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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · 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 every week, we round up the best events taking place across the region. From St Patrick’s Day 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 15th March 2019


You can get your weekend in Yorkshire off to a flyer with a day of drama. The Netherlands National Circus is taking over Peel Park in Bradford, so you can head down with the whole family. Or if you want to immerse yourself in musical theatre, check out the All I Do is Dream of You Party, which will see you learn the Charleston, inspired by the sensational musical Singing in the Rain at Shakespeare’s in Sheffield.

If you want to inject a few laughs into your weekend, you can watch 1950s radio comedy classic Hancock’s Half Hour at the Grand Opera House in York. For a night of stand up, head to Comedy Night at Regency Hall in Bradford, which brings four comedians under one roof, with host Lewis Bryan. Or you can join the nation’s favourite Geordie TV chefs Si and Dave for An Evening with the Hairy Bikers with food and plenty of funny stories at Sheffield City Hall.

Wille and the Bandits

Credit: Ian Luxon

Want to start the weekend in Yorkshire with live music? Mancunian rock and roll five-piece Gorilla Riot take over The Greystones in Sheffield, Adam Glossier Quintet will blend South African beats with contemporary jazz at the Crookes Social Club and Wille & the Bandits will treat the crowds to a night of folk-rock and blues at O2 Academy Sheffield.

Elsewhere in Sheffield, you can enjoy a night of eclectic piano and soulful vocals from Ruth Theadore at Cafe #9 and if you love indie, don’t miss Skinny Living with support from James Gillespie at The Leadmill. You can join Benjamin Francis Leftwich to celebrate his third album release at Vinyl Café in York or head to see local lads Courtyards along with Mahatma Raindrops for a night of indie rock at The Parish in Huddersfield.


You can witness over 200 voices bring Sheffield Cathedral to life for Rock Choir LIVE in aid of Asthma UK. Prefer a classical performance? Head to the Chamber Music Concert with the Pelleas Ensemble at Bradford Cathedral to hear pieces from composers like Bach and Chopin.

Later on in the evening, Wolf Müller will showcase his tranquil beats at the intimate Café Totem in Sheffield while Bassmentality invites Kanine, Tsuki and Upgrade for a night of bassline at Fibbers in York. Or you can catch Berlin-based DJ Objekt headline Hope Works for a night of house and techno anthems in Sheffield.

Saturday 16th March 2019

You can watch a pair of intriguing films this weekend in Yorkshire. Song of Lahore tells the tale of Pakistani classical musicians who travel to the Big Apple as part of Salaam Pakistan Film Festival at National Media Museum in Bradford. Or catch Japanese drama When A Woman Ascends The Stairs, as part of A Brief Introduction to Japanese Cinema at City Screen York.

If you want to pick up local produce, don’t miss the recently opened Sunbridge Market at Sunbridge Wells in Bradford or you can make a beeline for the Vintage Clothing Sale at Spark:York CIC to find some old-school gems. Alternatively, indulge in food, drink and ceilidh music at St Patrick’s Weekend Festival 2019 which takes over St Sampson’s Square in York.

Northern Ballet Victoria Behind the Scenes

Credit: Justin Slee

Why not check out a show this weekend? You can witness the life of Queen Victoria come alive through dance, as Northern Ballet’s production Victoria takes to the stage at Leeds Grand Theatre or watch Russian-born pianist Yevgeny Sudbin play works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven in a spectacular performance at Studio Theatre in Sheffield. For a different kind of night out, round up up your mates and head to St George’s Hall because the The Dream Boys are coming to town.

There’s plenty of live music in Yorkshire this weekend. You can watch alt-indie four-piece Edited People and energetic indie rockers Keyframe at the Violet Gang Sheffield Showcase at O2 Academy Sheffield, Mancunian metal group Skies Turn Black at The Parish in Huddersfield and legendary 1980s rockers Mike and the Mechanics at Sheffield City Hall.

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For hits like ‘Shine’ and ‘Rule the World’, don’t miss tribute Re-Take at the Take That Greatest Hits Singalong at Grand Opera House in York. Or you can see Americans Mile Twelve play through their catalogue of contemporary acoustic music at The Greystones in Sheffield.

Later in the evening, Seventeen Rabbits will DJ at Café Totem for Nightowls in Sheffield with a set that ranges from Blondie to Hot Chip, as Igloo takes over Fibbers for a night of indie and 80s in York. Prefer electronic music? You can indulge in a booming mix of bass and house as Holy Goof mans the decks at Tank in Sheffield.

Sunday 17th March 2019

How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? The Bradford 10k Run 2019 will kick off at City Park, so if you’re not taking part, you can cheer on the runners along the route. Prefer to try a brand new fitness method? Check out Introduction to Aerial YOGA with Paddy Gallagher at Heather Yoga in Saltaire, where you can swing from hammocks that hang from the ceiling, all in the name of finding your zen.

Fancy a film? Oscar-winning Japanese animation Spirited Away from Studio Ghibli and Korean thriller Oldboy will be shown as part of the Reel Steel Cult Weekender Film Festival at Abbey Dale Picture House in Sheffield. Or you can catch 1950s Western classic Shane at City Screen York’s Vintage Sundays Classic Westerns.

Frankie Heart

Credit: Richard Foster

If you want to end your weekend in Yorkshire with a trip to the theatre, there’s plenty on offer. You can take the kids to see Milkshake Live, which will bring all their TV favourites under one roof at St George’s Hall in Bradford or you can catch the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at City Screen York. To see a ballroom rendition of the world’s most popular musicals, from Phantom of the Opera to Wicked, don’t miss Anton & Erin: Dance Those Magic Musicals at Sheffield City Hall.

Yorkshire has a great selection of gigs to end your weekend with. You can groove to all the soul classics at Frankie Heart Northern Soul & Motown Night with a live performance and DJ set at the Upper George in Bradford or head to the Hallam Union in Sheffield to see folk singer Martin McCarthy. Berlin post-punk rockers Pink Turns Blue head to The Fulford Arms York or you can check out U2 tribute U2-Opia at Fibbers in York for some iconic rock classics.

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