What's On - Events & Sport
From the team behind THOR’S tipi comes SÓL ÁST – their summer pop-up bar has taken residency in the shade of the medieval cathedral for the next two months as part of York Minster’s Summer in the Park festival, providing locally-sourced food and drink against one of the world’s most spectacular gothic backdrops. A sculpture exhibition will also feature in the bar and gardens, displaying work by renowned Yorkshire sculptor Michael Lyons.
Get behind the Yorkshire Vikings for a scintillating season of T20 cricket. There’ll be explosive batting displays, breathtaking bowling and energetic fielding – as they take on another eight first-class county cricket teams before (hopefully) progressing to the knockout stages. Win, lose or draw, it’s an unbeatable family atmosphere.
Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival (now in its 15th year) returns to the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate to celebrate the best in crime fiction – with a programme of literary talks, workshops and events presided over by novelist (and creator of the world-famous Jack Reacher series) Lee Child.
Take to the tracks with Thomas – as well as his friends Percy, Toby, Emily and Mavis – in this family fun day. The Fat Controller will be on hand to make sure all the engines are behaving themselves and you may even catch sight of Rusty and Dusty, the trusty platform sweepers.
Planet Circus offers everything you’d expect from a traditional travelling troupe – and then some. With nail-biting stunt action in The Splitting Globe of Death (with motorcyclists speeding around inside a steel cage at over 60mph) and whirlwind knife-throwing routines, you’ll also witness an unbelievable, Wild West-inspired, whip-cracking, gun-toting spectacular.
Watch the pulse-racing action unfold in this reenactment as the Queen’s Regiment prepare for battle against the 1715 Jacobite Rising – all staged within one of the most complete and well-preserved medieval castles in the country.
With an Olympic-standard arena, a six kilometre hacking track and a cross-country course spread over 80 hectares of parkland, Bishop Burton College offers up one of the best equestrian experiences in the North. Watch as some of Europe’s most promising riders take on dressage, showjumping and eventing.
X barks the spot as Paw Patrol’s Ryder and his team of pirate pups head to Adventure Bay, discovering a secret treasure map along the way. This action-packed extravaganza of canine capers is perfect for keeping the kids entertained over the holidays.
Get ready to rock at this summer festival… although maybe not in the way you first imagined. York Minster’s Dean’s Park will be transformed into a tented village dedicated to the unique art of stonemasonry and carving, as experts from across Europe unite for a weekend-long celebration of their ancient craft.
Scarborough Cricket Club has hosted some of the sport’s best players since 1876 and their annual Cricket Festival is the jewel in their crown – not to mention one of the most historic sporting events in the world.
See, hear and even smell the engines of a De Havilland Devon, a C47 Douglas Dakota (the original parachute aircraft) a Blackburn Buccaneer (with its folding wings) a Nimrod jet and the mighty Victor XL231 during this exhibition day.
Tyrannical Tyrannosaurus Rex, stomping Stegosaurus and roaring, raging raptors – see the world’s prehistoric creatures come back to life in this arena spectacular. Countryfile’s Michaela Strachan will tell the full story of the dinosaurs’ 200-year reign on earth as palaeontologist (and narrator) Professor Huxley.
Creeping, crawling, flying and teeming with dazzling acrobatics, the sensational Cirque du Soleil touches down in Yorkshire with a five-day run at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena. With a cast of 50 performing artists embodying a plethora of different insects, they will work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and motion.
The magic of the Big Top unites with the glitz and glamour of the golden age of Hollywood in this brand new show from the Moscow State Circus. It’s not quite like the movies though – no-one’s using CGI here, so the nerve-tingling, death-defying spectacle is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat.
Run, walk or stagger through the spectacular Yorkshire countryside in Britain’s tastiest 10k. Inspired by the Marathon Du Medoc in the French wine region, this new food and wineathlon offers 10 pitstops around its course – so participants are encouraged to take their time and enjoy the party atmosphere. Now here’s a run we can get behind.
From cakes to combines – there’s everything here! With some of the finest livestock in the country, sheepdog trials, arts, flower arranging, photography, dry stone walling and bake offs, this family-friendly farming show culminates in the famous fell races – which include the punishing ascent and descent of famous Kilnsey Crag.
Test your mettle against some of the best amateur golfers in Brighouse as Willow Valley’s open competitions return with greens and tees guaranteed to please. With a masterpiece of an 18-hole championship course to sink your teeth into (not literally) as well as a popular 9-hole option, it’s the perfect time to dig out your clubs.
Explore the inimitable dark skies above the Yorkshire Dales with astronomer Richard Darn, as he guides you through the stars. Weather permitting, you should be able to spot Jupiter and Venus, as well as sparkling star clusters and distant galaxies. Destined to put a twinkle in your eye.
Direct from the West End, this show-stopping spectacular celebrates 250 years since the ‘invention’ of the circus – combining contemporary cirque-style artistry with adrenaline-fuelled stunt action to make an evening at the theatre that you’ll never forget.
One of the most prestigious horticultural shows in the country is back. Welcoming more than 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries, the Harrogate Flower Show also features intricate displays by established and emerging designers. Amateur gardeners will get an unrivalled opportunity to showcase their work in the new community category for Show Gardens and, as ever, there are a whole host of offerings from specialist societies: with everything from dahlias to daffodils and bonsai to bee-keeping.
Take yourself back in time to when Britain was at war – with military vehicles performing live displays, trade stands selling vintage wares, thrilling battle reenactments and even the chance to meet ‘Winston Churchill’ at this immersive town festival.
Bike lovers rejoice – Yorkshire’s biggest cycling show is coming to Harroagte in October, covering every inch of the cycling world with a proverbial peloton of experts, exhibitors, sports brands and professional cyclists. And that’s not everything. This year’s event will also incorporate the UK World Flatland championships, the Yorkshire CX Race and the Road Circuit Race – as well as hosting some unrivalled test tracks and demonstration zones. And with official backing from reigning Commonwealth champion Lizzie Deignan, you can be sure of a stellar weekend of cycling in store. Yes, wheelie.
One of the UK’s most celebrated magicians and comedians is set to bring an astonishing show to the Stephen Joseph Theatre this October – promising to mesmerise audiences with his acclaimed blend of laugh-out-loud stand up and jaw-dropping magic in a truly unique live theatre experience. You should always prepare to be enchanted whenever Pete works his magic.