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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· James Tweddle · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Motown The Musical

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 theatre shows to live music and Christmas markets, there’s always something going on and we’re here to make sure you won’t miss out.

Friday 16th November 2018

Why not start your weekend with a night of live music? Fibbers in York will be playing host to British alt-rockers Reef, or you can see everyone’s favourite 80s icon Rick Astley at Leeds’ First Direct Arena. Elsewhere, Dashboard Confessional will be bringing their upbeat brand of American rock to The Stage at Leeds Beckett University, while Wishbone Ave celebrate 49 years on the road with a thunderous gig at Holmfirth Picturehouse. If you’re after something more relaxed, head to Brudenell Social Club for Seth Lakeman’s melodic folk music, or hear all the boogie-woogie you could ever want at the Hull Jazz Festival.

Theatre lovers are spoilt for choice too. Take the little ones to Dream Big, the latest production from Disney on Ice at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena, with all their favourite characters from Moana, Frozen and Tangled. Alternatively, head to York’s Grand Opera House for the all-singing, all-dancing musical Cats, or the Grand Theatre in Leeds for a night of harmony with Motown the Musical. There’s even more toe-tapping tunes at the Royal Hall in Harrogate with You Win Again, a celebration of the Bee Gees’ music, or chuckles galore with sports comedy Darts Wives at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough. Haven’t had your fill of comedy? You can also catch Jason Manford’s stand-up at Middlesborough Town Hall.

Saturday 17th November 2018

York Dungeons, Amazing Half Term Activities in Yorkshire

There are loads of activities to keep the family entertained in Yorkshire on Saturday. If you’re feeling peckish, embark on Harrogate’s Food Tour, packed with delicious local grub, or try everything from homemade soup to fresh pastries at Knaresborough Farmers Market. If you want to get out and about, take the little ones to Ingleton for a magical treasure hunt with the Golden Snitch Trail, or learn the history of Guy Fawkes in a spooky way with York Dungeon’s new Month of Torture. Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed morning wander at Ripon’s Fountains Abbey with their Winter Bird Walk.

Need more live music? Indie rockers The Courteeners are playing First Direct Arena in Leeds, while Cottingham Civic Hall is the place to be for a dose of nostalgia. Their 90s Pop Party brings together 5ive and S Club for all their greatest hits, or relive the 80s with pop-rockers China Crisis at Sheffield Hallam’s The Hubs. Elsewhere, singer-songwriter John Otway brings his Little Big Band to The Greystones in Sheffield, punk frontman Hugh Cornwell goes solo with a gig at Fibbers in York, and soul & reggae Londoner Natty brings his laid-back sound to The Parish in Huddersfield.

If you’re after a dose of culture this weekend, Yorkshire has you covered. The Hull New Theatre is getting Christmassy with a performance of Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker, while the Leeds Festival Chorus, City of Glasgow Chorus & Cantabile Choir join forces with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Leeds Town Hall to perform Britten’s War Requiem. There’s more orchestral offerings on Saturday too, as Elsecar Heritage Centre brings together the region’s best brass bands for Bandfest 2018. Meanwhile, literature lovers can sink their teeth into the annual Todmorden Book Festival, or experience punk poet John Cooper Clark at O2 Academy Leeds. Want to go all out? Be whisked back to Georgian times for dancing and drinks at the luxurious Regency Ball in Barnsley’s Cannon Hall.

Sunday 18th November 2018

Christmas at The PIece Hall

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Feeling festive? You will be after Sunday, with a heap of Christmas markets popping up across Yorkshire. There’s cheese, chutneys and real reindeer at the Harrogate Christmas Market, or take a trip to the German sausage grill and ever-popular Sleigh Bar at the Sheffield Christmas Market. Elsewhere, Leeds’ Christkindelmarkt has 40 stalls packed with goodies, while York is bringing the cheer with A Magical, Medieval Christmas Rediscovered at Barley Hall, the arts and crafts St Nicholas Fair or their Father Christmas Experience at the York Castle Museum. Whitby are also getting in on the act with their Christmas Festival all weekend long, while Christmas at the Piece Hall sees the return of their Spiegeltent, giant decorated tree and twinkling Nordic Tipi.

Need more? There’s a shed-load of local food and drink at Wetherby Farmers Market, from chilli sauces to vegan desserts, or treat your ears to the dulcet tones of British singer and songwriter Nerina Pallot at Leeds University Union’s Pulse. Got some DIY planned for the weekend? Make sure you’re fully equipped at the North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show in Harrogate’s Great Yorkshire Showground, or hear The Great War Trilogy Lectures from historian Paul Reed at Experience Barnsley Museum.

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Cover image credit: Tristram Kenton