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Bank holiday Monday things to do

A few suggestions to help you plan your bank holiday Monday


York English Civil War Festival

Actors playing Prince Rupert and Ton Lacey
Prince Rupert's army was welcomed into the city

York has become a city under siege, as visitors get the chance to travel 365 years back in time as part of the first York English Civil War Festival.

A week of events commemorating the Siege of York in 1644 will culminate in the biggest re-enactment event of its kind in the UK this year.

Over the Bank Holiday weekend York racecourse is the setting for spectacular 17th-century action as the Battle of Marston Moor is recreated.

Before battle commences you can wander round the living history camp as the two sides prepare for the conflict. There will also be children's entertainment and refreshments.

For further information see the Battle of Marston Moor website.

Celebrating Medieval Style

Medieval enactors
The medieval pageant brings together commoners and nobles

If you fancy rubbing shoulders with knights, damsels, countesses and squires then Richmond Castle is the place to go as they are holding a Medieval Pageant!

The event brings together all the fun aspects of a medieval celebration - a time when commoner and noble alike would want to let their hair down and unwind, demonstrating their prowess on the dance-floor and enjoying medieval music!

The knights also get chance to show off their skills in combat in the tournament arena.

The day starts with archery practice - an essential skill that every man in the country had a duty to learn! Indeed, under Edward IV, it was against the law for a man not to own a longbow of his own height! Then the squires will practice their skills in the arena, to demonstrate how mere fighters would have been transformed into fearsome champions.

For further information see the Richmond Castle website.

Scarecrow Festival

The Ripley Scarecrow Festival

Giant knitted pig
The star attraction will be a huge knitted pig

Every year, in Ripley they hold an annual Scarecrow Competition based on the famous Ripley Boar Hog.

In and around the village you will find hand painted scarecrows with pig shaped heads, dressed to a pig theme to represent a name that incorporates the pig connotation. There's a competition to guess the name of the pigs!

The festival also includes a huge knitted pig and it's hoped it'll break all records by becoming the world's largest knitted pit. The boar is eleven feet long and was hoisted into the church, where it's on display, by crane.

For further information see the Ripley Scarecrow Festival website.

Model trains

Mainline Rally

Model trains: Image Ryedale Society of Model Engineers
Highly detailed model steam locomotives will be hauling trains

The Ryedale Society of Model Engineers are again holding their August Mainline Rally at Gilling East near Helmsley.

Scale, highly detailed 5" gauge model steam locomotives and some diesels will be hauling trains on a fully signalled 5" gauge track to an intensive timetable

Those wanting to see how steam trains used to work and relive the past can see this in miniature form, with mainline passenger trains to goods trains and shunting in yards.

Refreshments are available during the day.

For further information see the Ryedale Society of Model Engineers website.


Starbeck Gala

Punch and Judy
A traditional Punch and Judy show is one of the attractions at Starbeck Gala

Starbeck is the venue for this traditional gala and family fun day.

There's a circus theme this year and the parade will start from St Andrew's Church on the High Street. The parade will be followed by the crowning of this year's gala queen, then the fun and games will begin.

Wander round over 40 stalls, have a game of bingo, give someone a soaking on the ducking stool and enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show.

BBC Radio York's Jeremy Buxton will be there along with the big red bus to soak up all the atmosphere.

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