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 17th November 2017
Why not get your weekend started with a bit of food and drink? Hull Minster hosts the 39th CAMRA Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival with over 130 different cask ales, real cider and bottled beer as well as live entertainment across the weekend. Over on Fargate, the Sheffield Christmas Market is back with over 50 stalls to shop at and the renowned Sleigh Bar to pick up a beer, mulled wine and German sausages. There’s a festive addition to Leeds too, as the Viking-inspired Thor’s Tipi Bar returns with mulled wine, real ale and barbecue goodness from The Mussel Pot.
If you’re looking for a bit of evening entertainment, there’s a trio of must-see shows across the region. You’ve got a new interpretation of My Fair Lady at The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield, a raucous production of The Little Shop of Horrors at The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley and a Yorkshire classic in Rita, Sue and Bob Too at York Theatre Royal. Prefer a bit of comedy? Don’t miss telly favourite Jon Richardson at York’s Barbican Theatre on his ‘The Old Man’ tour.
There’s also an array of quality gigs on offer. Indie legends Shed Seven headline the first of two nights at Fibbers in York, Welsh comedy hip-hop favourites Goldie Lookin’ Chain are still going strong at the Diamond Live Lounge in Doncaster and Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro play Hull City Hall. If you fancy reliving the 80s, legendary Liverpool group China Crisis are at The Keys in Huddersfield and the Tour of Synthetic Delights brings synth-pop icons Heaven 17 to The Welly in Hull with Blancmange in support. There’s also a huge show at First Direct Arena with Royal Blood joined by At The Drive-In and Black Honey.
Saturday 18th November 2017
This weekend, Yorkshire is getting right into the spirit of Christmas and four top landmarks are being taken over with festive fever for the next 6 weeks. You can experience an Edwardian Christmas at Treasurer’s House in York or a Victorian Christmas at Bradford Industrial Museum. There’s a Country House Christmas at Burton Constable Hall or you can see the stunning Castle Howard at Christmas, as the stately home comes alive. At each of them, you can eat Christmas food, meet Father Christmas and take part in fun Yuletide-themed activities.
Elsewhere, this weekend marks the start of the Yorkshire Winter Wonderland at the Ice Factor at York Designer Outlet – skate around the North’s biggest skating rink, go for a mulled wine at the aprés-ski chalet and enjoy the traditional food at PapaKitchen. From the same organisers, Christmas at York Museum Gardens is a brand new event for 2017, an after-dark experience filled with light installations, special effects and music.
You have the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping with a slew of fairs taking place across the region. Pick up locally made gems at the St Nicholas Made in Yorkshire Festive Fair on Parliament Street in York, discover the best local designers at the Christmas Craft Fair at the North York Moors National Park and help raise money for the RSPCA at the Sheffield Animal Centre Christmas Fair. You can also buy original art at the Hebden Bridge Christmas ARTfair at the Waterfront Hall, give back to the NSPCC at the Duncombe Hall Christmas Fair and find some great presents at the Shibden Hall Christmas Craft Fair.
That’s not all – York’s Barley Hall Festive Market returns this weekend, with all manner of gifts, crafts and local produce, as well as the Christmastide Tavern where you can take a break from shopping over a stein of beer or mug of mulled wine. The Harrogate Christmas Market on St Mary’s Walk kicks off too, with over 200 stalls, a craft and gift marquee, Santa’s grotto and a beer tent, or you can head to the start of Mytholmroyd Christmas Market in St Michael’s Square – Saturday will also see them turn their Christmas lights on, which is a great day out for the whole family.
Speaking of which, The Great Yorkshire Teddy Bear Event takes over the Sheffield Hilton, with over 50 exhibitors selling antique teddy bears and collectables –it’s a great place to pick up a special present. Also in the Steel City, The Great Sheffield Art Show comes to Millennium Gallery for just three days and it’s the best place to find original, affordable art, or you can head to Harrogate for the North of England Woodworking and Power Tool Show at the Yorkshire Event Centre.
You can enjoy a day of inspiring talks, debates and workshops at Kala Sangam in Bradford for the Women of the World Festival, which celebrates the achievements of females across the world and tackles issues that are stopping women from reaching their full potential.
One of the weekend’s most fascinating events takes place at the Doncaster Dome in An Evening with Paul Gascoigne – the footballing legend will talk through his incredible career, full of highs and lows, as well as the well-publicised difficulties in his personal life. Stand-up fans can enjoy the hilarious anecdotes of Canadian stand-up Tom Stade at The King’s Hall in Ilkley or if you like a bit of dance, the 2017 Yorkshire Schools Dance Festival comes to Central Hall in York.
You could spend Saturday at one of the region’s gig venues – ‘Back to Bedlam’ singer James Blunt headlines First Direct Arena in Leeds, Newcastle rockers The Quireboys come to Arden Road Social Club in Halifax and post punk legends The Blockheads play The Picturedrome in Holmfirth. There’s also the Almondbury Jazz Festival which brings some of the UK’s finest musicians together across Huddersfield or you can see 80s icons Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark at York Barbican.
Sunday 19th November 2017
Why not spend Sunday entertaining the little ones? There’s the Yorkshire Dolls House and Miniatures Fair at York Racecourse with an array of amazing toys, both new and old. Over at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena, there are two chances to see the latest Disney on Ice show or you can visit Square Chapel in Halifax for an afternoon performance of The Ugly Duckling from Sealegs Puppet Theatre. If you fancy getting in the festive spirit, there’s also the Christmas Illuminations Switch On in Sheffield city centre, with pantomime performances, carolling and street entertainment.
There’s plenty of grown-up goings on too, starting with the Combat Challenge MMA 20 show at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford, an afternoon of some of the most promising mixed martial artists in the UK. The University of Hull kicks off its two weekend French Film Festival with screenings of Aurore and Abrahadabra, or you can dabble in a bit of stand-up comedy – Milton Jones brings his ‘Out There’ tour to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax and Omid Djalili performs his ‘Schmuck for a Night’ show at Rotherham Civic Theatre.
Or how about ending the weekend with live music? There’s a trio of options – 80s New Wave icon Hazel O’Connor plays hit singles like ‘Eighth Day’, ‘D-Days’ and ‘Will You’ at The Foundry in Sheffield, Irish rockabilly throwback Imelda May shows off her new album ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ at Hull City Hall and Las Vegas indie kings The Killers run through their latest album ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ at First Direct Arena in Leeds.