What’s on in York: Sky Ride Local Bike Rides in Acomb

Energise Sports Centre : Sun 19 Jun : 10.00am – 11.00am : Free

Jun 19_Sky Ride Local LogoThe Sky Ride Local programme offers free guided cycle rides around York.

The Acomb programme of rides begins on Sunday 19th June and then occurs every Sunday until 21st August.

The programme is provided by the City of York Council Sport and Active Leisure team, in partnership with British Cycling and will be delivered by qualified ride leaders.

These rides will increase in difficulty as the programme progresses, aiding local residents to become more active on their bicycles, whilst improving their fitness over the duration of this programme.

Further details of each ride can be found by visiting the Go Sky Ride website

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What’s on in York: Barnes Wallis in Yorkshire

York Explore Library : Wed 15 Jun : 6.15pm – 7.45pm : £6 each (or £5 with a Yorkcard)

Jun 15_Wallis Off Duty At Howden Airship Shed Beyond 1927Barnes Wallis (1887-1979) is probably the best-known British engineer of the twentieth century. Remembered as the inventor of the water-skipping mine that broke German dams in 1943, the public’s view of him has been influenced by the 1954 film The Dam Busters wherein Michael Redgrave portrayed a gentle, slightly abstracted genius at odds with bureaucracy.

The real Wallis was a different kind of figure, and for the last eight years Richard Morris has been working on a new account of his life. Morris’s forthcoming biography draws on sources that have not previously been seen, of which earlier historians made no use, or which were still classified when earlier accounts were written.

In this talk Morris will look at a special period in Wallis’s life: the building of the R100 airship at Howden in the later 1920s. The first stages of that project overlapped with Wallis’s courtship of Molly Bloxam, who was seventeen when he first met her in 1921, while the airship’s construction coincided with the early years of their marriage. In the lecture, love, engineering and Yorkshire are found intertwined.

For more information contact York Explore Library on (01904) 552800 or archives@exploreyork.org.uk

To book tickets please visit www.yortime.org.uk

What’s on in York: Keeping Time in the Georgian House

 As part of the 2016 Festival of Ideas: “Tick Tock”

Fairfax House : Wed 15 Jun : 7.00pm – 9.00pm : Adults: £14.00 : Friends & Members: £12.00 Ticket price includes a glass of wine.

June 15_Keeping TimeIn this special guest lecture for Fairfax House, Dr John C Taylor OBE, one of the world’s most renowned inventors and foremost horologists, will explore the keeping of time, taking a specific look within Fairfax House, suggesting what clocks the Fairfax family might have owned or acquired.

Revolutionary advances in timekeeping during the Georgian Age gave to the world new ways to calculate, co-ordinate and measure time. An affluent social elite, moving between parties and events at the theatre, racecourse and assembly rooms, demanded accurate timekeeping to regulate their activities, making the ownership of a clock or watch not just a luxury commodity and symbol of status, but also a necessity.

Dr John C Taylor OBE FREng is one of the world’s most prolific inventors.  His bi-metal thermostat controls in the humble kettle are used throughout the world over one billion times a day.  Dr Taylor is also the leading expert on the work of John Harrison, an early pioneer of timekeeping and sea clocks.  This led him to design and help build the Corpus Chronophage, a three metre-high clock that is displayed in an exterior wall of Corpus Christi College building at Cambridge University. His company won four Queen’s Awards for Export and Innovation. Dr Taylor is no stranger to Fairfax House and has lent his wooden Harrison precision longcase clock to the exhibition: ‘Keeping Time’ in 2013.

For more information about John please visit his website www.johnctaylor.com

To make a booking please phone 01904 655543 or email info@fairfaxhouse.co.uk

To buy tickets in person you can also visit our Museum Shop.

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What’s on in York: Ladies!!! Fancy learning to play golf?

Heworth Golf Club : Sun 12 Jun : 4.30pm – 5.30pm : £5 per person per 1 hour session.

Apr 10_heworth Gc LogoAfter the success of our ladies taster day, Heworth Golf Club is now offering group coaching for any ladies who are beginners to golf.

The coaching will be with a PGA professional at £5 per person per 1 hour session.

No special clothing or shoes required. Equipment will be provided.

Heworth Golf Club, Muncastergate, YO31 9JY

To book a place phone 07486 080278 or email heworthgc@gmail.com.

Please see our website for further information www.heworthgolfclub.co.uk

What’s on in York: Faber New Poets

 York Explore Library : Sun 12 Jun : 1.00pm – 2.00pm : Free

June 12_FaberA showcase of the very best of the next generation of poets, this event includes readings by 2016 Faber New Poets Sam Buchan-Watts – a University of York PhD student – and Rachel Curzon from Leeds, plus 2014 Faber New Poet Rachael Allen.

Rachael Allen was born in 1989 in Cornwall and studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She is the Online and Poetry Editor for Granta, Co-editor of the poetry anthology series Clinic and online journal Tender. Her poetry has appeared in The Best British Poetry 2013 (Salt), Poetry London, the Sunday Times, the White Review online, Stop Sharpening Your Knives 5, Dear World & Everyone In It (Bloodaxe) and Night & Day (Chatto & Windus), and Five Dials. Her reviews and other writing have appeared in Ambit, Dazed & Confused and  Music & Literature.

Rachel Curzon was born in Leeds in 1978. She studied English at Oxford, and now teaches in a Hampshire school. In 2007, she received an Eric Gregory award. Her poems have appeared in The RialtoPoetry London and The Bridport Anthology.

Sam Buchan-Watts was born in London in 1989. He studied English Literature at Goldsmiths and Creative Writing at UEA. He is a Co-editor of the poetry anthology series, clinic. His poems have appeared in Poetry London and Salt’s Best British Poetry series, and his articles in PN Reviewi-D and elsewhere. He is currently a PhD student with the University of York’s Department of English and Related Studies.

This event is free but places are limited.  There are a maximum of 50 tickets.For more information visit

What’s on in York: Yoga For Beginners

Heworth Cricket Club : Wed 8 Jun (for 5 weeks) : 1.15pm – 2.45pm : £40

Jun 8_YogaThis course offers you the opportunity to explore, or revisit, the benefits of yoga in a calm and mindful way.

You will be taught skills and practices to help you cope with the challenges of daily life. You will learn gentle yoga practices of body movement, postures, breathing techniques, relaxation and meditation which can help increase physical strength and improve flexibility and relieve stress and tension.

Book your place today

What’s on in York: Baby and Toddler Bookstart Week at York Explore

York Explore Library : Mon 6 Jun – Sun 12 Jun : Various : Free

June 6_BookstartweekWe’ll be going under the sea for this year’s National Bookstart week, join us for a whale of a time!  Lots of fun for babies, toddlers and their carers.

National Bookstart Week is BookTrust’s annual event celebrating the joys and benefits of sharing books & stories every day. We’ll be giving away the special Bookstart story booklets, at every story and rhymetime. This year the chosen book is The Hole in the Bottom of the Sea.

Daily from Monday 6 June to  Sunday 12 June

Under the Sea Trail, Storytimes, Rhymetimes, Colouring & Crafts

FREE, drop in

Mon 6 Jun : Taster sessions of

Baby Massage 10.00am
Baby Reflexology 10.45am
Baby Yoga 2.00pm

FREE but booking is required due to limited places.

Tue 7 Jun : Taster sessions of

Kindermusik 10.00am and 11.00am
Toddler Sense 1.00pm
Baby Sensory 2.00pm

FREE but booking is required due to limited places.

Wed 8 Jun: Save a Baby’s Life Workshop 10.30am

FREE but booking is required due to limited places.

Thu 9 Jun : Browse the Toy Library  10.30am-12.30pm

FREE drop-in

Fri 10 Jun  : Help illustrator Ros Beardshaw create and decorate a giant train in our family workshop 1.30pm

FREE but booking is required due to limited places.

Contact York Explore for more details: (01904) 552828 or york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Festival of Ideas

Venues across the city : Tue 7 Jun – Sun 19 Jun : Various : Free

June 7_FOIYork is an incredibly exciting, vibrant and diverse city, rich in heritage, discovery and an overriding sense of curiosity – in short a city where ideas spring to life and flourish and where collaboration is celebrated.

The York Festival of Ideas will return from 7 to 19 June with a theme of Tick Tock.

Highlights include:

  • Shakespeare: Moments That Matter
  • Zombies in York
  • Cocktails without the Nonsense
  • Inside Future Robots

Speakers include:

  • Comedian Sara Pascoe
  • Composer Sir Karl Jenkins
  • Justice Brenda Hale
  • Economist John Kay

Focus Days include:

  • Living with Floods
  • The Future of Food
  • EU Referendum
  • Mysterious Minds and Bothersome Bodies

For more information about these events and many more please visit

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