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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

Kinky Boots

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 21st June 2019


How will you start your weekend in Yorkshire? You can try your hand at pottery while you sip glasses of wine at the Ladies Pottery Night at The Creative Studio York. Meanwhile, gaming enthusiasts can head to Monthly Smash Bros Tournament at gaming cafe Random Encounter, also in York – will you choose Yoshi or Kirby as your warrior?

If you fancy a trip to the theatre, Yorkshire has plenty. The award-winning Freeman is a play that brings racism and mental health to the forefront at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, while Home is Not the Place is a solo performance by writer Annie George, who compares her own experiences as an Indian migrant to those of her grandfather at Theatre Deli in Sheffield.

Alternatively, take the whole family to see Peter Pan the Musical, an all-singing, all-dancing take on the beloved children’s story at Joseph Rowntree Theatre or check out Yellow is The Colour of Sunshine, a charming production about best friends Hani and Yoshi at York Theatre Royal.

Fancy a few laughs? The Hound of the Baskervilles will see an all-female cast bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective to life as a comedic spoof at Todmorden Hippodrome. If you prefer stand-up, don’t miss the award winning Patrick Monahan headline Lawrence Batley Theatre with his new show ‘#Goals’ in Huddersfield.

Annie George

Yorkshire also has plenty of gigs this weekend. Birkenhead favourites Half Man Half Biscuit will takeover Holmfirth Picturedrome with their 80s punk-rock and Barnsley rockers System of Hate will play The Parish in Huddersfield. Elsewhere, Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds will see the poet’s work come alive with a fusion of dub and reggae.

Prefer blues? Check out Dirty Cello who will dabble in bluegrass at The Greystones in Sheffield. Meanwhile, the genre-hopping Rachael Jean Harris will play at FortyFive Vinyl Café in York, punk talents Naguals launch their latest single at Delicious Clam Records in Sheffield and NIDIA will showcase her collection of Afrobeats at DINA, also in Sheffield.

Saturday 22nd June 2019

Credit: Helen Maybanks

What else will you get up to this weekend? You can make your own tasty bar snacks, from scotch eggs to sausage rolls, at Cookery School: Craft Beer and Bar Bites with Craft & Dough at The Milestone in Sheffield. Or you can enjoy a medley of street food and live music at Migration Matters Festival Closing Party, which will celebrate the end of Refugee Week at Theatre Deli in Sheffield. Alternatively, you can head to the adult-only Dungeon Lates in York to catch an outrageous show filled with gory jokes late after hours.

You can also take a trip to the theatre. The glitzy West End production Kinky Boots, filled with songs by the iconic Cyndi Lauper, will take to the stage at Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield. Or you can catch Daylight Come at Sheffield Library Theatre, a play dedicated to the Windrush Generation.


You can inject a few laughs into your weekend with a comedy show. The Big Amazing Edinburgh Comedy Fest will give you a glimpse into this year’s Edinburgh Fringe with names like Annie McGrath and Luke McQueen at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. Elsewhere, you can see four top comedians from all over the country at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club at The Basement in York.

Yorkshire has loads of live music on Saturday night. You can catch Ezra Collective and their electro-jazz blend at Bear Tree Records in Sheffield, theatrical pop-rockers Bad Pollyana at The Crescent in York and Bob Dylan tribute Simply Dylan, who will cover his works from the 1970s onwards at The Greystones in Sheffield.

Prefer old school rock? Don’t miss Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel in a nostalgic gig that covers classics by the 1970s band, from ‘Make Me Smile’ to ‘Mr Soft’, at Holmfirth Picturedrome. Or you can see Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush, dubbed one of the most jaw-dropping tributes to the singing sensation, at Fibbers in York.

Over in Halifax, Routes Festival 2019 will bring up and coming musicians under one roof at Square Chapel in Halifax. Or if you like electronic remixes, make a beeline for Wulfgang Flur’s Musik Soldat, part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival at The Trades Club. Into classical music? Livethorpe Colliery Band, who have featured in the Eurovision Song Contest, will takeover St George’s Hall in Bradford.

Sunday 23rd June 2019


How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? You can nail your observational and clay moulding skills at Sculpting the Human Head at The Creative Studio York. Or you can check out a live screening of the theatre production The Feeling of Going, which will feature a post-film Q&A with director and choreographer Ben Wright as part of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, at Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Alternatively, you can catch a show in the flesh. Dancing Through the Decades will see the dancers from Georgie School of Theatre Arts take inspiration from various points in history at Lawrence Batley Theatre in York, while family favourite The Wind in the Willows takes to the stage at The Montgomery, featuring Mole, Rat and Mr Toad in Sheffield.

Why not end your weekend in Yorkshire with a gig? Former Sundara Karma support Phoebe Green will play an intimate gig at Huddersfield Library, Texan country rocker Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts will take over The Lantern in Halifax and Argentina folk duo CheChelos will treat the crowds at The Crescent in York. Prefer classical? Check out Midsummer Moods at Joseph Rowntree Theatre, who will put a classical take on everything from folk songs to film scores in York.

Cover image credit: Helen Maybanks

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