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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Joseph Sheerin · Culture

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Camp Hill Sausage and Beer Festival

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 music festivals 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 21st July 2017

Underneath the Stars Festival

This weekend in Yorkshire it’s all about festivals and you have a slew to choose from. The biggest is Tramlines Festival, which is taking over Sheffield city centre for three days and nights with a massive line-up – catch the likes of The Libertines, Primal Scream, The Coral, The Pharcyde, Loyle Carner and over 100 more across various venues.

Up at Baldersby Park in Topcliffe, the family-friendly Deer Shed Festival is back for its eighth year with the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Kate Tempest, The Divine Comedy and The Arab Strap playing alongside a sea of kids activities themed around ‘The Wilderwild’. Or you can head to Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley for Underneath the Stars, a festival organised by renowned folk star Kate Rusby with Newton Faulkner, Show of Hands and Lucy Rose appearing across the weekend.

Underneath the Stars Festival

Credit: Bryan Ledgard, licensed under Creative Commons for commercial use.

York’s Parliament Street is going to be taken over by an array of comedy, variety and family entertainment for The Great Yorkshire Fringe which runs until August. The most enticingly named festival of the weekend, however, goes to the Sausage and Beer Festival at the Camp Hill Estate in Bedale, North Yorkshire. It’s exactly what it sounds like – some of the world’s best sausages will be paired with Yorkshire’s finest real ale, supported by live music, street food stalls and BBQ competitions – sounds scrumptious.

There’s a chance to enjoy a bit of Shakespeare in a unique setting on Friday and Saturday night in Yorkshire. You can see The Taming of the Shrew in the grounds of Bradford Cathedral (providing it stays dry, otherwise it’ll be inside) courtesy of the Actors’ Community Theatre. If you like books with a bit of murder and suspense, the award-winning Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival might be the one this weekend – it comes to The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate with a series of talks and workshops by the world’s best-loved crime writers.

Friday promises horse racing at Pontefract Racecourse’s Flat Race Evening, as well as some T20 cricket action with Yorkshire Vikings up against the Birmingham Bears at Headingley Stadium. It will also be the first day of the three-day Leeds Championship Dog Show at Harewood House.

Saturday 22nd July 2017

The Dales Festival of Food and Drink

There are more festivals to feast on come Saturday. The mammoth Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival takes place at Funkirk Farm in Skipton this weekend, showcasing the finest food, drink and chefs from the Yorkshire Dales region, with more than 300 traders offering up the best Yorkshire produce. They’ve also got celebrity chef demonstrations from John Torode and James Martin with a bar from Timothy Taylor’s Brewery.

The North Leeds Food Festival is also taking place this weekend, returning to Roundhay Park with street food galore, The Soldier’s Ale House and loads for the kids to do. Meanwhile, the Moors National Park Centre is swinging open its doors for ParkFest 2017, their two-day summer art and music festival – this year it’s themed around ‘bringing people together’, so there’s everything from the Artisan Art Fair to a family fun day, street food festival and live music from Rupert Stroud and The Buffalo Skinners.

SetH Lakeman

There’s more music to enjoy across Yorkshire this weekend. 60s Fest comes to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway with live tribute bands, a 60s fashion show and car display, craft beer, real ale and street food at four stops on the railway line. Alternatively, make a beeline for Marsh Fest 2017 in Huddersfield for a day of music, artisan pies, pizzas and family entertainment or go to Stripes Farm for Whitby Rising Music Festival with Alistair Griffin, Beth McCarthy and The Raywells.

Yorkshire is home to a few gigs that are worth travelling for this Saturday night. Don’t miss iconic folk musician Seth Lakeman as he headlines in the unique surroundings of Selby Abbey, meanwhile, Grammy Award-winning folk-rock duo Indigo Girls play The Leadmill in Sheffield, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra perform at Ripon Cathedral.

Fireworks at Stockeld Park

If you’d rather a day of family-focussed fun as the summer break starts, there’s plenty to choose from. The Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield is home to Amazing Animals, Brodsworth Hall puts on Hands on History Garden Explorers, Tractor Ted Live promises a day of theatre and activities at Thornton Hall Country Park and the Fairy and Pixie Adventure comes to the Studfold Adventure Trail, near Harrogate.

Want more? Ripon Racecourse is home to the Flat Race Championship Day this weekend and it’s one of the biggest days in its calendar. Or you can head to Newby Hall and Gardens for the Fireworks Champions, as teams go head to head to see who can put on the most awe-inspiring show. Goole’s Yorkshire Waterways Museum has a double header – the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club Bi-Annual Show is back and you can also enjoy a selection of feature films and documentaries at The Floating Cinema.

Sunday 23rd July 2017

The Ashes Series 2009

Credit: Gareth Williams

Don’t fancy a lazy Sunday in the house? Good, because Yorkshire has loads to offer you. Sports fans can spend a day at the races with Redcar Racecourse’s Flat Race Family Day or enjoy an afternoon of T20 cricket as Yorkshire Vikings play Worcestershire Rapids at Headingley Stadium.

Alternatively, you can pick up some cool bits and bobs at the Unique Gift Fair, with a slew of Yorkshire artists and traders turning up to Elsecar Heritage Centre, just outside of Barnsley. Yorkshire Air Museum is going to be heaving for the Vintage Props Day – you’ll get to see a load of classic aircraft like the Eastchurch Kitten and the C47 Dakota, with an RAF Battle of Britain Flight Fly Past with Lancasters, Hurricanes and Spitfires. If you prefer classic threads, don’t miss the Vintage and Antique Fair at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

Jools Holland

Looking for fun with the family? Halifax’s Eureka! The National Children’s Museum is kicking off the summer holidays fun with the Big Summer Festival, a celebration of tech, science, performance and play. Or little wrestling fans can take a trip to Sheffield’s Queens Social Club for Elite British Wrestling’s Tramlines Special.

Finally, Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra are heading to Hull City Hall for a huge show with some very special guests – expect to see the likes of Gilson Lavis, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall and Rosie Holland join him on stage, as well as Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond.

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