Exhibitions, Comedy Nights and Shows Across Yorkshire this September
Get out and about with our list of things to do including fun for the whole family
WATERSCAPES AND LANDSCAPES: AILSA READ AND CLARE DEAN
16TH SEPTEMBER–5TH OCTOBER
The Station, Richmond
Marvel at this exhibition of work inspired by water and meadows. Ailsa and Clare are inspired by the natural world but display their inspirations in different ways. They have exhibited together at RHS Harlow Carr, and they’ll be there again in November and December.
BEEHIVES, BOBS & BLOWDRYS
17TH SEPTEMBER–16TH OCTOBER
The Piece Hall, Halifax
A first of its kind, this stylish exhibition is curated by fashion research consultant and senior academic at Solent University, Donna Bevan, and award-winning hairdresser Andrew Barton, celebrating the art and skill of hairdressing along with some of the most iconic looks of the past 70 years. It will highlight technological breakthroughs in salon products and the influence of hair fashion trends and subcultural styles.
SUMMER OF LOVE
UNTIL 22ND SEPTEMBER
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
Summer of Love is a series of events and projects celebrating human relationships, understanding and love between people. Taking inspiration from the current exhibition Robert Indiana: Sculpture 1958–2018, it will run until the autumn equinox and investigates the complexities of love and community. Visual artist and illustrator Soofiya has been selected from an open call for an LGBTQIA+ artist to create a vinyl mural which will be displayed in the YSP Centre restaurant – don’t miss it.
BRONTË FESTIVAL OF WOMEN’S WRITING
Brontë Parsonage Museum
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were pioneering female writers and continue to inspire women today. This summer, the museum which celebrates their lives is hosting its seventh festival dedicated to showcasing and celebrating women’s writing. Be inspired by self-publishing and self-promotion, tips and advice for working on adaptations, and writing for stage and radio.
IN THE GARDEN
UNTIL 25TH SEPTEMBER
The Hepworth Wakefield’s Café
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by Tom Stuart-Smith, is a great source of inspiration for many. This new exhibition brings together seven artists – Sarah Abbott, Clare Curtis, Helen Riddle, Helen Thomas, Tony Wade, Studio Wald and Ellie Way – who have captured the beauty of the garden in their own way. All of the works on display are available to buy from the gallery or online.
THE NORTHERN ANTIQUES FAIR
29TH SEPTEMBER–2ND OCTOBER
The Garden Rooms at Tennants, Leyburn
01969 621146 tennantsgardenrooms.com
The Northern Antiques Fair returns to The Garden Rooms at Tennants after a very successful relocation from Harrogate where this prestigious fair had been running since 1951. Growing in size, there will now be more than 40 exhibitors showcasing a wide selection of disciplines including furniture, paintings, glass, jewellery, sculpture, and much more. There is ample free parking, plus a café, bar, bistro and gift shop to round off a rewarding day out.
EMMA GIBSON: QUICK SAND
UNTIL 2ND OCTOBER
Scarborough Art Gallery
Using micro-3D scanning technology, Emma Gibson has worked with The Imaging and Analysis Centre at the Natural History Museum to discover the shapes of individual sand grains before recasting them as mighty forms. Each piece was made using recycled plaster, cliff chalk, timber and a pioneering resin made from recycled plastic bottles. Films, digital and physical models and other materials will be shown alongside her creations.
ED GAMBLE: ELECTRIC
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax
Award-winning comedian Ed Gamble has extended his stand-up tour with a date at The Victoria Theatre. Co-host of the award-winning mega-hit podcast Off Menu with James Acaster, Ed (Taskmaster champion, and host of Taskmaster the Podcast), has funny bones – and we’re sure he’ll have you laughing out loud if you manage to get your hands on some tickets to his stand-up show at The Victoria Theatre this September.
HAL CRUTTENDEN: IT’S BEST YOU HEAR IT FROM ME
City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds
Hal is back to living the single life. But it’s all going to be fine; he’s made a show all about it. He’s lost enough weight to almost get his wedding ring off and he’s got his grown-up daughters, his dogs and his divorce lawyer looking out for him. It must be going well… the Sunday Times says it’s the ‘funniest he’s ever been’.
DAWN FRENCH IS A HUGE TW*T
Oval Hall, Sheffield City Hall
Comedy icon Dawn has made so many ‘stupid’ mistakes or misunderstood so much, that she’s opted for this rather cheeky name for her new show. She’s decided to share some of her embarrassing stories to give you a peek behind the scenes of her work life and to give you a good laugh.
A ROMP WITH THE GEORGIANS
The Forum, Northallerton
David Harper is a well-known BBC TV antiques presenter (you’ll have seen him on Bargain Hunt, Flog It and Antiques Road Trip), but he’s also an artist, speaker and writer. His recently published book A Romp With The Georgians takes a lighthearted look at life in Britain during the Georgian period – and it’s now been turned into a stand-up comedy, family-friendly history show. The show is unscripted so prepare for lots of audience participation.
SHAKERS: UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
Theatre Royal, Wakefield
The high street might be struggling to get back to normal but the Shakers bar is under new management and they’re determined to make it thrive. But pubs are closing and the hospitality industry is looking to a new future. Waitresses Adele, Nicky and Mel are juggling home, work, school and everything in between – but how long can that last before they burn out?
PROFESSOR BRIAN COX: HORIZONS WORLD TOUR
Utilita Arena, Sheffield
Using state of the art LED screen technology, Sheffield’s Utilita Arena will be filled with images of far-away galaxies, alien worlds, supermassive black holes and a time before the Big Bang. Horizons is a celebration of our civilisation (music, art, philosophy and science) and offers an optimistic vision of our future. Brian will be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to answer your burning questions.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
UNTIL 17TH SEPTEMBER
Courtyard Theatre, Leeds Playhouse
0113 213 7700
Award-winning director Denzel Westley-Sanderson is breathing new life into Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy: The Importance of Being Earnest. Humour meets contemporary culture in this show, which is packed with chart-toppers. This vibrant retelling brings relevance and a unique insight into dysfunctional families, class, gender and sexuality.
Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham
Heather Small is headlining Wentworth Festival this year, but you can also expect brilliant DJ sets, a new music event, comedy and a fairground to keep you entertained. Our comedy highlight is Steve Royle (described by Peter Kay as a brilliant comedian – and he knows his stuff). Fingers crossed for good weather.
Bonus Arena, Hull
Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, producer, and actor NE-YO is back on tour in the UK for the first time in six years so you won’t want to miss out on tickets to see his show, where he’ll perform iconic hits as well as new music from his seventh album, Self Explanatory. You’ll know his hits Miss Independent and Because of You, but did you know he’s also written and produced hits for some of music’s biggest megastars, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Usher and Celine Dion?
SHEFFIELD SHARKS V LONDON LIONS
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre
The raft of cricket available at County, International and Club level seems to grow by the month and soon something will need to change – if you don’t believe me listen to Ben Stokes on the subject. In a satisfactory but unremarkable year for Yorkshire the season draws to a close at Headingley – a fixture for the true lovers of the sport.
YORKSHIRE V GLOUCESTERSHIRE
26th September (Four days)
Headingley Stadium, Leeds
HULL CITY V LUTON TOWN
The MKM Stadium
BARNSLEY V CHARLTON ATHLETIC
SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY V WYCOMBE WANDERERS
BRADFORD CITY V AFC WIMBLEDON
University of Bradford Stadium
DONCASTER ROVERS V CRAWLEY TOWN
The 25th anniversary Grand Final build ups and the World Cup allows for a competitive end of season. These are a few dates to note.
Super League Semi Finals
16th & 17th September