York | What’s on this July!
You’ll never be stuck for things to do in York over the summer – especially if the weather behaves itself and you can sunbathe! Here are some of our other favourite things from visityork.org/whats-on where you can also look for even more events throughout York and the surrounding areas if you feel like going on some little adventures.
Fairfax House in Bloom!
Part of York’s biennial festival of flowers, taking inspiration from the extraordinary genius of Grinling Gibbons, the 'Michelangelo of Wood's carvings and sculptures. Get into the spirit of summer with the Bloom! Events throughout the city, and surround yourself with art and nature celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Ancient Society of York Florists. Look online for more of these beautiful demonstrations!
When: 3rd July – 8th July 2018
Where: Castlegate, York
Beyond the Vote Festival
York St John University is proud to host this major three-day festival event featuring exciting talks, workshops, and opportunities to learn more about women's history. Come and join us as we celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote in 1918, and as we reflect on the challenges facing women 100 years later. Throughout the weekend, the main foyer of the De Grey building will be an information station and activity centre. Drop in for a coffee, and collect an events schedule, visit our Victorian campus to learn about some of the first female YSJ students, and pick up some information about some of the charities working with the Festival. You might even meet a Suffragette! Most of the events are FREE and there are a range of activities to suit the whole family. Want to know more? Follow us on Twitter @beyond_votefest or contact the festival organisers Dr Anne-Marie Evans and Dr Elodie Duché.
When: 6th July – 8th July 2018
Where: York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk
Lendal Live Covers at Lendal Cellars
Eat, drink, and enjoy Lendal Cellars’ history and atmosphere alongside live music covers from the 60s to the present. Be sure to keep up the cellars though, as there’s a whole series of fantastic musical nights like this! You can find more from the What’s On website above, or from www.blueskiesam.co.uk
When: 6th July 2018 (Other dates throughout the months all the way up until September as well!) 21.00 onwards
Where: Lendal Cellars, Lendal, York
Live at FortyFive – Jack Parker/Cat Redfern/Joe Eastman
Described as "one of Hull's most innovative artists…" (Soundsphere Magazine), Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Jack Parker has been captivating audiences across the UK and Europe. Jack combines his honest, singer-songwriter style and powerful, emotion-driven lyrics with the latest live technology to deliver a live show that is touching, engaging, and cutting edge. Entry is free/small suggested donation, so come along and spend an evening with these brilliant musicians.
When: 6th July 2018, 19.30-23.00
Where: 29 Micklegate, York
Jazz Night with Croft and Mullen
The talented singer Rachel Croft is accompanied by jazz pianist Karl Mullen with songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz and boogie-woogie. This series of live music nights takes place in The Ivy Brasserie from 7pm. It's a perfect start to your weekend and an ideal place to enjoy live music in York. Please note: These are free music events so bookings are highly recommended if you wish to dine. To book a table please call 01904 644744 or email the Grange Hotel.
When: 6th July 2018, 19.00-21.00. (More of these events can be found on the What’s On page above!)
Where: The Grange Hotel, 1 Clifton
York River Art Market
York River Art Market is an award winning, open air Art and Design market which stretches along the whole length of Dame Judi Dench Walk in the beautiful city of York. Nestled behind the lusciously green Museum Gardens and besides the stunning Lendal Bridge this unique arts markets offers something for everyone. Summer 2018 will see a series of 10 events and welcome a wide variety of artists and craft makers from all around Yorkshire and beyond . Come and have a stroll beside the river and purchase unique art works!
When: 7th July 2018 (This series of events goes all throughout summer, so be sure to check online for more dates!)
Where: Dale Street, York
Illustrating the Secret Garden
Be enchanted this summer with live window illustration at York Theatre Royal. This Bloom! Festival we're inviting visitors to celebrate the theatre's newest show, The Secret Garden, through illustration. Unleash your creativity and join illustrator - Buttercrumble - to contribute to a large-scale window mural. They will be holding give-it-a-go workshops every hour and you could take home your own illustrated memento of the day.
When: 7th July 2018, 10.00-16.00
Where: St Leonard’s Square, York
Bloom! Shambles Flower Market
Shambles Market will be transformed into a vibrant colour of leafy and floral sights, as part of this year's horticultural festival, Bloom! For one day only the Shambles Flower Market will awake the senses as the market air is blessed with wonderful floral scents. An exceptional range of florists will wow you with their produce, giving you the perfect opportunity to buy beautiful flowers, as a reminder of your time at the Bloom! Festival. Don't forget to explore the historic and vibrant market, where you can purchase fresh produce, unique crafts and sample some fine street food.
When: 8th July 2018, 09.00-17.00
Where: 5 Silver Street, York
Bring On Tomorrow Musical
The York LGBT Forum are proud to present a unique theatrical experience penned by local writer and director Steven Clark. Bring On Tomorrow takes the audience on an emotional journey through a history of LGBT landmark points and raises awareness on topics such as homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and hate crime. The characters are played by a cast of 22 local singers and they are backed by a live 32 piece orchestra under the helm of local Musical Director (now working in London's West End) Ben Papworth. A series of special guests include Matt Rood (Mr Gay Europe 2017), Steven Whyte (Mr Gay Scotland 2017), Jonathan Blake (HIV Activist and founder member of LGSM) and many more. Raise the bar in encouraging equality and diversity in York, learn about LGBT history and today’s issues, and celebrate with musical numbers from a huge variety of Broadway and West End shows! See online for more info and ticket prices.
When: 8th July 2018, 19.00-22.30
Where: York Barbican, Paragon Street
The Agatha Christie Company’s The Case of The Frightened Lady
This is a must see theatre show for all you thriller and murder mystery fans! A thrilling new chapter from the ‘king of the detective thriller’ Edgar Wallace, featuring a star studded cast including Oliver Phelps (Harry Potter), Deborah Grant (Not Going Out, Bergerac, Roger Roger), Gray O'brien (Coronation Street, The Bill, Casualty); Denis Lill (The Royal, Only Fools and Horses), Philip Lowrie (Coronation Street), April Pearson (Skins), Ben Nealon (Soldier Soldier) and Glenn Carter (Jesus Christ Superstar).
When: 9th July -14th July 2018 (see online for showings and ticket prices)
Where: Grand Opera House, Tower Street
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes
This ultimate indulgence shows how a private collector has built this collection over the last 30 years. This collection of shoes by Vivienne Westwood who is best known as the creator of punk and new wave fashions opening the Sex boutique in the 1970s with Malcolm McLaren spans the decades from the 1970s and includes some classic examples of the innovation and passion inherent in the designer. The black spike SEX shoe, the hammerhead shoe, pirate boots, the limited edition collection with Nine West and the recent mass market collaboration with the Brazilian company Melissa, clearly demonstrates that she remains the undisputed Queen of British fashion.
When: 13th July 2018 – 28th April 2019
Where: Eye of York, 14 Tower Street
Prosecco Tasting Dinner
Treat yourself to a series of different fizzes, train your taste buds, and feel wonderfully fancy with this special dinner. Amanda from Prosecco ecco will present five excellent examples of Prosecco-matched wines accompanied by a delicious four course dinner from 7pm at The Grange Hotel, York. A journey through the delights of this highly fashionable and irresistible sparkling wine is just £59 per person. It is a shared dining experience for up to only 30 people, so be sure to book your place in advance!
When: 13th July 2018, 19.00 – 22.30 (see online for more exclusive dates through to December)
Where: The Grange Hotel, 1 Clifton
Live at FortyFive – Keeper of Bees/Evie Barrand
The acoustic project of Vicky Whelan from Dragonfly Tattoo fuses ambient keyboards and atmospheric soundscapes. Entry is free/small suggested donation, so come along and spend an evening with these brilliant musicians.
When: 20th July 2018, 19.30 – 23.00
Where: 29 Micklegate, York
Live at FortyFive – Ben Robinson/Dom Patrick/Tom Oliver
Ben uses an intricate guitar fingerpicking style and his unique, warm sounding vocals to create 'chilled, feel good' originals. "Days Like This" EP out now. Entry is free/small suggested donation, so come along and spend an evening with these brilliant musicians.
When: 21st July 2018, 19.00 -23.00
Where: 29 Micklegate, York