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July 12, 2018

Magic and the Metropolis, Ripon

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

Luminarium, Architects of Air, West Park Stray, Harrogate, July 12-15. The Stray transforms into a magical world of sensory bliss – in sound and vision – as visitors enter an airlock and explore the installation and the ambience. Through tunnels and domes, visitors experience a structure that alters according to changing weather and changing light outside. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/architects_of_air/

Harrogate Music Festival 2018, various locations, throughout July. Month-long festival featuring an appearance by Mercury Award nominated singer, Laura Mvula, on Friday, July 27. Other highlights include the Hallé Orchestra with its musical director, Sir Mark Elder, celebrating the 125th anniversary of Tchaikovsky (July 29); a tribute to the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, as Britain’s favourite clarinettist, Emma Johnson, performs his classics including music from West Side Story (July 26); international strings prodigy Louisa Staples playing Prokofiev, Debussy and Ravel (July 13); and the return of festival favourite, The John Wilson Orchestra, celebrating Hollywood’s Golden Age. harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

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.

2018 Kirkstall Festival, 11am-5pm, Saturday, July 14, Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds. 38th annual festival, with theme of ‘Vikings in Kirkstall’. Probably the largest community festival in Leeds run entirely by volunteers, attracting around 25,000 visitors. Events include: fairground, more than 160 stalls, Battle of the Bands, tea dance, eight performance areas. http://www.kirkstall-festival.org.uk/

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, July 19-22. Now in its 15th year of celebrating the very best in crime fiction, the festival has become an imortant part of the international literary calendar. Best-selling crime novelist Lee Child is this year’s programming chair for 2018, and the line-up includes John Grisham, Val McDermid and Sue Black, Richard Osman, Denise Mina, Don Winslow and Linwood Barclay. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/crime-writing-festival/

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

Magic and the Metropolis, exhibition of photography, drawings and paintings by John Cockshaw, Curzon Ripon cinema, July 20-August 31. Inspired by sci-fi and fantasy in literature and cinema exploring themes of magic and the city.
Open Fri-Sun, 1pm-10.30pm. https://www.artstation.com/jacockshaw   https://www.curzoncinemas.com/ripon/info

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

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, 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

Yorkshire’s Biggest Dog Walk, Sunday, July 29, Thorp Perrow, Bedale. TV vet Julian Norton leads animal-lovers and pets on a 5km route to raise money for Northallerton-based Herriot Hospice Homecare and Saint Michael’s Hospice, in Harrogate. Norton will lead the pack with his Jack Russell Emmy. There will also be a dog show, with categories from ‘waggiest tail’ to ‘dog who looks most like their owner’. Entry is £7.50 per dog, and two humans go free when signing up with their pet. www.yorkshiredogwalk.com

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