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May 29, 2018
Here’s our round-up of upcoming gorgeous events around Yorkshire. If you’d like to be featured, simply email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Facing up to the Muses: Tony Harrison and Theatre, explore poet-playwright Harrison’s development through unique images, notebooks and drafts from his literary archive. Until June 16, Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds. Admission free. On June 1 Harrison will be present for a celebration of his work in theatre. https://library.leeds.ac.uk/info/1902/exhibitions

Celebrating Chippendale: Otley’s Famous Son, month-long festival marking the 300th anniversary of the birth of England’s finest furniture maker Thomas Chippendale in 1718. Various events June 2-30. http://chippendale300.co.uk

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, gorgeous gardens, amazing orchid display, art installations, more than 70 specialist nurseries, plus shopping. June 6-10, Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 10am-6.30pm (10am-5pm Sunday). Public tickets in advance £33.50, on the day £40. https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chatsworth-flower-show

Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival, 130 vegan stalls, live entertainment, cookery demos, yoga, talks and workshops, June 16-17, Leeds Town Hall. Entry £5, all proceeds to charity. www.yorkshireveganfestival.com

The Dales Festival Of Food and Drink, Leyburn, Wensleydale, June 16-17. Free festival celebrating the very best in food and drink. £5 per car for parking which includes free copy of the programme of events. http://dalesfestivaloffood.org/

1940s Day, Valley Gardens, Harrogate, Sunday, June 17. Family day out with stalls selling vintage clothes, music from the 40s, funfair rides and a bouncy castle. There will be food trucks, tea, cake stall and tombola, a bar and Pimms tent. Entrance is free. http://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/1940s-day/

RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show, June 22-24, a full programme of talks and demonstrations then escape the crowds with a relaxing stroll in the stunning surroundings of the garden in Crag Lane, Harrogate: don’t miss the summer Streamside spectacle of Harlow Carr’s famous dolly-mixture candelabra primulas. Entrance is included in normal garden entry and the show is open from 10am-5pm each day. www.rhs.org/harlowcarr

Queens of Industry, exhibition telling the stories of the working class ‘queens’ elected to represent some of Britain’s greatest industries. Until Sep 29, Leeds Industrial Museum, Canal Road, Leeds. Free with admission to Leeds Industrial Museum. Tues-Sat: 10am- 5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm. www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/armleymills

Himalayan Fashion, Lotherton Hall, near Leeds. Until Oct 26. Discover sumptuous silk brocades, geometric dhaka cotton weaves, fine Kashmir wool shawls and rainbows of printed prayer flags. Entrance to hall and grounds, £7.50 (adults), see https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/lothertonhall/himalayan-fashion

Beningbrough Hall. Judi Dench, Amy Winehouse and J K Rowling feature in a new exhibition of portraits from the National Portrait Gallery. Until Nov 4. Tel 01904 472027. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/beningbrough

Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses, exploring the impact of the First World War on Doncaster’s country houses. Until Dec 2019, Cusworth Hall, Cusworth, Doncaster. Closed Thurs and Fri. www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/culture-leisure-tourism/cusworth-hall-museum-and-park

Yorkshire Lavender, family-run lavender farm, lavender gardens and specialist plant nursery. Until Sept 23. The Yorkshire Lavender Farm, Terrington, York YO60 6PB. www.yorkshirelavender.com

Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 11am-5pm. Celebrating the restoration of Chatsworth. https://www.chatsworth.org

Whitby in the Time of Cook. Exhibition to mark the 250th anniversary of the start of Captain Cook’s first voyage to the Pacific in 1768. Until November 4, Captain Cook Memorial Museum, Whitby. www.cookmuseumwhitby.co.uk

Watercolours from The Royal Collection. Exhibition created for and by Queen Victoria to remember the events of her visit to Paris in 1955.  Until June 24, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. 01833 690606. www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk

Dolls’ House Exhibition, Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon. Seventy houses of all shapes, sizes, styles and ages in one of the world’s most important private collections. www.newbyhall.com

Himalayan Gardens and Sculpture Park. See new Floating Giant Lily Pads and permanent sculpture collection. Until July 1. www.himalayangarden.com

A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley, York Castle Museum, from July 13 https://www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/

A weekend of fun races raising money for Beat Cancer, July 14-15, including the Pretty Muddy 5k races for adults, the Pretty Muddy race of children on Saturday and the Harrogate 5k and 10k Race for Life on Sunday at The Stray, Knaresborough Road, Harrogate. www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

The Fake Festival on Harrogate Stray, an all-day event featuring tribute acts to Queen, the Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, U2, Oasis and The Jam, Saturday, July 21 https://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/2018/Harrogate.html

Celebrating Chippendale: Otley’s Famous Son

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