Best Bank Holiday Events in the North East and Yorkshire

How to Spend the Bank Holiday Weekend in the North East and Yorkshire


With August bank holiday fast approaching, we’ve picked some of the best events in the North East and Yorkshire for you to lap up the long weekend and the last of the summer sun

North East
Gateshead Summer Festival  – Gateshead
Seize the sun this weekend as the first ever Gateshead Summer Festival comes to Low Fell. Taking over the grounds of Gateshead Rugby Club, a huge music lineup spread over two stages will showcase some of the region’s best singer-songwriters, whilst children entertainers, comedians, arts stations and electric go-karting make for all-day family fun. With rum and gin shacks, BBQ-inspired street food and a 90’s inspired retro bar serving classic cocktails from yesterday-year, it’s the perfect place for a bank holiday tipple or two in the sun. 
When? Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th, 12pm–late
Tickets £10

Market Shaker Launch – Newcastle 
Friday feel-gooders assemble, as the new all-day bar, dance hall and beer garden Market Shaker is set to open its doors in Newcastle this weekend. Situated on the burgeoning Cloth Market, the former Ember Lounge has been transformed into a new creative venue for eating drinking and dancing – relax and unwind in leather booth seating or boogie in the beer garden’s heated pergola as you sip on local lager and quirky cocktails, all to the backdrop of some of the finest in disco, funk and soul in Newcastle. Taking up their new residency at the venue, slice wars 2019 winners ’Scream for Pizza’ will be giving away 1000 free slices of pizzas to the first people who sign up to the opening evening – so be sure to get a slice of the action this Friday. 
When? Friday 23rd, 6pm–2am

Sunderland History and Heritage Festival – Sunderland
After all of the bank holiday madness, what better way to round off the weekend than with a nostalgic stroll through North East history. Sunderland History and Heritage Festival, taking place at the North East Land Air and Sea Museum on bank holiday Monday, will host of a range of displays and activities teaching visitors about the region’s past – from viking villages and medieval combat workshops to an archery range and second world war exhibits. In it’s first ever year, the festival is granting visitors free entry and there will even be a full sled team of rescue huskies and sled sport dogs to greet you on arrival. 
When? Saturday 24th – Monday 26th, 10am–5pm 

Chow Down Festival – Halifax
Back for its third and final bank holiday weekend of the year, this three-day festival promises to make your bank holiday a memorable one – bringing live music, kids activities and the region’s best food and drink to The Piece Hall in Halifax. With a stellar food lineup including the Little Red Food Truck’s beefed-up burgers and Middle-Eastern-inspired street food pop-up MorMor, alongside a range of refreshing cocktails and gins – there’s no place better to revel in the bank holiday sun. 
When? Friday 23rd,11am–10pm (Free entry until 5.30pm) 
Saturday 24th, 11am–10pm 
Sunday 25th, 11am–8pm 
Monday 26th, 11am–8pm
Tickets £3 (collect wristband for free re-entry all weekend) 

Eat North (Saturday) – Leeds 
Fancy a food-filled day out? Look no further than Eat North – this weekly festival hosted every Saturday at the North Brewing Co. showcases some of the world’s best cuisines, from fiery Mexican fajitas and nachos to indulgent American-style pancakes. What’s more, this Saturday has a special 80’s theme, so don your neon prints and dance your bank holiday away – just make sure you arrive hungry. 
When? Saturday 25th, 12pm–10pm (food till 8pm)

Marathon Du Malton  – Malton
Eat and drink your way through bank holiday at Malton’s very own food and drink extravaganza. Inspired by the Marathon Du Medoc in France's wine region, the Marathon du Malton is a 10K route around the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside with various food and drink stops, starting and finishing in Malton’s market place. Whether you run or walk (or crawl, depending on quantity of food eaten), participants will get to sample the region’s finest food and drink whilst soaking up the party atmosphere. With inventive outfits encouraged, why not get planning and join in an event like no other in the UK. 
When? Sunday 25th, 10am – 4pm
Tickets £25

Published in: August 2019

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