30 things to do in York this weekend, September 26-27 2015

25 Sep 2015 @ 3.41 pm
| Entertainment
mix-six-logo-rightYorkshire bands for Yorkshire people in a Yorkshire venue – a new music festival comes to town with its white rose banners proudly unfurled. And for non-musos, there’s trains, champions, cherries – and the last slice of this year’s food festival. What’s On Guide



Yorkshire’s very own Pigeon Detectives, The Sunshine Underground and The Sherlocks headline a new one-day music festival on Saturday at York Racecourse As well as a packed main stage, there are also fantastic food outlets, a good range of bars and the heard once and never forgotten Irie Vibes group. More

More Music

Event Venue Time
York’s Little Festival Of Live Music Parliament Street Sat & Sun @ 5pm-9pm
Mod, Ska & Northern Soul All Dayer The Ainsty Sat @ 2pm-1am
The Complete Stone Roses Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
The Upbeat Beatles Barbican Sat @ 7.30pm
These And The Other Guy Kennedy’s Sun @ 7pm
Ben Ottewall The Duchess Sun @ 7.30pm

York 50+ Festival

Tap dancing at Poppleton Road Memorial Hall. Photograph: York 50+ Festival
Tap dancing at Poppleton Road Memorial Hall. Photograph: York 50+ Festival

With a successful ten-year track record, York 50+ Festival is now firmly on the city’s calendar for citizens and visitors to enjoy, with this year’s programme topping 150 free events over nine days, including this Saturday and Sunday at various venues across the city. You can try everything from yoga and photography to quilting and drumming. More

More community events

Event Venue Time
New Earswick Nature Reserve open day New Earswick Nature Reserve Sat @ noon-4pm
Holgate Mill Open Weekend Holgate Windmill Sat + Sun @ 11am

York Food & Drink Festival

Last weekend of the food jamboree. Photograph: Katy Sandalls
Last weekend of the food jamboree. Photograph: Katy Sandalls

The theme for this year’s festival is Food in Words & Pictures, so expect lots of chef art demonstrations, a festival cookery book and photography and poetry competitions across various venues around Parliament Street on Saturday and Sunday as well as the usual markets, cookery classes and free sampling. Here are our top festival choices.

More Food & Drink Fest

Event Venue Time
Field And Fawcett Wine Fair The Guildhall Sat @ 6.30pm
Gintastic Festival Priory Street Centre Sat from 12.30pm
The Chocolate City Chocolate Fair The Guildhall Sat & Sun
Le Cochon Aveugle Demonstration Parliament Street Sun @ 1pm
The Greedy Wordsmith Demonstration Parliament Street Sun @ noon

Destination Stations

Coming into the modern era, York station in 1987
York station in 1987

Remarkable photographs from the archives of the National Railway Museum show the changing face of York Railway Station in a dynamic new exhibition on Saturday and Sunday. Destination Stations, which runs until January, is a free-entry collection that takes visitors on a journey through the evolving architectural history of Britain’s railway stations, chronologically exploring their changing roles and appearances. See our full feature here

More history & exhibitions

Event Venue Time
BBC History Magazine’s York History Weekend Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Fri-Sun
Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives Treasurer’s House Daily from 11am
1914: When The World Changed Forever Castle Museum Daily
Brilliant Brands York’s Chocolate Story Daily from 10am
Luxury Shopping In Georgian Britain Fairfax House Daily from 10am

Challenge a world champion

Lining up a shot at the Fulford Arms
Lining up a shot at the Fulford Arms

It’s not every day you get to meet a world champion – and then challenge him to a game. That’s your opportunity at the Golden Ball in York on Saturday (2pm-10pm) when reigning bar billiards champ Dave Ingram will take you on for a donation to St Leonard’s Hospice. Full details here.
World champion celebrates astonishing revival of pub game in York

More charity events

Event Venue Time
Macmillan Coffee Morning YUMI Garden Sat @ 10.30am

The Cherry Orchard

The Cherry Orchard – a timeless classic. Photograph: Michael J Oakes
The Cherry Orchard – a timeless classic. Photograph: Michael J Oakes

The Cherry Orchard arrives in York over 15 years since the last production (staged at the Theatre Royal) and just weeks after director Michael Billington included it in his personal list of 101 most important plays. York Settlement Community Players’ production promises to bring out the humour in Chekhov’s tragi-comedy as director Helen Wilson cites the host of colourful characters who are grappling with change, both social and financial. Saturday & Sunday, Friargate Theatremore here.

More shows

Event Venue Time
David Gest’s (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life Tour Barbican Sun @ 7pm
Casting calls: York Minster Mystery Plays St William’s College Sun @ 1pm
You Should Be Dancin’ Jo Ro Theatre Sun @ 3.30pm
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 7pm
Oktoberfest 3D [Cinema] Basement Bar Sun @ 1.45pm