31 things to do in York this weekend, May 20-21, 2017

William Shakespeare, by a cast of three
19 May 2017 @ 5.19 pm
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Some crafty bargains, a hysterical take on Will Shakespeare, behind the scenes on the railways and a big pub knees-up – what will tempt you this weekend?

As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

York Makers Spring Fair

Photograph: Gembobs Crafts

All sorts of beautiful, unique and quirky items for sale, created by some very nimble-fingered crafters. And there’s a cafe too; at Clements Hall on Saturday. More here

See also
Vintage and Retro Fair at Heworth Church Hall on Saturday
PlantFest at Askham Bryan College on Saturday
Saturday Car Boot Sale at Knavesmire on Saturday

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play

William Shakespeare, by a cast of three

Old Bill Shakespeare is not always a barrel of laughs – just ask that old moper Hamlet. But in the hands of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, he certainly is. In this production, they claim to have discovered his first ever play, featuring all the characters we know and love… At the Grand Opera House on Saturdaymore here.

See also
Legally Blonde – The Musical at Joseph Rowntree Theatre till Saturday
Bloody, Bold and Resolute at the Bowland Auditorium on Saturday
Ben Johnson’s Volpone at Rowntree Park on Saturday and Sunday
Laugh Out Loud Comedy at the Basement on Saturday
‘Except we Teach’: A Book Launch with Alan Gillott at York Explore on Sunday

NYMR family weekend

Point taken… Photograph: NYMR

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to run a steam railway – and which red-blooded, pipe-smoking English dad hasn’t? – now’s your chance to find out. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is holding their first family weekend on Saturday and Sunday, giving you the chance to look behind the scenes at Pickering, Goathland and other stations. More here

See also
Mystery On The Rails at the National Railway Museum till September
Paulo’s Circus at Roko on Saturday and Sunday
Open Weekend At Holgate Windmill on Saturday
Clifton Backies Pond Dipping on Saturday
Royal Signals Reunion Day at Eden Camp on Sunday
Dialysis Games 2017 at York St John University Sports Centre on Sunday

Ten years at the Ainsty

The Ainsty on Boroughbridge Road, York. Photograph © Google Street View

The Ainsty on Boroughbridge Road is one of the great stalwarts of York’s live music scene – as well as being a nifty place for a pint and good food. That’s down to your hosts Wendi and Dave, who celebrate their tenth year at the helm with a big party on Saturday. There’s a live band of course – this time it’s those rocking mods Melting Pot. More here

See also
The Rifles at the Crescent on Saturday
Slydigs at Fibbers on Saturday
Stillingfleet Beer & Music Festival at Stillingfleet Village Institute on Saturday
Qujaku at Dusk on Saturday
Guilty Pleasures at the Woolpack on Saturday
Naked Eye at Victoria Vaults on Saturday
Click To Play at the Edinburgh Arms on Saturday
Vinyl Reggae Sunday at the Spread Eagle on Sunday
Romanian Animal Rescue Fundraiser at the Post Office Club on Sunday
Sing For Spring at All Saints Pavement on Saturday
Lux Aeterna – Prima Vocal Ensemble at St Michael le Belfrey on Saturday

Viking: Rediscover The Legend

Prof Alice Roberts, pictured with the York Helmet at the exhibition. Photograph: Anthony Chappel-Ross

For the first time the British Museum and York Museums Trust have combined the best of their Viking collections in one exhibition. At the just-opened Viking: Rediscover The Legend you can get up close to some amazing millennium-old treasures – and be transported to a Viking camp courtesy of virtual reality masks. At the Yorkshire Museum until November – more here.

See also
Chocolate: York’s Sweet Past at York Castle Museum till January