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October Events and Festivals

October brings with it a vast amount of fascinating events and festivals. With Halloween in the month, there's a couple of spook-tacular offerings plus some other first-class events that are well worth checking out.

Farmer Copley's Pumpkin Festival - Assorted dates across October

The pumpkins are planted and the British weather is working it’s magic. Around 130,000 win total taking around 8-9 days with a team of us. Hard work but it will all be worth it when we see fields of loads of different colours come October time!

Our Pumpkin Festival will be here before you know it and it’s guaranteed to be bigger and better than before! We’ve ordered the seeds, over 37 different varieties for 2019 so we’ll have pumpkin plants of every shape size and colour, to ensure you find your perfect pumpkin.

Harrogate Comedy Festival - 2-22 October

Some of the top acts tipped for this festival are Sindhu Vee (Thursday 10 October), a comedic Bon Jovi Musical We've Got Each Other (Wednesday 9 October), Frisky and Mannish (Thursday 17 October) and Count Arthur Strong (Friday 18 October).

Halifax Festival of Words - 4-6 October

Two of Halifax’s independent businesses, The Book Corner bookshop (Piece Hall) and The Grayston Unity bar have again joined together to organise & the Halifax Festival of Words, generously sponsored by Halifax BID, which had a very successful launch year in 2018.It will take place in the town between the 4th & 6th October.  Over 35 events will celebrate the use of language through books, music, spoken word and illustration (many of which are free).

Masham Sheep Fair - 5-6 October

Masham boasts one of the largest and finest market squares in England, famous for its sheep sales where in the past as many as 70,000 sheep were sold each year. 

The popular Masham Sheep Fair commemorates these times, raising much money for charity, and filling the town with sheepy fun and entertainment. Masham is a wonderful market town which is worth visiting at any time of year, as well as during the Sheep Fair! It's also a great base for exploring the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.

Off the Shelf Festival - 5-26 October

Off the Shelf is one of the largest and most accessible literary festivals in the UK. Every year we bring the biggest names in literature and the arts to Sheffield.

Widescreen Weekend Festival - 10-13 October

Widescreen Weekend is a unique festival of large-screen formats and cinema technologies celebrating the past, present and future of film. Enjoy a long weekend of big, bold and wide cinema experiences as we showcase the museum’s fantastic projection facilities. Glorious 70mm screenings, new Cinerama restorations and great guests will remind you why going to the movies is so magical.

This year’s Widescreen Weekend will include a special Women in Widescreen celebration, plus Celluloid Saturday—a whole day of film on film. 

Stokesley Food Fest - 11-13 October 

What better place to celebrate food of all shapes and sizes, than in the historic market town of Stokesley, North Yorkshire, with the 5th Food Festival in the town, 11 to 13 October.

Sponsored by Quorn Foods, and Stokesley Town Council we have a really exciting programme of events this year, with something to suit every taste. There is a Theatre of Food with a great line up of chefs, a Food and Wine Soiree, an Afternoon Tea Dance, events for the children, Street Food stalls, and music. The events will be held in the centre of Stokesley on The Plain and in the Town Hall, and with so many individual shops, cafes and restaurants in the town, as well as a beautiful riverside walk along the River Leven, close to the High Street, it’s an ideal opportunity to make a day of it and explore.

Musicport Festival - 18-20 October

From its first “one-off “festival to celebrate the Millennium in 2000 until the present Musicport has succeeded in bringing some of the finest musicians from around the world to the Yorkshire coast.

From the Buena Vista Social Club to Hugh Masekela from Courtney Pine to Richard Hawley it’s been a fascinating journey of discovery for the organisers and the audience as highest quality music from lands both far away and much close to home have graced the 5 stages of this unique and friendly indoor festival.

Flavours Food Fest 2019 - 19-20 October

Flavours Food Fest will be returning this October and we can’t wait! Elsecar Heritage Centre have another action packed weekend planned with delicious food, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs, tasty tipples, live music, family entertainment plus much much more. Get the dates in your diary - you won’t want to miss it!