Things to do

It's three months into 2020 already! Why not make this month the month that you march around the county and experience some fantastic festivals and events?

Harrogate International Sunday Series, Various Dates

Harrogate International Festivals' season of coffee concerts returns to the Old Swan Hotel with an international line-up of world-class chamber musicians.

On 1st March you can hear the music of the Ashwell Trio. Callum Smart attracted wide public attention at the age of thirteen having won the strings category of the 2010 BBC Young Musicians Competition performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Callum is joined on stage by fellow BBC Young Musician finalist, French horn player, Ben Goldscheider. Goldscheider performed as part of the 2017 Harrogate Music Festival and has since been selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) for the 2019/2020 season. Accompanying Smart and Goldsheider, noted for the integrity and breadth of his musicianship as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist, is pianist Richard Uttley.

The Esmé Quartet, a string quartet formed of four young Korean women, made a sensational announcement of their presence on the international concert stage in April of 2018 by winning the first prize and four special prizes, at the prestigious London Wigmore Hall String Quartet International Competition. 

Harrogate Film Festival, 5th-15th March

Harrogate Film Festival aims to captivate the residents and filmmakers of Harrogate and surrounding areas by offering innovative events and opportunities which aim to engage and develop audiences with new cinema experiences, film education, interactive events and competitions.

Their motto ‘join in’ encapsulates the vision for the festival where they look to delight film-watchers and film-makers by developing unique events in different venues around the historic town of Harrogate from experience screenings to showcasing the best of cinema and independent film. 

A Monster Calls, Sheffield Theatres, 10th-14th March

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought vividly to life in the Olivier award-winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away. But now his mum is sick and not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears. From the critically acclaimed bestseller, A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

Stand by Me Exhibition, Leeds, from 14th March

Investigating how work when work placed together creates a narrative.

Collections of work are brought together by makers whose work sits harmoniously together through shape, size, texture or colour telling a story of contemporary craft practice in the UK today.

Geisha, Northern Ballet, Leeds Grand, 14th-21st March

For Geisha, beauty and honour are everything. Brought vividly to life by Kenneth Tindall, the creator of Northern Ballet’s acclaimed Casanova (as seen on Sky Arts), unravel the mysteries of Geisha.

Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West. As their lives are torn painfully apart, encounters from beyond the grave unleash an unexpected vengeance on their world. An act of true devotion offers the only chance for redemption. Based on remarkable true events, experience Northern Ballet’s exceptional dancers in this must-see ballet.

Armley Print Fest, 21st March

Armley Print Fest is back by popular demand! Come along and celebrate a little bit of local Leeds heritage.

There’s family fun activities, beginner workshops, a local craft fair and live demonstrations with a little bit of something to suit every age, interest and ability!

Berwins Salon North, Harrogate, 26th March

Three expert speakers deliver TED-style talks designed to change your life for the better. Presenting big ideas, and answering key questions in life, Salon was voted as number six in the ‘Top 100 Things to do in the World’ by GQ magazine.

With rest expert Claudia Hammond, science writer and broadcaster Adam Rutherford, and astrobiologist Professor Lewis Dartnell.

Springtime Live, Harrogate, 28th March

Tickets are on sale now for the hugely popular Springtime Live, held on Saturday 28th March 2020, with visitors encouraged to book now after last year’s sell out! From farm animals to live entertainment with Mr Bloom from CBeebies and his band, all activities are FREE once inside the event which celebrates farming, food and the countryside.

This year for the first time, there will be a selection of animals from Ian's Mobile Farm which is based in Aberford near Leeds. Youngsters can get up close to rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, and alpacas from the mobile farm and there’s even miniature donkeys and Daisy the interactive dairy cow!

For a full breakdown of events coming up across Yorkshire head here.