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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Joseph Sheerin · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Wondering what’s on in Yorkshire this weekend? We’ve rounded it up, all in one place…

When it comes to weekend plans, Yorkshire always comes through – which is why every week, we round up the best events taking place across the region. From music festivals to family-friendly days out, art exhibitions to outdoor fun, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 18th January 2019

Why not start your weekend in Yorkshire with a trip to the theatre? There are loads of great shows to see across the region – it’s your final chance to check out a local take on A Christmas Carol at Leeds Playhouse or you can watch Alexandra Burke star as Rachel Marron in the UK tour of West End smash hit The Bodyguard at Hull New Theatre. Over in Sheffield, legendary show Ghost comes to The Lyceum, while theatre legend Barrie Rutter directs Jack Lear at Hull Truck Theatre.

Fancy a few drinks? There’s one place to be this weekend – The Lantern in Halifax is hosting the first Winter Beer Festival alongside Alexandra Beer House and The Snug. Expect a wide array of real ale and craft beer from an impressive line-up of Yorkshire breweries, as well as loads of live music across three days.

If you want a gig to get the weekend going, you’re spoilt for choice. Hotly-tipped rockers Bang Bang Romeo are headlining The Zetland in Huddersfield as legendary indie songwriter Tom Hingley brings his band The Kar-pets to The Underground in Bradford. Over in Hull, you can celebrate the life and career of the Thin White Duke as the Absolute Bowie Weekender sees the tribute band play two nights at The Welly, or you can head to The Leopard in Doncaster for The Total Stone Roses with support from Oaysis. Prefer classical music? Trio Gaspard, a Berlin-based modern piano trio, play Square Chapel in Halifax as The Hallé head over from Manchester to play Sheffield City Hall.

Saturday 19th January 2019

Opera North's The Magic Flute

Credit: Tom Arber

If you need plans for Saturday, look no further – there are loads of events across Yorkshire. Why not take the kids to see a pantomime? The Grand Old Dame of York continues at the York Theatre Royal, Aladdin runs at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford and Jack and the Beanstalk takes over Harrogate Theatre. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs opens its run at City Varieties in Leeds and Cinderella is still running at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Later on in the evening you can enjoy a night of Irish music and dancing as Spirit of the Dance comes to Sheffield City Hall, or head to Leeds Grand Theatre to see Opera North’s latest work. They’ve put their own take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute – expect the lines between good and evil to be blurred as Tamino tries to save the kidnapped princess. You can also enjoy a few laughs courtesy of Hal Cruttenden at The Leadmill in Sheffield, or choose between two special film screenings – Nae Pasaran looks at the unlikely support of Scottish factory works against the Chilean dictatorship of Pinochet, while you can see an iconic episode of Red Dwarf followed by a Q&A with Norman Lovett at Square Chapel in Halifax.

Europe's Strongest Man

Elsewhere, you can show off your creative side at the Ladies Pottery Night hosted by Creative Studio York or see some of the finest modern artists these isles have to offer in the Contemporary British Painting Prize at Huddersfield Art Gallery. Delve back in time at the Sheffield Heritage Fair at the Millennium Gallery or try something completely new at York’s Rising Dawn Sanctuary – it’s hosting a Cuddle Workshop, and yes, you read that right.

You can make your own gin, and try plenty more, with a visit to the Hull Gin School at Hotham’s Distillery or take part in a Murder Mystery Evening, complete with food and drink, at The Crown Hotel in Harrogate. Prefer sport? Doncaster Rovers take on Burton Albion at the Keepmoat Stadium as Sheffield Wednesday play Wigan Athletic at Hillsborough. You can even enjoy an afternoon of professional wrestling as True Grit comes to Fibbers in York or catch Britain’s Strongest Man at Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield.

There are some great gigs to check out on Saturday night. Renowned tribute band the Sex Pistols Experience play The Victoria Vaults in York as The Sounds of Simon, a homage to Simon & Garfunkel, play Otley Courthouse. Tom and Tod’s Musical Adventures comes to Todmorden Town Hall for a family-friendly show that sees BBC presenter Tom Redmond lead the Todmorden Symphony Orchestra or you can see the Royal Northern Sinfonia joined by Jess Gillam and Jessica Cottis at Leeds Town Hall.

Sunday 20th January 2019

Edgar Jones

Credit: Chris Willan

What’s on to end the weekend in Yorkshire? TV buffs might like to enjoy a lazy afternoon in front of a big screen showing of the complete Black Mirror Season 3 at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds. If you want a day out with the family the Monthly Wildlife Walk takes place at RSPB Old Moor in Barnsley, the Seasonal Family Sculpture Walk kicks off at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and the Made With Music Mini-gig brings kid-friendly live music to the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds.

If you fancy getting creative, you can join up for the start of Leeds Print Workshop’s 5-week Introduction to Printmaking Course, or if you love sport, enjoy an afternoon of ice skating as Sheffield Steelers take on Milton Keynes Lightning at the Fly DSA Arena or Premier League football as Huddersfield Town play Manchester City.

You can expect a few laughs as Patrick Monahan brings his Goals tour to The Ropewalk in Barton-Upon-Humber, or choose between two gigs – Liverpudlian musical icon Edgar Jones heads to The Record Cafe in Bradford on Sunday afternoon to play a few tunes followed by a DJ set, while the evening sees former Ace and Mike + The Mechanics member Paul Carrack headline Leeds Town Hall.

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