29 things to do in York this weekend, April 23 and 24 2016

Photograph: Festival of Vintage on Facebook
22 Apr 2016 @ 2.20 pm
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mix-six-logo-2016Fashions old and new vie for our attention this weekend. Elsewhere the Theatre Royal has re-opened and there’s dancing in the streets… See the full lowdown in our What’s On Guide


Festival of Vintage

Photograph: Festival of Vintage on Facebook
From the M&S archive… Photograph: Festival of Vintage on Facebook

This two-day festival will feature vintage music, dance and fashion, and the team from the M&S Company Archive will showcase some of their amazing fashion from decades past. There’ll be live music from 1930s to the 1960s, fashion parades, displays, dancing, classic vehicles and 150 vintage exhibitors. At York Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm full details here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Shaping The Body Castle Museum Daily
York Historic Towns Atlas Study Day King’s Manor Sat 9.15am – 4.30pm
A Century of Shoes Fairfax House, Castlegate Daily
Service with Style National Railway Museum Daily
Stunts, Speed and Style National Railway Museum Daily
Happy birthday Beningbrough! Beningbrough Hall Daily

Fashion City York

Photograph: Fashion City York
If you love fashion, you’re in the right place. Photograph: Fashion City York

York Fashion Weekend, from Friday through to Sunday, features all sorts of ab fab events and shopping offers. The marquee in Parliament Street houses the Fashion Village and a stage which is the place to be for a variety of fashion shows, demonstrations, workshops and makeovers. Here’s the full list of events, and go here for a sneak preview.

Brideshead reopens the Theatre Royal

Take a trip back to 1943 and beyond...
Take a trip back to 1943 and beyond…

Celebrate the Theatre Royal reopening with a world premiere. Bryony Lavery’s sparkling reimagining of Brideshead Revisited is being performed daily from 7.30pm – 10pm at York Theatre Royal. Past and present blur as Charles recalls those heady days at Brideshead as Lord and Lady Marchmain and their offspring, Julia, Cordelia, Bridey and Sebastian Flyte, re-emerge… More.

More shows

Event Venue Time
Pericles, Prince of Tyre Upstage Centre Youth Theatre Sat @ 2pm and 7pm
Tell Me On A Sunday Grand Opera House Fri @ 7.30pm
The Thankful Village Haxby Memorial Hall Sun @ 7:30pm
Saturday Night Lounge The Duchess Sat @ 8pm

The Carpenters’ Story



This award-winning production at 7:30pm on Sunday at the Grand Opera House features the stunning vocals of international star Claire Furley as Karen Carpenter, and lavish arrangements from eight live musicians. Includes the classics (They Long To Be) Close To You, We’ve Only Just Begun, Yesterday Once More and Top of the World. Here’s more.

More music

Event Venue Time
The Magic of Motown Grand Opera House Sat @ 7:30pm
Buddy Holly’s Winter Dance Party York Barbican Sat @ 7:30pm
An evening of music with the Shepherd Group Concert Brass Band St Andrew’s Church, Bishopthorpe Sat @ 7:30pm
Double Edge York Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Crowded South Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Rozi Plain The Crescent Community Venue Sun @ 7:30
Flora Greysteel EP Launch Fulford Arms Sun @ 7:30
Roger Davies The Basement Sun @ 8pm

National Day Of Dance


Between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturday, you’ll be able to see more than 50 morris dance groups at various spots within the city walls. The National Day of Dance takes place in a different part of the country each year and showcases the variety of styles, traditions, costumes and music that make up morris dancing – more here.

More outdoors

Event Venue Time
Buskathon in aid of Jessie’s Fund City centre Sat @ 11am-3pm
Guided bike ride Rowntree Park Sun @ 10am

Art in the cemetery

Some of the artworks on display in the chapel. Photograph: York Open Studios on Facebook
Some of the artworks on display in the chapel. Photograph: York Open Studios on Facebook

As part of the second York Open Studios weekend, several artists display their work in the chapel at York Cemetery. Artworks include figurative sculpture by Marzena Madziag, and paintings by Cathy Denford and Leslie Williams. Saturday and Sundaymore here.

More art and exhibitions

Event Venue Time
David & Sarah Cemmick Exhibition Pyramid Gallery Daily
Life Stills Lotte Inch Gallery Daily
Burma: A Brief Glimpse [Exhibition] Spring Espresso Daily