This is Y Magazine 2020

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From contemporary to heritage, Yorkshire is home to some of the finest architecture and grandest designs, with many venues and locations recently being treated to multimillion pound renovations. Prepare to be amazed! FIT FOR A QUEEN Rooted in rivalry, Wentworth Castle Gardens is South Yorkshire’s only Grade I listed landscape. Royal diplomat Thomas Wentworth was outraged when a cousin inherited his family home in 1695 and he was determined to outdo him, creating what was once known as ‘the finest garden in England’. Over the last 10 years £20m has been spent, with 20 historical buildings and monuments renovated, including the Victorian Conservatory with its array of exotic and unusual plants. This impressive structure was one of the first places in the country to have electric lights, even before Buckingham Palace. Surrounded by history from Queen Anne’s court to Yorkshire’s mining heritage, there’s lots to discover whilst wandering through 563 acres of picturesque parkland. Look out for a castle that is not what it seems!

PLAYHOUSE OF DREAMS Founded in the city 50 years ago, then relocated in 1990 to its current site and with recent restoration work of over £15m completed, there’s plenty to celebrate at Leeds Playhouse. Its brand new multicoloured façade is a striking addition to the city’s Cultural Quarter, nestled alongside neighbouring media and arts venues including BBC Yorkshire, Leeds College of Music and Northern Ballet. With links to acting royalty over the years, including Yorkshire’s Dame Judi Dench and Dame Diana Rigg, as well as Sir Donald Sinden and Albert Finney, the Playhouse continues to excel with a packed programme of productions and performances in 2020.


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