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In June summer starts to get into full swing, but being outside the school holidays can be a little quieter than July and August. There is still plenty to see and do and fewer queues!

York Museum Gardens will be the base for the Eboracum Roman Festival from the 1st to 5th June – there in this event celebrating the Romans in York with military parades, demonstrations of siege weapons and guided walks with expert speakers.

The Yorkshire Air Museum will hold one of its Thunder Days’ on the 4th June where there will be a selection of live jet and propellor aircraft running their engines to really make some noise!

York Theatre Royal shows All or Nothing a musical celebrating the unique sound of the 60s Mod Band the Small Faces on from the 6th to the 8th.

From the 6th to the 18th June York will host the Festival of Ideas – keep an eye on the website for this year’s programme. In 2016 the theme was Tick Tock and there was an amazing range of talks, events and concerts based around the theme of time.

From the 10th to the 11th June is the Food and Drink Taster Festival, a weekend event ahead of the main festival in September with stalls, events and demonstrations.

Mid-month, two huge names in comedy come to the Grand Opera House: on the 14th, Jimmy Carr and on the 15th, Reginald D Hunter.

On the 16th and 17th is the June Meeting at York Racecourse.

Everything is Possible: The York Suffragettes shows at the York Theatre Royal from the 20th to the 1st July.

29th June-2nd July Castle Howard holds its annual flower festival ‘Castle Howard in Bloom’ with bookable flower arranging demonstrations from guest experts from across the north of England.

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 continues (running to 5th January 2018).

York Art Gallery’s exhibition of York-born artist Albert Joseph Moore’s work continues (running until 1st October). Albert Moore was one of the leading artists of the Aesthetic movement and this exhibition will show examples of his early, Pre-Raphaelite-influenced work as well as the classical figures that he focused on when his style had matured.

The 26th sees the Barbican Events Centre host the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club, which hosts some of the best emerging new stand up comics. In the past they have booked the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time!

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