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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Eureka! The National Children's Museum

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 immersive theatre 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 15th February 2019

There are plenty of things to get stuck into this weekend in Yorkshire. As legendary mod film Quadrophenia turns 40, Square Chapel in Halifax will not only screen the film but invite singer and actress Toyah Willcox to tell you about her experiences behind the scenes, with a live Q&A and music.

Elsewhere, you can attend the preview for Re-collections at Site Gallery in Sheffield – it combines the work of artists Susan Hiller, Elizabeth Price and Georgina Starr to showcase an exploration into how histories are remembered, recorded and retold. Or if you fancy something completely different, you can make a beeline for the Arenacross Tour at Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield, where you can watch international motocross racers and breath-taking freestyle BMX stunts all under one roof.

Anton Du Beke

Want to catch a show this weekend? Yorkshire has a big old mix to choose from. You can join Strictly star Anton Du Beke at York Barbican for Dance Those Magical Musicals: Anton & Erin and lose yourself in a night of musical classics as the pair dance the night away to the likes of ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Hairspray’ and ‘Wicked’. Or you can head to Square Chapel Arts, where our ominous social media-obsessed society is explored by Tmesis Theatre in their production of Beyond Belief. Opera North have put their own unique spin on Mozart’s The Magic Flute where fantasy and reality collide, as Tamino is sent to save the kidnapped princess, but soon sees the lines between good and evil are blurred through the haze of magic, cults and octopuses.

Elsewhere, Paul Pririe, Tony Burgess, Niambi McGrath and Damion Larkin join the line-up for Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at York Barbican and if you fancy an anti-Valentine’s cabaret, you can catch Strut Club Presents: Stupid Cupid. Hosted by King Louis Cyfer, A Reyt Queer Do: Eclectic Dreams Edition showcases a set of performances, followed by a DJ set into the early hours by Chardine Taylor from punk group Big Joanie, all at Theatre Deli in Sheffield. Alternatively, Plug in Sheffield hosts An Orchestral Rendition of Dr. Dre: 2001. You can expect an epic fusion of hip-hop and orchestral sounds, alongside DJs and singers as they recreate one of Dr Dre’s most iconic albums.

Children of Zeus

Credit: Dan Medhurst

There are more gigs on across Yorkshire this weekend. First up is all-female grunge and pop trio Hey Charlie who will take over Café Totem in Sheffield with support from ørmstons and Ten Eighty Trees. For a performance that merges folk, rock and reggae, don’t miss Ferocious Dog who headline Wroot Rocks in Doncaster or alternatively, catch one of Scotland’s best-selling female singers Barbara Dickson at St George’s Hall in Bradford for a night of folk and pop. Meanwhile, DJ Konny Kon and talented soul-singer Tyler Daley showcase their soul project Children of Zeus at The Parish in Huddersfield or you can see Godthrymm bring their doom metal riffs to The Lantern in Halifax.

Midland mans the decks at Hope Works in Sheffield and he’s joined by a few friends, such as Craig Richards who will play back to back with Nicolas Lutz, so you can groove into the early hours with an epic night of house and techno. For funk and soul, you can make a beeline for Soul Candy! *Jaipur 1987* at Fibbers for a night of eclectic rhythms in York. To rave for a good cause, join the likes of Klinical and Displace at TNK x Rave & Raise: Mindraver – expect a mix of drum & bass and jungle to carry you through the night.

Saturday 16th February 2019

Chocolate Show London

Yorkshire has loads to offer families this weekend. You can take the whole family to Sheffield Comic and Film Fair at The Showroom in Sheffield for a browse through graphic novels, toys and film memorabilia. You can also get involved with all kind of farmyard antics at Piglets Adventure Farm as it re-opens for Spring – expect everything from tractor rides and rope swings to the Bale Play Baaarn, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Hungry? Spend your weekend tucking into delicious eats. The February Farmers Market at Low Bradfield in Sheffield will have loads of fresh local produce with something for everyone – think local brews, ice-cream and crafts. Meanwhile, award-winning chocolate producers Bullion collaborate with The Mowbray in Sheffield for the Chocolate Supper Club. Here you will sample a 7-course menu that includes award-winning bars and gives you the chance to learn about everything chocolate-related along the way.

There’s a sing-a-long extravaganza at Cast in Doncaster as The Greatest Showman is screened with lyrics, a live host and plenty of audience interaction. Meanwhile at Leeds Grand Theatre, why not watch opera and dance collide in Opera North’s extraordinary new double bill The Rite of Spring and Gianni Schicchi.

To catch a few laughs this weekend, you can head to one of Yorkshire’s quality comedy shows. First up is Alfie Brown, who’s already had a sellout show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, at The Basement in York with his brand new show that shares his own experiences with fatherhood and identity politics. Next up is Jimeoin at York Barbican who boasts a whole range of sellout tours and will show off his latest one, ‘Result!’. You can also see The Tank Top Tour with Britain’s Got Talent finalist Robert White, whose fast-paced comedy routines have engaged the nation since he appeared on last year’s show.


Credit: Mike Massaro

There’s loads of gigs on this weekend in Yorkshire. O2 Academy Leeds will host Jungle on their hotly anticipated tour – you can expect all their funky anthems like ‘Busy Earnin’, ‘Time’ and ‘Julia’. Meanwhile, punk-rockers Ruts DC headline O2 Academy Sheffield, Decapitated perform an intense death metal set at Corporation in Sheffield and Welsh lads Rusty Shackle treat the crowd to folk-rock tunes at Wroot Rocks in Doncaster.

Elsewhere, indie-pop band TRASH perform their final ever show at The Leadmill in Sheffield, blues singer-songwriter Dan Burnett takes over The Meeting Room in Halifax and The Spitfires showcase their eclectic mix of reggae, ska, punk and soul at Fibbers in York. Over at Southbank Warehouse in Sheffield, you can expect a house and disco fusion with Hunie Presents: Big Dogs Disco featuring Dan J and Richard Hardcastle on the decks.

Sunday 17th February 2019

Lego Leeds! May Half Term

If you’re looking for a family day out this weekend, you can catch Half Term Hullabaloo! at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum in Halifax. Here you can experience ‘The Acoustratron’ brought to you by Noisy Toys – it’s a legendary mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise engine that you won’t want to miss. To get involved in an interactive LEGO adventure, you can take the kids to Southowram Community Centre for LEGO Movie 2 – Building is Awesome! – as the story unfolds, they can get involved using their own LEGO skills.

For a different kind of experience entirely, check out Vikings: The Shield Wall Saga where you will be immersed into a Viking village with an outdoor 360 degree set filled with special effects, all in Castle Car Park in York. For more Viking-related antics, why not grab your trainers and get involved in The Blood Axe Challenge 2019? Hosted by See York Run, this one is an ode to Eric Bloodaxe, an almighty Viking King, before the Jorvik Viking Festival kicks off. You have two hours to run as many laps of the 1 kilometre route as you want – there’s even homemade cake to be scoffed at the finish line.

Christmas holidays in Leeds

If you prefer something a little less cardio-intensive, you can indulge in relaxation at the Turtle Yoga Sunday Session over at White Rose Mills in Halifax. Ever made your own bread basket? If you head to Creative with Nature in Todmorden, you can do just that, at their Willow Bread Basket Event. You can also get creative with felt at Fibres and Fabric at The Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge and make your own masterpiece, whether it’s a seascape, landscape or abstract piece.

You can end your weekend in Yorkshire with a gig. If you want to roll back the years, get yourself down to Sheffield City Hall for Peter Andre and rediscover old 90s gems like ‘Mysterious Girl’ on his 25th anniversary tour. For yet more throwbacks, you can head to The Kings Head in Huddersfield for Higher Ground’s take on loads of iconic tracks – you can expect classics from The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and ELO to feature.

Petre Andre

Violet Gang take over Café Totem in Sheffield to present Mancunian punk group Faux Pas with support from local rockers Brain Circus. It’s a big gig night in Halifax with The Lounge Lizards’ blend of acoustic rock, funk and soul at The Peacock, Bad Penny’s covers at The Cross Keys and singer Lucy Mae and French multi-instrumentalist Luc Phan’s soul and jazz sounds at The Lantern.

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