Here’s our guide to the week ahead....
Rural: Penistone Show
The 143rd show, will see more than 160 sheep, 80 pigs and 50 goats, as well as poultry, horses and cattle, enter hundreds of classes to compete for the title of ‘best in show’. The family event will also feature show jumping, live music, dog shows, arts and crafts and vintage vehicle displays.
Penistone Show, today. www.penistoneshow.com
Event: York Festival of Food and Drink
Dedicated to showcasing the best regional produce, the autumn food and drink festival will have the usual mix of of chef demonstrations, cookery workshops and wine tastings. Taking over Parliament Street as well as a number of other venues, there will also be a full programme of live music.
York Festival of Food and Drink, September 18 to 27. www.yorkfoodfestival.com
Talk: Richard Dawkins
Voted by Prospect Magazine as the World’s Top Thinker, Richard Dawkins, will be discussing his memoir Brief Candle in the Dark, following the threads that have run through his life so far and homing in on the key individuals, institutions and ideas that have inspired and motivated everyone’s favourite atheist.
Richard Dawkins – My Life in Science, West Yorkshire Playhouse, September 13. 0113 213 7700, www.wyp.org.uk
Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale
Northern Broadsides’ new production of Shakespeare’s romantic fable of jealousy, love and redemption. When King Leontes falsely accuses his Queen of infidelity with his closest friend, he proclaims their newborn daughter a bastard and condemns the innocent to death. But the child, Perdita, survives and so begins a story of love and forgiveness.
The Winter’s Tale, Harrogate Theatre, September 18 to 26. 01423 502116, www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk; Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, October 13 to 17; Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, October 20 to 24; Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, November 24 to 28.
Arts: Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival
The celebration of arts, crafts and heritage returns to the picturesque coastal village. This year’s highlights include giant lobster sculptures by Whitby artist Emma Stothard, while light artist Mick Stephenson will be illuminating a trail through Staithes using coloured lanterns.
Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage, to September 13. Most events are free and you don’t have to book. Programme £1. www.staithesfestival.com
Arts and music come together in the annual 10-day festival. Events range from a comedy night at the Caroline Club to classic car shows and musical performances from The Craig Brauns Band and the Beatleaders.
Saltaire Festival, various venues, to September 20. www.saltairefestival.co.uk
Stage: Romeo and Juliet
New production of Shakespeare’s tragedy with Morfydd Clark as Juliet and Freddie Fox as Romeo. The story of the star-crossed lovers is the best known of all the Bard’s plays, but director Jonathan Humphreys promises a fresh take on the doomed love affair.
Romeo and Juliet, Sheffield Crucible, September 17 to October 17. 0114 249 6000, www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk