What’s On in York in July?  Whether you are visiting the city or, like me, you live here it’s always good to have a list of what’s on so you can plan your month ahead! 

As always, things are subject to change, so do check with the individual venue to make sure of the most up to date details. 

Fancy something a bit different?  Have a look at these York Tours.

whats on in york in july


The Wizard Walk of York

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Click here to book tickets for The Wizard Walk of York.

The Magic Hatter is bringing his award-winning entertainment to the streets, with his Wizard Walk of York.

“Magic, mystery, comedy and excitement plus a dash of York’s history…the ingredients for a truly unforgettable experience for all the family!”

Public tours are running on selected evenings, starting from the bottom of The Shambles opposite The Golden Fleece. Pre-booking required.  Private tours are available for birthdays, school groups, brownies, cubs and more. A wonderfully whimsical tour that wizard fans will go Potty for!

Wizard Wand Kits are also available, subject to availability. A handcrafted wand and instructions for seven tricks that young witches and wizards can learn at home. Plus a FREE printable certificate!  To check days, times and book online visit the wizarding website at www.wizardwalkofyork.com.

** Note from Nikki: If you have younger kids with you, there is no better tour for you.  We have seen The Magic Hatter many, many times when the kids were little and wholeheartedly recommend him. ** 


Connect Festival

41 Monkgate, York YO31 7PB

Four Wheel Drive will be hosting their Connect Festival from the 19th to the 23rd of July
2023 at Theatre @41 Monkgate. They aim to connect York-based creatives with one
another, and the next stage in their career.
The event will not only connect local creatives with like-minded individuals and industry
experts. It will also allow networking across disciplines, as live arts, digital media and
innovative technology will connect to celebrate creative communities here in York.
CONNECT offers opportunities for people in York to connect with York’s creative and cultural

Festival guests include:
● Ben Porter, founder of NODE and York Creatives
● Mary Stewart David of Imminent XR
● Freelance playwright Paul Birch
● Joe Rees-Jones of XR Stories
● Award winning audio drama producer Kate Valentine

Masterclasses, workshops, networking events and panels during the day and early evening
will offer local creatives the chance to broaden their horizons, and network with others who
share the same passions.

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The York Indie Flea

Sunday 23rd July 2023 – 10:30am – 4pm 

The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, Marygate, York YO30 7DR


The York Indie Flea is coming to York’s Hospitium on Sunday 23rd July! This Indie makers & vintage market with a friendly vibe is a one stop shop to fill your home and wardrobe with unique pieces. There will be a curated selection of indie businesses from vintage to handmade & more! Tickets get you early entry – or simply turn up and pay at the door!

Buy tickets here.

General admission: 10:30am – 4:00pm – £2.50

Under 12’s go free! 

Pre-book tickets online for priority entry, or pay on the door.


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BBQ Masterclass at The Grand

Various Dates in July, August and September

The Grand, York has teamed up with BBQ experts, Weber, to launch a series of Weber Academy classes

Adding to the hotel’s already state-of-the-art cookery school, the classes showcase the best in BBQ excellence. The sessions cater to cooking enthusiasts at all levels and offer a diverse range of skills, from grilling the perfect burger to making pizzas and even chocolate fondants. It’s sure to make alfresco dining even more exciting this summer.

Running from July until September, and led by The Grand’s Cookery School Director, Marc Williams, guests will depart the class ready to cook up a feast for family and friends. 

Click here for more details of The Grand, York cookery classes.

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Sunday Night Jazz in the Restaurant at Pearly Cow

Sunday 30th July 2023 6-9pm

Alongside their full menu, to pair perfectly with an evening of live jazz, Pearly Cow have put together an unmissable fixed menu:

  • 2 steaks
  • 2 sides
  • 2 sauces
  • AND a bottle of wine

All for just £85

If you haven’t heard, Pearly Cow is our new concept restaurant that resides in No.1. It serves the highest quality ingredients that are always sourced from the surrounding land and sea. They keep it simple by cooking over fire, or serving on ice to always put nature first.

Once a month they’ll be welcoming our good friends the Karl Mullen Jazz Trio in to play your requests as well as classics by Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone and songs from the Great American Songbook.

You can even choose your cut from fillet, sirloin or ribeye. And there’s a choice of sides too including skin on fries, charred greens or chicory salad.

This event is going to be a sell-out. So we’d recommend getting booked in QUICK!

Click here to buy tickets for the Jazz evenings at Pearly Cow.

whats on in york in july

An evening with ‘The Sundowners and Friends’

Ryedale Community and Leisure Centre, Bowling Lane, NORTON

Saturday 29th July T 7:30 p.m.

Tickets £5:00

available from

Next Steps,  7 Church Street, NORTON

01653 690 854  |  post@nextstepsryedale.co.uk


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Bottomless Afternoon Sea at Pearly Cow

Saturday 1st July 2023 12.00pm-3.30pm

Pearly Cow is devoted to respecting what thrives nearby offering only THE best produce from land and sea. And Afternoon Sea is no exception.

They’re putting on an incredible layered spread of the best quality seafood alongside a bottomless supply of QV wines rosé.

They’ve teamed up with our friends over at Quatre Vin wines to bring you a fantastic afternoon filled with tiers of fresh seafood (think oysters, smoked salmon scones and garlicky scallops. Plus some added extras like old school prawn cocktails and a bowl of mussels) alongside a bottomless supply of their QV Côtes de Provence Rosé. It’s a match made in (seafood) heaven!

All for £50 per person

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whats on in july in york

Hero & Leander (Or, I Love You, But Everything’s Under Water)

Helmsley Walled Garden 29th July 2023

By Jack Dean & Company 

Sing, dance and cry with us in this bittersweet outdoor gig theatre show. Six multi-instrumentalists tell an epic seaside tale through songs encompassing folk, indie, sea shanties and choral music. A story of bad rulers, worse weather, and how we keep going when everything is flipping terrible.

7pm (Garden opens at 6pm)

£16/ Under 18 £12

Running time: 55 mins

Recommended age: 14+ 

Tickets via Helmsley Arts Centre: https://www.helmsleyarts.co.uk/whats-on/hero-leander-or-i-love-you-but-everythings-under-water-by-jack-dean-company

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Thornton Wilder’s Our Town

Theatre 41@Monkgate

Considered to be the greatest American Play, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town comes to York for a limited run in July. Be prepared to laugh and cry with every emotion in between.

Where: Theatre 41@Monkgate, When: 11-15 July, Tickets from £12

Tickets and more information: https://tickets.41monkgate.co.uk/seasons/fb255cf1-4aa5-4fa0-b022-39ce0faabb9d  Suitable for all ages


What’s On at The Grand Opera House?

Clifford St, York YO1 9SW



Anton & Giovanni - Him & Me at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £30.75
+ £3.80 transaction fee

The Drifters at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £26.75
+ £3.80 transaction fee
FRI 14 JUL 2023

The Drifters


Rhythm of the Dance at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £27
+ £3.80 transaction fee
WED 19 JUL 2023

Rhythm of the Dance


One Night of Elvis - Lee 'Memphis' King at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £26
+ £3.80 transaction fee

Russell Howard at Grand Opera House York

Buy tickets from £35.65
+ £3.80 transaction fee
SAT 22 JUL 2023

Russell Howard



What’s On at The York Theatre Royal?

St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD

Do check the Theatre Royal’s website as I am sure more shows will be added after I have written this!

Thu 29 Jun – Sun 02 Jul


Sat 15 Jul – Sun 30 Jul


Mon 24 Jul


Mon 24 Jul


Mon 31 Jul

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What’s On at The York Barbican?

Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

Here are some of the highlights at The York Barbican, but please check their listings for lots more events.

 Sat 08 Jul 2023


Steve Steinman, brings you his brand-new production featuring over 25 of Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits.

 Sat 08 Jul 2023


Bringing the best live stand-up to York, featuring comedians from shows such as Mock The Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats, and many more.

 Thu 20 Jul 2023


When you think reggae, there is only one name that comes to mind. The legend that was Bob Marley.

 Sat 29 Jul 2023


Charnwood Entertainments are thrilled to finally announce their alcohol themed showcase; Tipsy Tour 2023 is coming to York Barbican!


What Festivals are on in York?

No festivals planned as yet (that I know of – email me if you know different!)


What’s On at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre?

Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre haven’t released their listings at the time of my writing, but hop over to their website to check!


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