Things to do

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.

Here is our run down of great things to see and do in Yorkshire this month:

Ilkley Literature Festival, 28 September - 14 October 2018

The Festival is held over 17 days at the start of October in this miniature Victorian spa town at the foot of Ilkley Moor – surrounded by beautiful countryside – but only fifteen minutes from Leeds Bradford airport and a stone’s throw from Haworth, Harrogate, Leeds and Bradford. The Festival is supported by Arts Council England Yorkshire and Bradford Metropolitan Council

Over the last forty years innumerable famous authors have passed through its doors – from international figures and Nobel prize winners to poets like Ted Hughes and Benjamin Zephaniah. There have been residencies, literary walks, discussions, commissions, workshops, exhibitions, performances & moments of high drama. 

Light Night Leeds, 4-5 October 2018

Witness the city centre come alive with an exciting programme of spectacular projections, interactive installations, exhibitions, dance, music and street performances. As darkness falls, come and see the city in a new light. 

Wetherby Festival, 12-14 October 2018

The 41st Wetherby Festival has a host of fantastic events scheduled including 'Welcome to Wetherby Day' which is a celebration all throughout the town that will have local groups and societies telling the story of Wetherby and how it came to be the thriving town it is today.

Railway in Wartime, 12-14 October 2018

Over the three-day event families can hop on board steam and heritage diesel trains and relive the amazing spirit and camaraderie of World War II, whilst enjoying various war-themed entertainment and vehicle displays at stations along the iconic North Yorkshire Moors Railway line.

Raworth's Harrogate International Lit Fest, 18-21 October 2018

Taking place at The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, from 18 to 21 October, the stellar line-up features household names from the worlds of comedy, history, sport and literature.

Be swept back in time with one of the biggest historical fiction authors, Conn Iggulden, and arguably the UK’s most respected historian, David Starkey. One of the most engaging and often controversial speakers, Starkey will shed new light on our country’s greatest tyrant, Henry VIII.

Musicport, 19-21 October 2018

Musicport is a not-for-profit community business. They started back in 2000 with a one-off festival for the Millennium, and that one-off has led to 18 more. They celebrated our 18th birthday in 2017, so this year is number 19!

They've had some amazing artists play there over the years – the décor transforms Whitby Pavilion into a great venue, really intimate and with a special atmosphere. You can get so close to these brilliant musicians, sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realise they really are there, on your doorstep, close enough to touch!

Countryside Live, 20-21 October 2018

Celebrating the very best of the countryside, this two-day event is mostly undercover so you’ll have fun whatever the weather! Special guest Amanda Owen will be meeting fans and doing live Q&As on stage on Saturday 20th October. Known as the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda will be on stage talking about what life is like running a 2,000 acre farm with 1,000 sheep and nine children at the head of Swaledale in North Yorkshire, one of the highest and most remote places in England.

Then on Sunday (October 21) TV favourite Peter Wright of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet will be a special guest. Fans can meet Peter when he will be signing copies of his debut book The Yorkshire Vet: In The Footsteps of Herriot which will be hot off the presses. Peter’s books will be on sale at the event where Peter will also be doing live Q&As on stage as well as meeting fans.

Tomorrow's Ghosts Gothic & Alternative Music Festival, 26-28 October

Tomorrow’s Ghosts Festival is a celebration of all things Gothic whilst embracing a wide range of alternative culture.

The Festival aims to host both established and up and coming bands to reflect the diversity of the goth and alternative music scene as well as including film, art and spoken word.

Hebden Bridge Arts Festival - Weekend of Wonderful Women, 26-28 October 2018

Hebden Bridge has been long famed for it's vivacious history of politics, feminism, and the wonderful inspirational women that have lived, and continue to live in this town. Over the weekend they will be celebrating wonderful women. Past, present and future. Join them for a series of events happening through the town. Expect music, installations, readings, discussions, and some new surprises and additions to our programming. 

The Great Pumpkin Festival, 27 October 2018

Here you will find professional pumpkin carving, workshops, competitions and lots more entertainment. Not to mention stalls, local community group activities. The town will be transformed into all things pumpkin at this Halloween event for all the family!