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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

KT Tunstall

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 comedy shows to family-friendly days out, art exhibitions and outdoor fun, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 9th August 2019

You can get your weekend in Yorkshire off to a flyer with The Cross Keys Beer Festival in Halifax, which is back for its seventh year with a cracking selection of real ale and gins. Got more of a sweet tooth? Make a beeline for the Summer Masterclass at York’s Chocolate Story, where you can create your own chocolates to take home and even sip a glass of prosecco.

If you need to entertain the kids, you can take them to the Big Summer Festival at Eureka! in Halifax to marvel at explosive science shows and get stuck into plenty of outdoor activities. Or if you have a budding artist on your hands, Kids Arts and Crafts will see you join My Arty Party for one of their summer holiday craft classes at Kommune in Sheffield.

Want to get creative yourself? Miniature Painting – Landscape will help you nail your acrylic painting skills, as you create your own landscape at Trafalgar Warehouse in Sheffield. Want to dive into the world of photography? Head to Wildlife Photography Evening Talk with Tesni Ward and Olympus UK, where you’ll hear the acclaimed photographer’s fascinating tales from around the world at Harrison Cameras, also in Sheffield.

KT Tunstall

To inject a few laughs into your weekend, don’t miss Last Laugh Comedy Club, which will showcase three talented comics, followed by a cheesy late-night disco at Sheffield Memorial Hall. Or film fanatics can check out Picturehouse Outdoor Cinema, which will screen films across the entire weekend, from the Rocky Horror Picture Show to Bohemian Rhapsody at York Museum Gardens.

Why not kick off the weekend with one of Yorkshire’s gigs? BRIT Award-winner KT Tunstall will headline Holmfirth Picturedrome with chart-topping hits like ‘Suddenly I See’ while female-fronted five-piece The Rooves takeover The Leadmill in Sheffield. For smash-hit classics, don’t miss tribute band Wrong Jovi who will play Nightrain in Bradford.

Prefer a blend of soul, funk and jazz? Check out Terri Shaltiel who will play an intimate gig at Small Seeds in Huddersfield. Meanwhile, alt-rock lovers can see Foxhaunt for their single release show at The Crescent in York as well as pop punk favourites Junior who will showcase their debut album ‘Beautiful Life’ at Record Junkee in Sheffield.

Saturday 10th August 2019

Yorkshire has plenty of art-focused activities this weekend. Coloured Earth International Pavement Art Festival will takeover The Piece Hall in Halifax with an open air gallery of competing artwork with the chance for kids to have a go at pavement art. Elsewhere at Play, Paint, Create! you can get to grips with mark-making and acrylic paint as artist Helen Barker leads you through the workshop at Hangingwater Studios in Sheffield.

Why not take the family for a day out? At The Halifax Show you can watch a parade of shire horses, meet alpacas and go on loads of child-friendly rides at Savile Park. You can head to York Walls Festival 2019 for a full weekend of historic tours and activities in and around the city centre or pick up handmade gems at York River Art Market along Dame Judy Dench Walk.

Over in Sheffield, you can catch a Tarantino classic at Outdoor Cinema: Pulp Fiction at Whirlow Hall Farm, learn about the intricacies of artisan food at Artisan Food Tour at Kelham Island Museum or enter cosplay haven Sheffield Film and ComicCon 2019 at Fly DSA Arena. And you can even treat your pooch by heading to Pop Up Doggy Cakery at Clements Hall to scoff home-made cakes and treat your dog to a pup-cake.

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You can catch loads of live music across Yorkshire this weekend. Adolescent Festival will take over Knavesmire Racecourse in York with top quality tribute bands like The Total Stone Roses and The Take That Experience. And for more stone-cold classics, don’t miss Higher Ground who will play songs by the likes of The Beatles, ELO and Stevie Wonder at Foresters Arms.

Meanwhile, former Wu Lyf member Francis Lung will show off his new album ‘A Dream Is U’ at Vinyl Tap Records in Sheffield, raucous Yorkshire trio Knuckle will take over The Grayston Unity in Halifax and alt-rockers Jetski will play Café Totem in Sheffield.

Later in the evening, you can get down to Motown hits at Soul Spinner Saturdays at Crystal Bar in Sheffield or indulge in a night of drum and bass at Irie Vibes Jungle Special with special guest K Jah behind the decks at The Crescent in York. Alternatively, embrace the most ridiculous game of bingo, Jonny Bongo style, at Bongo’s Bingo, where you can win ridiculous prizes and dance to plenty of throwback tunes at O2 Academy Sheffield.

Sunday 11th August 2019

How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? You can take the little ones to Little Diggers: Prehistoric Painters to explore cave art in a creative session at DIG – An Archeological Adventure in York. Elsewhere, you can check out the York Unleashed Comic-Con at York Races for a day of fancy-dress fun.

You can enjoy an afternoon full of street food, donkey rides and bouncy castles, if you head to the South Yorkshire Festival at Wortley Hall for their annual summer takeover in Sheffield. Or you can scoff jerk chicken to a backdrop of live music from a steel band at Caribbean Day! at Walkers Arms in Huddersfield.

Why not end your weekend with one of Yorkshire’s gigs? Rachel Croft will play a chilled acoustic show at Pairings Wine Bar, The Consequences will churn out quality Britpop covers at Victoria Vaults and Imarhan will takeover The Crescent with his African rhythms and rocky riffs, all in York. Prefer indie-folk? Don’t miss Tiny Ruins, who will headline The Parish in Huddersfield.

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