A mini-guide to arts events in Yorkshire

York Mystery Plays

York Mystery Plays - Credit: Archant

A selection of the best art events in Yorkshire during 2016

16 January-12 March Made with Love British makers showcase jewellery, ceramics and works in mixed media at Leeds Craft and Design Gallery with lots of gift ideas for Valentine’s and Mother’s Day. 0113 242 8241 craftcentreleeds.co.uk

1-3 April Settle Stories Festival This is for children and adults. The festival attracts storytellers and artists from around the world to the Yorkshire Dales town of Settle. More information on 0871 976 4350 settlestories.org.uk/festival

15-24 April York Open Studios See where artists, working in a variety of media, create their paintings, sculptures, jewellery and much more. 01904 704485 yorkopenstudios.co.uk

26 May-30 June York Mystery Plays The Mystery Plays return to York Minster for only the second time in their 700 year history. It’s always a spectacular theatrical event which tells the story of the creation of heaven and earth to the last judgement. 01904 557200 yorkminster.org/mysteryplays2016/home

4-12 June Great Capabilities – a Celebration of Capability Brown Celebrate the achievements of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown at Harewood House, near Leeds in a series of walks, talks and exhibitions; there is something for everyone. 0113 218 1010 harewood.org

16 June-3 July Yorkshire Festival Artistic director Matt Burman, who grew up in Leeds and Skipton, leads Yorkshire Festival which will see hundreds of shows, concerts and projects celebrate the very best artists and companies from across the county and around the world, over 18 days. festival.yorkshire.com

17 June-2 July Grassington Festival Two weeks of music and arts in the Yorkshire Dales. The festival is now in its 36th year and one of the most successful in Yorkshire. 01756 752691 grassington-festival.org.uk

24 June-3 July Hebden Bridge Arts Festival This year’s programme of events is on the theme of Trouser Town. Hebden Bridge produced thousands of pairs of trousers a week in its heyday and the festival will bring to life the town’s textile history. Email contactus@hbaf.co.uk hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk

21-24 July Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival The festival at the Old Swan, Harrogate is part of the summer-long Harrogate International Festivals which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Special guests include Linwood Barclay, Neil Cross, Tess Gerritsen and Gerald Seymour. 01423 562 303 harrogateinternationalfestivals.com

2-4 September Freedom Festival As Hull gears up for its year as City of Culture, the Freedom Festival brings arts, events, shows and music to the city. 01482 214036 freedomfestival.co.uk

24-25 September Yarndale Join this annual celebration of all things woolly, with exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops at the Skipton Auction Mart. 01756 770323 yarndale.co.uk.

30 September-18 October Ilkley Literature Festival The festival continues to attract some of the biggest names in the literary world and is an inspiration to writers and readers alike. 01943 816714 ilkleyliterturefestival.org.uk

3-17 November Leeds International Film Festival Leeds International Film Festival marks its 30th anniversary at this event which celebrates all things film and cinema. Early days for its programme but keep checking leedsfilm.com for news

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