36 things to do in York this weekend, March 25-26 2017

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24 Mar 2017 @ 3.26 pm
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Step into spring this Mother’s Day weekend with beautiful plants for the garden and interior designs for the home. Whether you’re taking your mum to see Marc Almond or the Chimpanzees of Happytown, you are sure to have a happening weekend.

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Spring Open Day and Plant Sale

A remarkable corner of York – the Poppleton Community Railway Nursery. Photograph: Richard McDougall

The unique Poppleton Community Railway Nursery opens up for spring, and its plant sale gives everyone the perfect opportunity to buy Mother’s Day gifts at bargain prices. Or just enjoy a cuppa and a cake. On Saturday from 10ammore here.

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Badsworth & Bramham Moor Hunt Point to Point at Askham Bryan College on Saturday

Rev Richard Coles in Conversation

Rocker turned preacher Richard Coles

It’s the final weekend of a cracking York Literature Festival. One of the star turns is Richard Coles talking about how his life of drugs and rock and roll as a member of chart-topping duo The Communards turned on its head when he became a reverend and Radio 4 presenter. He is in conversation at St Peter’s School on Sunday at 6pm. More here

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How To Get Published: One-Day Creative Writing Conference at Temple Hall in St John’s University only on Saturday
Apples and Snakes – Read Our Lips 12 Hour Filmpoem Challenge at the York Theatre Royal on Saturday
CoderDojo York at Clifton Green Primary School on Saturday
Jane Austen’s Ladies of a Certain Age at Clements Hall on Saturday
Cinnamon Press- World War 1 Writers at the York Explore Library and Archive on Saturday
York Museum Trust Book Club – The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild at York Art Gallery on Saturday
Apples and Snakes – Read Our Lips Public Performance at York Theatre Royal on Saturday
Rosie Jackson: The Glass Mother York Explore Library and Archive on Sunday
Cinema York Literature Festival – Chocolat at De Grey Rooms on Sunday
York Literature Festival / York Mix Poetry Competition Results at the Friargate Theatre on Sunday

Marc Almond


We can be sure that this flamboyant honorary Yorkshireman will put on quite a show this Sunday at the York Barbican. This tour celebrates the 60th year of Marc Almond – and there are still tickets up for grabs at the time of publication. More here

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Buddy- The Buddy Holly Story at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
Soul Provision at the Golden Ball York on Saturday
LUUNA. The Moonflower EP launch. at the Crescent Community Venue on Saturday
Sam Bailey at the York Barbican on Saturday
Sack Sabbath at Fibbers: Live Music Venue on Saturday
Duncan Reid and The Big Heads The Fuckwits The Twistettes At the Fulford Arms on Saturday
York Symphony Orchestra Concert at Sir Jack Lyon’s Concert Hall on Saturday
Miss D’Mina at Ainsty York on Saturday
Grove Ninjas at the Acorn Rugby Club on Saturday
Tube Jerk / Ford Foster / Esther Ofei / Leo Clayton at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
Thomas Truax at the Fulford Arms on Sunday

Living North Live

Photograph: Living North on Facebook

Lots of interior design ideas to inspire your spring spruce-up at this three-day event – plus a food hall full of delicious treats. Look out too for chances to learn anything from up-cycling to photography. At the York Racecourse any time from 10am-4pm this weekend . More here

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Spring into the Year 2017 at the Tang Hall Community Centre on Saturday
Dunnington Beer Festival at the Reading Rooms on Saturday
Mother’s Day at Beningbrough Hall at the Beningbrough Hall and Gardens on Sunday
Spring Showcase at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Sunday

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Ready to put a smile on your face – The Chimpanzees of Happy Town

The Chimpanzees of Happytown will be coming to York to liven up every kid’s day on Sunday. The story of Chutney the Chimp is brought to life with music and storytelling; perfect for families with little ones looking for a different way to spend time together on Mother’s Day. Shows at 11.30pm and 1.30pm at the National Centre for Early Music: more here

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Goodnight Mister Tom at 41 Monkgate until Sunday
Annie at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre until Saturday
A Baroque Holy Week at York Minster on Saturday
‘Water Night’ by the Micklegate Singers at the National Centre for Early Music on Saturday
Voicing the Water – Public Poetry Reading at St Olave’s Church Hall on Sunday