Tattifilarious talents of tomorrow
With heats having taken place at the Tea Pot all week, the grand final of the Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian will crown a fresh stand-up or sketch starlet. The final is hosted by Rob Beckett, on Sunday at 5.30pm before his own show later that evening – more here. New dates have been added from Reginald D Hunter, Henning Wehn and Tony Law too. Look out too for comedy musical extravaganza Margaret Thatcher: Queen Of Soho and Slightly Fat Features‘ uniquely ridiculous mayhem.
Let’s get physical
For the more actively minded this weekend, Sunday morning sees the start of York 10k on the Knavesmire Road. With a route taking in the Shambles, Minster and Clifford’s Tower, the streets will become a colourful carnival of participants and spectators to raise as much as possible for one of many partner charities – more here.
Chuffing great theatre
It’s back! Beginning another run on Friday evening at the NRM, the award-winning production of The Railway Children returns to its spiritual home with four performances taking place across the weekend. The original steam train from the famous 1970 film also brilliantly features in Mike Kenny’s emotional play – more here.
Established as one of the city’s most vibrant and independent communities, Fossgate hosts another festival showcasing the finest street grub, music, dance and shopping the area has to offer. Sunday from 10am – more here.
Riverside, let’s go!
The Riverside Festival in Tower Gardens is a free family all-day arts extravaganza, taking in workshops for kids including charcoal drawing, crocheting and other arty-farty fun. Respected local musicians including Moonshine Creek and Luke Saxton will also be performing folk and Americana-oriented music on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-11pm – more here and here
Julian Cope comeback
Finally, Julian Cope returns. Last time he was here, he walked out on his Fibbers gig before a note was played, complaining about the dark. His rearranged gig is at The Duchess on Sunday – provided the lighting is to his stipulation of course. If the Teardrop Explodes frontman doesn’t float your boat, there are also sets of classic jazz and booze-soaked bop from Ronnie Scott’s and The Urban Voodoo Machine respectively. More about Julian’s gig here.