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Things to do in Yorkshire this weekend

There is an abundance of amazing things to see and do in Yorkshire each and every weekend, the only problem? There isn’t enough time to fit everything in.

This weekend however is May’s Spring Bank Holiday, meaning there is an extra day to enjoy some of the county’s magnificent attractions and beautiful sights.

Weather forecasters have been teasing all week that we could see an extremely warm and largely dry weekend, which for a bank holiday is almost unheard of!

Yorkshire is currently on show at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show and if the weather is as nice as expected, then it is the perfect time to get out and explore some of the county’s gardens in all their splendour.

Our garden design this year at Chelsea took a slice of the Yorkshire coast to the capital, so if you want to see the inspiration behind it, then take the time to coast to the Yorkshire coastline this weekend. Here you will see some of the UK’s most stunning views, from rocky cliffs and tiny fishing villages to family-friendly seaside resorts and glorious sandy beaches - this naturally stunning destination is ‘shore’ to amaze you.

For a true hidden gem take a trip to Richmond Castle where the Cockpit Garden is waiting to invite you in and offer a feeling of tranquillity – the grass lawn that is enclosed by magnificent Yew hedges is also an ideal spot for a picnic.

Burnby Hall and Gardens is truly magnificent and provides nine acres of changing vistas, a woodland walk and one of Europe’s largest displays of Hard Water lilies in a natural setting.

Cusworth Hall in Doncaster offers a view into Edwardian history and with continuous replanting and improvements to this Green Flag site, there is always something new to see. There is also a sumptuous tea room and interesting free museum to experience too.

Leeds is home to one of the biggest city parks in Europe as Roundhay Park takes in an amazing 700 acres of parkland, woodland and lakes and here you will find some glorious floral displays and four gardens that have previously been exhibited at the Chelsea Flower Show. The park also plays host to Tropical World and in the potentially tropical heat why not head there and come face to face with crocodiles, bats, meerkats and butterflies.

Our county is famous for many things, one of which is a warm Yorkshire welcome and you will get no warmer welcome than from one of the many great pubs on offer. Each and every year Yorkshire’s Favourite Pub is voted for by the public and announced at the Welcome to Yorkshire stand at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate. This year’s voting is open now so why not use this weekend to visit some of the entrants?

Last year’s winner was The Bull Inn, West Tanfield, a very old, traditional country pub set on the banks of the River Ure. With a range of cask ales and home-cooked dishes, The Bull Inn’s beer garden in the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales is a perfect way to spend bank holiday weekend.

If it is events you are after, then there are plenty to choose from!

Set in the streets of Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton – the Malton Food Lovers Festival, taking place from 27th – 28th May gives visitors the chance to sample some of God’s Own County’s finest produce. Set to be the biggest yet, the 2017 edition will have heaving stalls, cookery lessons and celebrity chef demos galore as well as some fantastic live entertainment.

There are plenty of events that will keep the kids entertained this weekend too – Castle Howard’s Myths and Monsters May Half Term event runs from 27th May until 4th June where Hesiod the storyteller will keep kids enthralled for hours and they can be part of the adventures of Apollo and even take part in a thrilling chariot race!

As part of Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is being held at Burton Constable, and with massive artists Stormzy and Katy Perry headlining it is sure to be a fantastic weekend. All tickets are sold out but you can still watch everything live! Tens of thousands of people will descend on the magnificent, Elizabethan mansion; which is sure to create the most amazing backdrop for a memorable weekend in East Yorkshire.

Warm weather may be predicted but is not a guarantee this weekend. However, one thing we can guarantee is a warm Yorkshire welcome.

Whatever you get up to in our wonderful county, enjoy!

For more events visit: www.yorkshire.com/things-to-do/events/listings

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