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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· James Tweddle · Culture

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Fireworks Champions

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 we’ve rounded up the best events taking place across the region. From horse racing to steam engine rallies and even a crime writing festival, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 20th July 2018

Pontefract Races

Want to kick-start your weekend with horse racing, local beer and live music? Get down to the Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival at Pontefract Races for a full card of evening races, a slew of beers from local breweries and music from world-famous tribute band The Bootleg Beatles. Prefer jazz? Don’t miss Tetes de Pois and legendary saxophonist Soweto Kinch, both performing at The Wardrobe in Leeds on Friday night as part of the JazzLeeds Festival. Fans of old-school dance and electronic music should make a beeline for Scarborough Open Air Theatre, as legendary DJ Pete Tong will be spinning Ibiza Classics well into the night.

For modern music, there’s no bigger event this weekend than the iconic Tramlines festival in Sheffield. Now in its 10th year, over 35,000 people are expected for 2018’s all-out spectacular – which sees Everything Everything and Milburn warm up the crowd in the early evening, before Stereophonics take to the stage as Friday night’s headliners.

If you fancy a film instead, don’t miss Alfred Hitchcock thriller The 39 Steps at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Alternatively, if you fancy a Friday night chuckle, Beverley Laughs is a new East Yorkshire comedy event that will bring together 31 comedians for ‘pay as you feel’ sets across the weekend. Friday night sees Alex Kealy, Paul Savage and Laurence Clark among the evening’s entertainment to get you rolling in the aisles.

Saturday 21st July 2018

Longing for a taste of culture this weekend? Catch the Chippendale 300 festival at Hull’s Burton Constable Hall, as they celebrate the 300th anniversary of England’s most famous furniture-maker, Thomas Chippendale, or head to North Yorkshire for the Leyburn 1940s Weekend – featuring vintage cars, military vehicles and big band music. If fashion is more your style, take a trip to York for A Personal Collection of Vivienne Westwood Shoes at the Castle Museum.

The Harrogate Crime Writing Festival at the Old Swan Hotel is now in its 15th year. With best-selling authors like Val McDermid, Lee Child, Joe Kanon and Simon Mayo, whodunnit fans should be in seventh heaven. Foodies should head to Bedale instead, for the Camp Hill Estate Sausage and Beer Festival. Yorkshire’s finest butchers will be fighting it out for a place in the Champion of Champions Sausage Competition, while you can enjoy plenty of street food stalls and live music. If you’re more in the mood for a slew of local produce, the Yorkshire Dales Food & Drink Festival is also on all weekend long at Funkirk Farm in Skipton, with appearances from celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo and even a vintage fun fair.

Round off your Saturday with a trip to Newby Hall near Ripon for their unmissable light show, Fireworks Champions. Started in 2002, three firework companies will compete to stage the most spectacular display. If you’d prefer vocal fireworks instead, classical crossover superstars Il Divo will be pulling out all the stops at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre, covering such hits as Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ and Toni Braxton’s ‘Un-break My Heart’.

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Seafest, Scarborough

What better way to spend your Sunday than by enjoying a day of world-famous art? Cezanne’s Card Players paintings will be on display at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull, while surrealism comes to The Hepworth in Wakefield in the form of Lee Miller’s Surrealism in Britain photography exhibition and Viviane Sassen’s Hot Mirror collection.

For anyone interested in maritime heritage, Scarborough is the place to be this weekend. It’s the 20th Seafest maritime festival, with over 40 stalls of local produce and a live cooking theatre, plus a beer and live music tent. Traditional history buffs can discover the industrial past of Skipton Castle Woods with their Guided Walk, or get hands-on with ancient artefacts at the Yorkshire Festival of Archeology at Burton Constable Hall in Hull.

There are a slew of events for the family on Sunday. Bradford is hosting its yearly Science Festival, with robotics and bionics events stretching from the National Science and Media Museum to The Broadway. For train fans, the 53rd Masham Steam Engine Rally will bring 45 full-sized steam engines to the Little Market Place, while little swashbucklers are sure to love the interactive Robin Hood Summer Adventure at Mother Shipton’s Cave in Knaresborough.

Cover image credit: Ian Hill Photographers