Six things to do in York this weekend: December 13-14, 2014

mix-six-logo-rightPanto’s here, pop-up beer, fun times all the way. Oh what fun it is to read our What’s On guide today. Hey!

Panto mania

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Old Mother Goose
They’re behind you! Oh no, I lied, they’re everywhere. It’s the first weekend of York’s professional panto season. Old Mother Goose is this year’s show at the Theatre Royal. Written by legendary Dame Berwick Kaler it stars the familiar fun-loving gang, among them Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and the return of David Leonard.
Cinderella
At the Opera House they welcome Cinderella. Immerse yourself in this traditional fairy story starring music and theatre star Anita Harris as the Baroness, Emmerdale star Stuart Wade as Buttons, Last of the Summer Wine’s Tom Owen as Baron Hardup and Any Dream Will Do’s Rob McVeigh as The Prince.

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Catch the end of the Joseph Rowntree Theatre panto Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves this Saturday, Dec 13 at 2.30 and 7.30pm

What the Dickens?

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Charles Dickens – aka as Charles Hunt and Clive Lyons – will be doing some readings from his classic tales. Expect excerpts from Martin Chuzzlewit, Oliver Twist, Dr Marigold and of course A Christmas Carol. This Saturday, December 13 – Sunday 14 7.30-9.30pm at Jacobs Well.

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Join JB Entertainment with their Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker this Saturday, December 13 2-3.30pm at Manor Academy

Friargate Theatre’s Oh What A Lovely War starts this Thursday, December 11 – Saturday 13 at 7.30pm

Woolpack Pop Up Beer Festival

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Beer and eating – what more could you want at Christmas…? The Woolpack Inn’s Pop Up Beer Festival runs until Sunday December 14, starting each day at noon. There will also be entertainment, Christmas DJs and a bar billiards tournament.

Steve Harley

The Barbican is hosting Seventies legend Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel this Saturday, December 13 from 7.30pm. Go back to 1973 and experience the nostalgia from songs like Sebastian and 1975’s Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me) which is one of the most played records in British broadcasting.

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Join the York Recorded Music Society at Dower Court, Saturday, December 13 from 2-5pm

Oxfam Pop Up

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Taking place at the Fossgate Social, Oxfam Pop Up features two days of books and music, Christmas cards and decorations all for a good cause. Acts playing include Henry Raby’s Punk Poetry, David Ward Maclean, Amy Greene and Laura Munteanu. Friday, December 12 7-10.15pm and Saturday from 6.30-10.15pm.

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The popular Made Locally with Love Christmas Fair is back this Sunday, December 14 in the lovely rustic setting of the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall from 11am – 4.30pm

The Barbican host their annual Community Carol Concert this Sunday, December 14 from 2.30-4.30pm

Christmas in the Dungeon

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If you’re more attracted to the darker side of Chrimble, head to the York Dungeon. There the Torturer is finding out who’s been naughty and nice and presenting every guest with a lump of coal – to bring them luck in the coming year. Dungeon regulars such as Guy Fawkes and Dick Turpin are in on the act, and expect a few surprises too. From Friday, December 12 – Wednesday, December 31, 10.30am-4.30pm.

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Looking for something cheerier? Try 1947 Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street showing at City Screen this Sunday, December 14 at 2pm