The lights are on, frost is in the air and York is stepping up its pre Christmas party this weekend. A festive fair – and festive fare – are both available in the city, but if you’re not in the mood to shop, there’s music, poetry and movies to enjoy.
To get a full guide to what’s happening in York this weekend, go to our What’s On page.
Classic film show
Well known York musician Kieran White has written a new score for the wonderful Buster Keaton silent film The General. Kieran is performing it live on Saturday evening from 8pm at the Yorkshire Museum Of Farming, Murton.
Live art night
Dear old Blighty! A new live art night Down In Albion launches this Sunday evening, with poetry, music and more all about England. York’s own punk poet Henry Raby (above) will perform along with Leeds artist Laura Milnes and many more.
Under The Moon Of Love, Three Steps To Heaven… ah, the memories. A neon shot of the Seventies is available at the Barbican with the return of Teddy Boy favourites Showaddywaddy on Saturday night.
Brass band music is magic, and to prove it the Shepherd Group Brass Band are performing a concert with an enchanted theme. Music includes Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by John Williams and the haunting flugelhorn solo Over The Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. At the National Centre For Early Music on Saturday at 7.30pm.
- All the brass facts here
- Also on this weekend: An Evening of Brass and Choral at St Michael le Belfrey
With more than 200 stalls, York Racecourse is packed with potential Chrimble gifts this weekend. The Living North Essence Of Christmas Fair includes crafts, health and beauty and food gifts, chef demonstrations and refreshments for weary shoppers.
Want some grub fresh from the farm? Meat and veg has been brought from the fields to the heart of the city as farmers sell wares they have produced, reared or processed themselves on Parliament Street. Runs until Saturday.