23 things to do in York this weekend, October 17-18, 2015

16 Oct 2015 @ 5.08 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightThe start of the spooky season brings ghosts to the maze and pumpkins on the streets. There are also nerds, geeks and chocolate. Full listings in our What’s On Guide.


A smiley face at Hallowscream
A smiley face at Hallowscream

Aarggh! It’s back! YorkMix went round the scary haunted houses at York Maze last year and ended up running in a blind panic through the fields. Great fun – but don’t have nightmares… Till October 31more here.

More spooky stuff

Event Venue Time
Body Snatchers York Dungeon Daily

World record attempt

Pumpkin carving crazy… Photograph: York Dungeon
Pumpkin carving crazy… Photograph: York Dungeon

Join York Dungeon in their attempt to create the longest line of carved pumpkins in history. They need to get 1,511 to impress those Guinness World Records types. On Saturday from 10.30ammore here.

More family fun

Event Venue Time
Autumn Festival Nunnington Hall Till Sun
Charity Fun Day Railway Institute Sun @ 2pm-5pm

Festival of the Spoken Nerd


Stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, experiments maestro Steve ‘Danger’ Mould (ITV1 I Never Knew That About Britain) and geek songstress Helen Arney (BBC2 Coast) mix astonishing science with statistically significant comedy at the Barbican on Saturdaymore here.

More shows and geeky events

Event Venue Time
GeekFest 2015 York University Sat & Sun
Jesus Christ Superstar Grand Opera House Till Sat
It’s Dance Time Jo Ro Theatre Sat @ 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm

Empire Records Night

Don't they look young? The Empire Records cast
Don’t they look young? The Empire Records cast

Empire Records was the 1995 coming of age film which starred a young Renée Zellweger and Liv Tyler among others. The much-loved movie is being shown as part of a fundraising night for York Mind, which will be followed by York musicians doing covers of the soundtrack. On Sunday at 7pm, Fulford Armsmore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
Oxjam Takeover 2015 Various Sat from 4pm
Duke Special [Music] Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm
Folk Night Golden Ball Sun @ 8.30pm
Ian Kay’s Soul Dream Edinburgh Arms Sun @ 4pm
Hello Earth Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm

Chocolate Week

Spartan was all hard centres. The box features a typical art deco style image
The Spartan assortment is one of a range of chocolate boxes on display at Goddards

Chocolate Week ends this Sunday, so there’s still time to get yourself over to Goddards to follow the choccie trail, have a go at chocolate box making and challenge your tastebuds in a blind tasting. Till Sundaymore here.

More food

Event Venue Time
York Farmers’ Market Murton Sat @ 9am-noon

Inspired in York

A vampire in glass – now on display
A vampire in glass – now on display

The team at Arts York, a website for culture vultures, have emerged from cyberspace to curate an art exhibition. Inspired In York features works from a diverse range of artists, including illustrators, painters and a stained glass artist. At Plastic Fortune Studios, Stonebow House till October 22more here.

More exhibitions

Event Venue Time
Giuliana Lazzerini Exhibition Blue Tree Gallery Daily
1914: When The World Changed Forever Castle Museum Daily
Brilliant Brands Chocolate Story Daily
Power And Glory: York In The Time Of Henry VIII Bedern Hall Daily
Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives Treasurer’s House Daily