35 things to do in York this weekend – May 12-13 2018

11 May 2018 @ 4.35 pm
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A diva in drag, Eurovision, bomber crews and free entry to an arboretum? Now that’s what we call a weekend…

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

Against The Odds – RAF At War Weekend

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With re-enactors on site, it will feel like you’ve travelled back in time to when this was a Halifax bomber base doing its brave bit to liberate Europe. There’s a Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane flypast planned for Saturday too.
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York International Market on Parliament Street till Sunday
Yarn Shop Day! at the York Makery on Saturday
Frank Green’s special ‘by appointment’ tours at Treasurer’s House on Saturday
Lou Lou’s York Vintage Fair at York Barbican on Sunday
Door 84’s Family Fun Day on Sunday
Family Fun Day at Holy Redeemer Church on Sunday

Long before RuPaul made it the stuff of cult TV, York’s own Velma was a drag diva. In this weekend of camp glam (see Eurovision, below) this is an intimate evening like no other…

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The Be All & End All at York Theatre Royal till May 19
The Kite Runner at the Grand Opera House till Saturday
Light Music for Springtime at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
Joe Lycett: I’m About To Lose Control And I Think Joe Lycett at the Grand Opera House on Sunday

The Yorkshire Arboretum, on the Castle Howard estate, describes itself as “a glorious 120 acre garden of trees from across the globe”. A perfect spot for a spring leg stretch, it’s free this Saturday to anyone who lives in a YO postcode.
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Poppleton Community Railway Nursery sale day on Saturday
York Music Centre Summer Saturdays at Rowntree Park on Saturday
Annual plant sale at Beninbrough Hall on Saturday
Springfest at Brunswick Nursery on Sunday
The History of York Cemetery on Sunday

Have their been two dafter men in history? (Discounting Donald and Boris of course). Enjoy three of Laurel and Hardy’s funniest films as the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival comes to York.

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Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans at the National Centre For Early Music on Sunday

Fab frocks, mad dancing, and the strangest lyrics this side of a Captain Beefheart album – Eurovision is a great way to spend a sequined Saturday night. And they’re planning a multilingual party on Micklegate if you care to sashay that way.

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York Record Fair at the Basement on Saturday
Sing Easy ABBA York at Tang Hall Community Centre on Saturday
Charity Poker Night in aid of Candlelighters at the Black Bull on Saturday
Swansongs at the Black Swan Inn on Saturday
Laurence Jones at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
Jess Simpson live at the DoubleTree by Hilton on Saturday
The Infernos at Huntington WMC on Saturday
Moonshine Creek at the Volunteer Arms on Saturday
Blondie & Lady Gaga Tribute Show at Acorn Rugby Club on Sunday
Travelin’ Band at the Inn On The Green on Sunday
Lower Than Atlantis at Fibbers on Sunday
Damo Suzuki + Neuschlaufen at the Crescent on Sunday

She supposedly predicted everything from the Great Fire of London to the end of the world. And for a few weeks old Ma S has left her cave and taken up residency in the Dungeon. So what will she see in your future?

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Hell’s Circus in the Bigtop at Roko York on Saturday