Things to do

As February arrives, bringing with it romance and valentines there is also an abundance of amazing events that will make you fall in love with God’s Own County.

Whitby Steampunk

7-9 February – Whitby Pavilion
The past is always the future at the wonderful, whimsical world of Steampunk. This unique and exciting event returns to Whitby this February. Enjoy a number of activities, presentations and demonstrations as well as fabulous stalls offering the very best in bespoke steampunk, alternative and unique gothic products.

Dark Skies Festival

14 February – 1 March at Yorkshire Dales National Park and North York Moors National Park

2020 is the year space travel becomes a reality but you don't need to leave Earth to do it! The UK’s National Parks are some of the best places to enjoy stunning star-filled skies free from light pollution. The Dark Skies Festival comes to the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks for a fifth year bringing headline acts and celestial events including yoga, stargazing safaris, Dark Runs and Night Navigation Expeditions.

Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

17-23 February - Wakefield

Christmas is now behind us, spring is round the corner, which means it’s almost time to paint the town pink for the Rhubarb Festival! If you don’t know what the Rhubarb Festival is, then where the ‘eck have you been? It’s Wakefield’s love-letter to the divisive vegetable, the first date in the Merry City’s festival calendar, and it starts the year off with a bang.

Jorvik Viking Invasion

15-23 February – Various locations

Head over to York for the annual JORVIK Viking Festival; a city-wide celebration of York’s rich Norse heritage. Enjoy an exciting programme of events, including living history encampments, markets, workshops, talks, tours and dramatic combat performances.

Wicked Wizardry and Pongy Potions

15 February – Bempton Cliffs

Calling all Harry’s and Hermionie’s! Fancy making your very own potions and wands this half term? Head over to Bempton Cliffs where you can learn to make potions and memory wands using natural materials. Fancy dress is welcome and all activities are free.

Scarborough Coastival

21-23 February – Scarborough Spa

The Coastival festival of arts and culture returns to Scarborough for another year. Taking over the Grand Hall at Scarborough Spa this weekend event will have a whole host of programmes for everyone to enjoy including music workshops, arts and crafts for all ages, interactive musical performances and much more.

Lambing Festival

15-23 February at Cannon Hall Farm

Join Cannon Hall Farm for lambing season - one of the most exciting times in the farming calendar. Shepherds will be caring for hundreds of pregnant ewes at Cannon Hall Farms who will all be having lambs this Spring. Celebrate this special time of year at Cannon Hall and hopefully see a brand new life being brought into the world.

Sunflower Planting

19 February at Temple Newsam

Spring has finally sprung at Temple Newsam and what better way to celebrate than by planting some big, bright and beautiful flowers! Head over to the Walled Garden at Temple Newsam to plant sunflower seeds and see the tiny creation grow into a bright and beautiful sunflower!

Hansel and Gretel

21 and 22 February at Hull Truck Theatre

Come along and meet the wicked witch and her really rather eccentric chef in this truly imaginative version of Hansel and Gretel. Live music, hilarious performances and a mesmerising design ensures that this play will entertain and amuse the entire family.