36 things to do in York this weekend, November 18-19 2017

Get your skates on… The Winter Wonderland is back, there’s a top singer at the Barbican and a monster at the Theatre Royal.

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

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Photograph: Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland
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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Yorkshire’s biggest ice rink is back at York Designer Centre, plus there’s a vintage funfair and a fairytale-themed walk to Santa’s grotto. It all kicks off on Saturdaymore here.

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Winter at Treasurer’s House on Thurs-Sun till Dec 17
Bishy Road: Let’s Light Up Christmas on Saturday
Christmas at York Museum Gardens 2017 till January
Inspired Christmas Show at Bedern Hall till Sunday
Christmas opening at Nunnington Hall till Nov 30


Brass Band Weekend

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At the first themed weekend of the York Christmas Festival, brass bands gather in the city centre to serenade shoppers with festival tunes. More here

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Christmas Crafts & Spiritual Fair at York Spiritualist Centre on Saturday
Christmastide Tavern at Barley Hall till Nov 26
York Christmas Fair 2017 at Skelton Garden Centre on Saturday and Sunday
Christmas Fete at Roko York on Saturday
Christmas Craft and Gift Fair at York Medical Society on Saturday

York Dolls House and Miniatures Fair

Photograph: Dolls House and Miniature Scene
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While other people are larging it up, visitors to York Racecourse will be smalling it down. The return of the Dolls House fair this Saturday and Sunday sees expert talks, demos and three floors of traders selling miniature merch. More here

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York Record Fair at the Basement on Saturday
Streetfood Sunday! at the Fulford Arms on Sunday

Sara Radstone Exhibition

Sara Radstone and Martin Smith with one of the new exhibits. Photograph: Richard McDougall
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The first major retrospective exhibition of one of Britain’s leading ceramic artists has just opened at York Art Gallery. Sara Radstone’s work has been shown all over the world. Pieces from a career spanning nearly 40 years will sit alongside work created especially for the show, designed by Martin Smith. On till June – more here

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South Bank York 100 years ago at Clements Hall on Saturday
Paul Nash and the Uncanny Landscape: Curated by John Stezaker at York Art Gallery till April
‘Oh wise owl’ art trail at Beningbrough Hall on Saturday and Sunday


Alison Moyet

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Few can match the vocal range and power of Alison Moyet. The 23 million-album selling singer-songwriter hits York Barbican on Sunday as part of her tour on the back of new album Other. More here

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Hundred Year Old Man + Ethereal at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
D.O.A Soundsystem at the Ainsty on Saturday
Elvis Presley Tribute Night at The Mount on Saturday
OMD at the York Barbican on Saturday
Evening Concert at St Helen’s Church on Saturday
MEG Musical: Musicals Through the Ages at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Sunday
Fundraising Gig For St John Ambulance at the Winning Post on Saturday
Simon Hall – Live @ The Royal Oak on Saturday
A Tribute to Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill at Fibbers on Sunday
Groves Gospel Choir at St Thomas’ on Sunday

Frankenstein

Photograph: The Crick Crack Club
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The Gothic horror goes steam punk in this intepretation of the story by The Crick Crack Club. This two-hander, at the York Theatre Royal Studio on Saturday includes “wild song and fast-paced epic storytelling”. More here

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The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe at Joseph Rowntree Theatre till Saturday
2017 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival at the University of York Central Hall on Saturday and Sunday
Queer Space at Dusk on Saturday
Seaside Terror – An Odd Doll & Little Mighty production at Cycle Heaven on Sunday
Say Owt Scratch #2 at York Explore on Sunday