What’s On - March to September 2019

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What’s On March to September 2019


Our best year yet... 2019 is shaping up to be our biggest and best year yet, with a jam-packed line-up of events planned across all four corners of Yorkshire. Whether you’re a culture vulture, sports fan, foodie or love getting active outdoors, Yorkshire has it all and whatever the weather, there are opportunities for people of all ages and interests to explore our magnificent county. Discover new destinations and make new memories at the best festivals, literary celebrations and agricultural shows throughout Yorkshire - and keep this guide handy, it’s sure to provide plenty of inspiration over the coming months!

Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire

Front cover images clockwise from top left: RHS Garden Harlow Carr. Shakespeare's Rose Theatre. Racing in Doncaster. BBC Countryfile Live © BBC / Tom Dulat. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre. Hebden Bridge Arts Festival © Craig Shaw Photography. Zebra at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Stephane Rossetto © SWpix.com. Sandsend Walk © Ceri Oakes. Yorkshire's Cookery Schools. Images this page top to bottom: Cow judging at the Great Yorkshire Show. Cycling in Yorkshire © Simon Wilkinson. Walkers on Cleveland Way, Hasty Bank © Mike Kipling. Scarborough Open Air Theatre © Kluens | Cuffe & Taylor.



Spring into Easter Whether it be the start of longer and warmer days, the first cheerful daffodil bloom or the prospect of an Easter egg indulgence, spring for most of us is a long anticipated and glorious time of year. With Yorkshire boasting such beautiful scenery and an exciting and diverse range of activities this spring, you will certainly be ready to come out of hibernation.

Spring flower power The county is awash with colour as the spring flowers come into bloom. From March, joyful and abundant displays of daffodils can be enjoyed across the region in the beautiful gardens of Harewood House, Wentworth Castle Gardens, Thorp Perrow Arboretum, Beningbrough Hall, Sewerby Hall and Gardens, Parcevall Hall and Gardens, and within the grounds of Mount Grace Priory. Or for an alternate splash of colour visit Burnby Hall Tulip Festival. Later in the spring, Newton Woods in the shadow of Roseberry Topping, Moss Valley Woodlands near Sheffield and Nostell Priory, are renowned for incredible displays of bluebells. The candy floss pink cherry blossom lining the pathways of The Stray – the 200 acres of public grassland in Harrogate town centre - is also a beautiful sight to behold.

Bunny Antics Saturday 18 May - Sunday 8 September CARTWRIGHT HALL ART GALLERY, BRADFORD

Peter Rabbit - Mischief and Mayhem

Experience Peter Rabbit through the ages - this new and interactive exhibition features rarely seen original illustrations and early manuscripts by Beatrix Potter and much more. Visitors can help Mrs Tiggy-Winkle hang up laundry or visit Mrs Rabbit in her burrow and children can dress up as Peter, curl up with a book in the story corner or enjoy planting carrots in Mr McGregor’s garden. Tickets: There is a small entry charge of £3 per person to this exhibition. Under 2s free.



The Harrogate Spring Flower Show at the Yorkshire Show Ground from 25 to 28 April is the first big event in the gardening calendar, welcoming the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture.

Easter kitchen Roll up your sleeves and join in the fun at Swinton Cookery School or Yorkshire Wolds Cookery School on their chocolate making courses and make your own Easter Egg or discover the range of mouth-watering Easter and spring themed courses on offer at Bettys Cookery School.

Easter egg hunts and trails Hop down to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate between 13 to 29 April for Easter fun for all the family. Enjoy stories with the mad capped Garden Detectives, Easter crafts and birds-of-prey demonstrations. Tread in the Easter Bunny’s footsteps as you follow a nature trail and search for clues in the garden at East Riddlesden Hall near Keighley on their popular Cadbury Easter Egg hunt. Or for something a bit different, at the annual Dragon Egg Hunt at Pontefract Castle you’ll find fun trails and creative crafts – you may even spy a dragon!

Fun on the farm A fun packed visit to see the adorable spring lambs and other animals, attractions and activities at Thornton Hall Country Park or Cannon Hall Farm makes for the perfect family day out.

Visitors to Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife & Falconry Centre's Easter Egg Hunt will love its magical Madagascan theme. Meet amazing species up close, take part in crafts and activities and follow the trail and hunt for clues to win an Easter egg!




of note... Whether it’s uplifting classical symphonies to stir the soul, or a rocking beat to get your toes a-tapping, Yorkshire has a wide range of music festivals and performances to suit all tastes.

2 1 Swaledale Festival, Yorkshire Dales 25 May to 8 June, Yorkshire Dales The annual Swaledale festival encompasses over sixty high-quality music, arts and walking events throughout Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale, including classical, folk and world music. The festival has won numerous awards and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally. This year festival highlights include Paco Peña, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Tasmin Little.


Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival 12 to 14 July, Driffield Idyllically set in one of the UK’s finest Elizabethan stately homes, Burton Agnes Hall, this festival welcomes to its manicured lawns and ornate Great Hall over 25 artists to provide a rhythmic weekend of jazz and blues. There’s civilised camping, children’s entertainers, local ale and food and late-night acts. The perfect summer venue to soak up the hottest acts in jazz and blues.


6 Underneath the Stars Festival 2 to 4 August, Barnsley In the cosy pocket of rural Yorkshire at Cinderhill Farm this year’s line-up includes The Proclaimers, Billy Bragg and festival ambassador, Kate Rusby as well as an eclectic mix of international and local music, lively street-arts performers, storytellers, art installations and circus activities. Day and weekend tickets available.

3 Tramlines Festival 19 to 21 July, Sheffield Tramlines is the biggest party in Sheffield. Over the weekend, expect to see an amazing line-up of music acts with more than 70 artists across four stages, including some major headliners. It also features comedy, a pop-up cinema, a family area and a spectacular selection of food and drink stalls.

4 Opera North in the City 26 to 28 July, Leeds

© Charlotte Graham

The Orchestra of Opera North are joined by: Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones and more for 80s Classical, special guest vocalists for the third instalment of The Symphonic Sounds of Back to Basics and a live soundtrack screening of Jurassic Park to close the festival.



Harrogate Music Festival

Square Roots Festival

Dates throughout July, Harrogate

18 August, Doncaster

Get ready for The Power of Live as iconic venues across the beautiful and cosmopolitan town of Harrogate light up with music. The festival promises the best in classical, chamber, orchestral, choral, contemporary jazz and folk.

This toe-tapping festival brings together the sounds of country, folk and roots music to the heart of Doncaster. Discover a slice of Americana to celebrate the 2020 anniversary of the Mayflower and its roots in Doncaster’s history.


8 Scarborough Open Air Theatre Summer, Scarborough Yorkshire should be so lucky! Yes, that’s right the pop legend, Kylie, is one of the superstar acts performing at this fantastic venue this summer - the largest outdoor venue in Europe.


Having a field day The rich pastures and fertile land ensure that farming is at the heart of this county. Testament to this is the fine selection of agricultural and country events across the region showcasing their ‘best in show’. Each typically feature exhibitions of livestock and rare breeds, dog trials, farm machinery and show jumping as well as local food and drink, family activities and arts and crafts. There is something for the whole family to enjoy.



GYS18 Pig young handlers. © 2018 Richard Walker/ ImageNorth

Feeling Sheepish The countryside comes to town for fun packed events celebrating the different breeds of sheep, sheep shearing and even sheep dancing.

1 The Great Yorkshire Show 9 to 11 July, Harrogate One of the biggest events in the agricultural calendar across England, welcoming over 130,000 visitors and 8,500 animals over three glorious days. The Great Yorkshire Show is a celebration of food, countryside and agriculture with something for everyone of every age while keeping farming at its heart. Here's our pick of the other agricultural shows and events across the county:

Bingley Show 20 July Myrtle Park, Bingley

Ryedale Show

Emley Show

Kilnsey Show

17 July Driffield showground

Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show 6 August Egton Bridge, near Whitby


This famous Sheep Show is a fun day out for all the family. Learn about different sheep breeds, watch how to shear and even see sheep dancing! There will be plenty of other animalbased attractions too and a whole range of art and countryside craft stalls.

Masham Sheep Fair 5 to 6 October, Masham The popular Masham Sheep Fair has been an annual event for over 30 years. An action packed and fun-filled event programme includes a sheep show, sheep racing, sheepdog demonstrations, Morris dancers, tours of Theakston’s & Black Sheep Breweries, as well as a small Children's Fair.

24 August Leyburn

Malham Show

Driffield Show

7 July, Skipton

The Wensleydale Agricultural Show

30 July Wellburn Park, Kirkbymoorside

3 August Factory Farm, Huddersfield


Skipton Sheep Day

24 August Malham

27 August Upper Wharfedale

Stokesley Show 21 September Stokesley

Nidderdale Show 23 September Pateley Bridge

BBC Countryfile Live 15 to 18 August, Castle Howard Castle Howard - one of Britain’s finest historic houses - will host the first ever BBC Countryfile Live to be held in the North. BBC’s Countryfile is one of Britain’s most loved TV programmes, attracting over 5 million viewers each week. Over four days there will be a range of show attractions including the Countryfile Main Stage featuring the programme presenters, the Wildlife Zone, the Farmyard Zone and the Dog Lover’s Arena. It will represent the best of the northern countryside and promises to be a fantastic day out.


A taste of Yorkshire A bubbling melting pot of fantastic flavours not to be missed, Yorkshire’s vibrant food scene is one we’re proud of and has plenty to offer all tastes - from quality fresh local produce and artisan creations to international cuisine. With a smörgåsbord of food festivals, events and markets across the region, there is plenty of opportunity to get stuck in!

Unmissable foodie experiences Slingsby Gin Experiences, Harrogate

Let the fun be-gin! Slingsby have created the ultimate experiences for gin lovers with various dates available throughout the year. The Spirit of Gin takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of gin. While the Master Distiller guides you through the different botanicals as you distil your own master blend.

Surf and turf The Fish and Ships Festival comes to the atmospheric town of Whitby. A town where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life from sea to shore as it has been for hundreds of years. It is the perfect setting to celebrate Yorkshire’s maritime culture. The two-day event starts on the 18 May - from fishing boats and Captain Cook to award-winning fish restaurants, celebrity chefs and much-loved fish and chips, this festival offers a huge range of activities the whole family will love. This year Seafest Maritime Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary from 26 to 28 July and is set to serve up a feast of maritime delights for all the family in Scarborough’s glorious


South Bay. Whet your appetite at food stalls serving the ‘catch of the day’ and enjoy free seafood cookery demonstrations with leading Yorkshire chefs. Wash it all down with a pint of Yorkshire’s finest as the Great Yorkshire Brewery hosts a real ale and beer festival with over 40 local real ales, beers and ciders to sample. For a jam-packed foodie weekend with celebrity guests the Hairy Bikers, Mary Berry and many more, the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival at Funkirk Farm near Skipton is bursting with activity for all the family. From 20 to 21 July enjoy cookery workshops, artisan food and drinks producers, a vintage fun fair and an excellent line up of music acts. Join in the fun for the day or camp the whole weekend.

The Cookery School at The Grand, York

Expand your repertoire and brush up your cooking skills! Based in one of York’s finest hotels, The Cookery School at The Grand, York is set to open in March 2019, offering express, half and full-day courses on a selection of world inspired cuisine as well as speciality classes. All designed for novice and aspiring chefs.


A festival of food © Porl Medlock

Celebrate the county's famous flavours at some great events showcasing the finest regional produce with cookery displays and entertainment.

Malton Food Lovers Festival

Pub in the Park

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

25 to 26 May, Malton

31 May to 2 June, Roundhay Park Leeds

Set amongst the delightful streets of ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’, this festival is a celebration of Yorkshire's finest produce and cooking. Expect delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, cookery demonstrations, music and much more.

The brainchild of celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge. His festival celebrates the very best of a British pub garden. Experience the highest quality gourmet food and appearances by top Yorkshire chefs - Tommy Banks, Andrew Pern and James Mackenzie.

Celebrating the town’s historic link with the traditional sweet, this festival offers a variety of liquorice treats to enjoy while browsing a variety of food, craft and gift stalls in the bustling market. All while dancers, musicians and street entertainers delight the crowds.

Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival

Huddersfield Food Festival

Yum! Festival of Food and Drink

19 to 20 July, Bedale

1 to 4 August, Huddersfield

9 to 10 August, Hull

Real ale, great sausages and live music give a flavour of what is in store. There will also be plenty of other food options to entice you too! Learn how to make the perfect sausage and truly delicious BBQ food, plus much more.

Four days of food and drink heaven with over 100 stalls, a variety of entertainment and prizes to be won. Now in its 19th year, this scrumptious celebration attracts crowds of over 100,000 and showcases the very best local and regional talent.

From the finest local food to vibrant international flavours, this festival is a culinary adventure. Experience fresh and tasty street food and lose yourself in the bustling market at this celebration of food in Hull’s Queen’s Gardens.

Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival

The Wensleydale Cheese Festival

York Food and Drink Festival

23 to 26 August, Barnsley

14 to 15 September, Hawes

20 to 29 September, York

Cannon Hall Farm is renowned for celebrating incredible local produce. Sample a dizzying range of local wares. Enjoy an eclectic bunch of food, art and crafts stalls and cookery demonstrations then mix in live music, funfair rides and a pop-up beach.

Have a brie-lliant time discovering worldclass cheeses produced in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at this cracking festival. There are tasting and demonstrations aplenty.

Food-lovers can get their teeth stuck into the historic city of York this autumn and savour a menu of creative events at its annual Food and Drink Festival. Hosted across the city, in and around some of its most iconic buildings.

Yum Food Festival © Terry Carrott

7 July, Pontefract



Family Fun

With so many fun-filled family events across the region, there will never be a dull moment this summer. Here is a small sample of what’s on offer.

Animal Adventures Raptor Fair National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley, 29 to 30 June Held in an enviable location, overlooking the parklands and stately home of Duncombe Park, this is the premier birds of prey event in the UK. The fair will host a wide range of birds and will showcase the very best in flying demonstrations from the best display falconers in the business.

Safari Nights Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster, 3, 10, 17 and 24 August Have a truly wild time as you adventure on a unique safari experience and meet the resident polar bears, lions, tigers, giraffes and brown bears. Finish your day with a world class musical extravaganza at the Safari Nights Concert!


25th Anniversary Celebrations Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Sheffield, Dates throughout the year There will be lots of themed events throughout the year to celebrate Tropical Butterfly House’s 25th anniversary of wonderful wildlife and conservation. More than just butterflies, expect to find amazing wildlife from around the world. Get up close with snakes, lizards and creepy crawlies, meet the lively and inquisitive meerkats, beautiful red ruffed lemurs, sleepy sloths and so much more.

Turtle-y Awesome Summer The Deep, Hull, 20 July - 1 September Go on a turtle-y awesome journey with The Deep’s very own resident turtles - Sensa and Mabouche. Find out about their story and how they came to live here in Yorkshire. Learn how experts track turtle movements in the ocean and see where they migrate to and how they are cared for at the turtle hospital when they get into trouble.


Learn about... Yorkshire is home to some fantastic places that will inspire great days out for all ages. Children love to learn through play and we are surrounded by scientific marvels, nature's miracles and history written into our landscapes.

Yorkshire Coast Explorer Hidden Horizons, Dates throughout the year From rock-pooling trips, to fossil hunts and dinosaur walks, there is something for all the family. Hidden Horizons offer regular trips along the coast. Their experienced leaders will show you the amazing secrets hidden on our coast, from 180-million-year-old fossils and Jurassic dinosaur footprints to the creatures that call it home today.

Wilderness Club Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft, Killinghall, Dates during school holidays

Patternarium Eureka! National Children's Museum, Halifax, until 1 June Find out how digital technology and mechanical machines interact. Create colourful and crazy light patterns in this immersive exhibition as they experiment with a giant kaleidoscope or pedal a bike to create vivid patterns.

British Museum Treasures Come to JORVIK Jorvik Viking Centre, York, until April 2020 Discover a hoard of Viking treasures and artefacts including the Halton Moor Hoard, coins of King Canute, spearheads, swords and axe heads. As well as exquisite jewellery discovered in Gotland, off the coast of Sweden.

Beautifully set within historic woodland, children can join a fun filled day of outdoor learning and play. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, they will gather around the camp fire, build natural shelters, toast marshmallows and learn wilderness survival skills.

Lego®: Building the Bowes Museum The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, 25 May to 13 October Everyone of all ages, from children to the young at heart, will see this Museum in a new way – recreating the history and collections in LEGO®! Start by building some of the objects from their collection which tell the story of John and Joséphine Bowes, before ending up in a makerspace that explains how the Museum was built.


Yorkshire Day at York Maze York, 1 August Join in this day of quirky fun to celebrate all that is great in Yorkshire on Yorkshire Day! With activities including round bale racing, flat cap flinging, parking parkin, and Yorkshire pudding tossing to name but a few. While here, explore largest maize maze in Europe!


Curtains up You don’t need to be in London to experience some of the best theatre in the country. Yorkshire is home to fantastic producing theatres creating both adaptations of popular classics and brand-new work. Here’s a taste of what Yorkshire’s theatre scene has lined up for you this spring and summer.

You're bard Delight in a theatre experience like no other – historic, exciting, intimate and immersive! Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will be recreated beside the iconic 13th century Clifford’s Tower in the heart of York from 25 June to 1 September. Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous London Rose Playhouse, built in 1587, this ‘pop-up’ theatre spectacularly re-creates the magic and atmosphere whilst staging four of his greatest plays – Hamlet, Henry V, The Tempest and Twelfth Night. Outside, visitors can experience a vibrant Shakespearean village, offering the finest Yorkshire food and drinks, and an array of entertainment minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden.



BERYL © Keith Pattison

Perfect productions

Around the World in 80 Days

Beryl by Maxine Peake

The Hired Man

Leeds Playhouse, Leeds 9 to 28 April

East Riding Theatre, Beverley 25 April to 18 May

Hull Truck Theatre, Hull 23 May to 15 June

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune so that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. This fast-paced and funny adaptation of the ultimate globetrotter’s tale transports audiences into the farflung realms of the imagination.

This critically acclaimed play uses a great dollop of northern wit to bring to life the inspirational story of an ordinary Yorkshire mum – Beryl Burton. Burton faced more than up-hill cycling challenges. Her remarkable story was largely forgotten - until now!

It’s Cumbria 1898, where whippet racing, hiring fairs, hunting and drunken antics collide in a passionate story of a young married couple, and their moving struggle to carve a living from the land. Based on the stirring novel by Melvyn Bragg.

Life of Pi

Swallows & Amazons

The Hare and the Tortoise

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 28 June to 20 July

York Theatre Royal, York 26 July to 24 August

Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough 16 to 20 April

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, there are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat - a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen-year-old boy and a hungry Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Come aboard the Swallow and join the crew as they sail to Wildcat Island. Arthur Ransome's famous and muchloved children's classic is thrillingly brought to life in this imaginative adaptation with original music by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.

Journey through the seasons and witness the most exciting race between two competitors who couldn't be more unevenly matched. A lively, fun and interactive version of the Aesop's Fable about an impossible race. Who will win?

Theatre tours From mid-February you can discover The Georgian Theatre Experience in Richmond. This journey of discovery unveils the amazing secrets of the UK’s oldest working theatre and the most complete Georgian playhouse in Britain. Immerse yourself in world of showbiz from days gone by, discover the history of the theatre, try on costumes, learn about life as a Georgian actor and savour the sights, sounds and smells of 18th century England.


Capture your imagination

Sculpture club

Yorkshire has a glorious array of cultural attractions with hundreds of galleries across the county providing ample opportunity to experience everything from sculptures and fine art to fashion and crafts.

Henry Moore Institute

Big names in Yorkshire Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing 1 February to 6 May 2019 Leonardo da Vinci was arguably the greatest artist who ever lived. This spring, twelve of his most extraordinary drawings will go on display in Sheffield as part of a major nationwide exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of his death.

Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford David Hockney Exhibition until June 2027 Cartwright Hall Art Gallery houses the public collection that inspired David Hockney as a child and student, has opened a dedicated gallery about his life and work. See an introduction to the artist and his techniques and early works showing how it all began in Bradford and watch previously unseen footage of the artist in his Bridlington studio.

Yorkshire Sculpture International 100 days Celebrating Sculpture 22 June to 29 September 2019 Exploring sculpture in its many forms by international artists, this festival across Leeds and Wakefield will build upon Yorkshire's rich history as the birth place and home of pioneering sculptors Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Damien Hirst. Yorkshire Sculpture International is organised by four world-renowned cultural institutions the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park and will showcase the breadth and diversity of contemporary sculpture practice and will include major new outdoor commissions across both cities


showcases sculpture in the heart of Leeds named after the celebrated sculptor who grew up in Castleford and went to art school in Leeds. The iconic building has three beautiful gallery spaces which host an ever-changing programme of exhibitions accompanied by tours, talks and events.

Leeds Art Gallery has one of the most significant collections of 20th century British art. Leeds Art Gallery offers you the chance to see work by some of the most important national and international artists and is the city’s most visited attraction with nearly half a million visiting every year with a changing programme of exhibitions.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is described by some as “one of the great jewels of the English countryside”. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park presents outstanding sculptures by world-renowned artists within its parkland. The art without walls concept was the idea of Director Peter Murray CBE when he set out to establish a sculpture park in the grounds.

The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront, overlooking the River Calder. It is named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century.


Six of the best art events



Useful / Beautiful Why Craft Matters

Mackenzie Thorpe

23 March to 1 September 2019 The first exhibition of the Harewood Biennial aims to challenge preconceptions, spark interest and inspire debate about the role craft can play in culture, identity and society.


Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival © Craig Shaw Photography. Hull Freedom Festival © hello@tarranphoto.com David Hockney Painting "Winter Timber" In Bridlington, July 2009 © David Hockney

21 to 30 June 2019 One of Yorkshire’s longest running arts festivals with a reputation for delivering big names in a local setting. This year’s theme is an exploration of digital impact.


Whitewall Gallery 11 May, York 12 May, Harrogate 17 May, Leeds Arthaus Gallery Richmond, all year round Thirty years ago Mackenzie Thorpe established an art gallery in Richmond, North Yorkshire and his atmospheric and poignant pictures have since gained international acclaim. Yorkshire’s stunning landscapes, giant skies, fast running rivers, waterfalls, castles and sheep have all inspired his work that is rooted in authenticity and speaks of hope, love, struggle and challenge. A year of celebrations see him exhibiting around the world, as well as North Yorkshire. He is the official artist for the Tour de Yorkshire 2019 and has created a collection of beautiful paintings to celebrate this year’s exciting event.


Hull Freedom Festival

Holmfirth Arts Week

29 August to 1 September 2019

7 to 13 July 2019

Born out of the William Wilberforce commemorations, which celebrated the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade led by Hull’s most famous son. This is one of the UK’s most distinctive international arts festivals.

The dramatic natural environment of this picturesque town plays host to one of the UK’s largest open art exhibitions. With over 400 exhibitors, 2000 artworks and dozens of fringe venues across the area.



Harrogate International Festivals © Charlotte Graham

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Yorkshire can rival most with its rich literary history and a landscape and culture that will inspire writers for years to come. Discover some of the literary festivals and events lined up this year; perfect for the lover of the written word!

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Bradford Literature Festival 28 June to 7 July 2019

Huddersfield Literature Festival 21 to 31 March 2019

Creating a cultural and literary extravaganza celebrating the written and spoken word. The festival curates an atmospheric blend of voices. With over 500 events packed into ten days, Bradford Literature Festival has been hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. Expect world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists, all sharing their passions.

A festival with community, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart, Huddersfield Literature Festival welcomes performers and audiences from all sectors of society with many events being free or low cost. Events include, ‘in Conversation’ with bestselling authors, talks, creative writing workshops, comedy performances, literary afternoon tea and much more.

KAPOW! Exhibition 18 May to 31 August 2019 If you are a comic book fan, this colourful exhibition in Barnsley's Cooper Gallery, includes the work of Dean Ormston and Fiona Stephenson, two incredibly fine comic book illustrators who were born and live in Barnsley. Comprising of original artwork (image right) from their vast collection of illustrations from Hellboy and Batman & the Joker, to Tank Girl, Pin Up Art and Ben 10 and many more.


Events not to miss Val McDermid © Charlotte Graham

Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Harrogate 18 to 21 July 2019 Steady the nerves with a pint of Theakston’s finest ale as the body count is set to soar with Europe’s biggest celebration of crime fiction, featuring over 90 best-selling UK and international crime authors and the prestigious Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Special guests announced to date include James Patterson, Jo Nesbo and Ian Rankin.

Creative Writing Workshops Grimm & Co, Rotherham All year round Grimm & Co’s Apothecary to the Magical immediately transports you into a world of wonder. Here young people come and enjoy creative, imaginative happenings that lead to the joyful discovery of writing for pleasure. This summer they are hosting free writing workshops for children and young people.

Richmond Walking & Book Festival Richmond 28 September to 6 October 2019 In conjunction with Swaledale Outdoor Club and Castle Hill Bookshop, this unique festival provides a mix of walks and talks. With a range of book events, meet celebrated authors and discover new ones, while also exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. Enjoy daily walks for amblers, ramblers and serious walkers led by friendly guides, keen to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for the dales.



Ee Bygonene From industry and agriculture, transport and culture to times of war and royal scandal. Yorkshire’s rich and varied history is a delight to discover. With an abundance of heritage sites to explore there is plenty to do come rain or shine, these events are a taster of what you can expect...

A Million Dreams Kiplin Hall, near Richmond 22 June to 11 September Experience Kiplin Hall like never before in a musical celebration inspired by the song ‘A Million Dreams’ from the film ‘The Greatest Showman’. Kiplin’s 400-year-old collection consists of hundreds of fun and fantastical curiosities.

Behind Closed Doors: A Private View Burton Constable Hall and Grounds 7 to 15 March Ever wondered what happens when Burton Constable's doors close for winter? Join this exclusive guided tour, complete with afternoon tea, and discover how this special place, that has been the home of the Constable family for over 700 years, is lovingly cared for.

Horrid Halifax The Piece Hall, Halifax 17 April – see website for times During this interactive talk, discover some of the gruesome things that have happened in Halifax. Learn about the Gibbet blade and find out about an escaped cow!

WW2 Living History Eden Camp 20 to 21 April Set in the buildings and grounds of an original World War Two Prisoner of War Camp, this unique historical site is now a museum and home to immersive displays that cover both social and military history. Over the Easter weekend, observe re-enactors portraying both military and civilians in this 1940s showcase, as they dress in the uniforms and clothing of the period.



Ancient Seas of the Yorkshire Coast Rotunda, Scarborough Until 19 July 2020

Festival of Vintage York Racecourse 27 to 28 April

Dive into Yorkshire’s ancient seas and come face to face with a range of prehistoric creatures from almost 360 million years of history. Learn how the landscape has developed over millions of years and which wonderful creatures once called Yorkshire home through the fascinating collection of fossils and reconstructions of what marine life was like millions of years ago.

There’s no time like the past! This indoor festival celebrates the music and lifestyle of the 1930s – 1960s. Enjoy live music, classic vehicle displays, fashion shows, a vintage beauty parlour and make-do and mend workshops. Take advantage of the swinging vintage dance lessons and the retail therapy as you browse through an Aladdin’s cave of fashion, vinyl and home items from over 200 of the UK’s very best vintage retailers.

Historic Car Rally Newby Hall 21 July

Tudor Weekend Bolton Castle 11 to 12 May Come and meet the Tudor household of Lord Scrope. Find out about their daily lives and some of the great changes that affected them and learn more about one of the most famous of the castle’s guests, Mary Queen of Scots, and how she spent her time during her six months of captivity here. Interactive activities include enjoying the sights and smells of a Tudor kitchen at work and a tour of the castle.


Newby Hall will be surrounded by vintage and classic cars, for the north’s biggest one-day car show – the annual Historic Vehicle Rally. Up to 1500 cars of all makes, from Aston Martin to Wolseley will be polished up by their proud owners and put on parade for one of the highlights of Newby’s opening season.

Open Day Middleton Railway Trust 8 and 9 September Tour the historic railway site where you can also discover its medieval history, its claim as the country’s first wooden railway and its significant locomotive impact during the Industrial Revolution, right through to the present day. While you are here, enjoy an evocative ride back in time on one of its beautifully preserved trains.


Adventure seekers

Nature's great playground really is at its finest here in Yorkshire. The varied landscapes offer a variety of physical challenges and thrills - all amongst breathtaking scenery. This selection of activities is sure to set your pulse racing. Neon Night Run and Walk Sheffield 6 April

Full of atmosphere and fabulous neon lights, Sheffield's spectacular neon night race is a little bit of fun to lighten up those dreary winter nights and is suitable for all. Choose your distance - 5km or 10km – and grab your free neon for a run with a difference.

Total Warrior Bramham Park, Leeds 21 to 23 June

Total Warrior ‘The Original’ is now in its 9th year and is still as big and as popular as ever. The 12km course gives you the full Warrior experience and comes packed with some seriously exciting and challenging obstacles. Expect classic obstacles like the ‘Human BBQ’ and ‘The Plunge’, but also come prepared for new obstacles like the ‘Waterfall’.


Yorkshire Beast Sportive, 22 June Possibly the toughest road ride in the UK. Take on the challenge of cycling both the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Moors all in one day.



Yorkshire True Grit, 21 to 23 June One of the toughest adventure rides in the UK, using a combination of public bridleways and private tracks on the stunning North York Moors.


White Rose Classic, 23 June The premier Yorkshire Dales sportive for road cyclists with three routes of different lengths to suit your experience and goals in amazing Dales scenery.


Fadmoor Sportive, 16 June A beginner friendly 26 mile route going around the peaceful and traffic free valley of Bransdale. Stunning moorland views, E-bikes also welcome.


Yorkshire Lass Sportive, 28 July One for the ladies – this event offers a choice of three scenic routes. The sportive encourages those new to cycling and the experienced to take part.


Heather on Cleveland Way Landscape © VisitEngland / Thomas Heaton


cycling challenges in Yorkshire The good news is that there are more cycling challenges and sportives in Yorkshire than ever before, so we’ve rounded up some of the best rides taking in spectacular scenery.

Yorkshire Gliding Club Sutton Bank near Thirsk

Take to the skies and experience the breathtaking views of some of North Yorkshire’s most beautiful scenery from the cockpit of a two-seater glider. On this purest of flying experiences, your pilot will read the weather and use up-drafts, so you can soar the skies and view the beautiful Vale of York from high above! Weather dependant, private bookings are available throughout the year.

Castle Howard Triathlon

Find your feet Exploring the unmistakable beauty of our county is easy for families, casual walkers and serious hikers. Whatever you're looking for, here's a little help to find your way.


Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge 13 April to 5 October

A 38.6km route including 5200ft of ascent. It takes on the peaks of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough part of the Pennine range in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.


Sheffield Walking Festival

Near York 20 to 21 July

In its tenth year, the Castle Howard Triathlon will once again feature the obligatory picture postcard backdrop and a course with something for every level of triathlete. Race entrants will start the race by swimming through Castle Howard’s Great Lake before transitioning into the technical bike route through the glorious rural idyll of Yorkshire and the Howardian Hills. The spectacular run leg passes through the undulating countryside of the estate before a sprint finish tops everything off in style right in front of the main doors of the house.

14 to 22 September

Take in Sheffield on foot with over 30 enjoyable walks for a range of abilities across the city. Explore heritage and urban areas and the dramatic landscapes of the stunning Peak District National Park.


Beacon Alpacas, Husthwaite near Thirsk Throughout the year

Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the stunning Hambleton Hills in the company of a cute and friendly alpaca. Open all year round for pre-booked afternoon walks.

Splashtastic Bay Watersports, Filey Book a tour and be blown away as you discover the amazing Yorkshire Coastline from the water by kayak or paddle board or why not try coasteering and discover the coastline in a new exciting way. Coasteering is a mix of swimming, traversing the low level shoreline and jumping into the sea. The chalky cliffs around Thornwick give excellent conditions for this exhilarating adventure. All tours are under the supervision and tuition of experienced guides.



Sansend © Ceri Oakes

Roseberry Topping © Mike Kipling

Rievaulx Abbey

Sutton Bank National Park Centre

The fun never stops From dramatic coastlines and picturesque dales to enchanting forests and timeless villages, you’ll find an adventure worth discovering in the North York Moors National Park. Take a deep breath and explore miles of off-road cycling, stroll amongst the atmospheric ruins of ancient abbeys, castles and gardens or meander through breathtaking countryside as you bask in the long warm days. For inland adventure have a go at horse riding, skim through the treetops with Go Ape! at Dalby Forest or take to two wheels for family cycle rides at Sutton Bank National Park Centre. The fun doesn’t stop there; the coast offers a beguiling mix of soft sandy beaches, towering cliffs and intimate coves just waiting to be explored. Spend your days in picturesque Robin Hood's Bay and Staithes,


historic fishing villages full of character and intrigue, where you can find secret picnic spots and enjoy nature trips out at sea. Or take to the water and try your hand at surfing, sea kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding at Sandsend, Whitby and Runswick Bay. We're not known as the dinosaur coast for nothing... fossil hunting, rock pooling and beach combing can be found along the coastline between Runswick Bay and Boggle Hole. In late summer the heather flushes purple creating a truly magnificent sight, a bright pink and mauve carpet that stretches for mile after mile.

Slow down and inhale its sweet smell, lie in the sun and listen to the moorland birds, or walk through the charming villages that pepper the landscape. The North York Moors is home to the nation’s favourite national trail, the Cleveland Way and 2019 marks its 50th anniversary. Join in the celebrations with a host of events, walking festivals, competitions and exhibitions. For more details about events and exhibitions in the North York Moors National Park, visit www.northyorkmoors.org.uk/ whatson.


North York Moors National Park events spotlight Rhythm and Brews © cerioakes.com

Geocaching in the North York Moors National Park © Mike Nicholas

Whether it be the great outdoors, nature through art, delicious local food and drink or live music. This selection of events are sure to spark interest with plenty ‘more’ events to discover too. Dandelion © Jackie Morris

Discover National Parks

The Lost Words

Rhythm and Brews

13 to 21 April

15 June to 29 July

14 to 15 September

Join us for the annual National Park family festival championing all that is unique and special about National Parks. We have a week's worth of walks, workshops, children's activities and special events in store, so come and join in the fun!

A spell-binding exhibition, curated by Compton Verney, of Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’ beautiful, iridescent watercolours. It will take you on a journey that makes the familiar appear magical once more, and will inspire you to re-connect with the natural world.

A two-day family event that celebrates the National Park’s heritage and culture with a diverse range of food, local beers and other ‘brews’ together with live music at the Moors National Park Centre in Danby. A brilliant family fun event within beautiful surroundings.


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Sporting greats Yorkshire is proudly hosting some of the biggest events in sport in 2019. Here are a few to look out for... 20 April to 6 May CRUCIBLE THEATRE, SHEFFIELD

The Betfred World Snooker Championship Attracting the biggest names in the sport this much-loved tournament, now in its 42nd year, returns for more compelling frame by frame action to crown its 2019 world champion.

2 to 5 May

30 May to 14 July

18 to 21 August




Tour de Yorkshire Cycling’s biggest names are expected to descend on the county over the four days. One of cycling’s most dramatic and best supported events the Tour de Yorkshire is going from strength to strength promising to be equally spectacular and is not to be missed!


ICC Cricket World Cup Four matches of the cricket world cup will be played in Leeds. This competition sees the ten best sides in the world, with some of the best players, going head to head in a round robin format.

Welcome to Yorkshire Scarborough Cricket Festival Held since 1876, the festival plays host to Yorkshire County Cricket club as they take on Nottinghamshire in a county championship match.



2019 UCI Road World Championships


Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival The sporting and social highlight of the year where the stellar racing action and thoroughbred horses form the centrepiece of a festival brimming with award-winning hospitality and high-summer fashion.


2019 Ashes England v Australia The Ashes tournament is the pinnacle of competitive test match cricket. England have everything to play for as they strive to take back the urn. This promises to be a fantastic series of play that welcomes some of the biggest names in the sport.


The William Hill St Leger Festival Enjoy a unique blend of history, top class horse racing and live entertainment during this racing extravaganza. It is the oldest classic in the world and a premier sporting occasion.

For nine days, the eyes of the world will be on Yorkshire as the world’s best cyclists arrive for the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, the pinnacle event in the international cycling calendar. With races starting in Beverley, Bradford, Doncaster, Leeds, Northallerton, Richmond, Ripon, Tadcaster and Wetherby and the finish line for all races in Harrogate – the heart of the cycling event – join the party atmosphere along the routes of what promises to be a cycling spectacular!



























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How to get here

Yorkshire by air

Yorkshire by rail

International flights connect Yorkshire to the rest of the world, as well as UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, London Heathrow, Newquay and Southampton to Leeds-Bradford Yorkshire’s Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with high-speed trains from either London or Edinburgh in less than two hours with LNER and Grand Central services. You can also get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West.

Yorkshire by road Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire, 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. Plan a journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis.

Yorkshire by sea Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Northern Europe. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.

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