Things to do

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

Tomorrow's Ghosts Festival 

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival is to return 26th to 28th April, with headliners Pop Will Eat Itself and New Model Army on the Friday and Saturday. Tomorrow’s Ghosts has the backing of Scarborough Borough Council and is officially endorsed by The Bram Stoker Family Estate. The new festival is also supported by other long-standing events that are a feature of the weekend, such as Marquee Masquerade and Sexy Sunday at The Met ballroom.

In addition to the bands, horror film festival, three days of markets and films, Tomorrow’s Ghosts are also hosting a new event this April on the afternoon of Sunday 28th - ‘Hammer Glamour – The Ladies of Hammer Horror’ and ‘The Secrets of Dracula with author Dacre Stoker’ This will be held in the Pavilion Theatre from 1pm. The female stars of Hammer horror will be appearing along with Dacre Stoker; the bestselling author of Dracul, Dracula historian and great grand-nephew of Bram Stoker. 

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Harrogate Spring Flower Show features stunning show gardens, fabulous floral art and leading UK plant nurseries. Providing a packed programme of live entertainment. Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the first major event in the gardening calendar. Using both exhibition halls and transforming the outdoor space at Yorkshire Event Centre.

New for the 2019 show is #kerbcouture. #kerbcouture explores a range of cutting-edge garden ideas from ground-breaking graffiti to the ultimate urban planting chic. The Blank Wall Project will challenge designers to think vertically to create a colourful space in the most restricted of alleyways and corridors. Meanwhile square city yards provide green calm amid the hustle and bustle of modern urban life.

Sci-Fi Scarborough  

Award winning convention Sci-Fi Scarborough returns on April 6th & 7th 2019.

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!  

York Chocolate Festival 

No Easter celebration is complete until you’ve tucked into some delicious chocolate!

Visit The York Chocolate Festival on Parliament Street from 19th to 22nd April and you’ll be able to sample some of the tastiest treats at the chocolate market and learn some handy chocolate tips at the demonstration tent. There will be more sweet treats available at the Shambles Food Court, a short stroll from Parliament Street – be sure to explore.

There will also be opportunities to meet some real-life furry friends at the petting farm and for those who fancy a spin of nostalgia there will be a carousel on St Sampson’s’ Square.

Books by the Beach

This year's festival is launching in ancient Egypt - where writing began. The Ravenmaster of The Tower will enlighten visitors on animal behaviour and tips will be picked up from the royal park gardener. There’s murder and mayhem with top forensic scientist, acclaimed biographer and crime writers. Sport is celebrated by an Ashes winning captain and a feast of flavours to try at the literary lunches.

History shines through stained glass windows and there’s music for everyone’s taste. Novelists rub shoulders with dramatists and romance blows a kiss to a real life mender of hearts. Ride waves of discovery on a tale of polar exploration, under deep oceans and around sea-shaken lighthouses – it’s the perfect bookshelf brought to life. 

Leeds Lieder Festival

Join LLF for another packed festival of talks, concerts, poetry, recitals, masterclasses, a family event and much more.

The festival commences with a masterclass with Angelika Kirchschlager- the Festival Guest of Honour- who will work with 10 young singer and pianist duos as part of the Lieder Young Artists programme. Followed by a pre-concert talk with Richard Strokes and the opening concert. German baritone, Benjamin Appl, and Hugo Wolf Medal winner, Graham Johnson, will delight audience members on the first evening with A Heine Songbook. 

Doncaster Heritage Festival

Discover Doncaster’s heritage at the annual Doncaster Heritage Fair, that will return in 2019.

The festival will run from Saturday 4th - Sunday 19 May 2019. and will include enthralling talks, workshops, walks and events that explore the history of the borough.

The Doncaster Heritage Festival is organised by Heritage Doncaster and is delivered by partners across the borough for all to enjoy.

Skipton Beer Festival

Skipton Beer Festival 2019 is coming up and, again, will be at Ermysted’s Grammar School. This year it will be the Thursday, Friday and Saturday following the Easter break so easy to remember. The venue is very handy for the facilities of Skipton town centre, including its many good pubs, and only 12 minutes walk from the bus and train stations.

This will be the 13th festival that the Keighley and Craven branch of CAMRA has organised in the town and are following our tradition of a sheep logo (Skipton meaning "sheep town"). The strap line this year is "A Baker's Dozen". A Baker's dozen is 13 and not the usual 12. Measurements are much more accurate now so anybody coming to the bar and ordering 12 pints and hoping to get an extra free will be disappointed.

Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival

2019 marks the 41st Annual Beer and Cider Festival of the Hull and East Yorkshire Branch of CAMRA and it will be a celebration of all things ale. There's live acoustic music, hot and cold food stalls and over 135 real ales; including 30 plus ciders and perries.