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July 31, 2018

Feva festival, Knaresborough

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

National Whale and Dolphin Watch, RSPB Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve, near Bridlington. Until 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

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://www.discoveryorkshirecoast.com/Whitby-Whitby-Traction-Engine-Rally/details/?dms=3&feature=1010&venue=1717056

Feva, Knaresborough’s annual festival of entertainment and visual arts, Aug 10-19, featuring 84 events in various locations, climaxing on Saturday, Aug 18 with the free Picnic in the Park in the grounds of Knaresborough House, with live bands and DJ performances. This will be accompanied over the same weekend by the Lions’ Beer Festival, with more than 20 different real ales, along with ciders, wine, Pimms and food. http://www.feva.info/

Vintage, designer and theatrical costume auction from costumier Academy of London, Tennants Auctioneers, Leyburn, Aug 18. A spectacular collection from the 1960s to the 1980s, with designer labels such as Yves Saint Laurent and Zandra Rhodes, and reproduction theatrical outfits. Academy of London have supplied costume to movie blockbusters such as the Harry Potter franchise, Casino Royale, Les Miserables and to music stars including Beyonce and Lady Gaga. www.tennants.co.uk

Magic and the Metropolis, exhibition of photography, drawings and paintings by John Cockshaw, Curzon Ripon cinema, until Aug 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

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

The Ted Hughes Festival, October 19-21, various locations in Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge. Marking the 20th anniversary of the death of the late poet laureate, a variety of talks, tours and guided walks to celebrate his life, including a chance to hear poet Simon Armitage and daughter of Ted, Frieda Hughes, read a selection of poems. www.theelmettrust.org

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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