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April 30, 2019

Tulip Festival, Burnby Hall Gardens

Here’s our round-up of upcoming gorgeous events – the perfect place to find out what’s on in Yorkshire. If you’d like to be featured, simply email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com


THIS WEEK: Tulip Festival, Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, until May 4, 10am-5.30pm. Spectacular annual festival featuring more than 14,000 tulips, and over 30 varieties. The gardens are best known for their collection of more than 100 varieties of hardy water lily, which bloom on the two ornamental lakes in the summer, and have won the Yorkshire in Bloom Gold Award  seven times in a row. https://www.burnbyhallgardens.com/event/tulip-festival-2

THIS WEEK: Ripon Cathedral Beer Festival, Mon, May 7, 11.30am-5.00pm. Annual festival in the grounds of Ripon Cathedral at the corner of High Saint Agnesgate, with award-winning beers, plus ciders and Pimms, local food and live music. Entry £5 for adults, including a free glass (children free). http://riponcathedral.info/event/cathedralbeerfestival

ON NOW: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings, York Art Gallery, until June 23. Celebrating John Ruskin’s 200th birthday, this exhibition looks at the critical relationship he had with the landscapes of JMW Turner, exploring our relationship with the environment through the watercolours and drawings of two of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century in this major new exhibition. It brings together works from York Art Gallery and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, with loans from national and regional collections and new commissions by contemporary artists. https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/ruskin-turner-and-the-storm-cloud-watercolours-and-drawings

ON NOW: 
Fabulous antique and vintage wedding dresses from the Harrogate Collection, Royal Pump Room Museum, Crown Place, Harrogate. Spanning almost two centuries, the exhibition includes more than 35 dresses showing how wedding fashion has developed and changed from the Victorian era onwards and also revealing some real life stories behind the dresses. Until Sept 15: adult £3.50, disabled/senior citizen/student £2.50, child (up to and including 16 yrs) £2, family ticket (two adults and up to three children) £10, annual family pass (two adults and up to three children) £30. https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/events/event/211/fabulous_wedding_dresses_from_the_harrogate_collection
 
ON NOW: Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900–1950. Exhibition highlighting the creative work of women artists active in the first half of the 20th century, from portraits and self-portraits, landscapes and cityscapes to industrial scenes and images of war. Until July 27. Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds. Free entry. Monday: 1pm–5pm. Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–5pm. Closed Sundays, bank holidays and days when the university buildings are closed. https://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/event/145/fifty_works_by_fifty_british_women_artists_1900%E2%80%931950
 
ON NOW: Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters, showcasing the works of 26 British-based makers; from fashion, textiles, woodwork, glass, metalwork, furniture, papercraft and lacquer, supplying an overview of excellence in craft today. Exhibitors include Juli Bolanos-Durman, Anthony Burrill, Hiut Denim, Reiko Kaneko and Yinka Ilori. Harewood House, Leeds, until September 1. https://biennial.harewood.org

ON NOW: Victoria Bellas Carter & Suzanne Jewellery, The Station, Station Yard, Richmond,  until Sept 1. Annual spring exhibition of two artists and designers devoted to the use of colour, Victoria Bellas Carter and Suzanne Tweddle. Victoria specialises in original artwork using a tissue paper collage technique while Suzanne is a lampwork artist and jewellery designer. http://www.thestation.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/victoria-bellas-carter-and-suzanne-jewellery

ON NOW: Tweet, a new exhibition of bird species captured through the mediums of ceramics, wire, stone, wood, willow and paper handmade by a group of UK artists. Until June 22, the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon.  http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/tweet

ON NOW: Views of Harrogate, until June 1, Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate. Portraits of the spa town, from iconic Harrogate landscapes and scenes, such as Doris Zinkeisen’s contemporary society portrait of the Valley Gardens in its early 20th century heyday, to rare collectibles like The Beatles at the Royal Hall poster and rare Eurovision Song Contest programme. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 2pm-4pm. https://www.harrogate.gov.uk/info/20152/mercer_art_gallery

ON NOW: Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds and The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, until May 6. To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, two Yorkshire galleries will display selections of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings. The Royal Collection Trust exhibition spans 12 UK cities and gives a very special opportunity to see Leonardo’s work up close. Leeds: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-3pm. Sheffield: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm, open until 8pm every Thursday (except Mar 7&21). Among the works on display in Sheffield is Studies of water (c.1517-18). In this drawing Leonardo built up the image in stages, first creating an underlying structure of water currents in chalk and then adding little rosettes of bubbles on the surface in ink, almost as decoration. https://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/leedsartgallery/exhibitions/leonardo and http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/exhibitions/current/leonardo-da-vinci-a-life-in-drawing

ON NOW: Gail Kelly Print Exhibition, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, until June 22. Woodcut and linocut landscapes printed on to Irish linen, populated by standing stones and fairy thorn trees,  mountain cottages and islands, reflecting the seasonal changes in the patterns of the countryside and farmland. http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/gail-kelly-print-exhibition

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

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

ON NOW: 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

COMING UP: Hinterlands Rural Film Festival, Skipton, Thurs, May 16-Sun, May 19. New annual festival celebrating films set in and about the countryside including special events and screenings of classics and brand-new titles, opening at Skipton Castle with a 50th anniversary screening of Ken Loach’s classic Kes, the story of 15-year-old Billy Casper and his kestrel. Other films showing at Skipton’s Plaza Cinema include survival film Arctic (Sat, May 18), shot on location in Iceland, Oscar- winning documentary Free Solo (Sun, May 19), God’s Own Country (Fri, May 17), a sing-along version of musical Calamity Jane (Sat, May 18), and 1960s classic Whistle Down the Wind (Fri, May 17). Foreign language films include Italian drama Happy as Lazzaro (Sun, May 19), Chilean coming of age story Too Late to Die Young (Sun, May 19), and classic French drama Jean de Florette (Sat, May 18). There’s also a Horror All Nighter at the Plaza on Sat, May 18, featuring full-length horror films and shorts, including new release Hole in The Ground and 1920s horror classic Nosferatuhttps://hinterlandsfestival.org.uk

COMING UP: York Festival of Ideas, various locations, June 4-16. Festival aiming to educate, entertain and inspire. This year’s events include a screening of Mike Leigh’s latest movie Peterloo as well as a discussion with the director on Sun, June 9. The film will be shown at 12.30pm before the discussion with Mike Leigh from 4-5pm at the Piazza Building, University of York. The festival’s full programme will be available in early May. http://yorkfestivalofideas.com

COMING UP: Valley Gardens 40s Day, Sunday, June 23, 11am-5pm, Valley Gardens, Harrogate. A free event perfect for people who love all things 1940s.  https://www.visitharrogate.co.uk/events/valley-gardens-1940s-day-p1258951

COMING UP: Pontefract Liquorice Festival, July 7, 10am-4pm. The festival, held every July, celebrates the town’s historic links with liquorice, featuring food, craft and gift stalls in the market place as well as dancers, musicians and street entertainers. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/liquorice

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