Six things to do in York this weekend, October 12 to 13, 2013

 

mix-six-logo-rightRacing, railways and rowdy comedy – it’s a high energy weekend in York. Those wanting a more sedate time will be comforted by history and chocolate at the Mansion House.

Here you are then: your six things to do in and around York this weekend. Want full listings? Go to our What’s On guide.

York Races finale

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Friday and Saturday mark the last days of the York racing season, with big-name trainers testing their horses over the Knavesmire. Saturday (October 12) is often Britain’s busiest race of the month, so it’s a good chance to relive the excitement of the summer, and there’s entertainment from the Coldstream Guards Pipe and Drum Band. Gates open at 11.15am.

Aero show

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Who were the Aero girls? Researchers from York University’s Borthwick Archives need your help to answer this question. The girls in question feature in 1950s portraits, commissioned by Rowntree’s for use in Aero chocolate advertising in the Fifties, and they can be seen in a free exhibition to mark the start of chocolate week. From Saturday, October 12 to Sunday, October 20, 11am-4pm.

Milton mirth

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Loud-shirted comedian and panel show favourite Milton Jones is returning to York on Sunday night, October 13, having last been at the Barbican in February. Whilst some of the jokes may be recycled, audience members can expect a warm, anecdotal and proudly silly evening.

Snow White

Photo by Brynn Tweeddale on Flickr
Photo by Brynn Tweeddale on Flickr

Although still a little early for pantomime season, this contemporary retelling of a classic by the Victoria Rooke School of Dance and Drama features dance from ballet to tap to contemporary. Performed at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday, October 12, by a cast of more than 90 kids from ages four to 18, this is perfect for the family.

War on wheels

This weekend sees a variety of re-enactments, entertainment and street parades along the line at Pickering, Le Visham, Goathland and Grosmont Stations, for the popular Railway in Wartime annual shindig. Journey back in time with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Runs from Friday, October 11 to Sunday, October 13, 9am-7pm.

Hyena hilarity

Saturday Night Lounge: Rob Rouse

Saturday night sees more comedians swap the glare of the TV studio for the glitter and gloom that is the Hyena Lounge at City Screen. Rob Rouse, him off Dave’s One Night Stand, 8 Out of Ten Cats and the like, headlines, with Andre Vincent and Hayley Ellis also on the bill. Sunday brings Canadian comic Tom Stade to the venue for two nights too.