Yorkshire’s biggest festivals are planning their return later on in the year – here’s seven to look out for.
After all the festival cancellations of 2020, this year is already looking brighter. As lockdown continues to ease, many Yorkshire festivals are full steam ahead as they plan to bring us a little joy towards the end of the summer. There’s craft beer celebrations, stand-up comedy jamborees and all manner of musical festivities to look forward to, so pick your favourite, get booked in and keep your fingers crossed!
Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival
One date every foodie should pencil into their diary this year is the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival. It’s taking over Funkirk Farm in Skipton with over 200 different exhibitors, from small artisan producers to award-winning local success stories. The stalls are split into different areas, so you can stroll down Market Street, experience the Best of British and enjoy a few drinks in the Watering Hole. You can also look forward to live entertainment and celebrity chef demonstrations from the likes of The Hairy Bikers and James Martin.
Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival takes place at Funkirk Farm Estate, Skipton on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July 2021.
Deer Shed Festival
If you’re looking for a family-friendly festival in the Yorkshire countryside, get booked in for Deer Shed at Baldersby Park in Topcliffe. This year, they’ve bagged the likes of James, Stereolab and Baxter Dury to headline the live music stages. They’ll be joined by a stellar cast of bands, from The Twilight Sad to Ghostpoet, Tim Burgess and Cate Le Bon. It’s much more than music, though. They have comedy, theatre, workshops and sport across the weekend, as well as their very own alternative reality game, Agents of the Eye.
Deer Shed Festival takes place at Baldersby Park, Topcliffe from Friday 30th July to Sunday 1st August 2021.
Comedy in the Park
If you’ve missed your fill of live stand-up during the past year, dive right back in at Comedy in the Park. It’s bringing some of the biggest and best names in comedy to one stage at Temple Newsam. Scouse favourite John Bishop heads the bill and he’ll be joined by the likes of Rob Beckett, Katherine Ryan, Al Murray, Paul Chowdhury and Judi Love. It’s not just laughs you’re in for, though. There will be street food vendors and themed bars all over the site for you to enjoy.
Comedy in the Park takes place at Temple Newsam on Saturday 31st July 2021.
Gateways Festival is a brand new celebration of film and live music. Its first ever event comes to Aireville Park in Skipton this August. It kicks off on Friday night with a singalong film double-header – get ready to belt out tunes from The Greatest Showman and Bohemian Rhapsody. That’s followed by two days of classic rock bands – Feeder, The Lightning Seeds and Buzzcocks head up the Saturday, followed by Razorlight, Scouting for Girls and Toploader on the Sunday.
Gateways Festival takes place at Aireville Park, Skipton from Friday 6th to Sunday 8th August 2021.
One of Yorkshire’s best family-friendly music festivals is back for 2021, and so is much of the line-up they had planned for 2020. Friday night will be headlined by indie icons Primal Scream and local favourites Embrace, with new bands like The Snuts and The Reytons in support. Saturday night sees The Libertines headline, with The Amazons and Jade Bird also on the bill. The final night brings rock legends Pixies to the stage to close out the weekend after White Lies and The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Show.
Bingley Weekender takes place at Bradford & Bingley Sports Club from Friday 6th to Monday 9th August 2021.
Leeds International Beer Festival
The long awaited 9th edition of the Leeds International Beer Festival is planning to go ahead this September. The Leeds Town Hall shindig will see over 20 breweries in attendance, with local favourites like Kirkstall Brewery, Magic Rock, Northern Monk and North Brewing Co. sitting alongside a host of international breweries that will be confirmed closer to the festival. There will be hundreds of beers to choose from, alongside street food vendors and live entertainment.
Leeds International Beer Festival takes place at Leeds Town Hall from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th September 2021.
Slam Dunk Festival
Slam Dunk is preparing to take over Temple Newsam for one of the country’s biggest punk and metal music festivals this September. If you were hoping to see many of the bands that were initially on the 2020 line-up, you’re in luck. The festival organisers have managed to get nearly all of last year’s bill back together, so you can look forward to heavyweight headline sets from Sum 41, Don Broco, NOFX, While She Sleeps and Bury Tomorrow, with over 40 more bands playing throughout the day.
Slam Dunk Festival takes place at Temple Newsam on Saturday 4th September 2021.