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Farmer Copley’s renowned Pumpkin Festival is back this October, with the chance to get your hands on a giant pumpkin from their patch, sample their whackily-themed food, and ride the Pumpkin Express. While it may be aimed at the children, it’s probable that this event will bring out many a competitive side amongst the adults too. Try your hand at carving your own pumpkin, or get your teeth stuck into a toffee apple.
Good luck surviving the Halloween escape rooms this October, where the challenge isn’t actually escaping the demons, but just surviving to see the light of day. Running between 19th and 20th October, and again between 26th and 31st October, you’ll experience sinister tricks, terrifying scares and extra-tortuous escape rooms as you try and break out of this horribly haunted space. This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Halloween at North Yorkshire’s Forbidden Corner is always a treat rather than a trick. Taking place this year between the 24th October and the 1st November, there’ll be Halloween quizzes and the chance to win prizes if you find the lost bones throughout the garden. Full of strange and curious things, the week culminates with a competition for the best and spookiest costumes.
Arguably the most important date of Germany's cultural calendar, the world-famous Oktoberfest heads to York for the first time this year with a huge weekend of traditional Bavarian entertainment in the offing – including a showcase some of the most authentic Oompah bands from around the world, plus a large selection of traditional German foods (and not forgetting those all-important steins).
Leeds have made a flying start to the season this year and are in cruise control at the top of the Championship table. A home fixture against Forest looks set to keep their winning streak going, although what the Reds are lacking in the league they’re certainly making up for in their cup campaign. Not a forgone conclusion by any means.
The greatest show on earth is about to get even bigger and better – igniting the skies over Sledmere House as the estate’s fourth annual Musical Fireworks Spectacular get a reboot: circus-style. This family-friendly evening of incredible entertainment will include have-a-go circus skills, a funfair and refreshments, all culminating in a truly sensational fireworks display set to music. Sure to be a cracker.
Steam and scream your way through the Yorkshire Moors with this unique Halloween experience. There really is no better place to recount spooky ghost stories than on an eerie, Halloween-themed train carriage moving through the dark and secluded Yorkshire Moors. Keeping the kids out of mischief will be easy as they join in with songs, interactive tale-telling and activities found in their Halloween goody bags – all while dressed in the scariest Halloween attire (that includes you too).
The world's first films were made in Leeds in 1888 by Louis le Prince and today the city remains a leading centre for film culture. With a plethora of submissions from 116 different countries, this year’s International Film Festival promises only the best; there’s nine different short film awards up for grabs, four of which serve as qualifiers for either Academy Award or BAFTA consideration. So make sure you stock up on popcorn.
Following the success of the first two tours of Bikeology, journalist, television presenter and best-selling author Ned Boulting is back in the saddle for his new stage offering, Tour de Ned – built with wobbly precision on the edifice of the greatest bike race on earth. We promise it will be wheel-y good.
It’s the first all-Sheffield derby of the new Championship season and it promises nothing but fireworks, with both teams enjoying an impressive start to their 2018/2019 campaign so far. United are edging it in the standings, but can the Owls cause an upset?
You better get your skates on to get tickets for this show-stopping spectacular, as it will surely be popular with Disney fans of all ages. This latest instalment of Disney’s On Ice series promises bravery and breakthroughs, as courage surely leads the way – with the fearless Moana and (the greatest demigod that ever lived) Maui taking to the icy stage for the very first time.
You might think The Piece Hall was made for Christmas with their festive offering this year. Their sumptuous Spiegeltent (an intimate indoor space created within the striking courtyard and Georgian splendour of the UK’s only remaining cloth hall) will host an eclectic festive programme of comedy, live music and family-friendly shows.