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

June 11, 2019

John Ruskin, York Art Gallery

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, simply email gorgeousyorkshire@gmail.com

THIS WEEK: Holmfirth Arts Festival, Fri, June 14-Sun, June 16. Three days of concerts, spoken word, theatre, workshops, walks, film, exhibitions, installations, street theatre, circus and a textile banner parade. Highlights include comedian Simon Evans, performance poet Rose Condo and a Latin American themed opening party. https://www.holmfirthartsfestival.co.uk

THIS WEEK: Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, Sat, June 15. 36th annual 70-mile sponsored charity cycle ride from Wetherby to Filey, taking in some of Yorkshire’s best countryside. Every year 2,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities take on the challenge, which costs £22 per rider to enter and £32 for an entry plus transport back for rider and bike to Wetherby. http://www.gybr.co.uk/index.html

Dales Festival of Food and Drink, Leyburn Market Place, Sat, June 15-Sun, June 16. Food and drink producers, garden furniture, kitchen equipment, food, drinks, street entertainment. Also an entertainment marquee for demonstrations by local chefs, performances by local amateur dramatics groups, local bands and performers. http://dalesfestivaloffood.org

THIS WEEK: Classic Car Show, Castle Howard, Sun, June 16. Father’s Day event with a spectacular day of motoring heritage ideal for enthusiasts, day trippers and families. https://www.castlehoward.co.uk/DB/whats-on-view/classic-car-show

THIS WEEK: York Festival of Ideas, various locations, until June 16. Festival aiming to educate, entertain and inspire. For full programme, go to http://yorkfestivalofideas.com

NEXT WEEK: Grassington Festival, June 21-June 29, various venues. This festival, in its 39th year, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, offering events ranging from jazz, folk, gospel and classical music performances to exhibitions, workshops, theatre and puppetry. Highlights include Dame Patricia Routledge in Facing the Music: A Life in Musical Theatre on Thurs, June 27. Also appearing are Ed Byrne, Sindhu Vee, David Hadingham, David Starkey, Heath Quartet, Borealis, Cara Dillon, The Young ‘Uns, Dave Finnegan’s Commitments, and Queens of Rock. www.grassington-festival.org.uk

NEXT WEEK: Valley Gardens 1940s Day. Sun, June 23,11am-5pm, Valley Gardens, Harrogate. A free event perfect for everyone who loves the 1940s. Featuring stalls selling vintage clothes, hats and uniforms.There will also be wartime military vehicles and vintage cars as well as a full programme of entertainment on the bandstand and children’s activities, food trucks, tea, cake stall and tombola and bar. https://harrogateinternationalfestivals.com/1940s-day

NEXT WEEK: Talk on Wild Flower Meadows, nature and art by Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and artist Anita Bowerman, 2pm, Sun, June 23,  at RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate. Amanda will also be signing her new book The Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and visitors can view Anita’s art exhibition from June 21-23. She is Harlow Carr artist in residence and has created monthly paintings using twigs, moss and leaves. https://historied.com/anitabowermanartist-instagram-photo/2061208088616041500_2046554099

ON NOW: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud: Watercolours and Drawings, York Art Gallery, until June 23. Celebrating John Ruskin’s 200th birthday, this exhibition looks at the critical relationship he had with the landscapes of JMW Turner, exploring our relationship with the environment through the watercolours and drawings of two of the most celebrated artists of the 19th century in this major new exhibition. It brings together works from York Art Gallery and Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, with loans from national and regional collections and new commissions by contemporary artists. https://www.yorkartgallery.org.uk/exhibition/ruskin-turner-and-the-storm-cloud-watercolours-and-drawings

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: Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900–1950. Exhibition highlighting the creative work of women artists active in the first half of the 20th century, from portraits and self-portraits, landscapes and cityscapes to industrial scenes and images of war. Until July 27. Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, University of Leeds. Free entry. Monday: 1pm–5pm. Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–5pm. Closed Sundays, bank holidays and days when the university buildings are closed. https://library.leeds.ac.uk/events/event/145/fifty_works_by_fifty_british_women_artists_1900%E2%80%931950
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 September 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: Tweet, a new exhibition of bird species captured through the mediums of ceramics, wire, stone, wood, willow and paper handmade by a group of UK artists. Until June 22, the Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, closed Sun and Mon.  http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/tweet

ON NOW: Gail Kelly Print Exhibition, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, City Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, until June 22. Woodcut and linocut landscapes printed on to Irish linen, populated by standing stones and fairy thorn trees,  mountain cottages and islands, reflecting the seasonal changes in the patterns of the countryside and farmland. http://www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/gail-kelly-print-exhibition

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: Pontefract Liquorice Festival, July 7, 10am-4pm. The festival, held every July, celebrates the town’s historic links with liquorice, featuring food, craft and gift stalls in the market place as well as dancers, musicians and street entertainers. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk/liquorice

COMING UP: Weeton Show, Sun, July 28. Gates open 8am. Entry: adults £8, concessions £4. Village show south of Harrogate with a wide variety of events including  Punch and Judy, brass bands, ferret racing, riders in the show jumping arena, carriage driving, hounds and beagles and shows throughout the day on the main event field. Also local food, trade and craft stalls, as well as the produce tent, where you can claim a rosette in a bake-off challenge, or local art, craft, horticulture exhibits or children’s classes. Main ring entertainment starts at about 12.30pm. www.weetonshow.co.uk

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