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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Joseph Sheerin · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Streat Food Festival

Wondering what’s on in Yorkshire this weekend? We’ve rounded it up, all in one place…

When it comes to weekend plans, Yorkshire always comes through – which is why every week, we round up the best events taking place across the region. From music festivals to family-friendly days out, art exhibitions to outdoor fun, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 22nd September 2017

York Food and Drink Festival

There are three huge food and drink events to get involved in this weekend. Leeds Corn Exchange is home to Leeds Rum Festival, where you can try 80 different rums as well as cocktails, street food and cocktail masterclasses. Over in York, you’ve got two big events to choose from – start at York Food and Drink Festival, which sees the city’s main streets taken over with street food, local producers and cookery demonstrations. Then head to Knavesmire for the York Beer and Cider Festival, featuring some of the finest breweries from Yorkshire and beyond.

Elsewhere, there’s an abundance of evening entertainment across Yorkshire this weekend. If you’ve got the kids, take them to Saville Park in Halifax for Dynasty, the new show from the Chinese State Circus. Elsewhere, you’ve got some big names in comedy coming to God’s Own Country on Friday night – see Bradford legend Billy Pearce play a hometown show at The Midland Hotel, grumpy old man Arthur Smith is on his At Your Service tour at the Square Chapel in Halifax and new Soccer AM host and emerging stand-up Lloyd Griffith is at Cast in Doncaster.

There’s loads going on for theatre aficionados, too. West End favourite Grease comes to The Lyceum in Sheffield featuring The Wanted’s Tom Parker as Danny, Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ Louisa Lytton as Rizzo. The Theatre Royal in Wakefield is home to an award-winning tribute to George Michael called Fastlove, The New Theatre in Hull is welcoming the National Theatre’s production of Jane Eyre and Bridlington Spa is hosting legendary Monty Python comedy Spamalot.

Saturday 23rd September 2017

Thought Bubble 2015

Credit: An Englishman in San Diego

Saturday sees more food and drink brilliance to choose from across Yorkshire. Leeds is home to the Friends of Temple Newsam Beer Festival where you can try 18 beers from 12 local breweries, as well as cider, prosecco and street food. The StrEat Food and Family Fun Festival takes over Newby Hall and Gardens with street food, craft beer, cocktails and live music. Alternatively, the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival is at Wensleydale Creamery featuring cookery, cheese-making, grading and drink-pairing demonstrations, as well as plenty of tastings.

Leeds city centre is home to the Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, with loads of events, workshops and meet-and-greets, including the Comic Convention, which takes place at Victoria Gardens and Carriageworks Theatre – time to don your best cosplay outfits. That’s not the only comic book fun to be had in Yorkshire, as Eureka! in Halifax hosts the Superhero Weekend – you’re encouraged to turn up in your best superhero costumes and meet the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman and the Transformers.

Elsewhere, the Richmond Walking and Book Festival kick starts a whole week of walking trails and literature events, while the Festival of Thrift comes up with inventove ways to save money while having loads of fun at Kirkleatham in Redcar. You can also explore some of God’s Own Country’s finest landmarks as Yorkshire Abbey Season opens, with Rievaulx, Byland and Mount Grace Priory home to music performances, medieval life displays and falconry shows.

The Libertines

There are many laughs to be had this weekend in Yorkshire, as some top comedians arrive – anarchist stand-up Mark Thomas brings his common sense funnies to Theatre Royal in Wakefield and Paul Chowdhury heads to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on his ‘Live Innit’ tour. Over at St Austin’s Church in Wakefield, Poetry for the People Big Night Out sees the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, John Hegley and Kate Fox perform their works in aid of local charities.

Opera fans can look forward to the second week of Opera North’s Little Greats season at Leeds Grand Theatre. You can see one or both of Pagliacci, a tale of love and betrayal with shocking consequences, and L’enfant et les sortilèges, which will transport you into a fantastical world where cats sing and inanimate objects come to life.

There are some huge concerts taking place across the region this weekend too. The big one is at Hull Arena as indie icons The Libertines headline with support from local heroes The Paddingtons, who are reforming for this very special show. Elsewhere, emerging Steel City indie favourites The Sherlocks headline O2 Academy Sheffield and Yorfest sees the likes of The Shires, Badly Drawn Boy and Dreadzone perform.

Sunday 24th September 2017


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Why not spend Sunday exploring Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside? Join up with The Walking Photographer for the Hackfall Photo Walk Social which will see you explore this historic and picturesque part of God’s Own Country, giving you the opportunity to take some great photos along the way. Or you could head to RSPB Fairburn Ings for their From the Coal Face to a Wild Place Accessible Walk, which celebrates the nature reserve’s 60th birthday with a walk around the site and unravelling the man-made landscape’s history.

If you want to recharge your batteries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park invite you to their Recharge: Yoga Retreat – you get a morning of yoga, followed by lunch and a nourishing afternoon activity. Elsewhere, Merchants Adventurers’ Hall is home to the York Vintage and Creative Wedding Fair, or you could pick up some seasonal treats for the garden at Scampston Hall’s Autumn Plant Fair. Got kids to entertain? Yorkshire Air Museum is hosting the 999 Emergency Day where you get to meet emergency services from across the region and explore all their different vehicles.

Why not take in some live entertainment before the working week starts in earnest? St Austin’s Church in Wakefield is home to the Words for Wellbeing Cabaret, a star-studded evening of spoken word and poetry with the likes of Simon Munnery, Byron Vincent and Bill Ryder-Jones of The Coral. Over in Huddersfield, comedian and ventriloquist Paul Zerdin headlines The Lawrence Batley Theatre on the back of winning America’s Got Talent in 2015.

There are few concerts to pick from across Yorkshire to end the weekend with too. Legendary Scottish singer Barbara Dickson runs through her lengthy career at Sheffield City Hall, playing hits like ‘I Know Him So Well’, ‘January February’ and ‘Answer Me’. Americana icon Micah P. Hinson headlines York’s Crescent Working Men’s Club, showing off his new album ‘The Holy Strangers’ with an intimate show.

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