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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Joseph Sheerin · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Benidorm Live

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 25th January 2019


Credit: Anthony Robling

Why not start your weekend in Yorkshire with a trip to the theatre? There are loads of great shows to see across the region – you can catch a local favourite as Kes returns to the Leeds Playhouse stage for the first time since 2016 or check out a modern Yorkshire production as Bouncers comes to Wakefield Theatre Royal. West End favourite Vampires Rock! continues at the Grand Opera House in York starring X Factor winner Sam Bailey, Made in Dagenham takes over the Alhambra stage in Bradford and Benidorm Live! headlines The Lyceum in Sheffield.

If you’d rather a Friday night full of food and drink, you can celebrate Burns Night in loads of venues across the region. We’ve rounded up the best in Leeds, but that only scratches the surface – you can tuck into haggis, neeps and tatties washed down with a wee dram of whiskey at places like Tapton Hall in Sheffield, Trafalgar Bay in York, Goldsborough Hall in Harrogate and Rockclife Hall in Darlington.

The 1975

You can head out for a few laughs in Yorkshire too. Dave Gorman brings his new show, ‘With Great Powerpoint Comes Great Responsibilitypoint’ at York Barbican, as Justin Moorhouse performs his ‘Northern Joker’ set at The Basement in York and Sam Avery tackles fatherhood in ‘The Learner Parent’ at City Varieties in Leeds. For a night of art, head to The Piece Hall in Halifax – the Sculpture Season Launch will see them reveal The Blanket by David Murphy in the courtyard followed by live music, food and drink.

If you want a gig to kick your weekend off, you’re spoilt for choice. Exiled Malian blues rockers Songhoy Blues show off albums ‘Music in Exile’ and ‘Résistance’ at the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds, while indie popsters The 1975 prove why they’re one of Britain’s biggest bands of the moment at the Fly DSA Arena in Sheffield. Local lads Shed Seven play an acoustic hometown show at Fibbers in York, while across town singer-songwriter Scott Matthews plays the National Centre for Early Music.

Saturday 26th January 2019

The Magic Flute, Opera North, Leeds Grand Theatre

Credit: Alastair Muir

If you need plans for Saturday, look no further – there are loads of events across Yorkshire. Take a trip to the theatre, where you can enjoy a night of West End hits from Ramin Karimloo in his ‘From Now On’ show at City Varieties in Leeds or head to Leeds Grand Theatre to see Opera North’s latest work. They’ve put their own take on Mozart’s The Magic Flute – expect the lines between good and evil to be blurred as Tamino tries to save the kidnapped princess. Fancy a night of comedy? Manchester comic Jason Manford brings his ‘Muddle Class’ show to the Alhambra in Bradford.

You can also take the kids to see a pantomime. The Grand Old Dame of York continues at the York Theatre Royal, Aladdin runs at the Victoria Hall in Keighley and Hercules takes over Central Hall in York. Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs carries on its run at City Varieties in Leeds and Step in Time heads to the YMCA Theatre in Scarborough. For something a bit different, Mimika Theatre are performing Small Worlds, a piece of visual theatre inside a magical canvas dome, at The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

The Tetley Art Workshops

There’s more family-friendly fun across Yorkshire on Saturday. The Big Garden Birdwatch Family Day comes to the Seabird Centre at Bempton Cliffs, the latest Family Art Workshop looks at Secret Identities at The Tetley in Leeds and you can meet the cast of Paw Patrol at The Broadway in Bradford. You can introduce them to the world of stand-up as the Kids Comedy Club comes to The Hyena Lounge in Harrogate with Dan the Man, Jonny Awsum and Lee Kyle, or you can enjoy an afternoon with Stan and Mabel who take on the race for space at The Crucible in Sheffield.

Foodies can head to Bread and Roses in Harrogate for Sonia Sandhu’s Indian Street Food Kitchen Takeover. Or if you fancy picking up a few new bits, visit the Harrogate Fine Art and Antiques Fair at Pavilions, the Saltaire Vintage Home and Fashion Fair at the Victoria Hall or the Hull Record Fair at Hull Minster. There are two Simply Ghost Nights Hunts to choose from on Saturday, at Ripon Workhouse or Warmsworth Hall in Doncaster, or you can enjoy an afternoon of sport. The Sky Bet Chase takes over Doncaster Racecourse, while Halifax Town take on Salford City at The Shay, York City take on Chorley at Bootham Crescent and Doncaster Rovers take on Oldham at The Keepmoat Stadium.

There are some great gigs to check out on Saturday night. Liverpudlian indie kids The Wombats headline First Direct Arena in Leeds as former Ace lead singer Paul Carrack makes his way to York Barbican. There’s a trio of top tribute acts to check out too – Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael takes over the Victoria Theatre in Halifax, The Roy Orbison Story comes to Dewsbury Town Hall and Bootleg Blondie play The Welly in Hull, with original drummer Clem Burke.

Sunday 27th January 2019


What’s on to end the weekend in Yorkshire? You can spend a few hours with the Moscow City Ballet as they perform Swan Lake at York Barbican, or take the kids to yet another panto as Dick Whittington and His Cat comes to the Victoria Theatre in Halifax. Mimika Theatre are taking Small Worlds down the road to Square Chapel in Halifax on Sunday afternoon, or you can head to York Theatre Royal for their 275th Anniversary Season Launch where you can enjoy talks about upcoming shows and a few exclusive performances.

TV buffs might like to enjoy a lazy afternoon in front of a big screen showing the complete Black Mirror Season 4 at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds. If you want a day out with the family, the Calder Valley Brick Show is the largest Lego exhibition in the region or you can enjoy a pre-season rugby league game as Featherstone Rovers welcome Leeds Rhinos to the LD Nutrition Stadium.

Frank Turner at Santiagos, Leeds

Sunday is also the national Holocaust Memorial Day and there are loads of events to remember those lost around Yorkshire. There are services at Leeds Town Hall and Bradford Cathedral, as well as film screenings like My Nazi Legacy: What Our Fathers Did at Showroom Cinema in Sheffield and Schindler’s List at City Screen York.

If you’re a music fan, A Brewery Full of Vinyl is a new record fair at Salt Beer Factory in Saltaire, while the evening sees Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls bring their massive UK tour to First Direct Arena with Jimmy Eat World and Grace Petrie as The Howl and The Hum show why they’re ones to watch in 2019 at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.

Cover image credit Paul Coltas

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