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.

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

St Leger Festival

Doncaster is home to one of the county’s most iconic events in the form of the world class horse racing festival, the St Leger.

This year’s festival takes place between 13th and 16th September with the world’s oldest classic, the St Leger stakes taking place on the final day. Last year saw 30,000 people flock to the South Yorkshire venue to enjoy a wonderful day of top quality racing and the great selection of bars and restaurants.

Get that St Leger feeling, book your tickets now.

Hull Freedom Festival - 10th Anniversary

The Freedom Festival is one of the UK’s most innovative, family-friendly and multi-faceted arts festivals and, since its inception in 2008, the festival has won the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people.

The inaugural Hull International Carnival procession will debut at the festival this year, featuring spectacular costumes, music and dance. There are a range of artists joining the celebration that will explode the city in a riot of colour.

York Food & Drink Festival

The 21st York Food and Drink Festival is returning for 10 days in September.

Hands on cookery sessions are for adults and children and available every day. Visitors can learn practical hands on skills like how to make chocolates, bread or pasta in the Food Hub.

The new Food Hub is the heart of the Festival’s programme. It hosts a market of small food producers at the two weekends. During the week the Hub is taken over by 800 primary school children taking cookery sessions. The demonstration area is at the Food Hub and for the first time it doubles as a pop-up restaurant at night.

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

If the gardening season has to end, then it should end in style and the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show gives you the perfect opportunity with some great ideas for keeping the colour coming right into autumn.

This year, Postcards from the Hedge, offers visitors the chance to travel the world in their garden with a new exhibition that traces the ancestry of many popular plants. The street scenes return, with lots of inspiration for smaller plots, as does the giant vegetable competition, which has been expanded to offer new classes for novices.

Cheese Fest UK - Leeds

This September sees Cheese Fest UK come to Leeds for the first time ever. Visitors to the event in Canal Mills can experience some of the cheesiest cheeses in the world. From traditional cheeses to halloumi fries this is an event that cheese lovers will find GRATE.

Some of the UK’s best cheese traders will be in attendance to tell you all there is to know about their wares and with wines and beers that go perfectly with your tasting experience, it’s sure to be an un-brie-leivable weekend.

Nidderdale Show

Nidderdale’s ‘Big Day Out’ takes place on the 25th September and this traditional agricultural show has a wonderful offering for attendees.

With displays of the finest livestock, produce and crafts that the Dales has to offer, the annual Nidderdale show is a stalwart and one of the county’s foremost agricultural shows.

This year’s special main ring attraction is Joseph’s Amazing Camels and cannot be missed. There will be thrills and excitement galore as the beautiful animals race around the main ring. The camels will also be on display all day long, so make sure to meet them and learn all about them!


This astounding interactive walk-in has astounded audiences across the globe, from the Guggenheim in Spain to the Sydney Opera House in Australia and now all the way to Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Offering a dazzling maze of winding paths and soaring domes where Islamic architecture, Archimedean solids and Gothic cathedrals meld into one inspiring monument to the beauty of light and colour. Prepare to be ensnared by the amazing world that Luminarium creates, offering a sense of wonder and enchantment for all ages.

Castleford Roman Festival

On Saturday 16th September, Castleford’s rich Roman heritage will be celebrated in style once again, as the Castleford Roman Festival marches back into town.

With exciting, educational and fun activities including horse shows, gladiator training and a Roman themed shadow workshop there is something for all the family to enjoy; whilst learning all about the fascinating history of their home town.

Autumn Festival of Trees and Wood

Seek out hidden glades, rare trees and arboretum collections at this Harlow Carr’s Autumn Festival of Trees and Wood.

Find out about all of the options for your garden during a walk and talk with experts and learn all about chainsaw sculpting with power tool manufacturers STIHL.

For those of you not wanting to use power tools, there are some more delicate options including whittling, willow weaving and hurdle making.

Festival of Thrift

This award-winning festival is the UK’s national celebration of sustainable living and offers a fabulous atmosphere, activities for all the family and great food and shopping.

The festival invites visitors to get hands-on with an exciting mix of creativity, making, fixing and learning as well as discovering how to save money, be environmentally savvy and live a rich and fulfilling life.

Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, the Hull Central Library is hosting a popular exhibition of Sir Quentin Blake’s new portraits of ten of Dahl’s most famous characters.

It is a unique exhibition as each piece has been drawn and painted in a way which shows that the characters have been invited to sit and have their portrait taken, rather than being illustrated in a scenario.

The large watercolour and pencil portraits include heroes such as Matilda, Charlie Bucket and Sophie and the BFG, together with some of Dahl’s most gruesome creations like The Twits.