Six things to do in York this weekend: October 11-12, 2014

10 Oct 2014 @ 12.02 pm
| Entertainment

mix-six-logo-rightLots of running, on two legs and four, this weekend. But if that sounds too tiring, chill out with our music and theatre selections. Or race ahead with our stupendous What’s On Guide

Yorkshire Marathon 2014

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The Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon 2014 returns, with people from all over Europe pounding around a flatter, faster route past York’s historic landmarks. There’s also the option to do it in relay form between friends, so head out to cheer the runners on this Sunday, Oct 12 starting the University of York at 9.30am.

York Races

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The last of the racing season sees the return of Countryside Raceday, this Friday, Oct 10. Carol Mellin and her sheepdogs will be herding geese, while Eagle Eye Falconry display their birds of prey and the Countryside Market provides some festive refreshments. On Saturday, Oct 11, it’s all about the Coral Sprint Trophy and the Coldstream Guards Association Stakes, with a performance by The Corps of Drums.

David Gest’s Soul Legends

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As well as being a star of I’m A Celebrity, David Gest is one of the most successful music execs in US history. He’s coming to York Barbican this Sunday, Oct 12 at 7.30pm with seven soul legends including Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, whose hits include You Make Me Feel Brand New. Also on the bill are The Temptation Review with Dennis Edwards, Sheila Ferguson of The Three Degrees and Motown legend Kim Weston.

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  Fancy some comedy instead? Jon Richardson is gracing the Barbican with his Nidiot tour on Friday, Oct 10 at 8pm

  More music with Clannad at the Grand Opera House this Sunday, Oct 12 at 7.30pm

  David Gest interview: ‘She took her gun, and she shot his testicle off’

Autumn Fayre

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Get a taste of autumn this weekend with St Nicholas’ Fields Autumn Fayre, complete with on-site produce tasting and ‘apple olympics’. You can channel your inner Mary Berry with a home-made and professional bake off, make an original gift with Heather Dawe’s willow weaving and get involved with a range of children’s activities. This Saturday, Oct 11, 1 – 5pm.

Alice In Theatreland

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The Victoria Rooke School of Dance for 3 – 23 year olds presents their yearly show at Joseph Rowntree Theatre. This year, they have a new take on the adventures of Alice in Wonderland – dancing and singing her way through other worlds with The White Rabbit including Matilda, The Lion King and The Tales of Beatrix Potter to name a few. Join Alice this Saturday, Oct 11 at 7pm.

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  York Rocks Against Cancer are back for another year at the Grand Opera House, this Saturday, Oct 11 at 7.30pm

  The Restoration of Nell Gywn hits York Theatre Royal this Saturday, Oct 12 at 7.45pm

Archaeology and History Fair

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The historic York Guildhall is hosting a day of exploration and discovery with York Archaeological Trust’s Archaeology and History Fair. There will be family activities, stalls from local societies and communities and talks from the experts. Find out more about the city of York or take part in some historical games this Saturday, Oct 11 from 10am – 4pm.