12 things to do in York this weekend: February 21-22, 2015

Alan Bennett, John Cooper Clarke and the Chuckle Brothers in one weekend? Who said variety was dead? If that’s not enough for you, check out our superlative guide to What’s On in York

John Cooper Clarke

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Poet, film star, TV presenter and comedian John Cooper Clarke is performing at Fibbers, this Sunday, Feb 22 from 7.30-9.30pm. Best known for his satirical verse, Clarke has influenced bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Plan B in their lyrics and style and continues to be a popular ‘punk poet’ among young people today.

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Vic Fest 2015 sees 40 folk musicians grace the The Victoria Hotel from Friday, February 20 at 7.30pm through to Saturday and Sunday, 21-22 from 12pm-12am. All money raised to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Viking Festival – grand finale

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The Eye of York is about to be taken over by gods and Vikings. Following last year’s Ragnarok – otherwise known as the end of the world – a new world is born with ‘The Creation’. According to legend, the nine worlds were made from the body of the frost giant Ymir and even his eyebrows were put to use. Don’t miss this fiery finale, Saturday, February 21 from 6-8pm.

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More drama with the Great Viking Bake Off this Sunday, Feb 22 at The Guildhall from 11am-1pm

Learn How to Train Your Dragon this Saturday, Feb 21 from 3pm at The Yorkshire Museum

York Rescue Boat fair

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The York Rescue Boat charity is one year old, and to celebrate they’re hosting a riverside party. Go along to Tower Gardens to admire their new Land Rover and boat, meet a superhero, get your face painted and enjoy a cake or two and a flutter on the tombola. Saturday, Feb 21, 10am-4pm.

Booksale Takeover

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If you haven’t had a nosey at the new and improved York Explore Library, this is your chance. Join them in their big book sale this weekend and grab a bargain read. You never know what you might discover and you can even have a coffee to celebrate. This Saturday, Feb 21 9am-5pm and Sunday 22, 11am-4pm.

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More bargains to be had at York Antiques Fair this Sunday, Feb 22 from 10am-4pm at York Racecourse

The History Boys

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Experience Alan Bennett’s classic coming of age play at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre this weekend from Pick Me Up Theatre. Eight boys are being groomed for Oxbridge in a Northern town, but the headmaster is not happy with their regular tuition, and employs Mr Irwin who, with his unusual views on history, allows the boys to discover what they really want in life and education. This Friday, Feb 20 and Saturday 21 at 7.30pm.

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Pick Me Up Theatre also stage Our Day Out to Joseph Rowntree Theatre this Saturday, Feb 21 – Sunday 22 at 2.30pm

Common Ground Theatre present Kitty Bridges’ Pocket Book of Tunes this Friday, Feb 20, 7.30pm at The Gillygate and Saturday 21, 7.30pm at Dunnington Village Hall

Chuckle Brothers

After winning talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1967 The Chuckle Brothers, Paul and Barry Elliott, went from strength to strength as a children’s comedy duo. This Saturday, Feb 21 the boys find themselves in Oz. Expect many a slapstick slip up on the yellow brick road, at York Barbican from 2pm