Storytelling festival, and more for kids
The York Festival of Ideas is in full swing, and there’s a lot for families to try this weekend. One fun event is a storytelling festival in Museum Gardens on Saturday from 11am. York University students will tell stories of paintings coming to life underneath the trees (or inside the Yorkshire Museum if wet) – more here.
Try your hand at some of the pioneering dexterity and psychometric tests that Rowntree’s used to inflict on potential employees. Recreated by the Rowntree Society for the Festival of Ideas at the Mansion House on Saturday, from 11am-3pm – more here.
In tribute to movie star and gentleman Sir Christopher Lee, who died a few days ago, the Woolpack screens one of his most enduring horror movies. The Wicker Man, from 1973, saw Sir Christopher in the role of Lord Summerisle, the leader of a remote Hebridean island. When Sergeant Neil Howie (Edward Woodward) arrives, events take a dark turn… Sunday, 7.30pm – more here.
Elvis – and more music
Billed as “the world’s most successful Elvis tribute act”, Shawn Klush swivels in spangly jumpsuits to recreate the King’s stage act. Backed by The Sweet Inspirations, the Elvis World Tour arrives at the Barbican on Saturday at 7.30pm – more here.
Racing – and more outdoors fun
Britain’s biggest charity race day returns to York Racecourse, raising funds for Macmillan. So head along, have a flutter and do your bit for an excellent cause. Gates open at 11.15am on Saturday – more here.
Books and plays
Meet Blue Peter Book Award winner Andy Seed as he signs copies of The Silly Book Of Side-Splitting Stuff at Waterstones on Saturday from 2pm – more here.