All the Non-Festive Events Across Yorkshire this December
There is plenty you won't want to miss this December
DIARY OF AN ORDINARY PLACE
UNTIL 31ST DECEMBER
The nature reserve in Masham is the focus of a newexhibition, hoping to inspire you – Diary of an Ordinary Place. It will celebrate the innate human instinct to connect with nature, featuring photographs and a book by Steve Christian.
ELLIE NIBLOCK: VISUALEYES
UNTIL NEXT YEAR
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton
Visualeyes is an exhibition of new work by artist Ellie Niblock inspired by a month spent exploring the landscape of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. She was selected for the 2020 Art for the Environment Residency Programme and her work brings together both digital and physical elements of her research. She investigates how real and virtual worlds co-exist, and probes the creative possibilities that emerge when they overlap.
THE BARD AT BARLEY HALL
Barley Hall, York
The Bard at Barley Hall explores the history of York through the drama of Shakespeare, featuring costumes worn by famous actors, including Al Pacino’s Shylock costume from A Merchant of Venice, Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth costume and Kate Winslet’s Ophelia costume from Hamlet. Dress up and perform your own scenes on the interactive stage and view exhibits from York Archaeological Trust’s own collections. Plus, discover a range of sensory activities for visitors with additional needs.
Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall
One of the most influential British comedians, Ricky returned to the stage with SuperNature in 2021 following the global success of his Netflix stand-up special Humanity and the continued success of After Life – and now he’s back. An award-winning stand-up comedian, you won’t want to miss your chance to see Ricky live.
JOANNE MCNALLY: PROSECCO EXPRESS
Leeds Grand Theatre
Joanne is on a mission to solve… absolutely nothing. She’s found herself suddenly in her late thirties with no husband, no kids, no pension and no plan but as she revisits her critically-acclaimed show The Prosecco Express and brings it to Leeds, you can be guaranteed a good laugh.
DARA Ó BRIAIN: SO...WHERE WERE WE?
At the end of his last tour, Dara had performed the show Voice Of Reason 180 times and by March 2020, he was ready for a break – but he didn’t expect his break to be so long. Now, finally, he’s back on tour. His new show will hardly mention the last two years (thankfully) but will instead fire out the usual mix of stories and one-liners to make you laugh out loud.
FROM 24TH NOVEMBER
Leeds Grand Theatre
We couldn’t be more excited about Les Mis coming to Leeds. This brilliant new stage show has taken the world by storm as Les Mis for the 21st century. With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, look forward to seeing performances of the songs I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, One Day More, and our personal favourite – Master Of The House. Seen by more than 120 million people worldwide, Les Mis has earned its place as one of the world’s most popular musicals.
AM I INVISIBLE YET?
0113 213 7700
Dunstan Bruce, ex-frontman with chart-topping band Chumbawamba, will perform his new hour-long one-man show to take you on an existential voyage through poetry and music – a love letter to hope and humanity. He claims his show will resonate with anyone who once thought they could change the world, and is still determined to get back up again. Don’t miss this thought-provoking show which is no cosy fireside chat, but insightful and important in today’s climate.
CELEBRATING THE SEASONS WITH THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS
Amanda Owen will share memorable moments and charming stories from her remarkable farming family life in North Yorkshire. You’ll hear how she grew up in Huddersfield, but was inspired by James Herriot’s books to leave her town life behind and head to the countryside, then eventually settled down in Swaledale, living and working in one of the highest and most remote places in England (where she has been for more than 25 years). Before the show, read our interview with Amanda here.
O2 Academy, Leeds
Taking inspiration from Damien Rice, Lorde, Frank Ocean and HAIM, Holly’s music style is honest and attention-grabbing. In the span of a year, she’s amassed more than 100 million streams, performed on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and made her way onto our personal playlist. You need to see her live.
First Direct Arena, Leeds
British rock and pop singer and songwriter Rod Stewart is back on the road following the success of his previous sold-out tours. This Christmas he’s promising show-stopping classics as well as new hits. One of the best-selling artists in history, with an estimated 250 million records and singles sold worldwide, he’s an icon who’s not to be missed.
SI KING & THE KING CUSH BAND
The Piece Hall, Halifax
Fronted by Hairy Biker Si King, The King Cush Band are an 11-piece who play their own special blend of funk, rock, blues and disco. From festival crowds to more intimate gigs, like this one, they deliver every time. Hear more from Si about his band here.