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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· James Tweddle · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.


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 we’ve rounded up the best events taking place across the region. From theatre shows to live music and even grape harvesting, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 21st September

Arctic Monkeys

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Why not start your weekend with a night of live music? Arctic Monkeys continue their homecoming on Friday night with the third of four nights at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena. Alternatively, American alt-rock legends They Might be Giants will perform at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, while The Piece Hall’s Spiegeltent sees drag queen rock group Denim take to the stage. If it’s classical music you’re after, head to the Lawrence Batley Theatre for the up-tempo talents of Claire Martin & Ray Gelato to celebrate Huddersfield Jazz’s 30th anniversary.

Theatre-lovers are spoilt for choice on Friday night. The Alhambra Theatre in Bradford will play host to Miss Saigon, the legendary West End musical about love and loss during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, in Leeds, it’s three shows for the price of one with Northern Ballet’s spectacular Mixed Programme, or you can check out Opera North’s cinematic new show Tosca. Over at Skipton Town Hall, enjoy Tangram Theatre’s tales of heartbreak in 100 Different Words for Love.

There’s also a heap of food and drink events on Friday night, starting with the York Beer & Cider Festival. With over 500 beers and 100 ciders from 170 breweries, York Racecourse is the place to be for a top tipple this weekend. Rather pair your beer with live Oompah music? Harrogate Oktoberfest will take over the Convention Centre for an evening of singing, drinking and traditional German food. Or you can catch the start of a brand new market, as A Taste of Independent Sheffield combines the city’s best music, food, drink and art into one packed weekend. Expect a Gin & Rum Festival, slow-cooked pizzas and family craft workshops.

Saturday 22nd September

Stokesley Show

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There are loads of activities to keep the family entertained on Saturday. You can take the kids to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax for Animal Antics, with rabbits and tarantulas to pet, as well as birds of prey demonstrations. There will be plenty of animals to delight the kids at Stokesley Show too, not to mention a bicycle stunt team and the GT ass Band. Want to get hands on? Fountains Abbey will be harvesting the monastery orchard for their annual Apple Juicing. Alternatively, head to Driffield to help out with Laurel Vines’ Grape Harvest, with breakfast, lunch and wine tasting for every helpful volunteer.

Saturday has even more live music. American rockers Halestorm will be performing at O2 Academy Sheffield, supported by Avatar and Rews. Prefer stripped back guitar ballads? Northern lads Roger Davies & his Band will be at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre, while Ginger Wildheart is bringing his Geordie mix of country, folk and rock to The Underground in Bradford. Fans of classical music are well catered for too, as the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Brass Band perform Proms at the Priory in Bridlington.

There’s a bundle of laughs on offer in York, as comedian Chris Ramsay brings his high-energy stand up to the Grand Opera Theatre. Alternatively, you can see one of Indiana Jones’ biggest films as never before – catch Raiders of the Lost Ark In Concert and see John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. If you want to get your brain working, the Ryedale Book Festival will welcome celebrated authors from all over the country, while TEDxHull brings a day of inspiring speakers to the city, TEDTalk-style.

Sunday 23rd September

North Bay Railway

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Want to get out and about on Sunday? Head for the Yorkshire Dales Cheese Festival’s final weekend, with their Traditional Wensleydale Cheese Making Session: A Step Back to the 1930s, or visit the scenic sights with the Ilkley Moor Photowalk. For classic vehicles, check out the Yorkshire Air Museum’s 999 Emergency Day, or the Autumn Train Gala at North Bay Railway. Elsewhere, the Fox & Moon Vintage Fair comes to the National Coal Mining Museum to cater for all your retro needs.

If you want to finish your weekend with a little live entertainment, look no further than Square Chapel in Halifax, where the ‘golden voice of cricket’ Henry Blofeld will be telling stories from his commentary career in his show, 78 Retired. Prefer live music? British singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is playing York’s Grand Opera House, while Mancunian band Pale Waves bring their blend of indie-pop to The Foundry in Sheffield. Finally, fans of classic rock should head to Scarborough Spa for In-Pulse, Italy’s finest Pink Floyd tribute band.

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