32 things to do in York this weekend, March 18-19 2017

17 Mar 2017 @ 3.23 pm
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Given the great literary heritage of the Emerald Isle it seems appropriate that the York Literature Festival and Irish Festival overlap this weekend.

There’s also a brand new exhibition, new born lambs, a pop-up bar and Frankie Howerd.

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

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250 Years Of Terry’s

Terry’s – a tasty place to work

Founded in 1767, Terry’s went on to build a global brand from its home in York. Now its history is celebrated in a major York’s Chocolate Story exhibition 250 Years Of Terry’s. Showcasing a selection of the most interesting products – from opium based throat sweets to some of the most beautiful and decadent chocolate boxes in history – this is a must-see for anyone interested in the confectionery story of the city. More here

See also
WWII Living History Weekend – NWW2A at Eden Camp on Saturday and Sunday
Miltary Menagerie Exhibition, daily at the York Army Museum
Wolf Hall Comes To York at Barley Hall till March 31
‘Water & Music’ Glass exhibition at the Pyramid Gallery till May 21

Star Saturday at the Lit Fest

Men of words: Mark Gatiss and Michael Palin

Two of Britain’s biggest names are queued up to entertain us on Saturday, courtesy of the York Literature Festival. First up at the Grand Opera House is the writer and star of League Of Gentlemen, Doctor Who and Sherlock, Mark Gatiss. He is followed by Python, traveller and national treasure Michael Palin. What a double bill… More here

See also
The Crick Crack Club present Grim Grimms: Fairytales for Grown Ups at York Theatre Royal on Saturday @ 8pm
Sarah Hall – The Wolf Border at York St John University on Sunday @ 1pm
An Audience with Gervase Phinn at St Peter’s School on Sunday @ 6.30pm
All York Literature Festival events

Lambing Sunday


Every year Askham Bryan College Farm opens its doors to the public for lambing day, when you can see the new borns frolicking around and even being born. It’s a lovely spring event – on Sunday from 10am. More here

See also
York Balloon Walk from Bedern Hall at 10.30am
Family Fun Day at Door 84 on Sunday @ noon-4pm

Speakeasy at Partisan Popup


We like the sound of this. The popup bar hosted by Speakeasy Libations arrives at Partisan on Micklegate until 11pm on Saturday. Expect “incredible cocktails and immense food sure to make Trump angry…” More here

York Irish Festival

Photograph: Jason Oliver Photography

It kicked off on St Patrick’s Day but there is plenty more food, drink and music on Saturday at the York Irish Festival. Watch the ceilidhs, get your face painted and generally have a good craic. All in the marquee in St Sampson’s Square. More here

See also
Private Peaceful at Upstage Theatre till Saturday
Film: White Helmets at the Falcon Tap on Saturday @ 1pm
The King And I at York Theatre Royal until
Come Dancing! York Against Cancer at Melodie Park on Saturday from 6.30pm
Film: Salam Neighbor + Guest Speakers at Clements Hall on Saturday @ 6.30pm
Viva La Dance 2 at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Friday and Saturday @ 7.30pm
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club Presents Raymond Mearns at the Basement on Sunday at 7.30pm

Carry On Frankie

Please yourself! Comedy icon Frankie Howerd. Photograph: UK Gold

Titter ye not, missus, because Frankie Howerd was born in York. To celebrate this fact, and raise money for the Lord Mayor’s charities, this special night at The Winning Post on Saturday will feature live bands, dressing up and prizes. More here

See also
UKEM Records: Disciples of Extremity All-dayer at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
Chapter House Youth Choir – Beautiful Part Songs & Madrigals at St Helen’s Church on Saturday @ 2pm
Our House at the Ainsty on Saturday from 6pm
Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip at the Crescent on Saturday from 7.30pm
Glass Caves at Fibbers on Saturday from 7.30pm
Mr H Presents John Otway at The Basement on Saturday @ 8pm
The Vitula String Quartet at the Black Swan on Saturday @ 8pm
Modern Love at The Corner Pin on Saturday @ 8pm
Reggae Sunday at the Spread Eagle on Sunday from 2pm
SASH Fundraiser at Lendal Cellars on Sunday from 4pm