Sledmere Stately Home Charity Car Boot Sale
5th July, Sledmere House, Driffield
Over 100 stalls will be set up at Sledmere House to sell all sorts of bric and brac to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Sledmere charities including St Mary’s Church, Sledmere Village Hall, Sledmere School and The Wagoners’ Special Reserve Museum Trust.
The Great Yorkshire Show
14th–16th July, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
The creme de la creme of British livestock will flock to England’s premier agricultural event this July to compete for the highest accolades in the field of farming. This year sees the introduction of the exciting Shetland Grand National at the show, as well as blacksmith taster sessions alongside the ever-popular showjumping and equine classes. A fantastic day out for all the family.
The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival
16th–19th July, Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate
Now in its 13th year, the internationally acclaimed Crime Writing Festival is a unique celebration of the crime genre. Readers and writers get together to share their passion for crime writing and this year will explore crime fiction’s ability to take the reader to strange lands. You too can have the chance to join the debates and listen to celebrated crime authors discussing the genre.
Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival
18th–26th July, various locations
Now in its eighth year, the annual Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival is a week-long celebration of live music, family entertainment and brilliant racing. Events will take place at the following racecourses: Ripon, Redcar, Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Thirsk, York and Pontefract.
Niddfest Literary Festival
24th–26th July, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate
Celebrating nature in writing, Niddfest makes the most of the wonderful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales by staging talks and outdoor events for nature-lovers. There’ll even be chances to go out with rangers on guided tours, foraging expeditions, and fairy hunts and bug safaris in the meadow for the young ones.
The Great Yorkshire Fringe
24th July–2nd August, York
What can only be described as a weird and wonderful festival of comedy and family entertainment, the inaugural Great Yorkshire Fringe will be taking place in York over 10 days. Highlights from the line-up of more than 100 cabaret, music, theatre, music, children’s and comedy shows include a magic show from Morgan & West and the Stick Man Live on Stage.
CLA Game Fair
31th July–2nd August, Harewood House, Leeds
An event not to be missed, the CLA Game Fair is Britain’s biggest celebration of field sports. Along with clay pigeon shooting, field archery, competitive horse and angling events, there will be lots of country sports, clothing and lifestyle exhibitors and a food show.
1st August, venues across Yorkshire
There are a whole host of events taking place across God’s Own Country to celebrate all that is great about Yorkshire. Don your flat cap and head to Wentbridge House near Pontefract for a day of live music, vintage cars and food or join in with the celebrations at Sewerby Hall complete with morris dancing and a town crier competition.
York Art Gallery Reopening
1st August, York Art Gallery, York
Following an £8 million redevelopment over 31 months, the gallery will finally reopen to visitors this summer. The new spaces will be worth the wait: not only will the long-hidden Victorian roof be unveiled, there will be a host of new galleries to discover, as well as the new Centre of Ceramic Art featuring more than 2,000 works.
5th August, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering
A much-loved local show which also appeals to visitors from further afield who come back year after year to enjoy the show jumping classes, dog show, sporting events and most importantly, the fiercely competitive fancy-dress competition.
Scarborough Cricket Festival
5th–10th August, Scarborough Cricket Club
The 129th annual Cricket Festival returns this year and as in previous years, hundreds of holidaymakers will flock to the club to see some brilliant cricket.
14th–16th August, Harewood House, Leeds
Beetles, Campervans and Karman Ghias are just a few of the cars that will be on display at this festival weekend, but there’s so much more besides including live music, graffiti displays (on VWs of course), a raffle, face painting and an F1 simulator for any wannabe racers.
14th–23rd August, Knaresborough
Knaresborough’s annual arts event feva (Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts) brings together artists, musicians, photographers and writers for this festival that is attracting the attention of big names.
The Georgian Festival Theatre Museum Fortnight
The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond
Experience theatre as it would have been in Georgian times, complete with guides in period costume, a candle-lit box office and stories and tours over the two-week festival.
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
19th–22nd August, York Racecourse
Billed as York’s oldest, fastest and most famous horse races, the Ebor Festival is the highlight of the city’s racing calendar. Taking place over four days, the meetings are known for combining sporting excellence with fun and fashion.
21st–23rd August, Ripley Castle, Harrogate
The Foodies Festival is coming to Harrogate for the largest celebratory festival of food and drink in the UK. The new Tasting Theatre will be buzzing with masterclasses from top chefs and bloggers. Don’t miss the Children’s Cookery Theatre for a fun-packed weekend with all of the family!
Whitby Folk Week
22nd–28th August, Whitby
Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Britain’s premier folk festival champions the traditional music, song and dance of the British Isles. There are over 600 events taking place throughout the week and all of them can be found in the pretty fishing port of Whitby.
Richmond Artisan Food Fayre
23rd August, Richmond
Artisan food producers and vendors will be taking over Richmond’s Town Hall, the Market Place and Trinity Square to tempt you with a range of gourmet food and drink. There’ll be everything from Polish food specialities to homemade cheesecakes, to smoked salmon and preserves to try.
28th–30th August, Bramham Park
A fantastic festival for music lovers – Mumford and Sons, Bastille, The Libertines and Metallica will all be taking to the stage this summer alongside many other talented musicians. Get your tickets soon!
A Sunday Hop
30th August, Beverley Racecourse
A fun-filled bank holiday family raceday at Beverley Racecourse where you can expect live music, a beer festival and top-quality racing. The kids will love the funfair rides and face painting.
Leeds International Beer Festival
3rd–6th September, Leeds
Taste beers brewed in the UK and overseas and celebrate all that’s great about this alcoholic beverage over this four-day festival. There’ll be ciders in the mix, as well as a street food market and live music across two stages.
Ripon International Music Festival
5th–21st September, Ripon
Chamber concerts, orchestras, jazz, flamenco, folk, recitals and literature readings will be taking place at venues in and around Ripon when the annual arts festival returns for its 18th festival. Events will be held anywhere from Ripon cathedral to village halls around the town.
The Ladbrokes St Leger Festival
9th–12th September, Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster plays host to one of the most prestigious race weeks of the British horse racing calendar. Live entertainment and fantastic hospitality will complement some serious racing.
11th–20th September, Saltaire
The annual event is returning to the village in a celebration of the arts and Saltiare’s heritage. Among the highlights will be a comedy night with Marvin Cheeseman and Simon Rusty, and Sam Sweeney’s touring show Made In The Great War: a Yorkshireman’s tale in music and words.
Malton Game & Seafood Fest
12th September, Malton
Head to Yorkshire’s capital of food to discover the best of the region’s wild larder. There’ll be game from the Moors, shellfish from the coast, cookery lessons, chef demos and a beer tent to please all gourmands.
Walk and Ride Festival South Pennines
12th–27th September, Yorkshire
From the steep-sided valleys to the heathercovered moorland and the canals and reservoirs in between, the Walk and Ride Festival is a celebration of the landscape between Yorkshire and Lancashire. You can take scenic routes on foot, by bike or on horseback, follow an arty trail in Holmfirth and walk the Stanza Stone trail between Marsden and Ilkley.
Harrogate Autumn Flower Festival
18th–20th September, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Get inspiration for your autumn garden at this flower show where you can marvel at show gardens, nursery displays and watch expert demonstrations. Don’t miss the giant vegetable competition and the exhibitions by specialist gardening societies, and you can get advice from the experts in the Garden Advice Bureau.
Otley Folk Festival
18th–20th September, Otley
Artists booked already for this year include The New Rope String Band, Allan Taylor, Flossie Malavialle, Duncan McFarlane Band and local talents Plumhall and Dave Vermond. Pubs and clubs in the town will provide the venues for festival, when there’ll also be dance troupes, workshops and real ale to keep everyone happy.
York Food Festival
18th–27th September, York
Quaff and scoff your way through the streets of York during this 10-day festival, when you’ll be able to sample foods from producers, take a Taste Trail through the city’s cafés and restaurants, watch chef demos and take cookery lessons.
Driffield Country Fair
19th–20th September, Driffield Showground, Kelleythorpe, Driffield
This new country fair will be packed with craft demonstrations, American classic car shows, a fun fair, an art gallery, trade stands and laser quest. Children can try pony riding, scale the climbing wall and see the birds of prey shows.
Masham Sheep Fair
27th–28th September, Masham
The popular Masham Sheep Fair is known for raising money for charity, and holding lots of sheep-themed activities. The action-packed programme includes sheep racing, a sheep show, fleece stalls, a wool
competition, sheepdog demonstrations, morris dancers, tours of Theakston’s and Black Sheep breweries and fair to keep kids and adults busy across the weekend.