Things to do

The month kicks off with the Tour de Yorkshire, but the fun doesn't have to end when the peloton leaves the county on 3rd May.

There's a whole host of other amazing events and festivals that will make sure you have a wheel-y great time!

Tour de Yorkshire, across the county, 30 April-3 May

Britain's premiere cycling race returns to Yorkshire in the month of April as the race tackles all four corners of God's Own County.

The peloton will visit Beverley before heading north along the stunning Yorkshire coastline on the first day and finishing in Redcar. On the second day, both the men and the women will race from Skipton, up through the Dales before a finish in the market town of Leyburn. On Saturday, the riders take to the start in Barnsley before a grueling day of racing, with multiple climbs, leads them to Huddersfield - it is here where the women's crown will be decided. Then on the final Sunday, the men take to the road for one last time as they set off from the majestic Piece Hall in Halifax before again heading round the Dales before ultimately sprinting it out on the Headrow in Leeds for glory.

Expect huge crowds, brilliant land art, cheering school children, high octane drama, sweeping landscapes and a brilliant weekend showcasing all that is great about Yorkshire. 

Leeds International Festival, 30 April - 9 May

Leeds International Festival is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation. they invite world-leading thinkers, creators, and pioneers to Leeds to share new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow.

The LIF CORE programme invites the world’s leading creators, innovators, thought-leaders and pioneers to Leeds to disseminate new ideas and discuss the world of tomorrow. By introducing the brightest minds to our city and our city to the brightest minds, the CORE aims to challenge our understanding of the world today and deliver an exciting vision of the future.

LIF’s OFF programme gives local creators an international platform to showcase new and experimental works, creating a vibrant, unpredictable and eclectic programme of fringe events across the city

Live at Leeds, 2-3 May

Everything Everything and special guests to open the Live at Leeds Welcome Party! They're bringing a special line-up for a one-off show kicking off Live at Leeds 2020. The Live at Leeds Welcome party will feature Everything Everything, The Blinders, The Orielles, The Howl and the Hum, and Leeds lads Tranqua Lite.

Then, the following day, join the party where over 40 acts are performing including alt-rockers Shame, indie-pop legends Mystery Jets and the pioneering Ghostpoet!

Fish and Ships Festival, Whitby, 18-19 May

Celebrate Whitby’s Fishing Heritage at this FREE Festival. Explore everything that’s special about the Yorkshire Coast’s magnificent maritime culture, from the building of its boats to its multi award-winning fish restaurants.

Choose from an endless choice of activities at this jaunty weekend, so much to enjoy for all the family. Whitby is one of the few places left in Britain where you can still experience the seafarer’s way of life from sea to shore, as it has been for hundreds of years.

Malton Food Lovers Festival, 23-25 May

Set across the streets of Yorkshire’s Food Capital, Malton Food Lovers Festival is a celebration of Yorkshire's finest produce and cooking. The 2020 festival is our 12th and set to be the biggest and best yet now running over 3 days!

Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs including Festival Patron Tommy Banks, demos, live music and much, much more. A family foodie extravaganza. We're not known as Yorkshire's Foodie Glastonbury for nothing!

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.

Great British Food Festival, 23-25 May

More than ‘just another food festival’, The Great British Food Festival combines the nation’s love of great food and drink with some of the country’s most treasured locations, providing a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues, all at the same time!

The main chef demo area hosts great local and tv chefs. This year we are also incorporating demos in BBQing, drinks tasters and tips to grow your own food! All demos are free (as part of your admission ticket) to enter so everyone can pick up top tips. There are also regular Artisan Foodie talks and the popular Great British Cake off and Men V’s Food challenges for you to get involved, along with lots of FREE kids' entertainment!

Skipton Beer Festival, 28-30 May

Skipton Beer Festival 2020 is coming up and, again, will be at Ermysted’s Grammar School. This year it will be the Thursday, Friday and Saturday following the Spring Bank Holiday weekend so easy to remember and hopefully we will get some sun. The venue is very handy for the facilities of Skipton town centre, including its many good pubs, and only 12 minutes walk from the bus and train stations.

This will be the 14th festival that the Keighley and Craven branch of CAMRA has organised in the town and we are following our tradition of a sheep logo (Skipton meaning "sheep town").

Eboracum Roman Festival, 29-31 May

The Eboracum Roman Festival returns on the 29-31 May 2020, to take visitors on an historic journey back more than 2000 years to Roman York. On 30 and 31 May, six legion armies will invade this ancient city to set up camp in York Museum Gardens. Join the parades as the Roman legionaries march through the streets they once ruled and discover how they established York as a Roman Fortress.

In the Roman Arena, enrol onto the ‘Kids Army’, discover what the fashionable Roman would wear and see the legionaries gather for military displays.