Things to do

August Events and Festivals

Yorkshire Day may be right at the start of August but that isn't the end of celebrations in the county this month! There's a whole heap of festivals to keep the party going on all throughout August and we've got you covered. 

Sounds in the Grounds, Scampston Hall, 28 August - 31 August

Sounds In The Grounds is bringing you a full weekend of great live music to the grounds of Scampston Hall. Enjoy ABBA Mania, The Bootleg Beatles, Beyond The Barricade or A Country Night In Nashville. Audiences can come together and enjoy a fantastic night of music from their designated picnic patch (available for 2, 4 or 6 people) which will be socially distanced from others but close enough to share the fun. (All concerts conform to guidance from Public Health England regarding Covid-19).

Underneath the Stars, Barnsley, 31 July - 2 August

Underneath the Stars is an annual music and arts festival established in 2014 by the production company behind Kate Rusby and Pure Records. As a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company, all of the profit goes back into the music & arts programmes. The festival has been developed to support and provide a platform for both emerging and established artists, create pioneering schemes for our volunteers, and to deliver new experiences and adventures for all ages.

Names for 2020's festival include Kate Rusby, Paul Carrack and Suzanne Vega. This family friendly festival looks set to be one of the most fun festivals this summer. 

Golden Oldies Cricket Festival, Harrogate - 2-9 August

Enjoy Golden Oldies Cricket in a classic country setting. Playing cricket in the English countryside on a warm summer's day. It's a bucket list experience for any keen cricketer, regardless of age. But then add in all the fun and laughter of catching up with old mates, and the chance to sightsee some of the most picturesque surroundings in England. This is the Golden Oldies Cricket Festival Harrogate 2020 - a memorable cricket experience in every sense of the word.

Golden Oldies World Cricket Festival Harrogate 2020 offers a week long mix of on-field cricket action, sightseeing, social activities and free time to do as you please. The starting point is the Opening Ceremony and Welcome Party, where you'll catch up with old friends and make plenty of new ones. Then it's time to get the team on the pitch. There's a rest day in between each round of match days - the highlight is a special English experience Picnic Day at Ripley Castle (just outside Harrogate).

Halifax Agricultural Show - 8 August

Halifax Agricultural Show is one of the biggest, best and most respected family days out in West Yorkshire. It retains the heritage of traditional Yorkshire county and agricultural shows with cattle, horses, goats, sheep and vintage vehicles, whilst embracing the whole family including children, grandparents and family pets.

It showcases a wide variety of the best of traditional and modern classes and entertainment, which attracts families from all over Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford, Calderdale and the rest of Yorkshire.

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival - 9 August

Millennium Square, Leeds will play host to a live outdoor performance by The Selecter, from The Specials “ Original rude boy” Neville Staple band, The Chords UK, Secret Affair, The Pyramids (Symarip) & Death of Guitar Pop, on Sunday 9 August 2020 as part of the annual Summer Series. Leeds Ska & Mod Festival 2020 will delight the audience with a full afternoon of live music featuring an array of hugely popular songs as well as DJ sets by Trojan Explosion.

North York Moors Chamber Music Festival - 9-22 August

Now entering its 12th year, in 2020, this festival will celebrate Beethoven (the ‘revolutionary’) and beyond, as we enter the great composer’s 250th anniversary. Living through the French Revolution undoubtedly had a profound effect on many artists and as the festival explore Beethoven’s life and influences (both received and passed on), they delve into the 1848 German Revolution and Russian Revolution, the Revolution of the Great Wars - and indeed the Industrial Revolution.

The North York Moors Chamber Music Festival celebrates great music through friendship, sharing, the landscape, history and architecture - taking audiences on a journey throughout the North York Moors National Park, stirring the musical spirit within us all.  Over 30 musicians, 2 weeks, 10 churches, around 40 chamber works all create a friendly and passionate environment within one of this country's most spectacular regions. 

Tribfest, Sledmere - 20-23 August

2020 is Tribfest's 14th year and still voted 'Best Entertainment/Leisure Venue' in East Yorkshire in the Best Bar None Awards, we are also finalists for REYTA awards Best Tourism Event! Launched in 2007, Tribfest gives families an affordable, fantastic, fun filled weekend away.

Held in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House it’s a great time to relax with fellow festival friends, old and new, whilst listening to great music and comedy across 7 stages.

Castle Howard Proms, Malton - 22 August

Set in the magnificent gardens of Castle Howard, this spectacular classical concert will be a night to remember for the whole family. The programme will include popular classics, songs from musicals and all your flag waving favourites from the Proms.

With a Spitfire flyover, stunning lasers and spectacular firework finale, this will be a magical evening of musical entertainment.

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival, York 19-22 August

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival sees sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days. The festival is the racecourse’s oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races.

The jewel in the crown is the Juddmonte International on the Wednesday, this is the richest race of York Racecourse’s season, ranked number one of all thoroughbred horse races in the world 2012 – 14. It was famously won by Frankel, considered by some the as the best thoroughbred in history.

Also, not to be missed is the ever popular Ebor Fashion Lawn, where style and elegance can be found in abundance.

Scarborough Cricket Festival, 23-26 August

The Scarborough Cricket Festival is an end of season series of cricket matches featuring Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which has been held in Scarborough since 1876.

The annual Scarborough Cricket Festival is one of the most historic sporting events in the world, and over the years has played host to some of the world's greatest cricketers. The ground, situated at North Marine Road, has seen large crowds of holiday makers watching first class cricket since 1876 - and with the stands built right to the boundary edge, it offers exceptional views and unique atmosphere.

Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival, Barnsley - 28-31 August

Cannon Hall Farm’s Food Festival returns for 2020 with a packed agenda of gastronomic delights sure to tickle your taste-buds! The four day event takes place August 28 – 31 and will showcase some of the finest foods the region has to offer.

There will be more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their wares at this event, with plenty of opportunities for tastings and sampling. Cannon Hall Farm’s Food Festival this August Bank Holiday promises to be a packed event featuring cookery demos, live music, plus a selection of the finest artisan traders Yorkshire has to offer.