What’s On in York in May?  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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Want to check a different month?  Have a look at our guide to what’s on in York throughout the year.

 

Meet Peter Layton, founder of London Glassblowing

At Pyramid Gallery, Stonegate, York – Thursday 19th May 4.15pm – 6.15pm

Pyramid Gallery is celebrating its 40th year anniversary and Peter Layton grandee of British Studio Glass will be coming to the gallery where he is taking part in our exhibition of 40 Pieces of Glass. Everyone is welcome to come and join us in this celebration, and to meet Peter and marvel at the work of London Glassblowing artists.

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Ibiza Classics Bottomless Brunch – from The Brunch Club

Sunday the 22nd of May at The Biltmore, 29 Swinegate, York, YO1 8AZ

The Ibiza Classics Bottomless Brunch is coming to YORK! 🌴
 
TAKING YOU BACK TO THE ORIGINAL IBIZA RAVE SCENE WITH BOTTOMLESS BOOZE & BRUNCH!!
🎶 LIVE PERCUSSIONIST
🔊 3 HOURS OF ALL THE BEST IBIZA ANTHEMS AND CLASSICS FROM THE 90S MIXED BY OUR RESIDENT DJ
🕺🏼 DRESS UP ENCOURAGED (OCEAN BEACH, RAVE, SUMMER, GLITTER)
🍻 60 MINUTES BOTTOMLESS BOOZE
🍹 BOTTOMLESS COCKTAILS
🍽 DELICOUS BRUNCH
 

Music Policy – A combination of your lifetime favourites from the White Isle:
The Shapeshifters, Ninetoes, David Morales, Energy 52, York, Mark Knight, Roger Sanchez, Fatboy Slim, Gat Decor, Camisra, Livin Joy, Sash!, Daft Punk, Phats & Small, ATB, Alice DJ, Rui Da Silva, Modjo, Basement Jaxx, Funkstar De Luxe, Ultra Nate, Armand van Helden, Crystal Waters, Darude, Chicane, Underworld, Sasha, Kings Of Tomorrow, Robin S, Faithless & Many More!

Click here for more info and to book tickets.

whats on in York in MayPurcell and a Pint

York Mansion House, St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 9QL – 7th May 2022, 7:30-9pm

Join Eboracum Baroque and York Gin for an evening of rowdy drinking songs, popular fiddle tunes and delicious York Gin!

In collaboration with our friends at York Gin, we’re delighted to return to York Mansion House for Purcell and a Pint. The concert will transport you back to the alehouses of 17th century England. Taverns were raucous surroundings and overflowed with music, alcohol, sex, gossip, fights, fumes, shouting, singing, laughing, dancing…. Our performance won’t have all of those! Free drink of York Gin on arrival. 

We’ll be performing a mixture of instrumental tunes and songs by Purcell and lots of his contemporaries to create our own 17th century pub gig. Audience participation is a must!

Eboracum Pub Band:

Baritone- John Holland Avery
Recorder- Miriam Monaghan
Cello- Miri Nohl
Harpsichord- Laurence Lyndon Jones
Trumpet/Percussion- Chris Parsons 

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What Festivals are on in York in May?

Jorvik Viking Festival

Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June 2022

 

There’s always lots to see and do at the Jorvik Viking Festival. From Storytelling to ‘Have-a-Go’ Sword Combat and Archery.  One of the many things to do in York February half term.

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe; visit York in February for an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.  Whether you’re well-versed in the sagas or looking for a thrilling half-term break, there’s something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

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What’s On at The Grand Opera House in May?

Clifford St, York YO1 9SW

 

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MON 2 MAY – SAT 7 MAY 2022

Fatal Attraction

 
 

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MON 16 MAY 2022

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums

 
 

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TUE 17 MAY 2022

Les Musicals

 
 

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FRI 20 MAY 2022

Midnight Train to Georgia

 
 

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SAT 21 MAY – SUN 22 MAY 2022

The Gruffalo

 
 

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WED 25 MAY 2022

Psychic Sally

 
 

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FRI 27 MAY 2022

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

 
 

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SAT 28 MAY 2022

Dylan Moran

 
 

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TUE 31 MAY – SAT 4 JUN 2022

The Da Vinci Code

 

What’s On at The York Theatre Royal in May?

St Leonard’s Pl, York YO1 7HD

There’s lots going on at The Theatre Royal in May.

CRAFTY TALES SUMMER 2022

Fri 29 Apr – Fri 22 Jul

 
STEWART LEE: SNOWFLAKE/TORNADO

Tue 03 May – Thu 05 May

 
THE HOMECOMING

Mon 16 May – Sat 21 May

 
RED ELLEN

Tue 24 May – Sat 28 May

 

What’s On at The York Barbican in May?

Paragon St, York YO10 4AH

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

 Tue 3 May 2022

MARTI PELLOW: GREATEST HITS TOUR

Marti Pellow returns to York Barbican for his 2022 greatest hits tour!

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 Fri 6 May 2022

RESCHEDULED DATE – THE SHIRES

The UK’s best-selling country act returns with their eagerly awaited forthcoming album ‘Good Years’.

 Sat 7 May 2022

TEST MATCH SPECIAL LIVE

Spend an evening with Phil Tufnell and Jonathan Agnew, as they take you inside the famous TMS commentary box and share memories from their remarkable playing careers.

 Sat 7 May 2022

LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY CLUB

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 12 May 2022

JASON MANFORD: LIKE ME

‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering is sure to be ‘expert observational comedy’, mixed with ‘comic gold’.

 Fri 13 May 2022

RESCHEDULED DATE – SANDI TOKSVIG LIVE! NEXT SLIDE PLEASE…

Following the sell-out tour of National Trevor, the comedian, broadcaster, and all-round good egg returns with her brand-new show, Next Slide Please…

 

 14 May 2022

YORK GUILDHALL ORCHESTRA

The York Guildhall Orchestra’s final concert this season will see the long-awaited return of an old friend, Martin Roscoe.

 Sun 15 May 2022

RESCHEDULED DATE – PAUL YOUNG AND GO WEST

English pop-duo Go West & 80s everyone’s favourite 80’s crooner Paul Young visit York Barbican on their 2022 UK tour!

 Thu 19 May 2022

THE GUILTY FEMINIST

Less of a podcast and more of a global phenomenon, The Guilty Feminist, is part comedy, part deep-dive discussion and part activism.

 Fri 20 May 2022

JOHN BARROWMAN: I AM WHAT I AM

Follow John on his magic journey, celebrating the very best of musical theatre on his “I Am What I Am” tour.

 Sat 21 May 2022

DIRTY DANCING IN CONCERT

Immerse yourself in the timeless romance and experience one of the most memorable movies of the past 30+ years – now live!

 Sun 22 May 2022

TONY HADLEY

One of the most renowned voices in British music, Tony Hadley, has announced a huge UK tour for 2022, celebrating a remarkable 40 years in music.

 Mon 23 May 2022

RESCHEDULED DATE – THE HOLLIES

Catch legendary icons of British rock, The Hollies, performing their best-known hits in May 2022

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 26 – 28 May 2022

RESCHEDULED DATE – ROMESH RANGANATHAN: THE CYNICS MIXTAPE

Romesh Ranganathan returns to York Barbican with his most brutally honest show yet, The Cynics Mixtape.

 

 Tue 31 May 2022

THE UNTHANKS

The Unthanks will return to live touring after 2 years off the road with a new record and an expansive 11-piece live show at York Barbican.

 

 

 

What’s On at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre in May?

Haxby Rd, York YO31 8TA

 

What’s on at York Racecourse?

2022 Fixtures & Pricing

General admission, Melrose Club Lounge & Premier Racing Lounge are now on sale for 2022. 

For more information on our Hospitality Packages please click here.

Dante Festival – Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th of May 2022.

May Spring Meeting – Saturday 21st of May – Sunday 22nd of May.

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