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To 4th February
2011 1940s Inspired Art Event - Exhibition of art with a 1940’s/military theme produced by students from Yorkshire Coast College. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
To 27th March
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Winter Abbey Tour. Saturdays & Sundays in January, February, March - Join a tour to discover fascinating facts and stories about the Abbey and monks. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 1.30 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
To 10th April
2011 Once upon a time... - Once upon a time, in a land far away, there was a magical place full of fairies, trolls, genies, witches, pirates and dragons, princes and princesses....

All of these wonderful creatures and characters feature in this charming exhibition in our Little Gallery. It explores various stories, fairytales and nursery rhymes which have enthralled and enchanted children and adults alike for centuries.

The painting, ceramics and works on paper are all from York Art Gallery and York Museums Trust and the illustrations are drawn from the Tillotson Hyde collection, presented to York Art Gallery in 1962.

Tillotson Hyde's collection largely focuses on 19th and early 20th Century illustrations and whilst some of the stories are now unknown, the characters and themes will be familiar to generations of readers, from tales of daring and adventure to mysterious creatures and creations.

York Art Gallery
To 19th June
2011 Driver, Draughtsman, Cleaner, Clerk: Running Britain's Railways - This new exhibition tells the personal stories of the railway workers who built and ran Britain's railways.

First-person accounts will be accompanied by photographs, real documents, and the objects that railway workers used to perform their day-to-day jobs.

Take this opportunity to view normally unseen items of our collection – and find out the ways you can search for your own railway ancestors via the National Railway Museum's archives.

National Railway Museum
To 8th October
2011 Honest Pots - Celebrating the unpretentious beauty of handmade, functional English pottery.

Honest Pots will showcase a diverse range of ceramics from the York Museum Trust’s collection, from medieval jugs, through country pottery and to contemporary studio pottery. The influences and themes which stretch across the genres and periods will be highlighted.

A diverse range of works will be in the exhibition, including pieces by Bernard Leach, Phil Eglin, Paul Young and Takeshi Yasuda. All complemented by films and photographs of potters at work.

Helen Walsh, assistant curator of decorative arts, said: "This is an exhibition which invites viewers to spend time looking at the subtle beauty of traditional handmade functional pottery and seeing how it has influenced a whole movement of contemporary potters. By showcasing magnificent medieval jugs alongside jugs by studio potters such as Mick Casson, or highlighting the rediscovery of country pottery by British contemporary potters, we can reveal the links and invite visitors to interpret the pottery in a way they might not have done so previously."

Yorkshire has a rich history of country pottery and the exhibition highlights the wealth of this material in York's collection. Each display case in the exhibition will explore the many local links and stories, such as the contrast of work by one of Yorkshire's last traditional country potters, Isaac Button, alongside works by modern country potter Doug Fitch who is based in Devon. Another case will show how studio potters have interpreted traditional forms in more radical ways, such as Alison Britton's double jug form and Simon Carroll's dish form.

Several large country pots will be exhibited uncased- a set of nested pancheons, a big bottomless jar and a large cistern. A collaborative work by textile artist Alice Kettle and potter Alex McErlain, featuring a large machine embroidered textile and a ceramic Harvest Jug will also be on show.

Two films will be shown, contrasting the traditional country potter with a modern country potter to show that country pottery still continues today. "Isaac Button: Country Potter" is one of the most famous pottery films ever made and is being provided by the Yorkshire Film Archive. "Hollyford Harvest" is a film about the modern country potter Doug Fitch and was made last year by Alex McErlain. Ceramics by Doug Fitch and Alex McErlain are included in the handling area of the gallery, allowing visitors to get a closer look at the styles and techniques they employ.

York Art Gallery
Future Events and Attractions

1st February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Septimius Severus: Death of an Emperor'. A free lunchtime talk about Severus and how he came to die in Eboracum, by head curator Andrew Morrison. 12.30 pm FREE

Yorkshire Museum
1st February
2011 Lunchtime Concert - The first lunchtime concert of the new semester includes the YSJ Barbershop Quartet. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
1st February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Explaining the explanatory gap with Speaker: Professor David Papineau, King's College, London

He works on issues in metaphysics, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of mind and psychology. His Thinking about Consciousness was published in 2002 and The Roots of Reason, a collection of essays on rationality, decision, and evolution, in 2003. He was President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science from 1993 to 1995 and Editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science from 1993 to 1998. In 1999-2000 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow and President of the Mind Association for 2009-10.

6.30 pm
Bowland Auditorium
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
1st February
2011 The Chapter House Choir - Open Rehearsal.

Join the choir for a typical rehearsal in the beautiful acoustic of the Chapter House. Choose whether to sing with us or listen. Music scores are provided. Entrance is free.
Chapter House Choir
2nd February
2011 Café Scientifique - Café Scientifique is an informal evening of lively discussion revolving around contemporary scientific issues of the day. Each meeting begins with a short talk from an invited science-related speaker, followed by up to an hour of open discussion including a Q & A session.

Everyone is welcome to attend and express their views, or to just enjoy a drink and listen. No scientific knowledge is assumed and everyone can participate. Please note that admission is free but by ticket only.

Tonight - 'The Mysterious Neutrino' with Frank Close OBE.

Neutrinos are ghostly particles that can travel through the Earth as easily as a bullet through a bank of fog.They are so shy that half a century after their discovery, we know less about them than all other forms of matter ever seen. The sun and stars produce vast numbers of them - billions of solar neutrinos are passing through your eyeballs unseen as you read this. If we could see with neutrino eyes, night would be as bright as day as solar neutrinos pass up through our beds at night and down on our heads by day.

Now we are beginning to seek neutrinos from supernovae, remote galaxies and even from The Big Bang. At CERN physicists are studying neutrinos as they could affect the future expansion and fate of the Universe. Their story spans 80 years since Wolfgang Pauli said "I have predicted a particle that cannot be detected" and wagered a crate of champagne to that effect. (He paid up 25 years later when the neutrino was detected).

Understanding what the neutrino is and why it exists is one of the frontier puzzles in particle physics; it is the tool of a new way of doing astronomy, which is beginning right now, and is the hero of a scientific adventure story spanning 80 years.

Frank Close OBE is a particle physicist, author and speaker. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He was formerly Vice President of the British Association for Advancement of Science, Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Head of Communications and Public Education at CERN. He is the author of several books, including the best-selling "Antimatter", and the winner of the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his "outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics."

"Neutrino" by Frank Close has just been published by Oxford University Press.

 

Audience capacity at The Basement is limited to 70. The Basement, York. The evening is free but places are limited so we highly recommend that you book your place(s) in advance by calling City Screen Picturehouse Box Office on T 0871 704 2054 and collect your ticket(s) from the Box Office. The Café does not make a profit or pay a fee to the speaker.

 

 

 

 

 

Café Scientifique
2nd February
2011 Michael Collins clarinet and Michael McHale piano present -
Mozart/Brahms Sonata in B flat K378
Debussy Rhapsody
Saint-Saens Clarinet Sonata in E flat op. 167
Poulenc Clarinet Sonata

Michael Collins’s dazzling virtuosity and sensitive musicianship have made him one of today’s most sought-after musicians. He is equally at home as a soloist, chamber musician and as a director and conductor. Indisputably one of the leading clarinettists of his generation, he first attracted public attention as winner, aged 16, of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition.

He continues the season’s French flavour with some of the most popular sonatas for clarinet and piano for which is he accompanied by the outstanding young Irish pianist Michael McHale, winner of the 2009 Terence Judd/Hallé award.

‘Michael Collins was again marvellous – virtuosic, subtle and unfailingly musical.’ The Financial Times. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
2nd February
2011 Scarborough Jazz at the Cask present - The Dylan Howe Quartet

On this first gig of his UK tour acclaimed and versatile drummer Dylan Howe leads a modern jazz four piece, playing his original compositions and arrangements of Coltrane, Blue Note and Bowie.

The band features the best young players from the London jazz scene: Brandon Allen is a tenor sax player considered by many to be the best in the UK at the moment. Ross Stanley, keyboards, has been nominated for Best Instrumentalist in the London Jazz Awards. Tim Thornton is a bass player who left the Birmingham Conservatoire with a full diary of London bookings.

The London Evening Standard said the quartet is "The best neo-bop group in the country."

The Cask Inn
Cambridge Terrace,
Scarborough

Scarborough Jazz
3rd February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Masterclass by clarinettist Michael Collins

Following his concert performance on 2 February Michael Collins will discuss repertoire and technique.

The British clarinettist Michael Collins is one of the most sought-after and successful wind players of his generation. At the age of sixteen he won the woodwind prize in the first BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, and at twenty-two made his American debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. Since then he has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s major orchestras and most renowned conductors.

Michael Collins has done much to promote the clarinet concerto repertoire of today’s notable composers: he gave the premiere of John Adams’ Clarinet Concerto Gnarly Buttons (which was written for him) at London’s South Bank Centre conducted by the composer, and the UK and Dutch premieres of Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto. Michael Collins is also in demand as a chamber musician, regularly performing with the Lindsay and Belcea string quartets, Martha Argerich, Stephen Hough, Mikhail Pletnev, Lars Vogt, Joshua Bell, Steven Isserlis and Isabelle van Keulen. In 2001 he was featured as International Artist in Residence for the 2001 Bath International Festival, and in June 2002 as guest artist in a series of chamber concerts with other eminent musicians at London’s Wigmore Hall.

10.00 am
Department of Music
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
3rd February
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
3rd February
2011 Yorkshire Museum Astronomy Events - Observing Jupiter. Join astronomer Martin Lunn at the York Observatory for this event focussing on the planet Jupiter.

Come and gaze upon the stars in what is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. You'll be finding out about the galaxy in one of the most historically important astronomy centres in the country.

The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness. 6.00 - 8.00 pm.

Yorkshire Museum Observatory
3rd February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Berkeley's revolution in vision with Speaker: Professor Tom Stoneham, Department of Philosophy

Creativity in the History of Philosophy - In this series, staff from the University's Department of Philosophy will discuss some important philosophers, and identify what was truly creative in their work. They hope both to explore these writers' work, and also to shed some light on what we mean by 'creativity', and what makes philosophy a creative discipline.

Berkeley was very sensitive to the criticism that he was pursuing novelty for novelty's sake in order to draw attention to himself. For this reason, he postponed publication of his immaterialism and tried first to establish a philosophical reputation with the New Theory of Vision (1709), which makes no mention of immaterialism. While not shocking, the New Theory of Vision is an immensely creative work which dominated the psychology of vision for more than a century. In this lecture Professor Stoneham will show that Berkeley's theory is so rich that it not only solved the problems he addressed but also solves problems in the theory of perception which have only been formulated in the past 20 years.

6.15 pm
The Treehouse
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
3rd February
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Lander Mason

Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars, vocals) have been performing together since 2000, developing a unique sound which combines both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in truly beautiful and striking arrangements. Another very welcome Black Swan debut!

8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
4th February
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Star formation : a turbulent tale by Prof. René Oudmaijer, University of Leeds

The formation and birth of a star may last millions of years, but in comparison to its total lifetime, the process would be comparable to a pregnancy lasting less than an hour! The talk will discuss the latest developments in the theories of star formation and it will be shown that star formation is not the gentle and slow process one might expect. Indeed, the birth of stars is often associated with very violent and energetic phenomena! 8.00 pm

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
4th February
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
4th February
2011 Sean Taylor - Already drawing comparisons to John Martyn and Tom Waits and Bob Dylan UK singer songwriter Sean Taylor is impressing audiences nationwide. His 2009 album Calcutta Grove received spectacular reviews in publications as diverse as Uncut, Classic Rock, Maverick, Blues Matters, Americana UK, Net Rhythms, Blues In Britain, Rock N' Reel, and Classical Guitar World. His latest album Walk With Me is attracting even more attention, some critics even calling it a masterpiece. He has appeared all over the UK including Cambridge and Beverley Festivals and at Glastonbury this year where he performed to over 3000 people and sold out his stock of CDs within minutes. Exactly the same thing happened when he supported John Fogerty of Creedance Clearwater. His live shows are not to be missed, his guitar work is a sight to behold and his raw emotion packed vocals strike at the very core!

 

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
5th February
2011 York Guildhall Orchestra present - Dancing

A programme of dance music including:
Glazunov – Autumn (from The Seasons)
Delibes – Entracte and Waltz, Prelude and Mazurka (from Coppelia)
Gounod – Ballet music from Faust
Smetana – Polka, Furiant, Dance of the Comedians (from The Bartered Bride)
Johann Strauss Jnr. – Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltzes)
Khatchaturian – Adagio (from Spartacus)
Tchaikovsky – Suite from The Sleeping Beauty
7.30 pm

 

Central Hall
UoY

York Guildhall Orchestra
5th February
2011 English Song Day - This season’s Song Day continues the pattern of several singers appearing in different concerts and events through the day. We are delighted to welcome singers who are regular visitors to the concert series in programmes which celebrate song settings in English from both sides of the Atlantic.

10.30am Song workshop: Christopher Glynn coaches student accompanists and singers from University of York

11.30am Song workshop: Ian Partridge coaches student singers from University of York

1.00pm The American Tradition Copland 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson Barber Four Songs op.13 and songs by Ives
The American Song has assumed a distinctive position alongside Lieder, French Art Song and British Song. Ives wrote a wide variety of songs including sacred, spirituals, campaign and parlour as well as in folksong style. Copland also wrote popular American song alongside conventional songs such as the 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson. Songs occupy two-thirds of Barber’s compositional output; Sure on this shining night is perhaps the most famous of his op.13 set.

3.00pm In conversation: Ian Partridge discusses changing styles of singing English song. As one of Britain’s leading lyric tenors, Ian Partridge was particularly well-known for his recitals of English song as well as for his performances of Lieder and Bach. He brings to this discussion his extensive experience of working with, and teaching, many of today’s leading interpreters of English song.

4.30pm The Housman Inspiration - Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge Butterworth A Shropshire Lad and settings by Head, Gurney, Finzi
Despite not wanting his words set to music, Housman’s poetry provided the inspiration for the quintessential English song in the early 20th century. The settings by Vaughan Williams and Butterworth, both composed before the First World War, are perhaps the best known.

7.00pm In a Lighter Vein Songs by Sullivan, Monckton, Phillips, Coward, Warlock, Britten, Cole Porter, Sherwin, Weill, Kern, Gershwin, Bernstein and Sondheim.
Operettas, revues, cabaret and, above all, the musical have produced a vast and popular repertoire which is increasingly finding a role in concert programmes. Here we continue the link between the British and American traditions.
National Centre
for Early Music

York Concerts
5th February
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
5th February
2011 The Tom McConville Big Band

The Newcastle fiddle player, Tom McConville, is one of the leading folk fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich, warm voice makes his interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world. He has played on literally hundreds of albums and whilst he has shared stages throughout the world with many big names he has never forgotten his roots in Tyneside.

His big band line-up includes David Newey, Shona Kipling and Phil Murray, whose performances combine a roller coaster of musical delights.

“Scintillating fiddle, a silky smooth tone, a wide grin and a dry Geordie wit.'”
"Tom is a great player, and a terrific singer, he happens to be a number one bloke too." Dave Swarbrick

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
5th February
2011 ‘Victorian Tales of Fear’ by Found Theatre, in association with North Country Theatre.

Eccentric Victorian ghost hunter, Montagu Furzan, recounts thrilling tales by M.R. James and Edgar Allen Poe. Also featuring Paul Sullivan as The Madman. 5.30 and 8.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
5-27th
February
2011 Snowdrop Spectacular - Wander through a wonderful blanket of snowdrops in our woodland walk.

As well as the blanket of snowdrops in the wood there are snowdrops and other home grown plants for sale, along with warming meals in the cafe and the new season's stock in the Home and Garden Shop and Gift Shop.

11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Burton Agnes Hall
6th February
2011 Harrogate International Sunday Series - Now in its 18th year, the Sunday Series is once again bringing some of the very best national and international Classical chamber musicians to Harrogate.

MATTHEW TRUSLER Violin and GUY JOHNSTON ‘Cello - Two rising stars of the international string world, Matthew Trusler and Guy Johnston, present a stunning programme featuring works from Turnage’s commission written especially for Johnston to the well-known drama of Bartok and Ravel.

Turnage Milo
Kodaly Duo for Violin and Cello
Bartok Ciacconna from Solo Sonata
Ravel Duo for Violin and Cello

“Lustrous, sensitive artistry” Telegraph. 11.00 am

The Old
Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Sunday Series
8th February
2011 Lunchtime Concert including the Madrigal Choir. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
8th February
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - The North Sea, our living sea The Michael Clegg Memorial Lecture by Kirsten Smith, North Sea Marine Advocacy Manager, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
8th February
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Peter Dunn: "Wings and Whales Round Monterey."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
9th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Modern acting madness with Speaker: Professor Adam Phillips, Writer and Psychoanalyst.

The lecture will offer some psycho-analytic reflections on modern theatrical versions of madness, looking in particular at versions of Shakespeare's King Lear and Macbeth as well as Gogol's Diary of a Madman, exploring the crucial relationship between madness and performance more generally.

Adam Phillips is an Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature and a celebrated author and psychoanalyst.

5.00 pm
Room AEW/003
Alcuin East Wing
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
9th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Breaking the code: From Enigma to your cashpoint card and many centuries back with Speaker: Professor John A Clark, Department of Computer Science

The lecture will take you on a journey through some landmark events in the breaking of (fairly modern) cryptographic systems. We will look at the emergence of machine assisted cryptanalysis (largely connected with WWII, and Enigma in particular) and move to the present day and beyond.

You might think that with the vast computer resources available to us breaking Enigma would now be a piece of cake. Not so!

There will be a drinks reception held before the lecture at 6.30pm, open to all who attend the lecture. Admission by free ticket, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets

7.00 pm
Ron Cooke Hub
Heslington East
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
9th February
2011 YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting. We will be there, even if it rains, for at least half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed. Objects on show should include planets, star clusters, and galaxies. Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society
9th February
2011 Ebor Public Lectures on Theology & Public Life - 2010/2011 theme Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century.

Acts of terrorism and the perceived threat of terrorism are changing our world. Some argue our freedoms are being eroded and our liberty curtailed through the deliberate building up of a climate of fear. Where is hope in all this? This series of Ebor Lectures will explore these issues of freedom and security, the politics of fear and the politics of hope.

Tonight - Professor the Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE, AcSS Department of Politics, University of York with The Politics of Fear: What does it mean to those who are otherised and feared?

The lecture will be held at York St John University. Admission is free but by ticket only.

 

York St John University
9th February
2011 York Bibliographical Society lecture - WASTE, LUXURY AND RECYCLING IN THE WINCHESTER FELLOWS’ LIBRARY with Dr Geoffrey Day, Fellows’ Librarian, Winchester College.

York, long been associated with books, through printing, publishing and selling, makes a natural base for a society initiated by, and dedicated to those who love books. Authors and illustrators, designers and publishers, booksellers and collectors feature in programmes of six winter lectures supplemented by summer visits to memorable libraries. All who have an interest in books are welcome to join this active group of booklovers. 8.00 pm

York Medical Society’s Rooms
23 Stonegate

York Bibliographical Society
9th February
2011 Mahan Esfahani harpsichord plays JS Bach Goldberg Variations BWV988

Praised as ‘exceptionally gifted’ (The Times) and for ‘the virtuosity of a master’ (Keyboard Magazine), the Iranian-born keyboardist Mahan Esfahani is quickly gaining an international reputation as a performer on a variety of early keyboards in repertoire stretching five centuries.

The first harpsichordist named as a BBC New Generation Artist, he has appeared to considerable acclaim at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms and venues and festivals throughout the UK and in the USA; he gave an outstanding recital in the 2010 York Early Music Festival.

He is currently Artist-in-Residence and Fellow of New College, Oxford. The Goldberg Variations, an aria and 30 variations written to soothe a sleepless Russian aristocrat, is amongst the greatest music written for keyboard. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
9th February
2011 Scarborough Jazz at the Cask present - Mark Chandler

A very busy trumpeter, Mark plays with the London based Jay Craig Big Band, Jazzmahoot, and the Nicki Allen Sextet.

He grew up listening to Art Farmer and Clifford Brown but says that these days he listens "mostly to saxophone players." Mark has played with George Russell, Elvin Jones, Pete King, John Dankworth and the BBC Big Band. A lyrical player with a beautiful sound on flugelhorn.

With the Mike Gordon Trio - Mike Gordon (keyboards), Dennis Hitch (drums) and Bob Walker (bass).

The Cask Inn
Cambridge Terrace,
Scarborough

Scarborough Jazz
10th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Masterclass by celebrated harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

Praised as ‘exceptionally gifted’ (The Times) and for ‘the virtuosity of a master’ (Keyboard Magazine), the Iranian-born keyboardist Mahan Esfahani is quickly gaining an international reputation as a performer on a variety of early keyboards in repertoire stretching five centuries. The first harpsichordist named as a BBC New Generation Artist, he has appeared to considerable acclaim at the Wigmore Hall, the BBC Proms and venues and festivals throughout the UK and in the USA; he gave an outstanding recital in the 2010 York Early Music Festival. He is currently Artist-in-Residence and Fellow of New College, Oxford.

10.00 am
Department of Music
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
10th February
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Bootham Chamber Choir 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
10th February
2011 Yorkshire Museum Astronomy Events - Observing the Moon. Take a look at the Moon through the York Observatory's telescope this evening with astronomer Martin Lunn.

Come and gaze upon the stars in what is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. You'll be finding out about the galaxy in one of the most historically important astronomy centres in the country.

The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness. 6.00 - 8.00 pm.

Yorkshire Museum Observatory
10th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Spinoza: Creative thought within the rigid bounds of reason with Speaker: Professor Peter Lamarque, Department of Philosophy

Creativity in the History of Philosophy - In this series, staff from the University's Department of Philosophy will discuss some important philosophers, and identify what was truly creative in their work. They hope both to explore these writers' work, and also to shed some light on what we mean by 'creativity', and what makes philosophy a creative discipline.

6.15 pm
The Treehouse
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
10th February
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
11th February
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club (@NCEM!) present - Steve Knightley

A solo appearance by the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots band in England. Steve is renowned for his strong narrative songs reflecting life in his native West Country, while he also pulls no punches in writing highly literate numbers about bigger national and global issues: classics such as “Country Life”, “Roots” and “Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed”. A charismatic performer with a great voice, he plays guitar, mandocello and a host of other instruments. Special guest on this tour is the young Devonian singer Jim Causley, who will perform some of his own songs and do some duets with Steve.

7.00 pm
National Centre
for Early Music
B.S.F.C.
11th February
2011 Sherlock Holmes: The Death & The Life

In this wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery & the occult...”The world's greatest detective refuses to leave the stage!”

‘A fantasy based upon a fiction’, finds Conan Doyle tiring of his ‘intolerably arrogant Sherlock Holmes’, and inventing the malevolent Moriarty, to dispose of him. But Doyle's dangerous strategy, combined with his passion for raising the spirits of the dead, has rather more surreal and dramatic consequences than he bargains for!

After his international success in ‘Sherlock Holmes.... the last act!’ Roger Llewellyn returns in this spine tingling new play.

“Roger Llewellyn precisely embodies Sherlock, Conan Doyle would have approved” Time Out, London

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
11th February
2011 The Realistics - Come and join us in our 60/70s music night with the Realistics performing their Motown songs, with a twist of blue-eyed soul. Get those ‘Gladrags’ ready to groovy on down. 8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
11th February
2011 Megson in concert.

Megson are Teesside born and bred Stu Hanna (vocals, octave mandola, mandolin, guitar, bass, fiddles) & Debbie Hanna-Palmer (vocals & concertina). Finalists in 2009 and 2010 and nominees for both the 2011 Radio 2 Folk Awards and The Spiral Awards for Best Duo. 2011 Spiral Awards finalists for Best Original Song. “Megson have steadily established themselves as two of the freshest, most original performers in the latest folk revival." The Guardian.

Reeth Memorial Hall
11-13th February
2012 Winter Steam Gala - A superb three day steam extravaganza with up to EIGHT steam locomotives in action during the event.

Express trains, double headed trains, vintage trains and demonstration goods trains

Real ale buffet cars on most trains including our famous “Jubilee Bar”

Hot food served on board our Restaurant Car in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed on all 3 days

Evening gas lit train Saturday evening.

Morning all line demonstration goods train.

GUIDED TOURS AND VINTAGE BUSES ...................

Guided Tours of Haworth Locomotive Shed and Works & Oxenhope Carriage and Wagon Works

The KWVR has recently expanded its services to include a series of very popular ‘Behind the Scenes’ guided tours. We are happy to offer these on each day of the Steam Gala’ Weekend. These will take parties round the Works and Sheds at Haworth where the locomotives are housed and maintained and Oxenhope, where the carriages are housed and maintained. The tours will take place on the hour, every hour, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Haworth Tours will start from the Station Forecourt (Booking Hall if wet) whilst the Oxenhope Tours will start at the same times from the Exhibition Shed entrance, outside the station (inside the Shed if wet).

No charge is made for either tour, but we are more than happy to accept a donation to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Trust, whose ‘Oakworth Bridges Appeal’ will benefit directly.

The Haworth Tours are always very heavily subscribed and we are limited to a maximum of fifteen people per tour to ensure your safety. They will be on a first come first served basis, but our Host who will meet all tourers in Haworth Booking Hall will, if tours are over subscribed, take bookings for a later tour so that all who wish ultimately will be accommodated.

Vintage Bus Services

You cannot understand the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway unless you understand its geography and topography; created by local people for local people, it has a tremendous history and story to tell, it is very much a part of the local story and landscape. It is so, so much more than just a place to see steam locomotives and old trains in operation. It is a Railway with a capital ‘R’.

Therefore, to encourage and enable visitors to understand and appreciate the stunning scenery, and put our terrific little railway into context, vintage ‘bus services will operate, entirely free of charge between Haworth and Oxenhope Stations via the valleys of the Bridgehouse and Sladen becks and that of the River Worth.

From 10 a.m., all uphill trains (that’s from Keighley) will connect at Haworth with a vintage ‘bus to Oxenhope (service departs five minutes after the train arrives, from the Station Forecourt). This will provide a short tour of about 15minutes, via Haworth Village and Moor, Marsh and Moorhouse Lane to Oxenhope.

All train arrivals at Oxenhope will connect (service departs five minutes after the train arrives, from the Station Forecourt) with a vintage ‘bus service to Haworth via Hebden Road. This gives excellent views of the Railway in the Valley, Bents Farm (which was Three Chimneys the Railway Children’s House) and Haworth Village.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
11-26th February
2011 To Kill a Mockingbird Written by Harper Lee; Dramatised by Christopher Sergel and Starring Duncan Preston

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...

A gripping staging of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, set in America’s scorching Deep South at a time when racial tensions are at an all time high.

Atticus, a lawyer, defends a man unfairly accused of rape, risking his family's safety in order to do the right thing in the face of the racism shown by fellow townsfolk. His children make a captivating journey of discovery about their father, their neighbours and the community they live in.

York Theatre Royal
12th February
2011 The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society's remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I's birth, to 1837, the year of William IV's death.

Lecture - Johan Zoffany: A German Artist in Georgian England with Dr Martin Postle, Assistant Director for Academic Activities, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. 2.30 pm Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017)
De Grey Court
York St John University

York Georgian Society
12th February
2011 YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR present Glories of the Spanish Renaissance including Victoria Requiem and psalm settings with 12-part motets, psalms and Magnificat

No other period of musical history seems to have managed to capture the glorious choral sonority and colour of the music of Spanish Renaissance. Tomás Luis de Victoria is the best-known composer of this school and the Requiem his longest and most profound masterpiece. We are sure that our audiences will welcome our continued exploration of this repertoire. In this concert we include several specially edited large-scale compositions interspersed with more intimate motets and plainchant.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm
St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir
12th February
2011 The Wilders in concert

Kansas City 's Wilders are a hillbilly whirlwind, and one of the most exciting acoustic bands to travel across the Atlantic in years! Whether cooking up a spicy rockabilly honky tonk casserole, hauntingly singing of tragedy and regret, or scatter-gunning sell out crowds with sprightly and uplifting instrumentals, once you've seen them, you'll want more!

With a musical soul that lies in the Ozarks, The Wilders take a classic southern string band template of dobro, banjo and old-time bluegrass fiddle songs - with some nods to Johnny Cash and Hank Williams - and add an exhilarating, breathless, driving energy in a stage show filled with four part harmonies, barnstorming hoedowns and breakneck tempos. Having already won Alt-Country Album of The Year at the prestigious US Independent Music Awards and set alight some of the worlds major roots festivals, including a BBC2 broadcast for their appearance at Celtic Connections, the band look set to become a real sensation in venues across Europe.

Selby Town Hall
12th February
2011 Ripley Blues present THE HAMSTERS

The guitar, bass and drums trio The Hamsters have long been established as one of our premier live attractions. Although primarily playing their own brand of Rock, Blues and Americana, they're also widely regarded as the UK's leading interpreters of the music of JIMI HENDRIX & ZZ TOP - and will no doubt be featuring some tonight. Also, another popular feature of their two-hour performance will be the inclusion of a few acoustic songs! Guitarist/singer Slim has just been featured in Guitarist magazine's 'Blues Guitar Heroes' book.

"The Hamsters are fabulous: one of Britain's very best live bands" - Bob Harris, Radio 2

"The Hamsters are a great Blues band" - Johnny Walker, Radio 2

"Nobody does the music of Jimi Hendrix and ZZ Top better (apart from the real ZZ Top)” – The Times

"F****** brilliant!" - Suzi Quatro
Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate

 

Ripley Blues
12th February
- 12th June
2012 David Hockney: Bigger Trees Near Warter - David Hockney's painting Bigger Trees Near Warter, on loan from Tate, is the largest painting the artist has ever produced. Featuring two copses, a huge sycamore tree, buildings and early flowering daffodils, the painting comprises of 50 individual canvas panels and takes inspiration from a site at Warter in the Yorkshire Wolds.

This exhibition is the first time the painting has been seen outside London.

York Art Gallery
13th February
2011 Sowerby Music present Wind from Chethams

Great to have a return visit from some of those highly talented students from Chethams. By special request, we will hear one of Mozart’s own favourite pieces of chamber music – his Quintet for Piano and Wind in Eflat – K452. A ravishing piece displaying all the best of the composer and the instruments to go with solos from the individual performers.
St. Oswald's Church
Sowerby
Thirsk

Sowerby Music
13th February
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Valentines Activities. Romance takes over Ryedale Folk Museum. Arts and Crafts activities, card making, love token making and more. Come and join in the romance and fun. Ryedale Folk Museum
13th February
2011 Blowers and Bly - Bold, Bald and Belligerent

Henry Blofeld (Test Match Special) and John Bly (Antiques Roadshow), two of the best-loved broadcasters and TV presenters of their generation, join forces to prove they are indestructibly young at heart.

Fresh from their success in Edinburgh this summer these self- proclaimed 'old farts' are now planning to put the world to rights through the medium of anecdotage, jokes and silly stories, drawing on their incredible lives and careers to hilarious, poignant and fascinating effect.

“The combination of Henry Blofeld, the voice of Test Match Special, and Antiques Roadshow host John Bly make for compelling and enthralling company” Edinburgh Fringe Review

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
14th February
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
15th February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Caracella: York's forgotten Emperor'. Head curator Andrew Morrison talks about the life of Severus' son, who was proclaimed the new Roman Emperor when his father died in York. 12.30 pm FREE

Yorkshire Museum
15th February
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the ever-popular YSJ Big Band. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
15th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - The places of popular medicine: Aristotle's masterpiece in context with Speaker: Professor Mary Fissell, The John Hopkins University, USA

Aristotle's Masterpiece was the most popular English book about reproduction from its first publication in 1684 all the way into the 1930s. It is not by Aristotle, nor a masterpiece, but affords the historian an unusual glimpse into plebeian sexuality and reading habits. While much of the content is typical of a late 17th century midwifery guide, its extremely long life makes it unique.

The lecture explores the many physical spaces in which readers encountered and bought the Masterpiece in an attempt to understand its long-lived success. The book was hidden under teenage boys' mattresses; thumbed in book stalls; read aloud in girls' boarding schools, and sold by chapmen bringing metropolitan wares to distant rural communities.

6.15 pm
Bowland Auditorium
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
15th February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Emperor Severus' British expedition: motives, course and aftermath A lecture by Professor Anthony Birley, Vindolanda Museum, Hexham. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
15th February
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'Thunderbirds are Go!'.

2011 is the 60th anniversary of Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight programme of the United States which had the goal of putting a human into orbit around the Earth. Such was the impact of the programme that Gerry Anderson named each of his Thunderbird pilots after Mercury astronauts.
Discover more about these pioneering missions and their impact on future space programmes with our resident expert astronomer. Then explore our life-sized replica of a Mercury spacecraft (with a habitable volume of only 1.7 cubic metres) which is displayed in the Castle Museum’s Sixties gallery. Pre-booking requested. 2.00 pm

 

York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
15-20th February
2011 Continental Market - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
16th February
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Military Music'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
29/30th January
2011 York Castle Museum - Thunderbirds are Go!

Join us to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight programme of the US, which inspired Gerry Anderson to name each of his Thunderbird pilots after Mercury astronauts. Find out more and explore our life-sized replica of a Mercury spacecraft in the Sixties gallery. To book a place, telephone 01904 650333. 2.00 pm
York Castle Museum
16th February
2011 Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society lecture series -

Tonight - The Bio Archaeology of the Barbican Site, York by Lauren McIntyre (On-Site Archaeology). 7.30 pm Friend's Meeting House
Friargate

YAYAS
16th February
2011 University Chamber Orchestra plays - Mozart Overture The Magic Flute
Fauré Pelléas et Mélisande suite
Ravel Piano Concerto in G

Playing the second of Ravel’s piano concertos is Paul Sild, a third-year student. With its mix of jazz influences and French colour, the piece is notable for the beauty of its slow movement. The programme begins with two popular works conducted by third-year student Daniel Parkinson. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
16th February
2011 Scarborough Jazz at the Cask present - Tina Featherstone

This is the first time at Scarborough Jazz for Tina who plays flute, clarinet, tenor sax and piano.

She began on clarinet when she was nine, inspired by her Dad, Mike, who played with Tubby Hayes. A graduate from the LCM, Tina has her own trio that plays world-wide. She has played with the LCM wind band, Graham Hearn’s New Music Ensemble and Tony Faulkener’s Big Band.

Tina spent two years with a tribute to Stan Kenton Orchestra, played with the New Squadronaires and teaches music to deaf children, as well as working as a session musician for TDK and Sony.

With the Mike Gordon Trio - Mike Gordon (keyboards), Dennis Hitch (drums) and Bob Walker (bass).

The Cask Inn
Cambridge Terrace,
Scarborough

Scarborough Jazz
16/17th February
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Willow Weaving

Baskets (NB. 2 day course) with Phil Bradley. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm SOLD OUT RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
17th February
2011 York Art Gallery Curator's Talks - ‘David Hockney' a talk by the Curator of Fine Art, Laura Turner. Laura Turner will be talking about the artist behind the huge 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' currently on display at the Gallery. 12.30-1.00 pm Curator's talks are FREE of charge and there is no need to book. York Art Gallery
17th February
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Dramatists 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
17th February
2011 Yorkshire Museum Astronomy Events - Observing the Moon. Take a look at the Moon through the York Observatory's telescope this evening with astronomer Martin Lunn.

Come and gaze upon the stars in what is the oldest working observatory in Yorkshire. You'll be finding out about the galaxy in one of the most historically important astronomy centres in the country.

The observatory was built in 1832 and 1833 and its 4in refractor telescope was built by York man Thomas Cooke in 1850 before he went on to make the then-largest telescope in the world. York played a crucial role in the development of astronomy in the 1780s when York-based astronomers John Goodricke and Edward Piggot laid the foundations of the study of stars of varying brightness. 6.00 - 8.00 pm.

Yorkshire Museum Observatory
17th February
2011 YSJU Concert - A concert of contemporary music, including new work by staff and student composers. 7.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
17th February
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Duncan McFarlane & Anne Brivonese.

Traditional and self-penned folk from this energetic singer/guitarist and his fiddle playing partner. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
17th February
2011 Roxyrama

A six piece band formed in tribute to the great Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music.

A group of accomplished and experienced musicians with a very convincing front man, faithfully recreate the sounds and visuals of this timeless classic band with an emphasis on the earlier more 'hard edged' Roxy sound as well as embracing their latter more melodic material.

Featuring all the greatest hits and more, including: Let's Stick Together, Virginia Plain, Love Is The Drug, Angel Eyes, Dance Away, Jealous Guy, More Than This, A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, The In Crowd, Pyjamarama etc.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
18th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Rebuilding business and transforming teams with Speaker: Archie Norman (Chairman of ITV)

Archie Norman is a British businessman and politician, who is currently Chairman of ITV plc.

He joined McKinsey & Co on graduation and, at age 32 he became group finance director at Kingfisher plc (then Britain's largest retailer). By aged 42, he was chairman, earning £3 million a year. Norman became Chief Executive at Asda in 1991; the only applicant for a near bankrupt business. He later became Chairman and is credited with transforming it into the second largest supermarket chain in the UK, before its sale to Wal-Mart in June 1999.

Norman has also served for eight years as a Member of Parliament, including as Chief Executive of the Conservative Party and as a leading member of the Shadow Cabinet. He has been elected to the Marketing Society Hall of Fame, and been voted Retailer of the Year and Yorkshire Businessman of the Year. Norman now runs Aurigo Management, a private equity firm primarily focussed on the retail, and in January 2010 he took up the position of Chairman at ITV.

Greg Dyke will interview Archie Norman, discussing his remarkable career and the new challenges which he now faces at the oldest commercial television network in the UK.

Admission by free ticket, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets

5.45 pm
Department of Theatre, Film and Television Building
Heslington East
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
18th February
2011 MediaMix - This season sees the return of MediaMix, a showcase event for the latest electronic and computer-generated music, experimental film and multimedia artwork. Computer animation and synthetic sound generation underpin a combination of experimental film, live computer and surround-sound audio performances, which explore audio and visual perception in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Music Research Centre. 7.30 pm
Rymer
Auditorium
UoY

York Concerts
18th February
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Fusion Energy brought down to Earth by Prof. Howard Wilson, University of York

Fusion has long offered the promise of an abundant, clean energy supply, with no greenhouse gas emissions. The research programme is entering an exciting new era with the construction of ITER in Europe: a ten billion Euro, international fusion device that will, we anticipate, answer the final science and technology questions for fusion energy. Fusion is the process that powers the stars and in particular, our own star, the Sun. This talk will explore how we go about reproducing this process here on Earth and look at some of the challenges that scientists face, with a particular emphasis on the research activity at York. 8.00 pm

 

Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
18th February
2011 British Music Society of York Chamber Music Concert series - Florian Kitt (cello) and Aima Maria Labra-Makk (piano) play -

Schumann Fantasie-Stücke, Op. 73
Anthony Payne Out of the Depths Comes Song
Britten Cello Sonata in C, Op.65
Brahms Cello Sonata in F major, Op.99
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
UoY

British Music Society of York
18th February
2011 Mike Harding - Me a guitar and some daft stuff.

An evening of songs, daft stories and monologues from the man once described as ‘The grandfather of alternative comedy’. In this, his first tour for fifteen years Mike returns to his roots with a vengeance. With a couple of guitars and more than 40 years of material to draw on Mike will lead you into his own comic world with stories and songs that have had audiences collapse with laughter from Sidney to Stockton, Hong Kong to Huddersfield! A rare opportunity to see the BBC Radio 2 legend.

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
18th February
2011 Howden Live present - '....FORRO PORRO....'

Four English musicians coming together to specialise in South American fiesta sounds, the driving accordion and drum music that raises the spirits and fills dancefloors across the continent.

With the exciting fusion of The Hut People and Mambo Jambo. One not to be missed!

Howden Live
18-20th February
2011 Coastival 2011 -

Gigs - Coastival will bring together six music festivals in one! International band Levellers will headline in the Spa Ocean Room on the Friday night with support from the Tom Townsend Band. Saturday will see a Jazz event in partnership with the Scarborough Jazz Club featuring Claire Martin and Dennis Rollins amongst others. Sunday will see musical influences from across the globe converge in Scarborough courtesy of Musicport with performances by the fantastic 17 Hippies from Germany along with Rafkiki Jazz and the wonderful Everly Pregnant Brothers with Sheffield artist Pete McKee. Acoustic Lounge and Coastival Club are back and running over the weekend.

Concerts - Coastival brings you the finest of concerts including the opening free Scarborough’s Finest event. Sound of the Sands is an exciting fusion of musical styles commissioned especially for Coastival. Rock, acoustic, jazz and classical meet in a series of collaborative compositions with the University of York Jazz Orchestra, playing alongside Everyone An Army, a Scarborough based rock group, and accompany an acoustic set from Dan Whinney and Ben Sullivan of Mum Locked in Castle. Coastival Light Classics is a series of 6 concerts in the Crown Hotel and Westborough Church including strings, opera, Choir ‘Solati’ and Scarborough ensemble ‘Raven’.

Arty Stuff - Coastival is proud to present a stimulating selection of exhibitions by local artists along with a range of talks, workshops and activities, the chance to visit artists in their studios some wine tasting and even an arts market.
Discover more arty stuff - some wonderful installations in some unusual spaces in Scarborough by artists Simon Verbeof, Kate Evans, Tracy Himsworth, Vivien Mousdell and a Moon Pool experience in the Grand Hotel. Also look out for the entrancing melodies of Twilight Taize infused with prayer chants, a Coastival sound sculpture at Scarborough station bringing together art and a creative way of recycling, and a Pony Club Musical Ride on South Bay beach.

Movies - Coastival films are taking music to the movies. Slide in to our specially created cinema in the Suncourt Lounge for a feast of fantastic films and they are all free!
Watch out for ‘The Great Rock and Roll Swindle’, ‘King Creole’, ‘Telstar’, 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll’, ‘A Visit to Ali Farka Toure’, ‘One Giant Leap: What about me?’ and ‘Oil City Confidential’.

Performances - The internationally renowned Stephen Joseph Theatre is the venue for Paper Birds Theatre Company and an evening of Clogs and Swords dance teams. Coastival in partnership with the Scarborough Literature Festival brings you the chance to experience performances by live artist Stacy Makishi and also a pair of performances by storyteller Xanthe Gresham. The University of Hull Scarborough Campus has a whole range of performances inlcluding work with company Reckless Sleepers. Also, local companies Beach Hut Theatre, STAMP and the Maritime Heritage Centre will also be presenting work as part of the festival.

Projections - Participants will be dazzled by the lights and noise of the Coastival Opening Spectacular with music, light, lanterns and gigantic creatures from the darkest of prehistoric ages that have mysteriously arrived in 21st century Scarborough! This is a free event on Valley Road to open Coastival. Wonderfully creative projections including the LightWeight sphere in the Sun Court at the Spa – light, shadows, projections and animations filling a large inflated sphere making it pulse with ever-changing colour, image and sound. Lumen and imove will present a series of projection works at sites including the Lighthouse and Futurist Theatre. Coastival 365 projections will be shown throughout the weekend highlighting the work of photographer, Tony Bartholomew.

Funny Stuff - Funny stuff brings to you Count Arthur Strong’s new wonderful show! As ever he is a self-deluded, exceptionally rude and linguistically challenged old luvvie looking ridiculous and fully thwarted in his attempts to recreate the glory years. Would we want him any other way? An absolutely hilarious evening in the presence of comedy nobility.
More funny stuff coming soon – watch this space!

Workshops - Fringe events at Coastival 2009 range from lantern-making, drumming with Mike Heaton from the band Embrace, devising a performance with Stacy Makishi, creating a seascape in felt, and nautical knotting, to rapper sword and clog dancing or rug making.

Various venues in Scarborough

 

 

Coastival 2011
19th February
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
19th February
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
19th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

2011 JORVIK Viking Festival Conference: Modern Answers to Ancient Mysteries. Registration from 9.15 am introduction at 9.45 am. Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University.

A one-day conference to complement the opening of the new galleries at JORVIK in 2011. This special event brings together speakers from across Britain and Europe to reveal their most recent archaeological research and findings on an intriguing range of subjects from prehistory to the 19th century. Pre-booking essential. For more details call 01904 615505.

FESTIVAL FRINGE - Odin's Tales. 2.00pm Explore York Library Learning Centre, Museum Street.

Viking myth is full of well-loved stories. Join in with lively and original teller Adrian Spendlow as Odin looks down from his high seat upon the nine worlds of fairy tale and classic yarns. Suitable for all ages. Pre-booking 01904 552828.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
19th February
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - ‘V Beach’ by Peter Hart. V beach at Gallipoli has been heavily mythologized by British historians desperate to cover up the utter failure of the landing there on April 25 1915. While their courage was unquestionable, the British could not have done much worse or the Turks much better that day. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
19th February
2011 'Miserere: music for Lent from Rome' by candlelight - The Ebor Singers present Allegri, Victoria and Lotti: Music for Lent from Rome

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries Allegri’s Miserere drew listeners to the Vatican Chapel, Rome, from all over Europe, and the work still retains its popularity. We perform it alongside Victoria’s Lamentations for Holy Week (marking the 400th anniversary year of Victoria’s death) in the Chapter House, York Minster. 7.30 pm

York Minster
19th February
2011 Making Tracks is a fresh concept on the British live music circuit: a 'travelling concert series' featuring musicians from across the world in partnership with 13 major music venues across the UK.

Lo Còr de la Plana - Six a capella singers from Marseille demonstrate their extraordinary skill accompanied by percussion instruments and explore their French Occitan heritage through their wit, humour and musical brilliance.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm

 

National Centre for Early Music
19th February
2011 World War Two Re-enactors - WWII Re-enactors on site over the weekend, dressed in British and U.S. military uniform, German POWs, Home Guard and civilians. Please note: this event is only open to re-enactors who are part of the organised groups on site. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
19th February
2011 THE EGO WARRIOR RETURNS! - Kula Productions welcomes back the legendary Neil Innes who sold out and took the Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough by storm in November 2009.

Neil started out as a member of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, during which time he wrote the No.1 hit I'm The Urban Spaceman. In the mid-1970s, Innes became closely associated with the TV series Monty Python's Flying Circus. He played a major role in performing and writing songs and sketches for the final series in 1974.

Innes wrote the songs for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He appeared in the film as a head-bashing monk, the serf crushed by the giant wooden rabbit, and the leader of Sir Robin's minstrels. He also had a small role in Terry Gilliam's Jabberwocky. Because of these long-standing connections, Innes is often referred to as "the Seventh Python". Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
19th February
2011 King King in concert.

“Softly softly” is not a maxim that King King are familiar with. Despite coming into existence less than two years ago, the band have quickly become the new poster boys for British electric blues with a series of scorching live shows that have generated more of a thunderous roar than a buzz.

King King are led by the charismatic Alan Nimmo, a frontman famed almost as much for his contagious energy as his dazzling guitar work and known across Europe for his pivotal role with the award-winning Nimmo Brothers. Taking inspiration from legendary greats such as BB King and Albert Collins, as well as contemporary stars like Joe Bonamassa and John Mayer, the band have rapidly built up a devoted fanbase, including BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones for whom they have already recorded a live Maida Vale session. The quartet possess extraordinary musical talent and great showmanship in equal measure - this is full-blooded, full-on, rocking blues to savour!

Selby Town Hall
19-27th February
2011 The 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival will open with the Modern Answers to Ancient Mysteries conference on Saturday 19th February and a coach tour on Sunday 20th February; the Festival proper will then commence on Monday 21st February and continue until Sunday 27th February.
JORVIK Viking Festival
19-27th February
2011 Wizard Week - Take a ride behind Hogwarts Castle - the BIG steam star of the Harry Potter films.

This February half term, we're welcoming budding wizards everywhere to our wonderful Wizard Week. There's a multitude of magical activities to enjoy, including daily steam rides pulled by Hogwarts Castle*, the BIG Harry Potter film star.

You can get creative with a craft activity that'll light up your life – and throughout the week, there'll be owl displays and wizard performances to watch.

Fun for the whole family, guaranteed. And there's extended opening all week: 9:30 - 18:00.

 

National Railway Museum
20th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

Festival Coach Tour - Ancient Mysteries. 9.30 am Depart Memorial Gardens, off Leeman Road

A rare chance to visit two of the most enigmatic sites in the north of England in the company of expert guides. The tour will be introduced by Dr Chris Tuckley of York Archaeological Trust; a rare chance to visit Sockburn with David Went of English Heritage will follow, and the day will conclude with a visit to Escomb Anglo-Saxon church with Dr David Petts of Durham University. Please wear outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a packed lunch. The tour will involve a total walking distance of approximately 3 miles over uneven terrain. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Insects under the Microscope at DIG. 10.30 - 13.00; 14.00 - 16.00 DIG, normal admission prices apply.

Drop in to DIG to meet Dr Philip Buckland of Umeå University for an informal, close-up look at modern and fossilised insect remains. Find out how they can be used as evidence in research as diverse as environmental archaeology and climate studies.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
20th February
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Wildlife Wander. Discover the hidden wildlife at Fountains on this 2 mile walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
21st February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

Gateway to the Past. 10.00 - 16.00 Micklegate Bar, normal admission prices apply

Meet a range of costumed characters from throughout Micklegate Bar's turbulent history all week, including a medieval gatekeeper and a member of the besieging Parlimentarian force of 1644.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 16.00 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts. On Monday: Try leather working and make a musical instrument. Construct a Viking warrior from root vegetables in our annual Mr Swede Head event!

FESTIVAL FRINGE - Be a Viking! 11.00 and 14.00 Danelaw, Murton Park

Meet our experienced staff and dress up as a Viking before being taken into our Viking village. Here you will learn what life was like 1100 years ago in authentic surroundings. Enjoy hands-on activities such as pot making and spear drill. Pre-booking essential: 01904 489966 or email events@murtonpark.co.uk. This event runs until Friday 25th February.

Gladiator - Fight for Freedom' with Simon Scarrow. 11.30 - 14.30 DIG, FREE!

Join the acclaimed writer of historical fiction to hear about his latest novel for young adults, which brings the world of Rome's elite warriors to vivid life! With readings at 11.30 and 14.00.

Festival Walk. 18.30 Departs Micklegate Bar Museum

Take a walk around the ancient city walls of York. See how the history of York is the history of Britain. This guided walk takes you along Roman foundations, Viking borders and Civil War defences, right through to Georgian destruction and Victorian promenades. Be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York's fascinating history. Lasts approx 1 hour. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

MEDIEVAL - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (15). With a special guest appearance by Neil Innes. 20.30 City Screen

Journey back to the Middle Ages with King Arthur and his knights as they embark on a silly and low-budget quest for the fabled Holy Grail. A rare chance to see this cult favourite on the big screen and in the company of the brilliant Neil Innes, the 7th Python! Pre-booking: 0871 7042054.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
21st February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

Slam Poetry: Leeds Young Authors. Celebrating and exploring the birth of storytelling from African history, looking at notable people like Severus, through music, theatre and performance. Performances throughout the day.

Yorkshire Museum
21st February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

'York at the time of Emperor Septimius Severus' - Join Patrick Ottaway, author of Roman York, for this talk about Eboracum. 5.30pm

Yorkshire Museum
21-25th February
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Viking Festival - The famous Viking festival returns to York and we celebrate with lots of activities in our very own Viking village. Try your hand at living like a Viking and gather round for tales of adventure! This is a popular event so booking is essential.

Murton Park
21-25th February
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Ryedale Folk Museum Love-In.

Celebrating Love and all things Romantic - Half term love themed activities on all week. Arts, crafts, demonstrations, cooking etc.
Ryedale Folk Museum
22nd February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

'VIKID' DAY

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 16.00 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts. On Tuesday: Stories with Viking storyteller Stewart Alexander and Nettlefoot Kate, York's first eco-storyteller! (for under 7s at 10.30 - 11.30 / 13.30 - 14.30; for 8s and over at 12.00 - 13.00 / 15.00 - 16.00).

CHILD FRIENDLY - Historical Crafts! 10.30 – 16.00 St Sampson's Square Marquee, free admission (small charge for some craft activities)

Try your hand at a range of historical crafts: meet Lee Steele, the Potter Man, and have a go at making a Viking pot; try leather working, lucet braiding, bead craft and willow weaving. With shadow puppetry for under 5s and a chance to lend a hand to build a Viking shelter in the middle of the marquee!

CHILD FRIENDLY - Wickie the Mighty Viking. 11.30 City Screen

Hey, hey, Vicky! Hey, Vicky, hey! The 70s cartoon (known to British viewers as 'Vicky the Viking') comes to life on the big screen as this colourful live action adventure gets its English premiere at the JORVIK Viking Festival. Pre-booking: 0871 7042054.

CHILD FRIENDLY - 'The Runaway Troll' with Matt Haig. 13.30 City Screen

Join the brilliant Matt Haig to hear the story behind Shadow Forest (Blue Peter Book of the Year 2008) and its sequel, The Runaway Troll, both inspired by the fantastical world of Norse mythology. Includes a chance to ask Matt your questions and to buy your own signed copy of the book. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

Hungate Update at Barley Hall. 14.00 Barley Hall

Join Pete Connelly, the director of the Hungate Dig, to hear about and to see some of the amazing finds from the last year, from Roman burials to Viking-era remains. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Festival Walk. 15.00 Departs Micklegate Bar Museum

Take a walk around the ancient city walls of York. See how the history of York is the history of Britain. This guided walk takes you along Roman foundations, Viking borders and Civil War defences, right through to Georgian destruction and Victorian promenades. Be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York's fascinating history. Lasts approx 1 hour. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Teatime Terrors with Terry Deary. 16.00 - 18.00 The Guildhall. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (admission free). Due to limited capacity, a maximum of 1 accompanying adult per child. Suitable for ages 8 and over only.

Join the fantastic Terry Deary for a unique Festival teatime treat! Terry will be your guide to a host of horrible characters from the Seven Ages of York. With a chance to meet the man himself, ask him your questions and get your books signed, this exclusive event promises to be an unforgettable addition to the 2011 JORVIK Festival programme! Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
22nd February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

Performance: York Theatre Royal Young Actors Company. These young actors are creating a new site-specific work inspired by the objects, stories and life of Septimius Severus. The work presents a contemporary re-imagining of fragments of our ancient history.

22nd February, short pieces throughout the day
24th February, full show at 7.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum
22nd February
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the Gospel Choir, and much more…. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
22nd February
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Reading the brain: Seeing brain mechanisms A lecture by Professor Tony Morland, Department of Psychology, University of York. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
22nd February
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
23rd February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 16.00 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts. On Wednesday: Leather working and Viking T-shirts.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Deadly Duels! 10.30, 12.00, 14.00, 15.30 St Sampson's Square Marquee

Displays of deadly single combat from throughout history. See Roman gladiators, Viking warriors and seventeenth-century duellists do battle! Show lasts approx. 1 hour. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Viking Workshops. 10.30; 12.00; 13.30; 15.00 The Guildhall

Join our Viking workshops to learn how York's Vikings fought, used medicine and told tales of gods and monsters. Includes a battle drill for budding Viking warriors. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Poo Day at Barley Hall. 10.30 - 16.00 Barley Hall, normal admission prices apply

Visit Barley Hall to learn about the muckier side of archaeology! Have a go at making your own replica historic poo and learn how poo is used to solve ancient mysteries.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Viking Poo! 11.00; 13.00 Barley Hall

Talks for all the family by Dr Andrew Jones (YAT) and Dr Lisa-Marie Schillito (University of York). Learn how archaeologists use this invaluable material to learn about our ancestors. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Eirik Bloodaxe with Gareth Williams. 14.00 York Mansion House

Dr Gareth Williams of the British Museum introduces his new biography of Eirik Bloodaxe, the last Viking ruler of Jorvik. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Festival Walk. 18.30 Departs Micklegate Bar Museum

Take a walk around the ancient city walls of York. See how the history of York is the history of Britain. This guided walk takes you along Roman foundations, Viking borders and Civil War defences, right through to Georgian destruction and Victorian promenades. Be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York's fascinating history. Lasts approx 1 hour. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

MEDIEVAL - Medieval Evening. 19.00 Barley Hall

Hear the history of the Battle of Towton, then enjoy merry music and tales from the Middle Ages, all in the candlelit setting of Barley Hall. Includes a goblet of wine and a light supper. 2 hours approx. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Helen Thirza Addyman Lecture. 19.00 DIG

This special evening acknowledges the financial support provided by the late Helen Thirza Addyman bequest, which contributed to the creation of DIG. Addressing the guests will be one of Britain's most eminent archaeologists, Dr David Griffiths. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
23rd February
2011 World War Two Re-enactors - WWII Re-enactors on site over the weekend, dressed in British and U.S. military uniform, German POWs, Home Guard and civilians. Please note: this event is only open to re-enactors who are part of the organised groups on site. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
23rd February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

Face to Face with Julia Domna - A "hands-on" lunchtime talk offering a unique chance to handle Roman 'headpots' from the collection and to hear the story of Severus' remarkable wife, Julia Domna. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum
23rd February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - York Biology Lectures Grasses bite back: Silica as an anti-herbivore defence with Speaker: Professor Sue Hartley, York Environmental Sustainability Institute.

Grasses are a very important and successful plant family. Grasslands cover almost a quarter of the earth's surface and provide food for us, our livestock and natural populations of grazing animals. Many of our main food crops, e.g. wheat and maize, are grasses and half the world's population is dependent on just one grass species - rice. So understanding the interactions between grasses and the animals that eat them is central to the conservation and management of grasslands rich in biodiversity, such as the Serengeti in Africa, as well as the protection of our most important crops against insect pests and hence our future food security.

In this talk I will explore how grasses, traditionally thought to be relatively defenceless against attack by herbivores, actually have a secret weapon - they can bite back!

Grasses accumulate silica, a sharp abrasive substance, in their leaves. This makes them more unpalatable and reduces the ability of herbivores to digest the grass and extract essential nutrients from it. This decreases the growth rate of herbivores and can even reduce their abundance. The talk will show how and why silica is an effective plant defence and how it could be useful in new environmentally sustainable methods of crop protection in the future.

About the York Biology Lectures - The Department of Biology has invited a number of distinguished scientists and communicators to deliver lectures on a number of distinct topics. The lectures are aimed at capturing the imagination of everyone interested in Biology, specialist and non-specialist alike.

7.00 pm
Room P/X001
Physics Department
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
23rd February
2011 The Hilliard Ensemble play - Settings of Dante & Petrarch by Pisano, Arcadelt, Roger Marsh. Sacred vocal music by Perotinus, Rossi, Arvo Pärt.

After the disappointment of their unavoidably cancelled concert in October 2009, we are delighted that the Hilliard Ensemble is able to return to York.

Considered to be one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble is probably unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music. This programme demonstrates perfectly the Ensemble’s distinctive style and highly developed musicianship in both repertoires. At its heart is a work commissioned by the ensemble from Roger Marsh: Il Cor Tristo, a setting of cantos 32 and 33 from Dante’s Inferno.

The work frames settings of Petrarch by 16th century composers Bernardo Pisano and Jacques Arcadelt. Completing the programme is music by the ever-popular Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, juxtaposed with music from the Eastern Orthodox church and other sacred works. 7.30 pm
The Chapter House
York Minster

York Concerts
23rd February
2011 Scarborough Jazz at the Cask present - Thom Whitworth

Thom plays two unrelated instruments – the guitar and trumpet – switching between them with ease.

He is a member of the Matt Smith Quartet and has played with the Pat McCarthy Trio and Big Band. Jools Holland invited him to play in concert and for a BBC broadcast.

A highly inventive player, Thom combines great harmonic sense, sound and range with a high level of technical and improvisatory skill.

With the Mike Gordon Trio - Mike Gordon (keyboards), Dennis Hitch (drums) and Bob Walker (bass).

The Cask Inn
Cambridge Terrace,
Scarborough

Scarborough Jazz
23-26th
February
2011 York Stage Musicals present Keith Waterhouse's famous comedy - Billy Liar.

A Guy. Three Girls. One Ring.

The '50s for Billy Fisher are far from hip. He’s still living at home in Leeds and doing a dull job at the local undertakers. But Billy has his dreams, and they’re not just of becoming a movie star or winning the pools – he’s invented a whole country. Back in the real world he’s less successful and has managed to get himself engaged to two girls simultaneously, neither of whom he likes, and is currently sharing one engagement ring between them. When Liz, the girl he really cares for, returns from London, Billy’s lies all start to catch him up and it’s time to think fast or finally face up to the truth.

 

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre
24th February
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'Talking Textiles'.

Chart the evolution of materials used to make everyday wear by exploring key pieces from the internationally important Costume and Textile collection. Examples range from the 1700s to the present and include the rare and unusual. Pre-booking requested. 10.30 am
York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
24th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 16.00 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts. On Thursday: Hilarious performances from Inner State Theatre as they bring Erik and Hilda Viking (with Dolly the Saxon sheep) to life! Timed performances throughout the day. Plus: meet children's author Rosalind Kerven, creator of the Grim Gruesome series of Viking books (13.00 - 16.00).

CHILD FRIENDLY - Battlefield Bloodshed. 10.30, 12.00, 14.00, 15.30 St Sampson's Square Marquee

The evolution of warfare in Britain, from Roman times, the Viking period and the Middle Ages, brought to life in thrilling displays of battle tactics. Show lasts approx. 1 hour. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Have-a-go Sword Combat. 10.30, 11.15, 12.00, 13.15, 14.00, 14.45, 15.30 The Guildhall

A chance for kids to get a taste of sword fighting, just like in the movies! Suitable for ages 7 - 11. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

The History of Swinegate and Grape Lane 14.00 Barley Hall

Gareth Dean talks about the latest research into these streets at the heart of old York, and describes the evidence for activity there from the Viking period to the close of the Middle Ages. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Festival Walk. 15.00 Departs Micklegate Bar Museum

Take a walk around the ancient city walls of York. See how the history of York is the history of Britain. This guided walk takes you along Roman foundations, Viking borders and Civil War defences, right through to Georgian destruction and Victorian promenades. Be prepared to walk long distances and up steps as you follow York's fascinating history. Lasts approx 1 hour. Pre-booking essential: 01904 615505.

Egil Skallagrimsson Keeps his Head. Doors open at 19.00. Music from 19.30. Play commences at 20.00. National Centre for Early Music

Harpist Sarah Dean introduces this acclaimed production by North Country Theatre, first performed at the 2010 JORVIK Viking Festival!

When Icelandic hardman Egil and his crew are storm-driven up the Humber and into the hands of his old enemy Erik Bloodaxe, their days of travelling, trading and trashing seem numbered. But Egil has more strings to his bow than Erik might imagine. A fun and entertaining version of a Viking classic! Suitable for ages 10 and over. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

FESTIVAL FRINGE - Funi. Doors open at 20.00; music from 20.30 Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green

Anglo-Icelandic folk duo Chris Foster and his wife, one of Iceland's top folk singers, Bara Grimsdottir, present an evening of Icelandic music and song, together with a slideshow backdrop of Icelandic images. Pre-booking via www.wegottickets.com

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
24th February
2011 York Castle Museum - Talking Textiles

Chart the evolution of materials used to make everyday wear by exploring key pieces from our Costume and Textile collection. Examples range from the 1700s to the present and include the rare and unusual. To book a place, telephone 01904 650333. 10.30 am
York Castle Museum
24th February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

The Man and the Emperor - A second "hands-on" lunchtime talk, examining the African Emperor as both a man as a ruler. Includes a closer look at the bust of Severus, on loan from the British Museum. 12.30 pm

Yorkshire Museum
24th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Kant: An uncreative genius? with Speaker: Andrew Ward, Department of Philosophy.

Creativity in the History of Philosophy - In this series, staff from the University's Department of Philosophy will discuss some important philosophers, and identify what was truly creative in their work. They hope both to explore these writers' work, and also to shed some light on what we mean by 'creativity', and what makes philosophy a creative discipline.

6.15 pm
The Treehouse
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
24th February
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - How to do queer with things with Speaker: Dr Robert Mills, King's College London.

How does one locate queerness in material culture? Building on questions raised in my review of activities associated with the UK's LGBT Month in 2006 ['Queer Is Here? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Histories and Public Culture', History Workshop Journal 62], this event will consider the stakes in imagining a queer history museum; the role played by objects in museum practice as a means of representing sexual histories; and the extent to which 'things', material and discursive, might be caught up in the production of sexed identities, desires, bodies and pleasures.

Drawing on examples from recent exhibitions such as 'Queering the Museum' at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery, as well as engaging, more philosophically, with the ways in which a focus on nonhuman objects - as imagined by the cluster of critical thinking known as Thing Theory - might twist scholarship in the direction of an analysis that challenges the centrality of the body in queer and gender studies, the paper will lead into a workshop-style discussion of the myriad intersections between queerness and things.

6.15 pm
Room BS/008
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
24th February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

Performance: York Theatre Royal Young Actors Company. These young actors are creating a new site-specific work inspired by the objects, stories and life of Septimius Severus. The work presents a contemporary re-imagining of fragments of our ancient history.

24th February, full show at 7.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum
24th February
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - FUNI: Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir

A special evening of Anglo-Icelandic music for the Jorvik Viking Festival 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
24th February
2011 Russell Kane - Hot on the heels of his 2010 Edinburgh Comedy Award win, I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here Now! presenter RUSSELL KANE is to bring his sell-out Fringe smash Smokescreens & Castles to Pocklington Arts Centre. The comic, well known for his appearance on BBC ONE’s flagship live comedy show Live at the Apollo - won the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award following four nominations in five years.

Smokescreens & Castles is inspired by RUSSELL’s childhood home; the only council house in his street which had been privately bought - by his Dad. This attracted the ire of the neighbours, and when Dave Kane built an extension, their home was mockingly christened ‘The Castle’ by incensed Enfield folk.

The Castle could be a symbol for all the funny and heartbreaking stuff that went on in that house. The bricking they put around their love, the barriers they built in place of feelings, the smokescreens in communication which hid the tender truths…

One room at a time, RUSSELL whisks us through The Castle, blowing away the smoke of history in a whirlwind of high-energy contortions and paint-spraying hilarious routines.

 

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
25th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

Tenth-century Traders. 10.00 - 16.00 St Sampson's Square Marquee

Vikings from around the world gather to sell their wares, including weapons, jewellery, costume, chests, bowls, tankards, lanterns, belts, shoes and pottery.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 16.00 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts. On Friday: Walking Wounded and Hair Braiding (11.00 - 16.00); let our make-up artists give you the cuts, bruises and war wounds suffered by Viking warriors, or lovely locks braided in Viking style.

Guildhall Market and Living History. 10.30 - 16.00 The Guildhall

Join the Vikings in the glorious setting of the Guildhall for a hands-on approach to Viking history. See them demonstrate a range of life skills, cookery techniques and weaponry. Includes a market selling leather and cloth bags, pouches, belts, tools and tablet weave.

FESTIVAL FRINGE - New Perspectives on the Viking Age. 14.30 Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

Join scholars from the University of York in atmospheric surroundings for this informal presentation of some of the latest research on the Viking and early medieval periods. Dr Matt Townend, Dr Pragya Vohra, Dr Tom Pickles and Dr Steve Ashby will all be on hand, together with Alison Leonard, Isabella von Holstein, Nick Smith, Hilary Paterson, Filip Missuno and Russell Comrieto to present aspects of their work on a wide range of topics. Please be aware that Holy Trinity does not have toilet facilities. A University of York / Churches Conservation Trust event.

Fit for a King. 19.00 York Minster

Celebrate the JORVIK Viking Festival and join King Ethelred for an evening of music and poetry in the splendid candlelit surroundings of York Minster, including performances and new work by the Ebor Singers and Soundsphere. Pre-booking recommended: 01904 557208.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
25th February
2011 York's African Emperor - Celebrating Severus We're holding a month of special events to mark the 1800th anniversary of the death of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who died in York in 211.

York in the 3rd Century AD - Talk and walk of the city's Roman sights related to Emperor Septimius Severus by John Oxley - City of York archaeologist. Meet at the Yorkshire Museum reception at 12.30pm. To book a place, please telephone 01904 650333.

Yorkshire Museum
25th February
2011 Cotton Grass Theatre Company Presents The Unknown Land

The year is 1844. A man answers a newspaper advertisement inviting him to apply to join a ship bound for arctic waters, to explore the unknown wastes north of Greenland. What draws him on to undertake this journey? Is there something in his past life that pushes him to leave home and travel to this unknown, inhospitable place?

This is a story of adventure on the arctic ice, the search for the Northwest Passage, of man’s heroic struggle against alien conditions – and his mental struggle with his own past.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
25/26th February
2011 North Country Theatre Present - Egil Skallagrimson Keeps his Head!

When Icelandic hardman Egil and his crew are storm driven up the Humber and into the hands of his old enemy Erik Bloodaxe, their days of travelling trading and trashing seem numbered. But Egil has more strings to his bow ... and his harp, than first appear.

North Country Theatre originators of the Olivier Award Winning West End and Broadway hit version of "The 39 Steps" and many other ripping yarns turn their cunning creativity, word web weaving and bardic brilliance on a Yorvik episode from 10th century Egil's Saga.
Georgian Theatre Royal,
Richmond

North Country Theatre
26th February
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
26th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

Hungate Open Day. 10.00 - 15.00 Hungate, FREE!

The Hungate Dig celebrates the JORVIK Viking Festival with an open day. Come along for an insight into some of the stunning discoveries uncovered in this quarter of ancient York.

Tenth-century Traders. 10.00 - 16.00 St Sampson's Square Marquee

Vikings from around the world gather to sell their wares, including weapons, jewellery, costume, chests, bowls, tankards, lanterns, belts, shoes and pottery.

CHILD FRIENDLY - Coppergate Camp. 10.00 – 15.30 Coppergate Square, FREE! (small charge for some activities)

Learn about Viking life at sea and on dry land in this fun encampment, which includes a replica Viking ship, kitted out for war! Delve for buried artefacts in DIG for Viking Treasure, and have a go at a range of fun crafts.

Guildhall Market and Living History. 10.30 - 16.00 The Guildhall

Join the Vikings in the glorious setting of the Guildhall for a hands-on approach to Viking history. See them demonstrate a range of life skills, cookery techniques and weaponry. Includes a market selling leather and cloth bags, pouches, belts, tools and tablet weave.

FESTIVAL FRINGE Winter Warmer. 10.30 - 16.00 Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate

Visit this beautiful hidden gem of fifteenth-century church architecture and refresh yourself with a drink of warming, non-alcoholic punch! Contributions welcome.

Prepare for Battle! 10.30 - 15.30 Museum Gardens, FREE!

Word has reached Olaf Haraldsson and his Anglo-Saxon allies of a hostile force outside the city walls. See him and his troops prepare for the battle ahead. With have-a-go archery and bird of prey displays. Plus: meet our make-up artists (11.00 - 15.30; small charge applies) to get some of the cuts, bruises and war wounds suffered by Viking warriors, or lovely locks braided in Viking style.

March to Coppergate. 13.00 Starts Museum Gardens, FREE!

Olaf Haraldsson leads his men across the city in a show of strength.

Festival Battle Finale and Boat Burning. York Maze, Elvington Lane, York. Doors open at 17.00. Battle at 18.00.

Meet the Vikings in our living history enclosure, witness one-on-one duels in the combat arenas or grab a delicious bite to eat while the armies gather for the spectacular final battle and firework display. The Danes have mustered their forces to halt Olaf's onslaught, and a longship has been prepared to receive the body of a fallen warrior; will Olaf's spirit be sent in flames to Valhalla at the end of the battle? Event ends 20.00.

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
26th February
2011 York Art Gallery Sculptural Relief Painting Workshop - Be inspired by David Hockney’s East Yorkshire Landscapes, on display in the gallery, then join Tim Morrison to turn your inspiration into art, using cardboard and collage techniques. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
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26th February
2011 Tom Courtenay - Pretending To Be Me

Tom Courtenay revives his own dramatised compilation from the letters, articles and poems of Philip Larkin, the poet and Hull university librarian. Larkin was one of the great masters of the English language and he reflects wittily and touchingly on his life and his unflagging obsession with being a writer. Commissioned by the Larkin Society to mark the 25th anniversary of his death, this is a new version of Tom Courtenay’s West End hit.

“Shrewd, unpredictable and funny” The Observer

“Courtenay is simply masterful” The Sunday Times

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
26th February
2011 Howden Live present - '....CHANTEL MACGREGOR....'

A much requested return for this superb guitarist. See her here while you still can.....

Howden Live
26th February
2011 Michael Roach in concert.

Born and raised in Washington DC in a family of thirteen children, Michael Roach is one of the worlds leading blues historians and an exceptional performer of an East Coast style acoustic piedmont blues that dates back to the 1920s. Michael developed and honed his technique over many years spent with some of Washington's most celebrated original bluesmen, including John Jackson, John Cephas and Jerry Ricks, who passed on not only the skills required for their craft, but also the stories, songs and politics that make up blues music's rich cultural heritage.

Michael is the director of the European Blues Association and has lectured at Oxford University and The Smithsonian Institute on blues in African American culture, as well as presenting his own series, Deep Blue, on BBC Radio 4.

Selby Town Hall
26/27th February
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Drill Weekend with 18th Century Re-enactors.

18th Century military re-enactors on site all weekend. Red coats camp out on site to re-enact an 18th century military drill.
Ryedale Folk Museum
27th February
2011 2011 JORVIK Viking Festival

Guildhall Market and Living History. 10.30 - 16.00 The Guildhall

Join the Vikings in the glorious setting of the Guildhall for a hands-on approach to Viking history. See them demonstrate a range of life skills, cookery techniques and weaponry. Includes a market selling leather and cloth bags, pouches, belts, tools and tablet weave.

Tenth-century Traders. 11.00 - 15.00 St Sampson's Square Marquee

Vikings from around the world gather to sell their wares, including weapons, jewellery, costume, chests, bowls, tankards, lanterns, belts, shoes and pottery.

MEDIEVAL - The Other Boleyn Girl (12A). 13.00 City Screen

Two sisters contend for the love and affection of Henry VIII. Based on the best-selling novel by Philippa Gregory. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

MEDIEVAL - 'The Red Queen' with Philippa Gregory. 18.30 Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum

The bestselling author introduces her latest novel, which follows the ambitions of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor, across the blood-soaked years of the Wars of the Roses. Concludes with a chance to put a question to the author and to buy a signed copy of the book. Pre-booking: 01904 615505.

FESTIVAL FRINGE - The Richard III Museum, Goodramgate.

Present proof of attendance at any one of our 'MEDIEVAL' events for half price admission to the Richard III Museum. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer expires 31/03/2011. www.richardiiimuseum.co.uk

 

 

JORVIK Viking Festival
27th February
2011 The Bacchus Piano Trio

Three of the finest musicians of their generation, all well established in their own rights as soloists, have come together to perform a programme, which includes some of the finest compositions by Schumann, Beethoven and Mozart, as well as a rarely heard gem by James MacMillan.

Thomas Gould is the leader of the Aurora Orchetra and co-leader of the Britten Sinfonia. Alisdair Beatson holds an artistic residency at the Perth Concert Hall and has performed at Bath's Mozartfest, The Brighton Festival and on three separate occasions at the Wigmore Hall. James Barralet is one of the leading cellists of his generation. He has enthralled audiences at most of the UK's major venues, including the Wigmore Hall and the Purcell Room. James was winner of the 2009 Landor Records Competition.

MOZART: Piano Trio in C major
MACMILLAN: 14 Little Pictures
BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio in D major Op 70 No 1 'Ghost'
SCHUMANN: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 63

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
28th February
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
1st March
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'York: building a city out of an Empire'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
1st March
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring an array of music, including MVC – the university’s very own Male Voice Choir. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
1st March
2011 North Country Theatre Present - Egil Skallagrimson Keeps his Head!

When Icelandic hardman Egil and his crew are storm driven up the Humber and into the hands of his old enemy Erik Bloodaxe, their days of travelling trading and trashing seem numbered. But Egil has more strings to his bow ... and his harp, than first appear.

North Country Theatre originators of the Olivier Award Winning West End and Broadway hit version of "The 39 Steps" and many other ripping yarns turn their cunning creativity, word web weaving and bardic brilliance on a Yorvik episode from 10th century Egil's Saga.
Marton Cum Grafton Village Hall

North Country Theatre
1-12th March
2011 Crazy For You by York Light Opera Company

All singing, all dancing, all Gershwin

Bobby Child, a banker from New York, has been banished by his father to a family-owned ranch, where it is hoped he will mend his irresponsible ways. He travels West to Deadrock, Nevada to foreclose on a run down theatre but falls in love with local Polly Baker and persuades her to put on a show that will pay off the debt his father owes on the theatre.

This multi award-winning show ran on Broadway for 1622 performances and includes the much loved Gershwin classics: They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Someone to Watch Over Me and I Got Rhythm.

This high energy musical comedy is packed full of fabulous dance numbers, plenty of plot twists and classic Gershwin music. Not to be missed.

York Theatre Royal
2nd March
2011 Stephenson's Rocket and the Rainhill Trials - How much do you really know about Stephenson's Rocket? Join engineer Richard Gibbon for a fascinating talk about his latest book. Find out about the history and science behind one of the most famous locomotives of all time.

Admission is free although numbers are limited. To book, please call 01904 685 724.

National Railway Museum
2nd March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - York Biology Lectures Evolution MegaLab and Citizen Science: A new frontier for public involvement in science with Speaker: Professor Jonathan Silvertown, Open University.

Arguably, the best way for the general public to understand the scientific enterprise is for people to be offered the opportunity to become directly involved in it as 'citizen scientists'. A good citizen science project is one that makes the most of the mass participation and geographic scope that are uniquely available through public involvement to address genuine scientific questions. The Evolution MegaLab (http://evolutionmegalab.org) involved thousands of people in 14 countries throughout Europe in testing for evolutionary change in the banded snail, a model organism used in ecological genetics. Professor Silvertown will describe the results of the project, what made it a success and discuss some recent developments in the tools available for new citizen science projects.

About the York Biology Lectures - The Department of Biology has invited a number of distinguished scientists and communicators to deliver lectures on a number of distinct topics. The lectures are aimed at capturing the imagination of everyone interested in Biology, specialist and non-specialist alike.

1.15 pm
Room L/N028
Langwith College
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
2nd March
2011 The Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History Research Workshops - TOWARDS AN AGENDA FOR THE HISTORY OF EARLY MAIN-LINE RAILWAYS

Following the success of the International Early Railways Conferences in stimulating research on the period before the common-user, ‘main-line’ railway, this workshop will explore possibilities for encouraging a similar initiative for the next stage of the history of railway development. This is provisionally defined as the time between the opening of the first main lines (such as the Liverpool and Manchester in the UK) and the comparative maturing of the industry (again, in the UK) in the last third of the nineteenth century. While these dates will vary between countries, the structural developments they encompass are likely to be broadly similar across industrialized societies.

The afternoon will consist of two pairs of short position papers, each pair followed by discussion from the floor. Papers will be available in advance for downloading from the IRS&TH website.

Discussion leaders -
Grahame Boyes Management and business structures
Winifred Stokes Finance and economy
Michael Bailey Technology
David Gwyn Cultural impact and social change
2.00 pm
Morton Suite
Conference Centre
National Railway Museum

IRSTH
2nd March
2011 JS Bach St Matthew Passion with University Chamber Choir and University Baroque Ensemble

Two of the foremost interpreters of Bach, and particularly of the roles in the Passion settings, join the Chamber Choir and Baroque Ensemble for a performance of what is arguably one of the greatest pieces of music of all times. As is our usual custom, other solos will be sung by outstanding members of the Choir and the Baroque Ensemble offers more than mere accompaniment in this emotionally charged work. 7.00 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
2nd March
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Horticultural Skills

Composting and Recycling with Nigel Harrison. Learn how to garden and live in a more sustainable way. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
2nd March
2011 North Country Theatre Present - Egil Skallagrimson Keeps his Head!

When Icelandic hardman Egil and his crew are storm driven up the Humber and into the hands of his old enemy Erik Bloodaxe, their days of travelling trading and trashing seem numbered. But Egil has more strings to his bow ... and his harp, than first appear.

North Country Theatre originators of the Olivier Award Winning West End and Broadway hit version of "The 39 Steps" and many other ripping yarns turn their cunning creativity, word web weaving and bardic brilliance on a Yorvik episode from 10th century Egil's Saga.
Dales Countryside Museum
Hawes

North Country Theatre
2-4th March
2011 1812 Theatre Company Presents Pinter's Greatest Hits

Harold Pinter, (1930–2008), was a playwright, screenwriter, actor, theatre director, political activist and poet and was among the most influential British playwrights of modern times, famous for plays like The Birthday Party (1957), The Caretaker (1959) and Betrayal (1978).

This evening will include a number of his shorter works, including A Kind of Alaska in which a middle-aged woman named Deborah, who has been in a comatose state for thirty years as a result of contracting sleeping sickness, awakes with a mind still that of a sixteen-year-old. And Voices - a radio play from 1982 centred on the theme of humanity.

An intriguing evening, in the intimate surroundings of the Studio Bar.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
3rd March
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
3rd March
2011 'David Hockney: Bigger Trees Near Warter' - A Bigger Picture, with Bruno Wollheim.

In conjunction with the current exhibition of 'Bigger Trees Near Warter' at the York Art Gallery. Join film-maker Bruno Wollheim at the Yorkshire Museum's Tempest Anderson Hall for an exclusive screening of his documentary on David Hockney. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session and a drinks reception.

The Yorkshire Museum is five minutes' walk from York Art Gallery, within the city's Museum Gardens. To book a place, telephone 01904 650333.

York Art Gallery
3rd March
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - John Kirkpatrick 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
3rd March
2011 Greg Davies - Firing Cheeseballs At A Dog

As the psychotic Head of Sixth Form, Mr Gilbert in ‘The Inbetweeners’ and the most out-of-shape member of ‘We are Klang’ Greg has been an increasingly familiar face on TV Screens; regularly appearing on shows ‘Mock the Week’, ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks.’

His first solo stand up show promises to address every single issue important to the human race. But it lies - it won’t address any. Come though, it’ll be funny.

“Stunning” Timeout

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
3rd March
2011 North Country Theatre Present - Egil Skallagrimson Keeps his Head!

When Icelandic hardman Egil and his crew are storm driven up the Humber and into the hands of his old enemy Erik Bloodaxe, their days of travelling trading and trashing seem numbered. But Egil has more strings to his bow ... and his harp, than first appear.

North Country Theatre originators of the Olivier Award Winning West End and Broadway hit version of "The 39 Steps" and many other ripping yarns turn their cunning creativity, word web weaving and bardic brilliance on a Yorvik episode from 10th century Egil's Saga.
Reeth Memorial Hall

North Country Theatre
3-5th March
2011 Rowntree Players present - Be My Baby.

Northern England 1964. Four unwed pregnant tearaways are brought together at St Saviours, a church run home. Over 2 months we share their fears, hopes and aspirations, in their unforeseen and unforgettable circumstances.

Surrounded by the music of the Dixie Cups, the Shangri-La’s and of course the Ronettes, this play couples tragedy with humour resulting in an unforgettable evening of drama that will stay with you for ever.

 

The Joseph Rowntree Theatre
4th March
2011 The Historical Association - York Branch. The Historical Association brings together people who share an interest in, and love for the past and it furthers the study and teaching and enjoyment of history in all forms.

Today's lecture - "The Hundred Years War and the Wars of the Roses" with Professor Anne Curry of the University of Southampton. 7.00 pm Bootham School
York

Historical Association - York Branch
4th March
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Extrasolar planets and alien life by Dr. Susan Cartwright, University of Sheffield.

We have now discovered well over 500 planets around stars other than the Sun, ranging from superheated worlds that circle their stars in less than a day to frigid lumps of ice with orbits lasting hundreds of years. Alas, we have not yet discovered a genuine "second Earth" - but as our technology improves the likelihood of such a discovery increases almost by the day.

When, not if, we do discover an Earth-sized planet in a roughly Earth-like orbit around a roughly Sun-like star, what are the chances that this will be a living world like our own, as opposed to a sterile desert like Mars or Venus?

In this talk, I will explore how we detect extrasolar planets and what the current sample looks like. I'll also discuss what we know and what we think we know about the origins of life, what the odds are that a second Earth would indeed support life and whether we have any prospects of testing this by observation. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
4th March
2011 Julian Argüelles Octet - This concert by one of the University’s ensembles in residence features the premiere of five new pieces by Julian Argüelles. One of the most significant jazz composers and performers of his generation, Julian is a lyrical and melodic saxophone player; his music is modern and progressive whilst still having great tunes. The Octet gathers together some of Britain’s finest jazz musicians and was formed in 1996 in response to a commission from the BBC for a new piece for the Bath Festival. All the group’s three CDs have received glowing reviews and awards. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
4th March
2011 House Concerts present - Idgy Vaughn

Currently being hailed as the best new thing out of Texas, this is her first ever show in the U.K. - “…I've played this track probably, you know, six or seven times now over recent months on this program but each time I play it I get huge numbers of requests to play it again… I think she's got a wonderful and tugging voice.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“Debut albums this good are few and far between, and in Idgy Vaughn we may well have one of the household names of the future.” www.americana-uk.com SOLD OUT

 

 

House Concerts
4th March
2011 Four Parts Guitar - Four of the countries most celebrated acoustic guitar players - Raymond Burley, Clive Carroll, John Etheridge and Gordon Giltrap - come together for a rare series of performances presenting a spontaneous and exciting mix of solo, duo, trio and quartet pieces.

Soft Machine guitarist John Etheridge partnered the legendary Stephane Grappelli for many years and tours as a duo with the world's greatest classical guitarist, John Williams.

Best known for his hit singles Heartsong and Fear of the Dark in the late 1970s, Gordon Giltrap has gone on to become one of the UK's premier acoustic guitarists, working with Cliff Richard, Brian May, Martin Taylor and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Clive Carroll began his career touring with guitar maestro and mentor John Renbourn before teaming up with Australian superstar Tommy Emmanuel, whilst Raymond Burley has performed with many of the UK's most prestigious orchestras and conducts masterclasses around the world.

Selby Town Hall
5th & 12th
March
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - Lino Cutting and Printing.

Kirstie Briggs Bateman will teach techniques in lino cutting and printing using inspiration from the medieval tile and glass collections at the Yorkshire Museum. Two day course. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
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5th March
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Bridge Duo featuring Matthew Jones (violin/viola) and Michael Hampton (piano) play -

Michael Nyman: Zoo Caprices
Michael Parkin: Inevitable Inventions
Steve Crowther: All Tangled Up
Philip Glass: Metamorphosis II and Metamorphosis III
David Power: New Work
Rolf Hind: New Work (for solo viola)
Michael Nyman: On the Fiddle

Pre-concert talk by composer Rolf Hind at 6.45pm. Concert commences 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
5th March
2011 Julian Curry In HIC! The Entire History of Wine

HIC! is a hilarious romp through history, literature, and wine. Julian Curry weaves together quotes about wine from authors and historical figures ranging from Shakespeare and Dickens to P.G.Wodehouse and W.C.Fields as he tells the history of wine in general, and of a certain bottle of 421- year-old wine in particular.

The evening will also include a "Call my bluff" wine tasting by Peter Fawcett, from Field and Fawcett Wine Merchants of York.

"HIC! is a hilarious and informed one-man play...Laughing gear is a prerequisite!" Wine Magazine "Brilliantly put together and very funny" Anthony Hanson MW

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
5th March
2011 Ripley Blues present NEVER THE BRIDE

"Never The Bride are an absolutely brilliant British band. They are fantastic on stage and they've really built up a reputation as one of the best bands in Britain." Bob Harris Radio 2.

Never The Bride have graced stages round the world with rock gods such as The Who, Robert Plant, Paul Rogers, ZZ Top etc. It was after one such performance that Roger Daltrey said to the audience "Nikki Lamborn has the best female rock voice since Janis Joplin and I know what I am talking about, I knew Janis."
Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
5th March
2011 Howden Live present - '....THE NEW ORLEANS ZHULUS....'

Another much requested return, this time for this superb trad jazz band.
Howden Live
5/6th March
2011 Orchid Festival - Following last year's success the Burton Agnes Hall Orchid Festival is back!

The event, created by the Cunliffe-Lister family in partnership with local orchid expert Ray Creek, is a spectacular show. Beautiful displays of orchids are exhibited in the Elizabethan Great Hall and there are professional talks and advice about growing and caring for your own orchids.

Jeff Hutchins, of Laneside Hardy Orchids, Britain's leading supplier of hardy orchids, will provide an educational storyboard display and there will be orchid related stalls throughout the ground floor of the Hall as well as talks by Ray Creek and Jeff Hutchins, slide shows and sales.

Brighten up your March with a trip to Burton Agnes Hall Orchid Festival and enjoy the beautiful colours and range of orchids on show and for sale. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Burton Agnes Hall
6th March
2011 Harrogate International Sunday Series - Now in its 18th year, the Sunday Series is once again bringing some of the very best national and international Classical chamber musicians to Harrogate.

SIMONE DINNERSTEIN Piano - New York pianist Simone Dinnerstein has fast been gaining international attention as a commanding and charismatic artist, and as one of the most compelling women pianists performing today.

Schumann Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Bach Englische Suite Nr. 3 in G-Moll
Bach Choralpräludium:
“Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ“
“Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein“
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”
Schubert 4 Impromptus Op. 90

“Evidence of gifts above and beyond ordinary” Gramophone. 11.00 am

The Old
Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Sunday Series
6th March
2011 Songs from the Shows - Richmond Operatic Society with an afternoon of popular song. 2.30 pm Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
6th March
2011 Studio Night - Young people perform in the intimate atmosphere of the Studio. Relax at the bar whilst listening to and encouraging emerging talent. Low cost but high aspirations! 7.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
7th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - The Medieval in the modern world: City and text with Speaker: Professor Helen Fulton and Professor Nick Havely, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York.

Professors Helen Fulton and Nick Havely of the University's Department of English and Related Literature will deliver their inaugural lectures on the theme of 'The Medieval in the modern world'.

Professor Fulton will look at how certain historians have sought to identify modern phenomena including globalisation as prefigured in the Medieval period.

Professor Havely will examine the cultural context of the donation of the late fourteenth-century illuminated manuscript of Dante’s Commedia by the Governor of the Bombay Presidency, the Honourable Mountstuart Elphinstone, along with a number of other texts (many of Italian origin), nearly 200 years ago in February 1820.

5.30 pm
Bowland Auditorium
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
7th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Business lessons of a lifetime with Speaker: Christopher Bland

As Chairman, Sir Christopher Bland has been responsible for the transformation of two of the UK's best-known organisations: BT and the BBC. Since 2004, he has been Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Having joined BT in 2001, Sir Christopher transformed the organisation by increasing revenues from their new services (including broadband), while at the same time defending their traditional businesses. When he started at BT, the company was in danger of collapse due to debt of nearly £30 billion, and the turnaround was remarkable.

Sir Christopher has extensive media experience, both of the industry and as a regulator. Prior to BT, Sir Christopher was Chairman of the BBC Board of Governors for 5 years and he was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority from 1972 to 1979. In 1982 he became a non-executive director of London Weekend Television and Chairman in 1983, a post which he held until 1994.

He also has a keen interest in health issues and was and was a member of the Prime Minister's Advisory Panel on the Citizen's Charter.

Sir Christopher was knighted for his work in the NHS in 1993, and will talk about his diverse and high-profile roles in business, drawing some key lessons from his experiences.

Admission by free ticket, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets

6.30 pm
The Ron Cooke Hub
Heslington East
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
8th March
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the African Drumming ensemble. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
8th March
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Women in York History. As part of International Women's Week, a walk for all highlighting the contribution of women to York's heritage. Featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Women's Hour'. 10.30 am

Literary Women in York. A new walk highlighting womens contribution to literature in and inspired by York. 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
8th March
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Framing the past A selection of short films from the Yorkshire Film Archive. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
9th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - York Biology Lectures The spark of life with Speaker: Professor Frances Ashcroft FRS, Oxford University.

Frances Ashcroft is the Royal Society GlaxoSmithKline Research Professor at the University Laboratory of Physiology, Oxford and a Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. In 2007 she was awarded the Walter B. Cannon Award, the highest honour bestowed by the American Physiological Society. She is the author of the book Life at the Extremes: The Science of Survival.

About the York Biology Lectures - The Department of Biology has invited a number of distinguished scientists and communicators to deliver lectures on a number of distinct topics. The lectures are aimed at capturing the imagination of everyone interested in Biology, specialist and non-specialist alike.

1.15 pm
Room A/TB 056-57
Seebohm Rowntree Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
9th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - From geek to cultural mainstream: Extraordinary possibilities in video gaming and interactive narrative with Speaker: Charles Cecil

Charles Cecil has been a key figure in the interactive entertainment industry for over 25 years. He is currently Managing Director for Revolution Software, which is based in York, and has released internationally commercial hits including Beneath a Steel Sky and the Broken Sword series. Charles is on the advisory panel of the Edinburgh Interactive Entertainment Festival and is a renowned commentator on the creative and commercial aspects of the video games industry.

He also co-founded and remains a Director of Game Republic, an alliance of game developers, and is a Board member of Screen Yorkshire. In 2006 Charles was awarded the status of ‘industry legend’ by Develop, Europe’s leading development magazine.

Charles will discuss the history of the industry and outline how genres have evolved (and declined) due to technology. His commentary will describe how we deal with narrative and how this has changed, and conclude with the extraordinary opportunities, both creative and commercial, made available by digital distribution.

Admission by free ticket, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets

6.00 pm
Department of Theatre, Film and Television
Heslington East
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
9th March
2011 YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting. We will be there, even if it rains, for at least half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed. Objects on show should include planets, star clusters, and galaxies. Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society
9th March
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Dr. Santiago Bejarano: "Humming Birds."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
9th March
2011 University Symphony Orchestra present - Messiaen Turangalîla Symphony

‘The whole work is a song of love.’ Olivier Messiaen
With its luxurious and sensual scoring, Turangalîla is one of three works by Messiaen on the theme of love and death. The work hits many high points and includes both subtle chamber-like music and also the exotic and wildly exuberant sounds from the full orchestra. The orchestra is joined throughout by a pianist who acts as both soloist and concertante player and by the seductive sounds of the ondes Martenot.

We welcome former York student Joseph Houston, who has been studying at the Royal College of Music with Ashley Wass since graduating in 2009, and Cynthia Millar, who studied with Jeanne Loriod, Messiaen’s sister-in-law.

Last performed in York 20 years ago, this is the only opportunity to hear this magnificent work in the north of England in 2011 – and is not to be missed! To set the scene, Gamelan Sekar Petak will give a short performance beforehand. 7.30 pm

Central Hall
UoY

York Concerts
9th March
2011 The Speakers' Corner Presents 'Hubble' with Diana Syder - Poet, Artist and Scientist

York's established platform for the spoken word welcomes special guest Diana Syder: "one of the country's leading poets of science". 8.00 pm
The Yorkshire Terrier
Stonegate

'Hubble'
9th March
2011 York Bibliographical Society lecture - THE DEVELOPMENT OF COLOUR PRINTING IN THE 20th CENTURY with Emeritus Prof. Ian Rogerson, Manchester Metropolitan University.

York, long been associated with books, through printing, publishing and selling, makes a natural base for a society initiated by, and dedicated to those who love books. Authors and illustrators, designers and publishers, booksellers and collecters feature in programmes of six winter lectures supplemented by summer visits to memorable libraries. All who have an interest in books are welcome to join this active group of booklovers. 8.00 pm

York Medical Society's Rooms
23 Stonegate

York Bibliographical Society
9th March
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
10th March
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
10th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Is a happier society possible? with Speaker: Lord Richard Layard, London School of Economics.

Richard Layard is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, where he was until recently the founder-director of the Centre for Economic Performance. He now heads the Centre’s Programme on Well-Being. Since 2000 he has been a member of the House of Lords.

He has worked on unemployment, inflation, education, inequality, and post-Communist reform. He was an early advocate of the welfare-to-work approach to European unemployment, and co-authored Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labour Market (OUP 1991, 2nd ed 2005) which has influenced policy in many countries. He has chaired the European Commission’s Macroeconomic Policy Group and the UN University’s World Economy Group.

He is currently working on happiness and how to produce a happier society. His book Happiness – Lessons from a New Science was published in 2007.

6.00 pm
Room V/045
Vanbrugh College
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
10th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Hegel with Speaker: Dr James Clarke, Department of Philosophy.

Dr James Clarke will look at creativity in the work of the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770 - 1831).

Creativity in the History of Philosophy - In this series, staff from the University's Department of Philosophy will discuss some important philosophers, and identify what was truly creative in their work. They hope both to explore these writers' work, and also to shed some light on what we mean by 'creativity', and what makes philosophy a creative discipline.

6.15 pm
The Treehouse
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
10th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - The science of fusion with Speaker: Dr Roddy Vann, Department of Physics, University of York.

Dr Roddy Vann of the University's Department of Physics will deliver this year's Archbishop Holgate's Annual Science Lecture on 'The Science of Fusion'

7.00 pm
National Science Learning Centre
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
10th March
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
10th March
2011 Sir Tom Courtenay in Pretending To Be Me

Pretending To Be Me is a dramatised compilation from the letters, articles and poems of Philip Larkin, the poet and Hull University librarian. The show was first produced at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2002 and transferred to the West End's Comedy theatre in 2003.

In 2010, the 25th anniversary of Larkin's death, Courtenay was invited by the Larkin Society to perform his show in Hull, his home town - the place where Larkin wrote most of his best known poetry. He welcomed the opportunity to re-visit and reconsider the material he had used earlier, and to simplify the staging.

In 2001, in the same year he starred in the film, Last Orders, Tom Courtenay was knighted for forty years of service to cinema and theatre. In 1962 and 1963 he won BAFTA awards for his performances in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Billy Liar.

Much of his theatre work was with the Royal Exchange in Manchester, where he was well known for his versatility in taking on a wide range of roles, including the lead in King Lear and Uncle Vanya.

PhilipLarkin was one of the great masters of the English language and he reflects wittily and touchingly on his life and his unflagging obsession with being a writer.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
11th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - British Heart Foundation Mending Broken Hearts Exhibit – Turning Science Fiction into Science Fact.

2011 is the British Heart Foundation’s 50thbirthday. To celebrate we’re launching the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal, one of our most ambitious projects ever. Its goal is simple – to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’. This exhibit will reflect on 50 years of investing in life-saving heart science and will also profile our Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

York Festival of Science & Technology
11th March
2011 The Chimera Ensemble present a Programme to include:
Per Nørgård Voyage into the Golden Screen and Hans Abrahamsen Lied in Fall

In its second concert of the series, Chimera performs Nørgård’s mystical Voyage into the Golden Screen, regarded as one of the first spectral compositions, alongside a lyrical work for cello and ensemble by his pupil, Hans Abrahamsen. More details to follow. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
11th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Astronomy @ Bootham School Observatory.

There are stairs to climb, and a ladder to the next level if you're feeling adventurous! Booking Required as space is limited to 10 people per session.

If you missed out previously, this is your chance to see inside the Observatory and, if clear, observe the Moon through the four inch refracting telescope made for the School by Thomas Cooke of York in 1852. 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm

Bootham School

York Festival of Science & Technology
11th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Festival Launch Event: Featuring Ortis Deley and Pollyanna Woodward, as seen on The Gadget Show. 7.30 pm The Ron Cooke Hub Lecture Theatre
University of York
York Festival of Science & Technology
11th March
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Willow Weaving

Fences and Trellises with Phil Bradley. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm SOLD OUT RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
11th March
2011 THE IMAGINARY FRIENDS TOUR - Kula Productions is pleased to welcome Chris Difford (with Boo Hewerdine and Dorie Jackson) to the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough.

As a member of one of London’s best-loved bands, the Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.

This year, as well as a new album, Chris has curated the inaugural ‘Songs In The Key Of London’ event at the Barbican, bringing together musicians old and new such as Tilbrook, Suggs, Jools Holland, Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets) and Tunng, as well as students from the local community. That third solo album, ‘Cashmere If You Can’ will be the first release from the innovative online label Saturday Morning Music Club, and shows that he is still, first and foremost a music fan rather than merely a performer. Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
11th March
2011 The Coal Porters - A welcome return of one of our favourite bands! The Coal Porters were formed a decade ago in Los Angeles by ex Long Ryder, Sid Griffin. The band has enjoyed indie chart success in the UK and Europe and toured frequently, including the US. Their albums Land of Hope and Crosby, Los London and The Gram Parsons Tribute Concert received rave reviews across the UK and USA. With Griffin on mandolin, Neil Robert Herd on flatpickin’ guitar plus banjo, double bass and fiddle the new album Durango is The Coal Porters fourth and best “altbluegrass” album, earning 4 star reviews from Mojo, Uncut, Q and The Daily Mail. Highly recommended for a foot-tapping evening!!

“Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes... a bucketful of tradition.” Time Out

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
11-13th March
2011 Spooksfest 2011- Join In the Company of Ghosts and Visit York, for a festival celebrating all things spooky, and what better place to hold such a festival than in the "Most Haunted City in Europe", York.

Over this terrifyingly enjoyable weekend we will be bringing you a range of exciting events catering for the serious ghost hunter, to families and friends just looking for a fun and alternative weekend.

We have a range of events planned across York, giving you the opportunity to not only take a step into the mysterious world of all things spooky, but to also enjoy many of the local businesses, activities and treasures of this ancient city.

Whatever your age, interests, gender or ghost, you can be sure to find something at Spooksfest 2011 to keep you quivering in your boots! York is one of the UK's most historic cities, a place where you truly can feel transported into the past. Walking through the winding snickleways, hearing feet on cobbled streets and smelling the rich odour of old stone, it is not surprising that this atmospheric location has been deemed "Europe's Most Haunted City".

Many stories have been told over the years about York's ghostly inhabitants as well as many other strange going's on. To celebrate these incredible and often terrifying experiences, In the Company of Ghosts has teamed up with Visit York, to offer a festival of fun, fear and fantastic entertainment!

Spooksfest is not just about ghosts, but all things that go bump in the night! In order to cater for all interests from the wierd to the wonderful, we will be offering events, talks, workshops and walks, as well as many other activities over the weekend.

Spooksfest is about celebrating all things spooky, we therefore want you to enjoy visiting this incredible city, and have a fun and relaxing time. We want everyone to take part and you will find a range of events and activities to suit all ages.

 

 

Spooksfest 2011
11-20th
March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Looking at life, the Universe and plenty in-between, the York Festival of Science and Technology is one of the best ways to experiment with the science that matters.

No need for lab coats or text books here – science comes out of the classroom and pops up in all sorts of unexpected places across the city.

With exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, live performance and a host of hands-on activities, the York Festival of Science and Technology spans a diverse series of fun and interactive science and technology-related events for all ages.Since the Festival's launch over a decade ago, hundreds of events have been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people across York and beyond.

Held annually in March within the UK's National Science and Engineering Week, the York Festival of Science and Technology spans a 10 day, packed programme of events put together by Science City York and local partners, and involving the collective talents of an array of top names from the world of science from across the region and UK.

The Festival programme includes special workshops for schools, events focused on an adult audience, and a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. York Festival of Science & Technology
12th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - 'Science in the City'.

A host of city centre science busking, exhibits and activities including a very special 'space bus'!

The Solar Spark: Uncover the solar-powered future - Saturday 12 March in the marquee at St. Samson's Square, York, YO1 2RN or Saturday 19 March in the atrium at The Ron Cooke Hub, University of York, YO10 5DD. Drop-in activities running all day. Suitable for all the family FREE Admission.

Make your own spectroscope or Newton wheel to discover the relationship between light and colour – and why this is important for solar energy. Discover the potential of solar energy and challenges scientists face to improve solar power through a variety of hands-on activities and games. Also come and learn what scientists in UK universities are doing in solar energy research. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

 

 

York Festival of Science & Technology
12th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - 'Science in the City' -

Making Energy from Waste - Do you think that sewage is just a smelly nuisance? Well think again, using the process of Anaerobic Digestion sewage and other organic material can help us to produce energy and provide fertiliser as a side product. Join the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) to find out more about how we can help the environment and limit our carbon impact by wasting less and using more.

The Pharma Farmers: Can Plant Genetics Provide More Affordable Malaria Medicine? (Exhibitor: Centre for Novel Agricultural Products) A hands-on insight into CNAP’s groundbreaking Artemisia project which is improving supplies of an important anti – malarial drug.

Speaking Without Words (Exhibitor: Creative Abilities) A special signing activity with puppetry. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

National Railway Museum

York Festival of Science & Technology
12th March
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Women in York History. As part of International Women's Week, a walk for all highlighting the contribution of women to York's heritage. Featured on BBC Radio 4's 'Women's Hour'. 10.30 am

Literary Women in York. A new walk highlighting womens contribution to literature in and inspired by York. 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
12th March
2011 York Art Gallery Poetry Day Workshop - A workshop with Pat Borthwick, inspired by paintings and objects in the gallery. Participants will be offered the opportunity to read their finished poems at the gallery on 19 March (see below). Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
12th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Astronomy @ Bootham School Observatory.

There are stairs to climb, and a ladder to the next level if you're feeling adventurous! Booking Required as space is limited to 10 people per session.

If you missed out previously, this is your chance to see inside the Observatory and, if clear, observe the Moon through the four inch refracting telescope made for the School by Thomas Cooke of York in 1852. 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm

Bootham School

York Festival of Science & Technology
12th March
2011 The Chapter House Choir present La Musique Francaise!

Join us on a Gallic journey taking in the sounds of seven leading French composers, ranging from the Romantic splendours of Saint Saens, through Debussy's Impressionism to the wit and jazz harmonies of Milhaud and Poulenc.

Ravel - Three Songs for Unaccompanied Choir
Debussy - Trois Chansons de Charle d'Orleans
Poulenc - Quatre petites prieres de Saint Francois d'Assise
Durufle - Four Motets on Gregorian Themes
Saint Saens - Two Chorales
Milhaud - Trois Psaumes de David
Villette - Hymne a Vierge

7.30 pm
York Minster
12th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - 'What Are YOU On About?'

A welcome return by Dr. Marty Jopson to the York science festival. Marty will be exploring how we communicate; from the idea of innate language ability, through writing, pictures and telegraphy, and looking at some of the crazy early history of communication devices and ideas. 7.30 pm
Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

York Festival of Science & Technology
12th March
2011 YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR present -

Joseph Haydn- Stabat Mater
Michael Haydn - Requiem

Joseph Haydn’s Stabat Mater is one his most expressive compositions and, as with the Michael Haydn Requiem, this is its first YBC performance. Stabat Mater enjoyed immediate success and became Haydn’s most well-known sacred work. Joseph asked that his younger brother’s Requiem be performed at his funeral and it is clear that the piece, written in 1771, also influenced Mozart’s own Requiem. Both pieces have unusual and telling scorings, the Stabat Mater calling for a pair of cor anglais whilst the Requiem requires four trumpets.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm
St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir
12th March
2011 York Cantores present -

GF Handel: Dixit Dominus
Henry Purcell: Anthems, with strings 8.00 pm
St. Olave’s Church,
Marygate
York Cantores
12th March
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Horticultural Skills

Introduction to Propagation with Nigel Harrison. Find out which plants can be propagated by softwood and hardwood cuttings, division, root cuttings and seed sowing, and when and how to do this successfully. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm SOLD OUT RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
12th March
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Outdoor footwear recommended. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
12th March
2011 Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society Presents Patience

Aireborough Gilbert & Sullivan Society invite you to Castle Bunthorne and their semi-staged version of G&S's sixth collaboration: Patience. This was first performed in April 1881 in D'Oyly Carte's new theatre, The Savoy - the first theatre in the world to be lit entirely by electric lights!

The plot tells how all the well-born ladies in the village are rapturously in love with two poets - a 'fleshy' poet and an 'idyllic' poet - but they are both in love with Patience, the simple village milkmaid, who cares nothing for poetry. It is touch and go for a while, but everyone ends up with a suitable partner: who that may be is finally revealed with a suitable Gilbertian twist!

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
13th March
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Jewish Heritage Trail. A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. This tour is near the anniversary of the dreadful massacre of the Jews at Clifford's Tower, where the walk ends. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
13th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Yorkshire Philosophical Society: 'The Science of Music'

A family lecture by Professor Peter Main from The University of York, exploring sound waves and the creation of music. 2.30 pm
Tempest Anderson Hall
Yorkshire Museum

York Festival of Science & Technology
14th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Sharmini's Inspirational Indian Cuisine

Suitable for Curry Lovers, Students and Food Technologists - The colour, fragrance and flavour of spices have intoxicated mankind over centuries. Spices not only spice up our lives, but also have health benefits like turmeric’s anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti cancer effects.

Learn the benefits of different spices and the art of blending spices to transform a basic meal in to an exotic and tasty one!

‘Talk, demonstration and taster’. 7.00 pm The Cookery Room
Joseph Rowntree School
Haxby Road
New Earswick

York Festival of Science & Technology
14th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Astronomy @ Bootham School Observatory.

There are stairs to climb, and a ladder to the next level if you're feeling adventurous! Booking Required as space is limited to 10 people per session.

If you missed out previously, this is your chance to see inside the Observatory and, if clear, observe the Moon through the four inch refracting telescope made for the School by Thomas Cooke of York in 1852. 7.30 pm and 8.30 pm

Bootham School

York Festival of Science & Technology
15th March
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the popular Yorkulele Ensemble. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
15th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - 'Lazarus, Elvis and Zombies – the return of lost species'. This is a half hour talk from one of Yorkshire Museum's knowledgeable curators. It is free to attend and there is no need to book. 12.30 pm FREE
Yorkshire Museum
York Festival of Science & Technology
15th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Sex, flies and smelly sticky tape with Speaker: Dr Graeme R Jones, Keele University.

How do you chat up a moth? Do bees only say “Buzz”? Parlez vous ant-speak? If you have ever wanted to talk to insects then this is your chance to learn their lingo. Plus can pheromones get you out of that awkward ‘asking her out moment’? Come prepared for the nasal experience of a lifetime!

6.30 pm
Room C/A101
Chemistry Department
UoY

York Festival of Science & Technology
16th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - The Geology behind York’s Buildings.

Join the Yorkshire Museum’s Geology Curator for a different and surprising look at what the buildings of York are built from! Following the walk there will also be chance to examine specimens from the Yorkshire Museum Geology collection. 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkshire Museum
York Festival of Science & Technology
16th March
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Make do and mend'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
16th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Let Newton Be!

Let Newton Be! – A play by Craig Baxter 300 years after his death, Isaac Newton is still a hugely powerful figure. Let Newton Be! uses his own words to reveal the man behind the myth – complex, driven and totally uncompromising. Craig Baxter’s highly entertaining and compelling play shines new light on our most famous scientist, bringing Newton alive for the 21st century. 4.00 pm Ron Cooke Hub Lecture Theatre
University of York
York Festival of Science & Technology
16th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - York Neuroimaging Centre: Energy and Communication in the Brain

"Energy and Communication in the Brain: How electromagnetic stimulation can help us understand language processing." Dr Beth Jefferies will present a demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and discuss how this may be used in neuroimaging studies to help understand how the brain processes language. 6.00 pm York Neuroimaging Centre
University of York
York Festival of Science & Technology
16th March
2011 Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society lecture series -

Tonight - Royalty and York – facts, myths and hidden agendas by Prof. David Palliser. 7.30 pm Friend's Meeting House
Friargate

YAYAS
16th March
2011 University Choir and Yorkshire Baroque Soloists present Handel Solomon

Handel’s spectacular oratorio focuses on various scenes from Solomon’s rule: the inauguration of the temple and his relationship with his Queen; his wise ruling on the dispute between the two harlots over who is the mother of the new-born baby; and finally the visit of the Queen of Sheba who is amazed at the glory and splendour of Solomon’s court. Handel responds with some of his most dramatic solo music and glorious choral writing with no less than seven double choruses. 7.30 pm

 

York Minster

York Concerts
16th March
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Infections and cancer - a brief history A lecture by Dr Rob Newton, Department of Health Sciences, University of York.

It is estimated that 20% of human cancers (about two million cases per year, worldwide) are attributable to viral, bacterial and other infections, the most important known cause of cancer after tobacco. Their control or elimination (by vaccination for example) holds great promise for cancer prevention. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713
Pocklington Arts Centre,
Pocklington
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
17th March
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Debbie Sturdy Mezzo Soprano 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
17th March
2011 The Historical Association - York Branch. The Historical Association brings together people who share an interest in, and love for the past and it furthers the study and teaching and enjoyment of history in all forms.

Today's lecture - "Revolutionary Napoleon" - Professor William Doyle of the University of Bristol. 5.30 pm
Venue TBC

Historical Association - York Branch
17th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Revolutionary Napoleon with Speaker: Professor William Doyle, Bristol University.

Professor William Doyle of Bristol University will deliver the 8th Annual Aylmer Lecture entitled 'Revolutionary Napoleon'.

5.30 pm
Bowland Auditorium
Berrick Saul Building
UoY

UoY Free Public Lectures
17th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - 'BLOODHOUND SSC (Super Sonic Car) - The 1000 mph Car' Speaker: Andy Green OBE

A fantastic opportunity to find out more about this extraordinary vehicle from Andy Green, the world land speed record holder. Light refreshments will be provided. Booking Required. 7.00 pm
St Peter's School
Bootham
York Festival of Science & Technology
17th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Frankenstein: National Theatre 'Live' at City Screen York

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is adapted for the stage by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle in his return to the theatre after winning the Academy Award for best director for SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, alternating the roles of Frankenstein and his monster. Booking Required. 7.00 pm

City Screen Picture House

York Festival of Science & Technology
17th March
2011 Town & Gown Public Lecture Series - The Town & Gown Public Lecture series brings together York St John University’s eminent academics, high profile speakers and the community for a series of lectures to be enjoyed by all.

Today - Dr Jack Mapanje York St John University

Town & Gown Lectures
17th March
2011 I Fagiolini - Directed by Robert Hollingworth

The National Centre for Early Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion has joined forces with early music superstars I Fagiolini to commission a new work from the acclaimed composer Orlando Gough. The work will be premiered at Cadogan Hall in London in November. This will be followed by a nationwide tour organised in association with the Sheffield based ‘Music in the Round’.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm

 

National Centre for Early Music
17th March
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Sam Carter 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
17th March
2011 Northumberland Theatre Company present - Star Quality

Twenty-year old Geordie singer Julian King is hotly tipped to win the glittering Saturday night TV spectacular “Star Quality”. So why does he flee the production company that is owned by super-impressario, Martin Powell? And for what reason is the maverick shopkeeper, with whom he hides, desperate that he should make the grand finale?

Written by Barry Stone and presented by the inspirational Northumberland Theatre Company who brought us Whisky Galore and The Old Curiosity Shop.

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
18th March
2011 British Music Society of York Chamber Music Concert series - Carducci String Quartet and Katona Twins (guitar duo) play -

Vivaldi Double Concerto
Schubert Quartettsatz, D. 703
Piazzolla -
Otoño Porteño
Fugata
Milonga en re (arranged Katona)
Tres minutos con la realidad
Shostakovich Elegy and Polka
D Scarlatti, arranged Katona -
Sonata in E minor, K. 115
Sonata in C minor, K. 481
Sonata in D minor, K. 141
Piazzolla Double Concerto
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
UoY

British Music Society of York
18th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Research Councils UK Public Debate: Future Energy Scenarios

This key event enables you to learn more about the options for future energy provision and then put your questions to a panel of energy experts and commentators. 7.00 pm
Ron Cooke Hub Lecture Theatre
University of York

York Festival of Science & Technology
18th March
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Searching for new physics at the Large Hadron Collider by Prof. Dan Tovey, University of Sheffield.

On 10th September 2008, the whole world seemed to be watching and waiting as the largest machine on the planet, the 27km circumference Large Hadron Collider, was coaxed into life.

The mammoth project was 15 years in the making and despite early glitches, it promises to revolutionise our understanding of how the universe works at the smallest and largest scales; answering questions ranging from how particles acquire mass to why galaxies rotate as fast as they do. In this presentation Professor Tovey will give a whistle-stop tour of the LHC and the giant experiments which observe its collisions, outline the motivations behind their construction and highlight the key role in the project played by Sheffield scientists. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
18th March
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Horticultural Skills

Pruning Workshop with Nigel Harrison. Half a day practical and half a day theory: find out which plants to prune when, and how! 10.00 am - 4.00 pm SOLD OUT RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
18th March
2011 Showstopper! The Improvised Musical - A brand new, full length musical is created from scratch at each performance of this multi award-winning production, which has played sell-out seasons in London’s West End and at the Edinburgh festival, and is being broadcast as a six part BBC Radio 4 series early this year.

Audience suggestions help to create a different show every time, as the eight strong all-singing, all-dancing cast - including musicians, actors and a director - improvise with unpredictable and frequently hilarious results. Packed with incredible, moving story-lines, amazing, catchy songs, full group harmonies and dazzling dance numbers, Showstopper! has everything you could want from a blockbuster musical - it just happens to be made up on the spot!

Selby Town Hall
18/19th March
2011 MALTON & NORTON FOLK FESTIVAL - workshops/musician sessions. 18th - MINI-CONCERT 8.00 pm with Holly Taymar, Wendy Arrowsmith, 'Keith' and others; 19th - CONCERT 7.30 pm Trio Threlfall, The Hall Brothers, Two, Two Black Sheep & a Stallion Various Venues

MALTON & NORTON FOLK FESTIVAL
19th March
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
19th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Modern to Medieval: Tracing your Ancestors

Jackie Depelle, Dr Simon Hughes and Dr Phillipa Hoskins lead us through the documents and information we find on the journey of tracing our ancestors. During the day there will be guided tours of the medieval gallery with a curator from the Yorkshire Museum.

Two Sessions running 10.30 am - 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm. Booking Required

Yorkshire Museum

York Festival of Science & Technology
19th March
2011 York Art Gallery Poetry Reading - Hosted by Pat Borthwick and featuring other local poets. FREE, no need to book York Museums Programme Guide
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19th March
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
19th March
2011 Castle Howard presents - Mausoleum Tour with the Curator

Visit the most mysterious and imposing building in the Castle Howard landscape, where generations of the Howard family are buried in the vaults beneath the spectacular chapel.

The tour is lead by Castle Howard Curator, Dr Christopher Ridgway and also includes a visit to the Temple of the Four Winds not normally open to the public.

This tours last 2-21/2 hrs and some parts of the walk are over uneven ground so sensible footwear is recommended. The cost of this tour includes admission to the house and grounds.

 

Castle Howard
19th March
2011 York Art Gallery Making an Impression! - Looking at atmospheric paintings, inspired by the Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists. Art history combined with practical art activities led by Sarah Khan. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
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19th March
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Modern to Medieval – Tracing your Ancestors.'

Jackie Depelle, Dr Simon Hughes, and Dr Philippa Hoskins, lead us through the documents and information we find on the journey of tracing our ancestors. During the day there will be a guided tour of the medieval gallery with a curator from the Yorkshire Museum. Pre-booking Essential. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
19th March
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - ‘The Yanks are Coming!' by John Lee. The Americans had watched the war in Europe for three years before being pitched into it. What did their observers make of the conflict and how did they adapt to the new conditions? More crucially, how did the Americans perform once they were committed to the great battles of 1918? 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
19th March
2011 The York Georgian Society was founded in 1939 to promote the preservation and care of Georgian buildings in and around York, England, while fostering the study and appreciation of them. It is the second oldest society outside London devoted to the Georgian era. The Society's remit extends beyond architecture and the crafts associated with building to include the arts, culture and society of the period from 1660, the year of George I's birth, to 1837, the year of William IV's death.

Lecture - The Lunar Society of Birmingham with Diana Perowne, guide-lecturer at Soho House, Birmingham. 2.30 pm Dianne Willcocks Lecture Theatre (DG/017)
De Grey Court
York St John University

York Georgian Society
19th March
2011 Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company present - 'Sing-a-long-a Pirates of Penzance'. The Company will perform The Pirates of Penzance, with narration, and the audience are invited to join in with the choruses!

Whether it's the patter of I am the very model of a modern Major-General, the triumphant shouts of Oh, better far to live and die ...I am a pirate king or the classic comedy policemen in When the foeman bares his steel there can't be many people who haven't heard and loved a song from Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. A hit with audiences since it's premiere 131 years ago, the tale of Frederic, an apprentice pirate, who falls in love with Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, is returning to York this March with a twist.

Sing-a-long-a-Pirates of Penzance will provide an evening of entertainment for everyone. Performed by Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company, this semi staged production, with narration encourages audience participation with all the choruses. Song sheets will be provided but if you have your own score you are welcome to bring it along. An excellent way to enjoy this popular production, suitable for all ages. 7.30 pm The Joseph Rowntree Theatre
Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company
19th March
2011 YSJU Concert - Honorary Fellow Wolfgang Mastnak (piano) will be performing two Mozart Concerti: Bb major (k238) and C major (K246) with the University Orchestra conducted by Ralph Bateman. 7.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
19th March
2011 The Ebor Singers present Macmillan: Seven Last Words from the Cross and Leighton: Crucifixus pro nobis in The Quire, York Minster. 7.30 pm York Minster
19th March
2011 Ripley Blues present MICHAEL MESSER & ED GENIS

“Michael Messer is one of the finest slide guitar players on the planet, with stunning rhythm guitarist Ed Genis. This is one of the best guitar blues & roots duos in the world”. Time Out, London.

Michael Messer is a virtuoso slide guitarist performing some of the greatest blues tunes produced this century. His playing encompasses the entire history of the blues and slide guitar, and is highly individual and contemporary. Messer’s haunting vocals ooze authenticity and integrity. The American magazine, ‘Spirit’ listed Michael as one of the greatest slide guitarists ever, alongside Duane Allman and Ry Cooder.

Being English with an international reputation for blues slide guitar is a rarity in itself, and Messer’s obsessive appetite for knowledge of his art is virtually unrivalled. Michael Messer’s accolades include a US number one blues album with ‘King Guitar’, and the award for ‘Best International Blues Guitar Album’ with ‘Second Mind’. Michael is included in the ‘Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues’ where his name appears alongside many of the blues masters that inspired him as a young man. In addition, Johnny Cash was a fan of Michael Messer’s music and wrote the liner notes for his album ‘Rhythm Oil’.
Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
19th March
2011 Howden Live present - '....FRAGILE....'

Formed in 1996, Fragile are the longest running UK performers of the classic and timeless music of YES. Past and present members have left their mark on the wider music scene in projects with YES members Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe, Alan White and Peter Banks, as well as with Marillion (and separately with Fish), Voyager, Bernie Marsden and more. Over the last 12 years Fragile have performed throughout Europe including a series of now legendary shows with Steve Howe. In 2009 they appeared on the Richard & Judy show and later that year, played to 35,000 with Alan White as one of the highlights at the Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool. Their set features many of the greatest songs in the YES catalogue.

Howden Live
19/20th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Record Breakers

Visit the National Railway Museum and find out what makes things move at high speed through a variety of exciting workshops and displays, including a chance to see Bloodhound, the ultimate land speed car. Have a go at making something move really fast. You might even win a prize!

National Railway Museum

York Festival of Science & Technology
20th March
2011 York Festival of Science & Technology 2011 - Bringing Science to Life.

Presents - Pub Quiz - with a Science Twist!

Pit your wits in this special science festival pub quiz. 7.30 pm
White Swan
Goodramgate

York Festival of Science & Technology
20th March
2011 Harrogate International Sunday Series - Now in its 18th year, the Sunday Series is once again bringing some of the very best national and international Classical chamber musicians to Harrogate.

EMMA JOHNSON Clarinet and JOHN LENEHAN Piano - Emma Johnson is one of the few clarinettists to have established an international career as a soloist. Following her highly acclaimed appearances in Harrogate in previous years, we are proud to welcome her back for this year’s season.

Debussy Première Rapsodie
Schubert Sonata in A minor D. 821 ‘Arpeggione’
Rota Clarinet Sonata
Stravinsky Three pieces for solo Clarinet
Rachmaninov Vocalise (1912)
Giampieri Il Carnevale de Venezia

‘…[Emma Johnson] walks onto a concert platform and suddenly transforms herself into an expressive instrument of sublime beauty’ – The Guardian. 11.00 am

The Old
Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Sunday Series
20th March
2011 The Martinu String Quartet

Their programme tonight is:
Mozart K590
Martinu Quartet No 5
Dvorak Quartet Op 105 or 106

Martinu Quartet was founded in 1976 at the Prague Conservatory in the class of Prof.Viktor Moucka, a member of the Vlach Quartet. During the study at AMU (Academy of Music) under the leadership of Prof.Antonín Kohout, a member of the Smetana Quartet, they startet a successful activity under the name of Havlák Quartet and received many awards respectfully. Among them was the special prize of 1990 Czech Chamber Music Society as well the prize of Bohuslav Martinu with special emphasis of Martinu's chamber music. At the same time they gained a valuable experience from active workshops with renowned quartet ensembles (Tel Aviv Quartet, Amadeus Quartet, Guarneri Quartet, Julliard Quartet and others ). They participated in eight international competitions with the result of eight awards with seven laureate titles, the most notable being in Portsmouth (Great Britain), ARD (Munich), Evian (France) and Prague Spring. In 1985 the ensemble, with the approval of the Bohuslav Martinu Society , took the name of Martinu Quartet, while pledging to promote Martinu's chamber music.

They have appeared all over Europe and have made regular tours of the USA, Canada, Spain, Japan and England. They have been heard at festivals, including Brighton, Warwick, Leamington, Bath, the City of London Festival, the Orlando Festival in Netherlands, Kuhmo in Finland and other venues in Sweden, Paris, Frankfurt-Mohan, Wigmore Hall in London, the Paris Opera de la Bastille, the Berlin Schauspielhaus, as well in mid-European festival at Europa-Musicale in Munich. The Martinu Quartet is a regular guest at The Prague Spring Festival.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
21st March
2011 Spring Fashion Show Join us for a feast of fashion with Bunty, Daisy, Jo Morelle, Plush & more. See what’s hot and what’s not for the coming season. 7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
22nd March
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring some of the visiting performers who will be contributing to International Week at York St John University. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
22nd March
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Reading the brain: When did you have that thought? A lecture by Professor Gary Green, York Neuroimaging Centre. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
23rd March
2011 Ebor Public Lectures on Theology & Public Life - 2010/2011 theme Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century.

Acts of terrorism and the perceived threat of terrorism are changing our world. Some argue our freedoms are being eroded and our liberty curtailed through the deliberate building up of a climate of fear. Where is hope in all this? This series of Ebor Lectures will explore these issues of freedom and security, the politics of fear and the politics of hope.

Tonight - Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Harries, Former Bishop of Oxford/ Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth with Just War against Terror?

The lecture will be held at York Minster. Admission is free but by ticket only.

 

York St John University
24th March
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'Mini Marvels'.

Take a magnifying tour of a selection of miniatures in the collection. Tiny treasures include miniature portraits, books, dolls’ furniture, sewing machines, hot water bottles and cake tins! Pre-booking requested. 10.30 am York Museums Programme Guide
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24th March
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Orators 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
24th March
2011 Public Lectures at the University of York - Every term, the University organises free public lectures on a wide variety of topics and aimed at a general audience.

Today - Are two ears better than one? Controversies in childhood deafness, cochlear implantation, and binaural hearing with Speaker: Professor Quentin Summerfield, Department of Psychology, University of York.

Professor Quentin Summerfield of the University's Department of Psychology will deliver this year's Merchant Adventurers' Science Discovery Lecture.

The education and medical management of deaf children have been riven by controversy for the last 400 years. Professor Summerfield will discuss the most recent controversy. Should the National Health Service provide deaf children with a single cochlear implant in one ear only or with two implants one in each ear?

Cochlear implants are electrical devices that are placed surgically in the inner ear. They bypass damaged or missing parts of the hearing mechanism, and they stimulate the nerve of hearing directly with electrical signals. It had been policy in the UK to provide children with a single implant in one ear. That provision was sufficient to allow children to acquire spoken language and to enter mainstream schools.

Arguments for giving children two implants include the idea of providing a back-up in the event of failure and of allowing children to develop skills in 'spatial listening' - being able to use the two ears together to work out where sounds are coming from and being able to listen to whichever ear gives the clearer sound when there is background noise. These abilities could help children to avoid hazards when outdoors and to understand speech better at home and school.

The challenge for policy makers has been to decide whether these advantages are large enough to justify the considerable cost to the health service of a second implant. That challenge in turn has required consideration of the problem of estimating the quality of life of young children. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has wrestled with this problem. Professor Summerfield will explain why NICE's deliberations were protracted and will describe evidence that helped to reduce the controversy.

Admission by free ticket, available from www.york.ac.uk/tickets

6.30 pm
Merchant Adventurers' Hall
Fossgate

UoY Free Public Lectures
24th March
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Brian Peters presents "Songs of Trial and Triumph"

A special show devoted to some of the greatest of the Child Ballads 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
24-26th March
2011 1812 Youth Theatre Presents The Late Sleepers

In a junk-strewn wasteland in a distant future a gang of young people, The Late Sleepers —self-styled vampires, dressed in black and scarlet with bright dyed hair — scrape a strange existence on the outskirts of a walled city. Their leader is Gabriel, a dark brooding presence whose jealously guarded store of music, videos and DVDs from earlier centuries has informed the gang’s unlikely passion for classic TV, horror movies and pop songs. When two strangers, James and Elsa, stumble on the Sleepers’ hideout, they are intrigued by this all-singing, all-dancing gang, and begin a chain of events which will explore both the light and the dark of their rock and roll vampire existence.

With show-stopping numbers, a high gothic wedding, drama and betrayal, and, ultimately, heart-breaking bravery, this is a fascinating romp through the world of the Undead, of popular culture, and of teenage rebellion.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
25th March
2011 Finally a Sex Pistol plays Knaresborough - GLEN MATLOCK & THE PHILISTINES

Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
25th March
2011 Chekhov's Shorts - European Arts Company present a hugely entertaining collection of classic one-act farces by Anton Chekhov including ‘The Evils of Tobacco’, ‘The Dimwit’, ‘The Bear’, 'Swan Song’ and ‘The Proposal’.

This is Chekhov at his comic best, before Uncle Vanya started shooting, The Seagull got stuffed, The Cherry Orchard was ‘car-parked’ and The Three Sisters started moaning.

Famed for producing quirky classics with great imagination and a highly physical style, European Arts have harnessed the most accessible early works of arguably the greatest short story writer in the history of world literature to create an evening of hilarious, satirical comic theatre. It's Chekhov as you never thought you'd see him!

Selby Town Hall
25th March
2011 Craig & Willoughby in concert.

Cathryn Craig (guitar & vocals) has sung with The Righteous Brothers, Garth Brooks, Chet Atkins and others. Brian Willoughby (guitar & vocals) began his career with Mary Hopkin and played with Strawbs for 25 years. He has worked with Monty Python, Joe Brown, Roger Whittaker and others.

Reeth Memorial Hall
25-27th March
2011 Festival of Writing

York hosts the Festival of Writing with a host of workshops by top authors on how to write - how to self-edit your work - how to approach agents - and much more. Sixteen literary agents are coming to York for the event and you're invited to pitch your work to them one-to-one. Additionally many top editors, publishers and industry experts will be giving talks. You'll be listening to them - asking them questions - and lots of opportunities for informal meetings too.

Programme Highlights:

Friday 9th April

2.30-6.30pm Creative writing mini-courses:
• Self-Edit & Sell your Children's Book, Val Tyler & Julia Churchill
• How to get Published, with Harry Bingham
• Self-Edit your Work for Market, with Debi Alper & Emma Darwin
• Writing from Life, with Helena Drysdale

6pm Literary Speed Networking

8.30pm Authonomy LIve - Your chance for a panel of experts to hear and evaluate your book proposal.

Saturday 10th April

9-10am Festival Key Note Address: Katie Fforde - Bestselling novelist Katie Fforde shares her top tips for writers.

10.20 - 12.50 Workshops including:
Writing and selling short stories * Writing Young Adult fiction * Writing Horror * The market for SF & Fantasy * Show don't tell * The path to publication * Authors and rights * Making Crime writing pay * Ebooks

2.15-3.15pm Key Note Address: Barry Cunningham and Simon Trewin - One of the best known publishers in the UK (the man who discovered J K Rowling) and one of the best known literary agents share their confessions.

3.30-4.30pm Workshops including:
Character * Plotting * Writing Childrens fiction * How to get published

4.30-5.30pm Afternoon tea, Q&A panel and author booksignings

7.15pm Festival Gala Dinner

8.45pm Literary Death Match Live - Britain's Got Talent meets the Booker Prize... Professional authors will come up against unpublished authors in declaiming their work - to praise or riducule from audience and judges.

Sunday 11th April

9.30am-12.20pm Workshops including:
Historical fiction * Multi-protagonist fiction * Chick-lit * Writing for Children * Publishing for success * Writing for Mills & Boon * Creating the perfect Mystery

1-1.30pm Author booksignings

1.50-2.50pm Workshops including:
Crime thrillers * Freelance journalism * Romantic fiction * Making money from writing * Book promotion

3-3.45pm Key Note Address by R. J. Ellory & Festival panel Q&A - One of the most accomplished thriller writers around today shares his secrets and a final chance to ask questions from publishing experts.

 

University
of York

Festival of Writing
26th March
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Towneley Hall – a romantic mediaeval style mansion; and the Tiffany Glass Museum with a guided tour of the world's largest collection of this dazzling glassware.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
26th March
2011 York Art Gallery Still Life Workshop - Explore the relationships between a selection of objects, working through the mediums of pencil, charcoal and acrylic, with OCA tutor Jane Lazenby. This workshop will encourage a personal starting point in sketchbook work, progressing to developing your ideas into a full colour study. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
26th March
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Fun with Fur ‘n’ Feathers.'

With Laraine Simpson, take inspiration from the collections at the Yorkshire Museum and use mixed media to create effective fur and feather textures in your artworks. Apply a variety of drawing and painting techniques to visually evoke the ‘feel of fur ‘n' feather’!. Pre-booking Essential. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
26th March
2011 YSJU Concert - Young Musicians’ Chamber Concert I

In association with the City of York Council we are pleased to host this, the first of two concerts featuring some of the finest young performers from York’s schools. 7.00 pm The Chapel
York St John University
26th March
2011 York Symphony Orchestra present -

Copland: An Outdoor Overture
Sibelius: Karelia Suite
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (Soloist: Kathryn Coombes, piano)
Dvorák : Symphony no. 8 in G major, op. 88

"Gentlemen, in Bohemia the trumpets never call to battle - they always call to the dance!" - so said the conductor Raphael Kubelik when rehearsing the fanfare in Dvorák's sunny Eighth Symphony. Elsewhere in this programme, big country skies contrast with the more urban landscape evoked by Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. 8.00 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Symphony Orchestra
26th March
2011 The Micklegate Singers present - Now and Then

A candlelit concert of meditational music in which early Tudor masterpieces are set beside later and more recent interpretations, including little-known choral works by Rossini and the cellist Pablo Casals.

Tomkins When David Heard
Weelkes When David Heard
Rathbone Absolon My Son
Lassus Timor et Tremor
Poulenc Timor et Tremor
Casals O Vos Omnes
Gesualdo O Vos Omnes
Dove Into Thy Hands
Sheppard In Manus Tuas
Poulenc Exultate Deo
Palestrina Exultate Deo
Wishart Jesu, Dulcis Memoria
Victoria Jesu, Dulcis Memoria
Tallis O Salutaris Hostia
Rossini O Salutaris Hostia
8.00 pm
Chapter House
York Minster

Micklegate Singers
26th March
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Flower Arranging

Spring Flowers with Patty Underhill. Create superb spring arrangements using foliage, natural materials and seasonal flowers. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
26th March
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Bird Watching for Beginners. Enjoy an introduction to twitching! Join our wildlife guide for a birding walk through the estate. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
27th March
2011 Chris Difford and his Imaginary Friends - Chris Difford, co-founder and lyricist of one of London's best loved bands, Squeeze, teams up with celebrated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine and long time collaborator Dorie Jackson, daughter of Van Der Graaf Generator's David Jackson, for a evening of music taken both from Chris's acclaimed solo albums and the enviable Squeeze back catalogue.

Famed for their classic hits Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Labelled With Love and Hourglass, Squeeze have continued to draw huge crowds and loyal adoration following their reformation in 2007.

Boo Hewerdine rose to fame as lead singer of cult British band The Bible before embarking on a successful solo career, writing songs for Eddi Reader, kd lang and Tori Amos as well as penning film scores for Nick Hornby's High Fidelity and Shane Meadows' 24/7, whilst singer Dorie Jackson has toured with Paul Young, Mark Knopfler and Belinda Carlisle.

Selby Town Hall
29th March
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Tour of the Historic Museum Library'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
29th March
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the rustic sounds of ‘Folk Off’ and much more! 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
30th March
2011 The Institute of Railway Studies and Transport History Research Workshops - MATERIAL AND CULTURAL INFRASTRUCTURES OF EMPIRE

Ian Kerr (University of Manitoba) - 'Building railways and other infrastructures of empire: labour, labour processes and technology transfer in large-scale projects in Britain’s Asian and African colonies' and Di Drummond (Leeds, Trinity University College) - 'Alternative modernities: competing representations of the train in the cultural production of modernity under the British Raj'
2.00 pm
Edmondson Room
Search Engine
National Railway Museum

IRSTH
30th March
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
30th March
2011 Miriam Roycroft & Anne-Marie Hastings - 2010 was a very interesting year for fans of classical music. Many of yesterday’s giants of composition had important anniversaries to celebrate. Consequently, works by Schumann, Barber and Chopin will feature in the concert by celebrated cellist Miriam Roycroft and accomplished pianist Anne Marie Hastings.

Miriam has performed many times as soloist with RTE NSO and has played most of the major concerts for cello with orchestras throughout the UK and Ireland. She was a member of the Orchestra of Opera North and in September 2006 joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin. She is principal cello of Camerata Ireland with whom she has toured extensively in America, Europe and China.

Anne-Marie studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Sulamita Aronovsky and Renna Kellaway. She has also broadcast on Classic FM, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and has appeared as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
31st March
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Dramatists 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
31st March
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Julie Felix 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
31st March
2011 Mirth Control Comedy Club - It’s the best night out in Pocklington as we welcome top comedians from the national circuit. The show is in the Studio, cabaret-style, with a bar available throughout. Hugely popular so early booking is essential! Age 16+ 8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
1st April
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - YAS Informal Evening by members of York Astronomical Society.

An informal evening, where members of the society are invited to step up and give a short presentation on an astronomy-related subject that interests them. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
1st April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1/2nd April
2011 York International Postcard Expo 2011 - Probably the largest specialist annual postcard collectors fair in Britain, now in its twenty-first year. Over 110 dealers regularly attend, coming from all over Britain & abroad (France, Germany, Canada, Cyprus and Belgium last year), and attracting about 1000-1500 collectors over the two days, again from all over the UK and overseas. Almost all the dealers - sell and buy - pre-1930 cards, and two or three specialise in modern cards. Friday 11.00 am - 7.00 pm; Saturday - 10.00 am - 5.00 pm. Telephone 01347 822722 or 01268 743222 for details
York Racecourse
Main Stands

York International
Postcard Expo
1-3rd April
2011 York Open Studios 2011 York Open Studios
2nd April
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Jeremy Huw Williams (baritone) and Nigel Foster (piano) present -

The York Songbook: Jeremy Huw Williams' recital continues to explore this exciting partnership between Late Music composers and York Literature Festival poets. The programme will also include music by Michael Berkley, David Matthews, James MacMillan, Mark Anthony Turnage and the first performance of Steve Crowther's Songs for Fred. Pre-concert talk by David Power at 6.45pm as well as an interval poetry reading by Don Wall. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
2nd April
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Ornamental Gardening

Alpines and Dry Gardening with Jo Makin. Learn how to create an alpine garden and find out which plants will flourish in dry conditions. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
2nd April
2011 Keith Drinkel As Laurence Olivier In Larry

Sir Laurence Olivier was, arguably, the greatest actor of the 20th Century. He was a star of both stage and screen and the first Director of the National Theatre. This new one man show portrays him in his later years from the film of Marathon Man to his final TV performance of King Lear.

Olivier is played by noted actor Keith Drinkel, known on TV for leading roles in Family at War, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, The Dave Allen Show, Lord Peter Wimsey, amongst others. He last visited Helmsley in 2007 with Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
2nd April
2011 Dogan Mehmet and The Deerhunters - A captivating and energetic mixture of English and Turkish folk music, self-penned material and driven tunes from English morris, Turkish and Greek Cypriot traditions give BBC Young Folk Award finalists Dogan Mehmet and The Deerhunters a big, unique sound that screams 'world fusion'.

A hugely dynamic frontman and exceptional vocalist, Dogan also excels on fiddle, guitar and melodeon, as well a variety of traditional Turkish instruments, in a wide cross-section of styles from jazz and funk to soul and indie-rock. With his big band, Dogan cleverly fuses Anglo-Turkish and gypsy-punk styles in a mix of traditions and strong acoustic grooves that have gained the band a reputation as one of the most original and exciting live acts to come out of the folk scene in recent years.

Selby Town Hall
2nd April
2011 Ripley Blues present DAVE KELLY, MAGGIE BELL & THE BRITISH BLUES QUINTET

Featuring Maggie Bell, Zoot Money, Miller Anderson, Colin Hodgkinson and Colin Allen. Impeccable pedigree musicians combine to deliver a full on evening of blues drawn from both the jazzier and rockier sides of the blues genre. They become a sextet when joined by Dave Kelly who adds another big vocal dimension together with his trademark electric slide guitar prowess.
Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
2/3rd April
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Museum Grand Opening - The ‘new look’ museum for 2011! Plenty to get involved with; be the first to see our re-developed exhibitions and new displays as well as demonstrations of traditional Yorkshire crafts such as smithing, leather-working, weaving, and jewellery-making. The Derwent Valley Light Railway will also be running trains to celebrate the start of the season.

Murton Park
3rd April
2011 Harrogate International Sunday Series - Now in its 18th year, the Sunday Series is once again bringing some of the very best national and international Classical chamber musicians to Harrogate.

BRODSKY QUARTET - The Brodsky Quartet are at the forefront of the international chamber music scene. Their love and mastery of the traditional string quartet repertoire is evident from their highly acclaimed performances of composers ranging from Beethoven, Schubert and Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich, Bartok, Britten and Respighi.

Schubert Quartettsatz in C minor
Korngold String Quartet No. 2, Op. 26
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132

“The Brodsky Quartet are the team for the new century” Gramophone. 11.00 am

The Old
Swan Hotel
Harrogate

Sunday Series
26th March
2011 YSJU Concert - Late Music Lunchtime Concert

York’s prestigious Late Music series has again invited YSJ musicians to perform a programme of contemporary music. The concert will feature the Chamber Choir in a tribute to Henryk Gorecki (who died in 2010) along with staff and student compositions. 12.30 pm Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate
York St John University
4th April
2011 Discovering the gardens with Head Gardener, Chris Baker - The Gardens in Springtime. Three hour walk and talk, looking at the history and restoration of the Hall’s gardens and grounds. 10.00 am
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
4th April
2011 Pocklington School presents…… Two groups of talented A Level students present their short plays. One is a comic pastiche on Dick Tracy and the other a more dramatic piece altogether…..! Original writing with an imaginative flair! 7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
5th April
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the creative talent of undergraduate and MA composition students. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
5th April
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Grand Tours and Farcical Journeys: The Howard Family on their Travels.

Every generation of the Howard family went on their travels, with visits to Russia, Italy, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and India, where they encountered highwaymen, seasickness, kidnap, and the delights of culinary traditions. They returned with armfuls of treasures but also priceless records of their adventures in the form of journals and drawings.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
5th April
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Reading the brain: Clinical evidence and implications for ethical decisions A lecture by Professor Joanna Wardlaw, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
6th April
2011 YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting. We will be there, even if it rains, for at least half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed. Objects on show should include planets, star clusters, and galaxies. Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society
6th April
2011 YSJU Concert - We are delighted to welcome back ‘Hands and Voices’ - York’s signing choir - directed by Chris Bartram. Joining them in concert will be the YSJ Gospel Choir, Big Band and St Margaret’s Singers. 7.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
6th April
2011 Ebor Public Lectures on Theology & Public Life - 2010/2011 theme Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century.

Acts of terrorism and the perceived threat of terrorism are changing our world. Some argue our freedoms are being eroded and our liberty curtailed through the deliberate building up of a climate of fear. Where is hope in all this? This series of Ebor Lectures will explore these issues of freedom and security, the politics of fear and the politics of hope.

Tonight - Mr Peter Taylor, BBC Presenter/Present of the BBC series Age of Terror with What is a Terrorist?

Peter was educated at Scarborough High School and Pembroke College, Cambridge where he read Classics and then modern history and political science. He joined ITV’s THIS WEEK programme in 1967 and BBC’s Panorama in 1980.

He has spent 35 years reporting terrorism and political violence from the IRA to Al Qaeda for THIS WEEK through the 70s and for PANORAMA through the 80s and 90s. He has made many authored series for BBC 1 and BBC2 on security and the intelligence services and four documentary series since 9/11 on Al Qaeda and Islamist extremism. His most recent series, “Generation Jihad”, on the radicalisation of young Muslims, was transmitted last year. He’s currently making two programmes to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11, “Ten Years of Terror”. His latest book, “Talking to Terrorists. A Personal Journey from the IRA to Al Qaeda”, will be published in the spring of 2011.

The lecture will be held at York Minster. Admission is free but by ticket only.

 

York St John University
6th April
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
7th April
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
7th April
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
7th April
2011 Denise Heywood Presents A Cambodian Odyssey

Denise Heywood is a lecturer, author, journalist and photographer. She has lived in France, America and, most recently, Cambodia, where she worked as a journalist for three years.

Lured by Angkor, the ruins of the great Khmer civilisation which vanished five hundred years ago, Denise Heywood found a contemporary society that had been almost destroyed fifteen years ago.

The Hindu temple complex of Angkor in the Cambodian jungle is one of the wonders of the world. Angkor Wat is the best preserved temple, covered in exquisite carvings and now a sacred Buddhist site.

In the 1970s , between one and three million died, out of a total population of eight million, many in the killing fields of Pol Pot's genocidal regime, and the country was devastated by turmoil.

Today, peace has returned and with it recovery and renewal. Once more, the classical dancers, resplendent in gold spun costumes, perform delicate dances of celebration before the temple of Angkor Wat.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to you. I am confident that through your untiring efforts the Cambodian culture will be better known by the world community.” Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia

“Denise Heywood is one of Britain's leading experts on Cambodia” The Sunday Times

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
7th April
2011 John Renbourn & Robin Williamson in concert.

Legendary acoustic guitarist and songwriter John Renbourn is best known for his collaboration with Bert Jansch, and his success with Pentangle. Scottish multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and master Celtic storyteller Robin Williamson made his name with the Incredible String Band. They will be performing their own solo material as well as playing as a duo. Their live 1995 album 'Wheel Of Fortune' was Grammy-nominated. An evening of magical music and humorous tales blending Irish harp, guitar and song.

Reeth Memorial Hall
8th April
2011 York Art Gallery Curator's Talks - William Peckitt's self portrait. A talk about the conservation of William Peckitt's stained glass self portrait. 12.30-1.00 pm Curator's talks are FREE of charge and there is no need to book. York Art Gallery
8th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th April
2011 Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club presents - Martin Carthy + Rebekah Findlay

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums.

Rebekah Findlay is one of North Yorkshire’s finest up & coming talents. Described by Mike Harding on Radio 2 as “a brilliant young singer” producing “excellent stuff”
Kirkby Fleetham
Village Hall

 

Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club
8th April
2011 The Grand Slambovians Aka Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams.

Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called "the hillbilly Pink Floyd," which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, Tom Petty and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. The Grand Slambovians is both the band’s latest reincarnation and the title of their new soul stirring CD.

Playing an utterly unique blend of roots rock, sometimes folk and quirky Americana, they possess an exotic instrumental arsenal (accordion, cello, mandolin, theremin) in addition to standard rock regalia. Known for electrifying live performances, (none more so than here in Pocklington in 2010) and strong original music, they have a devoted and ever expanding fan base.

“. . .simply one of the finest American bands” All Music Guide

“Mightily impressive and hugely original." Maverick Magazine, UK

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
8-10th April
2011 York Open Studios 2011 York Open Studios
9th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
9th April
2011 Haydn - Insanae et vanae curae
Bach - Concerto for two violins and orchestra
Mozart - Laudate Dominum
and Mozart - Requiem Mass

It was Joseph Haydn's opinion that Mozart's Requiem Mass was alone sufficient to secure eternal fame for the composer. This great work, the writing and completion of which is still surrounded by intriguing mysteries, will form the climax of York Musical Society's Passiontide concert. Haydn's own powerful anthem Insanae et vanae curae will open the concert which also includes Bach's uplifting Double Violin Concerto with its poignant and lyrical slow movement, and the Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Solemn Vespers.

Founded in 1765, York Musical Society (YMS) is the oldest Musical Society in England. 7.30 pm
York Minster
9th April
2011 House Concerts present - The Lost Highway Tour - Christian Cuff, Emily Baker and Fiona Sally Miller

Christian Cuff: "Christian Cuff, the musical man-monster of the midcoast, is one such, a singer/songwriter whose work is evocative of Tom Waits and Dave Matthews, without being derivative of anybody dead or alive. As a songwriter and performer, Cuff is larger than life, deeper by far than the mainstream, a source of quirky, vital lyricism and roiling, emotional darkness. He's also just this guy, see? Your neighborhood visionary, Dylan on the hearth, approachable and knowable though in fact headed for Big Things here shortly. So the time to see Christian Cuff in concert is now, while you can afford the tickets and don't have to worry about just where in this mighty-big city you're going to park your car.

Which we have done. And having done it, will do again.

Cuff Does Things Large; the world is invited to listen. I find his arranging vocabulary to be particularly rich, and I can see why he'd want to have a cello in the mix on a regular basis. There's a lot of gravitas in these songs, a lot of deeply reflective lyrics and plenty of air: Thinking people's music, with riffs to match.

A hell of a show. Catch it while you can."

Emily Baker: Drawing from the earthy inspirations of a long line of heritage singer songwriters such as Carole King whose qualities start with their songwriting prowess, Brighton singer songstress Emily Baker sets out her stall in this, her finely sculpted debut album and calling card 'House of Cards' (Little Love Records).

House of Cards is a beautifully crafted collection of songs that truly reflect a hugely engaging and emerging talent with songs such as the title track House of Cards and the instantly infectious and easy to relate to song One Of Those Days which form the backbone of this immediately engaging and accomplished body of work. Pete Doherty cited her as the person who first influenced him to pick up a guitar and she was reunited with Doherty, supporting him both at Bournemouth Opera House and Hackney Empire.

Fiona Sally Miller: Fresh from performing at Green Man Festival, Fiona Sally Miller will be showcasing her unique blend of folk-pop, confessional lyricism and sparkling tunes in an intimate, stripped back performance. This is a cracking chance to catch one of the UK's up and coming stars.

 

 

House Concerts
9th April
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Productive Gardening

Introduction to Growing Vegetables – Spring Jobs with Joe Maiden. Find out how to grow all the main vegetable groups to ensure fresh veg throughout the year. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm SOLD OUT RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
9th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9th April
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
9th April
2011 Kula Productions is pleased to welcome Sean Taylor to the Frazer Theatre in Knaresborough.

Kilburn based singer songwriter Sean Taylor whose 2009 release CALCUTTA GROVE received rave reviews the world over has now produced his best work to date. WALK WITH ME is a stunning collection of eleven new tracks, nine of which are from the pen of Taylor; the remaining two are his take of the traditional She Moved Through The Fair and a superbly unique arrangement of a Shakespearian sonnet entitled Love Hate On.

On the strength of a listen to a few of the tracks from WALK WITH ME Sean has now been confirmed to appear at the 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival. Last year Sean was booked onto the main Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury Festival playing to over three thousand people and selling out within minutes of the stock of CDs he took with him. Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
9th April
2011 Rachel Harrington - Reared amongst the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, singer-songwriter and one of Americana's brightest stars, Rachel Harrington, has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She'd had extensive radio play before performing her live show, and was opening for Grammy winners and nominees before releasing her first record.

Her critically acclaimed 2007 debut, The Bootlegger's Daughter, was shortlisted for a Grammy nomination, reached number one on the Euro-Americana Chart and was proclaimed by BBC Radio legend Bob Harris to be one of the best albums of the year.

Performing as a trio, including the mandolin of Evan Brubaker who produced her most recent album, Celilo Falls, Rachel's self-penned old-time country, gospel and bluegrass songs have drawn comparisons with many of the genres greats from Emmylou Harris to Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt.

Selby Town Hall
9th April
2011 Howden Live present - NEIL INNES…. + support

A wry, poignant, humorous and topical one-man show, spiced with anecdotes of Neil’s life and times in the worlds of media and show business. Neil is best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python, the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and the Rutles while his TV shows for BBC 2, ‘The Innes Book of Records’ have become cult classics. Neil’s solo shows tickle the emotions with a potent mix of fine musicianship and enlightened lyricism, packed with sharp observations celebrating the absurdities of modern existence.

What Neil says: “Flawless sincerity, powerful drama, award-winning comedy and a sweet ukelele marmalade, flesh out an entirely honest but otherwise unpretentious musical bouquet, with a robust hint of vanilla and a lingering aftertaste of red currants. Good with children and animals.”

“If I could describe what it is I do on stage in a sentence or two, or even a cleverly constructed paragraph, then there would be absolutely no need for me to go on stage and do it.”

Performed in the splendour of Howden Minster…A fundraising concert for the Minster and Howden Live.

Howden Live
9/10th April
2011 York Art Gallery Easter Icons - Become an apprentice painter in a Medieval artist’s studio. Discover how to grind your own pigments, mix egg tempera, and create your own gilded icon based on artworks in the Medieval collections of York Art Gallery and the Yorkshire Museum. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
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9-24th April
2011 Japan Festival - Celebrate the culture of Japan with music, dance, martial arts and much more.

Help us mark the 10th anniversary of the National Railway Museum receiving the Shinkansen in 2001, with an exciting Easter Holiday festival. Celebrate Japanese culture with live music, dance and martial arts.

National Railway Museum
10th April
2011 Flower Power Fair - offer good quality plants at realistic prices and grown by the nursery people who attend the events. We are not pretentious, elistist or snobbish about our fairs. We have top quality nurseries, including many major garden show winners, long established family nurseries but also welcome small nurserymen and women who are perhaps just starting up. It is our policy to encourage new business rather than closing the door on them. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Sutton Park
10th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Medieval Industry. Join a tour to find out about the industrious English Cistercians. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
11th April
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club (@NCEM!) present - Spiers & Boden

Ten years together and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, John Spiers and Jon Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Whether on their own or with their wildly ambitious big-band phenomenon Bellowhead, they are loud and proud at the forefront of 21st century folk. With just a few acoustic instruments (Boden’s fiddle, guitar and foot percussion, Spiers’ melodeon and concertina) they create a multitude of textures around an inspired choice of traditional story songs and dance tunes. Their irrepressible performances are just as much fun here on the concert stage as they would be in a lock-in at the local pub.

7.00 pm
National Centre
for Early Music
B.S.F.C.
11th April
2011 Mind The Gap present Of Mice and Men

Mind The Gap is proud to present a revival of Mike Kenney’s critically acclaimed adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men. This classic story of friendship and loyalty focuses on two farm workers in 1930’s America. George is the smart little guy who takes responsibility for Lennie who has a learning disability. Lennie is a big man who, unaware of the danger of his physical strength, just does not seem able to stay out of trouble.

Kenney is one of England’s leading writers and Mind The Gap’s original production in 2000 was the first to feature an actor with learning disabilities in the role of Lennie. The tour was so successful that it was extended to a further run. This is an unmissable opportunity to see the work of one of the country’s leading theatre companies working with learning disabled professional artists.

“This production should not, on any account, be missed!” The Stage

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
12th April
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach Trip to Welbeck Abbey - A private visit to this underground palace never open to the public and its adjoining galley and parkland.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
12th April
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
12th April
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Alcuin: York’s greatest writer?'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
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12th April
2011 Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - A night to remember in the company of two of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians

Aly Bain is the best known and most significant fiddle player in the celtic tradition. He is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler - arguably the finest of all time. With his half-century of experience playing and recording music all over the world, and Phil Cunningham’s considerable talents as composer, multi-instrumentalist and raconteur, together they offer an evening of “the best traditional music you are ever likely to hear.”

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
13th April
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Printing'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
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13th April
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - The Gardens in Spring.

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens with the Garden Manager, to look at the spring horticultural highlights. 2.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
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13th April
2011 Town & Gown Public Lecture Series - The Town & Gown Public Lecture series brings together York St John University's eminent academics, high profile speakers and the community for a series of lectures to be enjoyed by all.

Today - 'Healing the Heart in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Art, Children's Spirituality and Peace-Making' with Dr Pauline Kollontai, York St John University
York St John University

Town & Gown Lectures
13th April
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
13th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Deer Walk. Come and spot the 500 Red, Fallow and Sika deer that live in the Medieval Park. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
13th April
2011 Beth Orton - Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Beth Orton is renowned for her distinct and intensely expressive voice and her adroit song-writing. Her emotionally evocative vocal style - infusing intimate folk reminiscent of Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell with lilting and subtly atmospheric pop flourishes - has continuously evolved.

Her debut album Trailer Park, released in 1996, heralded a groundbreaking synthesis of folk and electronic elements, and established Beth as a unique and formidable figure on the music scene. Subsequent critically lauded releases Central Reservation, Daybreaker, and 2006's Comfort of Strangers expanded the depth of Beth's craft and talent.

"Ms Orton's voice, bashful and elegant, can support all kinds of superimposed style. But as she has proved in live performances... she's finally a solo singer with an acoustic guitar. That's all she really needs." New York Times

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
13-16th April
2011 1812 Theatre Company Presents The Killing of Sister George

When 'The Killing of Sister George' was first staged in June 1965, it caused something of an outcry, depicting as it did, scenes of lesbian love and language which had not been seen before. In 1972 it was made into a classic movie with Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Coral Browne.

Now in 2011, same-sex partnerships and marriage are more acceptable. Yet Frank Marcus's play has not lost any of its edge, not because of the sexuality of the characters but because of the enduring pathos of love gained and lost and ambition thwarted that it portrays.

This production by the 1812 Theatre Company retains the atmosphere of the original play and pulls no punches.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
14th April
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Peter & Barbara Murphy: "Rodley Nature Reserve."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
14th April
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Singers & Musicians Night

All acoustic performers are made welcome, and listeners besides, at our popular Open House session. The more the merrier, so do come along. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
14th April
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
14th April
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Einstein: Super Scientist? Superman? A lecture by Professor Jim Matthew, Yorkshire Philosophical Society. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Middleham Key Centre,
Middleham
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
14th April
2011 ‘Titanic, Costumes of the Gilded Age’ - To commemorate Titanic's only voyage, the History Wardrobe take you back to April 1912 on an evocative journey into Edwardian society. This unique presentation of historical costumes, documents and survivor testimonies offers a fascinating glimpse into life on board the fated liner. 7.30 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
14th April
2011 Chris Packham - A Wild Life Exposed.

Using a series of astonishing images Chris charts a quest to reflect the pure beauty of the nature he has long loved and dreamed of encountering. Informative, thought provoking and inevitably controversial this fabulously entertaining romp is also fun for all the family and studded with his quick-witted and irreverent humour.

This show comes through the cameras and from the heart of one of the world’s most impassioned naturalists. Chris has worked extensively on TV and he is now a presenter on BBC’s hugely popular series Springwatch, Autumnwatch and The Really Wild Show to name but a few.

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
14-17th April
2011 2011 Harrogate Spring Flower Show - The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is regarded by many as the start of the UK's gardening show season. Flower Halls 1 & 2 are home to over 100 of the country's leading horticultural nurseries, all exhibiting and competing for The Premier Award and NEHS Trophy for Best-in-Show. All the nurserymen are experts in their field and are happy to offer specialist advice.
A huge range of gardening accessories on sale: summerhouses, statues, a ceramic pot, gardening tools...we've got the lot! Much of the Showground is hard-surfaced and over 70% of the Show is under cover, either in fully ramped and floored marquees or in the two permanent exhibition halls. A grand day out…whatever the weather

9.30 am -
5.30 pm
The Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate
Flower Show
14-17th April
2011 The Great North Steam Fair - Relive the golden days of steam at the Beamish Great North Steam Fair. Visiting locomotives are in steam at the Beamish Railway Station and Colliery and much more besides. With vintage vehicles, steam rollers, traction engines, stationary engines, the magnificent colliery winding engine and guest appearances of fabulous machines.
A must for steam and transport enthusiasts alike, there is no extra charge for this event and admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Beamish Museum
15th April
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30 am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
15th April
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Antiquity of Cosmic Life by Prof. N. C. Wickramasinghe, Cardiff University. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
15th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15th April
2011 Tannahill Weavers - As one of Scotland 's premier and best loved traditional bands, The Tannahill Weavers' diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies.

Formed in Paisley in 1968 and named after the town's local poet laureate Robert Tannahill and its historic weaving industry, the band produce a unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment and rich vocals which make their performances truly unforgettable.

With a reputation developed over four decades as trailblazers for Scottish music, their tight harmonies, modern rhythms and powerful, inventive arrangements have won the band fans from far beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, incorporating flute, bodhrán, bouzouki, fiddle, cello, guitar and bagpipes, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their exuberance, enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

Selby Town Hall
16th April
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
16th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
16th April
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - Cloth Caps and Red Caps by Peter Caddick-Adams. The BEF was forced on to the defensive at both Le Cateau and First Ypres in 1914. Peter will look at the different defensive styles of the Corps Commanders, Horace Smith-Dorrien and Douglas Haig, under different circumstances. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
16th April
2011 The Chanticleer Singers present an Easter Concert at the Bar Convent. With organist Ray Sturdy.

The Choir will perform a range of music, from sacred works in celebration of Easter to more secular music, in the beautiful surroundings of the Bar Convent Chapel. Tickets for the concert, price £10, to include light refreshments, will be available from the Bar Convent (Tel: 01904 643 238) or from Chanticleer Singers. 7.30 pm Bar Convent Chapel, York

Chanticleer Singers
16th April
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Flower Arranging

Church Flowers and Functions with Patty Underhill. Learn how to make pedestal and font arrangements for church or special home functions. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
16th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - The Aislabie's Deer Park. Join a guided tour to discover more about the Aislabie's Deer Park. Including: St Mary's Church, Studley Hall, the Lime Kiln, the deer, the ice houses and a visit to the Valley of the Seven Bridges. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
16th April
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
16th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Woodland Wander. Discover the beauty of the springtime trees and woodland on a guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
16th April
2011 Mention the name Rick Wakeman to 50 different people and ask them what he does, and you are likely to get 50 different answers! Thanks to 50,000,000 record sales around the world, which have included more than 150 record releases, 50+ DVDs, soundtracks for more than 25 films, numerous high profile television appearances including those of Countdown, Top Gear and Grumpy Old Men, and more than 4,000 world-wide concert performances of one sort or another, Rick has endeared himself to all genres and all ages, a rare accomplishment in this day an age.

The one-man show ‘An Evening With Rick Wakeman’ is an evening with Rick performing on the piano and telling ludicrously ridiculous and funny anecdotes. These performances are very much “one-offs” and NEVER done as a tour. The stories change on a regular basis, as does the music which is why each one is very special to Rick and hopefully for the audience as well. Pre-booking Essential
The Harrogate Theatre
Harrogate

Kula Productions
16th April
2011 Robin Ince's Bad Book Club - Curator of Nine Lessons And Carols For Godless People, co-creator of BBC Radio 4's Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox, cult hero and stand-up comedy trailblazer, Robin Ince, is back with a brand new show.

Combining Robin's twin passions of science and bad literature, the Bad Book Club introduces you to all the books you never need to read.

Cliff Richard biographies clash with evolutionary biology, Dutch astrology mixes with books on how to pick up sexy girls and Spiders From Mars are explained away as a scientific impossibility.

Robin first rose to fame through his work with Ricky Gervais, appearing in The Office, on Ricky's podcasts and as support for the Politics and Fame tours. Since launching his Book Club in 2005, Robin has gone on to win the Time Out Comedy Award, Observer Award and three Chortle Awards as well as being nominated for a British Comedy Award. He is often seen and heard on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.

Selby Town Hall
17th April
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach Trip to Arley Hall – a magnificent Jacobean style mansion set in gardens voted among the top ten in Britain. Also Northwich Salt Museum telling the history of salt and a former workhouse.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
17th April
2012 OPERATING THE WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY TOURS - These are provided due to previous guests' requests and will have an emphasis on how we run our trains. They will include a visit to the locomotive works and shed, where the party will meet a senior representative from the Locomotive Department who will answer questions and take the party round the shed, a visit to the Carriage and Wagon shed and works at Oxenhope, where a senior representative of that department will also be available to take us round, explain how the department works and answer questions.

We will also be joined by the Railway's Traffic Manager or his representative, who will explain how the train services are compiled and timetables created for both ordinary services and special events. Finally, we will visit the signal boxes at Damems, where a senior signalman will explain the working of the Railway's signalling and associated matters.

Tours start at 11.00 am at Haworth Station and cost £29.50 includes a Rover ticket for travel before and after the tour, light refreshments and a packed lunch. Full details and bookings phone 01535 645214.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
17th April
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
17th April
2011 Eddi Reader - Singer songwriter Eddi Reader’s rare blend of meltingly true vocals, towering romanticism have defined her as a unique figure in contemporary British music. The former Fairground Attraction singer entered the limelight with the much loved single Perfect from the album First of a Million Kisses both of which topped the British charts.

Since then Eddi Reader has reached the heights with Patience of Angels and shown a passion for assimilating different musical styles and making them all her own. Awarded huge critical acclaim she has become as well known for her beautiful renditions of Robert Burns’ traditional songs as for her early work.

Love Is The Way is her seventh solo album, and is her best work so far. Recorded in a matter of days with her band in Glasgow, the record has captured the award winning songstress in her finest form.

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
18th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

How the Minster was Built. A fascinating tour around this great church to see how it was built by the mediaeval master masons, with a glimpse of the modern stoneyard. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
18th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Historic Inns and Pubs of York . What better way to relax than to visit some of York's historic inns and alehouses. Many go back to Mediaeval and Tudor times. Relive the Golden Age of Coaching when the streets rattled with coaches from all parts of the kingdom. And of course the opportunity to sample a few beers on the way! 7.30 pm

Yorkwalk
19th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Literary Tour of York . To coincide with Shakespeare's birthday on St George's Day. A fascinating look at authors and books inspired by York from Anglo Saxon Alcuin to the Brontes, Dickens and Robinson Crusoe; and, from more modern times, WH Auden and Kate Atkinson. Includes a visit to WH Auden's birthplace. 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
19th April
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Gaslight and Riot: The Visit of Queen Victoria to Castle Howard.

Close confidant of the Royal Family, George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, invited Victorian and Albert to visit Castle Howard in the summer of 1850. This talk recounts the planning behind this momentous event, and what went smoothly and not so smoothly during the visit, as well as the disastrous rumpus that followed the departure of the royal couple.

The BBC series Royal Upstairs Downstairs, which chronicles the visits of Victoria and Albert to aristocratic houses in England, will be broadcast in 2011.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
19th April
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Managing flood risk on the Ouse - A case of looking beyond the walls A lecture by Jeff Pacey, The Environment Agency & Lucy Huckson, Flood Risk Management. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
20th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole. Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into the Cellars and attics of a great Georgian mansion and a mediaeval house off of Micklegate; and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
20th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
20th April
2011 Yorkshire Architectural and York Archaeological Society lecture series -

Tonight - Lost Houses of Dringhouses by Dorothy Reed. 7.30 pm
Friend's Meeting House
Friargate

YAYAS
20th April
2011 Josh Ritter - A multi-faceted singer songwriter from Idaho with shades of Dylan, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, Josh Ritter has just released his latest album, So Runs The World Away. He has recently been named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young. Ritter's constant touring has established a robust, fanatical base both in the US and overseas (particularly Ireland and the UK).

Ritter says, “I think of the songs on So Runs the World Away like pictures painted in oil on large canvasses. It’s a record preoccupied with the extremes of scale, from infinitesimal particles to the nearly incomprehensible distances between the head of a pin and a nebula. Where the songs felt large to me, I wanted them to be huge, both musically and lyrically. I wanted them to feel like the steel hulls of massive ships sliding by deeply from below. Where they were small, I concentrated in on the smallest details that I could and we tried to make the music and the words work together. I love writing, and this was the most fulfilling record I’ve yet written.”

“Ritter’s most intriguing and rewarding album to date” The Irish Independent

“The album he’s been threatening to deliver all his career” Q Magazine

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
21st April
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'Shine – Metalwork'.

Learn how to clean and care for objects made out of metal. Learn how to identify different metals and explore hallmarks and meanings. Pre-booking requested. 10.30 am York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
21st April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Kings Manor Tour. A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
21st April
2011 York Art Gallery Curator's Talks - ‘Honest Pots.’ Helen Walsh, assistant curator of decorative arts will talk about the latest exhibition in our Gallery of Pots. 12.30-1.00 pm Curator's talks are FREE of charge and there is no need to book. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
21st April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Henry VIII Trail. This obese, diseased and constipated monarch made a state visit to York in 1541 with his Young Queen, Catherine Howard. Follow in his footsteps and see the havoc he wrought on the monasteries and hospitals of York. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
21st April
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
21st April
2011 An Evening with Lesley Garrett - The Stories behind the Songs.

Britain’s most popular soprano celebrates thirty years of performance in the worlds of opera, musicals, television, radio and concerts. Renowned for her unique talents, Lesley has recently starred in Carousel, The Sound of Music and appeared on television in Strictly Come Dancing.

As well as performing with the English National and Welsh National Operas, Lesley has also recorded fourteen solo albums and in her BBC 2 series “Lesley Garrett Tonight” she has performed with artists as diverse as Michael Ball, Renee Fleming, Andrea Bocelli, Bryn Terfel and Lily Savage!

Now for the first time, in this special performance hosted by BBC Radio presenter Paul Harris, Lesley will reminisce about her varied career and take questions from the audience. She will sing a few of her most special songs with the piano, sometimes as part of her answers – it all depends on the questions! Hear her behind-the-scenes stories and fascinating anecdotes as she gives a unique insight into her life and stage. Come along, join in and experience Lesley Garrett in this intimate setting – up close and personal!

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
22nd April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Bloody Execution Tour. See Turrets where heads were impaled on spikes; hear of Dick Turpin's last hours, public hangings, floggings, brandings and duckings. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
22nd April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mediaeval Stained Glass. An expert guided tour of some of the finest stained glass in the country to be found in York's parish churches. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
22nd April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
22nd April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Good Friday Service. An ecumenical service in the Abbey. Everyone welcome. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
22nd April
2011 Kula Productions is delighted to welcome KARINE POLWART to the Frazer Theatre.

Scots songwriter Karine Polwart combines the economy and universality of the folk storytelling tradition with a probing intellect and compassionate lyricism. Twice winner of “Best Original Song” at the UK-wide BBC Folk Awards.

Following the breakthrough of her debut album Faultlines, which won Best Album at the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, and its more lush and polished 2006 successor Scribbled in Chalk, Karine took time out to give birth to her son in 2007. The first release on her micro-label, Hegri Music, Fairest Floo’er, is a stark, dark and intimate collection of Scottish traditional songs, which Karine herself describes as “late night dram music”. This return to her origins was followed by This Earthly Spell. Indeed all four of her solo CD releases prove she’s a writer able to combine ancient traditions with sharp contemporary observations and an independent sensibility.

Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
22-25th April
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Easter Eggstravaganza - A busy and fun Easter week of activities including tractor rides and the chance for a trip on the Derwent Valley Light Railway. There’ll be marauding Vikings on the Viking village and the Easter bunny is hopping around the site on Easter Sunday and Monday. Come along for a fun-packed day and go on an egg hunt!

Murton Park
22-25th April
2011 Castle Howard presents - Easter Traditional Fair and Shire Horse Experience

A traditional Victorian fun fair including children’s Carousel, Train-Ride, Swing-Boats, Chair-O-Planes, face painting and candy barrow. Meet ‘Molly’ the rabbit and follow her fabulous Easter bunny trail. Take a ride on a dray cart pulled by a magnificent Shire horse. Get close up with the gentle giants and learn how the Shire Horses are prepared for special days out. All activities and rides are included in your entry ticket to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
22-25th April
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Easter Weekend

This Easter weekend there'll be loads to see and do on site at the Museum. Easter egg painting, card making, cooking, egg rolling and more.
Ryedale Folk Museum
22-25th April
2011 Selby Game Fair - Selby Game Fair is well into its teenage years and has become a well established part of the show calendar, unusually for a show our date varies wildly depending on the arrival of Easter but whether there is still snow in the air or the scent of the yellow heads of daffodils the show is all about our visitors both on two and four legs.

The show is held at Carlton Towers the ancestral home of the Duke of Norfolk a fantastic backdrop to one of the fastest growing events on the calendar and an increasingly popular location for weddings. As ever we could not run the event without the support of the Estate and we thank them once again for this.

Activities usually involve a packed main ring, lots of dogs, horses, birds of prey, ferrets, clay pigeon shooting, crafts, shopping, and lots to take part and enjoy. Further details will be announced on the site closer to the 2011 show so please keep coming back.

 

Selby Game Fair
22-25th April
2011 Easter Explorers Family Event - Hunt for eggs around the Hall and gardens. Follow the trails. Make and create. Lots of fun!

Easter Sunday only - North Yorkshire Vintage Machinery Society. 2.00-5.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
22-25th April
2011 Easter Fun Days – Local performance group Animundi make their preparations for the Easter Weekend woodland adventure taking place at Newby Hall from Friday 22nd - Monday 25th April.

On the woodland trail costumed characters will be helping families discover clues and find their way through the woodland in search of the Newby Treasure…but who are the characters and what tricks will they be up to?

The family weekend will involve a variety of activities and there will also be a chance to ride the miniature train with the Easter Bunny!

The fun starts at 11am on Easter Sunday and Monday and normal admission applies.

 

 

Newby Hall
and Gardens
22nd April -
31st July
2011 Finding Adam - Opening the 2011 season, ‘Finding Adam’ will celebrate Adam’s return to Harewood following conservation and inclusion in the Royal Academy exhibition ‘Modern British Sculpture’ in early 2011.

Our exhibition at Harewood will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the pioneering 1961 Epstein retrospective at the Edinburgh Festival (of which Lord Harewood was Artistic Director), which helped change many of the controversial and critical views of Epstein’s work.

Sir Jacob Epstein (1880 - 1959) was one of the most controversial and now most celebrated sculptors of the 20th Century. His influence on Modern British Art and seminal figures such as Henry Moore cannot be overestimated. Harewood is fortunate in possessing a number of sculptures by Epstein, including one of his major works, Adam.

The show will focus on Adam, exploring his extraordinary story and will discuss ideas of direct carving, the influences of primitive African arts and Epstein’s fascination with the Old Testament.

Loans of additional works by Epstein will be sought, primarily from the New Art Gallery, Walsall and private collections to sit alongside works by the sculptor in the Harewood collection. The show will occupy all of Harewood’s exhibition spaces, including the Terrace Gallery, Entrance Hall, Watercolour Rooms, Ante Room and Lord Harewood’s Sitting Room.

 

Harewood House
23rd April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Literary Tour of York . To coincide with Shakespeare's birthday on St George's Day. A fascinating look at authors and books inspired by York from Anglo Saxon Alcuin to the Brontes, Dickens and Robinson Crusoe; and, from more modern times, WH Auden and Kate Atkinson. Includes a visit to WH Auden's birthplace. 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
23rd April
2011 York Art Gallery Landscapes in Oil - Paint a landscape in oils, inspired by the David Hockney exhibition, with artist Emma Cooper. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
23rd April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains in Spring. Spring has sprung! Come and celebrate on a guided walk around the estate. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
23rd April
2011 St George's Day Tea Dance - Traditional tea dance to celebrate St George's Day... Tea, cake, and an afternoon of dancing!
Harewood House
23rd April
2011 Bulawayo - The infectious music of Bulawayo, with Cecilia Ndhlovu's entrancing mbira thumb-piano and hypnotic and joyous Ndebele and Shona vocals, takes listeners on an educational journey through decades of Zimbabwean tradition.

Cecilia grew up in Bulawayo in Matabeleland, southern Zimbabwe, joining national dance troupe Black Umfolosi at the age of just 16 before she began singing, dancing and touring the world with one of Zimbabwe's biggest stars and most successful recording artists, Oliver Mtukudzi.

Her own five piece band, Bulawayo, is driven by classic jit-jive guitar, enchanting marimba, rolling chimurenga bass and the powerful drum patterns of modern Zimbabwe. Their exhilarating dance band sound has a universal energy that appeals to all.

Selby Town Hall
23-25th April
2011 The 49th York Model Railway Show - The York Model Railway Show has been held every Easter for many years and the show has become one of railway modelling's traditional events. Attending the York Model Railway Show each Easter is at the heart of the hobby and we offer you a feast each year of all that is best in railway modelling in the north. If you have not been to the York Model Railway Show before then treat yourself next Easter. If you are one of regulars then we look forward to welcoming you back. Railway modelling at it's best every Easter in the heart of historic York, what more could you wish for.

The exact total varies from year to year but we aim for a total of between 110 and 130 stands including around 40 working layouts plus Layouts in several scales; Demonstrations by well known modellers; and Static displays. We also have a range of Trade Displays, together with stands covering the specialist societies.

York Model
Railway Show
23-25th April
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - World War II Weekend – 1940s re-enactors on site.

World War Two re-enactors will return to the Museum from the 23rd - 25th for the Museum's World War II Weekend - experience a taste of life during wartime with displays and demonstrations.

Ryedale Folk Museum
24th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour. Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
24th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Historic Toilet Tour. A unique saga of convenience through the ages from Roman sanitation to the 18th Century 'Sugar' House and 19th Century attempts to prevent 'nuisance' and promote public decency. And, of course, the opportunity to sample the dubious comforts of mediaeval garderobes! 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
25th April
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
26th April
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Richard Owen and the Yorkshire Moa'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
27th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Navigation Skills.

A 1-day basic navigation skills course at Fountains Abbey.

Step out with confidence in 2011
- Understand an OS map
- Learn how to use a compass
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Stay safe on the hills
- Feel more confident in the outdoors

Course includes:
- Full day's navigation skills at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
- Free entry for the day to Fountains Abbey
- Tea / Coffee in the morning
- OS Map and compass for use during the course
- Use of our Berghaus gear if required.
- Course notes

Over 18s only. Booking essential, telephone 01423 871750. Please bring your own walking boots and packed lunch. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
27th April
2011 Alan Price - The quintessential British singer songwriter, Alan Price, has enjoyed a most celebrated career in music, film and theatre which has spanned over 40 years. He began his early career in the sixties as the arranger and keyboardist for the legendary rock group The Animals whose hits included the legendary The House of the Rising Sun. In 1965 he formed The Alan Price Set, with whom he had a string of chart topping hits including I Put a Spell on You, Rosetta and Simon Smith & The Amazing Dancing Bear. Later he embarked on a distinguished solo career which still endures today.

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
28th April
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
28th April
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Young Performers Night. Lucy Ward, a singer from Derby, newly signed to prestigious label Navigator Records, and Manchester-based fiddle virtuoso Emma Sweeney with a guitar accompanist. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
28th April
2011 Mirth Control Comedy Club featuring Patrick Monahan.

The veteran of several sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs and for a long time the warm-up man for Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and The Paul O'Grady Show, Patrick Monahan's breathtaking gift for interaction combines with sharp and hilarious observations, paying special attention to his unique Middlesbrough-Irish-Iranian cultural roots. The Sun named him as one of the ten essential comics to see in 2010 and The Sunday Times featured him on their Critical List in July.

"The best show in Edinburgh 2008 " The Guardian

"This gifted livewire commands the stage with a mix of wit and force of personality” Evening Standard

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
28th April
2011 Isla St Clair in concert.

Eyes Front is an exciting combination of live performance and film about music in wartime, with singer and broadcaster Isla St Clair and film maker Patrick King (winner of 16 awards for his last 9 films).

Reeth Memorial Hall
28/29th April
2011 Blue Aces Theatre In Association With Helmsley Arts Centre Presents Kindertransport

Between 1938 and the outbreak of war, 10,000 children, most of them Jewish, were sent by their parents from Germany to Britain. Nine year-old Eva is one of them. Desperately alone and traumatised by her experiences, Eva arrives in Manchester and is rescued by the kindly Lil. When Eva's Jewish parents disappear, the child changes her name and begins the process of transforming her identity.

Years later Eva's estranged daughter, Faith, discovers some old letters in the attic. Now Eva must face the truth about her past and its continuing hold upon the present.

“Samuels has written the best play about the pain and passion of mother/daughter relationships” The Guardian.

“A powerful contribution to Holocaust literature...presented with emotional clarity and intense sympathy.” New Yorker.

 

Helmsley Arts
Centre
29th April
2011 Special Royal Wedding House Opening Day - with Guided tours at 1.30 and 3.00 pm

Sutton Park
York
29th April
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29th April
2011 New Perspectives Theatre Company present Lark Rise to Candleford By Flora Thompson adapted by Daniel Buckroyd.New Perspectives Theatre Company.

When young Laura Timms sets out from the tiny village of Lark Rise to start a new life in the nearby market town of Candleford she finds herself torn between her love of the countryside and the lure of the town, the traditions of the past and the promise of the future.

Following the success of the recent award-winning BBC television series, critically-acclaimed New Perspectives Theatre Company presents a captivating new adaptation of Flora Thompson's classic portrait of growing up in rural Oxfordshire in the twilight years of the nineteenth century.

Featuring drama, storytelling and live folk music, this unsentimental yet deeply affectionate picture of life in a forgotten England is faithfully recreated by a cast of unforgettable and much-loved characters.

Suitable for Adults & Older Children

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
29th April -
2nd May
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Spring Steam Gala/175th Anniversary of the Whitby-Pickering Line.

A cavalcade with locomotives reflecting the history of the railways and our line, including Tornado, Rocket and Planet.
NYMR
30th April
2011 YSJU Concert - Young Musicians’ Chamber Concert II

In association with the City of York Council this is the second of two concerts featuring some of the outstanding musical talent from York’s schools. 7.00 pm The Chapel
York St John University
30th April
2011 The Snake Davis Band - The Snake Davis Band makes a welcome return to the NCEM. Snake is well established as one of the UK's leading saxophonists. He is in demand from the biggest names on the British Popular music scene. He has been seen regularly on TV with the Eurythmics, M-People and B*Witched and has also recorded and toured with Lisa Stansfield and M-People.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm

 

National Centre for Early Music
30th April
2011 Escape Lines Memorial Society - Reunion of Escapers and Evaders

Annual Re-union for members of Allied aircrew who bailed out over enemy territory and evaded capture to return to their own side, or who escaped from enemy Prisoner of War camps to make a Home Run back to Britain. Also civilians of the occupied countries who helped them on their way - members of the Resistance, Safe House Keepers etc. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
30th April
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
30th April
2011 Buddy Whittington - Lifelong Texan, Buddy Whittington, was named by his ex boss of 15 years as “possibly the greatest Bluesbreaker of them all”. When the boss is John Mayall and the "all" includes Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout and Coco Montoya, this is no lightweight accolade.

After his then band appeared as a support act for The Bluesbreakers, John Mayall asked Buddy for his contact details and, two years later, following the departure of Coco Montoya, he 'received the call', going on to appear in countless Mayall shows and recordings worldwide for the 15 years between 1993 and 2008.

Now touring with his own stellar band, featuring Pete Stroud and Roger Cotton from Peter Green’s Splinter Group, Buddy is recognised as one of the finest exponents of Texas blues today. A modern bluesmaster with a great sense of melody, great touch dynamics, great phrasing, strong vocals and a killer tone, Buddy really does have it all, mixing original material with classic blues from the likes of BB and Freddie King, Delbert McClinton and Warren Haynes.

Selby Town Hall
30th April -
2nd May
2011 Castle Howard presents - English Country Garden Weekend

Learn some gardening tips and taste some delicious fresh produce at Castle Howard’s ‘English Country Garden’ event. Enjoy the string quartet playing in the gardens, take part in the lawn games or just relax with a glass of Pimms. All activities are included in your entry to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
30th April -
2nd May
2011 The Dales Festival of Food and Drink - In 2011 the Dales Festival of Food and Drink celebrates its tenth birthday! The 2010 Festival was a great success and we are looking forward to a great bank holiday weekend in 2011, which will be even better this year following on from the Royal Wedding!

In 2010 more than 12,000 visitors had a great time over the holiday weekend, the traders and exhibitors had a bumper show. Yet again the weather was kind, the sun did shine although there was a cool breeze down the Dale.

But with so many of the attractions being inside marquees there was plenty of shelter from the westerly wind. Sufficient funds were generated to promise a significant addition to the Community Fund and 17 community groups in Wensleydale have so far benefited from the proceeds!

The food hall is the main venue for food and drink stands, with over eighty exhibitors, sited in a 14,000 sq ft marquee. Free cookery demonstrations by leading local chefs throughout the day, held in our Theatre Marquee. Over forty wonderful ales from a selection of local breweries.

 

 

Dales Festival of Food and Drink
30th April -
2nd May
2012 Railway Children Weekend - An action packed weekend for young and old. Ride in coaches which appeared in the film pulled by “The Green Dragon” (957).

At Oakworth Station, the heart of the Railway Children, you will be able to see the story re-enacted with performers in period costumes whilst the trains are in the station. Visit all the sites on a guided tour of the sites used in the film. See displays and photos taken during filming and other exhibits.

We shall be inviting stars from the film and from the Play at Waterloo.

Come in 1905 costume and get FREE tickets. Round off the Royal Wedding Weekend with a visit to the Railway Children’s Railway.

RAILWAY CHILDREN TOURS - Visit all the sites in the valley where filming took place for this iconic film. See Three Chimneys and Mr Perks Cottage. Stand astride the stile that gave Perks so much trouble, visit the site of the landslide scene, Mrs Ransom's Post office and much, much more, all with our experienced guides one of who was an extra in the film and will reveal all !

Tickets include a Days Rover ticket and a copy of "The Making of the Railway Children". Please bring a packed lunch and Stout Shoes for walking on uneven ground. Tours cost £29.50, please phone 01535 645214 for reservations.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
30th April -
2nd May
2011 Enthusiasts' Gala - A Mixed Traction Weekend

Although subject to confirmation, we are hoping to hold a Mixed Traction weekend featuring Steam engines and Diesels on a variety of services including Stately Trains and goods trains.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
1st May
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Royal York. A new walk to celebrate this year's Royal wedding. Six Roman emperors, countless Anglo-Saxon & Viking kings and almost every mediaeval King from William the Conqueror to Henry VIII have visited the city -some welcomed, some coming in vengeance. The Stuart Kings frequently came to York but Queen Victoria 'was not amused' by her visit and never came again. More recent Royal Visits have been much more cordial and it was George VI who said 'The History of York is the History of England'. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
1st May
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
1st May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1/2nd May
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Bank Holiday Cowboy Weekend - Experience life in the ol’ west as our fort is taken over by cowboys! There’ll be lots of wild-west activities; try your hand at panning for gold or tossing a horseshoe, and take a ride on the train. With tractor rides and traditional cowboy foods in our café there’s something for every cowboy and gal.

Murton Park
1/2nd May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - York City Levy Medieval Re-enactors.

York City Levy Medieval Re-enactors will be on site all weekend demonstrating medieval life with authentic costumes, cooking, entertainment etc.
Ryedale Folk Museum
2nd May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - May Day celebrations – Maypole Dancing.

As well as Medieval re-enactors on site there will also be traditional Maypole dancing on site for May Day. Come along and join in the fun!
Ryedale Folk Museum
2nd May
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
3rd May
2011 Lunchtime Concert featuring the University’s A Capella vocal ensemble. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
3rd May
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Castle Howard and Brideshead: Fact, Fiction and In-Between.

Used not just once but twice as the spectacular location for Brideshead in two lavish screen versions of this story, what exactly is the relationship between Evelyn Waugh’s celebrated novel Brideshead Revisited and the Howards of Castle Howard?

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
3rd May
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - The world of insect sounds A lecture by Dr David Chesmore, Department of Electronics, University of York. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
3rd May
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
4th May
2011 Robert Sharpe organ presents Music by JS Bach, Mendelssohn, Leighton, Matthias and Simon Preston.

Over the summer of 2010 the Grant, Degens and Bradbeer organ has undergone a substantial reburbishment and we are delighted to welcome Robert Sharpe, Director of Music at York Minster, for his first recital on this outstanding instrument. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
5th May
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Kirit Gordhandas - 'The Fibonacci Sequence in Mathematics and Nature’ 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
5th May
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
5th May
2011 "Anne Clifford's Great Books of Records: Northern Lives in Time and Place." - a 50 minute talk by Jessica Malay on Lady Anne's Great Books followed by questions.

Jessica Malay is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Huddersfield. She has published widely on women's writing in sixteenth and seventeenth century and is presently leading a Leverhulme funded project to publish Anne Clifford's Great Books of Record. The Great Books of Records span a period from the early Middle Ages to the second half of the seventeenth century and include important cultural documents, historical summaries, and Anne Clifford's autobiography.

7.00 pm Castle Granary. Information and booking call Judith Tel 01756 792442

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
6th May
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Monster Star by Prof. Paul Crowther, University of Sheffield. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
6th May
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
6th May
2011 Ripley Blues present CONNIE LUSH & BLUES SHOUTER + DAVE SPEIGHT Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
6-8th May
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Spring Steam Gala/175th Anniversary of the Whitby-Pickering Line.

A cavalcade with locomotives reflecting the history of the railways and our line, including Tornado, Rocket and Planet.
NYMR
7th May
2011 The Grand Tour - Baroque Day with Compagnia d’Istrumenti; The University Baroque Ensemble and Student Instrumental and Vocal Chamber groups

For this year’s Baroque Day we take a musical Grand Tour such as was the fashion in the 17th, 18th and first part of the 19th centuries. The purpose of these trips was essentially educational, an exposure to the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance but it did, of course, bring the travellers into contact with the latest cultural fashions too. We stop off at four major musical centres and hear a variety of music from each giving a glimpse into the cultural and social life there. Readings from diaries, essays and other writings will add to the flavour.

10.30am 'Paris – Rebel, Charpentier, Couperin and Rameau'
Paris developed a distinctive musical style in the theatre, church and chamber. The composers here represent a mature but still innovative approach and repertoire will include Petit Motets, cantatas, sonatas and ‘Pièces en Concert’.

1.00pm 'London – Musical Migrants and Tourists'
London attracted many visitors, some of whom – like Handel – took up permanent residence such that we like to claim them as our own. Italian opera and cantata, oratorio, concerto grosso, solo and trio sonatas and organ concertos were all important parts of his London output and form the basis for this programme.

3.30pm 'The Madrigal in Venice'
A fanciful tour of the many faces of the Italian madrigal in Venice at the turn of the 17th century, from the sublime to the ridiculous, sampling Willaert, Gabrieli’s Greghesche et giustiniane, Schutz’s Italienischen Madrigale, Banchieri’s madrigal comedy Festino and the 4th and 6th madrigal books of Monteverdi.

7.00pm 'Leipzig – JS Bach: sacred and secular'
This concert focuses on the Leipzig Collegium Musicum founded by Telemann and based at Zimmerman’s Coffee House. It includes music written for the coffee house including Bach’s Concerto for two harpsichords in C BWV 1061 and other instrumental pieces and cantatas by Bach and Telemann.

 

 

National Centre for
Early Music

 

York Concerts
7th May
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Richard Casey – Piano Recital -

John Adams: China Gates
Richard Whalley: Three Worlds
Steve Crowther: Morris Dances
Camden Reeves: Notturno dalle fiame dell'inferno
Michael Parkin: Preludes and Fugues WP
Anthony Gilbert: Sonata No.3
Martin Scheuregger: New Work WP
Harrison Birtwistle: Harrison's Clocks (a selection)
Joe Howard: Kaleidoscope WP
John Adams: American Berserk

Pre-concert talk by composer-in-residence, Michael Parkin at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
7th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Early Birds Tour. Set your alarm clock and come and listen to the chatter of the early birds. Meet at Studley Car Park. 7.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
7th May
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Ornamental Gardening

Make your own Summer Hanging Basket with Jo Makin. You will be taken through the basics of good basket design, planting and maintenance as you create your own summer basket.. 1.00 - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
7th May
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
7th May
2011 STRUNG TOGETHER & INCOMPATIBLE!

Yes, it'll be just over two years since Kula Productions last presented Otway & Barrett at The Frazer Theatre, Knaresborough, when they return in May 2011. If you were at the last show you'll know it was an unforgettable experience – an intimate and hilarious evening of entertainment and … er… music! Their HIT Really Free and all the other great songs from their glorious past will be performed with due irreverence! Whether you've seen or not seen them before – YOU'RE IN FOR A NIGHT TO REMEMBER! Pre-booking Essential
The Frazer Theatre
Knaresborough

Kula Productions
7th May
2011 Richard Herring - Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming

Jesus Christ - Son of God! Saviour of mankind! Superstar! Richard Herring - Son of Keith, a retired headmaster! Once saved a spider that had become trapped in his bath, only crushing three of its legs in the process! Hosted 10 episodes of a chat show about poker on a satellite channel which subsequently closed down!

At first sight they have little in common. Or do they?

One half of Lee and Herring, BBC Radio 2 and 4 regular, Hitler Moustache star, avowed atheist and one of the best comics of his generation, Richard Herring, resurrects and revamps his first and favourite solo show, exploring his strange obsession and affinity with the Messiah and asking all the great theological questions, like "Why did Jesus always call Simon, 'Peter'? Was it the same as the way Trigger always called Rodney 'Dave'?" and "How many weeks would you have to attend Holy Communion before you had consumed an entire Jesus?".

Selby Town Hall
7/8th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Sketch & Stitch - Intermediate'.

Building on the techniques used in the previous workshops (see 29/30th January), the workshop leader will introduce new ideas and skills to enable you to embellish and enhance your designs. We will look in more detail at the intricacies of chalk fossils to develop a design for a larger piece of work.

Pre-booking Essential. Two day course. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
7/8th May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Family History Weekend – folk tales, family history groups, family story making and more Ryedale Folk Museum
7-28th May
2011 York Theatre Royal presents The Crucible Written by Arthur Miller

Salem, Massachusetts, 1692 - When a group of girls are discovered dancing naked in the woods late one night rumours of witch-craft and devil-worshiping spread through the small community setting off a series of irreversible events.

Jealousy and superstition divide farmer John Proctor and his virtuous wife Elizabeth. Defense of the truth and pursuit of justice ultimately drives this play to its thrilling and tragic conclusion.

Because it is my name!
Because I cannot have another in my life!
Because I lie and sign myself to lies!
Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang!
How may I live without my name?
I have given you my soul; leave me my name!

York Theatre Royal
8th May
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to 'Brief Encounter' the visitor centre restored to the appearance of the film set of the famous film. Also a behind the scenes tour of the restoration of the Edwardian splendour of the Winter Gardens at Morecambe and a tour of the superbly restored Art Deco Midland Hotel.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
8th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th May
2011 Classic Car Rally - The Cambridge-Oxford Owners' Club will be showcasing their stunning collection of classic cars in the stunning surroundings of Burton Agnes Hall. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Burton Agnes Hall
8th May
2011 Spring Plant Fair – Newby Hall is holding its annual Spring Plant Fair on Sunday 8th May and this year promises to be the most colourful yet.

This highly popular event is attended by over 20 specialist nurseries from all over the north of England selling unusual plants that are unavailable in most local garden centres, as well as old favourites. The nurserymen are also on hand to offer advice and the fairs attract amateur and keen gardeners alike.

Newby Hall is famous for its 25 acres of award winning gardens. Dominated by one of the longest double herbaceous borders in Europe, they consist of numerous formal compartmented gardens full of many rare and beautiful plants. The gardens are designed to be at their best throughout the year making this truly a “garden for all seasons” and visitors to the plant fairs can explore the gardens at their leisure.

 

 

Newby Hall
and Gardens
8th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Daily life for an 11th century Cistercian Monk. Join a tour to find out about the routines of a Cistercian Monk's life related to the Abbey buildings. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th May
2011 MG & Classic Car Rally - Yorkshire Dales Classic Car Club Open Event. Included in admission to the Hall or Grounds. 3.00-4.30 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
9th May
2011 Howden Live present - '....THE HAMSTERS....'

The one...the only...well, there's three of them..not sure which set they will be doing..watch this space.

Howden Live
10th May
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
10th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Celebrating Roman Ancestors'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
10th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'An Introduction to a Yorkshire Herbarium'.

Delve into the Herbarium collections at the Yorkshire Museum, which include material from Victorian collector James Backhouse and Reverend James Dalton. Find out their motivation for collecting and some of the specimens they collected. 2.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
10th May
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Kilham and the Roman-Anglian transition A lecture by Kurt Hunter-Mann, BA, MIfA, York Archaeological Trust. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
10th May
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
10th May
2011 An afternoon with the Head Gardener - Learn about the history of the walled garden and go behind the scenes of the award winning gardens with the Head Gardener. 1.30 pm. Pre-booking essential.
Burton Agnes Hall
10th May
2011 Discovering the Gardens with Head Gardener, Chris Baker - The Gardens in Springtime. Three hour walk and talk, looking at the history and restoration of the Hall’s gardens and grounds. 10.00 am
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
11th May
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Teddy Bears'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
11th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Moths in York'.

Learn to identify the moths of Yorkshire by examining the wonderful collections of the Yorkshire Museum; from the Oak Beauty to Purple Thorns, and Lime Hawk Moths to the Old Lady. There will be five evening moth surveys, with the museums experts, taking place in the Museum Gardens in May, June, July, August and September. No prior knowledge is needed. 2.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
11th May
2011 Town & Gown Public Lecture Series - The Town & Gown Public Lecture series brings together York St John University's eminent academics, high profile speakers and the community for a series of lectures to be enjoyed by all.

Today - Foundation Day lecture York St John University

Town & Gown Lectures
11th May
2011 YAS Free Public Star Party - YAS Free Public Star Party on the Knavesmire. From 7pm till late, weather permitting. We will be there, even if it rains, for at least half an hour for a chat. Observe through our telescopes, or feel free to bring your own along for help and advice if needed. Objects on show should include planets, star clusters, and galaxies. Knavesmire

York Astronomical Society
11th May
2011 Badapple Theatre Company present The James Herriot Story.

From the company that brought us 2010’s Back to the Land Girls the show is written and directed by Kate Bramley (ex-Hull Truck Theatre).

A light hearted comic theatre show set in a Yorkshire pub in the farming heyday of the 1940’s. The James Herriot Story sets off the early biography of the late Alf Wight- better known under his pen name of James Herriot - against a myriad of local characters inspired by the All Creatures Great and Small novels.

Badapple give an upbeat and entertaining performance as the local vet comes down from Glasgow and finds himself in an altogether different world. This delightful show is a poignant yet funny look at one of England’s best loved writers.

“One of the region’s brightest lights in touring theatre!” Northern Echo.

By kind permission of the family of the late Alf Wight.

 

 

7.30 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
11-13th May
2011 The Dante Festival - including The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes; totesport Dante Stakes and Emirates Airline Yorkshire Cup. York Racecourse
11-15th May
2011 York Spring Festival 2011 -

The Spring Festival of New Music celebrates music that is both new in its conception and new to the area. The festival brings exciting professional musicians and ensembles to York who perform a wide range of cutting edge music from jazz to folk to electro-acoustic, opera and ballet. This year’s programme brings some highly acclaimed performers to the city as well as showcasing the wealth of local talent. Highlights include:

BEAST – Birmingham Electro Acoustic Sound Theatre The world renowned BEAST system has presented concerts across Europe, and for more than 25 years has represented the highest level of presentation in electroacoustic music.

Ballet Bewegung - A ground-breaking performance of music and dance by an exciting new chamber ballet company.

Joseph Houston A diverse programme including pieces by York-based composers is performed by former York student Joseph Houston, who is now studying at the Royal College of Music.

Conference Weekend The Conference weekend includes the New Music Exchange in which other university ensembles are invited to York to share compositions and collaborate in performance. The weekend will be focused around cross-arts collaboration and see performances, workshops, lectures, discussions and more that will be inclusive and appealing to all music-lovers.

Various Venues
in York

York Spring Festival
12th May
2011 Lunchtime Concert - The final regular lunchtime concert of the University year. 12.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
12th May
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The William Shakespeare - Join us on this very special excursion by train from Yorkshire to the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon. Our train will be hauled for the entire journey there and back by the famous A1 class Pacific steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado. Spring time is perhaps the best time of the year to see the beautiful Warwickshire countryside and visit picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon.

Our train leaves York at around 09:00, steam hauled by Tornado, and stops at Knaresborough, Harrogate and Leeds to pick up more passengers. Our route takes us via Micklefield, Doncaster and Sheffield.

From Sheffield we head south along the former Midland Railway (MR) route through Chesterfield, Clay Cross, and Belper to Derby (former headquarters of the MR).

We continue southwards from Derby and can expect some fast running with Tornado as we pass through the famous brewery town of Burton-on-Trent, on to Tamworth and towards Birmingham. We are now in the West Midlands and our route to Stratford-upon-Avon takes us over the scenic North Warwickshire Line through Henley-in-Arden. This line was part of the former Great Western Railway’s main route between Birmingham and Bristol. On arrival at Stratford-upon-Avon there will be more than three hours to explore this delightful town.

Stratford-upon-Avon is internationally famous for its associations with William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Ann Hathaway’s Cottage, Holy Trinity Church, the scenic River, museums and galleries, and a host of other attractions all combine to make it one of the most visited towns in the country. It has not lost its charm and a number of buildings preserved from Shakespeare’s time make the town centre a quaint and attractive place to visit.

Our train leaves Stratford-upon-Avon at around 17:00, steam hauled by Tornado, for the return journey. We stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers. We arrive in York at around 21:20 and say goodbye to Tornado after a truly memorable day out.

 

The William Shakespeare
12th May
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Debbie Sturdy Mezzo Soprano 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
12th May
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Chris Lloyd: "Waterlands". Followed by AGM

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
12th May
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Willow Weaving

Twigwams for Climbing Plants with Phil Bradley. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
13th May
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
13th May
2011 Lucy Kaplansky - Drawn to Greenwich Village, New York, in the late 70s by the resurgence of the American folk scene, Lucy Kaplansky became a regular at Gerde's Folk City and a member of the CooP alongside Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, Richard Shindell and others.

Well known for her crystalline harmonies, Lucy sang on Nanci Griffith's Lone Star State of Mind and Little Love Affairs albums and performed in New York clubs as a duo with Colvin while earning a psychology PhD from Yeshiva University.

After many years as a practicing psychologist, Lucy returned to her first love and became a full time touring musician, gaining a reputation as a gifted writer, enchanting singer and formidable interpreter of songs. She has twice been awarded the AFIM prize for Best Pop Album and her luminous voice remains in high demand by her peers and has recently been heard on albums by Bryan Ferry, Nanci Griffith, John Gorka and Greg Brown.

Selby Town Hall
13th May
2011 Johnny Silvo in concert.

Johnny (vocals & guitar) has been performing since 1965, both as a solo artist and as part of a duo with Dave Moses or Sandy Denny. His songs range from folk, jazz, blues to country and soul, presented in an extremely professional manner, with great humour. He has a rich voice that you’ll not forget.

Reeth Memorial Hall
14th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Clear Colour and Non Colour – A Watercolourist’s Conflict'.

Utilising the incredible colour range and intricate patterning seen in the Yorkshire Museum’s collections of exquisite butterflies, moths and beetles, Tony Mosley will demonstrate ways of creating clear colours and bright whites in your artwork and how whites can be regained after painting, primarily without resorting to either white paint or masking fluid.

Pre-booking Essential. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

York Museums Programme Guide
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14th May
2011 Making Tracks is a fresh concept on the British live music circuit: a 'travelling concert series' featuring musicians from across the world in partnership with 13 major music venues across the UK.

Grupo Lokito - Grupo Lokito is a fusion of Congelese and Latin music and the result is a unique and captivating sound. By combining Congelese dance performing traditions with the energy of salsa, every performance is sure to be a visual and audio spectacle.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm

 

National Centre for Early Music
14th May
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Productive Gardening

Growing Vegetables in Containers with Joe Maiden. Find out which varieties are most suited to containers and how to grow them. Plant up a range of vegetable containers. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
14th May
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Flower Arranging

Bridal Arrangements with Patty Underhill. Create buttonholes, corsages and bridal posies. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
14th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
14th May
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
14th May
2011 Lady Chatterley's Lover - Lady Constance Chatterley is trapped in a loveless marriage. Injured in battle, her husband Clifford is unable to satisfy her sexual desires and so Constance finds herself drawn towards a man she meets in the woods. As their passionate love affair reaches its climax, the constraints of Constance’s class-led society are broken down and the two lovers find fulfilment with each other.

Published in 1928, D.H. Lawrence’s controversial work was banned from sale until 1960 for its frank and explicit depiction of sex and its portrayal of a passionate and adulterous love affair.

This stage adaptation, created by Nick Lane and performed by Hull Truck Theatre, is a faithful reworking of one of the twentieth century’s great stories.

Contains adult scenes. Recommended for ages 15+

Selby Town Hall
14th May
2011 Museums at Night - Late Night Opening...See Harewood in a different light!
Harewood House
14/15th May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Eighteenth Century Election Weekend - 68th and Lambtons re-enactors.

Recreation of an 18th Century Hustings. Re-enactors will be representing the election process in Yorkshire during the General Election of 1761, including candidates, returning officer, ancillary civilians and the appropriate support of a Regiment of Foot to keep order! Ryedale Folk Museum
15th May
2011 Cystic Fibrosis Fun Run – Road and Trail race raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. A 10K (10.30a.m.) race for the serious competitor and a 2K race (10.00 a.m.) for those wishing to have some fun and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.

The funds that the Cystic Fibrosis Trust raise through its running programme play an important part in combating a disease that is the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited disease and affects over 8,000 people in the UK.

As a runner you can help the CF cause by joining Team CF by running the seventh Yorkshire 10k set in the beautiful surroundings of Newby Hall Estate. This trail is mainly an off road route and may not be the fastest or flattest but the feedback from runners is that it is inspiring and the atmosphere is superb. As well as the 10k route, there is the 2k fun run open to all ages and abilities so why not get family and friends together to take part.

 

 

Newby Hall
and Gardens
15th May
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - Markham Main Colliery Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
15th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15th May
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
16-18th May
2011 Final Recitals - Final year Music students present their recitals programmes, which are all open to the public.

Monday 16th May at 12.30 – 1.30 pm
Monday 16th May at 7.30 pm

Tuesday 17th May at 12.30 – 1.30 pm
Tuesday 17th May at 7.30 pm

Wednesday 18th May at 12.30 – 1.30 pm
Wednesday 18th May at 7.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
17th May
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - The Castle Howard Landscape.

Filled with gardens, lakes, fountains, temples, woods, statues and monuments, Castle Howard is more than just a celebrated example of the early 18th-century landscape garden. Important changes occurred in the Victorian era, as well as in the 20th century, and today it is still very much a living, working landscape. This talk coincides with the publication in 2011 of Mike Kipling's spectacular book The Gardens at Castle Howard with an introduction by Christopher Ridgway.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
18th May
2011 Kathryn Stott piano presents Parisian Journey

Fauré Nocturne in E flat op. 36
Ravel Jeux d’Eau
Satie Gnossienne no.1
Dutilleux Sonata op. 1
Ginastera Sonata no.1
Chopin Nocturne in B flat op. 9 no. 1
Chopin Ballade in G minor op. 23
Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor op. post. 20
Chopin Scherzo in C sharp minor op. 39

Kathryn Stott has returned to solo playing after a few years of devoting herself to chamber music. We are delighted to welcome her back to York with a programme celebrating her love of French music and those composers who lived in Paris. She also has an interest in Latin dance music (shadows of which can be heard in the sonata by Ginastera); her collaboration with cellist Yo-Yo Ma led to the Grammy Award-winning CD Soul of the Tango.

In addition to her performance career, Kathryn Stott has been the artistic vision behind several major festivals and concert series including Fauré and the French Connection and Piano 2000 and Piano 2003 in Manchester. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
18th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Navigation Skills.

A 1-day basic navigation skills course at Fountains Abbey.

Step out with confidence in 2011
- Understand an OS map
- Learn how to use a compass
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Stay safe on the hills
- Feel more confident in the outdoors

Course includes:
- Full day's navigation skills at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
- Free entry for the day to Fountains Abbey
- Tea / Coffee in the morning
- OS Map and compass for use during the course
- Use of our Berghaus gear if required.
- Course notes

Over 18s only. Booking essential, telephone 01423 871750. Please bring your own walking boots and packed lunch. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
19th May
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Jonathan Taylor - Readings from Wordsworth's ‘The Prelude' 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
19th May
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'The Song of the Sewing Machine'.

Do you remember the hum of the sewing machine? Explore the history of the machine that revolutionized home stitching. Delve into our collection of dress-making patterns and have a go! Pre-booking requested. 1.30 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
19th May
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
20th May
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - YAS Informal Evening by members of York Astronomical Society.

An informal evening, where members of the society are invited to step up and give a short presentation on an astronomy-related subject that interests them. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
20th May
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
20-22nd May
2012 Diesel Gala - Trains will be hauled by a collection of classic Diesel engines from the 1950s to the present day. NO Steam trains this weekend! Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
21st May
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
21st May
2011 York Art Gallery Monotype and Technique - Monotype involves the transposition of paint from a plate onto paper as a means of creating a “space” in which to “play”. Release your imagination and sense of fun in this visually inspiring and immensely popular workshop. All materials are provided. Led by OCA Tutor Stephen Court. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
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21st May
2011 The May Spring Meeting - including The Stowe Family Law LLP Grand Cup. York Racecourse
21st May
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - Command Apprentices by Michael Orr. This lecture is a study of the Great War experiences of British Generals of the Second World War and examines the impact of their experiences as junior officers on their command style and on the British Army doctrine generally. Case studies of well known generals such as Brooke, Montgomery, Alexander and O'Connor illustrate the lecture's theme. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
21st May
2011 YSJU Concerts - The EYMS Brass Band and Laudamus Chamber Choir join with the YSJ Concert Band and soloists to present a programme of music composed by David Lancaster. 7.30 pm The Chapel
York St John University
21st May
2011 Mahler Symphony No 8 - Symphony of a Thousand.

York Guildhall Orchestra, Halle Choir, Leeds Festival Chorus and Choristers of the York Minster choir. A donation from the proceeds of this concert will go towards the North Yorkshire Music Therapy Centre. 7.30 pm
York Minster
21st May
2011 YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR present - Charpentier Psalms and Motets

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of sacred music in late 17th century France, blending the elegance and charm of the French court fashions with the latest Italian styles. This sequence of psalms and motets includes some of his most expressive music including Le Reniement de St Pierre with its famous final chorus matching that of Carissimi’s Jephthe.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm
St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir
21st May
2011 Otley Show - OTLEY SHOW was first held in 1796, over 200 years ago and now spans 4 centuries. Cancellations have been few and far between, twice in the 1800's, throughout the war years, more recently in 1983 due to flooding and in 2001 due to the Foot and Mouth epidemic.

The farmers around Otley in the late 1700's were keen to apply developments in agriculture taking place elsewhere in the U.K. In 1796 a competition for various livestock classes was conducted in the yard of the Royal White Horse Hotel. The Show acted as a focus for the local farming community to promote and encourage improvements in livestock breeding. It continues to support the regions' farming and agricultural communities, as well as providing a major boost to the local economy and remains one of the most successful and well attended events in the town's calendar.

OTLEY SHOW is held usually on the Saturday, prior to the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend in May and is the first major agricultural show of the season. It is thought to be the oldest one day show in the country and is set in the picturesque Wharfe Valley.

In 2010 a record crowd of 15000 visitors plus exhibitors in Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Goats, Poultry, Dogs, Rabbits, Produce, Handicrafts, Floral Art and Farriers attended the show.

 

 

Otley Show
21st May
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Productive Gardening

Growing Herbs for the Kitchen with Joe Maiden. The cultivation of common and less well-known herbs will be taught and you will be able to take away some herb plants. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
21st May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - The Aislabie's Deer Park. Join a guided tour to discover more about the Aislabie's Deer Park. Including: St Mary's Church, Studley Hall, the Lime Kiln, the deer, the ice houses and a visit to the Valley of the Seven Bridges. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
21st May
2011 Sunderland Classic Car Club. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
21st May
2011 The Good Lovelies - The Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill 'all girl' band. At a time when too many of us are affected by stories of gloom, doom and financial woe, these three women form the perfect antidote.

Winners of the 2010 Juno Award for Roots Album of the Year and the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Emerging Artist, The Good Lovelies are one of North America's most talked about new roots acts. With an alluring blend of folk-roots, doo-wop, bluegrass, rockabilly and western swing, the Toronto-based trio rely on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and convulsively funny onstage repartee.

Their sound has drawn comparisons with fellow Canadian alt-roots superstars The Wailin' Jennys and Be Good Tanyas, and on current form, The Good Lovelies could well eclipse the success of both of them!

Selby Town Hall
21/22nd May
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Friends of Ferguson Heritage Tractor Rally - The museum is excited to play host to the annual rally of the Friends of Ferguson Heritage group who will be displaying a large collection of Massey- and Ferguson vintage tractors. With trade stands and working demonstrations you can find out what it takes to restore a vintage tractor, then see them at work in the fields.

Murton Park
21/22nd May
2011 Kite Festival - Kites of all shapes and sizes taking to the air at Harewood... this year with hot air balloons!
Harewood House
22nd May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
22nd May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Classic Car Rally. Many fantastic and varied Classic Cars on site. Ryedale Folk Museum
23rd May
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
23rd May
2011 Jenny Eclair - Having amused the nation in the I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! jungle and fearlessly taking on bush tucker trials, the time has come for Jenny to get back on the road and do what she does best. Nearly a whole dress size smaller, the Perrier Award winner and self-appointed Grumpy Head Girl Jenny Eclair has extended her critically acclaimed tour Old Dog, New Tricks by 50 dates in 2011.

Jenny is fifty years old which in dog years would qualify for The Guinness Book of records, having recently been de-wormed and with her teeth newly bleached, she’ll be prancing around the regions, basically doing her comedy tricks for a ‘nice biscuit and maybe a glass of Chardonnay’.

Don’t expect anything that involves balancing stuff on her nose or jumping through hoops, her hips are too big and she has a tendency to fall over. However do expect a Lady Gaga tribute and possibly some dancing on her back legs. Good Dog Jenny!

 

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
24th May
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Jurassic Park Fact or Fiction: the ethical debate'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
24th May
2011 Yorkshire Philosophical Society lectures - Cartoons in science A lecture by Professor Jim Matthew, Yorkshire Philosophical Society. 7.30 pm

For further information phone 01904 656713 Tempest Anderson
Hall,
Yorkshire Museum
Gardens
Yorkshire Philosophical Society
24th May
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
25th May
2011 Ebor Public Lectures on Theology & Public Life - 2010/2011 theme Politics of Fear, Politics of Hope? Terrorism in the 21st Century.

Acts of terrorism and the perceived threat of terrorism are changing our world. Some argue our freedoms are being eroded and our liberty curtailed through the deliberate building up of a climate of fear. Where is hope in all this? This series of Ebor Lectures will explore these issues of freedom and security, the politics of fear and the politics of hope.

Tonight - Professor John Milbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham with Geopolitical Theology: Christianity, Territory and the Global Future

John joined the Department of Theology at Nottingham University in September 2004. He has previously taught at the Universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Virginia. He is the author of several books of which the most well-known is Theology and Social Theory and the most recent Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon.

He is one of the editors of the Radical Orthodoxy collection of essays which occasioned much debate. In general he has endeavoured in his work to resist the idea that secular norms of understanding should set the agenda for theology and has tried to promote the sense that Christianity offers a rich and viable account of the whole of reality. At the same time he tends to insist that Christianity is itself eclectic and fuses many traditions - particularly that of biblical narrative with that of Greek philosophy.

In style his theology is eclectic, interdisciplinary and essayistic - though it aims to be systematic in a somewhat ad hoc fashion. So far he has produced two books in the areas of Christian doctrine and ethics - though both have a strong philosophical component. In addition he has sustained interests in developing a political and social theology - critical of the liberationist current as insufficiently theological, while retaining a left-leaning perspective. Currently he is pursuing a long-term project concerning the topic of 'gift' which involves all the above-mentioned concerns. In the long-term he hopes to develop a fully-fledged 'Trinitarian ontology'.

The lecture will be held at York St John University. Admission is free but by ticket only.

 

York St John University
25th May
2011 Gamelan Sekar Petak - The gongs and tuned percussion of the gamelan create an ethereal and enchanting sound world which is heard to good effect in this programme of traditional music from Java and new music written for the gamelan. Guest performers will be announced later. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
26th May
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - David Hields - Lunchtime Piano Serenade 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
26th May
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Brooks Williams 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
26th May
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
26th May
2011 History Talk with our Head Guide Pauline Waslin - Held in the Dining Room at Burton Agnes Hall. Pauline Waslin will give a talk about the life and times of an Elizabethan home. 2.00 pm
Burton Agnes Hall
26th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

THE TALLIS SCHOLARS directed by Peter Phillips, present MAGNIFICAT

Palestrina Magnificat for double choir
Pärt Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen
Tallis Miserere nostri
Allegri Miserere
Praetorius Magnificat II
Byrd Miserere Mei
Byrd Miserere mihi, Domine
Palestrina Nunc Dimittis for double choir
Pärt Nunc Dimittis
Pärt Magnificat

Enjoy the sensual beauty of Palestrina’s interpretation of the Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise on learning she was carrying the Christ Child - through to the impassioned plea for forgiveness in the famous Allegri Miserere mixed with Byrd, Tallis and the majestic sounds of the acclaimed Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

“TTS are a remarkable group, perfectly matched in tone and unfaltering in their intonation” The Guardian

7.30 pm
Beverley Minster

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
26th May
2011 PIAF The Songs - Eve Loiseau sings the songs of Edith Piaf with Eddy Jay (Kneehigh Theatre Company) on accordion and Fiona Barrow on fiddle.

Edith Piaf has become synonymous with French Cabaret of the 1940s & 50s and remains France’s most popular singer. Piaf’s life was the stuff of legend, from her dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown.

Her life, however, was anything but ‘La Vie en Rose'. She suffered insecurity, self-abasement, anger, obsessive passion and a constant quest to be loved and accepted - a maelstrom which took its toll upon her mental stability as the pressures of her fame increased.

French singer Eve Loiseau (Canteve Vocale) captures the essence of the Piaf performance in this theatrical tribute to the ‘Little Sparrow’, which includes many of her beloved songs including La Vie en Rose, Sous le Ciel de Paris, Milord, Non je ne Regrette Rien.

“Apart from losing a foot in height, it’s impossible to imagine Eve Loiseau – or anyone – improving upon her miraculous recreation of the great French singer Edith Piaf.” Citizen & Echo

“Absolutely wonderful arrangements! And as for that Piaf singer – amazing. She is better than the real thing, and I don’t say that lightly!” John Hardy, Composer

 

8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
27th May
2011 Zamar - Zamar gospel choir performs across Yorkshire in carnivals, concert halls, festivals, weddings, churches and schools. Singing a range of traditional and contemporary gospel songs from across the globe, Zamar has developed a reputation of providing lively and joyous performances full of infectious enthusiasm. Numbering around 50 singers with a smaller semi-chorus, the choir performs a cappella and also with instrumental accompaniment. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
27th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

JOGLARESA with Belinda Sykes voice, Indian shawms, bagpipes, director Tim Garside Indian and Arabic flutes, percussion, dulcimer Jean Kelly harp, fidel, Indian harmonium present - YORKSHIRE’S MUSICAL MELTING POT!

Joglaresa has been working with schools to look at the ways in which the movement of musicians across the world has helped to make Yorkshire one of the most culturally diverse – and musically enriching – areas in the UK. Join us for a lively, entertaining show looking at music from South Asia to Eastern Europe all the way back to our little corner of England.

“Belinda Sykes is an infectious communicator” Early Music Today
1.00 pm
Toll Gavel Methodist Church
Beverley

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
27th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

The ACADEMY OF ANCIENT MUSIC with David Watkin director & cello Joseph Crouch cello Marcus Farnsworth bass

Wassenaer Concerto Armonico No. 6 in E-flat major
Bach Cantata 'ich habe genug' BWV82
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op.6 No.8 in G minor
Handel Concerto Grosso Op.3 No.3 in G major
Vivaldi Concerto for 2 Cellos RV531 in G minor
Zelenka Good Friday Lamentations No.2
Wassenaer Concerto Armonico No.1 in G major

Continuing with our theme looking at music from the church’s year, we join with the superb ensemble of AAM to indulge in the joyous music of Christmas before plunging into Zelenka’s vivid settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah which were used during Holy Week – interleaved with music by Handel, Bach and Vivaldi.

“The interplay between the AAM is Baroque chamber-playing of the very highest order: sincerely conversational, emotive and finely nuanced.” Gramophone

7.30 pm
Beverley Minster

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
27th May
2011 Ben Waters Trio - One of world's leading boogie woogie and rock 'n roll piano players. At the age of 35 Ben Waters already has over 3000 gigs under his belt having toured the world with his band and played at countless special events including the Royal Variety Show, friend and mentor Jools Holland's Wedding and Mick Jagger & Jerry Hall’s Christmas Party, as well as performances at the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls.

Ben’s full on, energetic, piano driven rock 'n' roll shows combine the music of his heroes - Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Amos Milburn - with cutting edge original material, and really have to be seen to be believed.

He has shared the stage with some of music's biggest names including Chuck Berry, Ray Davies, Dave Gilmore, The Beach Boys, The Pogues and Shirley Bassey, and is currently working with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. His TV and radio appearances include The Conan O’ Brien Show, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends and BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones Show.

Selby Town Hall
27-30th May
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Ryedale Folk Weekend – Live Music and much more.

Live Music Concerts, workshops, sing-alongs and all round family fun in the fantastic 16th century manor house of Ryedale Folk Museum. A fantastic festival featuring great acoustic singers and musicians in a magnificent and picturesque setting. Guests so far include: Fribo (Scotland/Norway) - Nakaira (Sicily) - Claude Bourbon - Richard Grainger & Chris Parkinson - Brother Crow - Rebekah Findlay - Chris Milner - Landermason - Bob Fortune - Dick Miles - Zoox - Colin Pitts.

For tickets and further information visit www.festivalonthemoor.co.uk Ryedale Folk Museum
28th May
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
28th May
2011 The Ebor Singers present Rachmaninov: Vespers in The Chapter House, York Minster. The Vespers is Rachmaninov's greatest choral work, and probably the finest example of Russian Orthodox choral writing, where music and ritual are fused in to a timeless expression of prayer. 7.30 pm York Minster
28th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

CHORAL WORKSHOP MAGNIFICAT directed by Dr David Allinson

The Magnificat, 'the Song of Mary', attracted some glorious musical settings in the Renaissance. In this workshop we will sing several of the best settings of Mary's canticle, along with motets dedicated to her, from Ave Maria to the Salve Regina. Depending on numbers of participants, we hope to include works by Mouton, Victoria and Byrd. Singers need to be good sight-readers or to have some experience of singing the repertory before.

David Allinson is an experienced choral conductor and early music specialist, working with many professional and amateur choirs.
10.00 am
St Mary’s Church Hall
Beverley

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
28th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Goblins, Witches, Fairies and Plants! Uncover the folk tales and fairy stories linked to herbs and plants on the estate. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
28th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

Pamela Thorby recorder Susanne Heinrich viola da gamba and Peter Seymour harpsichord present PORTRAIT OF AN OLD MASTER

Solos, duos and trio transcriptions, including the exquisite Goldberg Canons by Bach, Abel and Telemann.

Pamela Thorby and Susanne Heinrich were both members of the much-loved Palladian Ensemble for many years and have since gone on to cement their reputations as leading players of their generation with highly acclaimed solo recordings and concert appearances. They are accompanied in this lunchtime recital by York's very own early keyboard master - Peter Seymour.

“Pamela Thorby ... a wonderful artist at her very best: relaxed, stylish, unpredictable and distinctive of tone." Independent on Sunday

12.30 pm
Beverley Minster

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
28th May
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
28th May
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
28th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

BEVERLEY EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHOOLS’ CHORUS directed by Sam Dunkley and Andrew Passmore

We are delighted to join with senior schools across the Riding including Woldgate, Pocklington and St Mary’s College, Hull in a celebration of music including Mozart’s Te Deum and Coronation Mass supported by instrumentalists and soloists from the University of York and the National Centre for Early Music.
4.00 pm
Toll Gavel Methodist Church
Beverley

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
28th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

THE BURNING BUSH -Lucie Skeaping vocals, violin Ben Harlan clarinets Roderick Skeaping violin, rebec Robin Jeffrey oud, laouto, darabukka Jon Banks kanun, cymbalom, accordion Robert Levy double bass present - WHEN THE RABBI SINGS: Early and traditional music from the old Jewish world.

In a feral mix of rapturous klezmer rhythms, heart-tugging Hassidic folk melodies, infectious Ottoman dances, haunting Ladino ballads and Yiddish ghetto songs, The Burning Bush offers 'the original world music' (Guardian), as they trace the movements of Jewish communities throughout the diaspora. Expect to clap, stamp and be moved as England's foremost Jewish music band bring their irresistible magic to Beverley. “An absolute joy - grace, passion and virtuosity” Glasgow Herald
8.00 pm
Toll Gavel Methodist Church
Beverley

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
28th May
2011 Ripley Blues present ADRIAN BYRON BURNS + LUCY ZIRINS Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
28-30th May
2011 Castle Howard presents - Myths and Monsters Storytelling

Listen to Castle Howard’s magical tales from myths and legends. Follow the monster trail through the grounds... but beware you never know who or what you may meet along the way! All activities are included in your entry to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
28-30th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Get Medieval. Join the costumed re-enactors around their medieval encampment. Watch and take part in activities and demonstrations based on 15th century life. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
28-30th May
2011 The Red Wyvern Society Journey back to the 15th Century during the Wars of the Roses - A recreation of a medieval campsite within the castle grounds.

See the garrison demonstrate their arms and armour. 10.00 am - 6.00 pm (Sunday 12 noon - 6.00pm)

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
28th May -
3rd June
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Cooking in White Cottage – How Granny used to make it.

How Granny Used to Make It cooking week. Cooking traditional food in the traditional way. Join in and sample some of the delicious end products! Ryedale Folk Museum
28th May -
11th June
2011 Swaledale Festival - The best music festival in Britain brings a heady mix of concerts to chapels and churches, village halls and pubs, castles and barns in the glorious northern Yorkshire Dales. And talks; and exhibitions; and guided walks...

In 2010 we hosted top-class classical musicians including Emma Kirkby, Peter Donohoe, Red Priest, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and Natalie Clein, as well as the prize-winning Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, saxophonist Snake Davis, Riverdance star Niamh Ni Charra and Reeth Lecturer Brian Sewell.

2011 is shaping up wonderfully, with -

Adel Salameh Trio – Top-class Palestinian ‘oud player weaves magical rhythms and exotic melodies. (Grinton)
Alexander Markov – Astonishing young performer, Gold Medallist in the Paganini Competition, gives a violin masterclass. (Aysgarth)
Arioso - Performing in the restored Gayle Mill, on period instruments, Arioso introduce music from the period 1770-80, when the Mill was built. (Gayle)
Bands galore on their home turf - Leyburn Band, Muker Silver Band (two gigs), Reeth Brass or Hawes Silver Prize Brass Band.
Buddug Verona James - The Independent’s “glorious mezzo-soprano”; hugely popular when she last appeared at the Festival. (Aysgarth)
David Gordon – Multi-talented keyboard player, last seen at the Festival playing baroque harpsichord, now on solo jazz piano. (Arkengarthdale)
Fretwork viol ensemble, with Jacob Heringman lute, and Iestyn Davies counter-tenor – Famous names in the glorious Renaissance music sound-world. (Grinton)
Hut People – This folk duo has brought the house down for the last two years. (Easby)
Kathryn Tickell - One of the biggest names in folk brings her mesmerising Northumbrian pipes and fiddle to the Zetland Centre. (Richmond)
Leon Bosch (double bass with piano) – Virtuoso bassist, who makes his instrument sing. (Arkengarthdale)
London Concertante with Alexander Markov (violin) – Major chamber orchestra returns to the Festival, with explosive young violin soloist. (Grinton)
Loyd Grossman gives the 2011 Reeth Lecture, as Chairman of the Churches Conservation Trust - he’ll no doubt pepper his talk with saucy comments. (Reeth)
Mark Bebbington (piano) - A skilful and persuasive advocate for 20th-century British piano music. (Aysgarth)
Martin Taylor – Legendary jazz guitarist who has partnered Stéphane Grappelli, Yehudi Menuhin, George Harrison and Chet Atkins. (Grinton)
Michael Brough on piano and organ, and Lucy Downer on clarinets – Perfect music for a summer afternoon (Arkengarthdale)
Mooncalf Theatre – Richmond student actors who have attracted rave reviews for performances at the last two Festivals.
Northern Sinfonia – World-class local orchestra returns to Richmond from The Sage. (St Mary’s, Richmond)
Patricia Hammond (mezzo) and Michael Brough (piano) – “Patricia Hammond, our listeners are desperate to hear you again.” - BBC Radio 3. (Arkengarthdale)
People Show - Legendary theatre group in The Detective Show. Someone’s been murdered, but there’s no body, no motive... (Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond)
Reg Vardy Band – 32-time North of England Regional Champion Band.(Grinton)
Richmond Youth Theatre – Alan Plater’s irreverent Elizabethan comedy, set in an East End pub. (Hawes)
Simon Armitage - A Yorkshire poet with a huge reputation on the world stage reads from his own poems. (Gunnerside)
Skampa String Quartet – The first Quartet in Residence at the Wigmore Hall visits the Festival for what will be two world-class recitals. (Barnard Castle and Grinton)
Swale Singers – Popular local choral society, well established in the Dales communities. (Grinton)
Young Artists Platform - catch these future stars now! A guitar/cello duo, a cello/harp duo, a saxophone quartet and a solo pianist.
ZUM - Ground-breaking world fusion: wild gypsy fiddling, Celtic lament and hot-blooded tango. Ever-popular Festival visitors. (Grinton) Swaledale Festival
29th May
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29th May
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - Shepherd Concert Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
29th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

LUCIE SKEAPING with Robin Jeffrey lute, cittern present - HAVE I GOT NEWS FORTHEE!: An illustrated lecture on the broadside ballads of 17th century England.

Comical, political, scandalous or just plain lewd, Broadside Ballads were both the pop songs and the tabloid press of their day. Featuring everything from political comment and religion to royal gossip, remedies, racism, sex or the latest celebrity hanging, they were printed in their thousands and set to some of the most delightful tunes England has ever produced - and reveal a world remarkably similar to our own.
3.00 pm
St Mary’s Church Hall
Beverley

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
29th May
2011 The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival - The Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival remains one of the cultural landmarks of the East Riding of Yorkshire, utilizing the remarkable ecclesiastical architecture of the region to present an annual festival embracing some of the world's finest early music specialists.

Faye Newton soprano Pamela Thorby recorder Susanna Pell viol Jacob Heringman lute present - A MUSES GARDEN.

Four leading lights in the early music world present a springtime and garden-themed concert suitably uplifting and celebratory! Works to delight the senses include songs by Thomas Morley, Robert Jones, Thomas Campion with instrumental pieces by Jacob Van Eyck, Tobias Hume and John Dowland. “Jacob Heringman .... effortless control of tone and sense of musical direction . . . it could not be more convincingly presented”. BBC Music Magazine
7.30 pm
St James’ Church
Warter YO42 lXY

Beverley and East Riding Early Music Festival
29/30th May
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Trailblazers - Another chance to see the trailblazers in action at our fort demonstrating the cowboy way of life. Why not get dressed up and join them for some rootin’ and tootin’.

Murton Park
29/30th May
2011 Yorkshire Game Fair - Country pursuits for town and country folk alike!
Harewood House
30th May
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
1st June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole. Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into the Cellars and attics of a great Georgian mansion and a mediaeval house off of Micklegate; and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
1st June
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'The Gardens in Summer'.

A guided tour of the Museum Gardens with the Garden Manager, to look at the summer horticultural highlights.

2.00 - 3.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
1st June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Jewish Heritage Trail. A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Remembering the dreadful massacre of the Jews at Clifford's Tower, where the walk ends. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
1st June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1st June
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
2nd June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Premium Monumental Tour with the Curator

This circuit walk covers the heart of Castle Howard's famous 18th-century landscape taking in the Avenue, Gatehouse, Mock Fortifications, Pyramid, Mausoleum, and Temple, with exclusive access to these buildings.

The tour is lead by Castle Howard Curator, Dr Christopher Ridgway and includes lunch in the Grecian Hall.

This tour lasts around 2-21/2 hrs and some parts of the walk are over uneven ground so sensible footwear is recommended. The cost of this tour includes a two-course lunch with wine, plus admission to the house and grounds.

 

Castle Howard
2nd June
2011 Wetherby Races Wetherby
Racecourse
2-5th June
2011 The Georgian Fair - A recreation of the hustle and bustle of a Georgian Spring Fair at Beamish.
Enjoy a short, guided walk through the Georgian landscape, see labourers at work in the fields and the workers for hire. Watch traditional craftsmen demonstrating their skills and meet the trinket sellers and strolling entertainers.

A fantastic family day out. There is no extra charge for this event, admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Beamish Museum
3rd June
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - Of Broom stars, Small Moons and Rings by Paul Money, Boston Astronomers. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
3rd June
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
3rd June
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - French choir Melodie en Retz' performing. Ryedale Folk Museum
3rd June
2011 Wilko Johnson - When rock'n'roll was shaken from its pre-punk complacency by the emergence of Dr. Feelgood, it was their guitarist, Wilko Johnson, who excited most attention, not only his astonishing stage performances but also for his guitar style which combined the roles of lead and rhythm in driving riffs and a stuttering machine gun frenzy.

As a songwriter too, from early Feelgood favourites like 'Back in the Night' to the power and poetry of 'Dr. Dupree', he has proved himself one of the best and most original exponents of rhythm 'n' blues styles this side of the Atlantic.

In the 70s, Wilko influenced everyone from The Clash and The Jam to Blondie and The Ramones. After leaving Dr. Feelgood, he went on to front his own three piece whilst also entering the ranks of Ian Dury's brilliant Blockheads. Now joined by fellow Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy on bass and Dylan Howe on drums, Wilko's manic brilliance continues to reach new levels.

Selby Town Hall
3-5th June
2011 Craft Fair – Newby Hall’s Craft Fair has a vibrant, friendly atmosphere which creates a pleasurable shopping experience and, with a whole host of entertainment for the family, we aim to provide a great day out. Live Crafts offers visitors the chance to meet the makers, see them at work and purchase some of the finest examples of British Art, Craft, Fashion & Design.

A delicious food court is definitely an essential ingredient to every Craft Show. Our resident chef will be on hand in the cookery theatre with demonstrations throughout the day, followed by a question & answer session should you need to know more. Other demonstrations will include Beer, Wine & Cognac tasting which is a great excuse (should you need one) to try before you buy!

 

 

Newby Hall
and Gardens
3-25th June
2011 York Theatre Royal presents My Family and other Animals By Gerald Durrell

Corfu, 1935 - Leave the grey skies of England behind and enjoy this new adaptation of a much-loved book that has never lost its appeal from generation to generation.

Gerald Durrell looks back at his unconventional upbringing on the sun-soaked island of Corfu with his eccentric family in a landscape rich in natural and cultural life.

Enjoying a life of freedom and adventure, Gerald is intrepid in his pursuit of an extraordinary array of exotic animals and reptiles that lead to his life-long love of the natural world.

The wry observations of a curious young boy do not stop at the animal kingdom, but also offer a richly comic view of the hilarious encounters of his bohemian family, their friends and the local population.

Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell them apart. My family and the animals, that is. I don't know why my brothers and sisters complain so much. With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch table, our house, on the island of Corfu, is a bit like a circus. So they should feel right at home.

York Theatre Royal
4th June
2011 The Yorkshire Museum presents - 'Watercolour Landscapes'.

Learn tips and techniques used for producing landscapes in watercolour. Through tutor presentation and demonstrations, practical exercises and individual guidance, you will cover areas such as: Washes for Skies; Creating Clouds; The Importance of Tone; Scale & Placement; Mixing Greens; Painting Trees; and handy tips to produce Buildings in Perspective. By the end of the day you will have removed some of the mystery of watercolour but none of the magic.

Pre-booking Essential. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
4th June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour. Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
4th June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
4th June
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Lunar Saxophone Quartet play -

Philip Glass: String Quartet No.3 (Mishima)
Peter Reynolds: Head of Brass
Chick Corea: Children's Songs
Gabriel Jackson: LM7
David Lancaster: New Work
Keith Tippett: Four Whispers for Archie's Chair
Michael Nyman: Songs for Tony
Richard Rodney Bennett: Saxophone Quartet

Pre-concert talk by Peter Reynolds at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
4th June
2011 The Chanticleer Singers present a Filey Festival Concert. With Keyboard: Chris Welch.

The choir pays a return visit to this lively festival, with music sacred and profane, from the seventeenth century to present day. 7.30 pm Filey Methodist Church

Chanticleer Singers
4/5th June
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - City of York Folk Weekend 2011.

Line-up still to be confirmed, check website
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
4/5th June
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - World War II Weekend – 1940s re-enactments on site all weekend. Also featuring a 1940s dance on Saturday evening with music and entertainment.

The Museums' annual event returns - bigger than ever with 1940s re-enactments on site all weekend. Gain an insight into life in Britain during these eventful times. This year there will also be a 1940s dance on Saturday evening with music, food and entertainment. Don't forget to buy your ticket for the evening event. Ryedale Folk Museum
5th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Canines at the Castle

Bring your four legged friend to take part in our fun dog show and dog agility display. Watch the professionals in action in the main ring as they showcase dog agility, sheep dog trials and other working dog displays. Take home a photo portrait of your dog; as well as learn more about nutrition, grooming and all things canine! All activities are included in your entry to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
5th June
2012 FULL RAILWAY GUIDED TOURS - Visit behind the scenes of our Railway with one of our experienced guides. These popular tours take you behind the scenes of the railway, into all the nooks and crannies that look so tempting but are labelled ‘staff only’ on those nice red and white signs. Besides visiting the stations, and learning more about the Railway in general, you will visit, to the otherwise very off limits, Engine shed and workshops where we house, maintain and restore our locomotives, the Carriage shed and workshops where we house and renovate our rolling stock; you will learn about the fascinating history of our unique branch-line, visit every station (except Damems, there just isn’t time!) and see into odd, tantalising corners that others miss.

These tours are walking and train based and require lots of energy and stamina. Experience indicates that regrettably they are not suitable for those with any mobility problems. Tours start at 11.00 am at Haworth Station and cost £29.50 includes a Rover ticket for travel before and after the tour, light refreshments and a packed lunch. Additional dates can be arranged for groups of 10+. Full details and bookings phone 01535 645214.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
5th June
2011 Classic Car Rally - The East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club is holding its 7th rally in the spectacular grounds of Burton Constable Hall and on show this year will be cars and motorcycles covering every decade, this promises to be a great day for all the family.

Gates open approximatley 12 noon and presentations commence around 3.30 pm depending on the weather.

Burton Constable Hall
5th June
2011 Porsche Rally - Car rally with up to 500 Porsches...
Harewood House
5th June
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Julian Richer Jazz Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
5th June
2011 Plant, Book and Craft Fair - Plant, book and craft stalls in the Walled Garden. 1.00-5.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
7th June
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'St William of York'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
7th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Evening Mausoleum Tour with the Curator

Visit the most mysterious building in the Castle Howard landscape at twilight, and enjoy champagne and canapes in the Temple of the Four Winds.

Led by the Castle Howard Curator, this evening tour takes you across the landscape to the Mausoleum where generations of the Howard family are buried in the vaults beneath the spectacular chapel. As part of the tour, enjoy champagne and canapés in the Temple of the Four Winds which is not normally open to the public.

This tour last approximately 3 hrs and some parts of the walk are over uneven ground so sensible footwear is recommended. For more information or to book please call 01653 648621

 

Castle Howard
7th June
2011 Town & Gown Public Lecture Series - The Town & Gown Public Lecture series brings together York St John University's eminent academics, high profile speakers and the community for a series of lectures to be enjoyed by all.

Today - 'Motivation in youth sport: From delight to the dark side' with Professor Howard Hall, Inaugural Lecture

York St John University

Town & Gown Lectures
7th June
2011 An afternoon with the Head Gardener - Learn about the history of the walled garden and go behind the scenes of the award winning gardens with the Head Gardener. 1.30 pm. Pre-booking essential.
Burton Agnes Hall
8th June
2011 Ensemble 452 present -

CPE Bach from Six Sonatas for Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano
Mozart Quintet in E flat K.452
Mendelssohn Concertpiece op. 113 arr. Clarinet, Bassoon and Piano
Beethoven Quintet in E flat op. 16

Ensemble 452 brings together young performers already making their mark on the European period instrument scene as members of various ‘early’ music orchestras including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Academy of Ancient Music. In this programme they bring the freshness, clarity and character of historicallyinformed performance to music ranging from the early Classical era to the early Romantic style of Mendelssohn. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
8th June
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Ornamental Gardening

Wild Gardens for Small Gardens with Jo Makin. Find out how to overcome the challenge of a small garden to create naturalistic perennial plantings and flowery meads. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
8th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th June
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
9th June
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
9-11th June
2011 York Opera present - Trial By Jury.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s earliest surviving comic opera collaboration, Trial By Jury is a parody of Victorian judges and the legal system. National Centre
for Early Music
York Opera
9-12th June
2011 Continental Market - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
9/10th June
2011 University Jazz Orchestra with guests from the Julian Argüelles Octet - For this special two-night residency in the intimacy of the Rymer Auditorium, the University of York Jazz Orchestra is joined by drummer Martin France and saxophonist/ composer Julian Argüelles to play music from Julian’s acclaimed ‘Momenta’ project. In awarding this project four stars in the Guardian, John Fordham observed that these ‘rich orchestral arrangements... belong on the Gil Evans/Maria Schneider axis’ and are ‘testament to Argüelles’s growing stature on the playing and composing fronts’. This is a not-to-be-missed chance to hear Julian’s distinctive compositional voice expanded to the big band setting. 7.30 pm

Rymer Auditorium
UoY

York Concerts
10th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30 am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
10/11th June
2011 The June Meeting - including The sportingbet.com Stakes and The Macmillan Charity Raceday. York Racecourse
10/11th June
2011 The Pickering 60s Festival - The Pickering 60s Festival event is held over 2 days of which the main attraction is live sixties music from both headline and local bands. Other activities include a parade of classic sixties vehicles, fancy dress, period hairstyling, memorabilia stalls, kiddies rides and much more. During the evening on each day of the event there is a local 60s tribute band in each Public House in Pickering. Simply pick your place and carry on the celebrations into the following morning, this year featuring The Persuaders. Pickering 60s Festival
10-12th June
2012 Rock and Rail’ Music Festival 2011

Rock and Rail is a new event held at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. With over 20 bands playing, Rock and Rail will showcase a fantastic array of Rock, Pop and Indie music.

Our Main stage will be at Oxenhope Station in our Exhibition Hall. We will also have bands performing on our trains.

Festival opening times will be:
Friday 1700- Midnight
Saturday 1100- Midnight
Sunday 1100-1900

An intensive train service will be available right through the weekend with a mixture of steam locomotives and heritage diesel traction.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
11th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - The SWEATSHOP and ASICS Castle Howard Trail Races 2011.

The Welburn Community Primary School PTA and The Castle Howard Estate would once again like to invite athletes and fun runners to one of the most popular and scenic 10k and 6k Trail races in The UK.

With 500 competitors in the 2010 10k event alone this is a major event for both club runners, recreational joggers and those wishing to set themselves new personal goals.

Castle Howard has hosted this event for the past 4 years and has helped to raise funds for its local primary school which stands less than 2 miles from the house itself. The school serves the communities which surround Castle Howard. The event also offers a children's 1k fun run which takes place on the beautiful lawns to the North of the House.

The main races, which commence at 1000hrs on Saturday 12th June 2010 (6k Trail Race) and 1115hrs (10k Trail Race), take in all of the monuments located around the extended grounds of Castle Howard and finishes on the lawns between the House and the spectacular Great Lake.

This event, now in its fifth running, grows in popularity year on year. There can be no better setting for a gently undulating run on tracks and well marked footpaths anywhere in The North of England.

 

Castle Howard
11th June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
11th June
2011 Haydn - The Creation

York Musical Society Chorus & Orchestra and the Choir of York Minster present The Creation, perhaps the most joyful and uplifting choral work ever written, which offers perfect listening for a summer's evening. Founded in 1765, York Musical Society (YMS) is the oldest Musical Society in England. 7.30 pm
York Minster
11th June
2011 York Cantores present -

English Romantic Part Songs, including Elgar, Pearsall and Stanford 8.00 pm
St. Olave's Church,
Marygate
York Cantores
11th June
2011 RHS Harlow Carr Workshops with the theme - Ornamental Gardening

Wild Gardens and Naturalistic Planting with Jo Makin. Find out how to create and maintain different types of meadow and how to use herbaceous perennials to create a ‘wild’ effect. 10.00 am - 4.00 pm RHS Harlow Carr Workshops
11th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
11th June
2011 Ripley Blues present HOKIE JOINT + DAVE ARCARI Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
11/12th June
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Swinging Sixties.

Step back to the swinging 60s with a mix of period locomotives, vehicles and live music at stations along the railway. Featuring Shadows Music & Shazam with Ian Geast performing at Levisham.
NYMR
11/12th June
2011 Gardeners’ Fair - The Gardeners' Fair is a summer celebration gardening. 11.00 - 5.00 pm

Burton Agnes Hall
11/12th June
2011 Yorkshire Vintage Association – The Yorkshire Vintage Association will be holding their annual rally at Newby for the fourth time on 11th and 12th June 2011. A huge array of tractors and other machinery demonstrate the mechanised farming practices commonplace in the countryside of yesteryear.

This year’s rally will also exhibit one of the finest displays of Turner Yeoman tractors and products.

Newby Hall
and Gardens
12th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - English Architecture at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Find out more on a guided tour which examines the succession of great architecture at this World Heritage Site. Includes: The Abbey, Fountains Hall, buildings of the Water Garden, Studley Stables, Choristers House, St Mary's Church and the Visitor Centre. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
12th June
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Classic MG Car Rally. The Museum gets a great selection of classic MG cars on site. Ryedale Folk Museum
12th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Pentecost Service. An ecumenical service in St Mary's Church. Everyone welcome. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
13th June
2011 The Chapter House Choir - Evensong

The choir will sing Evensong in the Minster on Monday June 13 2011 at the usual time of 5.15pm
Chapter House Choir
14th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
14th June
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
15th June
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Here comes the bride'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
15th June
2011 The English Pastoral Tradition by The University Chamber Choir.

Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor
Howells Requiem
Tippett Five Negro Spirituals (from A Child of Our Time)

Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G minor is full of the rich harmonies associated with the composer in his most ‘English summertime’ moments, but the origins of the piece are also, as with Howells’ Requiem, in the revival of English polyphony and with Vaughan Williams’ identification of his music with ‘the imperishable glories of English prose’. Howells composed his highly atmospheric Requiem in 1932 in memory of his young son but only allowed publication in 1980 since when it has become a much-loved part of the choral repertoire.

Tippett’s Five Negro Spirituals were originally used rather like Bach’s chorales – as the listener’s response to the action of the oratorio – but, in this unaccompanied format, make a highly effective choral suite. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
15th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15/16th June
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
16th June
2011 York Art Gallery Curator's Talks - ‘William Etty R.A.: York's Controversial Artist’ - Dr Sarah Burnage, the researcher behind our major exhibition of Etty's paintings, talks about the man and his work. 12.30-1.00 pm Curator's talks are FREE of charge and there is no need to book. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
16th June
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Musicians 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
16th June
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
16-19th June
2011 The Willowman Festival 2011 - Fantastic music, fun things for the kids, good food, arts & crafts and loads of other stuff.

Our Main Stage features some of the most popular festival bands with all styles of music catered for. There's an Acoustic Stage in the Beer Tent, the Reggae Sound System Tent, a Healing Area, Spiritualists, Workshops, plus other attractions.

Willowman Festival
17th June
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - 402 years of the telescope - From sight tube to modern mountain top astronomy by Dr Jürgen Schmoll, Durham University.

This presentation is about the history of the telescope and spans from the invention of the first designs to the whole evolution of the telescope from an astronomical point of view, with covering their development in size as well as in wavelength range. At the end is a short outlook to modern developments as the next generation of space telescopes or the extremely large telescopes on Earth. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
17-25th June
2011 The Northern Aldborough Festival 2011 - With artists of the calibre of the Hallé Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Elizabeth Watts and Madeleine Mitchell, The Northern Aldborough Festival 2011 promises to be one of the most memorable yet!

The Times recently endorsed the festival as being 'well on its way to being one of the leading fixtures on the classical music calendar'.

17 June, 6.30pm - Hallé Orchestra Opera Gala @ Radcliffe Room, Rudding Park

18 June, 7.30pm Madeleine Mitchell and Noriko Ogawa @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

19 June, 10.00am Violin Masterclass (Madeleine Mitchell) @ Creskeld Hall, Arthington

20 June, 7.00pm Carnival of the Animals @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

21 June, 11.00am Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion) @ Stockeld Park, Wetherby

21 June, 7.30pm Elizabeth Watts and Simon Lepper @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

22 June, 7.00pm Alessandro Taverna @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

23 June, 11.00am Andrew Maginley (Lutanist) @ Old Sleningford, North Stainley

24 June, 7.30pm sonic.art (Saxophone Quartet) @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

25 June, 11.00am Juliette Bausor and Tim Horton @ Bramham Park, Wetherby

25 June, 7.30pm Summer Serenade @ St Andrew's Church, Aldborough

26 June, from 6.00pm Pop Goes the 80s and HYJO @ The Grounds of Aldborough Manor

The Northern Aldborough Festival
17th June
2011 The Greatest Story Ever Told? - New York Mystery Plays

Students from the Department of Music present 21st century creative responses to the medieval cycle of York Mystery Plays. Realisations of music from the time of the original plays combine with video and cross-media artwork in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the modern revival of the Plays in the 1951 Festival of Britain. 7.30 pm
National Centre
for Early Music

York Concerts
17th June
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - 402 years of the telescope - From sight tube to modern mountain top astronomy by Dr Jürgen Schmoll, Durham University

This presentation is about the history of the telescope and spans from the invention of the first designs to the whole evolution of the telescope from an astronomical point of view, with covering their development in size as well as in wavelength range. At the end is a short outlook to modern developments as the next generation of space telescopes or the extremely large telescopes on Earth. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
17th June -
2nd July
2011 Grassington Festival... A Blooming Marvellous Festival of Delights!

Have you ever imagined a secret magical garden full of hidden treasures? Where you wished you could stay forever?

Well, take that image and enlarge it. Then scatter in some world class music and arts, transplant it to one of the prettiest places in the Yorkshire Dales and you’re starting to get a picture of what lies in store as Grassington Festival provides a bouquet of delights in the summer of 2011.

The programme comes into flower on Friday 17th June with a carnival parade - announcing the arrival of a colourful fortnight of music, theatre, comedy, film and visual arts.

And that’s just the beginning of a programme packed with famous faces, budding stars and lots of surprises. And the best thing about it is...the garden gates are open to everyone!

‘Art & About’ is the visual arts element of the Festival. For 2011 we are celebrating Grassington in Bloom with a botanical theme, colourful scenery and some big surprises.

The Fringe: A place where anything goes and, unlike the main programme, there are no selection criteria other than enthusiasm. It’s a place where you’ll find diversely brilliant artists and quirky treats.

Photo Gallery: The 30th Anniversary Grassington Festival saw a wide range of artists showcase their talents. Our photo gallery has highlights including The Proclaimers and Ross Noble...

World Record: To honour Grassington Festival’s 30th birthday in 2010 we set a new world record...As part of our Art & About programme we created the longest stretch of bunting in the world.

 

 

Grassington Festival
18th June
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
18th June
2011 York Art Gallery workshops - Landscapes in Oil

Paint a landscape in oils, inspired by the David Hockney exhibition, with artist Emma Cooper. Participants will be required to bring some materials. To book a place, phone 01904 554277. 10.00 am - 3.00 pm

York Art Gallery
18th June
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
18th June
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - ‘Recruiting, Retribution and Redemption' by Peter Simkins. In this talk Peter will examine the nature of the original ‘Bantam’ experiment in 1914-15 and the reasons for its ultimate failure. He will then discuss the causes and effects of the poor performance of the 35th Division on the Somme during 1916. Finally Peter will look at its major reorganisation at the end of 1916 and the Division’s eventual redemption in the fighting of 1918. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
18th June
2011 The Academy of St Olave's play -

NIELSEN The Fog is Lifting
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on Greensleeves
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No.2, Op.126 with soloist: Heather Tuach - Fitzwilliam String Quartet
PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op.25 Classical
8.00 pm
St Olave's Church
Marygate
The Academy of St Olave's
18th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Present and Absent - English Architecture at Fountains Abbey. Join a tour and discover more about the building of Fountains Abbey and its architecture over 400 years. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
18th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Folk Tales and Folk Cures. Find out how our ancestors used wild herbs to cure their ills and why washing was never put out to dry on a lone hawthorn tree! Meet at Swanley Grange. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
18/19th June
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Father’s Day Vintage Transport Rally - A perfect father’s day treat: the museum will play host to a variety of vintage vehicles including members of Friends of Ferguson Heritage and their collection of Ferguson tractors and cars from the North East Club for Pre-War Austins. Come and ride the Derwent Valley Light Railway and see what train travel was like in grandfather’s day! Why not do some home front baking and learn how to put out an incendiary bomb in our World War Two activities?

Murton Park
18/19th June
2011 Father's Day Classic Car Rally - Treat Dad to a great Dad's day out!

Harewood House
18/19th June
2011 The Museum of British Folklore – A weekend of fun and frivolity based around British folklore, myth and ritual. Newby Hall
and Gardens
18th June -
10th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Photographic Exhibition - Northern Landscapes. Yorkshire photographer Chris Ceaser hosts an exhibition of his recent work. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
19th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - The Harrison Trek for Children in Nepal

Join a beautiful walk on the estate for all ages and abilities and help raise money for children in Nepal. Back at “base camp” meet soldiers from the Ghurka regiment; try their delicious cooking and maybe purchase a souvenir from a range of ethnic craft stalls. For more information please call Colin Culley on 01751 460250

 

Castle Howard
19th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - The Wind in the Willows, outdoor theatre performance

Cambridge Touring theatre brings this magical outdoor performance to Castle Howard. The tales of the river bank are brought to life in this outdoor adventure.

Tickets must be pre-booked at cost £14.50 for adults and £10.50 which includes grounds admission to Castle Howard.

There will also be a 30 minute children’s workshop prior to the performance, for which the tickets are an additional £5.00. Tickets go on sale from 1st April, for more details or to purchase tickets please call 01653 648623.

 

Castle Howard
19th June
2011 The North Yorkshire County Show - The 33rd North Yorkshire County Show will be held at Otterington Hall, between Northallerton and Thirsk from 8.00 am.

There will be many exciting displays and demonstrations at the Show, plus a whole range of of Main Ring Attractions, Bungee Trampolines, Traction Engines, Classic Cars and Motorcycles, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry, Rabbits and Ferrets, Children's Inflatables, Country Pursuits, Driving Classes, Horticulture and Produce, Arts, Crafts, Photography, and the Yorkshire Country Women's Association & Children's Classes.

Also at the show will be the Yorkshire Food Marquee, Craft Marquee, a wide variety of Trade Stands, and on-site Catering including Ice Cream, and a Real Ale Bar.

 

North Yorkshire County Show
19th June
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The East Riding of Yorkshire Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
21st June
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'The Summer Solstice'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
21st June
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
21st June
2011 Tony Christie - Tony Christie and his nine piece band perform his hits including… Is This The Way To Amarillo, I Did What I Did For Maria, In The Avenues & Alleyways (theme from The Protectors), Las Vegas, Walk Like A Panther, Solitaire plus songs from his critically acclaimed album Made in Sheffield and his brand new album including the new singles Nobody In The World and Now’s The Time. 8.00 pm
Pocklington Arts Centre
22nd June
2011 University Choir and Symphony Orchestra present -

Mozart Mass in C minor K.427
Beethoven Symphony no 9 ‘Choral’ op.125

The combined forces of the University Choir and Orchestra provide a rare opportunity to hear a live performance of Beethoven’s massive Choral Symphony and its fourth movement setting of Schiller’s An die Freude (Ode to Joy) for chorus and solo team.

First performed in Salzburg in 1783, the ‘Great’ Mass in C minor remained incomplete at Mozart’s death but nevertheless works wonderfully as a concert piece. It shows the pomp and solemnity of Salzburg traditions at this time and yet looks forward to Haydn’s symphony-masses as well as to Mozart’s operas. 7.30 pm

York Minster

 

York Concerts
22nd June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
23rd June
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Dramatists 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
23rd June
2011 York Castle Museum event - 'In Focus – A Snapshot of the Photography Collection'.

Some of the first images of York were taken by pioneering photographer Fox Talbot in 1845. Since the invention of the camera, photographs have become part of everyday life, recording the ordinary and extraordinary. Discover some of the evocative images in the collection from humorous magic lantern slides, to carefully posed and cased studio portraits. Pre-booking requested. 1.30 pm York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
24th June
2011 The Chimera Ensemble - Chimera concludes the year with a promenade performance around the University of York music department, to include music by the late Mauricio Kagel. 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
24th June
2011 Richard Grainger in concert.

Middlesbrough born Richard Grainger is a guitarist, singer, songwriter, writer and entertainer. His musical plays include Eye of the Wind (the tale of the explorer James Cook); The Journey Home – a rewrite of Homer’s Odyssey and The Moorland Whalers - the story of the Yorkshire Whaling Industry. His recent album, War Horse was hailed as ‘a classic folk album that will stand the test of time’ folkradio.co.uk.

Reeth Memorial Hall
24-26th June
2011 Twelfth Night - An outdoor promenade comedy by William Shakespeare. A professional presentation by Dean Taylor Associates. This will be their sixth year at Skipton Castle.

"Perfect Entertainment when Dean Taylor Productions take to the lawns" - Bolton Evening News

Come early, buy or bring a picnic, relax and enjoy the most hilarious of Shakespeare's plays in wonderful outdoor settings.

Please note that we advise you to bring your own seating and to bring umbrellas and wear warm clothing in the event of rain.

Friday 24 June Skipton Castle 2.00 pm and 7.00 pm

Saturday 25 June Skipton Castle 2.00 pm and 7.00pm

Sunday 26 June Skipton Castle 2.00 pm only

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
24th June 2011 -
22nd January
2012 William Etty: Art and Controversy - This major exhibition of works by York-born artist William Etty RA (1787 - 1849) will be the first comprehensive reassessment of his art for more than 50 years.

The exhibition will include more than 100 works by this important and long-neglected artist: from the studies he produced in the life class through to some of his most important large-scale history paintings.

York Art Gallery
25th June
2011 York Art Gallery Figuring it out! - A day of practical drawing and painting with reference to portraying the human figure and setting, including composition, perspectives, tonal effects and structural essentials. Suitable for all abilities. Led by OCA Tutor Stephen Court. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
25th June
2011 YORKSHIRE BACH CHOIR present - Bach

Cantata 80 Ein Feste Burg
Cantata 131 Aus der Tiefe rufe ich
Lutheran Mass in G BWV236

We conclude the season with one of Bach’s four exquisite smaller-scale Latin masses, setting the words of the Kyrie and Gloria, alongside two great cantatas. Cantata 131 has a sombre intensity in its setting of the psalm 130 (Out of the deep) whilst the great Reformation Cantata (no 80) Ein feste Burg is one of the most famous of Bach’s cantatas and is based on the great affirmative chorale possibly composed by Luther himself.
Pre-booking Essential. 7.30 pm
St Michael le Belfrey Church

Yorkshire Bach Choir
25th June
2011 Beckett in Music -

John Tilbury Cascando (2001) and Three Late Poems of Samuel Beckett (2010)
Martin Iddon head down among the stems and bells (European premiere)
Damien Harron what is the word (world premiere)

Samuel Beckett, one of the great writers of the 20th century, has had a huge influence on composers of recent decades. This performance celebrates that relationship with four diverse and colourful responses to Beckett’s texts by John Tilbury, one of the most consistently inventive pianists around, by composer and virtuoso percussionist Damion Harron, and by Leeds-based composer Martin Iddon. 4.00 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
25th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Wildflowers of the Water Garden. Come and discover the beautiful hidden wildflowers in the Water Garden. Bring your camera! Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
25/26th June
2011 YORK CYCLE SHOW 2011 - There will something for all cyclists at this great weekend cycling festival.

Trade Show & Exhibition. Arena Events. Extensive Catering & Bar. CTC National Rally & Camping Weekend. Saturday Organised Rides from 20miles to 150km. Stunt Show, Cyclists' Service at the Minster and Grand Parade through the city. Childrens' entertainments. Cycle Club displays. Veteran Cycles. Saturday Night on-site musical entertainment & more.
York Racecourse

York Cycle Show
25/26th June
2011 Model Festival - Boats, trains and fighter planes... make your own models too!
Harewood House
26th June
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Chipchase and Aydon Castles - two romantic sites in Northumberland.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
26th June
2011 York Art Gallery Taster Workshop for Adult Learners Week - Take a closer look at the art on display in the gallery and have a go at creating your own work of art. Suitable for absolute beginners. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
26th June
2011 Christopher Crowe and the Grand Tour - Christopher Crowe introduces his Italian art purchases to their new home. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
26th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Cup, White Rose Polo Championship

Come and watch the White Rose Polo team battle it out against teams from across the country. A limited number of VIP tickets including exclusive catering will be available, plus picnic tickets with a prime viewing spot. Alternatively spectator only tickets for Castle Howard visitors. For more information please call 01430 875767

 

Castle Howard
29th June
2011 The Sir Jack Lyons Concert - The annual Sir Jack Lyons Concert showcases some of the best student performances of the year and features a new piece by postgraduate composer Christopher Leedham, recipient of the 2010 Lyons Celebration Award which invites responses to Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

As well as the famous orchestral version of the Chichester Psalms, Leonard Bernstein prepared a version for smaller forces – soloist, choir, organ, harp, and percussion. Taking inspiration from this unusual instrumental ensemble, Christopher Leedham’s new work – a personal reflection on Bernstein’s piece – will set other, related spiritual and sacred texts 7.30 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Concerts
29th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Navigation Skills.

A 1-day basic navigation skills course at Fountains Abbey.

Step out with confidence in 2011
- Understand an OS map
- Learn how to use a compass
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Stay safe on the hills
- Feel more confident in the outdoors

Course includes:
- Full day's navigation skills at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
- Free entry for the day to Fountains Abbey
- Tea / Coffee in the morning
- OS Map and compass for use during the course
- Use of our Berghaus gear if required.
- Course notes

Over 18s only. Booking essential, telephone 01423 871750. Please bring your own walking boots and packed lunch. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29th June
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29th June
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
30th June
2011 Bootham School present - A Programme of Free Lunchtime Events held in the beautifully restored Georgian Recital Room.

Today - Student Orators 12.40 pm
The Recital Room

Bootham School Recitals pdf
30th June
2011 Castle Howard presents - Walk Ten for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Join Hundreds of people for a twilight 10K walk this summer and raise money for your local Marie Curie Nurses. Take part in Walk Ten for Marie Curie Cancer Care, bring a picnic and enjoy the festival-like atmosphere with entertainment for the whole family.

Starts at 6.30 pm

Registration is £10.00 per person and includes a free T-Shirt. Participants are asked to raise at least £50.00 in sponsorship.

 

Castle Howard
30th June
2011 History Talk with our Head Guide Pauline Waslin - Held in the Dining Room at Burton Agnes Hall. Pauline Waslin will give a talk about the life and times of an Elizabethan home. 2.00 pm
Burton Agnes Hall
30th June -
23rd July
2011 York Theatre Royal presents Parlour Song Written by Jez Butterworth

A hilarious black comedy exploring what happens behind closed doors on a typical suburban street.

Barbecues with the neighbours, a quick pint after work and Sundays spent mowing the lawn. Life on this modern suburban estate meanders along just as it should.

So why hasn't Ned slept a wink in months? Why do things keep going missing from his house?

This black comedy explores the deceit, paranoia and murderous desires that can lurk in the most unlikely households. Can you ever trust what's on the surface and do you ever really know your neighbours?

Jez Butterworth won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play with Jerusalem in 2009 which premiered at the Royal Court.

York Theatre Royal
1st July
2011 The Ebor Singers present Charpentier Weekend.

This is the first weekend hosted by The Ebor Singers and dedicated to the music of the French Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier (c.1646-1704). Both concerts are preceded by a free talk given by Dr Paul Gameson.

1st July - Charpentier: Les Arts Florissants. Charpentier’s joyous celebraton of the ‘flourishing arts’ who, at the behest of the gods, restore harmony following a dispute between Peace and Discord. 7.30 pm The National Centre for Early Music

2nd July - Charpentier: Ave Maria. Music for the Blessed Virgin Mary. 8.00 pm St Olave's Church, Marygate The Ebor Singers
1st July
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - DSLR Astrophotography by Tony Morris.

8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
1st July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1/2nd July
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
1-16th July
2011 York Theatre Royal and Riding Lights Theatre Company present Two Planks and a Passion Written by Anthony Minghella

Midsummer 1392, York - York’s community has a long standing reputation for staging Mystery Plays and this production is an exciting stepping stone towards producing the 2012 York Mystery Plays in the Museum Gardens. In the shadow of York Minster labourers from the Painter’s Guild are preparing to perform their Mystery play for the festival of Corpus Christi.

To their surprise King Richard II and Queen Anne arrive in the city to escape the political intrigues of the London Court. Suddenly, from the Mayor to the marketplace, the entire community of York explodes in a fever of affectation, expense and hilarious posturing as rival guilds battle it out to impress the royal party with their wagon plays.

But, as thousands of community Mystery players have proved here over the years, it only takes two planks and a passion to put on the best show of all.

A wonderfully funny and poignant play about the people and history of York, this is Anthony Minghella at his most glorious.

A large-scale production of The York Mystery Plays will be staged in the Yorkshire Museum Gardens in August 2012 by a partnership of York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company and York Museums Trust.

York Theatre Royal
2nd July
2011 The Chapter House Choir present Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle

Rossini's sparkling and witty chamber oratorio for choir, soloists and two pianos and harmonium brings the season to a close. This joyous, and occasionaly irreverent, work was Rossini's final offering to his ardent Parisian followers. 7.30 pm Please note this concert is in St Michael le Belfrey, opposite the South entrance to the Minster
York Minster
2nd July
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

The Chinese Calendar Unfolds -

Bobby Chen: Four Chinese Folksongs (arrangements)
Chris Gander: The Chinese Calendar Unfolds The Chinese Calendar Unfolds has 12 movements each describing an animal from the calendar: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig

Pre-concert talk by composer Chris Gander at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
2nd July
2011 The Micklegate Singers present - Shepherds and Shanties

“Phyllida and Corydon” is Moeran's most extended choral work, being original madrigal texts, charmingly re-set in an updated Elizabethan style. The settings by Poulenc and Bax are of traditional rhymes, full of characteristic colour and wit.

Moeran Phyllida & Corydon
Poulenc Chansons Françaises
Bax Greek Folksongs
Holmboe The Wee Wee Man
Morgan The Drunken Sailor
Morgan House Carpenter
8.00 pm
The Salvation
Army Citadel
Gillygate

Micklegate Singers
2nd July
2011 York Symphony Orchestra present -

Debussy: Printemps Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite Barber: Adagio for Strings Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte Borodin: Symphony no. 2 in B minor

Light and shade in music both limpidly brilliant and refelectively elegiac. Debussy's rarely heard Printemps includes a piano duet and a harp in its orchestration to suggest the delicate sensuality of springtime. Both Ravel and Barber create a more prayerful atmosphere that is dispelled in the high spirits of our Russian offerings. 8.00 pm
Sir Jack Lyons
Concert Hall
UoY

York Symphony Orchestra
2nd July
2011 Fire Service Preservation Group Rally - Fire engines and other associated vehicles and equipment on display over the weekend. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
2nd July
2011 The Chanticleer Singers present The Glories of the Renaissance.

A programme ranging from the glorious a cappella sacred music of composers such as Byrd, Gibbons and Tallis to the secular, light-hearted madrigals of the British Renaissance. 7.30 pm St. Michaels Church, Malton

Chanticleer Singers
2nd July -
8th September
2011 "We're all mad here": The Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Burton Constable.

This family friendly display, featuring papier-mâché figures by Nicky Clacy, takes its inspiration from Lewis Caroll's 19th century classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the Alice Murals, which were created for Burton Constable by the painter and illustrator Bill Sillince in the mid-20th century.

Burton Constable Hall
3rd July
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

The Art of Beekeeping - The Yorkshire and District Beekeepers Association are based here at Murton Park; this will be a buzzing day of talks and demonstrations on the ancient craft of beekeeping and a chance to visit their apiary and bee garden. There will also be the opportunity to try out some honey-based recipes. You’ll bee amazzzzzed…

Murton Park
3rd July
2011 Jaguar Car Day – Jaguar enthusiasts gather in their hundreds to display old and new in front of Newby Hall. Newby Hall
and Gardens
3rd July
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
3rd July
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Woldgate College Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
4th July
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
4th July
2011 Discovering the Gardens with Head Gardener, Chris Baker - The Summer Gardens. Three hour walk and talk, looking at the history and restoration of the Hall’s gardens and grounds. 2.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
5th July
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Yorkshire Fossils'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
5th July
2011 An afternoon with the Head Gardener - Learn about the history of the walled garden and go behind the scenes of the award winning gardens with the Head Gardener. 1.30 pm. Pre-booking essential.
Burton Agnes Hall
6th July
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
7th July
2011 Sense and Sensibility Outdoor Theatre - The Jane Austin classic brought to life in the magnificent grounds of Harewood...
Harewood House
7-10th July
2011 Summer Crafts & Food Market (including Tea on the Lawn) - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
8th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th July
2011 ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ - The Lord Chamberlain’s Men perform Shakespeare’s enchanting comedy in our beautiful lakeside setting. 7.30 pm (picnics from 6.30 pm)
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
8/9th July
2011 The John Smith’s Cup Meeting - including The Cuisine de France Summer Stakes and The 52nd John Smith’s Cup. York Racecourse
8-16th July
2011 York Early Music Festival - In 2011, York Early Music Festival celebrates the spirit of the 1951 Festival of Britain which saw the first performances in modern times of the York Cycle of Mystery Plays.

Highlights will include a series of concerts curated by Professor John Bryan reflecting the early music content - and context - of the times including a celebration of the publication of Musica Britannica, also founded in 1951, as the authoritative national collection of British music. Other concerts will look at the broader picture of music written by migrants working in England from across the European community - from the Middle Ages to Georgian England.

Guest artists will include: The Gabrieli Consort directed by Paul McCreesch (Friday 8th July, York Minster); The English Concert with Ian Bostridge (Saturday 9th July, Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York); Purcell's 'King Arthur' presented by the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (Sunday 10th July, University of York) and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers (Friday 15 July, York Minster).

Highlights will include the 2011 York Early Music International Young Artists Competition

" ... York is the early music mecca of the British Isles" Gramophone October 2010 York Early Music Festival
9th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Open Air Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream. Let the Lord Chamberlain's Men entertain you with classic Shakespeare performed in the Abbey ruins. Bring a picnic and chairs and soak up the unique atmosphere.

Booking essential, tel: 0844 249 1895 booking fee applies. 7.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9th July
2011 Ripley Blues present THE SON HENRY BAND Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
9/10th July
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Vintage Vehicle Weekend.

Displays of classic and vintage motor vehicles along the railway.
NYMR
9/10th July
2011 English Civil War Military Camp - Costumed re-enactments, living history camps, firing and pike manoeuvres take place on the grounds of Burton Agnes Hall.
Burton Agnes Hall
9/10th July
2011 Clog Dancing Festival - Clog Dancing probably starting in the mills, when workers wearing clogs would tap their feet in rhythm of the machines, it has now developed into a precise form of dance, with intricate foot movements.

Saturday from 10.30 am until 2.00 pm, Sunday from 11.30 am until 3.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
9-24th July
2011 York Festival of the Rivers - York's rivers will take centre stage in July for the sixth annual Festival of the Rivers.

The popular festival promises to be bigger and better than ever this year, with a wide range of cultural and leisure activities to celebrate York's rivers - The Ouse and The Foss.

Activities will include the annual Dragon Boat Race, Big River Dance, Sizzling Summer Salsa event, York Canoe Race, an Artist fair in Tower Gardens, Storytelling, Wildlife walks and the 'Revenge of the Ouse' Triathlon.

 

York Festival of the Rivers
10th July
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Tractor and Engine Day.

Come and witness the fantastic displays of vintage tractors and engines at the Museum as well as cooking in the cottages and other traditional crafts. Ryedale Folk Museum
10th July
2011 Country Fair Sunday - A full and varied program of events will keep visitors of all ages entertained for the full day and around the showground you will find a Companion Dog Show, have-a-go activities, laser shooting, archery and field target shooting, a craft marquee, shoppers row, vintage farm machinery and memorabilia, children's rides, a beer tent and much more. 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Burton Constable Hall
10th July
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
10th July
2012 RAILWAY CHILDREN TOURS - Visit all the sites in the valley where filming took place for this iconic film. See Three Chimneys and Mr Perks Cottage. Stand astride the stile that gave Perks so much trouble, visit the site of the landslide scene, Mrs Ransom's Post office and much, much more, all with our experienced guides one of who was an extra in the film and will reveal all !

Tickets include a Days Rover ticket and a copy of "The Making of the Railway Children". Please bring a packed lunch and Stout Shoes for walking on uneven ground. Tours cost £29.50, please phone 01535 645214 for reservations.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
10th July
2011 Scottish Dancing - Northallerton Caledonian Society in the Topiary Garden. 2.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
10th July
2011 A Midsummer Night's Dream Outdoor Theatre - A performance of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' in Harewood's stunning grounds...

Harewood House
11th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Mass for St Benedict. An ecumenical service in the Abbey. Everyone welcome. 12 noon

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
12th July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
12th July
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
12-14th July
2011 The Great Yorkshire Show - the country's leading agricultural event, enjoy this celebration of agriculture and country life. The 2011 show will be the 153rd, and the 60th to be held at Harrogate. The Great Yorkshire Show
13th July
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Pat the giant'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
13th July
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
13-15th July
2011 University of York - Graduation Ceremonies University of York
14th July
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - French Pique-Nique. Join us at the Museum for a pleasant summers evening at our French Pique Nique 5.00 pm - late. Ryedale Folk Museum
15th July
2011 York Astronomical Society presentation - YAS Informal Evening by members of York Astronomical Society.

An informal evening, where members of the society are invited to step up and give a short presentation on an astronomy-related subject that interests them. 8.00 pm Denham Room
Priory St Centre
Priory Street

York Astronomical Society
15th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
16th July
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
16th July
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
16th July
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - French Celebration Day and in the evening a Bal Musette.

Our fantastic celebration of all things French will take place on Saturday 16th July. A great day out with French cooking in the cottages, music/dancing and more.

In the evening join us for Music and dancing during the Bal Musette! Musicien/Accordéoniste Hugh Barwell. Dancing demonstration led by Véronique K. A great evening out for all. Ryedale Folk Museum
16th July
2011 Airborne Forces Day - Reunion of veterans who have served with Airborne Forces over the last 60 years. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
16th July
2011 Picton and District Annual Sports-Gymkhana & Horticultural Show Picton Show
16/17th July
2011 York Art Gallery Life Drawing Weekend - To coincide with the gallery’s major exhibition of the work of William Etty. Pre-booking Essential York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
16/17th July
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Go Potty! - Have you ever wanted to get crafty with clay? Now is your chance - come and meet our resident potter and have a go at making your own clay pot, Viking style! As usual there will be tractor rides and trains will be running throughout the day.

Murton Park
17th July
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Adlington Hall – with a private tour of this stately home in Cheshire; and Tatton Old Hall - the mediaeval predecessor of Tatton Park.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
17th July
2011 The Malton Show 2011 - The Malton Show now enters its 125th year and we are pleased to have with us all the agricultural attractions, farm exhibits and class entries that form the backbone of the show, as well as a few other things to appeal to everyone.

The Malton Agricultural Show is one of North Yorkshire's premier attractions for the summer, and this year is no exception. We have an excellent display on offer, including; farm produce, livestock, horses, fur & feather, vintage tractors, farmers' market, trade stands, craft fair, and more. There are numerous events to take part in, including the tug-of-war or the many class events, craft marquee, farm market and so on.

Malton Show
17th July
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
17th July
2011 Historic Vehicle Rally – The North East Club for Pre-war Austin’s assembles over 1,000 vintage cars of all kinds and assorted auto jumble. Newby Hall
and Gardens
17th July
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Humberside Police Concert Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
17/18th July
2011 Medieval Festival - Medieval Harewood weekend in partnership with University of York and as part of the National Festival of Archaeology...

Harewood House
18th July
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
18-31st
July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Embroidery Exhibition - Enjoy an exhibition of embroidery in Fountains Hall. 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
19th July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

York Riverside Walk. York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets. A tranquil stroll along York's beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Part of the York Festival of the Rivers. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
20th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Navigation Skills.

A 1-day basic navigation skills course at Fountains Abbey.

Step out with confidence in 2011
- Understand an OS map
- Learn how to use a compass
- Learn new outdoor skills
- Stay safe on the hills
- Feel more confident in the outdoors

Course includes:
- Full day's navigation skills at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
- Free entry for the day to Fountains Abbey
- Tea / Coffee in the morning
- OS Map and compass for use during the course
- Use of our Berghaus gear if required.
- Course notes

Over 18s only. Booking essential, telephone 01423 871750. Please bring your own walking boots and packed lunch. 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

 

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
20th July
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
20th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Festival of Cycling Bike Ride. Bring your bike and join the bike ride through the grounds of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Meet at Studley Royal entrance. Everyone welcome. 6.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
21st July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Private Viewing - Treasures from the Library.

A rare opportunity to get up close and handle some of the hidden treasures in the Castle Howard collection - Treasures from the Library.

Assembled over three centuries, the library at Castle Howard contains an astonishing variety of material: colour plate books, volumes of engravings, children’s literature, fine bindings, as well as manuscript material from the archives.

After an introductory talk by Castle Howard Curator, Dr Christopher Ridgway, you will be free to browse and handle an enticing selection.

The evening will end with wine and canapés. For more information or to book please call 01653 648621.

 

Castle Howard
21-24th July
2011 2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival - David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay & Lisa Gardner are the latest best-selling authors from across the pond to join the roster of 2011 Festival headliners. Special Guests already confirmed include such heavyweights as Lee Child, Martina Cole, Tess Gerritsen, Dennis Lehane and Howard Marks.

The Festival will also feature appearances from hugely successful and widely acclaimed authors including:
Mark Billingham, SJ Bolton, Duncan Campbell, NJ Cooper, Allan Guthrie, Sophie Hannah, Mandasue Heller, Erwin James, Val McDermid, Steve Mosby, Sarah Pinborough, Phil Rickman, Nick Stone, Andrew Taylor, Cathi Unsworth, Alex Wheatle, Martyn Waites and, of course, 2011 Chair Dreda Say Mitchell.
Old Swan Hotel,
Swan Road,
Harrogate

2011 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
22nd July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Kings Manor Tour. A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
22nd July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
22nd July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
22nd July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
22nd July
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
22/23rd July
2011 The Music Showcase Weekend - including The EBF Lyric Stakes and live music; and The Sky Bet York Stakes and live music. York Racecourse
22-24th July
2011 The Deer Shed Festival 2011 - We are massive fans of music and the arts in general, and we all have kids.

We have over the years, got increasingly fed up with paying a small fortune to get our families into various festivals only to be disappointed in the music or in the entertainment, facilities and vibe for the sprogs. The Deer Shed Festival is our long considered response to this. Kids are not second class citizens at DSF.

However, we will not compromise on what's on just because we are 'family friendly'. If you don't have kids to bring along you will still find a lovely chilled atmosphere in which to enjoy the weekend.

Friday evening - Comedy, caberet, food, drink and camping

Saturday - music, arts, kids entertainment and then some... I Am Kloot to headline Saturday night

Sunday - the long goodbye with Sunday market, newspapers, coffee, chilled tunes and kids sports...

 

Baldersby Park
Topcliffe

Deer Shed Festival
23rd July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
23rd July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains in Summer. Enjoy the delights of a summer-time stroll through the grounds. Meet at Swanley Grange. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
23rd July
2011 STEVE HARLEY & COCKNEY REBEL

Kula Productions is delighted to bring Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel to one of Harrogate’s oldest venues. Originally formed in 1973, Cockney Rebel had Top 20 hits with ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr Soft’, ‘Mr Raffles’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and of course their No.1 ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up & See Me)’. Steve Harley’s recent solo albums The Quality of Mercy and his 2010 solo album Stranger Comes to Town have also been lauded by critics and fans alike. Grab this ‘out-of-tour’ opportunity to see one of Britain’s legendary rock artists with his full band in the intimacy and beauty of the Harrogate Theatre. Pre-booking Essential
The Harrogate Theatre
Harrogate

Kula Productions
23/24th July
2011 Diesel Weekend

Subject to confirmation. Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
23/24th July
2011 Buckingham's Retinue - Life in the 15th Century. Re-enactment of life in the 15th Century at Skipton Castle.

Saturday from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 6.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
23-25th July
2011 Leeds Championship Dog Show - One of the UK's largest outdoor dog shows!

Harewood House
24th July
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920’s and the 1950’s.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there’s scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain’s most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the ‘Border City’ at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a ‘mixed traffic’ locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways ‘standard’ design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
24th July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

York Riverside Walk. York used to be the second seaport of England and its river is now one of its most beautiful assets. A tranquil stroll along York's beautiful riverside, looking at its history from bustling Viking port to Victorian chocolate centre, and taking in its handsome bridges, one of which used to lift like a miniature Tower Bridge. Part of the York Festival of the Rivers. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
24th July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Triathlon at Castle Howard

The Castle Triathlon will return to Castle Howard on Sunday 24th July. Hundreds of athletes of all ages will gather for this challenging multi-sport endurance race.

The event begins with an early morning dip in the Great Lake, after which competitors jump on their bikes for a cycle race through the villages of Terrington, Hovingham and Slingsby, before returning to Castle Howard for a run around the Estate grounds with a final sprint to the finishing line in front of the House.

There are five race categories to suit different abilities – ranging from an 800m swim, 46k cycle race and 10K run for the seriously super-fit – to a 100m swim, 5k cycle and 1.3k run for the under -10s. For further information and details of how to enter, please phone 01892 870681.

 

Castle Howard
24th July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Jewish Heritage Trail. A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Remembering the dreadful massacre of the Jews at Clifford's Tower, where the walk ends. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
24th July
2011 Aldborough and Boroughbridge Agricultural Show. HORSES & PONIES, CATTLE, SHEEP, TERRIER & PET CLASSES, CHILDREN'S CLASSES, PRESERVES & PRODUCE, HANDICRAFTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, HORTICULTURE, FARM PRODUCE

Aldborough and Boroughbridge Show
24th July
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
24th July
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Swinton Excelsior Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
24th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Songs of Praise. An ecumenical service in St Mary's Church. Everyone welcome. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
26th July
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
27th July
2011 Borrowby Show - Borrowby show was first held in 1949, it is now a regular feature on the last Wednesday in July.

Field classes cover most farm animals. Tent classes and exhibits range from, cattle, sheep and farm produce through garden produce, flowers, cookery, wine, arts & crafts and children's competitions. There are show jumping events, a gymkhana and a fancy dress parade. Trade stands and other attractions add further interest and a dance is held in the evening in the marquee. Licensed Bar, Refreshments, Ice Cream.

Borrowby Show
27th July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Ryedale Music Festival Triple Concert at Castle Howard.

Now in its 30th year, The Ryedale Music Festival will return to Castle Howard as one of its many venues in Ryedale.

Three different performers will perform in three different locations inside the house.

 

Castle Howard
27th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Open Air Theatre - Pinocchio. Bring a picnic and join us for a evening of outdoor theatre and fun with Heartbreak Productions as they perform the family classic Pinocchio in the Abbey ruins.

Booking essential, tel: 0844 249 1895 booking fee applies. 6.30-8.45pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
28th July
2011 Castle Howard presents - Private Viewing - A History of Castle Howard in Ten Objects.

A rare opportunity to get up close and handle some of the hidden treasures in the Castle Howard collection - A History of Castle Howard in Ten Objects.

Building on the success of the BBC Radio Four series A History of the World in 100 Objects, Castle Howard is offering its own variation on this inspirational theme. For one evening you will be introduced to the ten objects that best represent the entire story of Castle Howard over three centuries. What do you think these might be?

After an introductory talk by Castle Howard Curator, Dr Christopher Ridgway, you will be free to browse and handle an enticing selection.

The evening will end with wine and canapés. For more information or to book please call 01653 648621.

 

Castle Howard
28th July
2011 History Talk with our Head Guide Pauline Waslin - Held in the Dining Room at Burton Agnes Hall. Pauline Waslin will give a talk about the life and times of an Elizabethan home. 2.00 pm
Burton Agnes Hall
29th July
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29th July
2011 Vin Garbutt in concert.

Book early to avoid disappointment as Vin’s gigs sell out early!

Reeth Memorial Hall
29/30th July
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
29th July -
3rd September
2011 York Theatre Royal present J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan

Bloomsbury, London, 1904 - From the team that brought you The Railway Children and The Wind in the Willows comes another family summer spectacle.

Join Wendy, John and Michael Darling as they re-count their wonderful, action packed adventures in Neverland. Stories of Lost Boys, Indians, Mermaids, Crocodiles and Pirates unfold before your eyes in a magical land, free from grown-up rules.

The enchanting story of the boy who refuses to grow up is given sparkle and soul in this new adaptation by Mike Kenny and promises to be fun for all the family.

When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.

We are delighted that this production is presented by arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd.

Belt Up Theatre will work alongside the York Theatre Royal team to create an unruly bunch of Pirates and a young cast will feature as loveable Lost Boys.

York Theatre Royal
30th July
2011 Charity Market - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
30/31st July
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Napoleonic Weekend - Napoleonic military re-enactors take over the museum.

Join us to enjoy a look at the Napoleonic Wars with re-enactors, local historians, military demonstrations, traditional crafts and more! Ryedale Folk Museum
30/31st July
2011 Trayned Bandes - See this military unit setting up an encampment during the English Civil War.

Saturday from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 6.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
30th July - 1st August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Get Medieval. Join the costumed re-enactors around their medieval encampment. Watch and take part in activities and demonstrations based on 15th century life. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
31st July
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
31st July
2011 Huby and Sutton Show in the Sutton Park Parkland - with equine and livestock classes, a dog show and displays of rare animal breeds. The event also has a parade of vintage and classic cars, motorbikes and agricultural machines, and stalls selling crafts, home baking and produce.

Sutton Park
31st July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour. Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
31st July
2011 The York 10K: Jane Tomlinson's Run for All - The first York Run For All took place in 2009 and was organised by Jane's Appeal, the charity founded by the late fundraiser and runner, Jane Tomlinson. The success of that first run prompted a second event in 2010 with an increased number of runners taking part.

The 2011 run is being launched on January 6 and this year will take place on Sunday July 31. Events like this are becoming more and more popular, due to the legacy of inspirational people like Jane Tomlinson. The events themselves are all about the individuals taking part and their personal stories. The route takes in some of York's most historic sites .

Jane Tomlinson died in 2007 after a long battle with cancer. During her illness she raised millions for charity. Jane's Appeal, the charity she established, organises the successful annual Leeds run they added a second event in York in 2009 and a third run in Hull in 2010.

The York run starts and finishes at York's Knavesmire, with the participants travelling through the city centre. The charities involved in the York run in 2011 will be Jane's Appeal; Martin House Children's Hospice; Macmillan Cancer Support; Sparks, the children's medical research charity; and COCO, the international healthcare and education charity set up by Steve Cram.

Many runners also raise money for a charity of their own choice. There are space for 6,000 runners this year and people can apply at the Run for All website.

Run for All
31st July
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Royal York. A new walk to celebrate this year's Royal wedding. Six Roman emperors, countless Anglo-Saxon & Viking kings and almost every mediaeval King from William the Conqueror to Henry VIII have visited the city -some welcomed, some coming in vengeance. The Stuart Kings frequently came to York but Queen Victoria 'was not amused' by her visit and never came again. More recent Royal Visits have been much more cordial and it was George VI who said 'The History of York is the History of England'. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
31st July
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
31st July
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Vintage Rhythms Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
1st August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1st August
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
2nd August
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland with a private tour of this Vanbrugh masterpiece. Then a visit to the Bede's World Museum and Anglo Saxon Monastery at Jarrow.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
2nd August
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Did Vikings have horns on their helmets?'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
2nd August
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
2nd August
2011 Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show - Egton Bridge, eight miles from Whitby in the North York Moors National Park, is the setting for the oldest surviving gooseberry show in the country, established in 1800. The show is held on the first Tuesday in August each year by the Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society.

The 2009 show was truly a record breaking event. Champion grower Bryan Nellist took the R. Harland Challenge Cup with a record breaking berry. Coming in at exactly 35 drams (2.19 oz or 62.0 grams) the Woodpecker berry is the heaviest ever shown in the United Kingdom, beating Kelvin Archer’s previous record by just over 2 grains or 0.1 grams. It has now been recognised as an official World Record. Bryan’s success received widespread coverage in the local and national press. The Whitby Gazette hailed it as “Bryan’s berry best in world”.

Weather conditions in spring meant that 2010 could not match up to these record breaking weights but the competition was still intense. After completion of the weighing the top two berries were tied at 25 drams, 15 grains. A “weigh off” was required and the two were separated by less than 1 grain or the weight of a feather!

The 2011 show will be held on Tuesday 2nd August and it is open to the public from 2.00 pm. The band will be playing from 5:30 pm and the prize giving will begin at 6:30 pm.

 

 

Egton Bridge
Gooseberry Show
2nd August
2011 'Snow White' Children's Outdoor Theatre - The children's classic story performed in Harewood's beautiful grounds...

Harewood House
2/3rd August
2011 Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre present 'Hamlet' – After last years amazing ‘Comedy of Errors’ we are delighted to announce that the Shakepeare’s Globe will be returning with ‘Hamlet’.

Performed by a small troupe and showcasing some of the Globe Company’s brightest stars, the production will bring the excitement and vibrancy of Elizabethan theatre to Newby’s Gardens, recreating the relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by audiences in Shakespeare’s time. A truly unforgetteble experience, not to be missed!

Learning of the king his father’s death, Hamlet comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the Danish throne. At night, the ghost of the old king demands that Hamlet avenge his ‘foul and most unnatural murder’.

Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is Shakespeare’s ‘poem unlimited’, a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

This is an outdoor event, please feel free to bring a blanket or small fold up camping chair for comfort.

 

 

 

Newby Hall
and Gardens
3rd August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mansion, Cellar and Priest Hole. Visit parts of York off the beaten track going into the Cellars and attics of a great Georgian mansion and a mediaeval house off of Micklegate; and a chance to visit the hidden chapel and priest hole at the Bar Convent. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
3rd August
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Rural Games - Come out to play! Join us for a fun day of traditional rural jollity: play at skittles, hopscotch, rat-throwing (the toy kind!) and other timeless rural games. Why not join in our gurning competition?!

Murton Park
3rd August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Historic Inns and Pubs of York . What better way to relax than to visit some of York's historic inns and alehouses. Many go back to Mediaeval and Tudor times. Relive the Golden Age of Coaching when the streets rattled with coaches from all parts of the kingdom. And of course the opportunity to sample a few beers on the way! 7.30 pm

Yorkwalk
4th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Kings Manor Tour. A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
4th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Henry VIII Trail. This obese, diseased and constipated monarch made a state visit to York in 1541 with his Young Queen, Catherine Howard. Follow in his footsteps and see the havoc he wrought on the monasteries and hospitals of York. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
4th August
2011 Pirates Ahoy! - Family activities in the gardens and Hall (indoors if wet). Dress up as a pirate and enjoy lots of swashbuckling fun! 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
5th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour. Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
5th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
5th August
2011 Hinderwell Horse & Agricultural Society 141st Annual Show. The show has been held since 1868, providing family entertainment and fun with opportunities for people to show their skills and animals in "friendly" competition.

Classes include: Horse Classes: Hunters, Cleveland Bays, Agricultural, Pony Breeding, Shetland, Welsh, Mountain and Moorland, Coloured Horse or Pony, Tack and Turnout, Lead Rein, Thelwell Look Alike and Fancy Dress, Show jumping & Gymkhana.

Other Classes: Sheep, Ferrets, Dog Show, Vintage Machinery, Farm Produce, Garden Produce, Flowers, Handicrafts, Confectionary, Preserves, Photography & Children's Classes.

Hinderwell Show
5-7th August
2011 Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - With bands over three days, and performances in the Elizabethan Hall and its beautiful grounds, this year's Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival offered a diverse range of laid-back entertainment that inspired the Independent to write that the Festival was ‘Possibly the most enjoyable jazz concert I've ever attended’.

This year we enjoyed fabulous perfomances from award winning musicians Clare Teal, Dennis Rollins, Omar Puente, Anita Wardell and many more.

The large stage on the Main Lawn is where the Festival’s main acts performed. With rolling fields behind the stage and pristine woodland to the side, you couldn’t ask for a more stunning setting.

In 2010, families flocked to the Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival for the safe, easy-going vibe. Of particular interest to children, was our Children’s Corner with play area; 15 acres of magical gardens to explore including a walled garden with maze, jungle garden and giant games; and a woodland walk with forest creatures to find. We had face painters and a children’s entertainer during the weekend.

If you would like to receive information on the 2011 Jazz & Blues Festival please email: office@burtonagnes.com

 

 

Burton Agnes Hall
6th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Bloody Execution Tour. See Turrets where heads were impaled on spikes; hear of Dick Turpin's last hours, public hangings, floggings, brandings and duckings. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
6th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mediaeval Stained Glass. An expert guided tour of some of the finest stained glass in the country to be found in York's parish churches. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
6th August
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Ian Pace – Piano Recital -

Edward Caine: New Work
The Liszt Project: Various composers, details tbc
Steve Crowther: Piano Sonata No.2 WP
Frederick Rzewski: North American Ballads

Ian Pace continues to explore the wonderful music of Frederick Rzewski in a programme that also includes the innovative Liszt Project. In acknowledgement of the Liszt bicentenary, Late Music is to commission five composers to write a short, three-minute piece as an homage, a response to Liszt's radical piano music.

Pre-concert talk by the Liszt Project composers at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
6th August
2011 Ripley Blues present SHERMAN ROBERTSON Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
6/7th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Bees at Fountains! Come and meet the experts to find out more about bees and beekeeping. 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
6/7th August
2011 Feudal Archers - Life in a 12th Century Castle.

Saturday from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 6.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
7th August
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
7th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Historic Toilet Tour. A unique saga of convenience through the ages from Roman sanitation to the 18th Century 'Sugar' House and 19th Century attempts to prevent 'nuisance' and promote public decency. And, of course, the opportunity to sample the dubious comforts of mediaeval garderobes! 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
7th August
2011 Castle Howard presents - Family Cycling Event

Try out a range of different bikes and pedal powered machines! Something for everyone, toddler’s bikes, pedal powered scalextric, mega bikes (8 seaters) and many more! Have a go round our specially prepared tracks or browse the display of vintage bikes in the stable courtyard This event is included in your admission to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
7th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Richard III Trail. Follow in the footsteps of this much maligned monarch, still revered in York; at the end, visit the Richard III museum and decide whether or not he did murder the princes in the Tower. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
7th August
2011 Rolls Royce Rally & Vintage Fair.... posh cars and classy collectables! Harewood House
7th August
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
7th August
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The New York Dance Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
7th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Deer Walk. Come and spot the 500 Red, Fallow and Sika deer that live in the Park. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th August
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
9th August
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
9th August
2011 An afternoon with the Head Gardener - Learn about the history of the walled garden and go behind the scenes of the award winning gardens with the Head Gardener. 1.30 pm. Pre-booking essential.
Burton Agnes Hall
10/11th August
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
12th August
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
12/13th August
2011 Hillside Music Festival Hillside Music Festival
13th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
13th August
2011 Castle Howard presents - The Castle Howard Proms Spectacular

Enjoy an evening of unrivalled entertainment, taking the ever-popular Proms Spectacular format and adding lots more elements to making it the best and biggest ever held. There will be a pre-concert performance by the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers; a spectacular parachute drop over the arena by the RAF Falcons; state of the art stunning special effects; and more fireworks than ever before lighting up the skies over Castle Howard.

All this together with conductor Jae Alexander, The English National Orchestra; tenor Wynne Evans and soprano Janet Mooney performing a superb programme of popular classics, movie themes and all the traditional favourites associated with The Last Night of the Proms. Call 0845 296 0000 to book your tickets.

 

Castle Howard
13th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
13th August
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
13th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Open Air Theatre - Sense and Sensibility. Chapterhouse bring to life the Jane Austen classic in the romantic Abbey ruins. Bring a picnic, sit back, relax and be entertained. Booking essential, booking fee applies. 7.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
13/14th August
2011 VW Festival... all things Volkswagon and summer camping!

Harewood House
13/14th August
2011 John Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman - John Nevison was a famous late 17th century Yorkshire highwayman who robbed the length of the Great North Road but especially in the northern counties. One story about him was how he was supposed to have ridden from London to York in less than a day to gain an alibi for a robbery he'd been witnessed committing.

On the weekend of 13th and 14th August, 'Swift Nicks' Nevison has had to escape from the Black Horse Inn with the law of the land after him. Luckily he is good friends with the castle steward and as the Countess is away he has been allowed into the castle to hide where he intends to wait until dark and then to attempt to sneak back to retrieve his favourite horse 'Nutmeg'.

Saturday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 5.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
13-21st
August
2011 Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival - Scarecrows first came to Kettlewell in 1994 when a fund raising event was organised for the local school which serves much of Upper Wharfedale with its villages, isolated hamlets and remote farms. The enthusiastic response of parents and residents led to over 100 scarecrows appearing in gardens, open spaces, hidden corners and even on rooftops. The event was successfully repeated and, growing year by year, now attracts thousands of visitors over a nine day period in August.

Since 1998, the Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival has been organised on behalf of St Mary's Parish Church, Kettlewell Village Hall and the original beneficiary - the school. A small committee leads the way, but the whole community responds magnificently; making and renovating scarecrows, preparing and serving delicious home made produce to feed the many visitors and organising parking and traffic.

Kettlewell is a delightful village, both attractive and interesting, and ideally situated in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Visitors are encouraged to explore by walking the "Scarecrow Trail", identifying selected scarecrows and solving associated clues which, each year, are based on a different theme. Many other scarecrows can be found, often in some of the more unusual and unexpected nooks and crannies of this idyllic location. Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival
14th August
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
14th August
2011 Ripley Agricultural Show & Boar Chase - We have classes for:-

Heavy and Light Horses (showing & jumping)

Dogs

Sheep and Cattle

Vintage Machinery

Yorkshire's largest and finest display of Vintage Tractors

Horticultural, Produce and Handicrafts

The Ripley Boar Chase run will be held on the same day as the show, 14th August 2011, and is a fantastic and challenging run of approximately 7 Kms. on paths and tracks on the picturesque Ripley Estate. The Chase starts at the show ground and follows the ancient deer path through to the bridleway heading west, it’s from here the hard work starts. It’s a gradual climb of 80 meters for approximately 4K with one or two sharp hill climbs, The bridleway passes through the wooded area of Hollybank and then onto the single mantel track heading up to Clint Bank. The climb continues up to Clint Grange Farm and then heads off for one kilometre of cross country. It’s at this point that the wind should be in your hair and a fast downhill 3K back to the showground.

 

 

Ripley Agricultural Show & Boar Chase
14th August
2012 Vintage Train Day - A rare chance to travel in historic wooden bodied carriages hauled by a vintage steam locomotive over 100 years old. A brass band will also be playing throughout the day. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
14th August
2011 Veteran Car Rally Ryedale Folk Museum
14th August
2012 OPERATING THE WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY TOURS - These are provided due to previous guests’ requests and will have an emphasis on how we run our trains. They will include a visit to the locomotive works and shed, where the party will meet a senior representative from the Locomotive Department who will answer questions and take the party round the shed, a visit to the Carriage and Wagon shed and works at Oxenhope, where a senior representative of that department will also be available to take us round, explain how the department works and answer questions.

We will also be joined by the Railway’s Traffic Manager or his representative, who will explain how the train services are compiled and timetables created for both ordinary services and special events. Finally, we will visit the signal boxes at Damems, where a senior signalman will explain the working of the Railway’s signalling and associated matters.

Tours start at 11.00 am at Haworth Station and cost £29.50 includes a Rover ticket for travel before and after the tour, light refreshments and a packed lunch. Full details and bookings phone 01535 645214.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
14th August
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The York R. I. Golden Rail Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
14th August
2011 The Path to Paradise with North Country Theatre. Walk the grass labyrinth and listen to Shakesperian love sonnets and the poetry of Donne, Marvel and Johnson. 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
15th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15th August
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
16th August
2011 The Yorkshire Museum Curators' Talks - 'Swimming with prehistoric Sea Monsters'. 12.30 pm FREE York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
17th August
2011 York Castle Museum Curators' Talks - 'Military medals'.

12.30 pm Free event. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
17-20th August
2011 The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival - including The Juddmonte International; The Darley Yorkshire Oaks; The Coolmore Nunthorpe and The totesport Ebor. York Racecourse
18th August
2011 York Art Gallery Curator's Talks - ‘The Burton Gallery.’ Curator of Fine Art, Laura Turner, explains how works of art were chosen for the refurbished, Burton Gallery. 12.30-1.00 pm Curator's talks are FREE of charge and there is no need to book. York Museums Programme Guide
pdf file
18th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Deer Walk. Come and spot the 500 Red, Fallow and Sika deer that live in the Park. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
19th August
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
19th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Eucharist for St Bernard. An ecumenical service in St Mary's church. Everyone welcome. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
20th August
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
20th August
2011 Pomp and Puddings Promenade Concert - Music from the Proms performed by Reeth Band. Bring a picnic, wave your flag. Scrumptious puddings on sale. 7.00 pm (picnics from 6.00 pm)
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
20/21st August
2011 Carriage Driving – Carriage driving will be taking place around the parkland of Newby Hall.

Saturday – Dressage Competition

Sunday – ‘Marathon’- Carriages will be racing around the estate, a carriage will leave every 4 minutes.

Newby Hall
and Gardens
20/21st August
2011 Historia Normanis - Bringing History to life in the 12th Century.

The walls of Skipton castle will echo to the sound of swords and shields once again - but don't worry, it's only the re-enactors of Historia Normannis!

Come and see medieval craftsmen demonstrating their trades, knights displaying their prowess, and ladies describing life as it would have been in the reign of Henry II. The castle itself will be the site of historic set-pieces, recreating the daily workings of a local medieval court, the furnishings of a Lord's bedchamber, and outside the walls, a working medieval seige weapon! A great day out for history enthusiasts and curious families alike - it promises to be an event not to be missed!

Saturday from 10.00 am until 6.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 6.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
20-26th August
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - International Cooking Week – Traditional cooking from around the world.

Why not come along and help us celebrate and enjoy the tastes of traditional cooking from around the world. As well as traditional Yorkshire fare. Ryedale Folk Museum
20-26th August
2011 Whitby Folk Week - Seven days of dancing in the streets, music and singing in the pubs, concerts and dances until late into the night, and a whole lot more. Seven days of meeting old friends and making new ones. Altogether, Whitby Folk Week is a compelling reason for ignoring the ‘Costas’ and heading to the north east of England in late August each year.

This long-standing celebration of the traditional music, dance and song of the British Isles has taken on the trappings of a tradition in its own right. With over 600 events covering workshops, concerts, singarounds, dance, sessions, street entertainment and the extensive ‘fringe’ events that blossom spontaneously. Folk Week is a festival that no lover of real music should miss.

Seven days in August with Over 600 events - Craft Fair; Concerts; Dances; Singarounds; Sessions; Ceilidhs; Displays; Workshops and Children’s Events.

Whitby Folk Week
20-29th August
2011 Drive-in Movie Marathon... a week long picnicing film festival of cult hits and all time favourites!

Harewood House
21st August
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
22nd August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
24th August
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
26th August
2011 THE 2011 GALTRES FESTIVAL - BEERCIDERMUSICFUNFOOD

Galtres Festival organisers expect to be announcing who will be headlining the 2011 Festival early next year - hopefully by the end of January.

Discussions are underway with bands including Madness and Shed Seven, but nothing may yet be confirmed.

Chris Helme stole the show in 2010 according to many newspaper reviews, which rated him even higher than the fantastic sets from The Beat and the Lightning Seeds - and he has committed to playing the 2011 Festival. Chris, from York, is the former frontman of The Seahorses where he played alongside John Squire of Stone Roses fame.

Galtres Festival
26-28th
August
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
27th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
27th August
2011 Bilsdale Agricultural Society - Celebrates its 101st show.
Bilsdale Show
27th August
2011 Malham Show - Malham Show is held annually in the heart of beautiful Malhamdale in the Yorkshire Dales on August Bank Holiday Saturday. Under the shadow of Malham Cove this traditional agricultural and family country show has been taking place for over 100 years.

Events and attractions on the show field all day: with some judging and horse events starting at 9.00 am, main ring events start at 12 noon.

Heavy Horse Championship
Showjumping
Punch & Judy
Vintage Tractors & Historic Vehicles
Working Hunter Classes
Farmers Market
Children's Sports & Fancy Dress
Tug o War Competition
Dry Stone Walling
Handicrafts, Horticultural & Floral Exhibits
Falconry Display
Art & Photography Exhibits
Senior & Junior Fell Race (Start 3pm)
Trade stands & On-field Catering
Trailquest - Mountain Bike Orienteering Event
Additional main ring attractions & side stalls
Malham Show
27th August
2011 The Wensleydale Agricultural Show - Wensleydale Agricultural Show is a traditional dales show, located close to Leyburn, North Yorkshire in the heart of Wensleydale, with an extensive range of competitive events for livestock such as sheep, cattle, horses and poultry; horticultural and handicraft classes.

There will be over 60 classes ranging from large fowls to true bantams and an egg section. Dry Stone Walling and Wensleydale Sheep competitions reflect local aspects. Ring displays continue throughout the day, many trade stands offer a wide range of products and produce, brass bands play, and quoits competitions can be entered on the day.

The Show includes:
Cattle
Sheep
Ponies
Poultry
Heavy Horses
Carriage Driving
Handicrafts
Homecrafts
Vintage Tractors
Vintage Cars
Vintage Steam Machines
Homecrafts

Flower and vegetable show
Walking Stick competitions
Sheep Dog Trials
The Tennants Wensleydale Open Quoits Competition
Dry Stone Walling Competition
Leyburn Band
Childrens Fun Fair/Bouncy Castle/Face Painting
Hounds & Beagles
over 100 Trade stands.
Wensleydale Agricultural Show
27/28th August
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
27/28th August
2011 Meet the Governor - Come and meet Sir John Mallory Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War.

Hear about the castle's siege and skirmishes its garrison have already fought and how the King's cause is faring in Yorkshire. Just how long can Sir John 'stout it out' for the King?

Saturday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm, Sunday from 12 noon until 5.00 pm

 

Skipton Castle
Skipton
27-29th August
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Roman, Viking and Saxon Re-enactors – No name group on site all weekend.

Come and see demonstrations of flint knapping, historical cooking and baking, wood turning and more. Ryedale Folk Museum
28th August
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
28th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Get Georgian! Step back in time and enjoy live regency music and dance in the Georgian Water Garden. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
28th August
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - The Michael Carr Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
28/29th August
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Bank Holiday Special - A fun-packed bank holiday weekend with passenger trips on the Derwent Valley Light Railway, as well as tractor rides. With cowboys taking over our fort and Vikings in the village there won’t be a dull moment.

Murton Park
28/29th August
2011 Castle Howard presents - A Medieval Bank Holiday Event

This year our popular Children’s Weekend has a Medieval theme with a Horse stunt rider performance. Plus, Jousting, Falconry, Archery and the little ones can be knights or princesses for a day! This event is included in your admission to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
29th August
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
29th August
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
29/30th August
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
30th August
2011 Kilnsey Show, Upper Wharfedale - The Yorkshire Dales' foremost agricultural Show.

The Dales' foremost agricultural show with dry stone walling, produce, handicrafts, horticulture, equestrian events, fell races and harness racing. Food, refreshments and amusements for all the family.

You can have a splendid day at Kilnsey Show. Held every year on the Tuesday after August Bank Holiday against the magnificent backdrop of Kilnsey Crag, the show has been a showcase for the Dales farming community for over a hundred years. It is one of the larger agricultural shows in the North of England and it attracts visitors from throughout the Dales and way beyond. Entry classes cater for a wide range of sheep and cattle breeds, and the show provides an excellent opportunity for those unfamiliar with hill farming to find out about the skills and problems of the hill farmer and to trace their food from field to plate.

There's more than just livestock and the usual range of produce, craft and trade stands. Horse riding events, sheep dog trials and vintage tractor displays amongst other attractions ensure there is interest for all types of visitor. By mid afternoon when these events are over, the show catches second wind and moves into its sports programme where interest centres mainly but not exclusively on fell racing, a traditional sport which Kilnsey has done much to sustain. After this, at around 4.30pm comes harness racing, giving the chance for many visitors to see for the first time an exciting brand of horse racing which adds colour and drama to the final stages of the show and also offers the opportunity to win a few pounds.

It's a very full day's activity which opens to visitors at 9.00 am and goes on till 7.00 pm with plenty of food, drink and bargains at over 100 trade stalls. More than this, it is the best place to see the working face of the Dales and get some idea of what hill farming is all about while at the same time having a first class day out. Kilnsey Show
31st August
2011 The 99th Annual REETH SHOW - Reeth Show is a traditional Dales Agricultural Show and has always

been a great family day out in beautiful Swaledale.

As usual there will be a wide range of entertainments, shows, displays, stalls and refreshments.

The Great Fremington Edge Fell Race will be taking place as usual, a fixture of the national fell race runs every year.

There will be the popular horse classes, sheep show, poultry and rabbit show, walling competition open to all entrants on the day, vintage tractors and this year a new section for vintage cars, vintage bikes will also be on display from all eras.

Local trades will be selling their Fresh Dales produce and products as well as traders from further afield with something for everyone to purchase!

Children will have rides to try and stalls they can spend their pocket money on. Reeth Show
1st September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
1st September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Historic Inns and Pubs of York . What better way to relax than to visit some of York's historic inns and alehouses. Many go back to Mediaeval and Tudor times. Relive the Golden Age of Coaching when the streets rattled with coaches from all parts of the kingdom. And of course the opportunity to sample a few beers on the way! 7.30 pm

Yorkwalk
1st September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1-4th
September
2011 Power from the Past - From horse power to steam power and everything in between!
Horse drawn vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, stationary engines, steam rollers, tractors, railway locomotives, traction engines and a host of fascinating machinery on display and in action.

A fantastic day out for all ages! There is no extra charge for this event, admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Beamish Museum
2nd September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Kings Manor Tour. A unique chance to visit this former Royal palace, hear its turbulent history and see parts not open to the public. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
2nd September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Henry VIII Trail. This obese, diseased and constipated monarch made a state visit to York in 1541 with his Young Queen, Catherine Howard. Follow in his footsteps and see the havoc he wrought on the monasteries and hospitals of York. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
2-4th September
2011 York Festival of Traditional Dance - York’s own Ebor Morris, in conjunction with City of York Council and other local teams, invite a rich variety of traditional dance sides from all over the country to join in a non-competitive celebration of the diversity of ritual dancing.

Saturday begins with a colourful dance procession from the Guildhall to Parliament Square, before the teams separate to dance on site, in King’s Square and St Sampson’s Square throughout the day before a final grand show in front of dignitaries. The Sunday dancing is less formal, taking place in St Sampson’s and King’s Square on the Sunday morning.

Over the years we have had representatives of all the leading traditional team styles: the stick and hanky Morris of the Cotswolds, the large clog-stepping sides of the North West, the intricate weaving Yorkshire Longsword, the country-dance like East Anglian Molly, the bizarre costumes and disguises of Welsh border Morris and the swift interlacing of Northumbrian Rapper sword.

This year’s Festival details are to be confirmed. We'll be inviting teams from all round England to join in this celebration of English Traditional dance, hosted by local team Ebor Morris. The two other local sides Acorn Morris & Minster strays should be in attendance, together hopefully with old favourites such as Brackley Morris from Northamptonshire.

 

 

York Festival of Traditional Dance
3rd September
2011 Yorkwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Whalley Abbey in Lancashire, where a costumed Cistercian monk will be our guide and a visit to the evocative Clitheroe Castle.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
3rd September
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

The Bingham String Quartet -

Steve Reich: Different Trains
Anthony Gilbert: String Quartet No.3
Michael Parkin: String Quartet No. 1
George Crumb: Black Angels

Pre-concert talk by Anthony Gilbert at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
3rd September
2011 Thirsk Races Thirsk Racecourse
3rd September
2011 Ripley Blues present THE STUMBLE Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
3rd September
2011 Proms - Back by popular demand...

Harewood House
3/4th
September
2011 Burton Agnes Fete - A fantastically fun fete all day from 11.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Visitors are invited to join in the fun with vintage fairground rides, magic shows, face painting, a treasure hunt, giant garden games, a bouncy castle and traditional stalls including Hook a Duck, Hoopla and a coconut shy!

The Hall will be open for visitors to explore and enjoy, while at the courtyard shops, visitors will find tempting items in our Gift Shop and Home & Garden Shop, and seasonal produce and culinary treats in the Farmers’ Food Store. Home grown plants will be on sale in the courtyard. The cafe is open for freshly prepared meals, snacks and refreshments, and our ice cream parlour will offer indulgent treats.

 

 

Burton Agnes Hall
4th September
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Waverley - This summer series of steam hauled trains provides an opportunity for passengers from York, Leeds and the Aire Valley to travel over the spectacular Settle–Carlisle Line, probably the most famous railway route in the Britain. We have four powerful steam locomotives for these trains, representing the advances and achievements of British steam power between the late 1920's and the 1950's.

Our train will set out from York at 09:00 and immediately reach high speeds along the long, flat, straight stretch of line to Church Fenton. Here we take the route to Leeds, where we stop to pick up passengers. Our train follows the Aire Valley and calls to pick up more passengers at Shipley, Keighley, and Skipton.

From Leeds to Carlisle there's scarcely a level mile; 113 miles of ups and downs! We stop for our steam locomotive to take on water and then arrive at Settle Junction, the beginning of one of Britain's most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive which we will see - and hear - working very hard!

We cross the breathtaking Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. The route runs over bridges and through tunnels to the highest station in England at Dent. There are magnificent views of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, all 1169 feet of it! We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and on to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where our locomotive takes on water. Passengers have the option of spending the afternoon in this historic and picturesque town, or continuing to Carlisle.

We continue to Carlisle through the Eden Valley and arrive in the 'Border City' at around 14:00.

There will be three hours in Carlisle, providing plenty of time to explore this ancient city. On the return journey we stop at Appleby for our locomotive to take on water and to pick up the passengers who spent the afternoon there. We shall have been climbing almost continually for almost 50 miles when we are back at Ais Gill, tackling gradients as steep as 1 in 100. It is then downhill before we stop again for our locomotive to take on water. We stop to set down passengers at Skipton, Keighley, Shipley, Leeds and York where we arrive at around 21:45.

The steam locomotives to be used on this trip come from the following pool:-
No. 5690 Leander, Jubilee class 4-6-0, built at Crewe in 1936 by the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMSR), for use on express passenger trains.
No. 44932 class 5 (Black 5) 4-6-0, built at Horwich in 1945 by the LMSR, a 'mixed traffic' locomotive for use on passenger and freight trains.
No. 46115 Scots Guardsman rebuilt Royal Scot class 4-6-0, built in 1927 by the North British Locomotive Company for the LMSR, for use on express passenger trains.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia class Pacific 4-6-2, built at Crewe in 1951 to British Railways 'standard' design, and used on express passenger trains in East Anglia.

 

The Waverley
4th September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Richard III Trail. Follow in the footsteps of this much maligned monarch, still revered in York; at the end, visit the Richard III museum and decide whether or not he did murder the princes in the Tower. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
4th September
2011 The September Meeting - including The Press Family raceday. York Racecourse
4th September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Jewish Heritage Trail. A walk recalling the Jewish contribution to York's history, visiting sites connected with mediaeval and modern Jews. Remembering the dreadful massacre of the Jews at Clifford's Tower, where the walk ends. (In associaton with the European Day of Jewish Culture and Heritage). 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
4th September
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Morris Minor Car Rally / Harvest Day.

As well as Morris Minors taking over the site also come and see the harvest from our corn field brought in the traditional way. The cornfield is usually harvested using a vintage 1940s Massy Harris Sunshine Binder. Ryedale Folk Museum
4th September
2011 Burnby Hall Gardens Sunday Concert Programme - music from the Band Stand commences at 2.00 pm

Today - York Concert Band Burnby Hall
Pocklington
Burnby Hall Gardens
4th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Evensong. An ecumenical service in St Mary's church. Everyone welcome. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9/10th September
2011 York National Book Fair - The largest PBFA Book Fair of the Year with 200 leading bookdealers the largest rare & antiquarian book fair in Europe.

From modest beginning with just 20 exhibitors at the White Swan Inn in York in 1974, the York Book Fair has grown into the largest, and many say friendliest, rare, antiquarian & out-of-print book fair in the U.K.. Held over two days, 200 of this country's leading booksellers offer for sale a breathtaking diversity of books, as well as maps & prints, ranging in price from just a few pounds up to tens of thousands of pounds.

You will find books over 500 years old, to review copies of recently published works, and everything in between. As one buyer from Arizona said last year: "As someone who travels 6000 miles to the York Fair it is my main buying event of the year."

The venue is very easy to reach, there is unlimited free parking, and also a free shuttle bus from the Railway Station to the Fair every 20 minutes. If you visit the website you can even get a free ticket to the Fair! Knavesmire Suite
York Racecourse
York National Book Fair
10th September
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - ‘The Empire Strikes Back' by Rob Thompson. Between August and November 1918, the BEF achieved a series of mostly forgotten brilliant victories. Beginning with the Battle of Amiens in August 1918 and ending with the Armistice, the BEF's advance averaged a mile a day for 100 days. This talk will look into how the BEF achieved this transformation and came within an ace of defeating itself through this success. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
10th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
10/11th September
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - 1900s Living History Weekend. The Museum will be joined by re-enactors bringing characters from the early Twentieth Century to life. There'll be demonstrations and re-enactments from the turn of the last century. Ryedale Folk Museum
10/11th September
2011 Drive-in Movie Weekend - Spend an evening under the stars watching a film classic...

Harewood House
10/11th September
2011 1940s Weekend - Celebrating the Bull Dog spirit of the home front.

Relive the nostalgia of 1940s Wartime Britain. The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway steps back to the difficult times of Wartime Britain. Various re-enactment societies attend the railway over both days. Watch out for the Home Guard, Soldiers and Airmen returning home on leave and, of course, the long suffering civilians.

A frequent service of trains will operate on both Saturday and Sunday, between 10.30 and 15.40 (Bolton Abbey), 16.30 (Embsay), subject of course to enemy action. The railway has had special dispensation from the Ministry of Food to operate its refreshment rooms at Bolton Abbey and Embsay stations.

For further information, please telephone Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (01756) 710614 for general enquiries, or the Talking Timetable (01756) 795189.

 

 

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
11th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - English Architecture at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal. Find out more on a guided tour which examines the succession of great architecture at this World Heritage Site. Includes: The Abbey, Fountains Hall, buildings of the Water Garden, Studley Stables, Choristers House, St Mary's Church and the Visitor Centre. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
11th September
2011 All Services Parade and Service - Eden Camp's Annual Remembrance Parade and Service. The largest gathering of service veterans in the North of England. Parade at 2.00 pm. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
11th September
2011 Cars in the Park - Sports and super car owners and fans getting together...

Harewood House
13th September
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
13th September
2011 Discovering the Gardens with Head Gardener, Chris Baker - Summer’s End. Three hour walk and talk, looking at the history and restoration of the Hall’s gardens and grounds. 10.00 am
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
14th September
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - John L. Smith: "Hooked Beak and Claw."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
14th September
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
14th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Ripon International Festival Concert with Kosmos Ensemble. Enjoy a evening of entertainment and food at Fountains Hall with traditional music from the Balkans and beyond: intoxicating dance rhythms, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion. 7.30 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
14-17th
September
2011 Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company present - 'Princess Ida '.
Jorvik Gilbert and Sullivan Company
15th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15-18th
September
2011 Beamish Agricultural Show - Enjoy a traditional agricultural show and experience all things rural.

With demonstrations of ploughing, country crafts and agricultural machinery alongside displays of ‘fur and feather’, livestock and industry classes and much more besides.

There is no extra charge for this event, admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Beamish Museum
16th September
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
16-18th
September
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Diesel Gala.

A great weekend for heritage diesel enthusiasts with a number of guest and home-based diesel locomotives on the line.
NYMR
16-18th
September
2011 2011 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show - For many exhibitors, the two Harrogate Shows in April and September mark the beginning and end of the UK's Horticultural Show season, taking in Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park on the way. Around 90 of the country's leading horticultural nurseries will be in Flower Hall 1, once again competing for medal award cards and silver trophies and selling from their plant markets. All are specialists in their field and are happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
A huge range of gardening accessories on sale: summerhouses, statues, a ceramic pot, gardening tools...we've got the lot! Much of the Showground is hard-surfaced and over 70% of the Show is under cover, either in fully ramped and floored marquees or in the two permanent exhibition halls. A grand day out whatever the weather!
The following societies are represented at the show - Ancient Society of York Florists, The; British & European Geranium Society, The; British Cactus & Succulent Society; British Clematis Society; British Fuchsia Society, The; British Gladiolus Society; British National Carnation Society; Cottage Garden Society; Delphinium Society, The: Yorks & Lincs Group; Floristry & Flower Arranging; Hardy Plant Society, The: West Yorkshire Group; Harrogate & Ripon Beekeepers' Association; National Association of Flower Arranging Societies; National Chrysanthemum Society: Northern Group; National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens; National Dahlia Society: Northern Committee; National Vegetable Society, The; North of England Bonsai Association; Northern Fruit Group; Royal Horticultural Society; Royal National Rose Society

9.30 am -
5.30 pm
The Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate
Flower Show
16-18th
September
2011 Darlington Dog Show – For the sixth year Newby Hall is proud to host the Darlington Dog Show, visitors will be able to see every conceivable breed of pedigree dog from all over Great Britain & abroad being handled & judged. Trade stands, on site catering and more.

Judging commences at 9.30am each day with the breed judging culminating in the Group Judging from 3.30pm, with Judging for Best in Show on the last day.

Friday 16th September – Hound, Terrier & Utility Groups

Saturday 17th September – Working & Pastoral Groups

Sunday 18th September – Gundog & Toy Groups

Newby Hall
and Gardens
16-25th September
2011 York Food and Drink Festival - York Food and Drink Festival is unique because it is set in and around the City's many amazing historic venues.

The Festival's main focus is Yorkshire food and drink.

It is run by an independent 'not for profit' organisation.

There are two principal elements to the event. Firstly Parliament Street (free entry) consists of the markets, demonstration area, beer tent and information point - a marquee will enclose the city's fountain in Parliament Street and make this an evening venue for events. Secondly there is both a day time and evening programme of events in York Guildhall, The Mansion House and in venues across York. York Food and Drink Festival
16-25th September
2011 Festival of Food & Drink Market - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
17th September
2011 York Farmers Market 10th Anniversary CELEBRATION Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York

 

York Farmers Market
17th September
2011 The 152nd Stokesley Agricultural Society Annual Show Stokesley
Show
17th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Daily life for an 11th century Cistercian Monk. Join a tour to find out about the routines of a Cistercian Monk's life related to the Abbey buildings. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
17th September
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
17th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Deer Walk. Come and spot the 500 red,Fallow and Sika deer that live in the Medieval Park. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 2.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
18th September
2012 FULL RAILWAY GUIDED TOURS - Visit behind the scenes of our Railway with one of our experienced guides. These popular tours take you behind the scenes of the railway, into all the nooks and crannies that look so tempting but are labelled 'staff only' on those nice red and white signs. Besides visiting the stations, and learning more about the Railway in general, you will visit, to the otherwise very off limits, Engine shed and workshops where we house, maintain and restore our locomotives, the Carriage shed and workshops where we house and renovate our rolling stock; you will learn about the fascinating history of our unique branch-line, visit every station (except Damems, there just isn't time!) and see into odd, tantalising corners that others miss.

These tours are walking and train based and require lots of energy and stamina. Experience indicates that regrettably they are not suitable for those with any mobility problems. Tours start at 11.00 am at Haworth Station and cost £29.50 includes a Rover ticket for travel before and after the tour, light refreshments and a packed lunch. Additional dates can be arranged for groups of 10+. Full details and bookings phone 01535 645214.

 

 

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
20th September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Battle of Fulford Walk. A gentle 3 mile walk to the battle site. Near the anniversary of the Battle of Fulford, the forgotten battle of 1066. Option of a pub lunch. Return to York by bus. Stout footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
20th September
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - The Castle Howard Landscape.

Filled with gardens, lakes, fountains, temples, woods, statues and monuments, Castle Howard is more than just a celebrated example of the early 18th-century landscape garden. Important changes occurred in the Victorian era, as well as in the 20th century, and today it is still very much a living, working landscape. This talk coincides with the publication in 2011 of Mike Kipling’s spectacular book The Gardens at Castle Howard with an introduction by Christopher Ridgway.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
22nd September
2011 Castle Howard presents - Mausoleum Tour with the Castle Howard Curator

Visit the most mysterious and imposing building in the Castle Howard landscape, where generations of the Howard family are buried in the vaults beneath the spectacular chapel.

The tour is lead by Castle Howard Curator, Dr Christopher Ridgway and also includes a visit to the Temple of the Four Winds not normally open to the public.

This tours last 2-21/2 hrs and some parts of the walk are over uneven ground so sensible footwear is recommended. The cost of this tour includes admission to the house and grounds. Discounts available to Annual Pass holders. For more information or to book please call 01653 648621.

 

Castle Howard
23rd September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Dine with the Deer Warden. Join John our deer warden for a guided walk around the park followed by a delicious meal in Fountains Restaurant. Booking essential. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
23rd September -
15th October
2011 York Theatre Royal present 40 Years On Written by Alan Bennett

Regarded as a modern classic from Yorkshire’s cherished playwright, Forty Years On is one of Bennett’s funniest works.

It’s the last day of school term. Join the staff and students of The Albion House dramatic society as they present Speak for England, Arthur - a rip roaring revue featuring sketches, songs and dances that take us back a quarter of a century to the announcement that the Second World War has broken out.

The Headmaster will do his best to keep the show on track, and keep it clean, as he contests against unruly pupils and disruptive staff…not to mention the rugby team.

‘Bennett’s most gloriously funny play…a brilliant, youthful perception of a nation in decline, as seen through the eyes of a home-grown school play…a classic’ Daily Mail

York Theatre Royal
24th September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
24th September
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - “England Expects” - The Battle of Trafalgar by John Derry. Trafalgar is the most famous British victory in the age of sail, but it is important to put it within the wider context of the war against Napoleon and the nature of the struggle at sea. It is important, too, to acknowledge the role of Collingwood, before, during and after the battle, and to analyse the way in which perceptions of Trafalgar contributed to the assumption of British invincibility in naval warfare and the neglect of the significance of aspects of the conflict other than set-piece battles between battle-fleets. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
24th September
2011 Ripon Races Ripon Racecourse
24th September
2011 Ripley Blues present THE SPIKEDRIVERS Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
24/25th
September
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Harvest Festival - ‘All is safely gathered in…’ Learn about the history and customs of this crucial event in the farming calendar. We will be celebrating in style with scarecrow-making, medieval ploughing demonstrations and learning about the story of the humble loaf of bread with the opportunity to bake your own.

Murton Park
25th September
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Battle of Fulford Walk. A gentle 3 miles walk to the battle site. Near the anniversary of the Battle of Fulford, the forgotten battle of 1066. Option of a pub lunch. Return to York by bus. Stout footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
27th September
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Castle Howard and Brideshead: Fact, Fiction and In-Between.

Used not just once but twice as the spectacular location for Brideshead in two lavish screen versions of this story, what exactly is the relationship between Evelyn Waugh's celebrated novel Brideshead Revisited and the Howards of Castle Howard?

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
29th September
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Flossie Malavialle in duo with Keith Donnelly. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
29th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - St Mary's Church Tour. Free tour of the richly decorated Victorian High Gothic Church designed by William Burges. Meet at St Mary's Church. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
30th September
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Dine with the Deer Warden. Join John our deer warden for a guided walk around the park followed by a delicious meal in Fountains Restaurant. Booking essential. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
30th September -
2nd October
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Autumn Steam Gala.

Guest locomotives along with our home fleet.
NYMR
1st October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
1st October
2011 Late Music Concerts: First Saturdays - a unique series of concerts devoted to the diverse and exciting sound world of today's contemporary classical music. The concerts will only programme the music of living composers. They promise to be fresh and engaging with award-winning, international performers and informal pre-concert talks.

Manchester Chamber Choir sing -

Devotions: The Manchester Chamber Choir offers a fascinating exploration of haunting Scandinavian sacred choral repertoire alongside some of the UK's most distinctive living composers. Under director Justin Doyle, the choir has gained a reputation as one of the country's most accomplished a cappella vocal consorts. The concert will include music by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Jan Sandström, Urmas Sisask, Judith Weir, James MacMillan, John Tavener, James Weekes, Roger Marsh, Philip Moore and a New Work by David Power.

Pre-concert talk by Roger Marsh at 6.45pm. Concert at 7.30 pm

York Unitarian Chapel
St Saviourgate

Late Music Concerts
1st October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains by Floodlight. Bring all the family and discover Fountains Abbey in a whole new light. Follow our mysterious monk on a guided tour, enjoy listening to live choral performances in the Abbey and the Gregorian chant resounding through the ruins. Light refreshments available. 5.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
1-16th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Art Exhibition - Ian Scott Massie. A look at iconic buildings and landscape of Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal through the eyes of one of Yorkshire's best known artists. Exhibition in Fountains Hall. 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
2nd October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

York's Famous Fabulous over 50's. A new walk as part of the York 50+ Festival. Reviewing the contribution of the over 50's to York's heritage and history - some fabulous, some rogues, but all famous. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
4th October
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
6th October
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Tom McConville & David Newey. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
7/8th October
2011 The October Meeting - including The October Finale Stakes and The Coral Sprint Trophy. York Racecourse
7-9th October
2012 Autumn Steam Gala - Experience the sights and sounds of the steam age with an intensive three-day service displaying the full range of the railway’s historic locomotives and carriages. Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
8th October
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - Ghosts on the Somme by Alastair Fraser. Alistair Fraser is a founder member of 'No Mans Land', a group which excavates sites on the Western Front. With his colleagues, Andrew Robertshaw and Steve Roberts, he has been investigating the famous Great War film, 'The Battle of the Somme'. Using many innovative techniques, some borrowed from their archaeological work, the team have been able to prove where and when much of the film was shot, to identify individuals and even to tell what some of them are saying. The showing of the film will be accompanied by a scene by scene commentary explaining many of their discoveries. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
8th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains by Floodlight. Bring all the family and discover Fountains Abbey in a whole new light. Follow our mysterious monk on a guided tour, enjoy listening to live choral performances in the Abbey and the Gregorian chant resounding through the ruins. Light refreshments available. 5.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Present and Absent - English Architecture at Fountains Abbey. Join a tour and discover more about the building of Fountains Abbey and its architecture over 400 years. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
11th October
2011 Castle Howard presents - Made in Yorkshire - Craft and Produce Market

Craft and produce Market with over 20 stalls selling a mix of handmade crafts and delicious local produce in the Stable Courtyard. Open from 10.00am until 4.00pm with free admission.

 

Castle Howard
11th October
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Gaslight and Riot: The Visit of Queen Victoria to Castle Howard.

Close confidant of the Royal Family, George Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle, invited Victorian and Albert to visit Castle Howard in the summer of 1850. This talk recounts the planning behind this momentous event, and what went smoothly and not so smoothly during the visit, as well as the disastrous rumpus that followed the departure of the royal couple.

The BBC series Royal Upstairs Downstairs, which chronicles the visits of Victoria and Albert to aristocratic houses in England, will be broadcast in 2011.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
11/12th October
2011 Sarah Raven Autumn & Christmas Flowers & Decorations Workshop – Sarah Raven, writer, cook, broadcaster and teacher, is the expert on all things to grow, cut and eat from your garden will be returning to Newby Hall in 2011.

She regularly writes for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Waitrose Magazine and has presented BBC Gardeners’ World. Her gardening and cookery books have won her a number of awards including Best Specialist Gardening book for The Cutting Garden and Cookery Book of the Year for Sarah Raven’s Garden Cookbook.

Sarah is an inspirational and passionate teacher, running cooking, flower arranging, growing and gardening courses at her farm in East Sussex and around the country. She is married to the writer Adam Nicolson and has two daughters and three stepsons. They divide their time between Sissinghurst Castle and Perch Hill Farm.

Newby Hall
and Gardens
12th October
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Lawrence Rose: "Wild Spain."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
14th October
2011 Castle Howard presents - Castle Howard Photography Course

Learn some great photography tips, in a stunning location, with professional Photographer, Chris Ceasar. This one-day course starts at 10.30am. For more information or to book please call 07920044094.

 

Castle Howard
14th October
2011 ‘Jane Eyre – The Well Dressed Governess’ - The tale of Charlotte Brontë and her fictional heroine – both women of passionate intensity – retold by the History Wardrobe through the deceptively genteel fashions of the 1840s. 7.30 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
14-16th
October
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Railway in Wartime.

We’ve turned the clocks back to 1943 for our most popular event of the year, with ENSA entertainers, street parades, vehicle displays and re-enactments along the railway.
NYMR
15th October
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market
15th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
15th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today a Specialist Tour - Medieval Industry. Join a tour to find out about the industrious English Cistercians. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
15th October
2011 Palestine Veterans Association - Reunion for those members of British military forces and Palestine Police who served in Palestine between 1945 and 1948. Parade at 1.00 pm. The museum will be open to the general public as normal.

Eden Camp is a multi-award winning Modern History Theme Museum housed within the grounds of an original World War Two prisoner of war camp. It was developed into a museum to stand as a tribute to all people, civilian and military, who endured hardship throughout World War Two.

Today, Eden Camp has people of all ages visiting from around the world to see the story of World War Two re-created using sights, sounds, smells and moving figures to create a unique atmosphere that makes it feel like you travelled back in time to wartime Britain.

 

Eden Camp
Malton
15th October
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
15th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains by Floodlight. Bring all the family and discover Fountains Abbey in a whole new light. Follow our mysterious monk on a guided tour, enjoy listening to live choral performances in the Abbey and the Gregorian chant resounding through the ruins. Light refreshments available. 5.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
18th October
2011 Castle Howard presents - A lecture by the Curator - Grand Tours and Farcical Journeys: The Howard Family on their Travels.

Every generation of the Howard family went on their travels, with visits to Russia, Italy, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and India, where they encountered highwaymen, seasickness, kidnap, and the delights of culinary traditions. They returned with armfuls of treasures but also priceless records of their adventures in the form of journals and drawings.

Following this talk there will be the opportunity to view relevant material from the archives. The evening will end with wine and canapes.

This talk starts at 5.30pm. For more information or to book please call 01653 649621.

 

Castle Howard
20th October -
12th November
2011 York Theatre Royal and Pilot Theatre present BlackbirdWritten by David Harrower

Why now? Why here? What does she want from him?

He was 40. She was 12. It wasn’t right, but despite what they said he was never ‘one of those’. Ray has done his time. Now, 15 years later he just wants to get on with his life. But today she has come and found him again.

Winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, David Harrower’s unflinching portrait of two people trying to make sense of a painful past is uncomfortable, tragic and full of tension.

‘Neither condoning nor condemning, Harrower has produced a fine, thought-provoking piece on a taboo subject.’ The Independent

York Theatre Royal
21st October -
5th November
2011 York Theatre Royal York Theatre Royal presents Laurel & Hardy Written by Tom McGrath

An un-missable comedy contemplating the life, loves and losses of the prolific comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are stuck in a waiting room somewhere between death and eternity. Before they can pass into the next world they take a look back at their lives and loves and offer a fascinating insight into their off-screen relationships and personal heartaches.

With some of their finest comedy routines, musical numbers, dance and slapstick, the charm and wit of Stan and Ollie are reborn in a warm and affectionate homage to one of the most successful and prolific comedy teams in history.

York Theatre Royal
22nd October
2011 Yorwalk History & Heritage Tours 2011 - Guided visits by luxury coach to sites of historical and cultural interest both great and small.

Today - Coach trip to Leicester Cathedral where there is a memorial to Richard III who was buried nearby and a guided tour of Rugby School, where Rugby Football originated.

Pick-up point immediately outside The Heathers Guest House

Yorkwalk Coach Tours
22nd October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains by Floodlight. Bring all the family and discover Fountains Abbey in a whole new light. Follow our mysterious monk on a guided tour, enjoy listening to live choral performances in the Abbey and the Gregorian chant resounding through the ruins. Light refreshments available. 5.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
22nd October
2011 Ripley Blues present THE NIMMO BROTHERS Ripley Town Hall
nr Harrogate
Ripley Blues
22/23rd October
2011 Countryside Live Your Traditional Country Show!

If you're looking for a great day out with the family that offers you something just a little bit different, then Countryside Live is the event for you! We aim to bring countryside to you - you'll see livestock, equine competitions, cookery demonstrations, hands-on crafts for you and the children plus Graham Fletcher is back with his amazing horsemanship demonstrations.

The weekend includes -

A New Show Jumping Competition - Entries from around the Country will compete to win a day at Graham Fletcher's Yard along with £300 prize money.

Xtreme Motorbike Display Team - BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! First seen at Countryside Live in 2005 - the Xtreme Motorbike Display team will amaze and shock you with their stunts. Featuring 15ft jumps up vertical walls, amazing ‘drop offs’, a full range of freestyle tricks, some of which can only be attempted by a handful of riders throughout the world, wheelies (back and front wheel!) plus other spectacular stunts which, combined with the showmanship and humour the show offers, will leave you in disbelief of what they have just witnessed.

Have a Go: Archery - Time to get hands-on with a country past-times: Archery. Try your hand at being "Robin Hood" and strike a bullseye in our have a go Archery.

Equine Classes - Ridden and In-hand - With a dedicated equine ring you can watch horses and ponies all day long! We've a selection of ridden and in-hand classes plus working hunter classes.

Bird of Prey Demonstrations - Ben Potter will be joining the line-up at Countryside Live with two bird of prey demonstrations each day at noon and 2pm. For the rest of the day you can view the birds in a static display.

Cattle, Sheep & Pigs - Countryside Live aims to be Yorkshire's premier fatstock event in the autumn - you can see the best quality cattle, sheep and pigs in their dedicated rings on both days of the Show.

Pigeons & Poultry - On Saturday see a selection of fancy fowl in our Pigeon Pavilion and on Sunday view pretty poultry in the Poultry Pavilion.

The Cookery Theatre - The cookery theatre demonstrations are given by top regional chefs - come with your notepad and pen to get some great recipe ideas you can use in your kitchen!

Food Marquee - Selling a wide range of products including cupcakes, confectionary, preserves and olives.

Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show - Knaresborough Horticultural Society return to Countryside Live once again with their Autumn Show - a great display from this local society is sure to impress!

Sausage Sizzle - Let your tastebuds cast the vote! This is your chance to taste and inspect the best of Yorkshire's Sausages and cast your vote as we aim to find the best in Yorkshire!

Dog Agility - It's fast and fun, watch the dogs be put through their paces in the ring - over the jumps, through the weaving lines and up and down the see-saw - great family entertainment!

The Country Crafts Pavilion - A fantastic pavilion for the children to explore - with many hands-on activities that they can enjoy from felt-making to straw-craft, bread and sausage making, willow-weaving and more, the children will be entertained all day long!

Tug Of War - Take the strain and pull! Let the competition commence between Young Farmers Clubs from around the region in the Tug-Of-War; a great spectacle for all the family - get there early to secure your place ringside.

Shopping

 

 

Great Yorkshire Showground
Harrogate

Countryside Live
22-30th October
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Half Term Activities / Potato Week. Join in our Potato Week celebrating the history and growth of the glorious spud! Also join in our Big Draw activites and discover your artistic side. Ryedale Folk Museum
22-30th October
2011 Autumn Glory...Food, Folk & Fun - With Twilight Tales, Diwali celebrations and Halloween fun!...

Harewood House
23rd October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Guildhalls & Secret Passages. Visit parts of York not open to the public including some of York's fine Guildhalls, the Roman East Angle Turret and a hidden Crypt. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
23rd October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Bloody Execution Tour. See Turrets where heads were impaled on spikes; hear of Dick Turpin's last hours, public hangings, floggings, brandings and duckings. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
23rd October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Fountains in Autumn. Join a guided walk and marvel at the splendour of the autumn colours. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
25th October
2011 Halloween Horrors at the Ancient Hall - Spooky fun for families. Dress up and drop in any time. 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
25th October
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
26th October
2011 Murton Park - home of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming and the Danelaw Centre for Living History.

Halloween Madness! This will be a fun packed event in preparation for Halloween, with creepy craft activities including pumpkin carving and trick or treat basket decorating. Dare you join us for a ghoulish story in the witch’s hovel? Be sure to sample some of our spooky nibbles in the cafe.

Murton Park
27th October
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - Wizz Jones. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
27/28th October
2011 Torchlight Ghost Tours - Tour the Hall with your ‘Victorian’ guide and hear tales of its ghostly inhabitants through the centuries. 6.00 pm and 8.oo pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
28th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Guy Fawkes Trail. A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame. 7.30 pm

Yorkwalk
29th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

How the Minster was Built. A fascinating tour around this great church to see how it was built by the mediaeval master masons, with a glimpse of the modern stoneyard. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
29th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Mediaeval Stained Glass. An expert guided tour of some of the finest stained glass in the country to be found in York's parish churches. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
29th October
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Halloween Party – 6.00-8.00 pm. Lots of spooky goings on and fun for all the family as the museum comes alive once more to provide a Halloween Party with a difference. Moonlit activites around the museum buildings. Warm clothes and a torch recommended! Ryedale Folk Museum
29/30th
October
2011 Castle Howard presents - Haunting Halloween

Listen to spooky stories and follow the pumpkin trail, but beware of the ghosts! This event is included in your admission to Castle Howard.

 

Castle Howard
29/30th
October
2011 Burton Agnes Michaelmas Fair - Burton Agnes Hall hosts its annual Michaelmas Fair. The grounds of the magnificent stately home will be filled with seasonal craft and food stalls, music, entertainers and fairground fun.

Michaelmas is the traditional feast of St. Michael which falls on the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the farming year and the coming of dark nights.

The street Fair will be based on the theme of produce (food and drink) and products from the countryside and gardens. Stalls include Gold on the Wold, Kilnwick Gardens, Wold Top Beer, Maid in the Kitchen and many more! 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Burton Agnes Hall
30th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

Inaccessible York – Graveyard, Coffin & Crypt Tour. Visit the hidden city of the dead; descend to a secret crypt, sample Roman and mediaeval coffins and visit plague sites. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
30th October
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Guy Fawkes Trail. A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame. 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
30th October
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Autumn Drive Through. Discover the beauty of the Abbey and Water Garden floodlit on a drive through the estate for less able visitors. Enter at Studley Royal. 6.00-8.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
3rd November
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Gordon Yates: "Arctic and Hebridean Odyssey."

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
4th November
2011 Castle Howard presents - NSPCC Christmas Fair

Once again there is an opportunity to attend the annual NSPCC Christmas Fair in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Howard. Please visit the following special website for more details NSPCC Christmas Fair

 

Castle Howard
5th November
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Guy Fawkes Trail. A walk exploring the (several!) birthplaces and haunts of one of York's most infamous sons - Guy Fawkes of Gunpowder Plot fame. 10.30 am and 2.15 pm

Yorkwalk
12th November
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - The Battle of Combles by Sean Godfrey. Sean will look at the three week battle to capture the fortified village of Combles in September 1916 and the actions of both the 56th Division and the German defenders in this forgotten and ignored corner of the Battle of the Somme. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
12th November
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
12th November
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - A Walk Through Time. Find out about the natural history of Studley Park on a guided walk. Meet at the Visitor Centre. 11.00 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
14th November -
22nd December
2011 Burton Agnes Christmas Opening - The Cunliffe-Lister family gather natural products from the Hall's award winning gardens and estate to create stunning, original decorations. A huge Christmas tree from the estate's forestland will dominate the Great Hall. Original Elizabethan and Jacobean quarters will be decorated in traditional style whilst the extraordinary Long Gallery will have a contemporary Christmas mood to complement its collection of modern and impressionist art.

In the courtyard, the Gift Shop and Flower Room will stock exciting and unusual Christmas presents and decorations. The Farmers' Food Store will sell delicious seasonal specialities and hampers, while the café will serve a seasonal menu. 11.00 am - 5.00 pm

Burton Agnes Hall
17-20th November
2011 Children's Christmas Market - Kicking off this year's festivities is the Children's Christmas Fayre. The collection of colourful stalls selling sweets, games, wooden crafted models and toys is the perfect place to pick up stocking fillers for the kids.

Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre.

York Markets
18-20th November
2011 Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club presents - The Big Birthday Bash

The Big Birthday Bash is an annual event held in November each year to celebrate the start of Acoustic Music Events being held in Kirkby Fleetham. The event seeks to present top line acts as the headliners with a full supporting casts of the finest up and coming acoustic & roots acts available to us. There are also opportunities for participative music events (come and show us what you can do…… it might lead to you being booked for a future event!).

For 2011 we have The Young’uns booked to headline Saturday night and Hissyfit are confirmed for Sunday. There will be another top headliner for Friday night and a load of other acts to be confirmed.

Saturday will also see the “Kirkby Fleetham Traditional (unaccompanied) Singing Competition” and Sunday will see the “Kirkby Fleetham Song Competition” for singer-songwriters. Both competitions will have cash prizes and a certificate awarded to the winner (you must hold a weekend or day ticket to enter either).

There will be plenty of “singaround” time built into the schedule and there will be a small number of 15 minute floorspots available for the Friday night concert.

As always there will be a real ale bar, real home cooked food and plenty of room for camper vans and caravans (free) and indoor camping available
Kirkby Fleetham
Village Hall

 

Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club
19th November
2011 York Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market
19th November
2011 York Cantores present -

TL de Victoria’s towering masterpiece Missa pro Defunctis for 6 voices (His Requiem 1605) 8.00 pm
St. Olave's Church,
Marygate
York Cantores
19th November
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The St Nicholas Tour. A fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas - the origin of Santa Claus. The walk includes a tour of York Minster with its many representations of St. Nicholas in mediaeval stained glass and other works of art. 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
19th November -
2nd January
2012 Christmas at Beamish - A whole season of Christmas festivities at Beamish sees The Town and Pit Village taking on a festive feel with period decorations from the early 1900s.

There will be traditional entertainment and, at weekends, Father Christmas in his cosy fireside grotto and our real outdoor ice rink in the Pit Village. It’s how every Christmas ought to be!

There is no extra charge for this event, admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Beamish Museum
20th November
2011 Beverley Races Beverley Racecourse
24th November
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - David Ferrard. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
24-27th November
2011 St Nicholas Fayre Market - Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre. York Markets
26th November
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The St Nicholas Tour. A fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas - the origin of Santa Claus. The walk includes a tour of York Minster with its many representations of St. Nicholas in mediaeval stained glass and other works of art. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
26th November
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The Choccy and Sweetie Tour. A delicious tour – hear the history of Terrys and Rowntrees, visit choccy and sweetie shops and taste free samples! 10.30 am and 2.00 pm

Yorkwalk
26/27th November
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Music & Lights. Christmas is coming! Get into the festive spirit with a visit to our magical winter wonderland. Enjoy listening to seasonal music in the floodlit Abbey ruins and see our trees twinkling with light. 3.30-5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
26th November -
18th December
2011 Castle Howard presents - Christmas at Castle Howard - Family Home at Christmas

Enjoy England Silver Award Winner – Visitor Experience of the Year 2008. A unique opportunity to see Castle Howard by candlelight and dressed for Christmas. Includes yuletide entertainment; visits from Father Christmas and festive gifts and foods.

 

Castle Howard
30th November
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
1st December
2011 Royal Society for the Protection of Birds York Group indoor meeting - Tom Lawson. "Birding in Nepal".

7.30 pm Non-members are most welcome at any of our events. Temple Hall
York St. John University

York RSPB
1-18th December
2011 International Christmas Market - Be sure to visit a celebration of global Christmas traditions complete with exotic flavours and mouth watering smells. Sample foods from around the world as you wander through the market stalls decked in seasonal livery and lights.

Running alongside Newgate Market - open seven days per week in York City Centre.

York Markets
2-4th December
2011 Christmas Celebrations/A Victorian Christmas - Beautiful decorations throughout the Hall. Victorian food and costume. Children’s Trail - ‘A Christmas Carol.’ 11.00 am - 5.oo pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
3rd December
2011 Steam Engine Excursions - UK steam railway Day Trips, using beautifully restored carriage stock, in all its traditional 1960s glory, plying you with fine food and wines (if you so choose) along the way. Our special steam engines make every tour and trip an unforgettable experience. These trains either start from or stop to collect passengers at York Station.

Today - The Lincoln Christmas Fayre - This special steam train offers a wonderful pre-Christmas day out from the North East and the Leeds area to Lincoln and its famous Christmas Market. Our train will be hauled by Gresley A4 Class Pacific No. 60019 Bittern to provide that touch of nostalgia and special atmosphere. Why not travel to Lincoln in comfort aboard our special steam train and avoid the traffic on the roads?

Our train leaves Newcastle Station at around 08:00 hauled by the steam locomotive Bittern. We cross the 105-year old King Edward VII Bridge with its fine views over the River Tyne and the city. We travel south to Durham, where we stop to pick up passengers, then cross Durham Viaduct, a good vantage point for beautiful views of the city and its magnificent Cathedral. Our next stop is at Darlington where we pick up more passengers.

Soon after leaving Darlington we shall be speeding along the famous ‘racing stretch’ of 4-track straight line between Northallerton and Thirsk. At York, we pick up passengers and our steam locomotive takes on water. We then head for Leeds and Wakefield where further passengers join the train. We continue to Doncaster, where we join the East Coast Main Line again briefly before branching off at Bessacarr Junction on to the GN and GE Joint Line. We continue through Gainsborough and on to Lincoln.

Lincoln Christmas Market is one of the largest Christmas markets in Europe. It spreads around the historic centre of Lincoln taking over the grounds of the Norman Castle and most of the streets, with their black and white timber-framed buildings, surrounding the Cathedral. Brightly coloured stalls, decorated with lights, sell every conceivable Christmas gift, and traders are in Victorian costume. Enjoy the smell of chestnuts roasting, mince pies and hot mulled wine. Listen to the sound of hand bell ringers or local choirs singing carols. Watch street theatre and other entertainers, and visit the majestic Gothic Cathedral, one of the finest in Europe.

These are just some of the reasons people flock to this lovely City at this special time of year.

Our train, hauled by steam locomotive 60019 Bittern, leaves Lincoln at 16:40 for the return journey. It will stop at the same stations as on the outward journey, to set down passengers.

 

The Lincoln Christmas Fayre
3rd December
2011 Reach the parts of York other visitors miss with Yorkwalk, join one of our entertaining historical guided walks. The best way to see York is on one of our fascinating walks. Let our qualified guides inform and entertain you as they personally conduct you around the ancient City of York.

The St Nicholas Tour. A fascinating Yuletide look at the life and legends of St. Nicholas - the origin of Santa Claus. The walk includes a tour of York Minster with its many representations of St. Nicholas in mediaeval stained glass and other works of art. 10.30 am

Yorkwalk
3/4th December
2011 Ryedale Folk Museum - Christmas Weekend.

The Museum's Annual Free Christmas weekend event: A great weekend for all the family. The 3rd - 4th December will see the Museum in full festive swing with activities, demonstrations, crafts, cooking, stalls, music, re-enactors, mulled wine, mince pies, games and all round festive fun. We hope to see you there to help the museum close for Christmas with a bang! Ryedale Folk Museum
3/4th December
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Santa Specials - Join Santa and his helpers on board our seasonal steam train excursions.

They say Christmas is a time for children, and with our Santa Specials, you’ll not be disappointed. These special excursions are ideal for families with small children. They run on the dates below, and you can choose from 4 shuttle services each day, either departing from Pickering to Levisham and back, or from Grosmont to Goathland and back.

Festive fun all the way. Refreshments included. Ideal for families with young children.

 

NYMR
3/4th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Music & Lights. Christmas is coming! Get into the festive spirit with a visit to our magical winter wonderland. Enjoy listening to seasonal music in the floodlit Abbey ruins and see our trees twinkling with light. 3.30-5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
8th December
2011 The Black Swan Folk Club present - David Ferrard. 8.00 pm
Black Swan,
Peasholme Green
B.S.F.C.
8th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Theatre - 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.' Guaranteed to rouse your Christmas spirit, a great start to the season for all the family. Pre-theatre suppers available. Booking essential. 7.30 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
9th December
2011 Castle Howard presents - Christmas Dinner at Castle Howard

Enjoy an evening of delicious festive delights served up in the spectacular surroundings of Castle Howard. For more information, please call 01653 648632.

 

Castle Howard
9-11th December
2011 Christmas Celebrations/A Victorian Christmas - Beautiful decorations throughout the Hall. Victorian food and costume. Children's Trail - 'A Christmas Carol.' 11.00 am - 5.oo pm
Kiplin Hall
nr Catterick
10th December
2011 The Western Front Association - furthering interest in The Great War 1914-18. On 11 November 2010 the WFA celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. During those thirty years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and died in the years 1914-18.

Yorkshire Branch lecture - The Divisional Training School 1916-1917 by Ian Riley. The 55th (West Lancashire) Division was often used throughout 1915 as 'hewers of wood and drawers of water', but their strong minded GOC Major-General Hugh Sandham Jeudwine, embarked on a period of intense learning, at the centre of which the Divisional School played an increasingly important part. 2.30 pm Room 138
Holgate Block
York St. John University

Western Front Association - York
10th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - World Heritage Site Tour. Find out what makes Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal a World Heritage Site. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Outdoor footwear recommended. 10.30 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
10th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Traditional Christmas Evening. Enjoy a seasonal five course dinner with live festive entertainment in the floodlit Abbey ruins and Fountains Restaurant. Booking essential. 6.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
10/11th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - On the Hoof! Enjoy watching the wild deer herd munching through their winter feed. Meet by St Mary's Church. 10.45 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
10/11th December
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Santa Specials - Join Santa and his helpers on board our seasonal steam train excursions.

They say Christmas is a time for children, and with our Santa Specials, you'll not be disappointed. These special excursions are ideal for families with small children. They run on the dates below, and you can choose from 4 shuttle services each day, either departing from Pickering to Levisham and back, or from Grosmont to Goathland and back.

Festive fun all the way. Refreshments included. Ideal for families with young children.

 

NYMR
10/11th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Music & Lights. Christmas is coming! Get into the festive spirit with a visit to our magical winter wonderland. Enjoy listening to seasonal music in the floodlit Abbey ruins and see our trees twinkling with light. 3.30-5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
11th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Carols by Candlelight. Enjoy a traditional carol service in the Abbey with candles for children. 3.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
13th December
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
15th December
2011 Celebrating Christmas through the Years - Our Head Guide Pauline Waslin, will give a talk on the history of Christmas at Burton Agnes Hall. 2.00pm
Burton Agnes Hall
15th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Theatre - A Christmas Carol. This Christmas Ebenezer Scrooge will be visited by three spirits. Will they convince him to change his miserly ways? Festive theatre for all to enjoy. Pre-theatre supper available. Booking essential. 7.30 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
16th December
2011 Castle Howard presents - Christmas Dinner at Castle Howard

Enjoy an evening of delicious festive delights served up in the spectacular surroundings of Castle Howard. For more information, please call 01653 648632.

 

Castle Howard
17th December
2011 York Christmas Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market
17th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Traditional Christmas Evening. Enjoy a seasonal five course dinner with festive entertainment in the floodlit Abbey ruins and Fountains Restaurant. Booking essential. 6.00-10.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
17/18th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - Christmas Music & Lights. Christmas is coming! Get into the festive spirit with a visit to our magical winter wonderland. Enjoy listening to seasonal music in the floodlit Abbey ruins and see our trees twinkling with light. 3.30-5.00 pm

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
17-20th December
2011 North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Santa Specials - Join Santa and his helpers on board our seasonal steam train excursions.

They say Christmas is a time for children, and with our Santa Specials, you'll not be disappointed. These special excursions are ideal for families with small children. They run on the dates below, and you can choose from 4 shuttle services each day, either departing from Pickering to Levisham and back, or from Grosmont to Goathland and back.

Festive fun all the way. Refreshments included. Ideal for families with young children.

 

NYMR
21st December
2011 The Sheriffs' Riding or Yoolgirthol every 21st December (St Thomas's Day). Beginning at Micklegate Bar (the main entrance to the city from south and arrival point for all visiting monarchs) and stopping at various stations throughout the city in order that a proclamation may be promulgated, heralded by a long blast on a horn. An amnesty is declared to "all manner of thieves, whores, dice-players and other unthrifty folk for the feast of Yule, until the twelve days be past; God Save The Queen"

Or as described by Sir Francis Drake in 1736 - "The sheriffs, by the custom of the City of York do ride to several parts every year betwixt Michaelmas and midwinter, that is Yoole, and do, at several parts of the said City make a proclamation.

The ceremony of riding, one of the greatest shews in the City, is performed on this manner. The sheriffs appear on horseback, apparelled in their black gowns and velvet tippits, their horses in suitable furniture, each sheriff having a white wand in his hand, and a badge of his office, and a servant to lead his horse who also carries a gilded truncheon. Their sergeants at mace, attorneys and other officers of their courts, on horseback in their gowns riding before them.

These are preceeded by the city's waites, or musicians, in their scarlet liveries and silver badges playing all the way through the streets. One of these waites wears on his head a red pinked or tattered ragged cap, a badge of great antiquity.

Then follows a great concourse of country gentlemen, citizens, &tc. on horseback who are invited to this honour and afterwards to dine with them, and I have seen near four hundred people at the entertainment."

Starts 6.00 pm
from
Micklegate Bar

The York Waits
22nd December
2011 York Christmas Farmers Market - The York Farmers Market was one of the first to be established in the north of England in the Autumn of 1999. The success as the forerunner to this movement in the north has led to a large number of other markets opening up in the area and, more importantly, created an alternative source of income to many farmers and producers.

The main benefit of the farmers market here at Murton is that it is all under cover come rain, snow or high wind with a large private car park adjacent. There is always seasonal activity and special events at the markets, adding extra value and interest.

The main principle of the farmers market is that it is local producers selling fresh quality produce direct to local consumers in an atmosphere which promotes dialogue and understanding of food production including environmental and welfare standards. This cuts down food miles and puts money back into the local economy rather than imported goods.

The market always offers an extensive range of produce including:-
Meat – Yorkshire beef, lamb and pork; chicken, duck, geese, pheasant, partridge, wild game (in season); wild boar; pies, sausages, burgers etc.
Vegetables – Fresh vegetables and salads (including organic growers); exotic mushrooms; fresh fruit in season.
Bakery – Cakes, scones, quiches, puddings, fruit pies.
Other products – Yorkshire cheeses, home made soups, fruit wine, apple juice, organic milk and butter.

A fantastic choice of fresh quality local produce at very competitive prices and the benefit of knowing where it's come from and how it's been produced.

 

 

York Auction Centre
Murton, York
York Farmers Market
27th December
2011 Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, North Yorkshire. Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site is a huge estate of beauty, contrasts and surprises including the largest abbey ruins in the country and one of England's most spectacular Georgian water gardens.

Today - On the Hoof! Enjoy watching the wild deer herd munching through their winter feed. Meet by St Mary's Church. 10.45 am

Fountains Abbey
and Studley
Royal Water Gardens
28th December
2011 Catterick Bridge Races Catterick
Racecourse
2012
20/21st January
2012 University of York - Graduation Ceremonies University of York
26-29th April
2012 2011 Harrogate Spring Flower Show - The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is regarded by many as the start of the UK's gardening show season. Flower Halls 1 & 2 are home to over 100 of the country's leading horticultural nurseries, all exhibiting and competing for The Premier Award and NEHS Trophy for Best-in-Show. All the nurserymen are experts in their field and are happy to offer specialist advice.
A huge range of gardening accessories on sale: summerhouses, statues, a ceramic pot, gardening tools...we've got the lot! Much of the Showground is hard-surfaced and over 70% of the Show is under cover, either in fully ramped and floored marquees or in the two permanent exhibition halls. A grand day out…whatever the weather

9.30 am -
5.30 pm
The Great Yorkshire Showground,
Harrogate
Flower Show
11-13th July
2012 University of York - Graduation Ceremonies University of York