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.
THIS WEEK: Autumn Harvest & Flower Festival, Castle Howard. Thurs, Sept 26-Sun, Sept 29. Day out for all the family and a seasonal feast for all the senses including floral installations throughout the house that reflect the autumn landscape and the harvest using seasonal flowers and produce as well as displays and activities throughout the estate. https://www.
ON NOW: Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, until Sat, Oct 5: A new play from Alan Ayckbourn. It is his 83rd play and premieres in the year of his 80th birthday. Directed by the author, it will be performed by a cast of four: Jamie Baughan, Jemma Churchill, Russell Dixon and Naomi Petersen. The play opens as Micky celebrates his 80th birthday. He and his wife Meg are awaiting the arrival of their son, Adrian, and his new – and latest – fiancée, Grace. Tickets: 01723 370541. https://www.sjt.uk.
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/
ON NOW: Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future at Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 11am-5pm. Celebrating the restoration of Chatsworth. https://www.
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: 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.
COMING UP: Railway in Wartime, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Oct 11-13. Full programme of World War Two and 1940s activities. Attractions including singing, dancing, workshops, parades and fashion shows. This year’s events include: Pickering – D-Day Exhibition: a visual display of the first 24 hours on the D-Day beaches; Levisham – interactive show ‘Other Side of the Tracks’ which goes back to Hull in 1941 and the evacuation of school children; Grosmont – Eden Camp takes-over Grosmont Station with fairground rides, military vehicles, vintage sweet shop and children’s games. https://www.nymr.co.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 Recipes. https://