Music new and old, comedy, theatre, a horrid child and his clever creator all abound in York this weekend. Check out our full What’s On guide for more…
York Folk Weekend
York’s acoustic music jamboree the City of York Folk Festival is ready to roll! This year’s free festival sees live entertainment in almost every corner of the historic Black Swan Inn on Peasholme Green. Boss Caine, pictured above, joins the likes of likes of John Storey, David Swann, Stan Graham and Steve Kendraat. Starts 8pm Friday, 12 noon Saturday – Sunday.
Francesca Simon and Horrid Henry
Popular children’s author Francesca Simon will be visiting Waterstones this Saturday, June 7. She will be available to sign her infamous Horrid Henry books, and is also celebrating the release of her newest addition: Horrid Henry’s Krazy Ketchup from 1pm onwards. You may even catch a glimpse of Henry himself!
Escape to the country this Sunday, June 8 for a family romp through the Yorkshire wilds. There’ll be face painting, bouncy castles, a miniature railway and even some fun dog shows. Starting at Askham Bryan College from 10.30am.
York New Musicals Festival
Ever wanted to know what Jane Austen might have sang in a West End musical? Or imagined Tale of Two Cities onstage? Well look no further as York New Musical Festival opens its doors this weekend with Kelpie: A Folk-rock Musical, which delves into the darker side of celtic fairy tales. This Sunday, June 8 at Upstage Youth Theatre from 7.30pm.
Young Mystery Plays
Join three youth theatre groups as they interpret bible stories slightly differently. Written by novelist and YorkMix blogger Helen Cadbury, the Mystery Plays for Our Age are a creative way to explore modern moral dilemmas. The plays Josie’s Bicycle and Not From Round Here are being performed in St Helen’s and St Olave’s Churches on Friday, June 6 – Sunday 8 at various times between 2 and 7pm.
Comedy with Robin Ince
Robin Ince started off his career as a writer for popular comedy shows such as Meet Ricky Gervais and Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression before moving on to stand up. In his latest show he tackles everything from quantum physics to the world’s worst books. This Sunday, June 8 at the Basement Bar from 7pm.