Things to do

June 2019 has a host of events that are sure to make your start to summer memorable and, although great weather is not guaranteed, a warm Yorkshire welcome and a whole heap of fun definitely is.

Swaledale Festival 25 May - 8 June

This year's line-up includes luminaries from classical, folk, jazz, tango and flamenco music, with performers from Australia, Africa, China, Japan, India, the Middle East, mainland Europe and the Americas.

We present the world premiere of a major work commissioned by the Festival from the celebrated composer Alexander Goehr, and we welcome the current BBC Young Musician of the year as well as two former winners and a former BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year. 

Eboracum Roman Festival - 31 May - 2 June

From 1 - 2 June, Roman Eboracum comes to life in the beautiful York Museum Gardens with a Roman Living History camp, Kids Army, demonstrations, lectures and activities for all ages.

Visit the Yorkshire Museum to discover York’s Roman history through some of Britain’s greatest Roman treasures. 

Black Dyke Festival - 2 June

he world's most famous brass band returns to Leeds Town Hall for a Gala Concert, featuring the Black Dyke Band and its star soloists, plus special guests The Yorkshire Youth Band. 

Black Dyke’s Brass Festival promises to be a highlight in the band’s calendar.

The programme features music for everyone, including Walking with Heroes by Paul Lovatt-Cooper, Shine as the Light by Peter Graham and Black Dyke Band's new movie set Harry Potter, For Your Eyes Only, Pirates of the Caribbean. The concert also showcases The Yorkshire Youth Band, which performs Heroes of the North, a new work by Peter Graham.

Royal School of Church Music: Choral Festival - 8 June

This very special choral festival is run in conjunction with the Royal School of Church Music. The musical programme for the day will include pieces by Hanover and Stanford, alongside readings and prayers. The Revd. Canon Peter Moger, the Precentor of York, will be preaching at the event, and there will be a special Bradford version of the Gloria performed, to the tune of Ilkley Moor Baht’at.

Filey International Food Festival - 8-9 June

Eat Yorkshire and the Filey Evron Centre present Filey International Food Festival. A foodies delight with the likes of artisan pates, homemade cakes, gluten free food, fresh seafood, artisan chocolates, Yorkshire gin and vodka, real ale, prosecco bars and many more!

The Long Table Dinner - 13 June

Experience a unique dining extravaganza under the Victorian beauty of the Valley Gardens colonnade, with food from one of Yorkshire’s most acclaimed chefs, Stephanie Moon.

The Long Table Dinner is a new event first introduced last year by Harrogate International Festivals. A resounding success, it’s back on 13 June from 6.45pm till late, with the table seating up to 160 diners.

Cathedral Festival - 15 June

Save the date! Bradford Cathedral is opening its doors on Saturday 15th June for an incredible festival with family activities, food, music, crafts, art, give it a go sessions, prayer and much more.

Fox Valley Food & Music Festival - 15 - 16 June

This year the Fox Valley Food & Festival returns and is working in partnership with the Valley Music Festival who will be providing a weekend full of fantastic live entertainment!
You can expect over 50 market stalls and street food to go, a demo kitchen with live cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, kids crafts, children's face painting and fairground rides and a live show and workshops with Madame Zucchini.  

Dragon Boat Festival - 21-23 June

The event promises to be a fun filled family festival with dragon boat racing on the river and landside attractions for all to enjoy including childrens entertainment, charity stalls, catering stands, landside games, bar, live acts and much, much more. 

Friday will be a dedicated day for schools whilst the weekend will see teams from across the region converge once again on Roberts Park to “Race the Dragon” on the River Aire raising money for charity and helping to make a difference to so many lives. 

Farm Sunday at Burton Agnes Hall - 23 June

Join Burton Agnes Hall for a day of farm themed family entertainment.

See an impressive display of Burton Agnes Estate’s farm machinery, including among others 200 horsepower John Deere tractors, a 30ft cut Claas combine, a digger, sprayer, drill, plough and a forklift. Take fun photos in a big, yellow Caterpillar Challenger with tracks, and discover the amazing SatNav and equipment in the cab.

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.

Flower Festival - 27-30 June

Visit this beautiful Elizabethan mansion to see incredible floral displays inspired by our wonderful collection of fine art and furniture. Local florists, flower clubs and floristy students will be working together to showcase their talents in the stunning rooms at Burton Constable Hall in this Celebration of Summer.

The floral displays can be found on the ground floor of the Hall and are accessible to all. Entry to the Flower Festival is included in the normal Hall admission charges.

Bradford Literature Festival - 28 June-7 July

The Bradford Literature Festival, hailed as one of the most inspirational festivals in the UK. With over 300 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, we celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms. 

Every year world-renowned authors, poets, musicians and artists to visit our spectacular city and share their expertise and passions with you, the audience. 

Leeds Waterfront Festival - 29-30 June

Challenge yourself to the climbing wall or have a go at canoeing or paddle boarding before laying back in a deck chair to enjoy the live bands. On the Sunday the bands will be replaced with a DJ playing some chilled-out tunes to get you in the mood for some yoga, meditation or to simply relax while watching our live artists.

Just over the lock, at the water taxi stop, support Head High, St George’s Crypt, and Martin House for a family BBQ, freshly brewed coffee, Pimms & Gin tent, charity stalls and live music. Don’t forget to have a look at everything going on at Leeds Dock & Brewery Wharf.

Farmer Copleys Festival at the Farm - 30 June

Festival at the Farm is BACK with some of your favourites as well as some NEW amazing performances in our main ring including The Sheep Show, Flyballers, Birds of Prey Flying Show, Jorfor's Hall Viking Battle Group & much much more!

With lots of inflatable fun, craft stalls, pie eating contests, tractors, sheep shearing it's certainly one of FC's favourite days on the calendar!