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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 comedy shows to family-friendly days out, art exhibitions and outdoor fun, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 19th July 2019

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Credit: Michael Jean

How will you start your weekend in Yorkshire? You can rack your brains at the Stranger Things Quiz which will take over Random Encounter gaming cafe in York. Prefer to sit back and watch without being quizzed? Make a beeline for a screening of Apollo 11, a documentary with exclusive footage of the 1969 moon landing at Curzon Sheffield, or head to an open-air screening of Bohemian Rhapsody at The Principal in York.

If you’re after a Friday night tipple, don’t miss the Beer and Gin Festival at Square Chapel in Halifax, where you can sip everything from traditional cask ales to premium gins. Elsewhere, you can check out Arts Barge & Manuche Festival, a two-day shindig with workshops and performances from the best regional jazz musicians at Arts Barge in York.

Why not take the kids to the theatre this weekend? You can see West End’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea, a musical adaption of Judith Kerr’s charming children’s book at Victoria Theatre in Halifax. Or check out Kōtuku and Moon Child, a charming story filled with puppetry and a stunning piano soundtrack at The Teapot in York.

If you want to inject a few laughs into your weekend, Yorkshire has plenty going on. The Great Yorkshire Fringe will span various venues across York with shows by Darren Harriott at The Basement as well as NOTFLIX: The Improvised Musical at The Tea Pot. Over in Sheffield, you can see a quality set of acts as Manford’s Comedy Club takes over Hippodrome Theatre in Todmorden, headlined by the charming yet menacing Roger Monkhouse.

Yorkshire has loads of gigs this weekend. The hotly anticipated Tramlines will takeover Hillsborough Park with favourites like Two Door Cinema Club, Courteeners and Chic ft. Nile Rodgers in Sheffield. Meanwhile, the rest of the Steel City will host Tramlines Fringe 2019, which will showcase yet more acts at various venues across Sheffield, from Chaos In The CBD at Bungalows and Bears to Desperate Journalist at Sheffield City Hall.

Over in Huddersfield, you can catch Leeds band Eye to Eye at The Parish and a latin-inspired show by Monster Joe at Small Seeds. And in York, The Alex Hitchcock Quintet will take over Arts Barge as the main act at Arts Barge & Manuche Festival and locals Honours will play the Stone Roses Bar.

Saturday 20th July 2019

The Piece Hall

Credit: Paul White

If you want to pick up one-off vinyl records, don’t miss Halifax Record Fair, which will bring like-minded music lovers under one roof at Halifax Borough Market. Alternatively, you can learn new moves at Free Basics Salsa Class with the Calderdale Social Dancers at The Piece Hall, also in Halifax.

Fancy delving into something spooky? Ghost Hunt will take place from the evening right through to the early hours at Todmorden Unitarian Church. If zombies are more your thing, check out Zombie Experience, which will see you tackle an escape room in a spine-chilling set-up filled with actors at York Dungeon. Or if you’re into gaming, the Monthly Smash Bros at Random Encounters will be right up your street.

The Haunting of Blaine

Elsewhere, you can nail your drawing skills at Perspective of Arches, a drawing workshop that will see you sketching the historic All Souls Haley Hill Church in Halifax. Got little ones to entertain? The Big Summer Festival at Eureka kicks off this weekend, where you can watch crazy science shows and get stuck into outdoor activities.

Why not catch a show this weekend in Yorkshire? If you love horror, don’t miss The Haunting of Blaine Manor at Batley Town Hall, which follows parapsychologist Doctor Roy Earle, who is seeking to disprove any signs of supernatural activity – but what will he find when he steps inside? If you prefer a few laughs, check out ‘God Is a Woman’, the latest show by Luisa Omielan, recently voted BAFTA Breakthrough Comedian 2019 at The Underground in Bradford.

Gilles Peterson

Yorkshire has a great selection of gigs. You can see the all-female punk rockers Maid of Alice at The Fulford Arms in York, psych metal locals Bravado Cartel at The Parish in Huddersfield and outlandish rock and rollers Sp*nk Volcano & The Eruptions at The Lantern in Halifax. Prefer chilled folk ballads? Don’t miss Tim Eriksen, who will play The Greystones armed with a banjo and a fiddle in Sheffield.

Later in the evening, you can check out yet more Tramlines events across Sheffield. DJ Gilles Peterson will be invited behind the decks to spin a blend of hip-hop, world music and jazz at Peddlar while the reggae-themed day and night festival Dub Lines takes over Yellow Arch Studios. Alternatively, you can see the likes of Shy FX, Stamina MC and Randall at The Tuesday Club at The Foundry.

Sunday 21st July 2019

How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? You can take the kids to Messy Play Central – Dinosaur Detectives, where they can meet jellysaurus and spaghetti raptor followed by fossil hunting activities at Theatre Deli in Sheffield. Or you can bring a picnic and meet Wallace and Gromit at Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust’s Community Fun Day, which takes place at Homestead Park.

Want to catch a show? Shakespeare’s timeless love story Romeo and Juliet will be performed at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. If you’d prefer to inject a few laughs into your weekend, don’t miss adult puppet show Fred’s Microbrewery at The Teapot and Gyles Brandreth’s ‘Break A Leg’ tour at The White Rose Rotunda, both part of The Great Yorkshire Fringe in York.

You can end your weekend in Yorkshire with a gig. Pop sensation Jess Glynne will play Scarborough Open Air Arena, where you can enjoy massive hits like ‘Hold My Hand’. Prefer intimate acoustic sets? The Shabbycats will takeover The Grove in Huddersfield with classic 1960s covers and Ian Vareham will play a mix of covers and original songs at the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe in Halifax. Elsewhere you can settle in for a night of blues by The Amelia Carter Band at The Milestone in Sheffield as duo A Different Thread play a blend of folk and rock at The Winning Post in York.

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