20 things to do in York this weekend, February 6-7, 2016

The Dad's Army reboot. Photograph: Universal Pictures
5 Feb 2016 @ 4.45 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016War – what is it good for? Comedy movies and games at the racecourse, that’s what. See our full What’s On Guide for more ideas

Dad’s Army film and talk

The Dad's Army reboot. Photograph: Universal Pictures
The Dad’s Army reboot. Photograph: Universal Pictures
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Perennial warcom Dad’s Army is released onto the big screen this weekend, with Bridlington doubling up as Walmington-on-Sea. To celebrate York St John University’s Dr Chris Price is talking about the Home Guard and York in the war in the Basement Bar prior to a City Screen showing of the movie. Sunday from 4pmmore here.

War games at the racecourse

Firepower in miniature. Photograph: Vapnartak 2016 on Facebook
Firepower in miniature. Photograph: Vapnartak 2016 on Facebook
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York Racecourse hosts all manner of battles this Sunday as York Wargames Society hosts Vapnartak 2016. The tabletop war games show has more than 50 traders on three floors of the Knavesmire Stand, plus competitions and demonstrations – more here.

Vintage shopping returns

Back in the hall – York Does Vintage. Photograph: Todd & Moore Photography
Back in the hall – York Does Vintage. Photograph: Todd & Moore Photography
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As each flood-hit property gets back on its feet the city cheers. And so the return of York Does Vintage to the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Sunday is double cause for celebration, as the shopping fair marks the reopening of one floor of this medieval marvel – more here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Charity auction Elvington Village Hall Sat 9am-1pm

Fairfax House reopens

History refreshed: Fairfax House. Photograph: YorkMix
History refreshed: Fairfax House. Photograph: YorkMix
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Fairfax House is one of the first of York’s attractions to wake from its winter sleep. Go and enjoy its remarkable collections and Georgian splendour while they are at their most sparkly after the winter deep clean. From Saturday at 10ammore here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Castle Howard Residents’ Festival Castle Howard grounds Sat & Sun @ 10am-5pm
Eco-Active Day St Nicks Sat @ 10am-2pm
We Are Friends! York Explore Sat @ 2pm-2.30pm

Phantom of the Opera

He's here… inside your mind. Photograph: The York Orchard Musical Theatre Company on Facebook
He’s here… inside your mind. Photograph: The York Orchard Musical Theatre Company on Facebook
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Fresh from their triumph with Jekyll & Hyde, York Orchard Musical Theatre Company presents another Gothic extravaganza. The Phantom Of The Opera has melodrama, magic and masses of music to ensure a spookily entertaining evening. Two performances at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturdaymore here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Betty Blue Eyes Friargate Theatre Till Sat Feb 13
Thriller Live Grand Opera House Till Sat Feb 6
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm

Rock and roll legends

Only the Quo! Photograph © Ian Astle / Rock And Roll Shots
Only the Quo! Photograph © Ian Astle / Rock And Roll Shots
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Ian Astle has photographed some legends of pop and rock – Robert Plant. BB King, Rod Stewart and David Bowie to name only a few. See his stunning pictures at the Rock And Roll Legends exhibition at the Pyramid Gallery till February 21more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Stand Up And Be Counted Basement Bar Sun @ 7.30pm
The Telstars Edinburgh Arms Sat from 9pm
Limehouse Lizzy Fibbers Sat from 7.30pm
Sweet Baboo Fulford Arms Sun @ 7pm
Mambo Jambo Fulford Social Hall Sat @ 7.30pm-10.30pm
Broken Skulls The Black Horse Sat from 7pm
The Detours Acorn Rugby Club Sun from 4.15pm