Living North Christmas Fair
It’s a festival of festive festivities at York Racecourse till Sunday as 260 designers and makers offering all sorts of Christmas goodies descend on Knavesmire. Plus chef demonstrations, and probably a mince pie or two… More here.
Christmas at Treasurer’s House
Here’s a chance to see this wonderful house dressed in Edwardian gilded splendour, a time when it was home to last owner Frank Green. See the National Trust property shimmer in the glow of candles, admire the 9ft Christmas tree in the Great Hall then tuck into a Christmas pudding scone in the café. Open Thurs-Sun till December 18 – more here.
Battle Of The Somme
Shot on the battlefield over a fortnight by two cameramen, this film shows the build up to the fateful First World War battle, the battle itself and its immediate aftermath. This free screening on Sunday from 2pm at the National Centre for Early Music is one of a number of Remembrance Service events in the city: more here.
Jools brings his rhythm and blues orchestra back to the Barbican on Saturday and Sunday night. Vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall return, and there’s a new singer in the line up, soulful gospel singer Beth Rowley. More here.
Objects of Terror!
Be prepared to be amazed and horrified as the curtain is lifted on the inmates of Victorian lunatic asylums and their ‘mad doctors’. Witness these human marvels with your very own eyes as they triumph over adversity, persecution and the judgement of men! This show is brought to York Theatre Royal till Saturday by Out of Character, a community of actors who have all accessed mental health services. More here.
Community apple pick
A morning of apple picking, hosted by Abundance York, an urban harvesting project which finds fruit that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes it to charities or community groups. Join the outdoor fun at the Dormouse Pub on Shipton Road, pick the apples, and drink the fresh juice made with the traditional press. Saturday from 10am – more here.