Culture Guide 2018

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Centre stage Fantastic theatres

Lights, camera... Yorkshire on film

Let’s dance Performing arts

Inspirational landscapes Yorkshire has a glorious array of cultural attractions to offer, whether on stage, screen, page or canvas. With hundreds of theatres and galleries across the county, Yorkshire provides ample opportunity to experience everything from sculptures and fine art to opera, dance, plays and musicals. Couple Yorkshire’s hugely talented writers with our stunning scenery and it’s hardly surprising that page and screen entertainment as varied as Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the classic film The Railway Children and ITV’s take on Victoria have been inspired by or filmed in Yorkshire. We’re so proud of Yorkshire’s outstanding reputation for culture and this guide is sure to inspire everyone to experience something very different for themselves.

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire

Front cover image: Hepworth Wakefield by Marc Atkins / Art Fund 2017 © Marc Atkins 2017. Images this page top to bottom: Royal Hall, Harrogate. We Are Hull by artist Zolst Balogh © Danny Lawson PA Wire/PA Images. H.Webster - THW Opening. Zak Ové, Black and Blue, The Invisible Men and the Masque of Blackness Photograph © Jonty Wilde




Producing theatres

York Theatre Royal York, North Yorkshire York Theatre Royal has been producing great drama in the beautiful city of York for over 270 years making it the oldest theatre in the UK, outside of London. This theatre is also famed for its annual pantomimes starring Berwick Kaler; the longest running Panto Dame.

Yorkshire is a cultural hub for producing theatres with five fantastic venues creating homegrown productions. For more brilliant Yorkshire theatres go to

Acting up Hull Truck Theatre Hull, East Yorkshire


Leeds Playhouse

Sheffield Theatres

Stephen Joseph Theatre

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Scarborough, North Yorkshire

2018 to 2019 sees the regeneration of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The popular theatre changed its name back to Leeds Playhouse ahead of the major £15.8 million capital redevelopment project. While the rebuild is in full swing, a “Pop-Up Theatre” containing two performance spaces in the backstage area of the building will be open with a full programme of events for all to enjoy.

Did you know that the largest Theatre District outside of London is here in Yorkshire? Sheffield Theatres is home to the world-famous Crucible, the Lyceum and the multi-format Studio. Across its three theatres, the company produces a diverse programme of work. Taking pride in creating bold and enriching work, the company was recognised for its ambition in 2013 and 2014 when it won the Regional Theatre of the Year Award.

In 1955, a young director called Stephen Joseph, managed Britain’s first season of professional theatre-in-the-round in a small concert hall in Scarborough. The success of this theatre lead to the building of a state-of-the-art theatre-in-the-round in town. The theatre was the professional home to one of Britain’s Greatest Playwrights Sir Alan Ayckbourn. He went on to write 80 plays and still chooses to premiere his work at his beloved theatre.


A pioneering theatre with a unique northern voice, global in outlook, inspiring artists, audiences and communities to reach their greatest potential. Home to an exceptional range of internationally renowned artists, companies and writers producing world premieres and working with local people to tell their own unique stories.




Fantastic theatres

Taking centre stage

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There’s plenty to see at the many theatres across Yorkshire. From smaller independent productions to West End musicals, Yorkshire never shy’s away from the spotlight.


Georgian Theatre Royal

Harrogate Theatre

Leeds Grand Theatre

Richmond, North Yorkshire

Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Georgian Theatre Royal, in Richmond is Britain’s most complete Georgian playhouse. Built by the actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788, very few playhouse’s can offer such authenticity or intimacy. It also possesses the oldest known set of theatrical scenery in existence.

Harrogate Theatre is a critically acclaimed theatre hosting a vibrant programme of drama, dance, music and comedy in their Main House, Studio Theatre, Royal Hall and Harrogate International Centre. It pushes performance boundaries, working with communities and supports creative development.

A beautiful Victorian venue in the heart of the city that prides itself on bringing the West End to West Yorkshire. Showcasing a host of smashhit musicals, dance, music, comedy and drama. The National Theatre is a regular to The Grand and its resident companies, Opera North and Northern Ballet, are internationally renowned.

Theatre Royal Wakefield


Montgomery Theatre

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

One of the smallest remaining auditoriums designed by worldrenowned architect Frank Matcham. Their programme of events are accessible to all members of the community maintaining its reputation as a leading producing and receiving theatre.

Cast is Doncaster’s flagship theatre. Home to world-class entertainment, transforming lives for local people through arts and culture. After opening its doors in 2013 it has played host to internationally acclaimed touring companies, co-produced work and the very best in local talent.

A theatre and arts centre based in Sheffield. The theatre specialises in children’s and family programming; presenting a portion of the best children’s shows currently on tour in the UK, as well as programming a diverse range of workshops to enrich children’s and young people’s creative experience.


The Alhambra in Bradford is regarded as the North’s premier touring venue and hosts the best in large scale entertainment including ballet, opera, comedy, musicals, drama and of course, the annual pantomime. This iconic theatre opened its doors in 1914 by Francis Laidler who was later known as “The King of Panto”. Stars such as Laurel & Hardy, George Formby, prima ballerina Anna Pavlova and singer Randolph Sutton graced the stage. In more recent years Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Sir Laurence Olivier, Derek Jacobi, Rowan Atkinson and Morecombe and Wise have entertained audiences on this famous Yorkshire stage. East Riding Theatre was founded by actor and Beverley resident Vincent Regan. He was surprised such a vibrant town was not home to a theatre, so he decided to open one. Through a huge community effort, the theatre opened its doors for the first time in December 2014. It has since delivered an eclectic programme of quality theatre, music and entertainment to the people of Beverley and beyond. It’s not only the residents of Beverley who love their new theatre; Academy Award Winners Dame Judi Dench and Sir Mark Rylance are strong supporters and Theatre Patrons. In 1998 six art lovers bought the dilapidated Square Chapel Arts Centre with a view to transforming it into a home for performing arts in Halifax. 40,000 people a year visit the centre for film, theatre, live music, comedy, family shows and workshops, so it’s fair to say they have achieved what they set out to do. The Grade II* listed red brick Georgian Chapel seats 220 and is used for talks, theatre, music performances, film screenings and more. While the Copper Auditorium provides the ultimate film experience and also doubles up as a stunning and intimate studio space. Afterwards why not dine in their wonderful new Café/Bar or pop next door to the stunning Piece Hall.



Main image: Jenna Coleman as Victoria © ITV.

Yorkshire on film

On some occasions the Yorkshire landscape becomes the starring role. Calderdale is often used as a backdrop to award-winning screenwriter Sally Wainwright’s dramas. The fantastic Last Tango in Halifax shot scenes overlooking the Calder Valley as well as Holdsworth House, where three episodes of the BAFTA awardwinning series were filmed. While Hebden Bridge, Sowerby Bridge, Huddersfield, Elland and other areas across Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford created a magnificent backdrop for Wainwrights gritty police drama Happy Valley.

With her perfectly preened hair, manicured nails and glamorous red lips, Catherine Zeta-Jones may look more at home on the red carpet than the quaint streets of Bridlington.

The fascinating stories of Yorkshire people have also graced our TV screens in recent years. The BBC period drama To Walk Invisible chronicled the story of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, the sisters and world-famous authors who lived in their now-renowned home at the Parsonage in Haworth. Jericho an epic ITV series tells the story of a community of pioneers, settlers and outcasts who battle to build the iconic viaduct at Ribblehead, near Hawes, in the Yorkshire Dales. New BBC and HBO drama Gentleman Jack tells the story of Anne Lister, a 19th century Yorkshire land owner and mountaineer who wrote a 4 million word diary and suffered endless harassment for her sexuality. The series was filmed in her real life ancestral home of Shibden Hall.

You’d also be forgiven for doing a double-take after spotting Drew Barrymore standing atop the iconic Cow and Calf Rocks on Ilkley Moor, or gawping as Rupert Everett strolls down the streets of Hull. But celeb spotting is no rare thing in Yorkshire. This is, in part due to the immense amount of TV and Film being produced here in this county. Between 2009 and 2015, Yorkshire’s film and TV industry generated an annual turnover of £424 million. Historical dramas are often filmed here thanks to the high number of period houses and scenic landscapes. Carlton Towers has been used as a replica for Windsor Castle, College Street in York was transformed into a Georgian thoroughfare for the period drama Death Comes to Pemberley, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was a perfect backdrop for The Great Train Robbery and the streets of Hull created the brilliant scenery for 1940s Piccadilly and Soho in A Royal Night Out. The popular ITV drama Victoria is filmed in various locations across the county one of which is the magnificent Harewood House which acts as the 19th century Buckingham Palace. Many of the opulent rooms on the State Floor, the famous kitchens Below Stairs as well as exteriors of the house and parts of the Estate have been used in the production.

Yorkshire is the fastest growing region for film and TV. The county has probably made an appearance in your favourite film or TV show without you even knowing…

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows When Harry and Hermione set up camp in a tent on the Limestone Pavement at the top of Malham Cove, scenes from the film feature views across Malhamdale including the view to Cawden and down to Malham Village and Kirkby Malham.

Peaky Blinders


Lights, camera, Yorkshire

Its known for putting Birmingham and the Black County on the map but Newby Hall & Gardens, Leeds Town Hall and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway have made a sneaky appearance in this popular gangster drama.

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Can you remember the famous fight scene between Kevin Costner and ‘Little John’ in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves? Well, it was filmed at the incredible Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire. The series of broad limestone steps on the River Ure attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Images top to bottom: Harewood House near Leeds. Ribblehead Viaduct, Yorkshire Dales.




Let’s dance

Northern Ballet One of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and world-class storytelling. Their repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing world-class ballet to as many people and places as possible, including multiple venues across Yorkshire under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet performs a combination of full-length ballets and ballets created especially for children. Plans for 2019 include the world premiere and UK tour of Victoria in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s birth; UK tours of The Great Gatsby, Cinderella and Dracula; as well as the first UK tour of new children’s ballet Puss in Boots.

Based in Chapeltown, just a stone’s throw from Leeds city centre close to Chapel Allerton, Riley Theatre is Yorkshire’s largest dedicated dance house and at the same time, a hidden gem. Based at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), the theatre offers a unique space to see ground-breaking performances from some of the most original dance artists and companies on the UK and European scene. Past professional companies who have performed at the Riley Theatre include Scottish Dance Theatre, Joan Cleville Dance, Holly Blakey, Gracefool Collective, Akram Khan Company, Uchenna Dance and New Art Club. The theatre also stages shows suitable for all the family to enjoy and Community Dance Platforms; celebrating the rich diversity of the local area and the work NSCD does to engage people of all ages and abilities in dance. NSCD student platforms add to the mix, presenting cutting edge work from the next generation of performers, directors and choreographers. With affordable ticket prices and an innovative programme reflecting the full breadth of live performance made today, from emerging talent to established names, be sure not to miss out.


Images top to bottom: Scottish Dance Theatre presents Yama by Damien Jalet photo by Brian Hartley. VERVE 18 perform Lenka Vagnerova’s Riders © Nicole Guarino. NSCD 2018 Graduation © Camilla Greenwell. Into the Woods (2016): Claire Pascoe as Witch © Manuel Harlan.

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS) is the first orchestra in the world to be entirely digital, using iPads in place of sheet music. Offering residential courses and bringing the world’s best concerts to the county, YYS has an incredible history of performing with some of the best and most exciting soloists in the world.

Opera North Opera North is a Leeds based opera company with international acclaim. Believing that opera and music are for everyone, they aim to educate and inspire different communities and generations. The company have also become rather adept at performing a number of operas rarely seen in this country. In addition to this, they have also given world premieres of works such as Jonathan Dove’s ‘The Adventures of Pinocchio’ and ‘Prima Donna’ by Rufus Wainwright. They have also dabbled with electronic music, musical theatre and have won numerous awards thanks to their innovative approach to this magical medium.


Image: © JustinSlee 2012.

Image: © Glen Minikin Photography.



Their unique approach to training sees them provide courses where young musicians are paired up with leading tutors from all over the globe and even teaches topics like performance psychology. In 2016 YYS won Welcome to Yorkshire’s White Rose Award for Arts & Culture and have also featured in the BBC Radio 4 Programme ‘Birth of an Orchestra’ with Yorkshire born Alan Bennett.


Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle Covering 200 different exhibitions across four different venues, the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle is the sculpture capital of Europe. Yorkshire’s beautiful vistas are dotted with some of the country’s finest sculptures, set in remarkable and alluring outdoor spaces. It is made up of four leading arts venues; The Henry Moore Institute, The Hepworth Wakefield, Leeds Art Gallery and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, all or which are located within a 30-minute distance from each other. Yorkshire has a special connection with sculpture, with two of the most important English sculptures hailing from here. Henry Moore grew up in Castleford and went to art school in Leeds after the First World War and Barbara Hepworth, was born in Wakefield in 1903. With only a short drive, bus or train ride from each other you can enjoy an afternoon, a day or a weekend exploring all four great venues.

Sculpture club

Image: Yorkshire Sculpture Park © Jonty Wilde.

Staying here After a long day of taking in Yorkshire’s stunning sculptures, art work and history you’ll need somewhere to rest your head.

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Henry Moore Institute showcases sculpture in the heart of Leeds named after the celebrated sculpture who grew up in Castleford and went to art school in Leeds. The iconic building has three beautiful gallery spaces which hosts an ever-changing programme of exhibitions accompanied by tours, talks and events.

Leeds Art Gallery has one of the most significant collections of 20th century British art. Leeds Art Gallery offers you the chance to see work by some of the most important national and international artists and is the city’s most visited attraction with nearly half a million visiting every year with a changing programme of exhibitions.


Radisson Blu Hotel The award-winning Radisson Blu Hotel is located in the heart of Leeds City Centre next to the Henry Moore Institute and Leeds Art Gallery. Enjoy a stay in one of the sophisticated rooms or suites.

Wentbridge House Hotel A country house hotel located in Wentbridge. It dates from 1700 and is set in 20 acres of gardens and grounds in the beautiful Went Valley. The hotel is steeped in history and provides a relaxing and peaceful setting a short distance from the cities of Wakefield and Leeds.

Waterton Park Hotel & Spa and Walton Hall A 4-star hotel in a scenic setting of rolling parkland with its own lake, a backdrop of ancient woodland and a championship golf course. A perfect place relax.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is described by some as “one of the great jewels of the English countryside”. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents outstanding sculptures by world-renowned artists within its parkland. The art without walls concept was the idea of Director Peter Murray CBE when he set out to establish a sculpture park in the grounds.

Yorkshire Sculpture International

The Hepworth Wakefield

Images clockwise: Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Leeds Art Gallery © David Lindsay 2014 Yorkshire Sculpture Park © Martin Brent Guest. Yorkshire Sculpture Park © Anthony Caro, 1996.

is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront, overlooking the River Calder. It is named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century.

Look out for a festival of sculpture over 100 days in 2019. This free event will showcase sculpture in all its forms across Leeds and Wakefield from 22 June - 29 September 2019.

Image: Hepworth Wakefield © Marc Atkins 2017




Yorkshire’s artists Yorkshire’s confident and creative spirit can be witnessed across the diverse range of art galleries, craft centres and museums across the county but as well as being a place that shows off great art, the county is also a place of inspiration and creation.

David Hockney

Barbara Hepworth

David Hockney was born in Bradford and is considered as one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Growing up, Hockney attended Bradford Grammar School and Bradford College of Art and between 1953-57, created a significant number of important works before moving on to the Royal College of Art in London.

An artist that exemplified Modernism and modern sculpture was Dame Barbara Hepworth; one of only a few female artists of her generation to achieve prominence on the international art scene.

2018 is Hockney’s 61st year working as an artist and it also happens to be the year that one of his paintings could sell for the record amount for a living artist; with figures of $80m (£61m) being hinted at for his painting ‘Pool with Two Figures’. Hockney uses the landscape he knows so well as the inspiration for a bold new collection of paintings, sketches, iPad and film work which have come together at the Royal Academy in London.

Born in Wakefield in 1903, Hepworth studied at Wakefield Girls’ High School and was inspired to get into art after seeing images of Egyptian sculpture. From here she attended Leeds School of Art alongside fellow Yorkshire-born artist, Henry Moore. After learning to carve from a master-carver in Rome, she was prolific in her later years, making nearly as many works during the 1960s as she did between 1925 and 1960. The Hepworth Wakefield opened in May 2011 and was named Art Fund Museum of the year 2017.

Images on this page: David Hockney at Cartwright Hall in Bradford. Barbara Hepworth in her workshop. Background image: © David Hockney/Jonathan Wilkinson.

Getting creative Yorkshire boasts dramatic skylines, undulating hills and stunning vistas, which has meant artists have historically flocked to the county to capture that perfect scene; some of them however, were lucky enough to be born or study their craft here.

JMW Turner

Jacob Kramer

Damien Hirst

JMW Turner RA (1775-1851) was one of Britain’s greatest landscape painters, watercolourists and printmakers. Renowned as ‘the painter of light’, Turner’s work helped to place romantic landscape painting on a par with history painting in the 19th century and helped plant the seeds of impressionism. Turner first visited Yorkshire in 1797 and returned here throughout his life, inspired by the spirituality he found in its glorious landscapes. He visited more than 70 places, sketching and painting the views from so many angles.

Kramer was a Ukrainian-born painter who spent his whole career in the UK. In 1902, after moving to Leeds, Kramer ran away and did a handful of jobs whilst attending occasional art classes. However, his formal training came at Leeds School of Art where he had a scholarship between 1907 and 1913. Kramer became such an influence in the Leeds art scene that in 1968, the Leeds School of Art – where he studied and taught – was renamed Jacob Kramer college; staying that way until 1993.

This English artist, entrepreneur and art collector, who grew up in Leeds, was one of the Young British Artists who were dominant on the art scene in the UK during the 1990s. It wasn’t all plain sailing for the now world’s richest artist, as he was at first refused admission to Jacob Kramer School of Art before attending on the Foundation Diploma Course. Hirst is the world’s richest living artist, thought to be worth more than £200 million and became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals were immersed in formaldehyde.

Lucy Pittaway

Henry Moore

Lucy Pittaway is a Yorkshire artist that was the official artist of the Tour de Yorkshire between 2016 and 2018. Lucy started working from her small studio at home, creating one off commissions and prints for exhibitions before winning awards on the national stage.

Born in Castleford, Henry Moore is known all around the world for his semi-abstract bronze sculptures; many of which can be seen as public works of art. A lot of his work can be seen at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Robert “Mouseman” Thompson

She was recognised by the Fine Art Trade Guild in 2016, being named the ‘UK’s Best Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ before winning the ‘UK’s Most Popular Selling Published Artist’ award in 2018.


It is said that his early work was inspired by non-western art and visits to museums were more important than his academic studies. Many interpreters lean towards the idea that the undulating form of his reclining figures resemble the landscape.

Robert “Mouseman” Thompson who lived in Kilburn had one simple ethos, to turn a single acorn into a finished piece of beautifully hand-crafted oak furniture. This was how The Mouseman of Kilburn liked to work and how he went from humble beginnings to furniture legend. Robert’s great-grandson Ian and his team created a bespoke oak bench for the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Image: Henry Moore, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Image: Robert Mouseman Thompson © Lynn Keddie.


The incredible scenery, dramatic landscapes and character of Yorkshire’s people have all been sources of literary inspiration.

Image: Whitby Abbey.

Yorkshire by the book Yorkshire has a rich tapestry of literary history that dates back hundreds of years. The county’s abundance of stunning offerings has inspired and continues to inspire, generations of authors, poets and playwrights from all over the globe.

Brontë Country The picturesque village of Haworth, set against the stunning landscape of the Moors, was home to the world’s most famous literary family the Brontës, from 1820 to 1861. Sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne penned some of the best-loved books in the English language; writing Jane Eyre (1847), Wuthering Heights (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) respectively. The books that were written in the house, that now houses The Brontë Parsonage Museum, may have been written over 150 years ago, but continue to move and inspire readers today. Visitors to the museum can see a whole host of fascinating items on display such as letters, notebooks and household artefacts. People are always fascinated to see how tiny the sisters’ handwriting was, with the ‘Little Books’ being a favourite exhibit for many.

Ian McMillan

Bram Stoker

Born in Leeds in 1934, Alan Bennett is a much-loved playwright, screenwriter, actor and autor of national regard. His work includes The Madness of George III, the Talking Heads series of monologues and the play and subsequent film, The History Boys. Bennett is a multi-award winner with numerous Tony and Laurence Olivier awards to his name.

Known for his strong and distinctive South Yorkshire accent, Ian McMillan is the ‘Bard of Barnsley’. McMillan presents BBC Radio 3s ‘The Verb’, is Barnsley FC’s poet-inresidence and more recently wrote the libretto for The Arsonists, the world’s first opera written in a South Yorkshire dialect; which premiered in 2017. He currently lives in Darfield, the village of his birth.

Yorkshire’s coastline has been an inspiration to many holidaygoers for years but one literary name that left the seaside town of Whitby with more than fond memories was Bram Stoker. Inspired by the gothic charm that Whitby encompasses, Stoker went on to write one of the most famous horror stories of all time, Dracula. Visit Whitby and see where the story began.

J.R.R Tolkien Before Tolkien taught the world that even the smallest person can change the course of the future, the literary stalwart spent time in East Yorkshire during a period of convalescence after contracting trench fever on the Western Front.

Lewis Carroll Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, or better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, has many literary links to Yorkshire. The Alice in Wonderland author moved to Croft-on-Tees, North Yorkshire in 1843, where it is said his inspiration for the Cheshire Cat can be found; based on a sculpture in the village church. The carvings at Ripon Cathedral also offered huge inspiration to Carroll, as it is alleged that the carvings and crypt tunnel inspired both his characters and the famous rabbit hole. By the time Carroll died, the novel had become the most popular children’s book in England and by 1932 was one of the most popular books worldwide.

Much of his early mythology and invented languages were written during his stay in East Yorkshire in the First World War. Tolkien directly copied some familiar place names into his more famous works, with the East Yorkshire village of Wetwang appearing in the first of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring. Images top to bottom: Brontë Parsonage Museum. Ripon Cathedral.


Alan Bennett


Image: The old lighthouse, Spurn Point, East Yorkshire © Les Gibbon/


Glorious galleries

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Richmond, North Yorkshire Lucy Pittaway was the Fine Art Trade Guild’s ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year 2016’ and the winner of ‘Best New Art Business 2017’. Lucy has two art galleries, located in Brompton-on-Swale and in Richmond.

6 York Art Gallery York, North Yorkshire A collection of paintings spanning more than 600 years and works range from 14th century Italian panels and 17th century Dutch masterpieces to Victorian narrative paintings and 20th century works by LS Lowry and David Hockney.

4 Salts Mill & 1853 Gallery Saltaire, West Yorkshire Salts Mill is set in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire. It’s home to one of the largest collections of David Hockney art. The Grade II listed historic mill building was built in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt along with the village to house his workers.

2 1 Ferens Art Gallery Hull, East Yorkshire With a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary British art. You can also enjoy refreshments in the popular café, Venue Hull.


Doncaster Museums and Galleries Doncaster, South Yorkshire On the first floor of Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery are the purpose built art galleries. Here you can find nationally important works of art alongside a varied programme of temporary exhibitions. You will always learn something new with the unique various items from history.





Joe Cornish Gallery

Impressions Gallery

Heart Gallery

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Bradford, West Yorkshire

Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

Joe Cornish is regarded as one of the world’s foremost landscape photographers. You’ll find his work displayed in Northallerton, within his own gallery. Make sure you try out the fantasic Gallery Café while you’re there.

Established in 1972 as the second specialist independent photography gallery in Europe, Impressions Gallery has grown to become one of the UK’s leading venues for photography, showing significant work by regional, national and international artists.

Nestled in rolling hills and breathtaking landscapes. A warm and inviting independent contemporary gallery. Heart Gallery is a premier destination in the picturesque town of Hebden Bridge for those seeking contemporary art.



Main image: Leeds Town Hall

Musical Leeds Leeds is becoming one of the most notorious cities within Yorkshire for having such a vibrant music scene. Leeds has produced talented musicians and forever will populate the music industry. The Leeds International Piano Competition has long been regarded as the most coveted prize in the piano world and internationally acclaimed for introducing some of the greatest pianists of our time. Artists including Radu Lupu, Murray Perahia and Sunwook Kim launched their careers by taking first prize at The Leeds’; Sir András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida and Lars Vogt, meanwhile, are among the competition’s acclaimed finalists. With her late husband, Dr. Geoffrey de Keyser and with Marion Thorpe CBE, then the Countess of Harewood along side the support of Jack and Roslyn Lyons, Dame Fanny Waterman founded the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1961. The first event followed in 1963. The competition is rightly recognised by the international musical community as one of the world’s most important platforms for the emerging generation of young professional pianists, offering outstanding talents invaluable opportunities to advance their careers.

Leeds International Piano Competition For over 50 years, the Leeds International Piano Competition has discovered some of the finest classical musicians of our time. Every three years, the world’s greatest young pianists descend on Leeds to compete for the prestigious title.

Remaining Life President, Dame Fanny stepped down from an active role in the competition in August 2015, when Adam Gatehouse and Paul Lewis were appointed Artistic Directors. The prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition, for the very first time in 2018, took its heats across the world to Berlin, Singapore and New York, before a climactic finish in Leeds saw five finalists perform over two days, with 20 year old Eric Lu from the USA walking away with first prize. The life changing first prize includes worldwide management with Askonas Holt, recording and concert opportunities with BBC radio 3, an international album release on Warner Classics, an extensive programme of Concerto appearances and recital engagements as well as prize money of £25,000.

Leeds Town Hall The venue for the Leeds International Piano Competition was built in 1858, on a site in Park Lane. It was a statement of civic pride, a reminder of the importance of Leeds as a centre of trade and commerce and an indication of the cities wealth. The building has become famous as an example of a kind of Victorian architecture that reflects the wealth, power and confidence.

Piano Trail Decorated pianos were placed in various iconic locations across the city centre as part of the Leeds Piano Trail. The pianos were decorated by local artists, art students, school children and community groups and include an illuminated instrument, one with a covering of fur and another which had been soundproofed and fitted with a gramophone funnel.

Leeds College of Music Leeds College of Music has created amazing musicians over the years but has also held concerts, gigs and small music events. Concerts take place at The Venue, their state of the art 350 seat performance space above the BBC headquarters next to the College. Whatever your musical tastes, there will be something in the programme to interest you and they will always have a warm welcome for all. Images from top left: Dame Fanny Waterman. Leeds Town Hall © Benjamin-Elliott. Piano Trail ©




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Tipple or two

Culture in the city

It’s no secret that us Yorkshire lot quite like a good night out and we’re more than spoilt for choice when it comes to going out for a quick one (or two...). With a great range of craft beer pubs, cosy boozers, gin caves, wine bars and cocktail bars for all our drinking needs you’ll be spoilt for choice.

When the sun sets in Yorkshire there’s a whole array of nightlife activities and city culture. From cafés to gigs and clubs, brasseries to basement bars. You’ll find live music, dancing and late night drinking. Leeds comes alive after dark and is known for being one of the best places in the UK for a great night out in a welcoming, clean and safe environment. Lonely Planet recently ranked Leeds fifth on their list of the 10 best places to visit in Europe in 2017, which was in part due to its thriving nightlife. The historical city of York is a hive for tourists in the daytime but with the many riverside restaurants and cool bars tucked away along their cobbled streets, it’s also becoming just as appealing to night owls looking for a place to party the night away. Music and Sheffield go hand in hand, home to the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Pulp. One of the longest running independent live music venues is still going strong on the Steel Streets, along with many quirky bars and pubs doubling up as music venues late into the night.


The Yorke Arms A historic 18th century coaching house and shooting lodge, now serving as a Michelin starred restaurant. Set in beautiful scenery.



Hull, East Yorkshire Hull’s unique cultural quarter is home to a number of vibrant night spots including Yorkshire’s first gin bar and distillery Humber Street Distillery. Taking inspiration from bars in cities such as London and Edinburgh, the team wanted to take it a step further and distil their own gin on the premises. With around 100 different varieties of gin, unusual spirits, local and international craft beers and bespoke cocktails on offer you’ll be spoilt for choice.

York, North Yorkshire Reminiscent of a speakeasy, it’s easy to miss this little gem of venue in York. Squeezed between its two neighbouring bars, it’s easy to walk straight past the entrance. After descending the stairs into this intimate hideaway you’ll find it hard to leave. Cocktails and tapas are firm favourites and as the evening progresses, regular live music and DJ’s add to the atmosphere, who visit to enjoy the relaxed yet lively atmosphere.

Leeds, West Yorkshire With their endless array of awe-inspiring DJ’s that guarantee to keep you dancing until the early hours Fibre is a firm favourite on the Yorkshire nightlife scene. It’s been 18 years since Fibre opened in Leeds and what an amazing journey it’s been! Reinventing itself through time Fibre now boasts a 4 floor super bar on Lower Briggate. Whatever your mood, any time of the day, you can count on Fibre for an ultimate personalised and fun experience.


Dirty Martini

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire Nestled on the roof of Kelham Island’s new Krynkl development, a revolutionary new space made entirely from upcycled shipping containers, you’ll find Sheffield’s first rooftop bar INC. Drinkers can relax in a casual space with comfortable sofas and superb views until late. This unique venue offers fantastic range of cocktails and craft beers to sip on while enjoying some picturesque views and live music.

Leeds, West Yorkshire A great place for after-work drinks, cocktail making classes and sophisticated late night partying! At the heart of the city centre, this is a sleek and sophisticated bar with an impressive cocktail card. Most famous for their signature martinis, the talented bar team mix up Dirty Martini’s bespoke cocktails. At the weekend, the guest DJ will have you dancing late into the night, creating their signature party atmosphere.

Ilkley, West Yorkshire Kick back with a signature cocktail or choose from an array of premium wines, champagnes, spirits and craft beers. Head through to the stylish surroundings of the main bar or settle into a sofa on Platform 3 – the bar’s heated outdoor drinking and dining space. It’s location within Ilkley train station makes it a super-accessible, equally upscale alternative to a night out in the nearby city centres.

Michelin star restaurants Yorkshire is home to five fantastic Michelin Starred restaurants. For more information go to


The Black Swan Chef Tommy Banks cooks with the seasons and a real sense of nature, coupled with great passion and flair. A stunning rural location near Byland Abbey.


The Pipe & Glass Stands on the site of the original gatehouse to Dalton Park, in the village of South Dalton and is East Yorkshire’s first and only Michelin star.


The Star Inn in the village of Harome on the edge of the North York Moors. Andrew Pern frequently changes his menu to reflect the best of what’s on offer.


The Man Behind the Curtain Head Chef, Michael O’Hare has created a restaurant serving ultra-modern food, inspired by the arts, music and culture.



Humber Street Distillery

Images from top to bottom: Peddler Night Market, Sheffield. Leeds Town Hall.




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Hebden Bridge Arts Festival Hebden Bridge, various dates We are Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is a charity based event in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Keeping creativity on the map for over 25 years. The Arts Festival is truly an amalgamation of local support, vision and fantastic leadership. It has long been a support and haven for those wanting to develop in the industry, as well as being on the festival circuit as a fantastic place to perform at.

Cultural events

Hitting the right notes

Looking for brilliant things to fill your eyes and ears in Yorkshire? From the very best literature festivals to eyepopping film exhibitions, here’s your guide to the very best events around the county that you definitely won’t want to miss.

Ryedale Music Festival

Humber Street Sesh

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival

Nestled within the North York Moors, The Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale. 2019 see’s the unmissable performance by the Hallé and Sir Mark Elder at York Minster. There’s jazz too, both hot and cool, along with talks, literary events, an art exhibition and much more.

The Sesh is the brainchild of Mark Page, who in 2001 wanted to provide a platform for local musicians at a local pub every Tuesday night. The Sesh quickly established itself as a community event that Hull could be proud of. Taking place each August, in the heart of Hull’s thriving cultural quarter around the city’s Fruit Market and Hull Marina, giving local musicians and artists a powerful platform to perform and showcase Hull’s creative brilliance.

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival is a celebration of all things Gothic, whilst embracing a wide range of alternative culture. The festival hosts both established and up and coming bands to reflect the diversity of the goth and alternative music scene as well as including film, art and spoken word. At the Dark Days Alternative Market, visitors can browse amongst curiosities and interesting finds.

Ryedale, March

Leeds West Indian Carnival

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Leeds, August Move over Notting Hill, Leeds is home to Europe’s longest running West Indian carnival – the first to feature all three essential elements of Caribbean carnival, costumes, music and a masquerade procession. The sun will be beaming out across Potternewton Park where the scent of jerk chicken and Jamaican patties fills the air, while rum punch and Red Stripe are being sunk to the sound of reggae and calypso music. Get down to the carnival and bring your family as this event is for everyone.


Hull, August

Whitby, October


Cultural events

Here are some other cultural events we have found for all to enjoy. From fashion to film and everything in between. 20 - 24 November 2018, HULL NEW THEATRE

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Leeds International Film Festival

Underneath the Stars Festival

Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

Leeds is home to an epic celebration of global filmmaking culture in the form of the Leeds International Film Festival. Over 16 days it has an incredible choice of film experiences; with over 300 events at a range of venues across the city. Providing entertainment for young and old.

South Yorkshire’s stellar music and arts festival returns. Enjoy an exciting line-up of established and emerging talent across the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds, as well as the enticing workshops and arts and crafts stalls, highlighting Yorkshire’s creative talents.

An international festival of contemporary and new music, taking place over 10 days and consisting of 50 events – including concerts, musictheatre, dance, multi-media, talks and film. The festival aims to provide life-changing and unique experiences to a wide audience.


Calendar Girls the Musical By Gary Barlow and Tim Firth, the musical tells the true story of Yorkshire’s very own Calendar Girls. The musical comedy shows life in their Yorkshire village, how it happened, the effect on husbands, sons and daughters and how a group of ordinary ladies achieved something extraordinary. This marvellous musical comedy which received fantastic five-star reviews in London’s West End now comes back home to Yorkshire before going on tour to tell the story to the rest of the UK and Northern Ireland. The new tour will star Fern Britton, alongside Anna-Jane Casey, Sara Crowe, Karen Dunbar, Ruth Madoc, Rebecca Storm and Denise Welch.


Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival


York Fashion Week York Fashion Week is all about collaboration and celebration. In fact, their entire origin came from beautiful synergy from businesses across York. York Fashion Week is a celebration of high street shops, local designers and independent boutiques. The fun filled week includes catwalks, workshops, pop up events and much more. With brands involved such as Browns, LK Bennett, Antonia Houston Couture, Unostar, Copper & White, and Rose & Flo – there really is something for all fashion lovers to explore and enjoy. Images: Calendar Girls © Matt Crockett. York Fashion Week © Olivia Brabbs.



The award-winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, celebrates the very best in crime fiction. A favourite in the literary calendar it has achieved acclaim for the programming and organisation. In its 16th year, the festival returns to the Old Swan Hotel, where the mistress of crime-writing Agatha Christie, disappeared in 1926.




























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International flights connect Yorkshire to the rest of the world, as well as UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, London Heathrow, Newquay and Southampton to Leeds-Bradford Yorkshire’s Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with LNER and Grand Central services. You can also get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West.

Yorkshire by road Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites and Plan a journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis.

Yorkshire by sea Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Northern Europe. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

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