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North Yorkshire - Events and Days Out Guide



18th & 19th February
Yorkshire Goes To the Seaside! A fantastic programme around this year’s chosen theme of movement, featuring music, theatre, arts, dance and entertainment for children. Over 100 events, 80 of them free over 3 action-packed days, head to Scarborough for some winter seaside fun.


Ryedale Jazz Festival

23rd to 29th July
Ryedale Jazz is back for another year with a series of concerts mainly based in Pickering



11th to 20th August
Knaresborough’s annual Festival of Entertainment and Visual Arts. A wonderful array of shows and events, from street theatre and open air concerts, to live music and the art trail. 


Great North Art Show

2nd to 24th September
The GREAT NORTH ART SHOW is a vibrant open exhibition established in 2001 to promote the quality and diversity of contemporary art in the Northwith thousands of visitors annually from home and abroad
It is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a broad range of quality art by established and emerging artists, set against the magnificent backdrop of Ripon Cathedral in North Yorkshire; definitely not to be missed.

Ripon International Festival

2nd to 22nd September

A world-class celebration of great orchestras, chamber and folk concerts, recitals, drama, literature and beautiful puppetry in magnificent Ripon Cathedral, the Royal Hall - Harrogate’s “Palace of Gold”, Markenfield Hall – unique moated medieval manor and ancient village churches. Join us in September to experience the festival’s distinctive atmosphere and outstanding performances. 


Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

15th to 17th September
Featuring beautiful show gardens, stunning plant nursery displays, live expert demonstrations and great garden shopping, it offers everything you need to plan and perfect your outdoor space.
Our famous giant vegetable competition is set to wow visitors as colossal carrots, monster marrows and podgy parsnips weigh in for the battle of the bulge.






Harrogate Beer Festival

27th to 29th March
Hosted at the Crown Hotel in Harrogate, this Harrogate Round Table fundraiser promises fun-filled evenings of real ale, many from local breweries, and live music all for a good cause!


Harrogate International Youth Festival

18th to 24th April
The HIYF brings together international youth bands and school performance groups to perform with the very best talent from the local area, ensuring international excellence and creativity at a variety of venues in and near Harrogate.

Harrogate Spring Flower Show

24th to 27th April
With live garden theatre, show gardens, cookery demonstrations, have a go fun, kids activities, experts and a wide range of garden, gift and kitchen goodies available, the flower show is fun for anyone with a plant.


Skipton Waterways Festival

3rd to 5th May
Centred around the Canal Basin and promenade the Skipton Waterways Festival is a family friendly event with stalls, crafts, rides and live entertainment. The theme for this years festival...cycling!!

Dales Festival of Food & Drink

3rd to 5th May
Sampling local produce and food in the Food Hall, watching cookery and farming demonstrations, listen to bands and generally having a good time. The Dales Festival of food and drink is a great family event and showcase of local produce and suppliers.

Whitby 60's Weekend

6th to 8th June
Go for the afternoon or the full weekend of swinging 60's hits including bands from the era.

Skipton Beer Festival

22nd to 24th May
Over 80 ales sourced from around the country with an emphasis on local beers, selection of local wines, plus traditional ciders and perries all served at the Skipton Town Hall.

Malton Food Lovers Festival

24th & 25th May
Malton's annual celebration of Yorkshire produce and cookery, with a varied and packed programme including celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, delicious street food, over 160 market stalls of local produce, family entertainment, tastings, talks and to wash it all down a beer, champagne and cider festival!

Overground Underground

24th to 26th May
Celebrate Ingleborough and Ingleton above and below ground, with demonstrations by the experts, have a go sessions for all ages, family fun and walks and talks.

Yorkshire Game Fair

25th & 26th May
2014 sees the introduction of a Show Jumping competition and Junior Gun dog test championships as well as new arena displays. Not forgetting our old favourites like the fabulous Field Kitchen and Devoted to Dogs section which have again expanded. Held at Newby Hall, Ripon.

Pickering Game & Country Fair

27th & 28th May
An opportunity to experience all the countryside has to offer – from all the country sports with loads of have-a-go opportunities, to fine foods and animals – all this and lots more not just for the country sports enthusiast but all of the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.


North Yorkshire Open Studios 2015

Sat 6 & Sun 7 June & Sat 13 & 14 June 2015 
Times 10.30am - 5.30pm
Find out what happens behind the scenes when over 100 North Yorkshire artists, including painters, potters, silversmiths and sculptors, open up their studios this June. The event brings together artists working in many different styles and materials, all keen to reveal the imagination and hard graft behind each piece of art.
Studios across North Yorkshire, from Skipton to Scarborough
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Visit for more info or pick up a free event guide from tourist information centres

Yorkshire Modified Car Show

8th June
The show accommodates the Yorkshire Top 25 and incorporates a specialist Trade Village, ICE Competition, DJs & MCs, Dancers & Models and a Radio Controlled Car Arena (featuring Drifting Demonstrations and the opportunity for you to bring your own car to compete). Plus 100's of cars on display.

Grassington Festival

13th to 28th June
15 days of spectacular events for audiences young and old, featuring national names and the local community, music, theatre, arts, walks and much more. Headliners thie year include Boom Town Rate, Only men Aloud and Heather Small.


Great Yorkshire Show

8th to 10th July
England's premier agricultural show, stall, displays, events, competitions and so very much more, for all ages to enjoy.


12th & 13th July
Celebrating the tradition of English step dance, Clogfest comes to Skipton town centre with a series of performances and workshops.

Theakston's Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival

18th to 21st July
The popular festival returns to Harrogate for a 10th year with a special guest appearance by J. K. Rowling, and special guests including Ann Cleeves, Sophie Hannah, John Harvey, Lynda LaPlante and Laura Lippman to name just a few.

Scarborough Seafest

25th to 27th July
A host of family fun based around Scarborough's maritime history, events and activities include maritmie and heritage displays, kitchen theatre, live music, real ale festival, children's fun plus ccraft and market stalls.

Deershed 5: Time Travel

25th to 27th July
The family music festival based in Topcliffe near Thirsk. This years theme is Time Travel. Johnny Marr headlines the music, the family craft workshops, the snadpit, carboard city, science workshops will all be making a welcome return.

Pickering Traction Engine Rally

31st July, 1st to 3rd August
A fun filled event for all the family, with traction engines, steam organs, trade and market stalls, craft fair and fine food hall.



8th to 17th August
Knaresborough’s annual Festival of Entertainment and Visual Rrts. A wonderful array of shows and events, from street theatre and open air concerts, to live music and the art trail.

Beacons Festival

7th to 10th August
The family friendly festival based in Skipton, with bands, DJ's, kids areas, arts, cinema and more.

Whitby Regatta

9th to 11th August
Four days of entertainment, embracing yacht racing, rowing races, red arrows, beach football, kids fun and more all finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display.

Galtres Festival

22nd to 24th August
Galtres combes seven stages of music and cabaret, fine beers and ciders, excellent local produce catering, loads for kids to do, and all set in a beautiful rural setting of Helmsley