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Mark Thomas: Hit Refresh - 50 Things About Us
Mon 30th May 08:00 PM
In his latest show, Mark Thomas combines his trademark mix of storytelling, stand-up, mischief and really, really well researched material to examine how we have come to inhabit this divided wasteland that some of us call the United Kingdom.

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen St, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2SP
Phone: 01484 430528
Starts 30th May 2022, 08:00 PM
Pet Shop Boys - Dreamworld The Greatest Hits Live
Tue 31st May 06:00 PM
The tour, which had already been rescheduled once due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic, will see Pet Shop Boys play UK and European shows next summer as part of their first ever greatest hits tour. The arena shows kick off in Vienna on May 12th and close in Stockholm on June 15th. In the UK Pet Shop Boys play Manchester, London, Cardiff, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow and Hull. Tickets for the original shows will remain valid for the new dates.

Myton Street, Hull HU1 2PS
Phone: 01482 456220
Starts 31st May 2022, 06:00 PM
The Vera Lynn Story
Tue 31st May 07:30 PM
Join for a very special musical celebration jam-packed with Dame Vera Lynn's hugely popular nostalgic hits including We'll Meet Again, (There'll Be Bluebirds Over)The White Cliffs of Dover, Among My Souvenirs and many more.

Kings Hall, 4 Station Rd, Ilkley, LS29 8HB
Phone: 01943 436224
Starts 31st May 2022, 07:30 PM
The Yorkshire Tea Ceremony
Explore the remarkable collection of W.A. Ismay MBE (1910 – 2001), the UK’s most prolific collector of post-war British studio pottery, in a new exhibition opening at York Art Gallery’s Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) this month. Ismay accumulated over 3,600 pieces by more than 500 potters between 1955 and 2001. Upon his death, he left his collection and its associated archive to the city of York. It has been 20 years since the W.A. Ismay Collection moved from private to public ownership, and CoCA are celebrating that anniversary with an exciting new display. The exhibition coincides with the launch of the first major book on the W.A. Ismay Collection, written by Dr Walsh and published by the Centre of Ceramic Art and Paul Holberton Publishing. The book, which is based on new research, will be available to buy at York Art Gallery from 30 October 2021.

York Art Gallery, St Mary's Lodge, Museum Gardens, York YO30 7DR
Phone: 01904 687673
Ends 30th Dec 2022 04:00 PM
The Ultimate 70s show
This 7-piece return with pop, rock and Xmas favourites from music's classic decade

Masham Town Hall, Little Market Place, Masham, N. Yorks, HG4 4DY
Phone: 01765 680200
Ends 12th Dec 2022 10:00 PM
Money Talks
Visit Money Talks, the latest exhibition at Leeds City Museum. Discover the impact and changing nature of money.

Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 8BH
Phone: 0113 378 5001
Ends 26th Jul 2022 06:00 PM
Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security
Created alongside expert advisors from the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency, GCHQ, Top Secret tells the stories of more than a century of codebreaking history through extraordinary objects, interactive puzzles and first-person interviews. From the First World War to the latest in cyber security, fascinating stories will be revealed via hand-written documents, declassified files and artefacts from the historic collections of the Science Museum Group and GCHQ.

Little Horton Lane, Bradford BD1 1NQ
Phone: 0844 856 3797
Ends 5th Jun 2022 06:00 PM
We’re All in This Together: The Lockdown Art of Rachel List
Two years on from the first Covid-19 lockdown, explore the lockdown artwork of Pontefract-based artist Rachel List. The Covid-19 lockdowns meant Rachel was unable to work as normal, so she started painting big, bright murals around Pontefract, honouring the work of NHS staff and other pandemic heroes. Rachel has recreated these murals for Pontefract Museum, which you can see alongside two films exploring Rachel’s story and the role of community in Pontefract during the pandemic.

Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA
Phone: 01977 722740
Web: We’re All in This Together: The Lockdown Art of Rachel List - Experience Wakefield
Ends 23rd Sep 2022 04:00 PM
What Shall I Wear: Eveningwear through the ages
Explore Lotherton’s latest fashion exhibition, What Shall I Wear. The return of eveningwear marks a positive and welcome step towards enjoying life at its most fabulous. This year, the fashion galleries at Lotherton will showcase the changing styles, rules and occasions associated with eveningwear and what we consider it to be today. Pieces on display will showcase traditional and opulent styles, as well as daring and eccentric formal wear, which all celebrate the theatre of dressing up after dusk. Highlights include dresses from John Bates (Jean Varon), Zandra Rhodes, Balenciaga and Norman Hartnell. A key focus of this exhibition also includes a section on re-wearing and will include a film with contemporary views on eveningwear from people of Leeds.

Lotherton, Lotherton Lane, Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB
Ends 16th Oct 2022 04:00 PM
Celebration - Modern British Abstract Painting
An exhibition of artworks – many never seen before – by some of the biggest names in Modern British Abstract art, including John Hoyland, Patrick Heron, Gillian Ayres and Albert Irvin is now on show at Harrogate’s Mercer Art Gallery. The middle years of the 20th Century saw a sea change in the British art scene, triggered by the first UK exhibitions of the theatrical, visceral abstract art by American artists like Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

31 Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SA
Phone: 01423 556188
Ends 4th Sep 2022 04:00 PM
Theatre Tour & Tea
Discover the hidden secrets of our theatre From Roman soldiers, to medieval monks, to Georgian ladies, this site has been important to the people of York for millennia. Throughout the year, we offer a fascinating backstage tour of the theatre, with a deep dive into our history. Find out how our ghost, The Grey Lady, came into existence, and why you must never whistle on stage! The tour includes a cream tea to finish, freshly made by our kitchen team. See website for dates and times. (normally 10am Sat and 2pm Fri)

York Theatre Royal, St Leonards Pl, York YO1 7HD
Phone: 01904 623568
Ends 8th Oct 2022 04:00 PM
Jorvik Viking Festival
The rescheduled JORVIK Viking Festival will take place over five days, from Saturday 28 May to Wednesday 1 June organisers confirmed today, filling the half-term break before the extra-long Platinum Jubilee weekend. That JORVIK Viking Thing will include a special livestreamed talk on the Silverdale Hoard as part of its programming, which will also include music, lectures, children’s activities and a host of on-demand video that can be enjoyed by people all over the world. The inaugural 2021 Thing reached a global audience of around 3.6 million. For more details, please visit

York city centre
Ends 1st Jun 2022 06:00 PM
Alan Partridge starring Steve Coogan
Love him or loathe him, we all love Alan Partridge. Over a multi-decade broadcasting career, this wonderful and surprisingly well-read man has brought delight to millions. And now, in a country riven with discord and disease, Alan is touring the country with a message of hope. Welcome to Stratagem, a live stage show that promises to inform, educate and entertain in approximately equal measure. Wearing a head-mic favoured by TED talkers, market hawkers, TV evangelists, backing singers and carnival barkers, Alan combines all these roles and more. It’s a manifesto for the way we can move forward, a roadmap to a better tomorrow, an ABC for the way to be. Devised, written, choreographed, performed and funded by Alan Partridge, Stratagem sees Alan not just treading the boards but pounding them, atop stages graced by such luminaries as Michael Ball, Jack Whitehall and Welsh rockers the Stereophonics. So join Alan, live on stage, (though patrons are asked not to join Alan live on stage) as he brings Stratagem to a city or selected good-sized town near you.

First Direct Arena, Arena Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS2 8BY
Phone: 0844 248 1585
Ends 29th May 2022 11:00 PM
Fat Friends - The Musical
The 'weight’ is over Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends - The Musical, returns to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, starring West End and TV favourite, Lee Mead. It’s going to be bigger and better than ever! (Parental guidance recommended.)

Alhambra Theatre, Morley St, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD7 1AJ
Phone: 01274 432000
Ends 4th Jun 2022 11:00 PM
Zog and the Flying Doctors
The roar-some crew are back for a new adventure. Zog, super keen student turned air-ambulance, still lands with a crash-bang-thump. Together with his Flying Doctor crew, Princess Pearl and Sir Gadabout, they tend to a sunburnt mermaid, a unicorn with one too many horns and a lion with the flu. However, Pearl’s uncle, the King, has other ideas about whether princesses should be doctors, and she’s soon locked up in the castle back in a crown and a silly frilly dress! See website for times. With a bit of help from some friends and half a pound of cheese, can Pearl make her uncle better and prove princesses can be doctors too?

St George's Hall, Bridge Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 1JT
Phone: 01274 432375
Ends 1st Jun 2022 11:00 PM