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

August 29, 2019

The Festival Of The Moon, Wakefield

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, email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com

THIS WEEK: The Festival Of The Moon, until Sun, Sep 8, Wakefield Market Hall, Union Street, Wakefield. A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by Apollo 11 rocket in 1969. The centre-piece is an artwork Museum Of The Moon by artist Luke Jerram, seven metres in diameter with every centimetre representing 5km of the moon’s surface. https://www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/events/festivalofthemoon.aspx

THIS WEEK: Freedom Festival 2019,  until Sept 1, Hull. Artists from across the world supply circus street theatre, performances and talks, music and for all ages. Most of the festival is free, but there are five indoor ticketed shows:  Humans by Circa,  UduL by Los Galindos,  Un Poyo Rojo, and Fidelis Fortibus by Circus Ronaldo. https://www.freedomfestival.co.uk/freedom-festival

ON NOW: 
The Flourish of Liberty, exhibition inspired by the work of 18th century experimental novelist Laurence Sterne, who wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which first appeared in 1759. Shandy Hall, Coxwold, until Aug 31, 11am-4.30pm, every day except Sat. The exhibition invites 102 artists to respond to the idea of ‘Liberty’, a theme taken from his novel, most of which was written at Coxwold in the North York Moors where Sterne was vicar for the eight years to his death in 1768. https://www.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/exhibition.php?id=233
 
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: 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 Sept 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: 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: Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival, Sept 14-22, various locations. Celebration of all things cheese-related, opening with  a  two-day cheese festival at, the home of Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese, the Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes, on Sat, Sept 14 and Sun, Sept 15. Includes local music, treet food and drinks along with a host of  cheese-making, grading and cookery demonstrations from the Wensleydale Creamery, local restaurants and producers. There will also be cheese pairing demonstrations, and masterclasses in cheese. From Mon, Sept 16 to Sat, Sept 22, across the Yorkshire Dales, restaurants, cafes, farms and attractions will celebrate the range of produce.The festival finale, will be ‘The Final Bite’ held at the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, giving another chance to meet local cheesemakers and producers, and learn more about dairying heritage, as well as take part in butter making and craft workshops. www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/cheese-festival

COMING UP:
 Ilkley Literature Festival, Oct 4-20. actors, food writers, journalists and poets descend on Ilkley in West Yorkshire this October for a 17-day celebration of literature, the leading event of its kind in the North and the second oldest in the country. Poet Laureate Simon Armitage will open the festival, and other visitors include actor David Suchet presenting his autobiography Behind The Lens: My Life which is out in October; poet Lemn Sissay reading from his new memoir My Name is Why; and The Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith talking to Guardian food writer Felicity Cloake.TV presenter Clare Balding will read the latest in her popular series of pony stories as part of the Children’s Festival. Tickets go on sale on Tues, Aug 27. www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

COMING UP:
 Meet Prue Leith, chance to share lunch with The Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu judge. Mon, Oct 21, 11.30am-3.30pm, The Arches events venue at Dean Clough Mills in Halifax. Tickets are £35/£50 each: £35 includes entry, arrival drink, three-course lunch and interview &and Q&A with Prue Leith; £50 also includes a signed copy of Prue – My All Time Favourite Recipeshttps://thearchesdeanclough.com/other-events/lunch-with-prue-leith-cbe/

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