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

June 25, 2019

Kate Lycett, Hebden Bridge Open Studios

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: Grassington Festival, until June 29, various venues. The festival, in its 39th year, in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, offers 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

THIS WEEK: Much Ado About Nothing, Scampston Hall and Walled Garden, near Malton. Sun, June 30, 6pm-9pm. For the fourth year running, theatre and music group The Three Inch Fools are returning, this time with a unique version of one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies. Open for picnics at 6pm. Performance begins at 7pm. Tickets must be pre-booked: £16 adults; £8 under-18s; £40 family ticket (two adults and two children). Free for under-10s. https://www.scampston.co.uk/DB/events-diary/the-three-inch-fools-present-much-ado-about-nothing

THIS WEEK: The Yorkshire Flea presents The Twilight Flea. Antique vintage collectable and mid-century retail event. Sat, June 29, 11am-6pm. Admission £3. https://www.facebook.com/events/2198722400235996

NEXT WEEK: Hebden Bridge Open Studios, voluntary non-profit making event organised for artists in the Upper Calder Valley. July 5-7, 11am to 5pm. A chance to visit local artists and craftspeople in Hebden Bridge, Todmorden, Heptonstall and Mytholmroyd. More than 90 artists will be opening their studios and homes. Admission is free. http://hebdenbridgeopenstudios.org

ON NOW: Is this Planet Earth? Exhibition, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, until Sun, July 28. Tributes in art to visionary sci-fi writers and filmmakers such as JG Ballard, John Wyndham and Douglas Trumbull who conjured and created apocalyptic landscapes and creatures. Sculptures by Salvatore Arancio, Halina Dominska and Alfie Strong, paintings by Dan Hays and Katherine Reekie, a sound installation by Jason Singh, a live performance by Patrick Coyle and videos by Helen Sear and Seán Vicary. https://www.hcandl.co.uk/campaign/planet-earth

ON NOW: The Flourish of Liberty, exhibition inspired by the work of 18th century experimental novelist Laurence Sterne, who wrote The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, which first appeared in 1759. Shandy Hall, Coxwold, until Aug 31, 11am-4.30pm, every day except Sat. The exhibition invites 102 artists to respond to the idea of ‘Liberty’, a theme taken from his novel, most of which was written at Coxwold in the North York Moors where Sterne was vicar for the eight years to his death in 1768. https://www.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/exhibition.php?id=233

ON NOW: 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: 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: Slingsby gin pairing dinner, Thurs, July 11, Hotel du Vin York, and Thurs, July 25, Hotel Du Vin Harrogate, both from  7pm-10pm. Four course gin pairing dinner in Hotel du Vin’s newly refurbished bistros, in partnership with Harrogate-based artisan distillery Slingsby. Price £45 per head, email nruecroft@malmaison.com to book or call 01904 405260 (York) or 01423 608121 (Harrogate). https://www.facebook.com/events/1094190390767681 and https://www.facebook.com/events/468064013965239

COMING UP: Meadowfest, Malton, a boutique music festival with a difference, headlined by Levi Roots and his reggae band. Held in the grounds of The Talbot, 10am-10pm, July 20. The family-friendly festival combining food and music. Levi Roots will be supported by local talent such as Beth McCarthy, Flat Cap Carnival, Grand Old Uke of York, Tengu Taiko Drummers, Marc Atkinson and Ben Beattie’s After Midnight Band. There will also be street food stands, including vegan and veggie options, arts and children’s entertainment and a festival bar. https://www.visitmalton.com/meadowfest

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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