32 things to do in York this weekend, June 13 and 14, 2015

Andy and oversized Blue Peter badge. Photograph: Andy Seed on Twitter
12 Jun 2015 @ 3.39 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightRaise money at the races, revel in Rowntree’s remembrances and recoil at the rerun of a classic Christopher Lee movie – everything and more in our What’s On Guide

Storytelling festival, and more for kids

The enticing storytelling area at Museum Gardens. Photograph: York Museums Trust
The enticing storytelling area at Museum Gardens. Photograph: York Museums Trust
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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.

More Festival of Ideas events for kids

Event Venue Time
From Stone Age to Phone Age York University Sat Jun 13 @ 12pm
Goodfest 2015 Goodricke College, York University Sat Jun 13, noon-9pm
Secrets of the Chocolate City Mansion House Sat Jun 13 @ 11am-3pm
Map Attack! York Explore Sat Jun 13 @ 10am-4pm
In Space, No-One Can Hear You Scream! York University Sun Jun 14 @ 11am
Big Telescopes: family day York University Sun Jun 14 @ 11am-5pm
Let There Be Light! York University Sun Jun 14 @ 1pm/td>
Professor Herring’s Natural Hystery Museum Gardens Sun Jun 14 @ 2pm & 3.30pm

Rowntree revisited

The ‘Morrees formboard’ – one of the Rowntree's tests. Photograph: The Rowntree Society
The ‘Morrees formboard’ – one of the Rowntree’s tests. Photograph: The Rowntree Society
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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-3pmmore here.

More Festival of Ideas events for grown ups

Event Venue Time
A Zoo of Galaxies York University Sun Jun 14 @ 3pm-4pm
Figured Windows King’s Manor Sat Jun 13 @ 10am-1pm
Future Cities: How will we live next? Ron Cooke Hub Sun Jun 14 @ 3.15pm-4.15pm
Curating Savage Beauty: Alexander McQueen Ron Cooke Hub Sun Jun 14 @ 6.30pm-7.30pm

Movies

Christopher Lee in bonkers form in The Wicker Man
Christopher Lee in bonkers form in The Wicker Man
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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, 7.30pmmore here.

More movies

Event Venue Time
LUMA Film Festival York University Sat Jun 13 @ 11am-8pm
L’image Manquante – The Missing Picture Basement Bar Sun Jun 14 @ 6pm-9pm

Elvis – and more music

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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 7.30pmmore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Mothers Victoria Vaults Sun Jun 14 @ 4pm
The Early Mac Band Roman Bath Sun Jun 14 @ 7pm-11pm
York CD and Record Fair Basement Bar Sat Jun 13 @ 10.30am-4pm
Spectrum: Bach Motets St Wilfrid’s Church Sat Jun 13 @ 8pm

Racing – and more outdoors fun

Photograph: York Racecourse
Photograph: York Racecourse
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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 Saturdaymore here.

More outdoors fun

Event Venue Time
Give or Take Day St Nicks Sat Jun 13 @ 1pm-4pm
Mini-Beast Tour Rawcliffe Meadows Sun Jun 14 @ 2pm

Books and plays

Andy and oversized Blue Peter badge. Photograph: Andy Seed on Twitter
Andy and oversized Blue Peter badge. Photograph: Andy Seed on Twitter
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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 2pmmore here.

More books and plays

Event Venue Time
Book Club: Vanity Fair Castle Museum Sat Jun 13 @ 3pm-4.30pm
Alice in Wonderland 150 Years On Ron Cooke Hub Sat Jun 13 @ 4pm
John Wedgwood Clarke Poetry Reading King’s Manor Sat Jun 13 @ 2pm
The History Boys Grand Opera House Sat Jun 13 @ 2.30pm
Kathakali NCEM Sat Jun 13 @ 6.30pm
Razzamataz Summer Showcase Joseph Rowntree Theatre Sun Jun 14 @ 7.30pm