42 things to do in York this weekend, May 13-14, 2017

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12 May 2017 @ 5.10 pm
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War – what is it good for? A family day out at Elvington, for one.

Also this weekend we have silent films, Eurovision parties, free tennis, ballet and beer. As always, York’s comprehensive guide to things do to in York is here.

Elvington At War

Photograph: Warbird Aviation

Re-enactors will bring the Yorkshire Air Museum to life this Saturday and Sunday, recreating the atmosphere of an operational wartime airbase. It is also a chance to see the museum’s unique Halifax Bomber, famously named “Friday the 13th” out of its hangar. More here

See also
Paulo’s Circus at Roko all weekend
Nature Activity Morning for 5 to 11 Year Olds at York Cemetery on Saturday
Children’s event: A Giant Called Tiny at Waterstones York on Saturday
The History Mystery Roadshow at Poppleton Library on Saturday
York Steiner School Spring Fair on Saturday

Eurovision parties

Graham Norton will be adding his commentary to the glitzy Eurovision events. Photograph: BBC/ So TV/ Christopher Baines/ Matt Burlem

OMG it’s only the Eurovision final on Saturday! If you fancy cheering UK entrant Lucie Jones on to an emphatic post-Brexit victory in Kiev, you could do so at a couple of Eurovision parties – at City Screen and at the Grey Horse, Elvington. Bon chance!

See also
Thank You For the Music at the Grand Opera House on Saturday
The Velma Celli Show at the Basement on Saturday
King of Pop – The Legend Continues at the Grand Opera House on Sunday
Simplyplustwo at The Nook on Saturday
Post War Glamour Girls at the Fulford Arms on Saturday
MC Devvo at Fibbers on Saturday
20th Century Choral Classics at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on Saturday
York Guildhall Orchestra Spring Concert at the York Barbican on Saturday
York City Gospel Choir Reunion Concert at Heworth Christ Church on Saturday
Moonshine Creek at the Volunteer Arms on Saturday
Audiosouls at the Ainsty on Saturday
Simon Hall at the Royal Oak on Saturday
Pure Magic Queen Tribute at the Acorn Rugby Club on Sunday
An Evening With Luke Haines at Fibbers on Sunday
The Jackobins at the Crescent on Sunday

Birmingham Royal Ballet


If your tastes are a little more refined, hotfoot it to York Theatre Royal. It welcomes the Birmingham Royal Ballet for two performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. Described as a sparkling triple bill, you can find out more here.

See also
Four Weddings and a Funeral: An Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Saturday
Shakespeare’s Henry IV: A Pub Wake at the Eagle & Child on Sunday
Believe: a trio of documentary plays investigating our post-truth world at the University of York till Saturday
Sonnet Walks from York Theatre Royal till May 20
St Leonard’s Hospice Ceilidh at Huntington Working Men’s Club on Saturday

Woolpack relaunch

The Woolpack Inn. Photograph: YorkMix

They are celebrating the return of the Woolpack Inn under the direct management of the local pub group which also runs the splendid Slip Inn and Volunteer Arms. So it’s party time this Saturday and Sunday with five hand-pull ales and a festival of live music. More here.

Silent Film Festival

A coloured still from the famous silent movie A Trip To The Moon

We’re in the middle of the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival, and this weekend it comes to York. There are two screenings at the National Centre For Early Music on Sunday. Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys is a collection of short fantasy films from the early days of cinema, followed by classic chiller The Lodger. More here.

Free tennis

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New balls please! It’s the Great British Tennis Weekend, courtesy of the Lawn Tennis Association. And two city sports centres – Energise and York Sport –are offering free sessions to players of all ages and experience on Saturdaymore here.

See also
Spring Plant Sale at Beningbrough Hall all weekend
Plant sale at Poppleton Community Railway Nursery on Saturday
Brunswick Spring Fest at Brunswick Organic Nursery on Sunday
Dawn Chorus Walk at Nether Poppleton Millennium Green on Sunday
Jorvik Boccia May Club Day at Burnholme Community College on Sunday
York RI Sailing Club Open Day in Bishopthorpe on Sunday
National Garden Scheme Open Day at Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens on Sunday
Guided walk: The History of York Cemetery at the cemetery on Sunday
Angelic Shadows Mind Body Spirit Fair at New Earswick Folk Hall

Costume exhibition

Photograph: Richard McDougall

If you saw a gaggle of Henry VIII wives and some teddy boys in York last week, this is why. The Northern College of Costume is holding a free exhibition of the work of its theatrical costumer students which finishes on Saturday. The detail is exquisite – more here.

See also
Ghost Hunting Event at York Dungeon on Saturday