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July 24, 2018

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


Dolphin Watch at Bempton Cliffs

National Whale and Dolphin Watch, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve, near Bridlington. July 28-Aug 5, 10am–4pm. Seawatch special event as part of the National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week. Games and activities, as well as a demonstration by a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue, including how to re-float whales and dolphins. Also, surveys along the clifftops looking out for cetaceans passing by. www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/bempton-cliffs

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); and the return of festival favourite, The John Wilson Orchestra, celebrating Hollywood’s Golden Age. harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

Ryedale Festival, until July 29. Top-class music performers at 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. Until July 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, until 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

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

Whitby Traction Engine Rally, Aug 3-5, next to Whitby Abbey, Hawkser Lane. Full programme of steam fair attractions including: tractor pulling, steam engines, classic cars, vintage tractors, classic motorcycles, fairground organs, miniature steam engines, stationary engines and vintage commercial vehicles. https://outdoorshows.co.uk/whitby-traction-engine-rally/

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.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

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.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk/

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