City Centre Cycle Races 21st July 2013

York will host the 2013 men’s and women’s British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships on the day that the 100th Tour de France draws to a close. Come and join the fun

York City Centre Cycle Races just got bigger – this year’s event will not just coincide with the Final of the Tour de France 2012 but will play host to the British Cycling National Circuit Race Championships and mark the launch of York’s Sky Ride.

Three Big Screens will carry all the excitement of the event which will be the largest held in the City Centre of York – until of course 2014 when we play host to the Tour de France.

Guaranteed to have something for all the family this will be a unique day in the City of York – and when our own Races and the Championships have finished there will be the opportunity to see the final stage of the Tour de France on the screens and the handing over to Yorkshire the Grande Depart 2014.

Acomb Explore Library – Festival events on Saturday

From 9am – 3pm on Saturday 20th July, we’ll be helping to celebrate the first ever ADAM Festival (Acomb Dance and Music Festival). We’ll be presenting the following free events throughout the day:

10.00 – 10.45am : Ross Meikle
Ross Meikle is a York-based storyteller who entertains audiences with his original fairy tales and fanciful fantasies with charm, gentle innuendo, and an improvised running commentary to each story.

11.00 – 11.45am : Le Petit Artiste Theatre Present ‘Hunt The Giggle’ Le Petit Artiste Theatre are an emerging theatre from the Central School of Speech and Drama. They have a passion for theatre that pushes the boundaries using puppetry, mask and live music. Free tickets available from Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre.

12.00 – 12.30pm : Cactus
Dave Brough and Liam Wilkinson have been performing as an acoustic duo in York for the last six years. With their tight blend of harmonies and a repertoire of well-known foot-tappers and self-penned songs, Cactus always guarantee an entertaining show.

12.30 – 1.00pm : Anneliese Emmans Dean
Anneliese has written poems for children and adults, performing them at festivals, theatres and even the UK’s largest planetarium. She is the founder of theBigBuzz, bringing poetry to life. Annaliese will be reading a selection of poems as well as judging our ADAM Festival Children’s Poetry Competition.

1.00 – 1.30pm : Gordon McJannett
As an electric guitar instrumentalist, Gordon McJannett dazzles with his interpretations of hits by such artists as Fleetwood Mac and The Shadows. Lovers of that unique 1950s and 60s guitar sound will love his expert performance.

2.00 – 2.45pm : Le Petit Artiste Theatre Present ‘Hunt The Giggle’
Another chance to see Le Petit Artiste Theatre’s new show. Free tickets available from Explore Acomb Library Learning Centre

York Minster Fund Emma Bridgewater Mug now in production!


Designed and produced by Emma Bridgewater, the new York Minster Fund mug is sure to become a collector’s item.

The first consignment of this limited edition piece will arrive in the Fund office in September 2013 and advance orders are already being taken.

The mug is priced at £20 plus postage and packing (£4 for UK parcel delivery) and we can accept cash, or cheques made payable to the York Minster Fund.

Send to: York Minster Fund Mug, Church House, 10-14 Ogleforth, York. Y01 7JN

The mug would make a perfect gift, so why not take the opportunity for some early Christmas shopping? Your purchase will support the ongoing restoration and conservation of York Minster.

Rowntree Park birthday party

The annual summer fair will take place on Sat 13 July 2013, 2pm to 5pm and promises to be a great day out for all the family. The event is being organised by City of York Council’s ranger team and the Friends of Rowntree Park.

The Rowntree Company gave Rowntree Park as a gift to the people of the city 92 years ago on 16 July 1921 in memory of workers who fell during the war. Every summer a ‘birthday party’ is held to remember this event, and a cake will be cut during the celebrations in honour of the park and its origins.


Will your children dare take the challenge?

creepy houseJoin this year’s Summer Reading Challenge running in every York library from Sat 13 July to Sun 15 Sept 2013.

Our Theme is a mysterious adventure called “Creepy House”. We challenge all 5 to 12 year olds to read 6 books in 3 stages.

Stage 1: The Awful Upstairs – read two books and collect stickers to reveal its residents.

Stage 2: The Gruesome Ground Floor – read two more books to discover who is hiding there.

Stage 3: The Spine-tingling Cellar – read two final books and complete the challenge by unveiling the bone shaking Skeleton Family Robinson.

Every time you read a book there will be a small prize and everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a draw to win a Kindle Fire HD . There is also a mini challenge for Under 5s to collect stickers as they read.

The challenge launches at Explore York Library with a day of activities on Sat 13 July 11am to 4pm, but don’t worry if you can’t get there you can join up any time over the summer at any York library.

Rivers Festival 13th Jul 2013 – 21st Jul 2013


The Rivers Festival returns in July with a wide range of cultural and leisure activities to celebrate York’s rivers and – The Ouse and The Foss!

Family-friendly fun and games will be taking place on and besides York’s rivers when the River Festival starts on Saturday 13 July and flows through until Sunday 21 July.

◦Galtres Parklands Festival presents a weekend of music, merriment and mayhem with a Pirate theme in St Sampson’s Square (13-14 July)

◦Rowntree Park Birthday Party (13 July) lights up the south bank of the Ouse,

◦Dragon Boat Races on the River Ouse (14 July)

◦The annual York Canoe Race (20 July).

And if that line-up isn’t enough to float your boat, there’ll be a fishing competition, York Canoe Club have organised a Kayathlon, a Cardboard Canoe Race and ‘come and try it’ canoe sessions too.

Celebrate the past, the present and the future… Armed Forces day

Sun 30 Jun, 12noon to 4pm in Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square

York has a long standing association with the militiary, of which it is extremely proud. This event will have representatives from the Army, Navy and Air Force and will provide entertainment and fun irrespective of age.

From the Variety Marquee featuring a variety of acts including the Military Wives Choir, the sight and sound of the Yorkshire Regimental Band to a paint balling experience and many other activities. There will even be a field hospital, military kitchen and weapons display as well as military vehicles and a world war 1 cinema!.

For further information please go to

Fitness advice available in City centre

A new pop-up advice centre offering information on local fitness opportunities has opened in the city centre. City of York Council’s Just 30 Express will be staffed by members of the sport and active leisure team from Monday to Friday, 11am to 3pm, until Friday 21 June. It is situated at 2a, Little Shambles, between Newgate Market and The Shambles.

As well as help and advice, a number of daily deals and guest passes will be up for grabs each week. There will also be draws to win great prizes, including signed York City merchandise and Energise fitness suite membership.

Further information about Just 30 is available by visiting the Just 30 Express during opening hours, online at or by calling City of York Council’s sport and active leisure team on 01904 553377.

NB. The Just 30 Express has temporarily opened in a vacant shop. City of York Council is keen to maximize occupancy in its retail properties and any enquiries about short term uses or long term lets should be sent to Paul Fox, Property Surveyor at City of York Council, telephone 01904 553357 or email

11 librarians lose jobs in York

Dringhouses Library

Dringhouses Library

In a behind closed doors decision the Council has reduced the number of librarians in the City.
The cuts mainly affect small branch libraries.

Around £190,000 a year will be saved by the move although officials claim that customers will not notice any difference and opening hours will remain the same.

NB. New opening hours were introduced today at some branches. Click here for details The hours remain the same at York, Acomb and Strensall.

All libraries in the City are closed this Wednesday afternoon to facilitate a major staff meeting.

What’s on in York: April to June 2013

    Click individual events for more details

The 39 Steps 26th /30th Mar Theatre Royal

Chocolate Festival 29th Mar – 1st April York cocoa house

Joe Brown in concert 30th Mar Sat Grand Opera House

Model Railway show 30th Mar – 1st Apr York Racecourse


• Football City v Plymouth 1st Apr Mon Bootham Cres

• Save the last dance for me 2nd – 6th Apr Grand Opera House

• Micky Flanagan 4th Apr Thu Barbican

“Not such an ugly ducking” 4th, 5th 9th April Explore Libraries Bring the kids and enjoy a unique retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale The Ugly Duckling with music.

• Football City V Accrington 6th Apr Sat Bootham Cres

• Quay Voices in York 6th April Sat 3:00pm Early music centre

York’s lost symbols 7th Apr Sun 1:30 pm Explore Library Come along with us and explore the hidden stories behind the symbols of the city of York

• Rapunzel 7th 8th Apr Barbican

• Thunder day all engines running 7th Apr Sun Air Museum Elvington

• Rocky Horror Show 8th/13th Apr Grand Opera House

• Dutch gypsy jazz legends 9th Apr Tues Theatre Royal

Kickstart your game Wed 10th Apr – Wed 5th June York sports village City Masters ‘Back to Boots’ football programme in partnership with York City in the Community, offers fun, informal coaching sessions with guidance from Level 2 coaches.

• English Opera 11th – 13 the Apr Theatre Royal

• Mick Hucknall 12th Apr Fri Barbican

• The Outside Track 12th Apr Fri 7:30pm Early music centre

Throwing open artists doors Fri 12th to 14th and Sat 20th to Sun 21st April Various venues The 12th York Open Studios event. You can visit up to 60 artists showing in more than 40 venues/studios over two consecutive weekends around York

• Grimethorpe Colliery Band 13th Apr Sat 7:30pm Barbican

• Rugby Knights V Dewsbury 14th Apr Sun Huntington Stadium

“Turn back Time” 14th Apr Sun 11;00am Eye of York. One of York’s much loved ‘walk back in time’ experiences with a display of military vehicles from the past, lovingly restored and preserved

Wild flower planting 15th & 29th Apr Acomb Wood (15th) & Rawcliffe Country park (29th)
Get dirty and have a workout planting native wildflower bulbs to
improve the woodland

Jewellery gems 15th Aprl Mon for 5 weeks 7:00pm Huntington School Learn how to make your own unique fused glass jewellery. A fascinating, creative art medium…all materials included in the price!

• Johanna Juhola 16th April Tues 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Dora the Explorer 16th/18th Apr Barbican

• Ebor Lecture Prof Keith Ward 17th Apr Minster

• Rat Pack 17th Apr Sat 8:00pm Barbican

• Hormonal Housewives 18th Apr Thu Grand Opera House

• iShandy 19th Apr Fri Theatre Royal

• Aled Jones 19th April 2013 Minster

• Sleeping Beauty Ballet 19th Apr Fri 7:30pm Gran Opera House

Murder and mayhem in ancient Rome 19th Apr Fri 1:00pm York Explore library Meet Lindsey Davis, bestselling author of the Falco series, as she talks about her latest novel The Ides of April and its brilliant new heroine Flavia Albia

• Football City v Southend 20th Apr Bootham Cres

• A night at the movies</strong> 20th Apr Racecourse

• Ellen Kents Carmen 20th Apr Tues 7:30pm Grand Opera House

Listen to the band 21st April Sun 1:00pm Rowntree Park Bring a picnic or grab a coffee from our wonderful new cafe – and listen to the music….

• Michael Ball 23rd Apr Tues 7:30pm Barbican

• Solid Silver 60’s 23rd Apr Tues Grand Opera House

• Tom McRae 25th Apr Thurs 7:30pm Early music centre

• Peter Pan 26th – 27th Apr Grand Opera House

• Swimathon 26th/28th Apr Energise and Yearsley pools

• Moishe’s Bagel 26th Apr Fri 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Tinkerbells Tale 27th Apr Sat Grand Opera House

Gruelling experiences 27th Apr Sat 2:00pm York Explore Discover the realities of the world experienced by those who lived and worked in York workhouse

• 2013 Composers award 27th Apr Sat 7:30pm Early Music Centre

• Rat Pack live 27th Apr Sat 8:00pm Barbican

A new experience 27th Apr Sat 10:00am City centre York International Festival, a Celebration of Faith & Culture aims to bring communities together

Get stuffed and stitched 27th & 28th Apr 9:00am Rogues Atelier A two day upholstery master class to give you the opportunity to fully upholster an antique style dining chair using the traditional methods of hand-built stuffing and stitching

“Smiley Riley” 28th Apr Sun 12:00 noon Mille Crux Fields Haxby Road A family fun afternoon with sponsored races, family fun, food and laughs raising money for the Smiley Riley Fund