The Autumn Flower Show, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, Sept 14-16, Fri 9.30-5.30, Sat Fri 9.30-5.30, Sun Fri 9.30-4.30. The UK’s premier autumn gardening event. As well as welcoming around 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the show features the work of both established and up-and-coming garden designers and landscapers. https://www.
Northern Ballet autumn season. Northern Ballet revives family classics and showcases new dance. A trio of new short ballets features in its Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds (Sept 12-15) and Doncaster Cast (Sept 21- 22): Featuring The Shape of Sound by Kenneth Tindall, Mamela… by Mlindi Kulashe and The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple. In October, returning to the stage for the first time since 2007, Northern Ballet’s The Three Musketeers will be performed at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield from October 24-27, choreographed by artistic director David Nixon. Later in October, Northern Ballet will hold the world premiere of its new children’s ballet Puss in Boots at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds from Oct 27-Nov 5. The season ends with festive favourite The Nutcracker at Hull New Theatre (Nov 14-17) and Leeds Grand Theatre (Dec 4-16). northernballet.com/
Harrogate Oktoberfest, Harrogate Convention Centre, Ripon Road. Fri Sept 21, 5pm-11pm, Sat Sept 22, 11.30am-4.30pm and 6pm-11pm. Entry to sessions is by pre-purchased tickets bought for £10 or by a limited number of tickets available on the door. Three Bavarian beers, cider and Prosecco plus traditional Oktoberfest food. A percentage of all tickets sold will go to Martin House Hospice. Visitors must be 18 and over. http://www.
Ryedale Book Festival, Malton, Sept 21-22. Writers including Alan Johnson, Tracy Borman, Stephen Booth, Tim Pears, Jane Lovering, Paula Byrne, Chris Power, Laura Stephens and wine-tasting with Peter Stafford-Bow. For children, there is film, music, illustration, poetry, magic, craft and special events. ryedalebookfestival.
10th Annual Harrogate Comedy Festival, Oct 3-20, Harrogate Theatre. Top attraction Sarah Millican has already sold out. Other comics appearing include Nish Kumar, Jason Byrne, Sara Pascoe, David O’Doherty, Jimeoin, Ross Noble and Stewart Francis. https://www.
The Ted Hughes Festival, October 19-21, various locations in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of the late poet laureate, a variety of talks, tours and guided walks to celebrate his life, including a chance to hear poet Simon Armitage and daughter of Ted, Frieda Hughes, read a selection of poems. www.theelmettrust.org
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/
The Wonder of Woodcuts, by printmakers Andy English and Jonathan Ashworth, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds, until October 27. Showcasing woodcut prints by two artists exploring storytelling, nature, environmental issues, people and personal experiences. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, closed Sundays and Mondays. www.craftcentreleeds.
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/
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.
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
A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes, a touring exhibition from The Civic, Barnsley, York Castle Museum. https://www.