Things to do

This year's Tour de Yorkshire may have been and gone, but the fun doesn't have to end now that the peloton has left the county. There's a whole host of amazing events and festivals that will make sure you have a wheel-y great time!

Wakefield Jazz Festival

This festival is based in the Wakefield Sports Club clubhouse bar, five minutes drive from the City Centre. It is a friendly, atmospheric venue with a range of drinks available from the bar – including tea and coffee. Here you will find the local areas best in contemporary jazz. Doors open at 7:00 pm and main events usually kick off at 8:30 pm unless otherwise stated.

Live at Leeds Festival

Live At Leeds is an award winning metropolitan festival held annually within a variety of venues and spaces in Leeds. The festival began in 2007 and since then the aim has always been to showcase the best new emerging artists alongside more established acts from around the world. Live music will take place across the bank holiday weekend with the Saturday being the focal point for breakthrough talent.

Saltaire Arts Trail

The 2018 Saltaire Arts Trail will bring the UK’s finest artists, makers and designers to the unique spaces of Saltaire in our Open Houses Trail, our biggest ever Makers Fair and in Special Exhibitions. Plus there are lots of chances to get involved in our workshops and taster sessions and free family activities.

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

This May, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival once again brings the magic of silent cinema with live music to venues across the county. With over forty screenings, seventeen venues and twenty-six musicians, this is the largest and most diverse celebration of live-scored silent cinema in the UK.

Doncaster Folk Festival

Doncaster Folk Festival is back with all the usual attractions: concerts, ceilidh, morris dancing, singarounds, meet the artist sessions and a superb campsite. The artists already confirmed include: Northern Company, Granny’s Attic, Jim Causley, Rosie Hood, Paul & Liz Davenport, Daisybell, Steve Turner, and the Alterego Ceilidh Band!

Grand Northern Ukulele Festival

A Grand Northern Ukulele Festival (GNUF) is much more than just a ukulele gathering. It’s a properly unique festival that belongs to every one of its punters, players and makers. After a sold-out 5th festival, the organisers were hard at work on next year’s extravaganza! See you there, 11-13 May, 2018!

Holmfirth Festival of Folk

Holmfirth is a small pennine town which comes to life during the Festival of Folk. There has been a folk festival in Holmfirth for about 30 years. The Festival committee has been responsible for the last nine years and the festival has gone from strength to strength and they pride themselves on producing a community based festival involving schools, local talent, most businesses in the town and, of course, a small army of volunteers.

Hebden Folk Roots Festival

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival is run by a group of musicians, enthusiasts and folk-loving people. The organisers are a mix of creatives living in Hebden Bridge. This festival has been created organically, and is connected to the heart of the community. It is exciting to see it grow and evolve bringing in a wonderful mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians.

Steampunk Filey 2018

Filey is hosting their second Steampunk Weekend: around town, Crescent Gardens, Nun’s Walk picnic area, Bandstand, Beach and Concert Hall. We are a small town with all events/entertainment being within walking distance and on the flat. Fairly steep access to beach and prom. 

The Great North Folk Festival

2018 is the 17th Great North Folk Festival and this year takes place in the truly magical Botton Village, near Danby. Join them May Bank Holiday Weekend 2018 at one of the friendliest festivals you'll find. 

World Island

World Island 2018 will see performances from Loyle Carner and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, alongside headline act Sampha. Sampha is best known for his collaborative work with artists such as Drake and Kanye West and his album Process won the 2017 Mercury Prize.

Swaledale Festival

Here you will find a packed fortnight of performances by some of the most exciting classical, folk, jazz and world musicians, as well as theatre, film, dance, poetry, comedy, workshops, family events, talks, guided walks and art exhibitions. All this takes place in charming ancient churches, village halls and heritage buildings in the stunning landscape of the North Yorkshire Dales.

Love 4 Music Festival

Love 4 Music Festival is a family-friendly environment, with food vendors selling a great variety of world foods and a selection of drinks to quench festival goers thirst. There will be many stalls selling anything from festival memorabilia to ethnic artifacts. Love 4 Music Festival is targeted at a diverse audience, with no boundaries of race or religion it is the love of music that will bring the audience together from across the North of England.

Yorkshire Puffin Festival

Something special is happening on the Yorkshire Coast... As thousands of puffins begin to flock to the nooks and crannies of Flamborough cliffs to raise their young, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are preparing to host the region’s very first Yorkshire Puffin Festival. Three puffin-packed days will celebrate these clowns of the sea and raise awareness of a puffin colony that is Yorkshire born and bred!

Father John Misty and Friends

Father John Misty has enjoyed much critical acclaim following the release of his award-winning third album ‘Pure Comedy’, including winning a Grammy award this year for Best Recording Package. Recent live appearances include a headline performance at End of the Road Festival, and a sold out headline tour in late 2017. This is the first time The Piece Hall will have hosted a major music event and it promises to be special. 

Cycle Fest

The National Wanderer CycleFest gives you the best of both worlds. An excellent setting at Sledmere House for sportives and other cycling activities and superb views centred around an exceptional venue.