29 things to do in York this weekend, February 3-4 2018

The brilliant artwork for this year's York LGBT History Month

Fun and games at the racecourse, LGBT History, sport and shopping head up our weekend round-up.

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

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The York Wargames Society calls this, with admirable restraint, ‘Arguably the best wargames show held in York in the first weekend in February’. With three floors of traders, demo games and chances to join in, it’s a lively day out for gamers of all ages.
Sun February 4 @ 10:00 am-4:00 pm
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Friends of Ferguson Indoor Vintage Tractor Show at Langlands Garden Centre on Saturday @ 10am

York LGBT History Month Day of Talks

LGBT History Month has just kicked off in York, and there’s a very lively programme of events. The talks today cover subjects ranging from gay fiction to mental health to ‘love, law and liberty’.
Sat February 3 @ 9:00 am-5:00 pm
York Explore Library and Archive
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York LGBT Coffee Morning at Yorkshire Mesmac on Saturday @ 10am
LGBTQ does Ceramics! at Rainbows Ceramics on Saturday @ 12pm

England have just lost the Ashes down under – wonder if Geoffrey Boycott will have anything to say about that? Here the former England opener is in conversation with his Test Match Special colleague Jonathan Agnew – and you can text in your question. Bowl them a googly!
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Bowls Taster Session at New Earswick Bowls Club on Sunday @ 12pm

If you are thinking of sprucing up your wardrobe for spring, head down to the Basement for some retro fashion bargains. From floral tops to football shirts there’s likely to be something that appeals.
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Haxby & Wigginton Scout Group Winter Fair on Saturday @ 10.30am
Wheldrake Jumble Sale on Saturday @ 1pm
Food Circle Pop-up Organic Farm Shop at Derwenthorpe on Sunday @ 9.30am
Friends of Ferguson Indoor Vintage Tractor Show at Langlands Garden Centre

Everything a George Michael fan could want, with songs from both his Wham and solo years, as well as masks and T-shirt giveaways. Will you win? You gotta have faith…
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A Band Called Malice at the Victoria Vaults on Saturday @ 7pm
Joe Brown at the Grand Opera House on Saturday @ 7.30pm
Barry Hyde at the Crescent on Saturday @ 7.30pm
Bangarang at the Woolpack on Saturday @ 8pm
Northern Riots at the Spread Eagle on Saturday @ 8pm
Small Screen & Friends at the Bootham Tavern on Saturday @ 8pm
Tom & Chris @ the Walnut Tree, Heworth, @ 8.30pm
Pinx Tinker at the Roman Bath on Saturday @ 9pm
The Mothers at the Inne om the Green on Sunday @ 5pm

Swan Lake

A full orchestra, outstanding soloists and a classically trained company – it all adds up to an evening of magic in the company of the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet.
Sat February 3 @ 7:30 pm
York Barbican
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Free Willy, the pantomime on Sunday @ 2.30pm
Jack & The Beanstalk at York Theatre Royal on Saturday @ 7.30pm

Fast and furious wordplay returns as Say Owt hits the ground slamming. Special guest Sara Hirsch took third place in the World Slam and has performed at Glastonbury too.
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Writing workshop with Sara Hirsch at York Explore
Acomb Book Sale at Acomb Explore on Saturday @ 9am-2pm
Book launch – Abernathy, by Claire Patel-Campbell at the New School House Gallery on Saturday @ 2.30pm