Things to do

It's three months into 2018 already! Why not make this month the month that you march around the county and experience some fantastic festivals and events?

Orchid Festival

The Burton Agnes Orchid Festival this March is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of orchids. There will be magnificent displays of vibrantly coloured and gently fragrant flowers, and expert advice available. 

On the weekend of the 3rd and 4th March 2018, the Elizabethan Great Hall will be filled with some of nature's most intriguing flowers. Local orchid expert Ray Creek will give talks, slide shows and specialist advice about growing and caring for your own orchids. Visitors can also buy plants from the widest selection in the area, and other orchid related goods, from stalls around the Hall's ground floor.


SheFest is back for the third year, bringing a week-long festival to Sheffield in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year, SheFest is more important than ever, as 2018 marks 100 years since the first women won the right to vote. 

Sheffield was in fact the first known place in the country to form a women’s suffrage society – The Sheffield Women’s Political Association – so while we celebrate how far gender equality has come since 1918, the festival invites you to challenge the many inequalities still present today and #pressforprogress.

Yorkshire Ales Artisan Gin Bar

With live music and a wonderful beverage on arrival, this festival of gin is just the tonic for fans of the spirit. For just £20 you'll receive a Yorkshire Ales gin glass and book as well as a list of pairings and garnishes alongside other great goodies and the chance to sample a wide range of Yorkshire gins from all over the county. There will also be some great live music. 

The Yorkshire Brass Band Championships

Over the weekend of the 3-4 March 2018 more than fifty bands will be competing across all sections seeking the honour of representing Yorkshire at the finals of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.  

With some of the finest Bands in Britain such as Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick, Grimethorpe Colliery, Rothwell and many others all competing in the Championship Section at Huddersfield Town Hall, few contests are so fiercely competitive.

SpringDub – Indoor VW Show

SpringDub has a host of things to see and do. With trade stands giving visitors a chance to trade at the newest and best indoor exhibition hall in the country, a show and shine contest, club stands and camping this event is sure to get your engine running. 

Classical Sheffield Fringe

The Classical Sheffield Fringe celebrates the year round music making happening in their city with a weekend of free pop-up concerts in the Virgin Money Lounge, The Winter Garden and other unusual venues.

As always, their pop-up performances are informal and provide a wonderful opportunity to introduce your little ones (or not so little ones!) to live classical music. 

Huddersfield Literature Festival

Join HLF this March for their annual celebration of books and authors, poetry and performance. Major authors and multi-arts events, comedy and creative writing, performance poetry and a Free Family Day – whatever you enjoy, you’ll find it here at the Huddersfield Literature Festival. This award-winning festival takes place over 10 days in venues across Huddersfield, with community, accessibility and inclusivity at its heart.

This year also sees a visit from one of the world's most gifted and beloved actors Sir Patrick Stewart - who also happens to be on of Huddersfield's most famous sons. 

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival has a well earned reputation for being a friendly festival, welcoming everyone whether you're an outdoors enthusiast or an armchair adventurer who just loves a good story.

As well as watching films, you can share a ShAFF beer with adventure sports athletes and filmmakers in the bar, check out the exhibitors area in the Outpost, take inspiration from our free ShED Talks or get involved in a range of outdoor activities.

York Literature Festival

The full programme for the 2018 York Literature Festival has now been released, with a wide variety of authors, artists, book readings, talks and events taking place across various venues in the city. This year’s programme contains a specific strand of events looking at History and Historical Fiction.

Whether it is the creative accounts of historical events portrayed by popular historians or the occupation of “history’s gaps” and untold narratives by the novelist, there is a variety of events to consider.

Ryedale Festival

Every year, the Ryedale Festival welcomes outstanding performers from all over the world, both established and emerging, to perform a wide-ranging and distinctive programme in the many spectacular and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire - an area full of history and natural beauty. 

The festival enjoys a large, loyal and enthusiastic audience, the warm support of the local community and a growing reputation as one of the most exciting and enterprising in the country. 

Harrogate Springtime Live

Springtime Live is jam packed with exciting activities for young children ensuring a family fun day out. Pay £10 in advance and all activities are free once inside.

Taking place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, in Harrogate, on Easter Saturday 31st March 2018, there will be farm animals, storytelling, live music and hands-on workshops. 

Due to the popularity of this event, tickets are limited and must be booked in advance.

Tornado storms into NYMR 

This stunning Peppercorn A1 Pacific class engine has been on a whirlwind of tours since she began moving under her own steam in 2008 and this year talent spotting teams were quick to select her to be used in the latest film about a friendly bear from deepest darkest Peru, 'Paddington Bear 2'.

You too can now travel on return journey from Grosmont to Pickering and back behind this 100mph locomotive, all be it at a much more sedate speed, through the stunning North York Moors National Park. 

Yorkshire's Jurassic World

Make an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in this major new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. From the depths of the deepest seas to the ancient coasts and tropical shallows; meet the dinosaurs and sea monsters that once roamed our vast and ever-changing landscapes. 

Experience each Jurassic world as the colossal creatures and their surroundings are brought to life using the latest research and ground-breaking technology.

Best of BE Festival

BE FESTIVAL is Birmingham’s international festival of performing arts. Each year, they package up their top 3 shows from the festival and send them out to audiences around the UK. This year, the Best of BE will feature 3 delicious, 30-minute samples of mask, theatre, and circus, all in one evening and you can see it in Halifax!