Things to do

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

York Chocolate Festival

York Chocolate Festival returns, larger than previous years, for its annual showcase of the long history of chocolate making in York; the Festival is located on Parliament Street in the centre of York.

This year they welcome back some of their favourite craft chocolate makers to the market and demonstration areas, alongside market traders offering all kinds of chocolate treats from churros, to liqueurs, to chocolate pies! A full programme of demonstrations, tastings and workshops will take place in demonstration marquee.

Books by the Beach

2018 is a year of commemorations - one hundred years of Votes for Women and the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Books by the Beach is joining in the celebrations and inviting you to the party.

They have a festival feast with everyone’s favourite flavour. There are themed lunches at The Crescent Hotel and The Stephen Joseph Bistro. A Brazilian Breakfast at Palm Court provides a fruity start...whilst Wykeham Abbey Old Kitchen is the perfect setting for a candelit dinner and a retelling of Romeo and Juliet. The fun (and food) is endless. 

Prize winning authors will rub shoulders with comic actors and screenwriters where you can listen to royal secrets, espionage experts and the vet who helps all creatures great and small. 

Skipton Beer Festival

Skipton Beer Festival 2018 is back again and will be held at Ermysted’s Grammar School. 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 12th festival that the Keighley and Craven branch of CAMRA has organised in the town and with over 70 real ales, bottled foreign beers and food at all sessions; this beer festival continues to raise the bar. 

Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival

2018 marks the 40th 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. 

Hard Rock Hell: Blues

HRH Blues 4 is on its way and they'll be making this another city experience this April with all the hotels on the doorstep to keep the community spirit intact., As before this will be a two day experience with hotels and breakfast included as well as entrance to the event over the weekend. Royalty and VIP holders will have exclusive entrance to the Unplugged sessions, their own private balcony with seating, private toilets and cloakroom as well as all the usual benefits. 

The Secret North Yorkshire Stone Circle Festival

The location of this year's Stone Circle Festival is a perfect fit. Not only is it nestled right in between the Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, providing spectacular views of the area, but it's got its very own mini stonehenge. With a purpose built stage for bands and a large bonfire pit dug into the ground with bench seating around it for our jamming sessions it's all set for a great time. 

Leeds Lieder Festival

One critic last year described Leeds Lieder as presenting a "flourishing...outstanding... relentless sequence of superb recitals" and this year promises just as many delights. The repertoire that has been programmed spans from the 18th century to works written specifically for the 2018 Leeds Lieder audience and it is through this type of rich, adventurous programming that we help keep this marvellous art form alive.  

Sci-Fi Scarborough 

Sci Fi Scarborough is a whole weekend Unconventional Convention held in the quirky quarter mile of The Spa Complex Scarborough.

An event run by fans for fans, SFS returns for a fifth year with everything you loved about the first four but with fresh guests & seven areas updated with content for you to peruse, involve & immerse yourself in.

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the first big event in the gardening calendar, welcoming the new growing season with a spectacular celebration of the very best in horticulture.

Rated Britain’s top gardening event by Which?, this prestigious event will run from 26 – 29 April 2018, featuring beautiful show gardens, great shopping, live entertainment and the biggest exhibition by florists and flower arrangers in the country.

Pop Punk Pileup

A festival dedicated to the UK Pop Punk/Punk Rock scene with some of the biggest bands and best emerging talent on the circuit. Hosted at one a great venue across 3 days.

Whitby Goth Weekend

The Whitby Goth Weekend is an alternative music festival. It was founded in 1994 by Jo Hampshire of Top Mum Promotions and has grown to become one of the world’s premier Goth events. Alongside the music as part of the official event there is also the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market which features over 100 stalls.

Leeds International Festival

Leeds International Festival is the UK’s leading metropolitan festival of new ideas & innovation. It’s a programme of compelling speakers, original performances and discussions that celebrate innovations in science, music, interactive media and world culture.

Doncaster Heritage Festival

The 8th annual Doncaster Heritage Festival will be the biggest and best ever! Doncaster's Heritage Services are putting together a varied programme of events, talks and workshops.