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What’s On This Bank Holiday Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Culture

From food festivals to family-friendly shows, check out Yorkshire’s finest.

Chow Down, The Piece Hall

The August bank holiday is upon us and it’s the perfect excuse to head out and explore Yorkshire.

If you want to get clued up on Yorkshire’s must-do events this bank holiday, you’ve come to the right place. There’s everything from whopping great food festivals to child-friendly open air cinemas, comedy shows and music festivals. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, so make sure this is the best one yet.

Friday 23rd August 2019

From epic festivals to open-air cinema nghts, bank holiday Friday has something for everyone.

Nigel Slater’s Toast

This charming show will cast you back to famous food writer Nigel Slater’s childhood. You’ll be taken from his early childhood to his escape to London, and get a glimpse at how food played a massive role along the way. Playground sweet politics and strict restaurant dining rules will be covered, as well as the chance to be invited onstage to taste treats yourself.

Nigel Slater’s Toast comes to Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield from Monday 19th August to Saturday 24th August 2019.

Chow Down

Chow Down, The Piece Hall

The hotly anticipated Chow Down will return to The Piece Hall in Halifax this entire bank holiday weekend. It attracted over 120,000 last year and this edition promises to be equally spectacular. Expect heaving hotdogs, lavish donuts and a never-ending flow of fizz from the prosecco van, which you can enjoy against the stunning backdrop of one of Yorkshire’s finest landmarks.

Chow Down comes to The Piece Hall, Halifax from Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August 2019.

Last Laugh Comedy Club


Fancy a few laughs this bank holiday? Head to Last Laugh Comedy Club, the longest-running comedy club in Yorkshire. You can see three top comedians from across the UK, each introduced by the club’s resident compere Toby Foster. Want to extend your night into the early hours? Fear not, as there’ll be a ceremoniously cheesy disco to end the night.

Last Laugh Comedy Club comes to Sheffield City Hall on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Kathryn Jospeh

Scottish gem Kathryn Joseph is one of the country’s most exciting singer-songwriters, and this is your chance to see her in Yorkshire. This bank holiday, she’ll showcase her silky-smooth voice at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts. Her debut album ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ won Scottish Album of Year in 2015, so you can expect big things.

Kathryn Jones comes to Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Infest 2019

If you want to kick off the long weekend with loads of live music, check out the three-day music festival Infest 2019 at Bradford University. Headliners include synth-pop band Light Asylum, gothic rockers She Wants Revenge and 1980s electronic group Nitzer Ebb, so you’re in for an eclectic few days. But that just scratches the surface, as you can see 17 different acts across the three days.

Infest 2019 comes to University of Bradford from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August 2019.

Luna Kids Open Air Cinema

The Luna Cinema

This bank holiday Luna Kids Open Air Cinema will take over Harewood House, armed with a cracking collection of children’s classics. We’re talking The Gruffalo, Finding Dory and The Incredibles 2, with plenty more where that came from. Grab a blanket and settle down in front of the big screen, right outside one of Yorkshire’s grandest stately homes.

Luna Kids Open Air Cinema comes to Harewood House, Leeds from Wednesday 21st August to Sunday 25th August 2019.

Sense and Sensibility

See Jane Austen’s classic novel come to life in an outdoor theatre production at Sheffield Botanical Gardens this bank holiday. Pantaloons Theatre Company will use live music and audience interaction to tell the tale of Elinor and her sister Marianne. While one has plenty of sense, the other has oodles of sensibility, but how will this pan out?

Sense and Sensibility comes to Sheffield Botanical Gardens on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival

Bramham Park will once again unite music lovers from all over the country for Leeds Festival, one of the country’s biggest and best festivals. Foo Fighters, Post Malone and The 1975 are the big three this year, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You can see Billie Eilish, Royal Blood and Anderson .Paak before you continue the night with a whole host of DJs.

Leeds Festival comes to Bramham Park, Leeds from Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th August 2019.

Robin Sunflower

Robin Sunflower has been on the music scene since the 1980s, touring with various bands with his trusty harmonica by his side. This bank holiday he’ll head to Yorkshire to headline his own gig at Friday Night Jive, one of Small Seed’s popular gig nights in Huddersfield.

Robin Sunflower comes to Small Seeds, Huddersfield on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Outdoor Cinema

You can watch the award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody in the scenic grounds of Sheffield Manor Lodge. Grab your picnic blanket and settle down to start your long weekend in Yorkshire with plenty of Queen tunes in a special open-air screening. You’ll follow the moving story of Freddie Mercury and his extraordinary journey to fame in one of the world’s greatest bands.

Bohemian Rhapsody – Outdoor Cinema comes to Sheffield Manor Lodge on Friday 23rd August 2019.

Saturday 24th August 2019

Fill your Saturday with gigs, food festivals and family-friendly fun.

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival 2019

North Leeds Food Festival

This is your chance to dive into delicious street food sourced from Yorkshire and beyond. The team behind North Leeds Food Festival are gearing up to bring all the best street food stalls, live music and entertainment to Ripley Castle. What better way to spend your long weekend than by gorging on tantalising fare from all over the globe?

Harrogate Food and Drink Festival 2019 comes to Ripley Castle, Harrogate from Saturday 24th August to Monday 26th August 2019.

Fully York Festival 2019

If you want to check out local musical talent, Fully York Festival 2019 will be right up your street. You can see over 10 different acts, all born and bred within the city walls, each showcasing their unique sound. Berlin Black, Soma Crew and Parasitic Twins are all confirmed, with plenty more to be come. Catch the day-to-night shindig at York’s beloved indie venue The Fulford Arms.

Fully York Festival comes to The Fulford Arms, York on Saturday 24th August 2019.

Bongo’s Bingo

Bongo's Bingo Leeds

Spend your long weekend with an epic game of bingo, Jonny Bongo style. You can catch the Irish bingo leader right here in Yorkshire, with his backing dancers on hand. Expect frankly ridiculous prizes, plenty of chances to win a huge wad of cash and epic throwback tunes across a jam-packed evening. Just remember to wear your best shoes for the inevitable dancing on the tables.

Bongo’s Bingo comes to O2 Academy Sheffield on Saturday 24th August 2019.


This is a one-man-band taken to new heights. The multi-talented musician Ichi hails from Japan and boy does he know how to work an instrument or two. In fact, he combines a steel-drum with ping pong balls and a trumpet with bongos, and that barely does his incredible musical set-up justice. Why not head to Square Chapel Centre for the Arts to witness it for yourself?

Ichi comes to Square Chapel Arts Centre for the Arts, Halifax on Saturday 24th August 2019.

Un Dia Festival


Credit: Harry Pennington

Get down to Cafe Totem for a selection of toe-tapping gigs this weekend. A selection of genres will be covered, giving you the chance to dabble in something a little different. You can see funk and disco trio Patawawa, indie rockers Only Sun and rapper Franko Fraize. Also joining the line-up are Yorkshire alt-pop locals Polo.

Un Dia Festival comes to Cafe Totem, Sheffield on Saturday 24th August 2019.

Monarchs: King Charles II

Monarchs, Royal Armouries

Head to the Royal Armouries for a right royal weekend dedicated to King Charles II. The ‘Merry King’ ruled England for 25 years and life under his rule was a world away from Oliver Cromwell’s strict reign. You can witness the late-17th century period come to life with live combat demonstrations, costumed characters and exclusive cavalry horse riding shows.

Monarchs: King Charles II comes to Royal Armouries, Leeds from Saturday 24th August to Monday 26th August 2019.

Skinny Molly

To indulge in hard rock this bank holiday weekend, don’t miss Skinny Molly, who will takeover Nightrain. They’ll cross the pond to play an intimate show here in Yorkshire, working their way through 13 years of riff-heavy material. They’ve gigged all over the world, so they know how to work a crowd, with hits like ‘If You Don’t Care’ and ‘Better Than I Should’.

Skinny Molly comes to Nightrain, Bradford on Saturday 24th August 2019.

This Must Be The Place

Let's Eat Grandma

Credit: Francesca Allen

This Must Be The Place is a two-day festival that showcases a collection of the best up and coming artists. There are plenty of genres for you to dip your toe into, including indie-folk favourite Bill Ryder Jones on Saturday and pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma on Saturday. With over 30 acts playing across the weekend, you’re spoilt for choice.

This Must Be The Place comes to Headrow House, Leeds on Saturday 24th August 2019.


If you’re into your dub and reggae, this is a real treat. Dreadzone have been dominating the music scene since 1993, churning out songs like ‘Little Britain’ and ‘Captain Dread’ across their two studio albums. They’ve had a steady release of EPs since then, with plenty more up their sleeves, so expect an eclectic blend of old and new.

Dreadzone comes to Holmfirth Picturedrome, Holmfirth on Saturday 24th August 2019.

Sunday 25th August 2019

From sensational club nights to child-friendly theatre, bank holiday Sunday doesn’t disappoint.

Control x Mizik Nou

This whopping day-to-night shindig will take you from 2pm until 6am, so you’ll have a big night ahead of you. But don’t fear, you’ll have a cracking set of selectors to take you through. Alexander Robotnick will play a three hour italo-disco set, with the likes of Annabel Fraser and Dar Discu taking over the decks across the evening.

Control x Mizik Nou comes to The Night Kitchen, Sheffield on Sunday 25th August 2019.



You can enjoy an evening of craft beer and live music at Magic Rock Tap this bank holiday. Knuckle will showcase the very best of their pop-punk sounds at the Huddersfield brewery, making it the perfect setup with a pint in hand. They’ll cover all the best bits from their two studio albums, giving Yorkshire a little taste of their Chicago roots.

Knuckle comes to Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield on Sunday 25th August 2019.

Common People – Summer Britpop Party!

Immerse yourself in the very best of Britpop this bank holiday, as Common People – Summer Britpop Party! comes to one of Yorkshire’s favourite clubs. The Leadmill will become a hub of Madchester classics, from Oasis to Happy Mondays and all the very best from the 90s indie scene. And if you want to switch it up, head to Room 2 for a medley of songs by The Prodigy, Fat Boy Slim and Faithless.

Common People – Summer Britpop Party! comes to The Leadmill, Sheffield on Sunday 25th August 2019.

The Garden Party 2019: Part Three

Maribou State

Credit: Alexandra Waespi

Catch the grand finale of one of the region’s biggest bank holiday events with a trip to Canal Mills. At The Garden Party 2019: Part Three you’ll see massive names behind the decks, from Maribou State and their unique oriental sounds to Artwork and his famously punchy mixes. It’s an all-dayer that finishes late into the night, but there’ll be plenty of street food to tide you over.

The Garden Party: Part Three comes to Canal Mills, Leeds on Sunday 25th August 2019.

Love to Be Bank Holiday Courtyard Party

Love to Be, Sheffield

Make the most of your bank holiday in Yorkshire with a massive 12-hour party at Southbank Warehouse, courtesy of clubbing and music brand Love to Be. Expect a selection of Sheffield’s finest house DJs, including Tony Walker, Marc Dennis and Richard Williams, spread across the warehouse and its iconic courtyard.

Love to Be Bank Holiday Courtyard Party comes to Southbank Warehouse, Sheffield on Sunday 25th August 2019.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Credit: Michael Jean

Treat the kids with a trip to see the Olivier award winning The Tiger Who Came to Tea. You’ll see the beloved children’s book come to life as a musical play, with plenty of opportunity to sing along. Sophie and her Mum can’t believe their eyes when they sit down for tea, only to discover that there’s a tiger at the door. What kind of chaos will ensue?

The Tiger Who Came to Tea comes to Bridlington Spa, Bridlington on Sunday 25th August and Monday 26th August 2019.

Chris Lorenzo

Chris Lorenzo

Fresh from its refurb, Tank NightClub will be back with a bang this bank holiday, with house legend Chris Lorenzo lending a helping hand. The Brummie DJ has had his placed firmly sealed on the dance scene for a number of years now, taking international festivals by storm. He’ll head to Yorkshire alongside Jamie Duggan and Corrupt.

Chris Lorenzo comes to Tank NightClub, Sheffield on Sunday 25th August 2019.

Monday 26th August 2019

Epic rock gigs or family-friendly days out? Here’s how you can end your bank holiday weekend in Yorkshire.

Nimrod Open Day and Live Propellor Aircraft

Yorkshire Air Museum

Credit: Lee Lawrence licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.

This bank holiday, Yorkshire Air Museum will invite you to step inside their vintage Nimrod plane. Soak up oodles of fascinating facts as they guide you through the aircraft from nose to tail, explaining how it was used as a wartime aircraft back in the day. But that’s not all that’s going on. You can dress-up in a flying suit and sit in a cockpit or follow a special trail to earn your Future Pilot Qualification Sticker.

Nimrod Open Day and Live Propellor Aircraft comes to Yorkshire Air Museum on Monday 26th August 2019.


Pakistan’s biggest rock band will play a massive headline show at First Direct Arena this bank holiday. This is your chance to witness their unmistakable bhangra rock rhythms and distinctive melodies on a huge scale. Since their humble beginnings in 1990, they’ve sold over 30 million albums worldwide, so expect a solid collection of hits to make an appearance, from ‘Sayonee’ to ‘Dosti’.

Junoon comes to First Direct Arena, Leeds on Monday 26th August 2019.

York Bid Micklegate Soapbox Challenge

Grab yourself a spot on York’s cobbled streets to cheer on a flurry of racers in their homemade carts to end the bank holiday weekend. York Bid Micklegate Soapbox Challenge is a popular staple, with fairground rides, live music and plenty of food from locals like Micklegate Social. Stick around to see the champions get crowned at 5pm.

York Bid Micklegate Soapbox Challenge comes to Micklegate, York on Monday 26th August 2019.