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Things to do in North Yorkshire over Easter

Here are a few ideas of things to do over the Easter holidays in North Yorkshire.


Sugar at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre

A Lobby card is shown for Billy Wilders Some Like It Hot, 1959, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon.
The musical version of this film classic hits York this Easter holiday

New Earswick Musical Society presents this show, which is based on the movie classic 'Some Like It Hot'.

Two unemployed musicians witness the St Valentines Day massacre in Chicago.

In order to escape gangster, Spats Palazzo, and his henchmen they dress as women and join Sweet Sue and Her Society Syncopaters, an all-female band about to leave town for an engagement in Florida.

Sugar runs at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre from Tuesday April 13 to Saturday April 17.

For more information visit the Joseph Rowntree Theatre website

Fountains Abbey
Relive the daily life of a monk at Fountains Abbey this Easter

It's a monk's life

The World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal is offering visitors the chance to take a family tour of the abbey and grounds this Easter.

Visitors can dress up in authentic monks' robes and learn all about how daily life used to be at this magnificent monastery.

It's a monk's life takes place at Fountains Abbey between 7 and 9 April and 14 and 16 April.

For more information visit the Fountains Abbey website.

Festivals and major events
The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra.
Big Band sounds to transport you back in time

Spirit of the 40s in Whitby

The weekend of the 16th of April 2010 will see Whitby transformed into a nostalgic 1940s themed town. The spirit of the 40s is a three day event full of nostalgia with everything from re-enactments to street theatre offering something for all the family to enjoy.

The main events, held at the Whitby Pavilion, start on Friday evening, 16 April, with a hangar dance and the vocals of Lola Lamour. The All Ruzzit Buzzit team will lead the way if you're a beginner to stroll, jive and quickstep.

On Saturday the pavilion welcomes The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, founded in 2003. Its repertoire includes classics by the likes of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey and Harry James.

Sunday starts with a Victory Breakfast: a classic sing along and hearty breakfast. Then you can relax and round off the weekend with some superb music and song, including many of your old favourites, at a Gala Concert.

The Spirit of the 40s weekend takes place from Friday April 16 to Sunday 18 April.

For more information visit the Whitby Pavilion website.

Scarborough Literature Festival

Scarborough Literature Festival logo
Authors include Phillippa Gregory, Gervase Phinn and Kathy Lette

It's the fourth annual Scarborough festival which this year runs from April 15 to 18.

Amongst the highlights for 2010 are appearances by Phillippa Gregory, Robert Goddard, Stella Rimington, Gervase Phinn, Kathy Lette and Adele Parks.

Brochures with details of all of the authors and artists for the 'Long Weekend' are available now in Scarborough and online.

The Festival runs from April 15 to 18 at various venues around Scarborough.

For more information visit the Festival website.


The Secret Garden

In the Gloaming. J Atkinson Grimshaw. Photo: Harrogate Museum
The exhibition is inspired by the classic novel, The Secret Garden.

The new exhibition at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate is inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel, The Secret Garden. First published in instalments in 1910 it tells the story of a sickly, sour-faced little girl, Mary Lennox. When her parents die she's sent to live with her Uncle Archibald in a gloomy manor house on the Yorkshire Moors.

Mary finds out about a walled garden that no one has entered for ten years. After his wife's death, Uncle Archibald locked its entrance and buried the key. Mary finds the secret garden and, as the story unfolds, she and the garden blossom together.

All of the paintings, prints, drawings and objects on show connect in some way with Mary's story. Atkinson Grimshaw's painting of a mysterious old house, In the Gloaming, stands in for the Manor. A portrait of a sad faced little girl by Jose Morais makes us think of Mary. Plants, trees and robins abound, and there is even a secret garden door.

The Secret Garden is at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate until 6 June 2010

For more information visit the Mercer Art Gallery website.

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