Six things to do in York this weekend: November 2 to 3, 2013

1 Nov 2013 @ 12.38 pm
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Is it just us, or does it feel properly autumnal now November’s here? Certainly this weekend’s events have a seasonal flavour, from ghostly cinema shows through autumnal markets to the Festival of Remembrance. But there a few timeless entertainments too…

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Alan Davies stands up


The man who plays dunce to Stephen Fry’s headmaster every week on QI is in fact a whip-smart stand up. Judge for yourself as he brings his Life Is Pain tour to York’s Barbican on Saturday.

Ellen Kent’s Aida


Opera is larger than life, and they don’t get much bigger than Aida, Verdi’s love story of war, jealousy and revenge. Pyrotechnic displays and lighting effects help bring producer Ellen Kent’s love of large scale productions to the Grand Opera House stage on Saturday, complete with stunning scenery depicting the splendour and mystery of ancient Egypt.

Hitchcock at the double


Halloween may have gone but it’s still scary season. Over at bar Thirteen Thirty One they’ve lined up a double bill of films featuring the master of suspense: the biopic Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins, and the “scream in the shower” classic Psycho. Sunday night, with nibbles.

Big autumn market

The Temperence Bar (Big Marquee- Sampson Square), a unique vintage mobile bar serving nostalgic classics.
The Temperence Bar (Big Marquee- Sampson Square), a unique vintage mobile bar serving nostalgic classics.

York’s Big Autumn Market finishes this weekend, selling arts and crafts food and drinks. A chance to get some of those Christmas pressies in the bag early?

Grown up comedy

Anyone with kids in the house will still be mourning the loss to CBBC of the best thing on it (along with Horrible Histories), presenter Iain Stirling. Now the naturally funny Scot is off the telly and in York as part of a Saturday Night Lounge comedy bill completed by Alex Boardman, Jason Cook and Dan Nightingale. At the Basement Bar.

Festival of Remembrance

Taken by Lauren Turner
Photo: Lauren Turner on Flickr

Always moving, the Festival of Remembrance a York Barbican on Sunday evening features The York Philharmonic Voice Choir, The Band of The Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Band and children from Rufforth Primary School.