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June 26, 2018

Bradford Literature Festival

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 until June 30. http://chippendale300.co.uk

Bradford Literature Festival, including Jeannette Winterson, David Starkey, Akala, Lowkey, Suzi Quatro, Harry Leslie Smith, Frank Bruno and Scilla Elworthy. Also young people’s programme with children’s authors and illustrators, and four free family fun days in City Park with outdoor live theatre, craft workshops, acting workshops and films on big screen. Special events include The Brontë Stones: In the Footsteps of the Brontës walk, a Brontë Heritage Tour with Christa Ackroyd, and a Jewish Manningham Tour of Bradford. Various venues, June 29-July 8. bradfordliteraturefestival.co.uk

The 160th Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, July 10-12. The iconic three-day county event will host more than 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals. The Princess Royal is a special guest on Wednesday, July 11, and BBC Countryfile presenter Anita Rani will take to the catwalk in a one-off celebrity fashion special also featuring a host of local television personalities at 2:30pm on Tuesday, July 1. Singer Lizzie Jones is also set to make history when she becomes the first singer to perform in the Main Ring, with two performances on each day of the show. https://greatyorkshireshow.co.uk/

Ryedale Festival, July 13-29. Top-class music performers to beautiful and historic venues amid the North Yorkshire countryside. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Royal Northern Sinfonia give major concerts at Hovingham Hall, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge are at Ampleforth Abbey and the Orchestra of Opera North bring a symphonic programme to Scarborough Spa. There’s also a new production of Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte ,and the American pianist Richard Goode leads a line-up of soloists, including Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Gabriela Montero,Adam Walker, Kathryn Rudge, Elin Manahan Thomas, Benjamin Appl, Rachel Podger and Charles Owen, along with outstanding emerging artists such as cellists Kian Soltani and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

The Great Yorkshire Fringe, fourth year of annual York festival featuring household names including Michael Palin, Reginald D Hunter, Omid Djalili, Gyles Brandreth, Tony Slattery, Rachel Parris, Lee Nelson and Paul Sinha. July 19-29. Diverse mix of theatre, comedy, music, street food and family entertainment. Also featuring Lost Voice Guy (Lee Ridley), fresh from his Britain’s Got Talent 2018 win, music from Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, including performances from Claire Martin.The York Fringe Dog Show will be returning with prizes up for grabs for the waggiest tail, prettiest female, most handsome male and best in show. www.greatyorkshirefringe.com

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

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