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5 Yorkshire Festivals You Need to Know About

· Ali Turner · Yorkshire

Sausages, beer, VW campers and world music – Yorkshire's festivals come in all shapes and sizes.

VW Festival at Harewood House

Diaries at the ready folks, because Yorkshire has a medley of marvellous festivals for you to attend this summer.

Sure, there are the big music festivals, but they’re not the only weekenders happening in Yorkshire this summer. In fact, there are some downright awesome alternatives on offer, if you know where to look. From beer and sausage combos that will make your mouth water to a world music festival that recreates the experience of travelling and a train-hopping weekend filled with old school cars, tribute acts and exhibitions – find out what’s out there.

The Sausage and Beer Festival

The Sausage and Beer Festival started in 2014 and it’s gone from strength to strength since. No surprises there – they’ve struck gold by bringing together two Yorkshire favourites. This year the festival will run from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017. The main event is on the Saturday, when they’ll have all manner of entertainment to go alongside the two main pulls – you’ve got live music, a 90s silent disco, a dog show, BBQ demos, vintage tractors, face painting, and our personal favourite, a sausage tasting competition.

The Sausage and Beer Festival takes place in Camp Hill in Bedale from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Underneath the Stars Festival

Underneath the Stars Festival

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A family-friendly festival that really packs a punch, Underneath the Stars has something for just about everyone. Headliners include Newton Faulkner, Show of Hands and Kate Rusby, alongside a slew of supporting acts – but the music is just one part of this multi-talented weekender. They’ve lined up street theatre from Them Two Dance and Pif Paf, as well as a unique art installation called ‘Between Stillness and Storm’ from Aidan Moesby and Tim Shaw. You can also enjoy a hilarious drive-in movie experience with the Kitsch & Sync Collective, a night of tall tales with Madam Bridget and a medley of circus skill workshops with Panic Circus. All that alongside street food, camping and more.

Underneath the Stars Festival takes place at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July 2017.

60s Fest

60s Fest takes place in three different locations, simultaneously – and you can go to all of them, because it’s run by North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Jump on board to see the ‘Beatles for Sale’, ‘Shade of the 60s’ and ‘Ryedale Jazz’ in Pickering, all the while making the most of the gin and beer bars. Meanwhile, Jive Express and Tex Leon & Friends will be playing in Goathland and Elvis arrives in Levisham with a tribute act and exhibition. You can also catch car displays, 60s Goodwood Races Scalextric and a beer tent in Grosmont. Couple it all with scenic train rides across the Moors for a great day out.

60s Fest takes place at Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont Station from Saturday 22nd July to Sunday 23rd July 2017.

Atlas Festival

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Atlas Festival takes its inspiration from all over the world, bringing you world music, alongside jazz, pop, rock, drum ‘n’ bass, indie, hip hop, rap, techno, r‘n’b, dance and electronic. So yeah, basically everything then. It’s not just music though. They’ve tried to recreate the experience of travelling, with everything from yoga and rock climbing to UV paint parties, bushcraft workshops and street food, all amongst the beautiful parkland of Scampston Hall in North Yorkshire.

Atlas Festival takes place at Scampston Hall from Friday 29th to Saturday 30th of July 2017.

VW Festival

Back for another year, VW Festival returns to Harewood House from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017 and they’re bringing some seriously cool cars and campers with them. This year, they’ll be showcasing Air Cooled, Mk1 Golf, Ratty VW, Herbie-style Beetles, Movie cars and VW beach-buggies, with trophies up for grabs for the most interesting and innovative vehicles. But that’s not all. They’ll have live entertainment all through the weekend – think live bands, graffiti and bike stunts, as well as magicians, clowns, activities and the Avago circus for the kids.

VW Festival takes place at Harewood House from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August 2017.