This month we welcome SO MANY THINGS to our pretty city, and you're oh-so-lucky as I've put together a guide for you to see just what's on, where and when so you never miss out. We've got new stuff, the classics and old favourites returning and I just can't wait.
I'm talking festivals, open days, fundraisers, gigs, summer fairs, family fun days, big days out and let's just say... If you're a fan of beer, you'll enjoy yourself as I've got not one, two or three but FOUR(!) occasions you can celebrate your love of all things alcohol, live music and getting together with pals at...
Hops Not Hate, Compassion New Beer Launch at BrewDog York, 30 June (tonight). I know technically not in July, but definitely worth mentioning. If you're out and about, why not grab a pint? 50% of every beer sold will go to the foundation set up for the Grenfell Tower fire. A pint for a good cause always tastes twice as good... Info here.
The 4th Four Towers Challenge, 1 July, starting at The Postern Gate at 2pm. York's newest pub crawl encompasses 2 miles of City Walls, 10 pubs, 1 brewery all in one afternoon. You might get a bit legless, but what better way to welcome in July? More details here.
York City of Ale Beer Festival, 6-8 July, hosted by & at Brew York Craft Brewery. Brew York will be joined by Bad Seed, Brass Castle, Half Moon, North Riding, Twisted Angel, Five Towns breweries and more with over 60 different beers, a cider bar and even a beer cocktail bar! Go along, find out what that beer cocktail thing is, and let me know. More info here.
Hazed & Confused Craft Beer Festival, 7-9 July, held behind the House of Trembling Madness at the Belfrey Hall on Stonegate. There'll be fantastic craft beers from the UK's top breweries, is free entry and is bound to be a big night(s). Info here.
July is the home to several festivals - comedy, food, music - all of 'em delicious. See for yourself... (And cross your fingers for good weather!)
Staxtonbury Festival, 7-9 July held at Manor Farm in Staxton, here. There's a HUGE line-up (that's a hint) of acts from York, Scarborough, Malton, Leeds and more promised for across the weekend, and don't forget to get a picture with the teddy hay bales!
York Early Music Festival 2017, 7-14 July across York. Some events are held at York Minster (a roundup of which are listed here), but you can see 'em all here. If you're a lover of classical music, or an appreciator of performance, you'd best not miss this.
The Great Yorkshire Fringe 2017, 21 July - 6 August, throughout York, here. The Fringe has wowed York for two years of festivities on Parliament Street, along with a range of comedy club shows and open mic's across York venues while the festival runs. Enjoy comedy, variety and family entertainment to more locations across the city for 2017's celebration.
Harrogate Fake Festival 2017, 22 July, The Stray, Harrogate, here. Rock out to your favourites: Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, David Bowie and more - or rather, Foo 5ighters, Antarctic Monkeys, Aladdinsane. And those are just the headliners! There's tons more and it's just on our doorstep.
Fossgate Festival, 2 July, Fossgate, here. While not really a fun day, I think it fits here better than under the 'festival' umbrella. All the old Fossgate suspects will be out in force, with live music, beer and cider, cocktails and family fun being promised!
Family Fun Day, 2 July (competition!), the Ainsty, here. Held to raise funds for the daughters of Marcin and Angelika Klis, of whom sadly lost their lives in the Manchester attack. There'll be stalls and a raffle on the day and a full line-up on live musicians giving their time for free to raise monies for the girls. Similarly, on 7 July, there'll be a 'We Heart Manchester' Charity Showcase gig (here) at the Fulford Arms, if you can't make the fun day.
New Earswick Summer Fair, 8 July, New Earswick Primary School, here. A get-together for all the family including donkey rides, punch & judy, bouncy castles, games, a raffle, gift stalls, café and more. Organised by the Friends of New Earswick School, with free entry, why not get together and have a summer day out.
Bishy Road Summer Party with the Bishy Barkers Dog Show, 9 July down Bishy Road, here. This is sure to be a fabulous day for all ages, with a BBQ, veggie stall, Ainsty Ales in attendance and live music on all day. And don't even get me started on the dog show - seven prizes will be announced for the little doggos with the waggiest tail, best trick(s), best golden oldie, fancy dress and more. Food, drinks, live music and puppers galore!
Family Fun Day, 22 July on the village green in New Earswick, here. The MS Society host their annual family fun day, with plenty of entertainment for kiddies, biggies and the likes of you and me! There'll be giant bouncy castles and slides, a soft play area, hair braiding, face painting, obstacle courses, climbing walls, sports, tombolas, raffles and more! Don't miss out.
Another thing I've thought up... Around July-time is when people usually start to realise they've fulfilled little to none of their new years' resolutions, so I thought I'd give you opportunity to get that back by trying a new activitiy, sport or craft! See below for what I've come up with and details on how to get involved.
A Meaningful Life day course at the Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre in Kilnwick Percy, Pocklington, on 1 July, here. On this course you'll learn how-to and the importance of the creation of inner wealth in your own mind and spiritual practice of this. Open your mind to a new way of thinking at the Buddhist meditation centre.
York Embroiderer's Guild Demonstration at New Earswick Folk Hall, 1 July, here. The local guild will be demonstrating the delights of stitching, textiles and embroidery at the hall and invite you to see what they're up to, what they do and give it a go if you're that way inclined. What's stopping you?
Krishna Yoga Meeting at the Quaker Meeting House off Friargate, 1 July, here. Join experienced Bhakti yoga practitioners in sharing their love and wisdom of Krishna Yoga through music, meditation, mantra and tips for a spiritual life. There'll be vegetarian food and socialising to finish.
Glass Painting Workshop at St. Martin-cum-Gregory Church, 1 July, here. This one-day workshop will introduce you to the techniques of painting on glass, focus on different brushes to produce different effects and produce a finished piece by the end of the day to be fired. There'll be a follow-up glazing day where you can continue your masterpiece, but you can find out about that on the day.
York Kendo Club Open Day at Moor Lane Youth Centre, Dringhouses, 2 July, here. Come along to see and try the exciting Japanese martial art of Kendo, you can watch or give it a go yourself! Equipment will be provided and there'll be plenty of friendly and welcoming members to help out - just wear loose and comfortable clothing and they'll show you the way.
There's also the return of the old favourites, York Maze, reopening for the season! They'll be open until November, when their big fireworks display ends the season for them, but until then there's lots of fun to be had! The huge day out features the giant maize maze, over 20 rides, attractions and shows. Test the kiddies - can they solve Kernel Kernel's challenges, complete the puzzle and find their way out of the maze?
Reopens: 14 July, here.
Location: Elvington Lane, Elvington, York, YO19 5LT.
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