British breaks: Yorkshire

What's on

Head for the Doncaster Cultural Festival (doncaster voluntary arts.net) at The Arts Park on 12 July. There'll be free displays from Chinese and Indian dancers, fire-eaters, sword fighters and more.

The Great Yorkshire Show (greatyorkshire show.com), one of the country's major celebrations of country life, takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate from 14 to 16 July. See livestock displays, rural crafts and pursuits. Enjoy food and drink from some of the county's best producers.

York Minster provides the atmospheric setting for the York Early Music Festival (yorkminster.org), from 10 to 18 July. The Minster also has glass conservation tours offering a close-up view of a medieval stained glass window being restored in the Bedern Glaziers' Studio.

More music is on offer at the new Hull Truck Theatre (hulltruck.co.uk), which is the venue for this year's Hull Jazz Festival, from 23 to 30 August. Courtney Pine, Omar Puente's Cuba 50 and Ray Gelato and the Giants are among the artists headlining. While you're in the city, follow in the footsteps of William Wilberforce on the Walking with Wilberforce Trail (wilberforce trail.co.uk). Explore the haunts of the famous abolitionist and experience the city's radical anti-slavery tradition.

Art in the Gardens at Sheffield Botanical Gardens (artinthegardens.org), on 5 and 6 September, features more than 2,000 works by artists and craftspeople, many of which will be up for sale. Watch the performance art and take part in workshops for all the family.

See the sights

Admire the results of the £1.5m refurbishment of Leeds Art Gallery (leeds.gov.uk), which is home to one of the finest collections of 20th-century British art outside the capital. It features work by some of the region's creative giants, such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore.

They've changed the guards at Whitby Abbey (englishheritage. org.uk). A bronze replica of the Louvre's Borghese statue, bearing shield and sword, has been erected in the abbey's courtyard, in place of a previously lost figure. It's the final part of a revamp of the visitor centre at these ruins which overlook the seaside town.

A new pack of 15 walks in the East Yorkshire Wolds (realyorkshire.co.uk) has been launched to suit all ages and paces. On handy A5 laminated cards in a plastic wallet, the pack costs £6 and takes visitors around the local hills and dales. Look out, too, for new interpretative boards recently installed in the main Wolds towns of Pocklington, Market Weighton and Driffield. Also, see the new tourist board website, yorkshire.com, which has usefully signposted some of the county's best walks, from guided historical tours of the ancient city of York and ghost walks in Dracula's Whitby to self-guided treks around Hardcastle Crags and Robin Hood's Bay.

Further information

For more ideas and accommodation suggestions, go to yorkshire.com.

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