Spring In Yorkshire 2018

Celebrate the start of Spring by exploring Yorkshire’s rich cultural heritage.

Here are some of the top tips what’s on in Yorkshire.


Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre, 7th-14th March
Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Brigate, Leeds. LS1 6NZ

One of literature’s most beloved heroines comes to West Yorkshire this Spring as Jane Eyre is re-imagined for a twenty-first century audience by the cast of the award-winning Northern Ballet in a visionary new dance adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s enduring novel.

Nominated for the South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award 2017, and touring as part of Northern Ballet’s Spring season, Jane Eyre promises to enrapture a new generation of both literature and dance fanatics as Brontë’s quintessential tale of romance, dark secrets and mad women in the attic gets a kinetic make-over for display on the Grand Theatre stage.

Tickets from £12.00.


George’s Marvellous Medicine, 13th– 17th March
Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill. LS2 7UP

Following the success of Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and the Witches, Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston collaborate once again to bring another of Roald Dahl’s treasured children’s classics to the stage at the Quarry Theatre, presenting another tale from the depths of one of Britain’s darkly creative minds to a new generation.

Marvel as the magic of George’s Marvellous Medicine is brought to phizz-whizzing life as George Cranky and his miserable grandmother take centre stage for a strange and dazzling mixture of entertainment and family fun.

Tickets from £13.50.


The Damned United, 27th March-7th April
Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill. LS2 7UP.

From the mind of David Peace, one of Britain’s finest contemporary novelists, comes a study of one of the most controversial figures in Leeds’s sporting history – Brian Clough.

Documenting Old Big ‘ead’s ill-fated 44 day reign in charge of Leeds United, The Damned United returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse promising to replicate the cauldron-like atmosphere of Elland Road within the interiors of The Courtyard Theatre.

Directed by Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Rod Dixon, and featuring performances by Luke Dixon as Brian Clough and David Chafer as Peter Taylor, The Damned United faithfully presents the drama, theatre and spectacle of the beautiful game within another dramatic space.

Tickets from: £13.50


An Officer and a Gentleman, 24th-28th April
Leeds Grand Theatre, 46 New Brigate, Leeds. LS1 6NZ

Let love lift you up where you belong as the world premiere of a new musical adaptation of  An Officer and a Gentleman comes to the Grand Theatre this Spring. Based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, this bold new stage adaptation retains several songs from the Taylor Hackford’s film, including the hit song Up Where We Belong along with many 80s classic anthems including Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Livin’ On A Prayer, Heart of Glass, Material Girl, Don’t Cry Out Loud, I Was Made for Lovin’ You and The Final Countdown.

Zack Mayo is in training to become a US Navy Pilot. When he swaggers into boot camp, head drill instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Foley subjects him to extremely harsh treatment to test his mental and physical limits and his fitness for a commission as an ensign.  Zack must realise the importance of love and friendship and find the courage to be himself to win the heart of Paula Pokrifki to successfully fulfil his ambition to become an Officer and a Gentleman.

With direction by Nikolai Foster (Artistic Director Curve, Annie, Calamity Jane), choreography by Kate Prince (Into The Hoods, ZooNation) and musical supervision by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis (Sweeney Todd, Sister Act), An Officer and a Gentleman celebrates triumph over adversity and features a restaging of one of film’s most iconic romantic scenes.

Please be advised An Officer and a Gentleman contains themes of an adult nature and strong language, so the show may not be appropriate for our younger guests.


Tour de Yorkshire, 3rd – 6th May

World class cycling across Yorkshire

Four years after the world’s most famous international cycling event, the Tour de France, began on the Headrow in Leeds, the finest and fastest exponents of travel on two wheels return to the heart of God’s Country for the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire.

Experience the atmosphere as some of the world’s greatest cyclists complete their chase around the four corners of the county, racing past some iconic Yorkshire landmarks. Four gruelling stages; Arts & Culture (Beverley to Doncaster), Yorkshire Heritage (Barnsley to Ilkley), Market Towns (Richmond to Scarborough) and  The Yorkshire Terrier (Halifax to Leeds) will test the limits of the competitors’ speed, strength and stamina.

Embrace the exhilaration as the world’s fastest navigate Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery at high speed in a bid to be crowned champion of one of the toughest, but increasingly popular, events on the cycling calendar.



The Girl On The Train, 12th May – 9th June
Courtyard Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill. LS2 7UP.

Rachel Watson dreams of a life fundamentally different from her own. Her only escape route from the mundane existence she yearns to escape is the life of the picture perfect couple she glimpses through the train window every day … until the woman she has been watching disappears, propelling Rachel into the depths of a thrilling mystery.

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ international bestseller, and following the box-office success of Tate Taylor’s spellbinding 2016 film adaptation, this bold new stage production from director Joe Murphy will keep you on the edge of your seat until the mesmerising narrative reaches its final destination.

Tickets from £13.50.


North Yorkshire County Show, Sunday 17th June
Camp Hill, Bedale DL8 2LS

The 40th North Yorkshire County Show will be held at Camp Hill Estate between Carthorpe and Kirklington on Sunday 17th June 2018.

The show offers a variety of exciting displays and demonstrations, plus a whole range of main ring attractions, classic cars and motorcycles. There is also a variety of exhibitions that will appeal to animal lovers everywhere, including a fun dog show, cattle, sheep and poultry, rabbits, cavies, hamsters and ferrets. Meanwhile, our more daring guests are welcome to sample activities like bungee trampolining, in addition to a number of country pursuits and carriage driving. There are also a number of exhibits focussed on things like horticulture and produce, arts and crafts and photography.

Carriages will make a main ring appearance in the afternoon and the day will once again feature the traditional Grand Parade of Cattle and class winners followed by classic cars and vintage agricultural machinery.

The Yorkshire food marquee, craft marquee and a wide variety of trade stands will also be showcasing their wares at the show, and on-site catering including ice cream and a real ale bar will be available throughout the day.

Dogs will be admitted to the show with owners, provided that they are kept on a lead at all times. As a pet-friendly hotel, the Days Inn Wetherby is the perfect place for dog owners to relax in the company of their canine companions either before or after a day enjoying the finest local produce, products and activities that the rural districts have to offer.