32 things to do in York this weekend: March 19 and 20, 2016

18 Mar 2016 @ 4.40 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Spring has sprung in the lambing shed, there are Strictly stars at the Barbican and a classic film at City Screen. Your full lowdown in our What’s On Guide

Lambing Sunday

One word: Awww!
One word: Awww!
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If you’re feeling sheepish, head over to Askham Bryan College this Sunday from 10am-4pm. See the new-born lambs, plus there’s a KidZone, producer market, cafe and picnic area, tractor and trailer rides – more here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Monster Truck from Show In The Park Parliament Street Sat @ 10am to 5pm
St Nicks Easter Egg Hunt St Nicks Sat @ 10am-noon
Family Artists: Telling Tall Tales York Art Gallery Sat @ 11am-4pm
Spring into 2016 – Edible York Friends Meeting House Sat @ 9.30am-noon
Spring Open Day Poppleton Community Railway Nursery Sat @ 10am-3pm
Easter Craft Fair St Bede’s Pastoral Centre Sat @ 11am-4pm
Toy Stories Castle Museum Daily

Gotta Dance with the Strictly stars

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Since they burst into our living rooms on Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have become Britain’s best-loved ballroom dancing couple. They trip the light fantastic at the Barbican on Saturday at 3pm and 7.30pm as part of their Just Gotta Dance! tour – more here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
The 39 Steps Grand Opera House Till Saturday
Bugsy Malone Jo Ro Theatre Till Sat
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm
Ever After Citadel Sat Mar 19 @ 7.30pm
The Great American Songbook Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 7.30pm

Rear Window and introduction

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Classic thriller Rear Window comes to City Screen as part of its Truffaut/Hitchcock season. And the bonus ball comes in the form of Hitchcock expert Steve Rawle, from York St John University, who will introduce the film on Sunday at 1pmmore here.

More cinema

Event Venue Time
We Love Film presents… Miss Representation Basement Sat @ 7pm

Balloons and zeppelins

The German zeppelin Viktoria Luise emerging from its hangar in the First World War. Photograph © Wellcome Images on Wikipedia
The German zeppelin Viktoria Luise emerging from its hangar in the First World War. Photograph © Wellcome Images on Wikipedia
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Continuing the sheep theme, did you know the very first aviator was a sheep called Montauciel who ascended in the Montgolfier Brothers hot air balloon in 1783? That’s the starting point for Gas Bags to Super Zeppelins, the new exhibition underway at the Yorkshire Air Museum. It goes on to look at the “terror from the skies” – bombs dropped by German zeppelins during the First World War. More here

More history

Event Venue Time
A Century Of Shoes Fairfax House Daily
Battle of Towton Commemorative Barley Hall Sat @ 10am-4pm

Crescent Soul Night

Ready for a spin… The decks at the Crescent. Photograph:  The Crescent York on Instagram
Ready for a spin… The decks at the Crescent. Photograph: The Crescent York on Instagram
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Is there anything more joyful than Northern Soul? That’s a big part of the soul night returning to the Crescent Community Venue on Saturday from 8pm till late. Expect Motown, Sixties and modern soul to be mixed in – more here.

More music

Event Venue Time
March Of The Mods Weekender Huntington WMC Fri & Sat
Planet Earth The Woolpack Sat @ 8pm
Mozart Great C Minor Mass York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm
Mark Morriss (The Bluetones) The Woolpack Sun @ 7pm
York Symphony Orchestra concert Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall Sat @ 8pm

Family Day at the Lit Fest

Fun for all ages and sizes
Fun for all ages and sizes
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Four authors, a bookstall from the Little Apple bookshop, children’s activities from Minecraft to arts and crafts – York Explore puts the family into fiction on Sunday from 11am-4pm. More here

More York Lit Fest

Event Venue Time
Carol Ann Duffy and John Sampson St Peter’s School Sun @ 7pm
Pennine Poets 50th Birthday Party Black Swan Sat @ 1pm
Austen Society Lecture: ‘Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ in Context’ Quaker Meeting House Sat @ 2pm
York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition Results Black Swan Sat @ 3.30pm
No More Champagne: Politicians and Their Money St Peter’s School Sat @ 7pm
Literary Walk [York Lit Fest] Museum Gardens Sun @ 10.30am