Things to do

September Events and Festivals

September may mean the end of summer, but it also brings with it an amazing array of fantastic events in the county.

The Festival of the Moon 23 August - 8 September

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s famous moon landing with The Festival Of The Moon at Wakefield’s Former Market Hall, two weeks of mostly FREE music, dance, theatre, art workshops, wellbeing, kids’ activities for the school holidays and much, much more. It all starts on Fri 23 August 2019 with a free launch party and runs until Sun 8 September 2019.

The festival’s centre-piece is a stunning artwork Museum of the Moon by artist Luke Jerram.  Suspended high up from the Former Market Hall’s ceiling, a seven metre diameter replica of the moon beams to create an otherworldly mix of moonlight, NASA footage and music from BAFTA winning musician Dan Jones.  Museum of the Moon has orbited earth, being seen from Glastonbury to Australia and experienced by thousands of people worldwide. A once in a lifetime opportunity to come face-to-face with the moon and grab an out of this world selfie!

Woodland Walking Festival - 7-9 September

From Woodland School and Yoga in the woods to Orienteering and Foraging Courses around the Druid’s Temple – this is a day out that offers a variety of woodland activities for all ages along with guided walks around the Swinton Estate.

The day starts and finishes at Swinton Bivouac, from where walkers are free to roam on the Estate Trails (with or without a guide), with activities running all day in the woodland and also at the Bivouac café and barns.

St Leger Festival - 11-14 September

Experience Yorkshire's Classic: The William Hill St Leger Festival 11-14 September 2019, is one of the most prestigious race weeks of the British horse racing calendar, The St Leger Festival is the World's Oldest Classic, and the only classic in Yorkshire. Visitors to St Leger can expect to experience top-class horse racing, fabulous live entertainment, and will leave with memories that will last a lifetime.  

The William Hill St Leger Festival, not just great racing, a great experience!

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show - 13-15 September

Harrogate Flower Show is the UK’s premier autumn gardening event offering everything you need to create the perfect plot, plus spectacular displays and lots of live entertainment. New this autumn is ‘Back to the Future’ exploring how the UK’s rich gardening heritage is fuelling a rosy future.

Visit the Plant Nursery Pavilion to see our fantastic feature display on the spectacular gardens at Newby Hall, and find out more about plans for even more exciting developments.

The Festival of Thrift -14-15 September

If you love life, you'll love the Thrift Festival. The festival has a few main aims: To build a unique and distinctive, fun, sustainable national event which draws positive media attention to our partners, Tees Valley and the North East. To celebrate the heritage and contribute to the future prosperity of Tees Valley and its industry. To ensure wider economic benefit through encouraging extended visitor spend on travel, accommodation, restaurants and businesses.

The festival also aims to contribute to community cohesion through targeting communities with less access to cultural activities. To highlight the skills and creativity of the region’s artists and craftspeople, to inspire people of all ages to learn old ways, and find new ways to be creative in their every day lives and to promote the concept of sustainable living and be a voice for sustainable issues globally and locally.

Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra - 19 September

The Britten-Shostakovich Festival Orchestra is a unique organisation that offers young musicians of conservatoire age in the UK and Russia a rare shared cultural experience. Originally born out of a joint initiative celebrating various artistic and scientific disciplines, the Orchestra is expected to continue and develop as a regular annual feature in the musical calendars of both countries.

The Orchestra’s Artistic Director is Jan Latham-Koenig, the first British-born conductor to have ever held a senior titled position at a Russian opera company, at Novaya Opera. He will be joined by Siberian born pianist Pavel Kolesnikov, one of the most exciting young artists performing today.

Ocean Film Festival World Tour 2019 - 27 September

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for autumn 2019 with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films.

Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour, this carefully curated collection of short films features sublime footage from both above and below the water’s surface, showcasing the spellbinding power and beauty of our oceans.

Celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Be awed by mesmerising marine life and spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet – via the big screen!