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What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

· Emma Cooke · Yorkshire

There are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend.

New York Brass Band

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 musicals 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.

It’s the Easter bank holiday weekend – click here to see out bumper guide to what’s on!

Friday 12th April 2019

Boris the Musical 2

Credit: Heather Isobel

You can get your weekend in Yorkshire off to a flyer with a night at the theatre. Boris the Musical 2: Brexit Harder! is a satirical comedy brought to you by Blowfish Theatre, the people behind Trump the Musical, and you can catch it at Theatre Deli in Sheffield. Or you can head to see Queers, a show that takes a look at the how attitudes towards the gay community have evolved over the last century at Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield.

Over in Halifax, Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip will showcase a mish-mash of comedy, performance and music at The Lantern. Prefer something completely different? Check out Dungeon Lates, which will host a range of shows in the historic York Dungeon – it’s adults-only, so expect even more outrageous jokes.

Yorkshire also has plenty of live music this weekend. Take That will bring their Greatest Hits tour to FlyDSA Arena in Sheffield, with help from the legendary Rick Astley in support. You can also catch the contemporary New York Brass Band at The Crescent in York and hip hop-infused rockers Klonk at Small Seeds in Huddersfield.

If you prefer acoustic tunes, don’t miss Rebel Folk with artists like Lucy Huzzard and Patrick Rose at Cellar Theatre or check out Holy Moly and the Crackers at The Greystones, both in Sheffield. Meanwhile Megson will headline Wadsworth Community Centre in Hebden Bridge with a modern twist on traditional folk.

New York Brass Band

Credit: Faye Hedges

Elsewhere, indie rockers Sheafs will launch their new single ‘Get Used To It’ at Shakespeare’s in Sheffield, Chuggaboom with fill The Parish with hardcore metal riffs in Huddersfield and The Rev Chunky Times will bring a fusion of gospel and blues to Tribeca, also in Huddersfield.

And if you want a late one this weekend, there’s plenty going on. In Sheffield, jazz-funk band Dr Fat Lip will take you through the night with support from Bad Crew for Funk Factory at Yellow Arch Studios and club night The Grooveyard will takeover another intimate city venue with DJ sets from names like Jackie Moonbather – this time it’s at Steel City Print. Meanwhile, Tropica will transform The Crescent into a paradise of tropical tunes over in York.

Saturday 13th April 2019


Why not check out a brand new exhibition this weekend? York Open Studios 2019 is one of York’s biggest annual arts festivals that will showcase over 140 artists’ work across 90 venues in the city, taking you from jewellery to prints. Want to create your own masterpiece? The Urban Sketching Workshop with John Harrison will see you sketch city scenes with guidance from a local artist at Calder Graphics, while Life Drawing, Nurture with Endless Love Creation will help you improve your observational drawing skills at Union Street in Sheffield.

You can also get stuck into Easter fun with the whole family. In York, Easter Planting and Egg Hunt at St Nick’s Nature Reserve will see the kids set off on an egg hunt and get stuck into eco-friendly crafts. Elsewhere in Huddersfield, you can create your own bejewelled egg at Easter Eggstravaganza 2019 at Globe Arts Studio.

Sound of Music

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Record Store Day at independent stores across Yorkshire. With hundreds of exclusive gems lined up, you can pore over the racks at Vinyl Eddie in York or seek one-off pieces at Vinyl Tap Records in Huddersfield, where you can also catch live music from ExP and The Sheratons. Or head to Showroom Cinema in Sheffield for their Record Store Day Special, which features a screening of the new Teddy Pendergrass documentary ‘If You Don’t Know Me’ followed by a DJ set of soul and r&b classics.

If you want a trip to the theatre this weekend, there’s plenty in store. In Huddersfield, you can catch All Hands on Deck – A Tale of Two Wrens at Lawrence Batley Theatre, a show that covers romance in the Royal Navy. Or join Maria and the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music at Grand Opera House York. Alternatively, check out The Trick, a heartwarming story about a widow who was married to a magician, complete with live magic tricks at York Royal Theatre.


Yorkshire has lots of live music this weekend. 80s group ABC will bring their ‘The Lexicon of Love’ tour to Sheffield City Hall, where they will play their chart-topping debut album in full with an orchestral accompaniment from Southbank Sinfonia. Prefer rock? UK Foo Fighters will celebrate 10 years on the tribute music scene at Holmfirth Picturedrome. Or make a beeline for Mecca Bingo in Huddersfield, who will host 90s icons 5ive with a throwback performance of their greatest hits.

Elsewhere, you can catch former Dr. Feelgood member Wilko Johnson at York Fibbers, indie-pop group Twenty Eight Club at The Plug in Sheffield and Essex brothers These New Puritans will bring their blend of post-punk and electro to The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.

Sunday 14th April 2019

Daliso Chaponda

How will you end your weekend in Yorkshire? From ‘Oliver’ to ‘Calamity Jane’, Back to Broadway will bring all your favourite musical songs under one roof at Sheffield City Hall. Or if you prefer a few laughs, don’t miss Hebden Bridge Comedy Club with Malawian comedian and Britain’s Got Talent finalist Daliso Chaponda, who isn’t afraid to draw political comparisons between the UK and the countries he grew up in.

Meanwhile, there’s loads of family-friendly fun for you to get stuck into this weekend. You can learn about the history of chocolate and discover facts about the factory workers with Easter Tours at York Chocolate Story. Or take a trip to the theatre to see the acclaimed David Wood OBE’s production of The Tiger Who Came to Tea at Rotherham Civic Theatre.

Alternatively, check out Circus Mini Stars, a workshop for kids at Greentop Community Circus Centre in Sheffield to try your hand at plate spinning, hula hooping and diablo riding. Want to improve your cooking skills? Head to the Parent and Child Class at Little Bites Cookery in York to learn how to make vegetable samosas and a tasty slaw.

If you want to end your weekend with a gig, there are plenty on offer. In York, alt-indie group HXDES will release their new EP with support from Palmist at The Fulford Arms. And over in Sheffield, one of Ireland’s most popular new artists Eleanor McEvoy will headline The Greystones. Prefer blues? HRH Blues Chapter V will bring names like Synsley Lister and Savoy Bown under one roof at O2 Academy Sheffield.

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