What’s On in Yorkshire This October

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Dirty Dancing

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Dirty Dancing The Musical

10-14 October

Alhambra Theatre

Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing, Dirty Dancing makes a magnificent return to the stage. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. See the hit film come to life before your eyes with this fantastic and emotional live stage show.



Harrogate Art Fair

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Harrogate Art – Valery Rybakow

13-15 October

Great Yorkshire Showground

Art lovers and artists meet face to face at these Contemporary Art Fairs, to browse, to talk, to admire and to buy. Expect artwork to buy from £50 to £5,000, and workshops and demonstrations, from leading artists and galleries. At the Harrogate Art Fair you can expect to see over 100 curated artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, ceramicists and selected galleries from all over the UK.



Paul Carrack

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19 October

Barbican York

Celebrating a momentous five decades in the industry, legendary musician and songwriter Paul Carrack, who’s ‘Golden Voice’ features on numerous classic worldwide hits such as ‘How Long’ (ACE‘) , ‘Tempted’ (Squeeze), ‘The Living Years’, ‘Over My Shoulder’ (Mike and the Mechanics) teams up with the 4 time GRAMMY Award-nominee SWR Big Band & Strings on epic new album ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’. The covers album celebrates the pioneering golden era in music from the 50s and beyond spanning blues, gospel, country and jazz, including ‘Cryin’ Won’t Help You’, Paul’s tribute to the legendary BB King.



Leyburn Jazz Festival

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19-22 October


Leyburn’s third festival features four days of music for all tastes. Events include some

Jacqui Dankworth magic, Trad Jazz, 1930s Hot Club, young generation stars and composer in residence, Paul Edis. There is a stunning list of award-winners. Jacqui Dankworth MBE, daughter of the legendary Cleo Laine; Ewan Hastie, BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, with Ben Shankland; two winners of the 2023 Parliamentary Jazz Award, Paul Edis (best album 2023), and Toni Kofi (best instrumental, twice). Not to mention the lovely Alligator Gumbo, Hot Club du Nord and more.



Jurassic Park in Concert

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22 October

Leeds First Direct Arena

In celebration of the triple Oscar winning Jurassic Park’s 30th anniversary, the acclaimed blockbuster will be presented in venues around the country, while the film’s renowned award-winning John Williams score is performed live by a full orchestra. Giving audiences the chance to see the classic like never before, the 1993 Stephen Spielberg hit will be shown in HD on big screens around the UK throughout October. Accompanied by the Hallé Orchestra, one of the UK’s top symphonic ensembles, they will perform John Williams’ iconic score live on stage.




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24 October

City Hall, Sheffield

The award-winning Tailenders podcast are heading out on their biggest live tour to date – The Inaugural (Annual) Farewell Tour. Broadcaster and Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Greg James, musician and former Maccabees guitarist Felix White, and England’s greatest cricketer Jimmy Anderson will take their alternative (and sometimes musical) look at cricket on the road across the UK this autumn. Expect a night of cricket, a night of laughs and night of surprises.


Look to the stars

Dark Skies returns from 27 October-5 November at North York Moors National Park

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Enjoy the beauty of the dark skies above the North York Moors National Park during the annual Fringe Festival with stargazing and moonwatching sessions, nocturnal wildlife safaris, twilight mindfulness walks, night photography skills evenings as well as space-themed daytime events for youngsters all included in the 10-day programme.

This year, the Fringe Festival will coincide with the appearance of the full Hunter’s Moon and the huge planet of Jupiter being closest to Earth providing great opportunities to explore these natural wonders while standing in beauty spots within the National Park.

National Parks are a stargazer’s paradise, with some of the best night skies in the country and we are excited to celebrate this with various Dark Skies Festivals throughout the year. It’s all about discovering, learning and enjoying the dark and the stars you can see as a result, with events suitable for all ages.

Since 2016’s inaugural Festival in the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales, Dark Skies Festivals throughout the UK have become an unmissable fixture in the stargazing calendar. Taking place throughout the country, there’s never been a greater opportunity to get out and appreciate what’s above.


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