30 things to do in York this weekend, November 12-13 2016

Photograph: Treasurer's House
11 Nov 2016 @ 12.04 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Shop till you drop, explore festive history or get fruity at a pub – the choice is yours. Full details in York’s best What’s On Guide.

Living North Christmas Fair

A festively dressed stand at the Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse
A festively dressed stand at the Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse
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It’s a festival of festive festivities at York Racecourse till Sunday as 260 designers and makers offering all sorts of Christmas goodies descend on Knavesmire. Plus chef demonstrations, and probably a mince pie or two… More here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Table-Top Sale And Christmas Crafts Dunnington Reading Rooms Sat @ 9.30am-noon
Multicultural market and craft fair St Saviourgate Unitarian Chapel Sat @ 11am-4pm

Christmas at Treasurer’s House

Photograph: Treasurer's House
Photograph: Treasurer’s House
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Here’s a chance to see this wonderful house dressed in Edwardian gilded splendour, a time when it was home to last owner Frank Green. See the National Trust property shimmer in the glow of candles, admire the 9ft Christmas tree in the Great Hall then tuck into a Christmas pudding scone in the café. Open Thurs-Sun till December 18more here.

Battle Of The Somme

A still from the film
A still from the film
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Shot on the battlefield over a fortnight by two cameramen, this film shows the build up to the fateful First World War battle, the battle itself and its immediate aftermath. This free screening on Sunday from 2pm at the National Centre for Early Music is one of a number of Remembrance Service events in the city: more here.

More remembrance events

Event Venue Time
York Remembrance Service and Parade Clifford’s Tower/Memorial Gardens Sun @ 10.30am
Remembrance Sunday Yorkshire Air Museum Sun @ 11am
World War I in York: Guided walk Exhibition Square Sun @ 1.30pm
Sentimental Journey – 1940s dance night Huntington WMC Sat @ 7.30pm

Jools Holland

The entertaining Mr H
The entertaining Mr H
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Jools brings his rhythm and blues orchestra back to the Barbican on Saturday and Sunday night. Vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall return, and there’s a new singer in the line up, soulful gospel singer Beth Rowley. More here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Thirstfest V Spreadeagle Sat @ 8pm
Sewage Farm – Album Launch The Inkwell Sat @ 9am
Choral concert: Brahms, Vaughan Williams and Strauss York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm
Hope&Social Gobbledigook Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
York Cantores choir concert All Saints North Street Sat @ 8pm
York Turnpike Trust Black Horse Sat @ 8.30pm
Ian Kay’s Soul Dream Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Clash City Rockers Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Aftermath Ainsty Sat @ 9pm
The Mothers Victoria Vaults Sun @ 4pm
Helping Hand Records Show Fulford Arms Sun @ 7.30pm

Objects of Terror!

Photograph: James Drury Photography
Photograph: James Drury Photography
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Be prepared to be amazed and horrified as the curtain is lifted on the inmates of Victorian lunatic asylums and their ‘mad doctors’. Witness these human marvels with your very own eyes as they triumph over adversity, persecution and the judgement of men! This show is brought to York Theatre Royal till Saturday by Out of Character, a community of actors who have all accessed mental health services. More here.

More shows and readings

Event Venue Time
Blood Brothers Grand Opera House Till Sat
Fiddler on the Roof Jo Ro Theatre Till Sat
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein York Theatre Royal Till Nov 26
Turandot York Theatre Royal Till Sat
Meet the Poet: Robert Powell Lotte Inch Gallery Sat @ noon

Community apple pick

Photograph: Abundance York
Photograph: Abundance York
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A morning of apple picking, hosted by Abundance York, an urban harvesting project which finds fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes it to charities or community groups. Join the outdoor fun at the Dormouse Pub on Shipton Road, pick the apples, and drink the fresh juice made with the traditional press. Saturday from 10ammore here.

More family events

Event Venue Time
Family fun day Melodie Park Sun @ noon-4.30pm
Introduction to Permaculture St Nicks Sat and Sun