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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· James Tweddle · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

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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 to live music and festive light displays, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 14th December 2018

Alice in Wonderland

Why not start your weekend with a night of live music? Sheffield has it all going on, starting with the big show on Friday, as rock legends Def Leppard storm the stage at the FlyDSA Arena, while the O2 Academy Sheffield welcomes Brummie indie band The Twang. Alternatively, Leeds locals The Pigeon Detectives are at The Leadmill, and it’s prog-rock heaven at Sheffield’s City Hall with a whole night with tribute band extraordinaires The Australian Pink Floyd Show. There’s more tribute fun over at Hull’s Welly Club with Bootleg Blondie, or at Wakefield’s Warehouse 23 with Korn Again. Need a little vocal harmony? The Overtones will be performing at The Barbican in York too.

Theatre lovers are spoilt for choice on Friday night too. It’s your last chance to hear Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, as Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker reaches its final weekend at Leeds Grand Theatre. Elsewhere, pantomime is in season as Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre brings Aladdin to life, while Leeds City Varieties hosts Cinderella – The Rock ’n’ Roll Panto. Meanwhile, there are two top shows at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre, with the magical Alice in Wonderland and their new one for children, The Night the Moonchild Smiled, with plenty of music and audience participation.

There’s a whole barrage of festive events in Yorkshire too, ranging from An Evening With Ebenezer Scrooge at York Castle Museum to tucking into seasonal street food with the Peddler Xmas Special in Sheffield. Elsewhere, you can enjoy animated installations and a menagerie of lights at the historic Stockeld Park Estate’s Winter Illuminations in Wetherby. Alternatively, why not Dine with Santa at Kirkleatham Museum near Redcar, or catch a viewing of seasonal film classic Elf at Ruddi’s Retreat in Huddersfield? Elsewhere, choral Christmas music comes to life with The Heaven of Your Desires at St. Margret’s Church in York, or for a spooky treat, take a trip to Leeds’ Abbey House Museum as TV’s Most Haunted investigate the paranormal on site.

Saturday 15th December 2018

Kaiser Chiefs

Credit: Danny North

If you want to get out and about on Saturday, there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy. Local lads Kaiser Chiefs are swapping music for art as their new sound exhibition, When All Is Quiet: Kaiser Chiefs in Conversation opens in York Art Gallery, or you can see a spectacular light display with a few carols at Fountains Abbey’s Music & Lights in Ripon. If you’re after a show to educate and delight the whole family, check out Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science at Halifax’s Piece Hall, and stick around to boogie the day away with Silent Disco: Families. Animal lovers will be in seventh heaven at RSPB Old Moor with their Wildlife Explorers Club, while adults can solve a grisly puzzle with dinner at Cober Hill’s Christmas murder mystery He’s Behind You in Scarborough.

If you’re getting in the festive mood, there’s loads to try. York’s annual St. Nicholas Fair is in full swing, with ice skating, mulled wine and homemade gifts galore, or head to William’s Den at Castle Farm in East Riding for a go on their massive tree-lined eco-rink, followed by a luxurious hot chocolate. You can even go all Germanic with your weekend, as Hazlewood Castle hosts Bavarian Woodland Parties, complete with live oompah music, steins of beer and fire pits. Doncaster Racecourse are getting in the Yuletide spirit too, with their Festive Jumpers Raceday, or join a magical trail for a Festive Walk Through Lights at Farmer Copley’s Farm in Pontefract.

Still not had your fill of live music? Indulge in another packed line-up this Saturday, as glam-rock Christmas merchants Slade play the hits at Hull’s Welly Club, while legendary crooner Tony Christie performs a one-night-only show at The Civic Hall in Cottingham. Elsewhere, Australian three-piece DMA’s head to The Asylum at Hull University, while the incredibly-named jazz troupe King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys wow the crowd at The Greystones in Sheffield. Need more? Catch Gomez frontman and singer-songwriter Ben Ottewell at York’s Crescent Community Centre, or sing-along to Bono and co’s greatest hits at Fibbers in York with U2 2.

Sunday 16th December 2018


Need more festive fun to round off the weekend? If you’re in Skipton, you might just catch a glimpse of the man in red himself and nab yourself a present at Alexander’s with Santa Sundays, or meet his little helpers and write a letter to the North Pole at Pinchinthorpe Hall’s Elf Village. Elsewhere, find festive food, crafts and rides at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Xmas Fair in Doncaster, and spy more Christmassy animals at RSPB Old Moor with their Festive Robins Xmas Trail.

Yorkshire’s live music scene shows no signs of slowing down on Sunday, with a huge gig from psychedelic songsters MGMT at O2 Academy Leeds, so expect singalong favourites like ‘Kids’ and ‘Time to Pretend’. Elsewhere, 70s hard rockers Uriah Heep will be pumping out the tunes at Hull City Hall, while nu-metal band King 810 take to the stage at Sheffield University. Alternatively, see the group that never stops touring, Mostly Autumn, at York’s Crescent Community Centre, or enjoy a dose of 70s nostalgia with Abba Forever at The Garden Rooms in Leyburn. Finally, embrace the feels at Leeds Town Hall, as the Orchestra of Opera North accompanies a live showing of Raymond Briggs’ classic festive flick, The Snowman.

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