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What’s On March to September 2018

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A feast of festivals This year will be another really exciting one in Yorkshire and our What’s On guide is jam-packed full of all the essential events you need to know about so you can be sure not to miss a thing! Make the most of the wonderful outdoors and blow away some winter cobwebs at one of the many outdoor festivals and shows that take place across all four corners of our magnificent county and of course there are plenty of sporting events where you can cheer from the sidelines - or even get involved yourself. From literary celebrations, to music festivals, to agricultural shows and food and drink events, there’s something for people of all ages and interests – and they’re a fantastic way to make the most of Yorkshire in 2018.

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Front cover image: folly! at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal © National Trust images. Images this page top to bottom: Judging Swaledale sheep. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival © Craig Shaw Photography. Scarborough Open Air Theatre. Captain Cook celebrations - Whitby harbour with the Bark Endeavour.



Easter’ical fun...

There’s something wonderful about how families come out of hibernation round about now and with Yorkshire boasting a whole host of egg-citing Easter events, the little ones won’t get bored even for a minute. Over the Easter weekend, you can follow all kinds of Easter treasure hunts and trails. From 30 March to 2 April, look out for all of the Dragon’s eggs at the Easter Dragon Egg Hunt at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby or the animal eggs at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. Follow a nature trail and search high and low for clues in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall near Keighley on their popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt, where bunny has been up to his old tricks again... it’s up to you to follow his clues. Cherchez les Lapins Blancs! Find the White Rabbits on an Easter trail with a French twist at the Yorkshire Air Museum near York. Answer the questions as you explore, then collect your own yummy white chocolate rabbit! Over on the coast, simply work out the riddles to find the lettered eggs and win a Cadbury’s Creme Egg at Filey Bird Garden and Animal Park and be in with a chance of winning a £10 Thorntons voucher. A short distance away, it simply wouldn’t be Easter without a

Tuesday 24 April 9.30am to 12.30pm TONG GARDEN CENTRE

Matthew Wilson Perfect planting workshop

Collaborating with TV and radio gardening expert and award winning Welcome to Yorkshire RHS Chelsea Flower Show designer, Matthew Wilson, Tong Garden Centre are the first centre in the North of England to host Matthew Wilson’s Gardening School. His workshops are a great mix of practical work and theory. The Planning Perfect Planting workshop is on 24 April, where Matthew will share his knowledge and reveal certain tricks of the trade. Tickets: £55 per person available to buy online



trip to Amelia’s Chocolate in Scarborough, where you can make your own Easter Egg. Yorkshire Wildlife Park near Doncaster has a special event from 1 to 3 April. Celebrating Alice in Wilderland, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, the fun includes three magical days of live shows, craft activities, games and more. In Barnsley, join the cook in the Victorian kitchen for a special Easter session and create all manner of edible delights to take home at the Children’s Sweet Treats event at Cannon Hall on 3 April. Remember to bring a tin to take home your goodies.

Step into the past Friday 30 March - Monday 2 April 10am - 5pm ROYAL ARMOURIES, LEEDS

Easter tournament Enjoy the thrills and spills of authentic medieval jousting in the heart of Leeds. This Easter the Royal Armouries arena will resound to the clash of a live-action tournament, as internationally renowned knights from England, France, Poland and Australia battle for prestigious trophies.

Saturday 31 March 10am - 4pm SKIPTON CASTLE

Skipton Castle Woods Eggventure Excitingly, there is a giant golden egg to find, which the Easter Bunny has hidden somewhere in the grounds at Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens near Driffield, from 30 March to 8 April. Take part in an Easter trail around the grounds, solving clues while exploring the extensive gardens and once the conundrum has been solved, every child will receive an Easter treat.

Join the fairies and wizard of Rusticus Theatre as you seek out clues. Using your trail sheet, search for items in the woods and once complete, collect your handmade chocolate treat.

Families can have a fun day out at Springtime Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground on 31 March. Around every corner you’ll find activities for children of all ages based around spring, new life, food, farming and the countryside. Back by popular demand, Mr Bloom and his fellow gardeners from the allotment will be back to entertain the little ones. Enjoy ‘A Cascade of Colour and Beauty’ at Burnby Hall Gardens Tulip Festival from 29 April to 13 May. Whilst best known for their impressive National Collection of over one hundred varieties of Hardy Water Lily, the Tulip Festival attracts thousands of visitors to Yorkshire’s unique gardens in the spring. Over 14,000 tulips, comprising over 30 varieties, will be on display. These can be seen formally displayed in tubs throughout the gardens and in the numerous flower beds throughout the site.



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The sound of music The sound of Yorkshire’s musical line up boasts acts from folk to jazz and blues, plus some of the biggest acts in the UK. 4 – 7 May See website for times FILEY

Filey Folk Festival Catch over 150 acts performing at the Filey Folk Festival in 8 venues across the town all within a few minutes’ walk from one another. Best of all, the festival is a free event so you can enjoy the addition of Monday to the festival, dubbed as ‘survivors day’. As if all that wasn’t enough, as an added bonus, on the 5 May, the Tour de Yorkshire will pass through Filey enabling you to get a glimpse of the riders whilst enjoying your folk fix. Left: Nick Harper performs in 2017.

24 – 27 May See website for times BEVERLEY

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival Join us for a celebration of music from London - to Venice - to Vienna presented in some of England’s finest churches, including St Mary’s Church, Beverley, inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s March Hare in Alice in Wonderland and the award winning heritage centre, St James’ Warter. Highlights of the festival include rising stars Il Quadro Animato (left), Lux Musicae London and the University of York’s 24. The National Centre for Early Music’s youth instrumental ensemble The Minster Minstrels will also perform in Beverley for the first time. With illustrated talks, open opportunities and community concerts featuring some of the most talented individuals from across the Riding.



May – August See website for times SCARBOROUGH

Scarborough Open Air Theatre

12 – 25 August See website for times NORTH YORK MOORS

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

Britney Spears is coming to Scarborough. That sentence alone should be enough to alert music lovers to the strides Scarborough Open Air Theatre has made over the last couple of years alongside promoters Cuffe & Taylor. Boasting an all-star lineup (including the Princess of Pop herself) and improved staging facilities, this promises to be an even bigger year for the largest open-air theatre in Europe. Lionel Richie, Take That’s Gary Barlow, the reformed Steps, Irish rockers The Script and tenor Alfie Boe are all confirmed with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.

International musicians express their talents in an atmosphere of friendship and celebration and perform in extraordinary historical churches, nestled within hamlets, dales, remote moorland and coastal villages. Eleven concerts adapt to the specific acoustics of each church, building a story-line to portray the overall theme. Each venue contains its own ambience of mystery which the audiences and the music bring to life.

13 – 15 July See website for times BURTON AGNES HALL, near DRIFFIELD

Jazz & Blues Festival

Uniquely set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately piles, Burton Agnes Hall, over 25 bands will provide a weekend of Jazz and Blues from manicured lawns and inside an ornately carved Great Hall. There is civilised camping, children’s entertainers, local ale and food, late night acts in the bar tent and open mic performances in the shops and café courtyard. Could this be the most breathtaking place to spend a weekend, soaking up the UK’s hottest jazz and blues acts?



6 - 14 July See website for times VARIOUS VENUES IN YORK

York Early Music Festival The internationally acclaimed York Early Music Festival had a bumper year in 2017, when it celebrated its 40th anniversary. Attracting the best musicians and performers from around the world to present musical performances from the 12th - 18th centuries, the 2018 festival takes place in historic venues in the medieval City of York. The theme for 2018 is Power and Politics and highlights include Liz Kenny (right), Brecon Baroque directed by violinist Rachel Podger, Gallicantus directed by Gabriel Crouch with the Rose Consort of Viols and The Sixteen directed by Harry Christophers. There is also a strong focus on emerging young talent.

6 – 8 July See website for times WHITBY PAVILION

Whitby Soul Weekender Since 2002, the Whitby Soul Weekender has offered up the best in Motown, Northern and Modern Soul that Yorkshire has to offer. Annually packed with the North’s best loved DJs. Offering you daytime sessions plus soul nights spread over three days which allows for a relaxing weekend break as well as the time-honoured soul experience. The Soul Weekender offers up the chance to see the sights that Whitby has to offer in contrast to many Friday to Sunday event weekends spent entirely at the festival.

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Agricultural shows

Yorkshire’s agricultural shows are an important part of the summer months and you don’t have to be a farmer to enjoy these traditional events. From those with an interest in show-jumping to brass bands, fell running to fairground rides and animals to cooking schools, everyone will find their own highlight.


Ryedale Show

Thornton le Dale Show

Rosedale Show

Wellburn Park, Kirkbymoorside

The Showground, Maltongate

Milburn Arms Field, Rosedale Abbey

Situated within a natural amphitheatre, Ryedale Show on 31 July has eight rings running throughout the day, exhibiting prime cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats, alongside sections for fur and feather, produce, WI/YCA and children’s classes together with sheep dog trials and a dog show.

Thornton le Dale Show on 8 August, is considered to be the best and friendliest of the County’s traditional rural shows. Not only is it the high spot in the annual calendar for locals, but it also acts as the focal point for our many friends throughout the country and indeed further afield.

Held in a most beautiful setting in Rosedale Abbey, in the Milburn Arms field, Rosedale Show on 18 August has all the wonders and treats of a traditional village agricultural show. Visitors can enjoy seeing livestock, horses, fresh produce, flowers, vintage tractors and outdoor sculptures.

Egton Show

Stokesley Show

Nidderdale Show

Egton Cross, Egton


Pateley Bridge

Egton Bridge, in the North York Moors National Park, is the setting for the Egton Show. The 22 August will see a wrought iron and farrier display, a farmer’s market, plus all the usual horse, cattle, sheep, goat, ferret, fur and feather classes. There will also be bee keeping, produce and handicraft and the children’s sections.

Stokesley Show brings you great live shows on 22 September, from horse trials to quad bikes, cattle, show jumping, vintage tractors, stunt biking, dog shows and much, much more! There are numerous food and drink stalls serving local produce and exhibitions of paintings, photography and culinary delights.

Traditionally marking the end of the agricultural show season, enjoy a wonderful display of the finest livestock, produce and crafts on 24 September. Expect to see sheep dog trials, a dog show, show jumping, livestock classes, cookery demonstrations, trade stands and an exhibition cricket match.


The Great Yorkshire Show The 160th edition of The Great Yorkshire Show on 10 to 12 July is set to be spectacular! Over 130,000 visitors and 8,000 animals flock to the Great Yorkshire Showground every year for the three-day show, making it one of the biggest in the UK.


Live performances


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While the show has agriculture at its heart, there’s also entertainment, shopping, live music, interactive cookery demos and a professional catwalk fashion show - including a one-off celebrity special.

Master Chef Rosemary Shrager will whip up a storm in the cookery theatre and the President’s Lawn is set to showcase some very special additions for the first time ever.


Animal magic Thousands of animals compete from cattle to sheep, pigs to pigeons and the show finishes with one of the most prestigious show jumping classes in the country, the Cock O’The North competition.

Get involved Held near Leyburn, the Wensleydale Agricultural Show on 25 August, has an extensive range of competitive events for livestock such as sheep, cattle, horses and poultry. There will be over 60 classes in poultry alone, ranging from large fowls to true bantams and an egg section. Alongside horticultural and handicraft classes, dry stone walling demonstrations and Wensleydale sheep competitions.




We love our food and drink in Yorkshire, so it’s only fitting we have plenty of festivals, events and markets to showcase this! Treat yourself to some of Yorkshire’s culinary delights.

21 - 22 July 9am to 7pm FUNKIRK FARM, SKIPTON

Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival 8 July 10am to 4pm PONTEFRACT

Pontefract Liquorice Festival Celebrating the town’s historic link with the growth and production of the traditional sweet, the Pontefract Liquorice Festival on 8 July is every sweet lover’s dream. A great variety of liquorice food and drink can be enjoyed, whilst browsing the colourful stalls of the market.

For an amazing summer weekend, with celebrity chefs James Martin and Gino D’acampo, this festival is a must. It is jam-packed with things to do including kids activities and the best street food and drink in the UK.

Sausage & Beer Festival Real ale, great sausages and live music, that’s what the Sausage & Beer Festival at Camp Hill near Bedale is all about. A fun-filled line up of music and activities, as well as sampling the best local beers and some of the tastiest sausages.



Homegrown Food Festival Take part in cookery workshops, watch renowned local chefs work their magic, learn how to grow your own vegetables and relax and listen to great live music.

9 - 10 June, 11 - 12 August See website for times

20 - 21 July CAMP HILL, BEDALE

24 June 10am to 5pm

29 July 10am to 6pm SALTBURN

Saltburn Food Festival One of the food festivals to visit, with well over 100 local food producers, Hot Street Food from Bangladeshi to Sweden and everywhere in between.


Filey Food & Drink Festival Over on the coast, the very popular ‘Eat Yorkshire’ Filey Food & Drink Festival hits the town on the second weekend of June and August based in and around the Evron Centre and Crescent Gardens. The Food Theatre will showcase the region’s best chefs.


26 - 28 May 10am to 5pm

30 June - 1 July See website for times

2nd Saturday of the month 9am to 2pm




Great British Food Festival

Halifax Food & Drink Festival

Saltburn Farmers Market

Take a good helping of local and artisan producers, a big serving of tasty hot food vendors, add a dash of real ale and wine bars, a sprinkling of kid’s cookery lessons and mix together to make a lovely foodie family day out.

Bringing together homegrown local produce along with a taste of Yorkshire and the rest of the world, the Halifax Food & Drink Festival will take over many streets in the town centre, with exhibitors promoting a vast offering of food and drink.

Generally regarded as one of the best markets in the North East, why not visit Saltburn Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday of each month and see for yourself! Regularly attracting over 800 people and around 35 stalls.

27 - 29 April See website for times

10 - 12 August 10am to 6pm

15 - 22 September See website for times




Gin Festival

Yum Festival

Cheese Festival

Malton, ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, is hosting its first ever Gin Festival offering guests a huge selection of gins from all across the world. Gin Heaven just hit Malton! Malton Food Lovers Festival will also be marking its 10th anniversary on 26 – 27 May.

Three days of tasty street food, culinary talent, fresh local produce and a bustling market of world flavours. Come and see what’s on the menu at Hull city centre’s celebration of food and drink. From traditional dishes, to a touch of spice – stay local and taste the world!

For everything and anything cheese, this is a fantastic celebration of local produce. The festival kicks off with a two-day mini festival at Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes. There’s a whole host of demonstrations and tastings.



Cook at 250

Whitby is preparing to push the boat out for one our area’s most iconic figures by holding a weekend-long festival. The Captain Cook Festival – 250th anniversary celebrations take place on 6 - 8 July.

One of the world's greatest explorers


Voyage of discovery

Step back in time

Spectacular festival

The 250th anniversary of the momentous First Voyage of one of the world’s greatest explorers is being celebrated in Whitby. James Cook learnt his trade as a seaman in Whitby and his famous vessel HM Bark Endeavour was built there. To mark 250 years since Cook set sail on his First Voyage of discovery to the South Seas, a town-wide celebration will see a host of events take place throughout the weekend. Giving a feel for life at sea in the 18th century, two tall ships will take pride of place in Whitby’s historic harbour especially for the festival.

Maritime adventurers can step back in time and climb aboard the Spanish hand-built tall ship Atyla to experience life at sea and re-live the Battle of Trafalgar on the smallest ship in Nelson’s fleet, the replica warship topsail schooner, HMS Pickle. A new way to navigate and explore Whitby will be provided by the Cook ‘Tintamarresques Selfie’ tour, which will comprise a series of cut-out Cook characters, located across the town. Whitby Abbey and Pannett Art Gallery will be exhibiting maritime artwork and memorabilia throughout the weekend.

Visitors can also test their sea legs on board the Bark Endeavour Whitby, an authentic replica of Cook’s HM Bark Endeavour, 40% of the ship’s original size, sailing from Whitby along the coast to nearby Sandsend. Endeavour Wharf will become home to a live cooking theatre where local chefs will bring history to life, giving an 18th century twist to modern cuisine using food and produce that would have been eaten on board. Visitors will also be able to enjoy live music, street theatre and sea shanties alongside local ales and a grand finale firework spectacular.


Special collections Yorkshire plays host to a whole variety of world-class exhibitions, from heritage to tattooing and from the Jurassic World to some of the country’s finest collections of Star Wars memorabilia, there really is something to interest everyone. 8 March - 31 December 10am - 4pm YORK’S CHOCOLATE STORY, YORK

Times of Change: Women and Confectionery York’s Chocolate Story has an exhibition from March that celebrates the Times of Change: Women and Confectionery. Since the confectionery industry began in the 17th century, women have played a major part in shaping it. From Mary Tuke – who created a successful cocoa business against all adversity and paved the way for companies such as Rowntree’s to Mary Ann Craven’s humbugs and French almonds. Throughout the centuries, many women played their part in making the industry what it is today. This new exhibition will be made up of unique historical artefacts and fascinating testimony from those tenacious women who worked in the industry.

21 April - 15 July See website for times BARNSLEY TOWN HALL

Star Wars at Experience Barnsley May the toys be with you from 21 April to 15 July at Experience Barnsley. This touring exhibition displays one of the country’s finest Star Wars collections of memorabilia, toys and posters owned by collector Matt Fox. The toys and collectables from this period, including X-wings, lightsabers, posters and figures will all be on display in this magical exhibition for families of all ages to enjoy together.



24 March - 4 November 12pm to 5pm, closed Monday

16 February - 3 June 10am to 5pm

19 - 20 May 10.30am to 7pm




Chippendale Solid Light and the Yorkshire Works Craftsmen This new exhibition will feature the beautifully crafted Chippendale furniture on permanent display alongside an array of rarely seen original drawings, bills and letters from the archives. © National Trust

The Hepworth Wakefield is hosting Solid Light Works, the first major UK exhibition of artist Anthony McCall’s work in over a decade. It will explore all facets of his work and will include the UK premiere of three new ‘solid light’ installations.

24 May - 18 June See website for times THE MOORS NATIONAL PARK CENTRE, DANBY

Moor Impressions The beautiful Inspired by… Gallery hosts changing exhibitions of work by artists and makers who draw their inspiration from the landscape, life and colour of the North York Moors National Park. During May and June, Moor Impressions is an exhibition by The East Anglian Group of Marine Artists, who tour the North York Moors annually and have amassed an amazing body of work inspired by the area, which is on display. There will also be a small framed postcard exhibition, one from each of their artists. Dont miss the Hidden Landscapes exhibition on the 21 June, which will explore hidden places of the North York Moors National Park. The exhibition will focus on walking, collecting and attachment to significant objects.

Scarborough Tattoo Show There will be over 80 award winning tattoo artists on hand to cater your every whim all weekend, so if you have an itch for a one-off piece of tattoo art or fancy extending your ink collection, the Scarborough Spa will be the place to be!

Stuck for ideas? There is something happening in Yorkshire every day this summer. Here is our pick of some of the more family friendly happenings. Sci-Fi Scarborough Scarborough Spa 21 - 22 April, from 10am Sci-Fi Scarborough is back for the fifth year in the beautiful Victorian Spa Complex. Expect the quirky quarter mile of Scarborough Spa to be packed to the rafters with a fantastic mix of guests, panels, table top and video gaming, fan film theatre, cosplay competition, geek pub quiz, a trading hall, movie prop and model displays, Minecraft Gaming Hub and lots more!

Behind the Scenes North Yorkshire Moors Railway 5 - 7 May, 9am - 5pm Explore ‘Behind the Scenes’ at this popular heritage railway line, where you will be able to take a sneaky peek at areas usually closed. This event will showcase all the work that goes into keeping the wheels turning. Check out the engine sheds at Grosmont and learn about the infrastructure and bridges at Goathland.

British Museum Treasures Come to JORVIK JORVIK Viking Centre, York From 8 April 2018 The first items to be featured include treasures from the Halton Moor Hoard, coins of Canute as king of both England and Denmark and a unique die, used to strike coins towards the end of his reign. Weaponry, including spearheads and a ‘pattern-welded’ sword found near Windsor will also be on display.



The BIG Summer Festival Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax 21 July - 2 September

Workhouse Secret Cinema for Kids Ripon Workhouse Museum, 18 May at 5pm

Visit Eureka! this summer for a boredom-busting festival of tech, science, performance and play! Come rain or shine, the BIG Summer Festival will include a fun mix of science busking, interactive storytelling and craft activities, plus kids (and grown-ups) can try their hand at coding, animation and more with a changing programme of digital activities.

What will they be showing? Well you’ll have to visit to find out and you’re encouraged to come in fancy dress to get into the full action of this screening. You will receive more details upon purchasing your ticket. Age rating U.

Children’s Gardening Weekend RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate 26 - 27 May, 11am - 3pm

Safari Nights Yorkshire Wildlife Park, nr Doncaster Every Saturday in August

See Mr Bloom from CBeebies perform live on Saturday to launch this new weekend event. Kids big and small can take part in a range of activities designed to inspire future gardeners.

Every Saturday throughout August, bigger and better than ever before, enjoy a unique safari experience. Finish your day with a world class musical extravaganza at the Wild Life Arena. You might meet lions, tigers, antelope, or mischievous squirrel monkeys.

Rusticus Storytime: Robin Hood Sewerby Hall and Gardens, nr Driffield Various dates and times

Theatre Summer School Cast, Doncaster 28 August - 1 September, 10.30am - 4pm

Choose sides as the woodland creatures create a performance from their trunk of epic adventure stories! Sing songs with the outlaws and feast at the Sheriff’s banquet as you discover the greatest legend of our time – Robin Hood!

Have a brilliant time making friends, acting, dancing and singing with fantastic, professional artists, in this year’s Summer School. It’s a great opportunity to develop new skills in drama with tailored activities and workshops for ages 8 - 14.



World Class Talent Hundreds of quirky and original performances, art installations and family activities take place in Yorkshire each year. Here’s a taste of what’s on offer. Leeds Young Film Festival Leeds, 26 March - 5 April The UK’s largest family film event where the whole family can watch, learn and play. Join over 15,000 other children and their families during Easter to explore the world of film, animation and virtual reality through screenings, live shows, workshops and drop ins across the city.

Folly! Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal near Ripon, 28 April - 4 November The National Trust’s contemporary art programme Folly! is back, bigger and bolder than ever. Celebrating the playful, whimsical style of Studley Royal Water garden, the four designs will bring fresh colour and curiosity to the landscape. Internationally recognised architects and artists will create installations to bewitch and beguile visitors of all ages to the World Heritage Site.


Artwaves Bridlington Spa, 7 - 13 May A rising visual arts festival, ArtWaves showcases traditional, digital, contemporary and urban art through a carefully tailored programme curated for all, from experienced artists to those simply looking to see something different.

Grassington Festival 15 - 30 June Now in its 38th year, Grassington Festival is an annual multi-arts and music festival, with a combination of performances, visual arts and live music. Every year, it brings internationally renowned acts and high-quality performances to Grassington for 15 days of music and arts. The village will come alive in a myriad of colours and creativity as artists, bands, art enthusiasts and local people collaborate to entertain and inspire.


Image: Craig Shaw Photography.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 22 June - 1 July

Selby Arts Festival 21 - 29 July

One of Yorkshire’s longest running festivals, with a reputation for delivering a lively and diverse programme of street entertainment, visual arts, music and theatre in surprising locations. Quirky and distinctive, the festival celebrates the town’s creativity and unique landscape.

This year’s festival will be even bigger and better, following on from the inaugural event. A nine-day explosion of creativity and culture, celebrating everything that is great about the town.

Holmfirth Art Week 1 - 7 July One of the town’s most exciting annual events, Holmfirth Art Week acts as a showcase for talented local artists to exhibit their works at Holmfirth Civic Hall. Additional Fringe venues are dotted around the area and feature an exciting and diverse array of work from photographers, painters, textile-makers, ceramicists, sculptors and more.

Bradford Festival 13 - 15 July Bringing a vibrant, colourful and multicultural programme of the very best international, British and local theatre, art, music and dance right into the heart of Bradford, staged mostly in the multi-award winning public space, City Park. Alongside incredibly creative street theatre there's breathtakingly beautiful dance and highly talented music acts.


Hull Freedom Festival 31 August - 2 September An arts festival where the city is the stage, Hull’s Freedom Festival celebrates, through artistic and cultural expression, Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom.

Art in the Gardens Sheffield, 1 - 2 September Arguably the largest outdoor art exhibition in the north of England with artists from throughout the UK. Art in the Gardens in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, is a truly wonderful opportunity to buy the perfect piece of art in perfect surroundings.

Leeds International Piano Competition 14 - 15 September This amazing competition attracts pianists from around the world to compete for the coveted title. The first rounds take place in Berlin, Singapore and New York before the semi-finals and final in Leeds. The talent is sure to be off the scale.


Tell us a story Yorkshire has a wonderful literary history and the county’s stunning landscapes continue to inspire. Here are some of the county’s festivals and events that attract world-renowned literary icons.

6 - 8 April SETTLE

Settle Stories Festival This year’s festival looks at how technology is playing a part in the art of storytelling. There are live online games to play, video performances and family entertainment, with an underwater adventure and a 50ft inflatable whale that will be making its way to Settle Market Place! There are different events going on each day, plenty to keep everyone busy.

7 – 12 June SHEFFIELD


Huddersfield Literature Festival This annual celebration of all things literary is not to be missed and this year, Sir Patrick Stewart OBE will be headlining the event as he discusses his love of words and how different stories have played a part in his successful career as an actor. Spread across 10 days at various locations in Huddersfield, enjoy seeing major authors, multi-arts events, creative writing and performance poetry.


Sheffield Doc Fest Celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. This is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival. From feature length to shorts and including interactive, augmented reality and virtual reality projects; the festival comprises a film programme with some of the very best in international documentary screenings, alternate realities for innovation and interaction, augmented reality and virtual reality projects plus much more. This is the place for pioneering and innovative filmmakers, ideas, projects, debate and thinking.



Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

29 June – 8 July BRADFORD

Bradford Literature Festival

The world class, award winning Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, celebrates the very best in crime fiction. Known as the friendliest and most inclusive event on the circuit, it’s famed for its no barriers approach, as fans, fledgling writers and established superstar authors mingle in the hotel bar, bookshop and PapaKata tents in the hotel grounds.

The Bradford Literature Festival has been hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. With over 300 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, you can celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms.

27 - 30 September SKIPTON

Broughton Hall Children’s Literature Festival A literary festival with a difference, this event celebrates all types of writing for children, the aim being to put Yorkshire at the heart of children’s literature in the UK and make a genuine difference to children’s lives in local schools. Head on down to this picturesque country house for some family fun and storytelling adventures.



Fill your calendar The North York Moors is a pretty special place. History and nature have combined to produce an amazingly vibrant landscape, rich in heritage and wildlife. With its fabulous countryside, heather moorland, woodland and rugged Jurassic coast, the North York Moors National Park is one of Britain’s most treasured places. As the days grow longer, the North York Moors once again becomes a hive of activity. This is the time for getting outdoors, enjoying long lazy days at the North York Moors’ coast, exploring hundreds of miles of pedal-powered freedom across the moorland and filling the calendar up with family, music and food-lover festivals. Kick start the spring by spending your days between the sandy beaches of Runswick Bay, Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay, where you can find secret picnic spots and boat trips that’ll test your fishing ability. For water buffs, head to Sandsend and Whitby to try your hand at surfing, paddle boarding and sea kayaking. Not forgetting Saltburn’s eight miles of golden sand, which is a much needed rest station after a coastal walk along a stretch of the 109 mile Cleveland Way National Trail. But, the fun doesn’t stop there, both coastal and countryside offer heaps of adventure for adults and kids. Fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach combing can be found along the Jurassic coastline, or head inland and have a go at horse riding, cycling trails or skimming through the treetops with Go Ape! at Dalby Forest. By late summer the heather is in full bloom, creating a bright pink and mauve carpet that stretches for mile after mile. This beautiful place is a haven for all sorts of wildlife and creates the perfect opportunity to slow down and take your time as you meander through the moorland paths. For more details about events and exhibitions at North York Moors National Park, see the website, www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/whatson. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Images from top: Coastal view towards Robin Hood’s Bay in the North York Moors National Park © Ebor Images. Archery at The Moors National Park Centre, Danby © Chris J Parker. Geocaching © Mike Nicholas. Sutton Bank © Ebor Images.


Moor to sea

Enjoy a great free family day out, craft sessions, have-a-go archery, nature walks and geocaching trails. Walkers can also join National Park Volunteers on a series of walks for all abilities.

ParkFest, 22 July A one day bonanza event! ParkFest is the biggest event in the North York Moors annual calendar. There are all sorts of events, workshops, family attractions and children’s activities to discover in the beautiful grounds of The Moors National Park Centre, Danby.

National Parks Week, 23 - 29 July Come and explore, discover and celebrate the special qualities of our National Parks. Family activities include an amazing Geocaching Treasure Hunt - using a GPS unit, enjoy a 2-3 mile walk searching for clues in hidden boxes.

MoorFest, 29 July Enjoy a whole host of free activities at our annual moorland event. It’s a celebration of country life, culture and heritage at Sutton Bank National Park Centre.

A door to the past Step into the story of Yorkshire at a range of historical events across the county. Go behind-the-scenes with exclusive tours, join historical characters from the past, take a look at literary exhibitions or even visit the famous Georgian High Street that appeared in the recent ‘Dad’s Army’ film. There’s plenty to do come rain or shine.

Legends in Yorkshire Making Thunder Roar: Emily Brontë Brontë Parsonage Museum, all year Marking the bicentenary of Emily Brontë’s birth, this insightful exhibition looks at the life of one of the greatest writers in English literature, about whom surprisingly little is known. A fascinating collection of Emily’s possessions, writing and artwork is paired with specially commissioned contributions.

‘Whitby in the Time of Cook, the Making of a Great Seaman’ Exhibition Captain Cook Museum, Whitby 10 February - 4 November This exhibition is an insight into the maritime history of Whitby, which was once one of the major ship-building centres in Britain and played a key part in training young apprentices up to ready them for the sea.

Shakespeare pop-up Theatre York, 25 June - 2 September A pop-up replica of two Shakespearean theatres with room for almost 1,000 spectators will be built in York’s historic centre. The temporary structure modelled on the Globe and Rose theatres is planned for York Castle Museum car park, opposite the 13th Century Clifford’s Tower. Sat within a Shakespearean Village, you can experience some of Yorkshire’s best food and drink.


Celebrating the services

Exhibitions in Yorkshire will explain what what life was like during wartime.

World War Two Living History Eden Camp, Malton 31 March All are welcome to participate in portraying military and civilian folk from WWII, as the 1940s theme allows you to get up close to uniforms and equipment from the period.

‘Against the Odds’ RAF at War Weekend Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington near York 12 - 13 May Step back in time to WWII when RAF Elvington was a live bomber station. Experience an atmospheric weekend as the museum comes to life.

Scarborough Armed Forces Day Scarborough, 30 June Now in its 10th year, this is an opportunity to thank the British Armed forces for their bravery and service to the country. Speak to Veterans and see spectacular aerial displays courtesy of the RAF.


Hooray for heritage

Game On Ripon Workhouse Museum 17 February - 13 May

Festival of Vintage York Racecourse 21 - 22 April

Doncaster Heritage Festival Doncaster 28 April - 13 May

This fascinating exhibition looks at the history of the hand held game, from Victorian wooden toys to modern day digital games and fidget spinners. Discover how our attraction to simple, fiddly and addictive hand-busiers has developed over the decades. Find your favourite amongst the collection, from Rubik’s Cubes to ball and cup games, this exhibition gives people of all ages plenty to get their hands on.

There’s no time like the past. The Festival of Vintage celebrates the music and lifestyles of the 1930s-1960s. Enjoy live music on two entertainment stages featuring bands and singers, classic vehicle displays, fashion shows and talks, a vintage beauty parlour and make do and mend craft workshops. There are also vintage dance lessons and over 200 of the UK’s very best vintage businesses selling vintage fashion, vinyl and home items.

This annual festival sees a multitude of activities taking place all over the borough. Take part in events, talks, walks and workshops to celebrate the richness and variety of heritage in Doncaster. The Local History Fair will launch the event and is guaranteed to inspire your thirst for Doncastrian knowledge. Many of the events are free.

Joséphine Bowes The Woman of Fashion Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle until 10 June 2018

Bridlington Old Town 1940s Summer Festival Bridlington, 10 June

Staithes Festival of Art and Heritage Staithes, 8 - 9 September

Visit the famous Georgian High Street that appeared in the recent ‘Dad’s Army’ (2016) film for a 1940s festival full of entertainment and fun. Treat yourself to specialist foods such as hog roasts, artisan breads and even some war-time fayre, in addition to a comforting selection of afternoon teas and good old fish and chips. With vocalists, military bands and a planned Battle of Britain flyover, there’s something for everyone at this quaint coastal location.

Considered one of the friendliest festivals on the coast, you won’t want to miss out on a trip to this stunning seaside town. Staithes has a long and celebrated history of art from the 19th century Staithes Group of Artists to the present day. Learn all about Staithes’ rich heritage with fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows. There are also walks, talks, workshops and live music with everything from soul to sea shanties. Pop-up harbourside seafood shacks will keep your hunger at bay as the night draws in.

Building on the theme and popularity of Joséphine Bowes – A Woman of Taste and Influence, a recent exhibition which paid tribute to the woman who was a driving force behind the Museum’s creation, this in-focus display highlights her influence as a socialite and devotee of fashion. Exhibits include a newly conserved lavender silk evening bodice worn by Joséphine, reconstructed by renowned historical and theatrical costumier Luca Costigliolo.



Active events

See York Run York Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year

Northern Shooting Show Harrogate, 12 - 13 May

Taking in the historic sights and cobbled streets of York, See York Run York offer themed events such as the Elvington Flyer and the Chocolate 10km, there is something unique for all runners.

Taking place at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, the event promises to bring a celebration of all shooting sports with the ability to ‘try before you buy’ provided by the venues many outdoor areas.

Stunt Drive Experience South Tees Motor Sports Park, Middlesbrough The UK’s only purpose built floodlit stunt and precision driving arena has been designed to allow you to perform various manoeuvres on a stunt driving experience day, with an experienced trainer in BMW MINIs and Z3s.

Moors and Shores Adventure Cross Sportive 15 April Kick starting the Cycling Weekly / MBR adventure cross season, the diverse Yorkshire countryside gives riders a taste of all terrains. From gravel roads to exposed moorland and narrow lanes, it offers some interesting but not expert level climbs.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 3 – 6 May The Tour de Yorkshire will take place over four days for the first time with the women's race taking place over two days. Host towns and full routes have been announced. For more details go to www.letouryorkshire.com.


WWE Live at FlyDSA Arena Sheffield, 18 May WWE have announced that its unique brand of action packed entertainment is returning to the UK this May on their post Wrestlemania tour.

Ravenscar Coastal Half Marathon 20 May A challenging half marathon, sprinting away from the Ravenscar town hall 700 metres above sea level before taking in some magnificent coastal views heading towards Scarborough. For those not feeling the challenge of the 13.1 miles, there is a 10k event running on the same day.

Yorkshire Beast 27 May Cycling over 200 miles and with 146,000 feet of climbing across the North York Moors National Park and Yorkshire Dales in just one day. This sportive to challenge even the most experienced of riders, Camp Hill near Bedale will play host to the Beast and two nights of camping is available from the 26 May. Only 1000 places are on offer for this new, unique cycling event. YORKSHIRE.COM

Total Warrior Bramham Park Leeds, 23 – 24 June The majestic setting of Bramham Park plays host to the pinnacle of obstacle racing, Total Warrior on 23 and 24 June 2018, offering greater variety and more obstacles per kilometre than any other race of its kind.

Yorkshire True Grit 23 – 24 June Taking riders across the North York Moors using a combination of public bridleways and private tracks, Yorkshire True Grit lives up to its moniker as a stern test of abilities. It’s been described as one of the toughest adventure rides in the UK.

White Rose Classic 24 June The White Rose Classic, organised by Ilkley Cycling Club, is the premier Yorkshire Dales sportive for road cyclists. With a total of seven named climbs on offer throughout the White Rose Classic routes – of which there are three different lengths on offer – this can be an enjoyable ride or a test of strength and experience depending on how it is tackled.

It’s Grim Up North Various dates A series of events throughout Yorkshire all year round. From Duncombe Park, Helmsley to the beautiful Victorian mill town of Saltaire, there is a Grim Up North race for everyone! Each event is split down into a variety of races, 5k, 10k, half marathons right up to the full shebang.

Welcome to Yorkshire Scarborough Cricket Festival 19 - 22 August Held since 1876, the Scarborough Cricket Festival plays host to Yorkshire County Cricket club. Between 19 and 22 August this year, Yorkshire will take on Worcestershire in a Specsavers’ County Championship game.

Sportive X 2 September Created by Velo 29 events and ridable for Cyclo Cross / Gravel / Mountain Bikes both on and off road on some of Yorkshire’s most exciting trials. Split into 7 road and 9 off-road sections in what is sure to be a test of skill for all riders.


National interest Yorkshire is hosting some of the biggest events in sport in 2018. Here are a few to look out for... Betfred World Championship Qualifiers English Institute of Sport, Sheffield, 11 - 18 April See the qualifying rounds of snooker’s Betfred World Championship in April. The Coleridge Road venue will host the qualifiers of the sport’s biggest tournament, with all players ranked outside the world’s top 16 in action.

ITU World Triathlon Series Leeds, 9 - 10 June 2018 Leeds will once again play host to the prestigious ITU World Triathlon Series this year. Last year, over 70,000 spectators cheered on the world’s best triathletes including local heroes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee who celebrated a second successive one-two finish in Millennium Square as the city received a true triathlon takeover. The World Series is the pinnacle of triathlon competition as the best of the best will race from Roundhay Park to Leeds City Centre.

UK Windsurfing Championships North Beach, Bridlington 16 - 17 June Decided over six events with the second round being on Bridlington’s North Shore. Racing is normally held quite close in to the shore, therefore offering spectators an excellent view of the race area throughout the day. Join hundreds of windsurfers and spectators as they line the magnificent North Beach Promenade and watch the competitors battle the elements and each other to land one of the most hotly contested titles in UK windsurfing.



Fab festivals in Northallerton Northallerton is a thriving and bustling market town is full of life and is an ideal base for visitors to explore the nearby moors and dales, picturesque villages and to be part of some great events and festivals. Go to www.lovenorthallerton.com

3 Homegrown Food Festival 24 June 2018 This year’s theme is Food Pharmacy, focusing on local food with health benefits. Don’t miss the Homegrown Market and the popular Kids’ Kitchen.

4 Northallerton Dog Week 21 - 28 July 2018 Dog lovers should join us to enjoy canine inspired art and photography at the world class photography gallery, Joe Cornish Galleries. Don't miss the opportunity to take part in a host of dog related activities throughout the county town.




Classic Car Sunday

Northallerton Homefront

Northallerton Arts Month

1 April 2018

10 June 2018

August 2018

A must for classic car enthusiasts with the biggest ever vintage cars and motorbikes exhibition on the High Street with over 100 classic cars and motorbikes on display. Come along and perhaps pick up a bargain in the popular Auto Jumble Sale, a must for the petrol heads.

Join us for a trip back in time to Northallerton in the 1940s. Experience the nostalgia as North Yorkshire’s county town drifts back in time to the wartime years with vintage vehicles, live music performances, military displays and a range of 1940s market stalls in the town hall.

Throughout August a number of public art installations are revealed to create an Arts Trail around the town. Art lovers and artists can enjoy live workshops, masterclasses, artist networks and on Sunday 26 August come along to our Arts and Artisan market on the High Street.
























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Fly to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with Flybe, Welcome to Yorkshire’s official airport partner and airline. Leeds Bradford Airport is our busiest air gateway, with flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Bristol, Exeter, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London Gatwick, Newquay, Plymouth and Southampton. You can also fly to Humberside Airport or Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Yorkshire by road Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting here by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk

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Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are Motorways easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with A Roads high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with Rail Routes Virgin Trains East Coast and Grand Central services. You can also get to Airports Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who Heritage Coasts offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Areas of Outstanding Northern Rail also offer direct services Natural Beauty to Yorkshire from the North West. National Parks Yorkshire by sea

Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle Ferryport link Yorkshire with Holland, Belgium and Germany. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.


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