All posts by Sarah Harper

Shakespeare in York – 25 June to 1 September

The York season of SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE will run from Tuesday 25 June – Sunday 1 September 2019, with four new productions: Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is also expanding this year to a second site in the UK, in the grounds of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, with a nine week season from 8 July – 7 September, where two companies will be performing the repertoire of plays from the first season in York: Romeo & Juliet, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth

The pop-up Shakespearean theatre is constructed using state-of-the-art scaffolding technology, corrugated iron and timber. Inspired by the Rose Theatre of 1587 in London’s Bankside, which was built from timber, with a lath and plaster exterior and thatch roof, SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE houses an audience of 900, with 560 seated in three covered tiers around an open-roofed courtyard with standing room for 340 ‘groundlings’.

As before, the theatre is located within a Shakespearean village, bringing an authentic Elizabethan ambience and theatricality to the event, and features:

• ‘wagon’ performances of Elizabethan-style entertainment, including comic mini-plays and speeches
• the best Yorkshire food and drinks, housed in the oak-framed and reed-thatched Bear Arms pub
• an Elizabethan garden created by Yorkshire garden designer Sally Tierney, with ornate box-edged beds of roses, cottage flowers and herbs as well as a water fountain. Mrs Tierney is the winner of a Silver-Gilt medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s renowned Chelsea Flower Show, and created the Elizabethan garden for SHAKESPEARE’S ROSE THEATRE in York last year to great acclaim.
• tables and benches around the village, enabling visitors to enjoy the historic atmosphere.

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Malton Harvest Food Festival – 7,8 September

Sat 7 & Sun 8 September 2019 – FREE ENTRY!

Malton Harvest Food Festival is a celebration of Yorkshire’s finest produce and cooking with an emphasis on late summer and autumn produce.

Expect a harvest of game, seafood, wild and foraged food, soft fruit, baking galore, vegetarian and vegan food and the very best street food!​

Set across Malton’s Market Place you can expect a top weekend of chef demos, 100+ stalls, family entertainment, live music, talks, tastings and much more.

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Do the Thirsk Furniture Trail

The charming market town of Thirsk is set in a beautiful and historic part of North Yorkshire. The area is rich in cabinet making skills and has a wealth of furniture making companies with workshops and showrooms for all to see and enjoy.

These companies use a variety hardwoods to make an enormous range of furniture, made to the specific requirements of their customers. People come from all over Britain to have their furniture designed and made by their favourite craftsmen in the wood and style that they have chosen.

The Thirsk Furniture Trail includes seven furniture makers, all committed to producing furniture of exceptional quality. This website offers an introduction to their work and a guide to their workshops where a warm welcome is extended to all visitors. Combined with the wonderful local scenery and other attractions in the area, the Trail is a unique way to enjoy this part of North Yorkshire.

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