22 things to do in York this weekend, February 25-26 2017

Whiskery fun at the best beard contest. Photograph: Jorvik Viking Festival
24 Feb 2017 @ 2.14 pm
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Preen those whiskers for Jorvik’s best beard showdown, bag bargains in bulk at a new vintage fashion event, try your hand at handball – or just have a snooze. The choice is yours…

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Viking finale and family fun

Whiskery fun at the best beard contest. Photograph: Jorvik Viking Festival

It’s the final weekend of the Jorvik Viking Festival, across the city centre. Look out for lots of family-friendly activities including the march to Coppergate, the best beard competition, and the spectacular finale Bloodaxe’s Last Stand in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower.

See also
WWII Living History Weekend – Axis-Allied at Eden Camp on Sat and Sun 10am-5pm
New Earswick Nature Reserve Open Day on Alder Way, New Earswick @ 9am
February family fun at the NRM, National Railway Museum till Sunday
Delicious Demos, Scrumptious Sweets at York Castle Museum till Sunday
Half Term Fun – Art Safari at York Art Gallery till Sunday
Live Aircraft Runs at Yorkshire Air Museum till Sunday
York Valentine’s Funfair at Askham Bar till Sunday

Vintage shopping weekend

Photograph: York Vintage Weigh and Pay

Love your vintage shopping? This is your dream weekend with not one but two events. First up on Saturday is the Vintage Clothing Sale in York, at the Basement, with lots of deals on 80s and 90s clothing. Then at the Barbican on Sunday, something brand new to the city – York’s Vintage Weigh & Pay, where you pay £15 per kilo of clothes…

Yorkey Dads Lego Club

Photograph: Richard McDougall

A weekly club launches on Saturday, perfect for creative types. The Yorkey Dads Lego Club is aimed at children aged between six and 11, where everyone can build their own worlds. Yorkey Dads began as a fathers group on Facebook and now runs a number of city events. The Lego club is at Acomb Explore library for an hour from 9.30am.

See also
Paint and Pot at Rowntree Park on Sunday @ 2pm

York Handball Festival

Photograph: York Hunters Handball

It’s fast, furious and filled with goals. Handball is a brilliant sport, and you can find out why at the free York Handball Festival. The three hour event begins on Sunday at noon. As well as watching a tournament featuring various teams from the North-East, you can have a go yourself – all for free. At York St John University.

Rob Auton Sleep Show


If you’re ready for some shut-eye come Sunday evening, there’s a man who feels your pain. In Rob Auton: The Sleep Show, at the Basement, Rob takes a very amusing journey through the Land of Nod.

See also
Sunny Afternoon at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
The Gondoliers at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre till Saturday
Frankenstein: Revelations at York Medical Society till Saturday
Murder, Margaret and Me at the York Theatre Royal till Saturday

The Smyths


We were happy in the haze of a drunken hour. And now we’re happier still, as tribute band The Smyths bring the unique sound of Morrissey and Marr to Fibbers on Saturday. There is a light that never goes out…

See also
Chapter House Choir at York Minster on Sat @ 7.30pm
The Herbs at the Victoria Vaults on Saturday @ 8.30pm
The Whodlums at the Ainsty on Saturday @ 9pm
Dan Patchett at Acorn Rugby Club on Sun @ 4pm