25 things to do in York this weekend, May 14-15 2016

The dapper Mr Donovan
13 May 2016 @ 3.22 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Living history (and no, that’s not a reference to Jason Donovan), fun with clay and garden goodies – full details in our superlative What’s On Guide

WW2 Living History Day

Photograph: East Yorkshire Regiment Living History Group
Photograph: East Yorkshire Regiment Living History Group
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This Saturday marks one year since the York Army Museum reopened after its transformation, and to mark the birthday the Tower Street attraction is bringing the war back to life. The East Yorkshire Regiment Living History Group will be encamped next to Clifford’s Tower and there’ll be displays of Second World War kit. More here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Holgate Windmill Open Weekend Holgate Windmill Sat & Sun
York Guided Historic Pub Walk Royal Oak Sat @ 3pm
Shaping The Body Castle Museum Daily
Demolition and restoration Treasurer’s House Daily

Day of Clay

Great Pottery Thrown Down winner Matthew Wilcock. Photograph: Dan Edwards
Great Pottery Throw Down winner Matthew Wilcock. Photograph: Dan Edwards
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We know they’re potty for pots at the York Art Gallery and now everyone can get a piece of the ceramic action. Great Pottery Throw Down winner Matthew Wilcock is joining the Day Of Clay, which includes hands-on workshops, talks and stalls from 10am-6pm on Saturday – more here.

More family activities

Event Venue Time
York Steiner School Spring Fair York Steiner School Sat @ 10.30am-2.30pm
Jumble Sale Flaxton Village Hall Sat @ 2.30pm-4pm

Jason Donovan

The dapper Mr Donovan
The dapper Mr Donovan
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Is it really 75 years since Jason Donovan first burst onto the showbiz scene? Clearly not, but he’s been entertaining us for quite some time – and here brings his greatest hits to the Barbican on Sunday. Everyone… “There are too many broken hearts in the world… – more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Blackjacks Black Horse Sat @ 8pm
The Telstars Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Open Mic Night Basement Sat @ 7.30pm
Glass Caves Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm

Garden Festival

The Garden of Death… York Cemetery. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
York Cemetery. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
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It’s known as the garden of death and this weekend York Cemetery hosts a Garden Festival. This includes plant sales, expert horticulturalists ready to give advice and garden designers. Sunday from 10am-4pmmore here.

More outdoors

Event Venue Time
Rievaulx Terrace free for York residents Rievaulx Terrace Sat @ 10am-5pm
Spring plant sale at Beningbrough Beningbrough Hall Sat 10.30am-4pm
York Open Eco Homes Various Till May 22

Fairfax House After Dark

Photograph: Fairfax House
Photograph: Fairfax House
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There are lots of activities for Museums At Night around Yorkshire this year, but only two in York. Friday evening sees a Monty Python movie at Barley Hall, while on Saturday and Sunday evenings Fairfax House will be illuminated by candlelight for performances by its Georgian inhabitants – more here.

The Machine Stops

Gareth Aled and Maria Gray rehearse The Machine Stops. Photograph: Ben Pugh
Gareth Aled and Maria Gray rehearse The Machine Stops. Photograph: Ben Pugh
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Although the short story The Machine Stops was written by EM Forster in 1909, it suddenly seems very prescient. It’s set in a future were humanity relies on a giant machine to provide all its needs, via screens… This is the premiere of the theatrical adaptation at York Theatre Royal and it runs until June 4 – more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
One Man Two Guvnors Jo Ro Theatre Till Sun
Pasha… It’s All About You Grand Opera House Sat @ 7.30pm
Birmingham Royal Ballet York Theatre Royal Till Sat
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm
An Evening of Panto! York Theatre Royal Sun @ 7.30pm
Northern Extremity Fulford Arms Sun @ 8pm