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

October 9, 2019

Marsden Jazz Festival

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 Ripon Poetry Festival, Thurs, Oct 10-Sun, Oct 13. Four days of poetry readings, performances, workshops and book launches. The line-up includes poets Linda France, Jack Mapanje, Kate Fox, Bob Beagrie and Andy Willoughby, local poets Hazel Cameron and James Turner, and an exhibition of paintings inspired by the work of festival poets, plus pop-up poetry readings all over the centre of Ripon. http://www.riponpoetryfestival.co.uk

THIS WEEK: Marsden Jazz Festival, Oct 11-13. One of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals, with more than 100 hours of live music at 26 venues. Ticketed events include a special commissioned work from the London-based guitarist Shirley Tetteh and performances from the 2019 Mercury Prize-nominated SEED Ensemble, Kansas Smitty’s House Band, Snake Davis Trio, and the Crissy Lee Big Band. https://marsdenjazzfestival.com

 Wetherby Festival, Oct 11-Oct 20, 42nd staging of the festival which features a literary lunch with politician and author Alan Johnson. There is also a wine-tasting contest, a Scottish ceilidh, a performance by the Chamber Orchestra of Leeds and much more. https://wetherbyfestival.co.uk

 Ilkley Literature Festival, until Oct 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: 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

NEXT WEEK: Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival, Thurs, Oct 17-Sun, Oct 21. Former Prime Minister David Cameron is one of more than 20 authors appearing at the annual autumn event. Others appearing include actor Trevor Eve, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, BBC Countryfile presenter John Craven, war reporter Damien Lewis, businessman Sir Tim Waterstone, music writer Stuart Cosgrove and ITN newsreaderTom Bradby. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/raworths-literature-festival

NEXT WEEK: 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

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: 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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