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Six Events for Art Lovers, Theatre Goers and History Buffs in Yorkshire this June

Collage of featured images Deer Safari | Ripon Theatre Festival | Reframing Reynolds
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June 2023
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Looking for something new to see and do?

From a deer safari to a theatre festival and inspiring art across Yorkshire, these are the must-book events this month.
Ripon Theatre Festival



An eclectic mix of professional performances and community acts will be released into various venues and open spaces across the city this June. There’ll be free to watch pop-up events and street entertainment in the Market Place and Spa Gardens alongside ticketed events to see some of the best touring drama that the region has to offer; the sophistication of Sense and Sensibility will serenade you at The Old Deanery and a swashbuckling Robin Hood can be found with his Merry Men at Fountains Abbey.


10TH–11TH & 17TH–18TH JUNE
Sledmere House

A special opportunity for the whole family to tour the deer park and see some of the red deer bred on the estate in their natural habitat. A fantastic event for all the family, the farm team will pick you up with their tractors and custom made trailers to take you through the grounds and over to the deer park where you will get up close to the majestic does and be the first to meet their beautiful new calves. You can ask questions and chat to the farmers who care for the herd throughout the year.

Drawing in the Dark | Henry Moore, At the Coal Face (1942) © The Whitworth, The University of Manchester


24TH & 25TH JUNE
The Hepworth Wakefield

The Hepworth Wakefield’s Ceramics Fair is your go-to place to browse all things pottery. Shop traditional and contemporary ceramics, homeware and jewellery from 65 of the UK’s best independent ceramicists and potters. Plus there’ll be family activities, talks and discounted exhibition entry. The Ceramics Fair will take place at the newly renovated event space at Tileyard North, the refurbished mill opposite the gallery, so visitors can also try out the new Yorkshire Brasserie and The Distillery bar, as well as The Hepworth Wakefield’s own café and garden café.


Art Gallery, Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Doncaster

Explore the largest ever exhibition of coalmining drawings by celebrated artist, Henry Moore. Henry Moore is famous for his sculpture and his drawings of Londoners sheltering from The Blitz. But it is often forgotten that Moore was the son of a coalminer from Castleford, Yorkshire. As a war artist, he developed a detailed series of drawings from sketches he made at the mine where his father had worked. Consisting of nearly 100 drawings, showcased alongside sculptures and other works-on-paper, this exhibition invites visitors to journey from quick pencil sketches, through developmental drawings, finished pieces and finally to later works inspired by Moore’s coalmining experience.

Hidden Minster Tours


Harewood House, Leeds

In the late 18th century, celebrated artist Sir Joshua Reynolds painted many portraits of the Lascelles family. Now, marking 300 years since his birth, Harewood is re-examining six of them to explore the artist’s innovative style. You’ll see works including Lady Worsley, Mrs Hale as Euphrosyne and Edwin Lascelles, the builder of Harewood. This exhibition also includes a specially designed family guide to help younger visitors learn about Reynolds and inspire them with portraiture.


York Minster

Take a journey with York Minster’s expert guides to see its hidden architectural gems. In the hidden tour of the Chapter House roof and old Mason’s Loft, you’ll learn how 13th century masons used a revolutionary engineering technique to create a structure that is now one of the wonders of medieval carpentry. In the Scaffolding and Meet the Masons Tour you’ll discover the 800 years of craftsmanship that has gone into making the Cathedral. And in Crypts of the Early Minster you’ll have the rare opportunity to delve behind the walls of the present-day Crypt.

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