What’s On in York in August? 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. Links to venues can be seen below highlighted in red.
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THOR’S and SOL AST
Principal Hotel from the 1st of June and Parliament Street from the 24th of June until early September
York is about to welcome back the ever-popular THOR’S bar this June, at not one, but two fabulous locations right in the heart of the city.
The city will be welcoming back SOL AST (by THOR’S), to the grounds of the Principal Hotel on Wednesday 1st June (in time for the Jubilee weekend celebrations) and their second pop-up bar will open later in the month on Parliament Street, Friday 24th June.
“This year we’re building a NEW and exciting bar in Parliament St, exclusive to York! With atrium, florals & of course our famous (and toasty) fire pits. At the Principal Hotel, we’re returning with our sunny tent and all the outdoor space you’ll need for a hot Summer.”
Drag Show and Disco (by The Family Shambles)
@ Yates York (1st and 3rd Friday of every month)
The Family Shambles, York’s most renowned drag family, formally invite you to a night of drag excellence, camp tunes and cabaret! Twice a month we storm Yates York, throw some glitter and celebrate everything ‘DRAG’. You can expect a fun, safe and inclusive atmosphere accompanied by amazing drinks deals and plenty of drag artists all for only £6! Follow us on social media for more information (see below).
Chocolate Bar Making at York Cocoa Works
The York Cocoa Works 10, Castlegate, York YO1 9RG
Have you made your very own chocolate bar yet? 🍫
This summer we’re offering daily Chocolate Bar Making Workshops in our Cocoa Academy. This family-friendly activity is great for all ages and is perfect for entertaining children during the summer holidays! ☀☀☀
During the workshop you will:
– Taste a selection of our milk, white and dark chocolates
– Discover the fundamentals of how we make our chocolate from cocoa beans
– Learn how to temper chocolate
– Work with your chosen chocolate and experiment with different flavours and edible decorations to create your unique 200g chocolate masterpiece!
– Sessions are available daily at 10am, 1pm / 2:30pm & 4pm
– £22.50 per participant (under 5s go free with a paying adult)
– We can cater for most dietary requirements such as dairy, gluten and nut free diets. Please inform us when you book or more than 48 hours prior to your visit.
There are two outdoor cinema events in or near York in August:
Adventure Cinema at Castle Howard
You can watch outdoor cinema in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard with Adventure Cinema on the 12th, 13th and 14th of August. You can take your own picnic and chair, or choose VIP seats with ” luxury deck chair in a prime position and 90g bag of Sweet & Salty PROPERCORN.” Get in quick though some showings are already sold out!
Lots of different films to choose from – see below:
MAMMA MIA! (PG) – 50 YEARS OF ABBA!
8:00PM, FRIDAY, AUG 12, 2022
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (PG)
2:00PM, SATURDAY, AUG 13, 2022
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (15)
8:00PM, SATURDAY, AUG 13, 2022
1:30PM, SUNDAY, AUG 14, 2022
LES MISÉRABLES (12)
7:00PM, SUNDAY, AUG 14, 2022
Luna Cinema in the grounds of The York Minster
York Minster, Deangate, York YO1 7HH
Luna Cinema are showing three films at the end of August at The Minster on the 30th and 31st of August and the 1st of September.
As one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals, and set in the heart of the incredible city of York, York Minster once again gifts us the perfect open air setting for watching your favourite film this summer.
With the stunning Gothic cathedral and its beautiful stained glass windows providing the ultimate backdrop, it all makes for a fabulous night of cinema under the stars.
What Festivals are on in York in August?
Bite to the Beat Festival
26th to 29th August at York Racecourse
The hottest new food festival in the North of England comes to York Racecourse for the August Bank Holiday weekend, turning the Clocktower Enclosure into foodie and music heaven. Bite to the Beat Festival is set to be a culinary extravaganza, celebrating the finest food, drink and artisan products from the UK, topped with a delicious serving of nationally-acclaimed live music.
The four-day festival from 26th to 29th August will showcase eight Michelin-starred and award-winning chefs from the North and Scotland, bringing some of the finest restaurant kitchens to York for the first time and the chance to sample their creations within a festival setting – grazing paradise for those who love good food. Whether chilling or partying to the live bands on stage, a range of craft beers, artisan gins and boutique wines and champagnes can also be enjoyed at the various bars.
What’s On at The Grand Opera House in August?
Clifford St, York YO1 9SW
What’s On at The York Theatre Royal in August?
St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD
THE COPPERGATE WOMAN
Sat 30 Jul – Sun 07 Aug
GRIMMS FAIRY TALES (PLAY IN A WEEK)
Mon 08 Aug
THE TEMPEST (PLAY IN A WEEK)
Mon 08 Aug
TREASURE ISLAND (PLAY IN A WEEK)
Mon 15 Aug
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (PLAY IN A WEEK)
Mon 22 Aug
SUMMERTIME OUTDOOR STORYTELLING AT WOODMEADOW (PLAY IN A WEEK)
Mon 22 Aug
SARAH & DUCK’S BIG TOP BIRTHDAY
Tue 30 Aug – Wed 31 Aug
Wed 31 Aug – Sat 03 Sep
What’s On at The York Barbican in August?
Paragon St, York YO10 4AH
At the moment The York Barbican does not have many listings, but please check their site for lots more events.
Foy Vance has announced details of his fourth studio album ‘Signs Of Life’ and a 2022 UK tour.
What’s On at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in August?
Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA
At the moment The Joseph Rowntree Theatre does not have any listings, but please check their site for lots more events.
- Sat 6 Aug
The sixties sound of Liverpool comes to York
What’s On for the Kids in August?
Have a look at our post on things to do with kids in York.