Things to do

You'd be a fool not to check out these fantastic events this April!

Sci-Fi Scarborough, 4-5 April  

Award winning convention Sci-Fi Scarborough returns on April 4th & 5th 2020. Expect the quirky quarter mile of The Spa Complex packed to the rafters with a fantastic mix of guests, panels, retro, tabletop & video gaming, fan film theatre, cosplay competition, geek pub quiz, trading hall, movie prop & model displays, children’s entertainment area & lot's more!  

Settle Stories Festival, 17-19 April

Expect a lot of magic and a good dash of mayhem! The Settle Stories Festival is returning to the idyllic Yorkshire Dales Market town of Settle.

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show, 23-26 April

100 years of flower shows at Harrogate! Join them to celebrate a century of flower shows! The NEHS supported its first show in 1920 and the rest, as they say, is history. They are celebrating this major milestone with a special Roaring 20s theme taking you back to the days of Art Deco, Charlie Chaplin and the Charleston.

Take a stroll down memory lane to discover what was hot in 1920, what it was like in the garden 100 years ago, which plants were being introduced from across the globe and don’t forget to call in at the cocktail bar before you leave! Dress the part and you could win a special prize for the best 1920s costume!

Books by the Beach, Scarborough, 24-26 April

2020 brings a feast of personal stories from a life-saving paramedic to a lone hiker whose survival in the USA desert made international headlines. A high profile hostage negotiator shares tales of the Middle East and we release diaries from behind UK prison bars. The bicentenary of Anne Brontë’s birth is this year’s classic launch, set at St. Mary’s Church, below the castle. Ancient Egypt offers up ‘Secrets from the Coffin’ and there’s eye watering yarns of Icelandic seas at the yacht club and lighthouse.

Fictional crime and suspense worlds are reflected through spy glasses and there’s an unmissable chiller dinner at the Crescent Hotel. There’s a new slant on Shakespeare’s most famous play and we look back at the ups and downs of the last decade. TV hit Grantchester comes to the SJT and a star shines brightly at the Spa. From family drama to life changing health choices – there’s something for everyone at this year’s Books by the Beach. So get your tickets, sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.

Tomorrow's Ghost Festival, Whitby, 24-26 April

Established in 2018, Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival is a celebration of all things Gothic whilst embracing a wide range of alternative culture. Previous festivals have hosted acts including New Model Army, Paradise Lost, Fields of the Nephilim, Pop Will Eat Itself, Wayne Hussey, Chameleons Vox and Clan of Xymox. April 2020 see's The Damned headline the fourth festival along with a great line-up of bands.  The alternative market will run across the weekend Friday to Sunday with FREE ENTRY and The Don't Go Into The Cellar Theatre Company return to the Pavilion Theatre on Sunday night for their production of The Witching Hour - an atmospheric finale to the weekend.. 

Festival of Vintage, York, 25-26 April

Celebrating 10 years at York Racecourse. There’s no time like the past. The Festival of Vintage celebrates the Music & Lifestyles of the 1930’s-1960’s.

Enjoy live music on two entertainment stages featuring bands & singers, classic vehicle displays, fashion shows & talks, vintage beauty parlour, displays, make do and made craft workshops. Vintage dance lessons and over 200 of the UK’s very best vintage businesses selling Vintage Fashion, Vinyl and Home Items from decades gone by.

Tour de Yorkshire, across the county, 30 April-3 May

Britain's premiere cycling race returns to Yorkshire in the month of April as the race tackles all four corners of God's Own County.

The peloton will visit Beverley before heading north along the stunning Yorkshire coastline on the first day and finishing in Redcar. On the second day, both the men and the women will race from Skipton, up through the Dales before a finish in the market town of Leyburn. On Saturday, the riders take to the start in Barnsley before a grueling day of racing, with multiple climbs, leads them to Huddersfield - it is here where the women's crown will be decided. Then on the final Sunday, the men take to the road for one last time as they set off from the majestic Piece Hall in Halifax before again heading round the Dales before ultimately sprinting it out on the Headrow in Leeds for glory.

Expect huge crowds, brilliant land art, cheering school children, high octane drama, sweeping landscapes and a brilliant weekend showcasing all that is great about Yorkshire.