24 things to do in York this weekend, November 14-15, 2015

Ready to relax in York's comedy lounge – Phil Wang
13 Nov 2015 @ 3.34 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightGifts and goodies at the racecourse, Jools and the gang at the Barbican, dancing, comedy and history… Full details in our What’s On Guide

Living North Christmas Fair

A festively dressed stand at the Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse
A festively dressed stand at the Living North Christmas Fair at York Racecourse

There’s no avoiding the C-word now. As the big day hurtles towards us (six weeks and counting), head over to the big Christmas Fair at the racecourse. More than 260 exhibitors are showing off their gift ideas, and their are book signings and chef demos. Sat & Sunmore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Sat @ 10am-12pm
Bishopthorpe Playgroup Toy Fair Bishopthorpe Junior School Sat @ 10am-12pm
Hearts & Crafts St Bede’s Pastoral Centre Sat @ 11am-4pm

Spotlight on… York Explore

Inside York Explore
Inside York Explore

There’s a lot of history inside the York Explore library, especially now the city archives are kept here. But the site itself has loads of history too. As part of the Explore Your Archive week, learn all about it with Colin Sheppard of the Association of Voluntary Guides, and take a tour of the building and Mint Yard complex. Saturday from 10ammore here.

Explore York’s archives – and Britain’s democracy – with a week of free events

More free library events

Event Venue Time
Spotlight on…the Hunt collection York Explore Sat @ 12.30pm
Spotlight on…Crime and Punishment in the Archives York Explore Sat @ 3pm
Spotlight on…Vicars, Vickers and Viscounts York Explore Sat @ 4.15pm
Amnesty Human Rights Workshop York Explore Sun @ 2pm

Jools Holland at the Barbican

Jools and the gang
Jools and the gang

It takes a big band to fill the Barbican with sound, and Jools has just that. And alongside his 20-piece rhythm and blues orchestra are special guests Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson from The Selecter. Sat at 7.30pmmore here.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm
Go West, Nik Kershaw & T’Pau Grand Opera House Sat @ 7.30pm
UFO Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Sounds of Philadelphia & Motown Barbican Sun @ 7.30pm
Dennis Rollins’ Velocity Trio NCEM Sun @ 7.30pm
Tuff Love Fulford Arms Sun @ 7.30pm
Beth McCarthy The Ainsty Sat @ 9pm
Arcane Roots Fibbers Sun @ 7.30pm
Emperor Ming The Black Horse Sat @ 9pm

Viva La Dance


Those talented youngsters from Evelyn Witcombe School of Dance return for her 47th annual showcase. Expect dance of every style, from ballet and tap to acrobatic and Irish, including a special armed forces themed number to mark Remembrance Sunday.

More dance

Event Venue Time
1940s Dance Huntington WMC Sat @ 7pm

Stand up with Phil Wang

Ready to relax in York's comedy lounge – Phil Wang
Ready to relax in York’s comedy lounge – Phil Wang

Some class stand-ups at The Duchess at this week’s Hyena Lounge comedy club. Headliner Phil Wang is fresh from The John Bishop Show, The Rob Brydon Show and BBC Three At The Fringe, while Alun Cochrane brings his own brand of Yorkshire observation back to York. Saturday from 8pmmore here.

Pirates Of Penzance

Kevin Kline in the 1983 film adaptation of the Pirates Of Penzance


Can you put on a show in just 48 hours flat? That’s what the University of York Gilbert & Sullivan Society are planning to do, with Modern Major General operetta The Pirates Of Penzance – sounds like fun, and money raised goes to Facial Palsy. On Sunday at 7.30pmmore here.

More fundraising

Event Venue Time
Pet Service Copmanthorpe Methodist Church Sat @ 2pm
Evening of Entertainment Clement’s Hall Sat from 6.30pm