32 things to do in York this weekend, April 16-17, 2016

Roll up, roll up… Photograph: Scott Pullen & Son Fun Fairs on Facebook
15 Apr 2016 @ 12.01 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Great art, live music, a circus and a funfair – that should keep us busy. You’ll find all this – and more – in our What’s On Guide

Haxby fun fair

Roll up, roll up… Photograph: Scott Pullen & Son Fun Fairs on Facebook
Roll up, roll up… Photograph: Scott Pullen & Son Fun Fairs on Facebook
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It’s a sure sign that winter’s over when the first funfair rolls into town. And Scott Pullen brings a new ride to the Ethel Ward Playing Fields for the first time this year – the very tall, very fast Speed Buzz. Plus meet cartoon characters on the Saturday. On until Sundaymore here.

More outdoor fun

Event Venue Time
24th Annual Westie Walk York Racecourse Sun @ 3-4pm
Water Vole Day St Nicks Environment Centre Sat @ 10am-1.30pm
York Guided Historic Pub Walk Royal Oak Sat @ 3pm-5pm

Record Store Day

Flashback to last year's Record Store Day with The Franceens playing live at the Inkwell. Photograph: The Inkwell on Facebook
Flashback to last year’s Record Store Day with The Franceens playing live at the Inkwell. Photograph: The Inkwell on Facebook
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The Inkwell on Gillygate hosts its fourth Record Store Day on Saturday, with master of ceremonies Paul Lowman inviting all music-lovers to buy records, drink beer, listen to DJs and “watch a kick-ass band”. That band is The Black Lagoons who launch their first EP at the store – more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Prima Cantica – Debut Concert Guildall Sat @ 7.30pm
Hildur Guðnadóttir [Music] NCEM Sat @ 7.30pm
Morpheus Rising Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Boxsmash & Thatcher’s Bush Basement Sat @ 8pm
Union Central Black Swan Sat @ 8pm
Miss D’Mina The Ainsty Sat @ 9pm
Swamp Fox Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Ramblin’ Times Three Tuns Sat @ 9pm

Paulos Circus

Let us entertain you… Photograph: Paulos Circus on Facebook
Let us entertain you… Photograph: Paulos Circus on Facebook
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The Paulos family have been entertaining audiences around the world since 1816 and are one of the oldest circus families in the UK. They’re bringing their show to Roko in Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, on Saturday and Sunday, offering everything from aerial artistry to Spanish magic. More details here

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Happy birthday Beningbrough! Daily except Mondays Noon-5pm
Stunts, Speed And Style NRM Daily
Shaping The Body Castle Museum Daily
Sunday Afternoon Ceilidh Clements Hall Sun @ 1.45-4.30pm

York Open Studios

One of the works by painter Sarah Raphael Balme who is taking part in York Open Studios
One of the works by painter Sarah Raphael Balme who is taking part in York Open Studios
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It’s the first weekend of this year’s York Open Studios, where you can sneak a peek behind the studio doors of York’s artists, craftspeople and designers. Various creative talents in the fields of sculpture, painting, printmaking and more are taking part this Saturday and Sundayfull details here.

More art

Event Venue Time
Beth Savage St Nicks Environment Centre Sat @ 10am-6pm
Open Studios Drop-in York Art Gallery Sat 11am-4pm
Sketching workshop with Jake Attree York Minster Sat @ 10am-1pm
David & Sarah Cemmick Pyramid Gallery Sat & Sun @ 9.15am-5pm

York Health & Healing Festival

One of the stallholders from a previous festival. Photograph: Health & Healing Festivals on Facebook
One of the stallholders from a previous festival. Photograph: Health & Healing Festivals on Facebook
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Yorkshire’s leading mind, body and spirit festival celebrates its ninth year with 95-plus exhibition stands at York Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday including therapies, psychic mediums, aura photography, gemstones, jewellery, health and nutritional products, books, music and more. More details

More events

Event Venue Time
York Careers Fair King’s Manor Sat @ 11am-3pm

Live theatre at Clifford’s Tower

Dramatic stage… Clifford's Tower
Dramatic stage… Clifford’s Tower
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No doubt travelling troubadours would have put on a show here in William the Conqueror’s time, but Clifford’s Tower hasn’t hosted a theatrical performance we can recall. That changes this Saturday and Sunday with performances of The Smoke Of Home at the castle – a rediscovered play written by two holocaust survivors – more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Beyond The Barricade Barbican Sat @ 7.30pm
The Rocky Horror Show Grand Opera House Till Sat
Happy and Glorious Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 2.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm
Mankind: a Medieval Comedy Upstage Theatre Sat @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm
York Light Charity Night Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 7.30pm