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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

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 workshops and outdoor fun, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 17th May 2019


How will you start your weekend in Yorkshire? In Sheffield, you can dive into a delectable spread at the Cheese and Wine Evening at Sheffield Cheesemasters and even take a tour of the cheese factory. Or you can set off on the Poetry Ghost Walk with poet Mark Pajak, where you’ll see the city’s historic landmarks in a whole new way, complete with plenty of spooky poems. Prefer mythical feats? Don’t miss Game of Thrones Quiz at gaming cafe Random Encounter over in York.

Or you can kick off your weekend with a show. Catch the side-splitting play Cheshire Cats at The Library in Sheffield, where you’ll join a group of ladies tackle the London Moonwalk. Prefer Shakespeare? You can catch two of his most famous comedies – Much Ado About Nothing at York Royal Theatre or All’s Well That Ends Well at Friargate Theatre, also in York.

Al Murray

If you fancy a few laughs, multi-award-winning comedian Al Murray will take over Victoria Theatre in Halifax with his ‘Landlord of Hope and Glory’ tour. Elsewhere, An Evening with Mik Artisik’s Ego Trip will showcase an explosive musical medley at Shakespeares in Sheffield, while the hilarious Vicar of Dibley will come to life in a stage production based on the popular TV series at Brighouse Civic Hall.

If you want to start your weekend with a gig, Yorkshire has you spoilt for choice. You can see the iconic hit ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ played live by Wheatus at Foundry in Sheffield or catch iconic scousers The Icicle Works headline Holmfirth Picturedrome with their 80s neo-psychedelia tunes. Alternatively, check out seven-piece Stone Foundation and their blend of rock ’n’ roll with electrifying soul at Fibbers in York.

Duke Special

Meanwhile, Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist Ishmael will headline The Crescent in York with a fusion of jazz and electronica and Grammy-nominated Texan Hayes Carll will bring his country tunes to The Greystones in Sheffield. Or you can see hippy folk singer-songwriter Duke Special play Square Chapel in Halifax.

Alternatively, you can catch a top tribute at An Evening with Queen at The Principal in York, London rockers Chapter and Verse at The Parish in Huddersfield and 70s glam rock band Children of the State at The Leadmill in Sheffield. Prefer classical? Don’t miss ‘Serenade’ by Ensemble 360, part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, which will feature works by Brahms and Dvoáks at Crucible Theatre.

Saturday 19th May 2019

Comic con

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Yorkshire has loads of family-friendly fun this weekend. In Sheffield, you can head to Yorkshire Cosplay Convention 2019, which will bring together comics, games and films under one roof at FlyDSA Arena. Or you can check out Sheffield’s Craft and Flea at Sheffield Cathedral to seek out vintage gems. Want to get creative? Don’t miss Creative Recycling with Textile Art at Clements Hall in York for a full day of craft activities to give waste materials a new lease of life.

You can also catch a show this weekend. The Weather House is a family-friendly production filled with puppetry, songs and magic tricks performed by Stormy Walter and Sunny Dawn at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. Or you can head to Say Owt Slam #22 at The Basement with the acclaimed poet and playwright Inua Ellams for an evening of competitive rhyme and word battles in York.

Fancy a few laughs? The Noise Next Door will transform audience suggestions into a live sketch, right on the spot at Victoria Theatre in Halifax as Mark Watson brings ‘The Infinite Show’ to The Leadmill in Sheffield, where he’ll question why it’s so hard to understand other people. Elsewhere, you can catch former IT technicians Foxdog Studios draw on their hilarious tales for Regather Comedy Club at Regather in Sheffield.

You can catch loads of live music this weekend. If you love classical, don’t miss the York Guildhall Orchestra, who will be joined by trombonist Ian Bousfield at York Barbican to play pieces by Korngold and Pryor. Or head to Big Screen Little Screen at Square Chapel to see the Halifax Symphony Orchestra work through world-famous film scores like Star Wars and The Greatest Showman.

One Night of Queen

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Yorkshire also has plenty of gigs this weekend. You can see indie lads The Rosadocs at O2 Academy Sheffield and 1980s soul stars The Christians at Fibbers in York. Prefer a blend of folk, rock and pop? Be sure to catch Roger Davies and His Band at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. And for one night only, you can see Skutch Manos perform around a campfire at this outdoor event with Cafe #9.

You can see a cracking set of tributes too. First up is Sheffield Fake Festival 2019, which features music by Green Day, Oasis and The Rolling Stones or you can check out Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush at Foundry, dubbed one of the most authentic tributes, also in Sheffield. Alternatively, head to One Night of Queen with Stars in Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen at St George’s Hall in Bradford.

Sunday 19th May 2019

How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? You can introduce the kids to classical music at Wallace and Gromit’s Musical Marvels, which will screen the award-winning film The Wrong Trousers alongside an orchestra that will play the score live at Sheffield City Hall. But it doesn’t stop there, as you can also head to Gromit Model Making Workshops, also at Sheffield City Hall. Meanwhile, The West End Bhangra Musical will take to the stage at St George’s Hall in Bradford, for an all-singing, all-dancing production.

Yorkshire also has a great set of comedy shows to end the weekend. In Sheffield, Prophet Sharing will bring comedians Ashley Blaker and Imran Yung and their very different religions together for a hilarious show at The Leadmill, while poet Matt Abbott headlines his own politically charged show, ‘Two Little Ducks’, at Shakespeare’s.

Or you can end your weekend with a gig. Killing Eve is a new project that brings together former All About Eve bass player Andy Cousin with Skeletal Family’s lead singer, Annie Marie Hurts, who you can catch at Fibbers in York. Prefer 80s punk rock? Don’t miss Theatre of Hate at The Greystones in Sheffield. Alternatively, head to see Yorkshire’s own Amy May Ellis with support from David Ward Maclean and Kitty VR at The Crescent in York.

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