Things to do

June 2020 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, 23 May- 6 June

Swaledale Festival is an annual festival of music and arts based in the three most northerly Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale - a large rural area of outstanding beauty. Founded in 1972, the Festival begins on the Saturday of the late May Spring Bank Holiday each year and runs for two weeks. Festival venues range from tiny chapels seating fewer than fifty people to halls seating several hundred.

Many are charming village churches but there are also heritage sites such as Richmond's Georgian Theatre Royal and Gayle Mill near Hawes. We have recently added Tennants Garden Rooms in Leyburn as a Festival venue - our largest at 600 seats.

Tractorfest 2020, Newby Hall - 6-7 June

The largest celebration of all things Tractor comes to Newby Hall for the fifteenth year running!

This has become a huge event for the whole family and anyone who has any interest in Tractors. From tractor pulling competitions, mini tractors for the little ones and lots of food and drink to the legendary ‘March of the Tractors’ there is something for everyone! Entry includes admission to the gardens & adventure playground.

Great Knaresborough Bed Race - 13 June

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is a mighty pageant of decorated beds, passengers and runners, combined with a gruelling athletic contest around a course of 2.4 miles. It is organised by charity organisation Knaresborough Lions to raise funds for charitable and community causes, mainly in Knaresborough and Nidderdale. The event has been held every year since 1966, always on the second Saturday in June.

The ninety competing beds first gather at Knaresborough Castle, decorated according to the year’s theme, which for 2020 is ‘The Environment: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’. They parade through the town down to Conyngham Hall Fields, where they prepare for the race. Meanwhile, there are fairground attractions, stalls, live music and a big screen for the gathered crowds to enjoy.

Yorkshire CCC vs Lancashire CCC, Scarborough - 14-17 June

A day spent at the cricket is never a day wasted and that is particularly the case when it's a day spent at North Marine Road in Scarborough. Throw in the fact that its the small matter of a Roses match and you've got all the ingredients for a classic day out.

That's right, Lancashire CCC are coming to the coast for a 4-day County Championship match with Yorkshire and it promises to be a cracker. You'll be bowled over by the experience!

Black Dyke Brass Festival, Leeds - 21 June

The world’s most famous brass band returns to Leeds Town Hall for an afternoon gala concert, featuring the Black Dyke Band with internationally renowned soloists and the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band. Featuring music for everyone, the programme includes Verdi’s Nabucco overture, Black Dyke’s Big Band set, Sweet Georgia Brown, Lil’ Darlin’ and Ol’ Man River.

The grand finale with over 200 musicians includes Liberty Bell, the beautiful hymn setting of The Lost Chord, and Tchaikovsky’s triumphant 1812 Overture with the magnificent Leeds Town Hall organ.

White Rose Classic, Ilkley - 21 June

On the longest Sunday of the year, 21 June, get out on yer bike and see the Yorkshire Dales like only a cyclist can. There are three challenging routes to choose from.

The day starts and finishes in Ilkley where we put on a proper meal for riders, included with your registration fee. You can also purchase local beer on tap, freshly made ice cream and other delicacies while listening to live music at the after-ride party. As a Club-run event, we've done everything for you to have a safe and enjoyable day out. Fully-signed routes, amply-stocked feed stations, and on-the-road support. All you have to do is register and turn up on the day.

Forestry Live, Dalby Forest - 26-27 June

Held annually in beautiful forest locations across the country, Forest Live is a major live music series managed by Forestry England. With everything required for a great night out, our concerts are renowned for their relaxed atmosphere and spectacular forest backdrops. Income generated from ticket sales helps look after the nation’s forests sustainably, for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

On 26th, Yorkshire's favourite, Kaiser Chiefs play. Kaiser Chiefs have become one of the most successful British guitar bands of the millennium. Their unique indie rock sound evolved through revered albums ‘Employment’, ‘Yours Truly, Angry Mob’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’.

Then on 27th June, enjoy the combination of chart topping artists James Morrison and Will Young. 

Scarborough Armed Forces Day, Scarborough - 27 June

Scarborough Armed Forces Day returns for the 11th year providing an opportunity for you to thank the British Armed Forces for their selfless bravery and heroism. South Bay will close to traffic for the event as the Foreshore, West Pier and Sandside prepare to welcome over 30,000 visitors to a FREE event which is set to be the biggest and most popular Armed Forces Day yet.

The day will include aerial displays, a showcase of military vehicles, a variety of vintage stalls, demonstrations marching bands and a service of thanksgiving. So join us on Saturday the 30th of June for what will be an incredible day.

Stories & Steam Weekend, Huddersfield - 27-28 June

Join the KLR for steam train rides & children's stories, family fun & amazing activities, with Peter Rabbit™ making personal appearances at intervals each day.

In addition to your return steam train ride you can enjoy: Appearances from Peter Rabbit™ at intervals each day, Bouncy castle, Platform rides, Face painting, Rides on the Clayton Flyer mini railway, Outdoor adventure playgrounds, Craft activities, Fairytale Trails AND MORE!!!

Stories & Steam Weekend is happening on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th June 2020. There will be trains running every hour from 10am until the last train of the day at 3pm. Advance booking is strongly advised.

Bradford Literature Festival, Bradford - 26 June - 5 July

Bradford Literature Festival is hailed as one of the most inspirational and inclusive festivals in the UK. With over 500 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, this festival celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms.

Every year they invite world-renowned authors, poets, speakers, musicians and artists to visit this spectacular city and share their knowledge and passions with you, the audience. Drawing visitors from far and wide to West Yorkshire, Bradford truly is the place to be from 26th June – 5th July 2020.