28 things to do in York this weekend, November 19-20 2016

A young skater at the winter wonderland
18 Nov 2016 @ 2.51 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016It’s a rinky-dink weekend for skaters, shoppers, movie lovers and history buffs. Plan your life with our Nobel prize-winning What’s On Guide

Winter Wonderland

A young skater at the winter wonderland
A young skater at the winter wonderland
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Get your skates on and head over to the York Designer Outlet this weekend, where Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland opens for the first time this festive season. As well as the ice rink there’s Santa in his grotto and an Alpine-themed café. From Saturday at 11am, more here.

More Christmas

Event Venue Time
The Keeping Of Christmas Fairfax House Till Dec 31
York Christmas Festival City centre Till Dec 23
Festive Treasurer’s House Treasurer’s House Till Dec 18
Saturday story-telling & tours York Minster Sat @ 10.30am-12.15pm

Bishy Road Festive Trail

Beppe Lombardo with the Festive Trail leaflet
Beppe Lombardo with the Festive Trail leaflet
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Shops on Bishopthorpe Road are kicking off their own seasonal festivities with a three day Festival Trail from Friday. A £5 Festival Trail guide entitles shoppers to big discounts, free samples, tasting opportunities and more. There’s a festival trail for children to complete too: more here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
The Poppleton Christmas Market Poppleton Centre Fri 6pm-9pm
St Clements November Fair St Clements Hall Sat @ 10am-1pm
York Christmas Fair Skelton Garden Centre Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
York Does Vintage Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Sun 11am-4.30pm
Artists and designers Christmas Open House East Parade Till Sun

BBC History weekend

Searching for Shakespeare: Michael Wood is among the small screen stars heading our way
Searching for Shakespeare: Michael Wood is among the small screen stars heading our way
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There’s a bonanza for history buffs in York this weekend as BBC History Magazine hosts a weekend devoted to all things past. Star name historians are taking part in the Yorkshire Museum event, including Michael Wood talking Shakespeare and Tracy Borman on the Tudors. Until Sundaymore here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Wolf Hall Comes To York Barley Hall Till March
Poppies: Women, War, Peace York Army Museum Till Dec 31

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The 1988 movie classic Cinema Paradiso will be screened at this Italian-themed gala evening, the first in a series of cinema soirees by [email protected] De Grey Rooms. Experience film in this grandly elegant venue and enjoy themed food and drink. Saturday, more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Night Must Fall York Theatre Royal Till Sat
The Rivals York Theatre Royal Till Sat 26
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Streets of York Till Nov 26

Dolls House fair

Life scaled down… Photograph: Dolls House and Miniature Scene on Facebook
Life scaled down… Photograph: Dolls House and Miniature Scene on Facebook
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Life writ small at York Racecourse, as the Dolls House and Miniatures Fair takes residence on Sunday. Talks, demonstrations and lots of scaled down shopping – more here.

The Fall at Fibbers

Indie legends The Fall
Indie legends The Fall
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Feisty frontman Mark E Smith brings indie legends The Fall to Fibbers on Saturday. The Manchester band has had more members than the National Trust, and is as much an English treasure as any stately home. Support comes from Soma Crew – more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Sammie Beck Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 1pm
Ryan Jarvis The Mount Sat @ 7pm
Roger Davies Basement Sat @ 7.30pm
An Evening of Gilbert & Sullivan York University Sat @ 7.30pm
Shake The Dust Crescent Sat @ 8pm
The Dead Cats Black Horse Sat @ 9pm
Annie Whitehead Quartet NCEM Sun @ 7.30pm
Dark Flower Victoria Vaults Sun @ 4pm