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

October 3, 2019

Masham Sheep Fair

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: 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

THIS WEEK: Skipton Puppet Festival, Fri, Oct 4-Sun, Oct 6, canal basin and town ventre, Skipton. England’s largest celebration of global puppet theatre for families, biennial celebration with a packed weekend of ticketed and free performances, workshops, exhibitions and a parade, Skipton presents an inspirational melting pot for artists and enthusiasts, offering puppet experiences for every age. www.skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk
 
THIS WEEK: Masham Sheep Fair, Oct 5-6, Masham market square. Includes a sheep show, sheep racing, craft market, Bishop Blaize procession, fleece stalls, wool competition, sheepdog demonstrations, hand bell ringers, Morris dances, art exhibition, small children’s fair and flower display in beautiful St. Mary’s Church. Entrance is free, but visitors are asked to pay to park their cars on the recreation ground. All proceeds go to local charities including Yorkshire Air Ambulance. https://www.mashamsheepfair.com/

THIS WEEK: 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.com/event/767/birthdays_past_birthdays_present

NEXT WEEK: 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/pages/category/wartime

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: Countryside Live, Oct 19-Oct 20,  Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate. Celebration of farming, food and the countryside, with special guest TV presenter Julia Bradbury. https://countrysidelive.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 Recipeshttps://thearchesdeanclough.com/other-events/lunch-with-prue-leith-cbe

 

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