Six things to do in York this weekend, August 9-10, 2014

mix-six-logo-rightThere’s a ghostly presence in York this weekend – but don’t take fright because there’s plenty of non-spooky fun to be had outdoors as well. If in doubt, check out our What’s On Guide for more ideas.

Ghost The Musical

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Listen out for an unchained melody or two this weekend as Pick Me Up Theatre present a musical adaptation of the hit 1990 movie Ghost. Get ready to be heartbroken for a second time as lovers Sam Wheat and Molly Jensen are torn apart by a horrible robbery. But is everything as it seems? Find out from Friday, August 8 to Saturday, August 16. at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre.

Summer Nature Walk

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What better time of year to go for a walk through St Nicholas Fields than early August? Join the handy Wildwatchers as they impart their knowledge on butterflies and other wildlife within 24 acres of unique green space, transformed after being a rubbish dumping ground for years. This Saturday, August 9 from 10.15am – 12pm

Oxjam York Festival 2014

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A wonderful one-day festival – and for a good cause too. Join Oxjam in the fight against poverty with performances from local artists like Katie-Lou McCabe and Everlate (pictured above), DJs like Common People and poets JB Barrington and Amy May Ellis. There will also be Jamaican food and, of course, beer. This Saturday, Aug 9 at the Spread Eagle from 12pm

Playday at Door 84

It’s ‘National Playday’ this weekend, and Door 84 youth club are celebrating in style with their nostalgic one-day event where kids can enjoy playing in the street, complete with pedal-powered smoothies from St Nicks and plenty more exciting family activities. This Saturday, Aug 9 1-5pm

Open-air Shakespeare

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Everyone loves a bit of Shakespeare, and there’s two opportunities this weekend to watch classic mistaken identity play Comedy Of Errors and cold-blooded tragedy Macbeth in the beautiful surroundings of Askham Bryan College this Saturday, August 9 to Sunday, August 10 at 7pm. A production of the GB Theatre Company, the plays are directed by Ed Viney and feature an outstanding cast of professional actors who share a passion for drama.

How to train your dragon

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If you’re tired of all the walking, and would rather not get any more fresh air, duck into Waterstones this Saturday, August 9 from 11.30am – 12.30pm to enjoy some relaxing story-time with a How to Train Your Dragon theme. Also pick up a pack to take home and join in a game of dragon bingo!