What’s on in York: Concert – Alphabet Soup Made In Britain

Fairfax House :

Sat 27 May :

7.30pm – 9.00pm :

£14 & concessions

May _27AlphabetA is for Thomas Arne,
B is for Richard Rodney Bennett…
E is for Sir Edward Elgar.

An A to Z tour of composers of The British Isles from the past 800 years…

Ad Hoc returns with their customary eclectic mix of music, and invite you to share in an evening of alphabetical delights celebrating music Made in Britain.

Frances Brock, Sue Lindley and John Gill are joined by guests Rosy Jamieson, mezzo-soprano, and Alasdiar Jamieson, Bass and Keyboard.

Tickets £14.00
Members & Friends of Fairfax House £12.00 (Includes wine reception at the interval)

Tickets for events can be purchased from the Fairfax House museum shop during opening hours or by ringing (01904) 655543

What’s on in York – Finding the words with poets Zelda Chappell, Katie Greenbrown and David Wilson

York Explore Library :

Thu 25 May :

7.00pm – 8.00pm :

£3 (or £2 with a York Card).

MAY Three PoetsFinding the Words is a regular poetry evening every month at York Explore Library. Each evening brings together three poets and we aim to include both published writers and those working towards a collection. We’ll have a bar available and readings last around an hour. The evening is also a chance to share and chat, so please feel free to bring any news or information about poetry local, regional or national.

Zelda Chappell is a poet, editor and artist. Her poetry has been widely published in journals and anthologies, both online and in print. Her debut collection, The Girl in the Dog-tooth Coat, was published by Bare Fiction in July 2015. She is the co-curator and editor of the multi-arts journal Elbow Room and independent micro-publisher As Yet Untitled, publishing books by artists and writers but not quite as you know them.

Katie Greenbrown  I’m a York-based spoken word poet writing and sharing whimsical, beautiful, quirky and funny work at Open Mics and DiY events around the city. I was November 2016’s Say Owt Slam winner and will be performing for the Theatre Royal later this year with Kate Fox.

David Wilson lives in Harrogate and has been an active climber for many years, in the UK, Alps and further afield. His debut collection ‘Slope’ was published as a pamphlet last year by Smith/Doorstop. The poems celebrate what makes climbing a compulsion whilst exploring parallel themes of risk, loss and motivation.Paul Muldoon called David’s poem ‘Everest’ ‘a brilliantly imagistic rendering of a place’. And a review of ‘Slope by the Editor of ‘Climb’

Tickets cost £3 (or £2 with a York Card).


In person at any Explore York Library.

By phone: 01904 552828

Email: york@exploreyork.org.uk

What’s on in York: Community Archives Month event with Dringhouses Local History Group

Dringhouses Library :
Tue 23 May :
9.30am – 5.30pm :

May _23Samuel Parsons MaoJoin the Dringhouses Local History Group all day, and look at the best of their archives, as part of Community Archives Month.

Learn more about the local area, from Colonel Wilkinson to the ‘Knares Mire’. Colonel George Alexander Eason Wilkinson, last Lord of the Manor of Dringhouses, was born 25 Feb 1860 and inherited the Manor of Dringhouses in 1881. Fought in South African War and WW1, with distinction. On his death in 1941, he gave Dringhouses Library to the Council and people of Dringhouses in a Deed of Gift.

Bring your local history queries and perhaps buy a copy of the fascinating ‘Discovering Dringhouses 2: More Aspects of a Local History’ or the 1624 Samuel Parson’s map of Dringhouses.

All day session, just drop in.

For more information please call Lucy on (01904) 552674 or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.

What’s on in York: Unlocking Robert Harris’ Novel, Conclave at York Minster

  • 10th Jun 17



The international best-selling author, Robert Harris, is well-known for tackling big subjects in an imaginative, compelling and gripping way. Beginning with his first novel, Fatherland, which imagines a world in which Germany won the Second World War, Harris has written variously about ancient Rome (Pompeii, Imperium, Lustrum, Dictator), Russia (Archangel), France (An Officer and a Spy), as well as a novel loosely based on Tony Blair (The Ghost).

In his latest novel, he turns his attentions to Italy and the machinations of the Vatican following the death of a fictional Pope. Set over the three days between the death of a Pope and the election of his successor, it raises issues about human ambition, politics, power, God, faith, terrorism, religious extremism, gender, sexuality, and much more. Such issues will be explored not only through talks and discussion, but also by engaging with objects from the Minster’s priceless historic Collection – a rare opportunity to see some things that are not readily accessible to the general public for much of the time.

Prior reading of the novel is not essential, although revealing the various twists and turns of the plot will be an inevitable and unavoidable part of the event.

10.00am to 4pm Upper Hall Old Palace, Dean’s Park, York.  (2 sessions Saturday 10th & 17th June 2017).

Please note there is no lift access to the lecture theatre.  Please bring your own lunch.

Prices: £10 per day, £15 for both sessions   Over 65s £8 per day, £12 for both sessions   NUS £7 per day, £10 for both sessions  (Select both sessions with relevant price type & the discount will apply automatically at the basket),

What’s on in York – ‘Except we Teach’: A Book Launch with Alan Gillott

York Explore Library :

Sun 21 May :

1.45pm – 3.45pm :


Except We Teach Cover FrontFighting Cock Press presents Alan Gillott’s second collection, “Except we Teach”. Edited by Pauline Kirk, these poems reflect the breadth and depth of his work, and his commitment to social justice. Alan’s poems are regularly used as source material by classical composers.

Join us for poetry from Alan, Pauline and a range of guests. FREE entry, beverages available.

“There is something for everyone in this collection, unexpected observations and imagery both deft and subtle.” – Helen Cadbury, Novelist and Poet.

What’s on in York: Vikings – Rediscover the Legend

Yorkshire Museum :

Fri 19 May – Sun 5 Nov :

10.00am – 5.00pm :

£7.50 & concessions

May _19VikingTwo of the most significant and internationally recognised collections of Viking Age treasure in Britain will be brought together for the first time in a major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in 2017.

Featuring some of the most exciting Anglo-Saxon and Viking discoveries ever made, the exhibition will explore how the Vikings transformed life in Britain.

Star objects from the British Museum will feature alongside the Yorkshire Museum’s world class collections and will be interpreted in new ways to give a fresh perspective on how Vikings shaped every aspect of life in Britain.

It will also feature ground-breaking research by archaeologists and new discoveries by metal-detectorists which will challenge our perceptions of what it means to be Viking.

The exhibition will open at the Yorkshire Museum and then tour to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum.

Tickets :
Adult: £7:50
Child under 16 – Free with a paying adult
Access Ticket – £4
With a York Card – 20% off a day ticket

For more infomation please visit our website.

What’s on in York: Dementia Friends workshop @ Dringhouses Library

Dringhouses Library :

Tue 16 May :

2.00pm – 3.00pm :

Free, but booking required

Dementia Friend PicJoin Dementia Friends Champion Claire for a Dementia Friends session.

Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the country. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion.

The session is all about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From getting in touch with someone you know living with dementia to wearing your badge with pride, every action counts.

Tickets available from any Explore Library or call Dringhouses Library on (01904 552674) or dringhouses@exploreyork.org.uk.