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. 

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre 25 June - 1 September

Following its inaugural season last year, when it played to 80,000 people, garnering critical and popular acclaim as well as awards for ‘Best Cultural Experience’ and ‘Best Attraction’, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre returns to York promising Revenge, Heroism, Magic and Mischief with this year’s line-up of plays.

Underneath the Stars Festival - 2-4 August

Underneath the Stars Festival 2019 is a family-friendly Yorkshire music festival held near Barnsley. Surrounded by stunning forestry, the colourful festival is a beautiful getaway, home to two covered stages in circus style big top tents – an added benefit when thinking of the British weather. 

One of the joys of the festival is the music programme that runs alternately, therefore there's little chance of missing any of the concerts, no highly frustrating clashes and ample time for stretching ones legs between acts - and with a pub styled bar tent providing real ale and more, there is little left to be desired. 

Leeds Pride – 4 August

Leeds Pride is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life. It’s now also the largest Pride in the UK with over 40,000 people attending and is also considered to be the friendliest.

VW Festival - 10 - 11 August

Join the full VW experience this summer! There’s everything from trade stands, club stands and vehicle displays, to camping, entertainment and live music. With a great laid back and family atmosphere, VW Festival 2019 is back, bigger and better than ever!

Leeds Ska & Mod Festival - 11 August

From the Jam and Bad Manners will be playing in Millennium Square on 11 August 2019 alongside the hugely popular The Dualers as well as Death of Guitar Pop – dubbed the next Madness!

The Dualers led by lead singer Tyber Cranston are a South London based Ska band which one can only describe as a mixture of UB40 & The selector rolled into one, they are selling out venues as soon as tickets go on sale!

Countryfile Live - 15 -18 August 

Castle Howard, one of Yorkshire’s finest historic houses, will this summer host the first ever BBC Countryfile Live to be held in the north.

The county will enjoy a range of fantastic show attractions, the Countryfile main stage will feature BBC Countryfile presenters,  including Yorkshire’s very own Anita Rani and John Craven, as well as the Wildlife Zone, the Farmyard Zone and the Dog Lover’s Arena. The event will represent the best of the northern countryside and promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family.

BBC Countryfile Live has been a huge success at Blenheim Palace and now Yorkshire will showcase all that this wonderful county has to offer, including some legendary Yorkshire hospitality. The stunning Castle Howard setting is the perfect location to experience and find out more about Yorkshire’s finest food and drink,  brilliant music and world-class exhibitions.

Come and see the Welcome to Yorkshire team, who will be on hand each day, to talk about all things Yorkshire!

Welcome to Yorkshire Scarborough Cricket Festival 18 - 21 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.

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Racing Festival 21-24 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.