Things to do this Bank Holiday weekend

April Smith with her pygmy goat Kira at last year’s Farndale Show

April Smith with her pygmy goat Kira at last year’s Farndale Show

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ONE hundred and seven years after it was first held, The Farndale Show returns on Monday.

An exhibition of the valley’s finest agriculture, industry and horticulture gives families the chance to see showjumping, gymkhana, dog classes and take part in sports at the showfield behind the village hall, in Church Houses.

The show opens at 8am to exhibitors, staff and trade stands and 10am to the public.

Admission is £4 for adults, £1 for children or free for under fives.

Meanwhile, visitors to the Yorkshire Air Museum will be treated to the roar of engines from jet planes and bikes.

The museum, at Elvington, is hosting the sixth Golden Era Vintage Motorcycle Run on Monday and as a one-off extra event, has also been given permission to take the three big jets from the collection down the runway.

The annual motorcycle run is organised by the Yorkshire Branch of the Vintage Motorcycle Club and will see 60-70 pre-1931 bikes – some of them more than 100 years old – set off from the airfield for a run through the countryside.

Organiser of the Golden Era Run, Noel Whittall, said: “Riding a vintage bike is a craft in itself: fuel, air, ignition and oiling have to be managed by the rider and constantly monitored – a complete contrast to today’s ‘twist-and-go’ machines.”

The three jets making up the ‘rolling thunder’ runway trips are the Fleet Air Arm prototype Blackburn Buccaneer XN974, the BAE Systems Nimrod MR2 XV250 and Handley Page Victor V-Bomber XL231 ‘Lusty Lindy’.

Normal museum admission rates of £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for children apply for the event, but adults can buy a special ticket for £10 to see the runway activities. Under 16s can access this area for free when accompanied by an adult with a special ticket.

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm. The motorbikes will set off at 10.30am, returning from around noon to go on display to museum visitors until about 3.30pm, again weather permitting. Runway activities start at 1pm.

Car parking is £3 on showfields, with free parking nearby.

Any enquiries on any aspect of the show please contact the Show.

Throughout the weekend, families can also visit York Castle Museum’s display about the story of the Angel of Mons who was supposed to have appeared to British soldiers in the First World War.

The exhibition features work by artist Alfred Pearse, and runs alongside a separate project for creative children who want to create their own watercolours. This takes place today from 11am and is open to children of all ages. Tickets cost £9.50 and are free for people with a York Card.

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