Six things to do in York this weekend: September 20-21, 2014

19 Sep 2014 @ 8.26 am
| Entertainment

mix-six-logo-rightBooks, beer and food. Fun runs and fine walks. What a weekend we have in prospect. Check out every event in our What’s On guide. Often copied, never bettered, here’s this week’s Mix Six…

Food and beer festivals

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This is the weekend to indulge your tastebuds. At the York Food Festival there’s so much to see and do, from making your own chocolate model at York Cocoa House, to delighting in a vegan buffet at El Piano as well as the market and cookery demos at St Sampson’s Square.

Meanwhile on Knavesmire, the York Beer Festival – the largest in the North – parties on until 11pm on Saturday with a supreme selection of ales, food and live music

York Book Fair

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Or to give the event its Sunday title, the York Antiquarian, Rare And Out Of Print Book Fair 2014 is Europe’s largest. Around 100K books line the shelves at York Racecourse as readers, dealers and collectors bond over the printed word. Prices range from a few pounds to £10,000 so there should be something for everyone’s pocket.
Friday, September 19 from noon to 7pm
Saturday September 20, 10am – 5pm
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Colour Me Happy fun run

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The most colourful fun run York has to offer. All proceeds go to charities St Leonard’s Hospice and Martin House Children’s Hospice. There’s no pressure to run the route; either way you will be showered with colour at every station you pass. This Sunday, Sept 21 at Rawcliffe Country Park from 11am.

1984 at the Theatre Royal

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Big Brother is watching you in this dramatisation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel. Follow Winston Smith as he rebels against the government, falls in love and experiences interrogation, torture and “re-education”. Could this dystopian future come true – or has it already? This Friday, Sept 19 and Saturday, Sept 20 at 7.30pm, York Theatre Royal.

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  For younger theatregoers, try The Princess And The Pea

Vikings in Murton

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The Vikings have set up camp at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming this weekend, Saturday, Sept 20Sunday 21 from 10am – 5pm, so be prepared for some epic battles, skills, crafts and plenty of family orientated activities. Don’t be alarmed, they’re super friendly and happy to answer any questions you have about this exciting period in York’s history.

Battle history walk

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If you’ve ever fancied following in the footsteps of those helmeted warriors this is the event for you. The Jorvik Centre is hosting the Battle Of Gate Fulford Walk, covering the ground where Viking invaders took on the Northern armies 948 years ago. This Sunday, Sept 21 from 10.30am opposite the Bay Horse Inn.