers and listen to live music from 2pm. Tel: 01924 86683

4 & 10 July Battle display: An exhibition about the Battle of Marston Moor (2nd July 1644) will be held at All Saints’ Church, Long Marston, between 10am and 4pm. Tel: 738456.

4, 11, 18 & 25 July Sale time: Giant car boot sale, Home Farm Wigginton, York, 7am to 1pm. Toilets and refreshments. Tel: 768463.

5 July Support group: Members of Parkinson’s UK meet at the Community Centre, 26 Strensall Road, Huntington. Tel 0844 2253634. The Art of Sir Joshua Reynolds: 7pm in Centre for Early Music, York. Tel: 655543.

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Breakfast Mammals: Enjoy breakfast at Nostell Priory before setting off with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to discover the furry residents in Nostell park, 11am to 3pm. Tel: 01924 866831

7 & 8 July

Book quiz: Pivo Café Bar at Patrick Pool, York, is hosting an Oxfam book quiz from 8pm. Tel: 635464.

6 July Jazz supper: Andy Hillier Jazz Trio, Court Cafe, Dean Court Hotel, York, from 8pm. Tel: 625082. Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from the Square in Stamford Bridge. Tel: 628134.

6th, 13th, 20th & 27th Open Art Studios. Every Tuesday a selected local artist will paint from 11am – 3pm. Go along for a coffee and cake.8 Goodramgate, Tel: 637494

7 July History of science: Dr Patricia Farrar will give a Café Scientifique talk entitled ‘Science: A Four Thousand Year History’ at City Screen, York, 7.30pm to 9pm. Tel: 0871 704 2054. Salty tales: Short talk and tour of the York museum’s exhibition ‘Once Upon A Tide’ about the Harwich-Hook rail-ferry route at 2pm. 10

Diverse art: An exhibition called Unique Vision is being held at York Guildhall, between noon and 5pm, to showcase the work of students from York College, patients from Bootham psychiatric hospital and graffiti artists.

7 & 29 July Upstairs Downstairs: See parts of Nostell Priory not normally seen by visitors. Visit the impressive cellars and near derelict servants’ quarters. Tour starts at 2pm. Tel: 01924 866831

7, 14, 21 & 28 July Pilgrim’s progress: York Christian Heritage Walk. The 90-minute guided walk starts from the statue of Constantine at York Minster each Wednesday at 11.30am. Tel: 787976.

8 July In focus: Bring your camera on a summer photography tour led by Paul & Nancy Rhodes from 2pm at York Cemetery. Tel: 610578. Mini ceilidh: The studio bar at Helmsley Arts Centre will host a mini ceilidh with the band Tiefrung Gleemen between 7pm and 9pm. Box office: 01439 771700

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Secret passages: Visit some of York’s fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden crypt. Meet at 2.15 pm at Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. At the double: Monteverdi Vespers, two concerts at York Minster, Nave at 7.30pm and Chapter House at 10pm. Tel: 0844 939 0015.

9-17 July Lifeboat aid: A strawberry tea will be held by Poppleton Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild at the Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nether Poppleton, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Bestselling author: Simon Scarrow will be discussing his latest novel ‘The Fields of Death’ at York Explore at 7pm. Tel: 552828. Poetry workshop: Oxfam Books, Low Petergate, York, is hosting a poetry workshop at 7.30pm. Tel: 652749 Litter pick: The River Foss Society and York Vikings Rotary Club are staging a litter pick in the Foss Basin between 2pm and 4pm. Tel: 491290.

9 July King’s Manor: Visit this former Royal palace to hear its turbulent history. Meet at 10.30am at Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Music showcase: The studio bar at Helmsley Arts Centre will host a performance evening for teenaged singers, songwriters and musicians from 7.30pm. Box office: 01439 771700 12

Celebrating love: York Early Music Festival.

9, 10, 16, 17, & 24 July Garden parties: Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate, is celebrating its 60th anniversary of with a series of garden parties featuring live music and entertainment. There will be a craft theme on the 9th & 10th, a Victorian theme on the 16th & 17th, and a 1950s night on the 24th featuring a prize for the best-dressed couple. Bring a picnic and watch the sun set, 5pm - 9pm. Tel: 01423 565418.

10 July Coffin tour: Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and medieval coffins and visit plague sites. Meet at 10.30am at Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Mystery Plays route: This walk follows the route of the Mystery Plays, with fascinating insights into the original productions. It starts at 2.15pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

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Arts & Crafts: Rievaulx Abbey. From 11am. See demonstrations of medieval arts and crafts reflecting the crafts and skills employed in the building of the abbey.

10 – 25 July Festival of the Rivers. If it wasn’t for the Ouse and the Foss, York wouldn’t exist. So it’s only right we should celebrate with our annual festival. This year sees the return of old favourites like the Canoe Race, the Dragon Boat Races, the Artist’s Fair, Rowntree Park’s Birthday Party and the restored Syntan Barge, which many years ago used to bring the coffee beans to Rowntree Wharf. Picnic play: Bring a picnic and chairs and enjoy an open-air performance of The Tempest by William Shakespeare at Fountains Abbey at 7pm. Tel: 0845 249 1895. Guitar man: Clive Carroll, a guitarist who excels in all styles of playing, performs at Helmsley Arts Centre at 7.30pm. Box office: 01439 771700 Carnival time: Haxby Carnival, Ethel Ward Playing Field. Tel: 750378.

10 & 11 July Lavender celebration: Yorkshire Lavender, set in the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will host the English Lavender Festival, between 10am and 5pm, where you will be able to learn about cooking with lavender, the magic of lavender essential oil, lavender for health and beauty including talks from herbalists and aromatherapists. 14

11 July Breakfast Club: Enjoy an Edwardian-style breakfast in the Treasurer’s House, York, at 11am. Tel: 685560. Civic graves: David Poole will take visitors on a tour of Lord Mayors buried in York Cemetery at 2pm. Tel: 610578. Jaguar day: Jaguar enthusiasts gather in their hundreds to display old and new in front of Newby Hall, near Ripon, between 10am and 5pm. Young musicians: Ryedale School’s Wind Band and Jazz Band perform at Helmsley Arts Centre at 2.30pm. Box office: 01439 771700

11 & 18 July On the wagon: The York Mystery Plays are being staged by the City Guilds on two consecutive Sundays; 12 plays will be performed on wagons

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11, 12 & 18 July Dramatic insights: To coincide with the Guild wagon plays, this walk follows the route of the medieval plays, with fascinating insights into the original productions. It starts at 10.30am from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

11 & 18 July Band concerts: Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Doncaster, 3pm – 5pm. Enjoy the garden to live music.

12 July Jewish trail: A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York’s history starts at 2.15pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call 622303.

13 July Canadian stamps: Members of the York Philatelic Society meet at the Priory Street Centre at 7.15pm for a presentation by Brian Wilkinson entitled ‘Canada 1930 to date’. River walk: The River Foss Society is organising a 6.15pm walk up the Foss from the Blue Bridge to Huntington Parish Church. Tel: June Card (766196) or Bob Jowett (764702). Flower club: Members of Haxby & Wigginton Flower Club meet in Wigginton Recreation Hall at 7.30pm. Tel: 765676. Art Nouveau: Heslington Flower Lovers’ Guild meets in Heslington village hall at 7.30pm. For details, call Lilian on 653267 or Kathleen on 631982. Bistro tales: Storyteller Adrian Spendlow hosts the Second Tuesday Poets’ Evening at the Dean Court Hotel, next to York Minster. Stories start at 7.30pm. Tel: 625082.


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14 July Furniture tales: Ever wondered what lies behind the doors of some of the furniture at Treasurer’s House in York? Here’s your chance to see with an ‘Open Cabinets’ day, between 11am and 4.30pm. Tel: 685560. Mayhem and Magic: International authors Michael Jecks and Karen Maitland, two of the ‘Medieval Murderers’, present an evening of stories and humour at Explore Acomb from 7.30pm. Tel: 552651. Big Read: York’s third annual Big City Read is launched in Explore York at 7.30pm. Tel: 552828. Sweet Peas: Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate, will be growing 30 different varieties of sweet pea on a demonstration bed. Tel: 01423 565418. Love songs: Wedding Motets & Songs of Love, Chapter House, York Minster, 7.30pm. Tel: 0844 939 0015.

15 July Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from Bishopthorpe Library. Tel: 628134. Poetry reading: Poet Pat Borthwick will be reading her work from 7pm at Oxfam Books, 69 Low Petergate, York. Tel: 652749. Medieval tales: Shonaleigh is a drut’syla, a storyteller in the Jewish tradition, with a repertoire of more than 3,000 stories. More details from Explore York on 552828.

15-18 July Outdoor market: Monks Cross, the shopping centre on York’s ring road, is holding a four-day continental outdoor market. For details, call 623374. DV8 Festival. Goth music festival at various locations around York. www.DV8FEST.COM

16 July Beach party: The Station Hall at the National


Railway Museum in York will host a beach party. Activities include the Surf Shack adult-sized bouncy castle, coconut bungee run and surf simulator whilst a DJ will keep the dance-floor filled with non-stop party anthems until 1am. Tel: 0844 8153 139.

16 & 17 July Stamps & coins: York Racecourse is hosting the largest stamp and coin fair outside London with more than 95 dealers buying and selling. For details, go to

16 July – 1 August Music festival: The theme of this year’s Ryedale Festival is ‘Voyages and Homecomings’. Tel: 01751 475777.

17 July Coach trip: Visit the refurbished Jacobean Aston Hall, near Birmingham, and enjoy a guided tour by the owner of the 18th century Winkburn Hall. Call Yorkwalk on 622303. Having a ball: St Peter’s School, York, is hosting a black-tie ball to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre at 7.30pm. Call 01757 288248 or 07761 024146. Feel the fear: Learn strategies to handle your fears during a workshop at Galtres Centre, Easingwold, between 9.30am and 4pm. It is run by teacher Lisa Empson, who says: “I am the only local trainer for bestselling writer Susan Jeffers’ to deliver the techniques given in her book Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.” Tel: 0773 314 8219.

17 & 18 July The 45th Masham Steam Engine & Fair Organ Rally will take place at Low Burton Hall Farm, off the A6108. Tel: 01765 689569.

18 July Jazz cocktail: Enjoy an afternoon of hot jazz in the gardens of Castle Howard while enjoying cool cocktails.

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Church landmark: Acomb Baptist Church, on Ridgeway, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a day of celebration, Tel: 784020.

20 July Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from Tadcaster bus station car park. Tel: 628134.

Art attack: Orchard Park Pre-School, Badger Paddock, Huntington, is hosting an open art event between 2pm and 4pm. Tel: 0783 7133009.

20 & 21 July

Car rally: The North East Club for Pre-war Austin cars assembles more than1,000 vintage vehicles and assorted auto jumble at Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon. Gates open 10.30am to 5pm.

Open-air theatre: The Oddsocks Players present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate. Gates open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Tel: 0845 130 8840.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party: Join Nostell Priory for a crazy tea party in the gardens, with the Mad Hatter, and Queen of Hearts, 11am to 3pm. Tel: 01924 866831.

20-24 July

Tea & Tunes: Enjoy a nostalgic afternoon in the Treasurer’s House tearoom with a traditional English High Tea while music plays. Booking essential on 685560.


Feed the Minds book sale: St Helen’s Church, York (opposite Bettys), 10am - 5pm daily. Free entry. Hundreds of books at bargain prices. Tel: 704600.

21 July Live comedy: Alun Cochrane and Pete Firman will take part in a comedy night (8pm-11.30pm) at a marquee on Dunnington Playing Fields. Tel: 0789 023 0778.

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21-24 July Bookish drama: 1812 Theatre Company presents 84 Charing Cross Road at 7.30pm. Box office: 01439 771700

22 July Dance band: A 13-piece band will play music from the 1920s to the 1940s between 7pm and 11pm at a marquee on Dunnington Playing Fields. There will be a supper, a quiz and an optional bestdressed competition. Tel: 0789 023 0778. Volunteers wanted: York Rotters are recruiting volunteers to spread the word that composting is a great thing to do. A training session will be held between 7pm and 9.30pm at York Environment Centre, Rawdon Avenue, York. Tel: 412861. Email:

22 July – 21 August Toad show: ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is York Theatre Royal’s big summer event. Join Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad on their adventures as the theatre is transformed, with a new stage built inside the main house, allowing the audience to sit around the action. The café will become a woodland, complete with indoor lawn. For details, go to

23 July Disco & BBQ: A family disco will be held between 5.30pm and 10.30pm at a marquee on Dunnington Playing Fields. Tel: 0789 023 0778.

24 July Pirate treasure: Pirates return with a treasure trail and games. Come dressed as pirates, walk the plank and more at Beningbrough Hall, 1pm - 3.30pm. Tel: 472027. Keep active: The Just 30 Fair will take place from 10am to 4pm in Museum Gardens, York. The fair will be full of sports activities with demonstrations and taster sessions. Tel: 553432

Positive thinking: Learn strategies to handle your fears during a workshop at Hotel Ibis, York, between 9.30am and 4pm. It is run by teacher Lisa Empson, who says: “I am the only local trainer for bestselling writer Susan Jeffers’ to deliver the techniques given in her book ‘Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway’. Tel: 0773 314 8219. Fair time: Dunnington Playing Fields is hosting a fair between 11am and 4pm. Tel: 0789 023 0778.

24 - 25 July Medieval joust: Scarborough Castle. From 11am. Enjoy the thrills of medieval jousting.

24 & 31 July Delicious tour: Hear the history of Terry’s and Rowntree’s, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples. The tours start at 10.30am and 2pm from Museum Gardens Gates. Call Yorkwalk on 622303.

24 – 31 July Holiday fun: Swanley Grange at Fountains Abbey, is hosting school holiday activities entitled Glorious Glass, 11am – 4pm. Tel: 01765 608888.

24 July – 30 August Jolly Roger: Whitby Abbey, 11am – 5pm. Pirates, Privateers, Buccaneers and Smugglers all are welcome to join English Heritage’s Time Traveller Crew in the Big Top at Whitby for some nautical summer fun. Crime and punishment: Clifford’s Tower, York, 11am – 5pm. Stand trial and discover some horrible punishments. Herb hunt: Rievaulx Abbey. From 10am. Seek out the herbs around the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey.

24 July – 5 September Steamy seaside: Get into the holiday mood as York’s National Railway Museum takes you back to an era of travelling to the seaside by steam. Enjoy a steam ride hauled by City of Truro, a locomotive well known for steaming passengers to the Cornish coast. You can also enjoy your 21

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25 July Bike races: Cycling City York is staging the first York Cycling City Races. The event will feature a series of community races, as well as hotlycontested races for club cyclists. The day will finish with an Elite race. Races will start and finish in Duncombe Place and the route will take competitors through the heart of York. For details, visit the Cycling City York website at www.york. Car Show organised by the Ford RS Owners Club, Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington. 104pm. Attractions include Ford RS Concours competition, display vehicles, traders and clubs. Tel 07517 700117. Retail therapy: Designers and artisans are selling ceramics, textiles, jewellery, sculpture, paintings and fashions in the Stable Courtyard at Castle Howard. The market is open from 10am until 4pm.

26 July picnic in South Yard as well as traditional seaside fun, miniature railway rides, funfair rides plus lively science shows and interactive storytelling. Tel: 08448 153139.

24 July – 30 August Roman Summer: The Romans left Britain 1,600 years ago this year. Treasurer’s House in York is marking the occasion with a Roman themed summer trail and activities for children, 11am4.30pm (closed Fridays). There will be dishes in the tearoom with a Roman theme and the chance to hear more about the famous Roman ghost sightings by joining the cellar tour. Tel: 685560.

24 July – 6 September Family fun: Easingwold Maize Maze is open from 10.30am with last entry at 4.30pm. Dexter Beef barbecues take place on Sundays and free attractions include a giant inflatable slide, gokarts, football, swingball, sandpit and an animal pen. Tel: 07974 090323. 22

Cathedral secrets: Hidden Minster tours allow visitors to experience areas of York Minster not normally accessible to the public. The tours will take place at 7pm and 8.30pm. To book your place, call 557208.

26 – 30 July Knight & Princess School: Scarborough Castle, 11am – 5pm. A week of medieval activities and crafts for all the family.

27 July Like clockwork: Clocks conservator David Barker reveals details of the Noel Terry collection of clocks at Fairfax House, York. He will give a special access tour at 7pm, followed by a demonstration. Tel: 655543. Standing in: Singer-songwriter Steve Kendra and guests will be entertaining diners at the Court Bistro in the Dean Court Hotel, next to York Minster, from 8pm while resident musician David Ward MacLean recovers from surgery. Tel: 625082.

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adaptation of the classic children’s book. Call 0844 249 1895 for your tickets. Between noon and 4pm there will be a magical afternoon for kids: face-painting, games, story-telling, and a family trail all inspired by The Secret Garden.

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Summer Art Exhibition: Harlow Carr Garden, Harrogate, is hosting its annual arts exhibition. Tel: 01423 565418.

Let’s ramble: York Ramblers are holding a fivemile walk that starts at 7pm from the Great Lake car park at Castle Howard. Tel: 628134.

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29 & 30 July

It’s a Knockout. New Earswick & District Indoor Bowls club will be hosting an It’s A Knockout style tournament from 10.30am – 3pm. Tel: 750230.

It’s A Monk’s Life: Join a family tour of Fountains Abbey. Dress in monks’ robes and learn about their daily life. Meet at the Visitor Centre at 2pm. Tel: 01765 608888.

Stepping out: Steven J Towers, of Tenerife, will be appearing with Renes Revellers Linedancing at York Health Service Club, Whitecross Road, off Haxby Road. Doors open 6.30pm. Tel: 470292.

30 July

Secret Garden: Bring a picnic and chairs to Fountains Abbey at 6.30pm and enjoy a stage

Let’s rock: Mike Byrne & The Sun Rockers will be playing at New Earswick & District Bowls Club, Huntington Road, Huntington. Tel: 750230.


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30 July Scarborough Spectacular. The biggest names in stand-up comedy are stopping off on the Yorkshire coast en-route to the Edinburgh International Festival. The Road to Edinburgh (The Big Comedy Campervan) is a brand new comedy extravaganza features an exciting lineup of seven comedians who will be performing at Edinburgh this year. Amongst the line-up of top comedians already confirmed are Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Reginald D Hunter, Phil Nichol, Jack Whitehall and Shappi Khorsandi. The night will be hosted by Yorkshire comedian Alun Cochrane. Call ticketline on 0844 888 9991 or book at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre ticket office, Burniston Road, Scarborough (10am-6pm). Lunchtime concert: Unitarian Chapel, St Saviourgate at 12.30pm. Tel: 07931 775329.


31 July Get Medieval: Join the costumed re-enactors around their medieval encampment at Fountains Abbey, 10am – 5pm. Tel: 01765 608888. Clean machine: Living history in the Victorian laundry at Beningbrough Hall. From possers to mangles, learn all about the life of a laundrymaid and her duties.First talk at noon. Tel: 472027.

31 July & 1 August Robin Hood Weekend: Conisbrough Castle. From 11am. Join BZ Entertainments’ interactive performance of ‘Robin Hood’. Great fun for children of all ages. Plus have-a -go archery. Fighting knights: Scarborough Castle. From 11am. See a pair of medieval knights fight each other.

n July 2010 Swinging 1960s: Richmond Castle. From 11am. Enjoy the music, fashions, traditional games and take a close look at several vehicles from TV’s ‘Heartbeat’ compete with storytelling from a 1960s policeman.

1 August Dog show: The RSPCA animal home in Landing Lane, York, is hosting a summer fair and dog show, 11.30am to 3.30pm. Digging in: Find out what’s new at the Hungate dig. Yorkshire fun: Haxby Memorial Hall is celebrating Yorkshire Day from 1pm. There will be tea under the willow tree, a barbecue, bouncy castle, miniature steam railway, games and stalls and many more attractions. Music provided by Generation Groove. The new look Yorkshire Museum re-opens on Yorkshire Day after a £2 million refurbishment. Browse amongst its rich collections and hear fascinating stories of York and it’s people. Visit three exciting new exhibitions: Roman York – Meet the people of the Empire, Medieval York – The power and the glory, and Extinct – A way of life and watch a spectacular audiovisual introduction to the history of York in the refurbished 300 seat auditorium. Yorkshire Museum is your ideal first port of call when you visit York. Located in Museum Gardens, Tel: 687687. Tyke capers: The Yorkshire Games, featuring Flat Cap Tossing and Yorkshire Pudding On A Spoon races, are being held at Fairburn Ings, near Ledston, Castleford, by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The charity has organised a family fun day between 11am and 3pm to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

5 August Just for you: Quartz Travel is holding a coffee morning for solo travellers at its offices in Heworth Road, York, between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Tel: 411188.

28 & 29 August Music & beer: About 100 bands will be performing at the Forest of Galtres Festival in Crayke. They will be headlined by The Lightning Seeds (Saturday) and The Beat (Sunday). The Festival of Beers and Ciders will feature around 100 firkins of ale, cider, perry, stout, mild and lager-style beers from North Yorkshire breweries. The Festival of Fun, with its Wonderland theme, will offer plenty of activities for families. Book early to avoid disappointment; buy your ticket online from

2 – 6 August On stage: Tread The Boards at Clifton Moor, York, wants budding stars, aged between six and 16, to produce a musical in one week. For details, call Emma on 08458 124421.


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Toad of Toad Hall ‘The Wind in the Willows’ is a classic of children's literature – thanks to the memorable antics of shy Mole, amiable Ratty, wise Badger and the wealthy and impulsive Toad of Toad Hall. Written by Kenneth Grahame, it was first published in 1908, the year he retired as secretary of the Bank of England and spent much of his time on the River Thames "simply messing about in boats". Now York Theatre Royal is staging ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as its main family production for the summer. Join the four characters as they go boating on the river, venture into the Wild Wood, drive weasels, stoats and ferrets out of Toad Hall and survive a few prangs with motor cars. The theatre’s foyer is being transformed into a magical, grassy woodland. You can have a picnic on the lawn before entering the newly configured auditorium in the round to watch the play. Thanks to our friends at York Theatre Royal, readers of Your Local Link can enter a competition to win a fantastic prize – namely a sumptuous cream tea with Mr Toad for two adults and their children. After tea, the family will be able to watch the show as the honoured guests of Mr Toad – played by Theatre Royal favourite Martin Barrass.

To win this delicious prize, simply answer the following question: Who wrote ‘The Wind in the Willows’? Send your answer on a postcard marked ‘The Wind in the Willows Competition’ to the address on page three to reach us by Friday July 16th. Don’t forget to include your name and contact details. n The Wind in the Willows, York Theatre Royal 22 July – 21 August. Box office: 623568.

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York Maze York farmer and maze master Tom Pearcy is paying tribute to the RAF with this year’s giant attraction. To commemorate this year’s 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Europe’s largest maize maze has been cut in the shape of a Spitfire. Tom used the latest GPS satellite technology to cut out the Spitfire design in his 30-acre field. York Maze, which won the Large Visitor Attraction title in this year’s Visit York Awards, will be open between 10am and 6.30pm from 17th July until 5th September. Follow the clues around the giant maze, climb the viewing towers and find the talking sculptures. Other attractions include a giant children’s sand and water play area, an adventure climb, a jumping pillow, electric quad bikes, farm animals, crazy golf, maze of illusions, water wars and, new for this year, giant slides.

Tom is offering three family tickets as prizes to readers of Your Local Link. To have a chance of winning, answer the following question: How many acres is the maize field at York Maze? Send your answer on a postcard marked ‘York Maze Competition’ to the address on page three to reach us by Friday July 16th.

n York Maze, Elvington Lane (B1228), York, (just off the A1079 Hull Road). Tel: 607341. www.

Win family ticket to George’s Marvellous Medicine! free tickets to give away! George’s Marvellous Medicine has been adapted for the stage by leading children’s dramatist, David Wood. First published in 1981. It tells the story of George, an enterprising boy who makes a marvellous new medicine to cure his grandmother of her terrifying temper. A brand new stage version of a Roald Dahl classic is coming to Grand Opera House York next month – and we have

The show will be on at Grand Opera House York from Tuesday 17th to Saturday 21st August. We have a family ticket for the 7pm

performance on Tuesday 17th to give away free. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question: When was George’s Marvellous Medicine first published? Send your answers on a postcard, marked ‘Grand Opera House Competition’ to the address on page 3, to reach us by Friday 16th July. Don’t forget to include your own name and a contact number! Terms and conditions apply.

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n The comprehensive guide to what’s on in York It was recently voted Most Picturesque Street 2010 by Google Street Awards. And you only have to look at it to see why. “Shambles is a timeless street full of historic charm, and there’s always something different to see,” says Ian Addyman, owner of Past Images in Shambles. “There is a real feeling of community amongst shop owners and I think we all feel privileged to work in such a beautiful place. The shops here are all strikingly different and unique.” It may be a sightseers’ paradise, but Shambles is not just for tourists. Take a stroll down the 15th century street and you’ll find a wealth of individual specialist shops, from butchers to bookshops, healthy juice bars to traditional tearooms.

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“We’re lucky in York to have such a beautiful shopping street on our doorstep, and we want local people to come along and take a closer look,” says Ian. We’ve been taking a look at some of the fascinating specialist shops you can find in York’s most famous street...

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