31 things to do in York this weekend, November 21-22 2015

Gifts galore at the St Nick's Fair. Photograph: Chloe Gaughan
20 Nov 2015 @ 2.29 pm
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mix-six-logo-rightTis the season to start shopping, tra la la la la. La la la. Laaaa… And skating. Escape festive fever with trips to the archives, the theatre or a gig. Full details in our What’s On Guide

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Born slippy… the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet
Born slippy… the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet

Days after York switched on its lights and St Nicholas Fair began trading, York Designer Outlet gets in on the Christmas act. Back with a winter wonderland including an Ice Factor skating rink, there’s also a heated alpine-themed chalet serving refreshments. Opens Saturdaymore here.

More festive fun

Event Venue Time
Christmas Fete De Grey Rooms Sat @ 10am-4pm
Christmas Craft Fair Acomb Explore Sat @ 9am-4pm
The Keeping of Christmas Fairfax House Daily except Mondays
1920s Christmas Experience Nunnington Hall Daily 11am-4pm
Bach’s Cantata 140, Sleepers, wake York Minster Sun @ 4pm

St Nicholas Fair

Gifts galore at the biggest ever St Nick's. Photograph: Chloe Gaughan
Gifts galore at the biggest ever St Nick’s. Photograph: Chloe Gaughan

They’ve given traders new chalets, there are more of them and they’ll be here for longer – it’s the biggest St Nicholas Fair ever. No massive rush then, but it is the first weekend so time to scope out the shopping on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Squaremore here.

More shopping

Event Venue Time
Made Locally With Love Merchant Adventurers’ Hall Sun @ 11am-4.30pm
Polly Perkins True Vintage Market Shambles Market Sun @ 10am-5pm
York Farmers’ Market York Auction Centre Sat @ 9am-noon
Dolls House & Miniatures Fair York Racecourse Sun @ 10.30am-4pm
Table-Top Sale & Christmas Crafts Dunnington Reading Rooms Sat @ 9.30am-12.30pm

Sunset Boulevard

The cast of Sunset Boulevard. Photograph: New Earswick Musicals
The cast of Sunset Boulevard. Photograph: New Earswick Musicals

Based on the classic 1950 film, this musical adaptation tells the story of Joe Gillis, a failing Hollywood screenwriter, and his relationship with faded movie star Norma Desmond. Brought to Joseph Rowntree Theatre by New Earswick Musicals it runs till Saturdaymore here.

More theatre

Event Venue Time
The Importance Of Being Earnest Grand Opera House Till Sat
Confirmation Fleeting Arms Till Sat 7.30pm
Absurd Person Singular Escrick Village Hall Till Sat

Kids explore York archives

Open to all… the York archives
Open to all… the York archives

This weekend brings to a close a week-long series of Explore Your Archive events. Children between eight and 12 are invited to look for photos and solve clues at York Explore library. Sat & Sun 9am-5pmmore here.

More history

Event Venue Time
Fishergate 1914-1918 York Cemetery Sat @ 10am-4pm
Behind the Scenes at the Archive York Explore Sun 11am-2pm
History Behind the Headlines York Explore Sun @ 1pm-4pm

Gervase Phinn

In York… Gervase Phinn
In York… Gervase Phinn

One of Britain’s best loved comic writers Gervase Phinn introduces his latest book A Lesson In Love, his new tale of life in the Dales. He will also sign copies after the talk, at York Explore on Saturday, from 2pm-4pmmore here.

More humour

Event Venue Time
Saturday Night Lounge Duchess Sat @ 8pm

Songs by candlelight


There’ll be few more atmospheric events this weekend than the two performances by choral group Albion. Not only are their two performances in one of York’s hidden gems – Holy Trinity, Goodramgate – they will be lit by candlelight. On Saturday at 4pm then 6pmmore here.


Event Venue Time
Lullaby – the Singing Bowl York Minster Sat @ 7.30pm
King No-One Fibbers Sat @ 7.30pm
Doomed Nymph Basement Bar Sat @ 8pm
Andy Sheppard Quartet NCEM Sun @ 7.15pm
Ezee Goin Edinburgh Arms Sat @ 9pm
Glam Rock Tribute Acorn Rugby Club Sat @ 9pm
Aftermath Ainsty Sat @ 9pm
Punk Show Fulford Arms Sun @ 7.30pm