Aug
1
Thu
Yorkshire Day proclamation @ Otley Maypole
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm
Yorkshire Day proclamation @ Otley Maypole

Award-winning Otley Bellman Terry Ford will be reading the Declaration of Integrity (the Yorkshire Day Proclamation) as the Maypole at noon.

Aug
2
Fri
Saltaire World Heritage site 1876 – 1987: Talk by Maria Glot @ Otley Courthouse
Aug 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Saltaire World Heritage site 1876 – 1987: Talk by Maria Glot @ Otley Courthouse

Back by popular demand, Maria Glot is returning to the Courthouse to continue with part two of her talk about Saltaire World Heritage site. Focusing on the time after Titus Salt’s Death, Titus Junior, James Roberts, Ernest Gates, A R Remington Hollins, Illingworth Morris, her collection of fascinating facts and anecdotes bring Saltaire history to life.
If you’re not familiar with Maria, she is a long-time resident of Saltaire village, and is part of a team that presents guided walks around Saltaire village in character as original inhabitants. Providing an interactive experience that won’t be forgotten.
Don’t worry if you missed the first part of Maria’s talk. You can still come along and learn about this later period of Saltaire’s history. Her guided walks, talks and after dinner speeches are legendary and refreshingly different.

Sep
13
Fri
Living with the Brontes @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Living with the Brontes @ Otley Courthouse

This illustrated talk is given by Ann Dinsdale, Principal Curator at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. She will be talking about the whole Bronte family with special attention being given to Patrick, whose time as Minister in Haworth included much work on trying to improve the health of the Haworth residents (who at that time had an average life expectancy of 25 years). Ann will draw on her experience as curator and give us information about the lives of all the family, bringing in some of the details that people may not be as familiar with, and using images of items from the Museum’s collection as illustrations.
Otley Courthouse Bar opens 45 minutes before the event start time.

Sep
14
Sat
Heritage Open Day @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 14 @ 9:24 pm – 10:24 pm

This year’s national theme for Heritage Open Days is ‘People Power’. Otley Courthouse is a unique community initiative and an outstanding example of ‘People Power’. An exhibition of some of the people currently involved, the ‘Courthouse Crew’, was created by ‘Humans of Leeds’ for the Courthouse 15th Birthday in May 2019. Come and see the exhibition and take part in a guided tour of Otley Courthouse. Tours are available throughout the day, with fascinating details of Courthouse history and the building’s links with ‘Heartbeat’.
Back by popular demand are the ‘Beat Walks’, created by volunteers in 2018. Find out what it was like to walk a day and a night town beat in Otley between the years 1956 to 1968. Using memories from the oral history project, walk round some of the beat and find out how local police worked before and after the introduction of radios. Tours last one hour and the distance is 1 ½ miles. There will be 2 tours at 11am and 2pm.
“Beat Walks” group size is limited to 15 per tour. Booking from 12th August is essential.
Heritageopendays.org.uk

Sep
18
Wed
National Theatre Live: An Evening with Margaret Atwood: Recorded Screening @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
National Theatre Live: An Evening with Margaret Atwood: Recorded Screening @ Otley Courthouse

On Tuesday September 10, “The Testaments”, Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale”, is revealed. The event will be celebrated with an exclusive cinema broadcast, as Fane Productions present an evening with the Canadian novelist, poet, literary critic and inventor.

The publication of Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985 and the current, Emmy Award-winning television series have created a cultural phenomenon, as handmaids have become a symbol of women’s rights and a protest against misogyny and oppression. Filmed live from the stage of the National Theatre in London, Atwood will be interviewed by broadcaster and author Samira Ahmed in a conversation spanning the length of Atwood’s remarkable career, her diverse range of works, and why she has returned to her seminal handmaid story, 34 years later.

Sep
26
Thu
Science Cafe @ Otley Courthouse
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Science Cafe @ Otley Courthouse

Speakers set out their key ideas in 10-15 minutes and 20 slides. Then it’s over to you to ask the questions. Watch the website for new speakers. All welcome, whether you are a beginner, an expert of still at school.
otleysciencefestival.co.uk
Otley Courthouse Bar opens 45 minutes before the event start time.