24 things to do in York this weekend, May 21-22 2016

A little number perfect for that dinner party… Panto costumes are on sale. Photograph: York Theatre Royal
20 May 2016 @ 2.28 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Weekend racing returns, there’s a knees-up in a brewery and four attractions go free. The full programme is in our comprehensive What’s On Guide

Saturday racing

Will you back a winner
Will you back a winner?
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The first Saturday of the York racing season arrives at York Racecourse this weekend, and under 18s go free. There are seven races, with the feature race of the day the weddingmates.co.uk Grand Cup. Gates open at 11.45am, and the racing gets under way at 2.05pmmore here.

York Brewery’s 20th birthday

Many happy returns to the bar. Photograph: York Brewery
Many happy returns to the bar. Photograph: York Brewery
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York Brewery opened on Toft Green 20 years and 27 million pints ago. And to celebrate their having an open days with hourly free tours, live music, prizes and cask ales for an amazing £1.90 a pint. Saturday and Sunday noon-6pmmore here.

York Brewery to celebrate 20 glorious years – and many more beers – with two-day party

More pubs

Event Venue Time
Alcuin’s Puzzles In The Pub Eagle & Child Sun @ 7.30pm

Theatre Royal costume sale

A little number perfect for that dinner party… Panto costumes are on sale. Photograph: York Theatre Royal
A little number perfect for that dinner party… Panto costumes are on sale. Photograph: York Theatre Royal
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Saturday offers up the chance to take home a piece of York Theatre Royal history as its fabulous costume sale returns at the De Grey Rooms. Pick up a classic Berwick frock, or choose from retro accessories, hats and shoes between 10am – 4pm. More here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Vintage and Retro Fair Heworth Church Hall Sat @ 9.30am-4pm

Four free attractions

Canute (centre) and his Vikings launch #CampaignCanute to raise £2 million towards a reimagined Jorvik Viking Centre. Photograph: Richard McDougall
Canute (centre) and his Vikings launch #CampaignCanute to raise £2 million towards a reimagined Jorvik Viking Centre. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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As a big thank you from Jorvik for the city’s support after the Viking Centre flooded, they’re allowing free entry to their other four attractions this weekend – as long you can prove you’re a York resident. Barley Hall, Dig, Richard III Experience and Henry VII Experience will all be open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday. Plus there’s a new Viking exhibition at York Theatre Royal – more here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Big Boardgaming Day Bar Convent Sat @ 10am
Fantasy Fish Yarnstorm Workshop Golden Ball Sat @ noon-4pm
Helmsley Walled Garden – residents free Helmsley Sun @ 10am
Garden Walk York Cemetery Sun @ 2pm

Joe Lycett returns

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On a previous visit to York Joe Lycett got a parking ticket – and responded to it so brilliantly that it became a YouTube favourite. This week he comes back as part of the Saturday Night Lounge line-up. Who knows what he’ll get up to? Saturday from 8pmmore here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
The Merry Wives York Theatre Royal Till Sat
Scenes From A Teenage Killing Bay Horse Sat & Sun @ 7.30pm
The Machine Stops York Theatre Royal Till June 4
Dance of the Seasons Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 2pm & 6pm
A Walk Down The Theatre Aisle Clements Hall Sat @ 7.30pm

Scandinavian Choir Festival

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This is the largest number of Scandinavian choirs since the festival began over 20 years ago and this year includes a children’s choir from Lapland. Events include an open-air concert in King’s Square on Saturday from 11am and a series of concerts at city centre churches on Sundaymore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
York Rocks Against Cancer Grand Opera House Sat @ 7.30pm
Southbank Sessions Knavesmire pub Sat @ 5pm
Tony Wright (Terrorvision) Fulford Arms Sat @ 7.30pm
Anglo-Swedish Concert St Columba’s Sat @ 8pm
Noize Doctorz Black Horse Sat @ 9pm
Yesterday’s Tomorrow Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Dan Reed & Danny Vaughn Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm