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What’s on in Yorkshire – gorgeous dates for your diary

May 14, 2019

Kes, Hinterlands Rural Film Festival, Skipton

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: 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

THIS WEEK: Haworth 1940s Weekend, May 18 and 19. Haworth’s annual event gives the chance to soak up the atmosphere, or dress up and join the fun. Events take place throughout the village, including vintage vehicle displays re-enactments, speeches from Churchill, jive dancing, singing and bands playing. There will also be a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast, weather permitting. http://haworths1940sweekend.com/index.html

ON NOW: Up North Film and Television Festival, until May 29, Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax. A celebration of northern voices on screen and behind the camera. Includes writer Kay Mellor in conversation and audiences with Brian Blessed, Henry Normal and Graham Fellows, alias John Shuttleworth. There’s also a feast of films and documentaries, plus a host of other events including a theatrical exploration of all 295 episodes of Last of the Summer Wine and a Frank Sidebottom papier-mâché headmaking workshop. https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/up-north-film-television-festival

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

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: 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: Swaledale Festival, May 25-June 8, various locations. This year’s event – which covers music, arts and walking – features violinist Tasmin Little, baritone Roderick Williams, the Armonico Consort performing Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Kathryn Tickell’s new supergroup The Darkening, the Villiers String Quartet, and the Esbjerg Ensemble from Denmark. There are also guitarists including Paco Peña, Antonio Forcione, Craig Ogden and Manus Noble, and a performance by BBC Young Musician of the Year – pianist Lauren Zhang. Pierce. https://www.swalefest.org

Vintage @ LS28 (Leeds), June 1-2, 10:30am-4pm, The Old Woollen, Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, Leeds. A one-off vintage fair, within a disused industrial space at Sunny Bank Mills, complete with DJ’s playing soul, funk, indie and more on vinyl. Twenty-five stalls of original vintage, menswear, jewellery, records, books and toys.  Incorporating a vintage fashion workshop and clothing alterations area. There’s also a gallery, tea room and textile archive. www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk/default.asp?textpage=events

Lou Lou’s Sheffield Vintage Fair, June 1, 11am-5pm, Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, Sheffield. A great, vintage-filled day out. Find handpicked quality goods among 40 stalls of vintage fashion, accessories, home and collectables. £2.50 on the door, under 12s free. thevintagefair.com/event/lou-lous-sheffield-vintage-fair-9

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 1940s Day. Sun, June 23,11am-5pm, Valley Gardens, Harrogate. A free event perfect for everyone who loves the 1940s. Featuring stalls selling vintage clothes, hats and uniforms.There will also be wartime military vehicles and vintage cars as well as a full programme of entertainment on the bandstand and children’s activities, food trucks, tea, cake stall and tombola and bar. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/1940s-day

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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