The Top August Bank Holiday Events in York


Bank holidays are the perfect time to get out and spend time with the family. It’s also the perfect chance to see more of the area if you’re looking at property for sale in York.

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of things to do in the York area!

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best events to attend in York during the August bank holiday.


Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre

Monday 25th June–Sunday 2nd September

red and white rose

The champion of British theatre gets the reception he deserves in this new event. The Bard is typically associated with Stratford-upon-Avon, but this summer he’s getting a new home in Europe’s first pop-up Shakespearean theatre!

Situated near the 13th-century Clifford’s Tower, York’s Rose is inspired by the original, built in 1587. The traditional design offers a unique experience for the audience; no seat is more than 15 metres from the stage. This lets you see Shakespeare’s work as it was meant to be seen.

Some of his most famous plays run over the bank holiday, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You’ll also be immersed in Shakespeare’s era thanks to the village outside, which features jesters, minstrels, Yorkshire food and even an Elizabethan garden!

To learn more about this exciting event, visit the official website.


Heworth Scarecrow Trail

Sunday 26th–Monday 27th August

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Hosted by Glen Gardens, the York Scarecrow Trail is a chance for York residents to show their creative side.

Buy your trail map from Glen Gardens itself and follow it to see a host of delightful scarecrows! This year’s theme is Shakespeare, in honour of York’s pop-up Rose Theatre.

Once you’ve finished the trail you can vote for your favourite scarecrow (with a cash prize for the best ones!) and enjoy the gardens themselves. These gardens offer plenty of open spaces including tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play park and even a kiosk that serves refreshments.

For more details on the scarecrow trail you can visit this page at Minster FM. You can also learn more about the competition if you’d like to enter it yourself!


The Heart of Yorkshire Festival

Wednesday 4th July–Sunday 2nd September

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The Heart of Yorkshire Festival is a pop-up festival in York Minster’s Dean’s Park. It brings together several different events, with great options for both adults and children.

On Friday the 24th and Saturday the 25th of August, award-winning musician David Gibb is running a children’s songwriting workshop. Children attending the event will be able to learn about lyrics, melody and rhythm. At the end of the session they’ll have created their very own song, which they’ll perform to their family and friends!

On Monday the 27th of August, the Bare Toed Dance Company is running their Birds and Flight dance workshop for children. The workshops explore nature and give children the chance to use movement play to learn about themselves and the surrounding world. Visitors can also attend an open-air screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the star-studded prequel to the Harry Potter films.

You can also enjoy locally sourced food and drink thanks to the team behind THOR’S tipi bar. THOR’s SOL Ast tipi is a pop-up bar with a summer theme, and the indoor cosiness THOR’S is famous for. Get out of the sun and enjoy a drink, with views of the one of the world’s most spectacular Gothic backdrops!

For more details, visit the York Minster website.


York River Art Market

Saturday 25th–Sunday 26th August

paintbrushes in front of painting

Looking to brighten up a corner of your home this summer? Make the York River Art Market your first destination this Bank Holiday weekend.

This open-air market stretches along the Dame Judi Dench Walk, situated beside the River Ouse.

Free to attend, it’s the perfect chance to stroll alongside the river and browse unique arts and crafts from across the UK. The market is also in close proximity to the lush Museum Gardens and stunning Lendal Bridge, making this a true hotbed of British culture.

For more details, you can go to the VisitYork webpage here.


Feathered Friends at Beningbrough Hall

Friday 24th August

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The 300-year old Beningbrough Hall is a great destination for families. Now it’s playing host to some guests from the Wise Owl Bird of Prey Rescue, making it a top place to visit this summer.

Children can meet Orville the little owl, Willow the giant European eagle owl and other birds of prey during every Friday in August. You’ll have the chance to hold the birds, learn about the rescue work the team do, and even see flying destinations at certain times of the day!

The event is free to attend, though normal admission charges apply for the venue.

As well as the birds of prey event, children can enjoy a revamped playground area and complimentary bikes. Weekend visitors can enjoy refreshments from the Brew House, which is open to dogs as well!

For further details, visit the Beningbrough Hall website here.


Richard III at The York Dungeon

Saturday 21st July–Sunday 2nd September

burning matchstick

Richard III—Shakespearean star and English monarch—is a fascinating historical figure. Depending whom you ask, he’s either a champion of legal rights or a monster guilty of infanticide. You’ll have the chance to decide for yourself thanks to an event at the York Dungeon.

‘Richard III: Hero or Villain?’ is a new show about the king’s connections to the city of York. It’s the latest show in the dungeon’s Yorkshire Rogues & Legends campaign, which shines a spotlight on key figures in English history.

The York Dungeon boasts several other attractions for you to enjoy; learn about the terror of the Vikings, the gruesome plagues of the 16th century and York’s most infamous son—the infamous Guy Fawkes! For full details, check out the York Dungeon website.


Whenever you visit the city, there’s always something to look forward to in the York area. That’s why looking at property for sale in York is never a bad idea.

If you’re looking to buy a house in York, Quantum have the know-how you need to find the perfect one. We have a wide selection of new houses for sale on our website, and our friendly team can support you at every step of the buying process!

Browse our selection of properties, or give us a call on 01904 631631. We’re open all weekend and that includes Sundays, so there’s always a good time to call.

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