16 things to do in York this weekend: Feb 28-March 1, 2015

27 Feb 2015 @ 2.30 pm
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Two world wars, one Jimmy Carr, a whole host of royals and a chance to escape it all – that’s how the weekend’s shaping up. Full listings, as always, in our incomparable What’s On guide

Living History weekend


It must be nearly spring if Eden Camp is hosting one of their World War II Living History Weekends. A fascinating family day out, this offers a chance to learn about the harsh realities of the war and talk to reenactors about the conditions of the front line within the only modern history museum of its type in the world. This Saturday, Feb 28 from 10am-5pm.

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More history with the Gild of Freemen of the City of York Open Day on Saturdayfull details here

…and make your own rainbow plaque for LGBT Month, also on Saturday afternoon

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde


The original case of being in two minds. Dr J and Mr H have taken over the undercroft at The Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, thanks to Theatre Mill, which stages drama in unusual locations. Not for the faint-hearted, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde runs till Sunday, March 22 at 7.30pm every day apart from Monday with 2.30pm matinees on Sat and Sun.

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Experience more melodrama as Reel Cinema screens Titanic on Friday, Feb 27 from 7.30-11.30pm

Friargate Theatre presents White Rabbit by Rise Theatre this Friday, Feb 27 from 7.30pm

Escape Club

Returning this weekend, the Escape Club is a night out for people who love dancing and having a great time with friends, but don’t really like clubs. “Many of our clubbers have kids and the dancing’s all
over by 12 so they can get home in time for the babysitter – although I suspect one or two go on into town!” says organiser Pete Kilbane. The Jam (see above) are on the playlistSat Feb 27 @ 8pm at the Crescent Club.

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The Vudu Lounge on Swinegate reopens with a new look on Friday, and entry is free before 2am. More here

Fibbers welcomes back York group Glamour of the Kill this Friday, Feb 27 from 7.30-10.30pm

Royals: Then and Now

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Prince Charles by Bryan Organ © National Portrait Gallery, London. Click to see a bigger image

The popular art exhibition Royals: Then and Now at Beningbrough Hall is back this weekend. They’ve brought in a whole new selection of portraits including Prince Charles by Bryan Organ and the suave 21st Birthday Portrait of Prince William by Mario Testino. Running from Saturday, Feb 28 through to Sunday, Nov 1 every day apart from Monday, 11am-5pm.

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Visit this Toy Fair at York Racecourse this Sunday, March 1 from 10am-2.30pm

Jimmy Carr


If you haven’t heard of Jimmy Carr, you haven’t been watching TV in Britain. A household name, Jimmy has made a living hosting Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats and live stand up. New show Funny Business combines musings on the human condition with toilet humour. This Friday, Feb 27 and Saturday 28 at The Grand Opera House, 8pm.

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More comedy with Josie Long at The Duchess, Friday Feb 27 7-9pm

Music of WWI


The University of York hosts this two-day music concert, Over here and Over There: the Music of World War One. Together with some free talks, panels and discussions there are The Soldier’s Tale, Friday Feb 27 at 9.30pm at Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall: a performance of Stravinsky’s classic 1918 composition and After the Lusitania Saturday, Feb 28 at 7.30pm featuring the University of York Chamber Orchestra (pictured above).

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This weekend kicks off the Late Music concert season. Catch contemporary, innovative classical performances throughout the year from Sat Feb 28 at locations across the city centre. Late Music Concert Listings

The National Centre for Early Music presents Jazz musician John Taylor this Saturday, Feb 28 from 7.30-9.30pm