22 things to do in York this weekend, March 5-6, 2016

Ready to spruce things up… Photograph: St Nicks
4 Mar 2016 @ 3.00 pm
| Entertainment
mix-six-logo-2016You’ve got to laugh, haven’t you? Well, if you don’t, Paddy McGuinness is going to feel mighty silly when he takes to the stage at the Grand Opera House… For the full lowdown, see our What’s On Guide for more ideas

Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness shows who's the daddy at the Grand Opera House
Paddy McGuinness shows who’s the daddy at the Grand Opera House
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One of the country’s best-loved and most popular comedians Paddy McGuinness hits the Grand Opera House on Saturday at 7.30pm, with his Daddy McGuinness show. The star of ITV’s Take Me Out returns to his performing roots with his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011. More details here.

More comedy

Event Venue Time
Saturday Night Lounge The Duchess Sat 8pm

York Does Vintage

Make sure your mum has a vintage day out for Mother's Day
Make sure your mum has a vintage day out for Mother’s Day
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Why not treat your mum to a pretty floral dress, some funky retro shorts or a lovely warm cardigan. Alternatively, you can magnanimously allow her to treat you, even though it’s actually Mother’s Day. In between bursts of energetic shopping, you can relax in the vintage tearoom, get glammed up in the beauty bar the and tap your feet to a classic Andrew Sisters trio and a bit of funky rockabilly at The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall on Sunday from 11am-4.30pmfull details here.

More Mother’s Day & shopping

Event Venue Time
Mum’s Go Free York’s Chocolate Story Sun 10am-4pm
Spring Flowers for Mother’s Day Bedern Hall Sat 1-4pm
York Antiques And Collectors Fair York Racecourse 10am-4pm
Table top sale St Wulstan’s Church Sat @ 11am-2pm

Hold Back The River

One of your hosts for the evening, Jonathan Cowap
One of your hosts for the evening, Jonathan Cowap
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Local performers come together to raise funds for those affected by the devastating York floods. Among them are the company of Pick Me Up Theatre, Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band, York Civic Youth Choir, Ish Herd & Friends, Archies Boys Aloud, the Steve Cassidy Band, The Grand Old Uke of York, Dan Webster and Rebecca Newman. The concert, at the Barbican on Sunday, will be hosted by BBC Radio York’s Jonathan Cowap and Adam Tomlinson. More

More music

Event Venue Time
Callaghan Basement Bar Sat 8-11pm
The Mothers Black Horse Sat 8.30pm
Branded by Fire Edinburgh Arms Sat 9-11.20pm
Powerage AC/DC Tribute The Ainsty Sat 9-11.30pm
Otava Yo National Centre for Early Music Sat 7.30pm
University Symphony Orchestra University of York Sat 7pm
Dr K Sextet: Steve Reich at 80 Unitarian Chapel Sat 7.30-10pm
St John Passion St Olave’s Church Sun 7.30pm
Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg Basement Sun @ 8pm

Stars of the Future

Young York stars take to the stage at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Young York stars take to the stage at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre
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Turning over the stage at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday to York’s young singers and musicians for this special fundraising concert, Don Pears introduces a host of new talent performing a wide range of music, from musicals to classics. More

More theatre

Event Venue Time
Snow Child De Grey Rooms Sat 11am

Big Spring Clean

Ready to spruce things up… Photograph: St Nicks
Ready to spruce things up… Photograph: St Nicks
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Clean up St Nick’s nature reserve on Saturday and you’ll get a warm, fuzzy feeling and a free lunch in return. Litter picking equipment and gloves are provided but you’re welcome to bring your own if you prefer. This event coincides with Keep Britain Tidy’s attempt at the UK’s largest litter pick. More

Flying Scotsman

Say hello to the Scotsman before it flies off againl. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Say hello to the Scotsman before it flies off again. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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See the newly restored loco at the National Railway Museum on Saturday and Sunday before it sets off again on its national tour. More Flying Scotsman pix

More family events

Event Venue Time
Thrill of the Build Haxby Costa Coffee Sat 7.30am-6pm