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Yorkshire Events 2017

Click on the relevant month below to find out what’s on in Yorkshire with our comprehensive events calendar from the pages of Dalesman magazine.


To 7 January. York. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland. Skate, play, shop and dine. www.yorkshireswinterwonderland.com

To 15 January. York. National Railway Museum. Tim Peake’s Spacecraft. Visitors to the museum can get up close to Soyuz TMA-19M and learn about Tim Peake’s mission aboard the International Space Station. Ages 13+ can also retrace Tim’s 400km journey back to Earth from the ISS in Space Descent VR, an out-of-this-world virtual reality experience narrated by Tim Peake himself. 0844 8153139. www.nrm.org.uk

To 21 January. York. Beningbrough Hall and Gardens. “Oh Wise Owl” Art Trail. Get outdoors and closer to nature. Find fourteen sculptures in unexpected places. 01904 472027. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

To 27 January. Leeds. West Yorkshire Playhouse. The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, a stunning retelling of C.S. Lewis’ treasured classic www.wyp.org.uk

To 3 February. Leeds. University of Leeds. The Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery. Now Then: Peek into the Dales. Showcase of artworks and books by Dales author Marie Hartley (1905-2006). https://library.leeds.ac.uk/art-gallery

1 Scarborough Spa. New Year’s Day Concert. 3pm. 01723 821888.  www.scarboroughspa.co.uk

1 Reeth Village Green. New Year Fireworks. 7pm. www.wherecanwego.com

1-7 York. Castle Howard. Magic Show. Noon and 2pm daily. www.castlehoward.co.uk

1 Barnsley. Astoria Centre. New Year’s Day Concert with the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ. 2.30pm. 07944 566972.

2-7 Wakefield. Nostell Priory and Parkland. Winter adventures outdoors plus creative crafts. From 11am. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/

3 Saltaire. Victoria Hall. Ballroom and Latin American Dancing. Continues throughout January. 7.15pm. www.victoriahallsaltaire.co.uk

6-7 Castleford. RSPB Fair Ings. Binocular and Telescopes Hands On weekend. www.rspb.org.uk

7 Halifax. Square Chapel. New Year Gala Concert. 3pm. £12. www.squarechapel.co.uk

9-13 Sheffield. Lyceum Theatre. The Nutcracker. An enchanting treat for all the family. 0114 2495999. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

13 Hull. Spurn National Nature Reserve. Star Gazing Safari. 5pm. www.ywt.org.uk

13 to 2 February. Richmond. The Station. Beside the Meadow. Exhibition of watercolours by Anne Miller. https://blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk/event/beside-the-meadow/

13 Doncaster. The Dome. The Glen Miller Orchestra directed by Ray McVay. 7pm. www.dclt.co.uk/whats-on

14 Wetherby. Kirk Deighton Village Hall. Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Dancing. £6 includes refreshments. 2pm-5pm. www.wherecanwego.com

14 Rotherham. Magna Science Museum. Wedding and Prom Fair. www.visitmagna.co.uk

16 Middleham. Key Centre. Middleham and the Dales Local History Group AGM followed by talk by Val Slater – a Coverdale Clergyman. 2pm. 01969 640436.

16 Leeds. Unity Court, Meanwood Road. The Life and Times of Catherine Cookson. Inspiring talk. Hot buffet included. £3. Noon. www.wherecanwego.com

17 Skipton. Swadford Street Centre. Craven U3A Talk: The Raikeswood Camp: German POWs’ experiences 1918-1919. 1.30pm. Continues every Wednesday to March. www.welcometoskipton.com

17 Halifax. Victoria Theatre. An Evening with Geoffrey Boycott & Jonathan Agnew. 7.30pm. 01422 351158. www.victoriatheatre.co.uk

19 Pontefract. Central Methodist Church. Pontefract & District Archaeological Society talk: Infrared Aerial Photography in Archaeology. www.pontarc.org.uk

19 York. Barbican. Dance to the Music with Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff. 7.30pm. 0844 852757. www.yorkbarbican.co.uk

19-20 York. Racecourse. Stamp and Coin Fair. www.conferenceandeventsyork.co.uk

20 Harrogate. Convention Centre. Icons of the 80s. Pop Concert. www.harrogateconventioncentre.co.uk

20 Leeds Town Hall. BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. 7.30pm. www.leedstownhall.co.uk

20 Hull City Hall. A Brass Band Spectacular. www.hulltheatres.co.uk

20-21 Leeds. Royal Armouries. East Meets West. Traditional and Historical Martial Arts from around the world. www.royalarmouries.org

21 Helmsley Arts Centre. Bolshoi Ballet Live: Romeo and Juliet. 3pm. www.helmsleyarts.co.uk

21 Harrogate. Old Swan Hotel. Classical Chamber music. Starts 11am. Continues Sundays. www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

21 Skipton Town Hall. Record and CD Fair. 10am. www.premierfairs.co.uk

22-27 Huddersfield Observatory. Open Week. View the night sky and moon. www.huddersfieldastronomy.org

25-26 Leeds. First Direct Arena. Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour. 7.30pm.  www.strictlycomedancinglive.com

27 York. Theatre Royal. 7pm. Burns Night Ceilidh. The Great Northern Ceilidh Band.  www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk

27 Richmond Influence Church. Richmondshire Classical Concert with Laura Snowden and Joo Yeon Sir. 7.30pm. www.rsconcerts.org

27 Ripon. Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Water Garden. Winter Abbey Tours. Start 1.30pm. Continues to February. 01765 608888. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/

27 Leeds. Fitness Firehouse. Money Fit Gym Challenge. 20p given for every calorie you burn during the 20-minute challenge. Full details: https://www.giffgaff.com/money/giffgaff-money-fit-gym-challenge/sign-up

27-29 Region-wide. Big Garden Birdwatch. Take a closer look at the birdlife on your doorstep and let the RSPB know what you have seen. www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

27-28 Pontefract. New College. Model Railway Exhibition. Adults £5, accompanied children under 16 free. www.nprms.org

27-28 Hebden Bridge. Northlight Art Space. Free Exhibition in stained glass with live demonstrations. www.northlightstudio.co.uk

31 to 3 February. Harrogate Theatre. Made in Dagenham – The Musical, presented by The Harrogate Phoenix Players. Based on a true story. Performances 7.30pm and 2.30pm. www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk


1 Ilkley Circular. Moderate 10 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

1 Ripon. Studley Royal. Leisurely 5 miles. Meet 1pm. Hellwath football ground. 01765 604431. www.ramblers.org.uk

3 Fridaythorpe, Yorkshire Wolds. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am Fridaythorpe Pond. www.ramblers.org.uk

3 Wetherby Area. Moderate 11 miles. Meet 10am Spofforth Castle. www.ramblers.org.uk

3 Vale of York. Moderate 7 miles. Meet 10.30am Copmanthorpe Sports Field. www.ramblers.org.uk

6 Settle Circular. Strenuous 14 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

6 Gildersome and Tong. Moderate 7.5 miles. Meet 10.30am Moorland Road, above Drighlington library. www.ramblers.org.uk

7 Yorkshire Wolds. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 10am Towthorpe Corner layby, A614. www.ramblers.org.uk

7 Kilnsey to Kettlewell. Strenuous 8 miles. www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk

9 Masham. Leisurely 4 miles. Meet 9.30am High Cleugh, Ripon. www.ramblers.org.uk

10 Kilburn White Horse. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am Kilburn White Horse bottom car park. www.ramblers.org.uk

13 Otley and the Chevin. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 10am Cattle Market Street car park, Otley. 01943 876713. www.ramblers.org.uk

14 Ryedale and the Moors. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am Beadlam, layby west of village. www.ramblers.org.uk

20 Harlow Carr Harrogate. Moderate 8 miles. Meet 11am roadside beyond entrance to RHS Harlow Carr Gardens. www.ramblers.org.uk

20 Haworth to Hebden Bridge. Strenuous 13 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

20 Rylstone to Grassington. Moderate 10 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

21 Kettlewell, Moor End and Starbotton. Moderate 6 miles. Meet Kettlewell YDNP car park. 07967 250543. www.ramblers.org.uk

27 Ribblehead Circular. Easy 7 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

To June. Wakefield. Hepworth Gallery. School Prints. Includes 1940s work by artists such as Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso. 01924 247360. www.hepworthwakefield.org

To March. Leeds. Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery at Leeds University. Display and the story of the region’s crockery heritage. library.leeds.ac.uk/art-gallery

To 10 March. Leeds. Craft Centre and Design Gallery. Exhibition explores the romance of British craft. www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk

To 18. York. Nunnington Hall. Bird-themed activities. Noon-3pm. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/yorkshire

1, 8 & 22 Ripon. Cathedral. Free lunchtime concerts. 1pm. www.riponcathedral.info

2 Settle. Victoria Hall. Megaslam Wrestling. Wrestling stars from Japan, Australia, Mexico, the USA and England. 7.30pm. 01729 825718. www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk

2 Bridlington. Spa. Brian Blessed OBE introduces Henry V. 6.30pm. www.bridspa.com

2 Leyburn. Arts and Community Centre. Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss. Words, music, glee and delight. 7.30pm. www.uktouring.org.uk/ian-mcmillan/

2-25 Leeds. Millennium Square. Ice Cube. Undercover ice rink, café and winter-themed attractions. www.millsqleeds.com/millennium-square/

3 Hull. The Deep. Junior Experience Day. Fun-filled day for children who have a passion for marine animals. 01482 381000. www.thedeep.co.uk

3 Grassington. Octagon Theatre. Community Cinema presents Captain Underpants. Children’s movie. 4.30pm. www.grassington.uk.com

3 Tockwith. Village Hall. Red Carpet Quiz and Curry Night. 7pm. Tickets £8 including supper. Details 01423 358808.

3 & 17 Scarborough. Westborough. Food and gift fair. www.wherecanwego.com

7 Pocklington. Arts Centre. Royal Opera House Live: Tosca. 7.15pm. www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

9 Huddersfield. Moldgreen United Reformed Church. Simeon Wood and Spot On Musical Theatre present an evening of music and sketches. 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£6. 01484 604471. www.spotonmusicaltheatre.co.uk

9 Halifax. Victoria Theatre. Chinese New Year Extravaganza. 01422 351158. www.victoriatheatre.co.uk

9-18 Leeds. Leeds United Car Parks. Fun Fair. Rides and attractions. www.visitleeds.co.uk

9-25 North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales. Dark Skies Festival. A night zip wire experience is just one of the new events in this year’s festival. www.darkskiesnationalparks.org.uk

10 to 4 March. Driffield. Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens. Snowdrop Spectacular. 11am-4pm. 01262 490324. www.burtonagnes.com

10 Barnsley. The Astoria Centre. Penistone Cinema Concert with Howard Beaumont. 2.30pm. 07944 566972.

10 Morley. Town Hall. Grimethorpe Colliery Band. 7.30pm. 0113 3760318. www.leedsconcertseason.co.uk

10 Robin Hood Bay. Ghost Walk. 6.30pm. www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

10 Orton. Farmers’ Market. 9am-2pm. www.yorkshiredales.org.uk

10-11 Doncaster. St Mary’s Church, Kirk Bramwith. Snowdrop Festival. Noon-4pm. 01302 846128.

10-11 Whitby. Pavilion. Steampunk Weekend III – Just Like Heaven. www.whitbypavilion.co.uk

10-18 Doncaster. Brodsworth Hall & Gardens.  Victorian Fairies Week. 11am-4pm. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/

10-18 Harrogate. RHS Harlow Carr. Half Term Family Fun. www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/harlow-carr

11 Bridlington. Spa. Tea Dances. 2pm. www.bridspa.com

11 Hebden Bridge. Comedy Club Night. 8.30pm. www.hebdenbridgecomedy.co.uk

11 Danby. The Moors National Park Centre. Love in the Air. Exhibition, jewellery, enjoy free chocolates, music by harpist Sarah Dean. 2pm-4pm. www.northyorkmoors.org.uk

11-13 Harrogate. Yorkshire Event Centre. Fine Food show. Exclusive collection of new and established food and drink. www.eventcentre.co.uk

12-18 York. Jorvik. Viking Festival. The most important Viking hoard found on British shores will be joining the displays. www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk

13-15 Harrogate. Yorkshire Event Centre. Ice Cream Expo. Huge assortment of ice cream. www.eventcentre.co.uk

14 Halifax. Square Chapel, Copper Auditorium. Brief Encounter. 7.30pm. www.squarechapel.co.uk

15-17 Tockwith. Village Hall. ‘Chase me up Farndale Avenue…..S’il vous plait’ Curtain up 7.30pm. Tickets £6.50. Details 01423 358626.

16 Bradford. Cathedral. Chamber Music concert. 7.30pm. 01274 777720. www.bradfordcathedral.org

17 Knaresborough. Farmers’ Market. www.yorkshirefarmersmarkets.co.uk

18 Richmond. The Station. ChopArts. Exhibition of creative skills expressed by adults with learning disabilities. 9am-9pm. blog.yorkshiredales.org.uk

18 Leeds. St Edmund’s Church, Roundhay. Food and Flavours Festival. 11.30am-4.30pm. 0113 2680899. www.stedmundsroundhay.org.uk

18 Harrogate. The Old Swan Hotel. Sunday Series with pianist Steven Osborne. 11am. 01423 562303. www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

20 Middleham. Key Centre. Middleham and the Dales Local History Group talk – Churches of Dale and Vale with Revd. William Thackray. 2pm. 01969 640436.

23-24 York. Barbican. Gin Festival. www.ginfestival.com

23-25 Wakefield. Festival of Food, Drink & Rhubarb. www.experiencewakefield.co.uk

24 Northallerton. Town Hall. Handcrafted Boutique Fair. 9.30am-4pm. www.wherecanwego.com

25 Harrogate. Pavilions. Orchid Show and Fayre. Orchids, demonstrations and craft stalls. 10am-4pm. www.harrogateorchidsociety.co.uk

26 to 3 March Bingley. Little Theatre. Billy Liar. 7.30pm. 01274 567983. www.bingleyartscentre.co.uk

28 Harmby nr Leyburn. The Village Hall. Upper Dales Family History Group. Farm buildings of the heart of Teesdale – talk with Jennifer Deadman. 2pm. www.upperdalesfhg.org.uk


3 Washburn Valley and Thruscross Reservoir. Moderate 9 miles. Meet 9am Trinity Methodist Church, Park Road, Harrogate. www.harrogateramblers.org.uk

3 Long Preston to Settle. Strenuous 14 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

3 Harewood to Otley. Moderate 10 miles. A public transport walk, starts 9.11 Northern Rail from York to Harrogate. www.yorkramblers.org.uk

4 Howardian Hills, Hovingham Hobble, Bulmer. Moderate 10.5 miles. Meet 9.30am Hovingham VH car park. www.eastyorkshireramblers.org.uk

4 Yorkshire Wolds. Moderate 10 miles. Meet 10am Wayrham picnic site, A166, west of Fridaythorpe. www.scarboroughramblers.co.uk

4 Brimham Rocks. Moderate 7 miles. Meet 10.50am Low Laithe. www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk

10 Rylstone Safari. Moderate 7.5 miles. Meet 10am Rylstone Duck Pond. 01535 635989.

10 Temple Newsam Circular. Moderate 6.5 miles. Meet 11am Temple Newsam Farm car park. www.leedsramblers.org.uk

10 Horton to Settle. Moderate to strenuous 13 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

10 Grassington Circular. Easy 7-8 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

11 Grassington and Hebden Gill. Moderate 6 miles. Meet 11am Grassington. www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk

17 Dent to Horton via the Three Ways. Strenuous 14 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

17 Tong Park Dam. Moderate 6 miles. Meet 11am bottom of Victoria Road, Saltaire. 01943 876713.

17 Swinsty and Fewston. Moderate 9.5 miles. Meet 9am Trinity Methodist Church, Park Drive, Harrogate. www.harrogateramblers.org.uk

24 Ribblehead to Ingleton. Easy 8 miles. www.friendsofdalesrail.org

25 Burnsall to Embsay. Strenuous 8 miles. Meet 10.45am Burnsall. www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk

25 Attermire Cave. Moderate 9 miles. Meet 10am Viaduct car park, Settle. 01943 830580. www.friendsofdalesbus.org.uk