Things to do

June 2018 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.

Something to Smile About Festival

This is far from a specific festival. Not one of music or arts, but a festival in its base meaning. It is a gathering to celebrate, to throw off all your worries and just enjoy the simple things. Smile is a family friendly event, with free workshop areas, street theatre, craft stalls and activities. The site also boasts climbing walls and assault courses, a play park and lake/water sport activities. 

Yorkshire Cosplay Convention

Yorkshire Cosplay Con is annually held in the Doncaster area. This convention has attracted hundreds of attendees each year and the convention continues to grow stronger each time.

Activities at the convention include a variety of contests, meeting new people, Mixture of Japanese/English Music, traders, Artists, Special Guests, workshops, card-gaming, trading, video gaming, karaoke, live entertainment and more!

York Festival of Ideas

York Festival of Ideas 2018 will take place from 5 to 17 June under the banner of Imagining the Impossible. With mostly free events, including talks, performances and exhibitions, the Festival delivers events for all ages and interests.

Sheffield Doc Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world leading and the UK’s premier documentary festival, celebrating the art and business of documentary and all non-fiction storytelling. 

Operating in the heart of UK, they're a hub for all documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all platforms, from feature length to shorts, and including interactive, augmented reality, and virtual reality projects. 

Whitby 60s Music Festival

Whitby 60s Music Festival takes place at Whitby Pavilion Complex, West Cliff, Whitby, in North Yorkshire from Friday 8th until Sunday 10th June 2018.

A full weekend of Sixties tributes and a couple of classic Sixties bands. The line-up will include:- Steve Ellis, Swinging Blue Jeans, Foundations, Union Gap, Tornados, Fourmost, Undertakers, Cupids Inspiration, Vanity Fare, Rag Dolls.

Holmfirth Arts Festival

Holmfirth Arts Festival celebrates its 10th year in 2018, bringing a vibrant mix of creativity, art and entertainment to the flourishing market town of Holmfirth.

The festival may be small but it has big ambitions.  Inspired by the landscape of the Pennines, its aim is to find new ways of celebrating the Holme Valley, its people and their stories. 


Towerfest 2018 is going to be the biggest and best ever with the Thursday night in two rooms of the clubhouse and Friday, Saturday and Sunday on their open air stage.

As always this festival is great value for money with an amazing line up for our 12th festival. People love how Towerfest is put together from the individually marked out pitches to the fact that they even deliver your papers each morning while you are there.

Wentworth Music Festival

Held in the beautiful surroundings of the largest-fronted stately home in Europe, Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire, Wentworth Music Festival is the not-to-be-missed family event this year.

Headlined by Scouting For Girls, Go West, Toploader, Right Said Fred, Lucy Spraggan and Liberty X, as well as Main Stage host Timmy Mallett, this event promises to be a day full of music, fun and laughter.

Grassington Festival

Grassington Festival, an annual multi arts and music Festival, has been providing a lively and enriching cultural experience to residents and visitors for 38 years with its combination of performances, visual arts and live music.

For the last two weeks of June each year, Grassington comes alive in a myriad of colours and creativity as artists, bands, art enthusiasts and local people collaborate to entertain and inspire with unusual and unique live performances.

It is dedicated to making arts experiences accessible for everyone to enjoy and appreciate and to bring the community together to celebrate the best of music, theatre, dance, comedy, talks, workshops, walks, visual arts and creative challenges.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival is now in its 25th year. and they are proud to host a mixture of internationally acclaimed artists, emergent artists, and fantastic artists that are literally on our doorstep. The Arts Festival is truly an amalgamation of local support, international vision and fantastic leadership.

The festival has long been a support and haven for those wanting to develop in the industry, as well as being on the festival circuit as a fantastic place to perform in. They want to support as many people as we can, and celebrate, dance, sing, make, learn, share with as many people in the area, and those that we have the pleasure of hosting.

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Wizards of Oz

The gravity-defying Wizard of Oz prequel” (Time Out London) is flying back to Leeds Grand Theatre complete with all the spectacle and magic that earned standing ovations from audiences and rave reviews from local critics.

This multi record-breaking production of the West End and Broadway musical sensation transports you to a stunningly re-imagined world of Oz providing marvels beyond your imagination.

Bradford Literature Festival

Bradford Literature Festival offers a programme of events like no other, creating exceptional discussions and debates and inviting audiences to engage directly with world renowned authors and speakers to share thoughts and opinions in an open and neutral space. 

The festival explores the intimate relationship between words and other art forms such as film, theatre and music, drawing on the distinct historical and cultural offerings of Bradford to create a unique space in which to encourage a wider conversation.

Summer Gin Festival

The gin festival is back and better than ever. Round up your friends and enjoy gin and live music in the Airedale Barn this summer.  There'll be over 20 different gins to try as well as food and bottled gin available to buy on the night. Hay bales will create an outdoor seating area with views across the duck pond. Tickets include your first gin, a brochure and a gin glass to take home with you.

Over the next few months, the Great Exhibition of the North takes place. This is a free, summer-long celebration of the North of England’s pioneering spirit.

The country’s biggest event in 2018, it will pack a programme of amazing exhibits, live performances, displays of innovation, new artworks and unforgettable experiences into 80 days.

Find out how you can get involved here