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

February 12, 2020

2020 Dark Skies 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

 2020 Dark Skies Festival, Feb 14-March 1, held jointly by the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. BBC Sky at Night presenter Professor Chris Lintott will talk about his new book The Crowd and the Cosmos – Adventures in the Zooniverse on Feb 21 at Helmsley Arts Centre. The 17-day annual festival showcases the pristine night skies of both national parks and the neighbouring areas. Other events include virtual reality space safaris, stargazing sleepovers astrophotography, canoeing, running, cycling, walking, caving, night zip wire and nocturnal wildlife spotting evenings. www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk

 Lines of Beauty: Master Drawings from Chatsworth, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, Feb 14-May 25. Exhibition featuring work by Carpaccio, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. https://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk/museums/millennium-gallery/exhibitions/coming-soon/lines-of-beauty-master-drawings-from-chatsworth

Be a Ranger for a Day as part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Year of Green action. A family event for children aged eight and over, Kettlewell. Booking essential. Sat, Feb 15, 10am-3pm, yorkshiredales.org.uk

Look Fabulous Forever Popup, The Grange Hotel, Clifton, York, Thurs, Feb 13, 12pm-4pm. company founder Tricia Cusden and makeup artist Julie Proctor will give mini makeovers.The first 20 people on the day will receive a goody bag. Look Fabulous Forever is a skincare and makeup brand formulated for mature skin. https://www.lookfabulousforever.com

NEXT WEEK: Bradford Beer Festival, Victoria Hall, Saltaire, Thurs, Feb 20-Sat, Feb 22. More than 130 real ales, keg and international beers, real ciders and perries, fruit wines,  food and entertainment.Thurs, 4pm-10.30pm. Fri/Sat, 11am-4pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm. www.bradfordbeerfestival.co.uk

 Spring Quilt Festival, Feb 21-23, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate. Demonstrations, needlework displays, and workshops with quilters and textile artists. Fri/Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm. https://www.grosvenorshows.co.uk/view_show.php?ID=35

 Snowdrop Spectacular, until March 1, Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield. Spectacular display of snowdrops  across the woodland at the Elizabethan house, 11am-4pm, weather permitting. https://www.burtonagnes.com/DB/Events_2/Snowdrop_Spectacular.html

ON NOW: Northern Exposure, until April 19, Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. Following in the footsteps of JMW Turner’s eight-week sketching tour of the North of England in 1797, when he was 22. He visited many sites in Yorkshire, County Durham and Northumberland before going west to Cumbria and the Lake District, as he was transforming himself into one of the finest British landscape painters. Contemporary landscape artists Ed Kluz, Emerson Mayes, Debbie Loan, Katherine Holmes and Anna Lilleengen also present their own responses to Turner’s views and the Yorkshire landscape. https://www.turnernorthernexposure.co.uk/harrogate

ON NOW: Saad Qureshi: Something About Paradise,  Yorkshire Sculpture Park, until March 20. Artist Saad Qureshi explores what paradise means to different people in an exhibition presented in the nave of YSP’s 18th century chapel. https://ysp.org.uk/exhibitions/saadqureshi

COMING UP: Potato Day, Feb 29, Mytholmroyd Community Centre. A celebration of our favourite tuber by Calder Valley Organic Gardeners, featuring 40 varieties of potato (organic and non-organic), children’s activities, stalls, plus food and drink. Admission of £1 includes entry to the potato raffle. http://www.cvog.org/potato%20day/potato%20day.html

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