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July

July is high summer in York, bustling with crowds soaking up the summer sun and loads of events going on.

July 1st is the date of the Summer Music Saturday with Olly Murs at York Racecourse with a mixture of horse racing and musical entertainment.

Castle Howard’s annual flower festival ‘Castle Howard in Bloom’ with bookable flower arranging demonstrations from guest experts from across the north of England continues until 2nd July.

York Theatre Royal presents Jay Rayner: The Ten (Food) Commandments on the 6th and on the 7th has Snake Davis: Sax Classics.

The National Centre for Early Music has their main Festival in July from the 7th to the 15th and this year they celebrate their 40th anniversary as well as anniversaries for major composers Monteverdi and Telemann. They have a fabulous line up of established talent and the International Young Artists Competition.

On the 9th of July the Dragon Boat Challenge takes place where 36 teams race in flatwater racing canoes on the Ouse for a challenge trophy and to raise money for charity The race takes place between Scarborough Railway Bridge and Lendal Bridge and there is a gala on the north bank with stalls, music and food.

Also on the 9th of July from 5pm in the beautiful Museum Gardens will be the York Proms – a magical evening of the most popular classical music in the open air. There will be food stalls, a bar, or you can bring (or pre-order) a picnic.

The Grand Opera House shows Let’s Twist Again on the 13th

The John Smith’s Cup Meeting takes place on the 14th and 15th of July at York Racecourse.

On the 20th Elkie Brooks comes to the Grand Opera House to perform some of her classic hits, blues and jazz.

From the 21st July to the 6th of August York is host to the Great Yorkshire Fringe Festival: a comedy, variety, music and family entertainment festival held in a variety of venues around the city centre.

The end of July sees the Music Showcase Weekend of horseracing on the 28th and 29th of July at York Racecourse, another chance to mix watching live music with soaking up the excitement of a day at the races.

From the 28th York Art Gallery hosts Picasso: Ceramics from the Attenborough Collection (until 5th November but dates to be confirmed).

The Yorkshire Museum’s ‘Viking: Rediscover the Legend’ in partnership with the British Museum continues (running until 5th November 2017). This major new exhibition with bring two of the most significant collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain together for the first time.

Running until the 3rd of September, the National Railway Museum’s Mystery on the Rails season continues, exploring the special place of railways in detective fiction and well as exploring real-life crimes with exhibitions, workshops and talks.

The Castle Museum’s exhibition, York’s Sweet Past (running to 5th January 2018) continues.

 
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