Six things to do in York this weekend
Friday, October 18 to Sunday, October 20, 2013

 

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This weekend you can watch a marathon, learn how to samba, make your own apple juice and scare up an early Halloween storm.

The Yorkshire Marathon

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It’s the big one of the weekend, the first ever Yorkshire Marathon. Whilst its far too late to take part (I know, devastating), you can still watch the brave souls tackling the 26.2 miles in and around York. For all the information see our marathon Marathon guide complete with detailed map, road closures and the rest. Sunday, from 9.30am.

The Ghost Hunter

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Coming to the city that inspired it for one night only, the Ghost Hunter, a one-man play from Stewart Pringle, is at the Theatre Royal on Friday night as part of the TakeOver Festival 2013. The play has already been a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe and takes the form of a ghost walk guide regaling the audience with fearsome tales. With a running time of an hour, it follows a similar format to the ghost walks that it was based on.

Hallowscream

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This Friday and Saturday sees the first two nights of Hallowscream, York Maze’s Halloween experience. Features include hidden cameras which capture (and add to Facebook) your moments of terror and a bar named The Stumble Inn which promises “killer tunes”. Now that is terrifying.

Richard’s Book

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Now is not the winter of your discontent. From this weekend onwards you have a chance to view a 600-year-old manuscript which offers a fascinating glimpse into York’s relationship with Richard III at the Yorkshire Museum. This 15th century “House Book” details how the king used to flamboyantly prepare for his state visits as well as how city leaders felt about his untimely death. This display is part of the (year-long!) festivities entitled Richard the Third: Rumour and Reality.

Apple Sensations

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Photograph: Wikipedia

This weekend marks the end of Beningbrough Hall’s Apple Sensations festivities. The event, which has run for most of October, will round off on Sunday with a chance to press your own apples and taste what they say is “the freshest juice you’ll ever have had”.

Sixties Gold

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Whilst much of this weekend’s activities are geared towards fitness and fear fans, Sixties Gold celebrates a bygone age. Sixties musicians including those other Liverpool bands, Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Searchers, are on stage at the Barbican on Sunday evening. Also playing is Melody Maker’s 1964 teen idol award winner PJ Proby.