All the fun of the fair this weekend!

Hull Fair

This carnival of merriment is the largest travelling fair in Europe and one of the oldest – the fair celebrated its seven hundredth anniversary in 1993. The anniversary celebrated by Hull City Council dates from 1293, when Edward I allocated six weeks in May and June for the festivities.

Local tradition states that the changing of the calendar in 1751 led the locals to believe the loss of eleven days affected their fair. “Give us back our eleven days,” was the cry as an enraged mob charged around the streets of Hull, calling for the return of their eleven day festivities which they believed to have been lost due to the calendar change. The outraged masses got their wish and from that year onwards 11 October, or the Friday nearest to it, became the official date for Hull Fair.

Stalls down Walton Street are filled with the sights and smells of traditional fairground food from hamburgers and hot dogs to candy floss, toffee apples, pomegranates and even hog roast.

It’s the event the people of Hull look forward every year before it arrives – so don’t miss it!


Musicport is a unique festival in its combination of international, national and local acts together Musicportwith a mix of music & more that includes folk, roots, blues, jazz, rock, indie, poetry, cookery all in an intimate environment with 5 stages in one building. Run by an established team of primarily volunteers it is now in it’s 15th year and takes place 17-19 October 2014 at Whitby Pavilion.

Musicport is a great way for people to finish the festival season as the days draw in with no worry about the weather affecting proceedings. Run by a not for profit company and attracting audience members from all around the UK and with international recognition of its programming Musicport puts a lot into the local economic and cultural economy of the Yorkshire coast. A grant from Scarborough Borough Council has just been awarded to Musicport to help underpin its work.

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Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival of Words is 23 this year!

Running from 11 October – 1 November and with some pre festival and post festival specials, the festival has grown into one of the UK’s most popular and exciting events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media. The festival offers a wide range of events for audiences of all ages including author events, workshops, debate, exhibitions, talks, , poetry, competitions and more.

This year’s festival includes events with Kirsty Wark, Allan Ahlberg, Arne Dahl, Yotam Ottolenghi, Paul Merton, Wendy Cope, John Lydon, Viv Albertine, Julian Cope, John Julius Norwich, Patience Agbabi, Digby Jones, Alan Johnson, Viv Groskop and Francesca Martinez to name just a few.  We do hope that you are able to enjoy an Off the Shelf event this year.

But don’t just take our word for it…

“By far and away one of the best festivals in the UK” Clara Wormersley Random House

“One of the most pleasant and enjoyable festivals I have attended – and I’ve been to one or two.” Sir Michael Parkinson

Yarm Fair

Yarm Fair is now primarily a funfair. Travellers still attend the fair and ride horses up and down the street on the Saturday. The travellers have to wait outside the town until 6:00 pm on the Tuesday, at which point they are allowed to cross the bridge over the River Tees into the town.YarmFair

On the Saturday morning the historic blessing of the fair takes place in the vicinity of the dodgems.

Dignitaries are taken by a steam engine the length of the high street where the charter and proclamation is performed.
Following this the ‘flashings’ takes place when travellers ride horses up and down the High Street to show off their wares.

The fair is operational on the Thursday, Friday evenings between 6:00pm and 12:00pm and all day Saturday starting at 10:45am until 12:00pm. The Riding of the Fair taking place between 11:00am and 11:30am.

A free Park & Ride Scheme to operate from the Oakwood Centre car park on the Durham Lane Industrial Estate with a bus service into Yarm. The Park & Ride will operate during the Fair hours on 16th, 17th and 18th October. Security personnel will be on duty at the Oakwood Centre car park.

In the main, the same people return to the same positions every year, and are all Members of the Guild who must abide by all the Guilds rules and regulations.

The Yarm Fair is an annual three day event taking place from Thursday 16th October until Saturday 18th October.

Countryside Live

The 12th annual countryside event takes place in Harrogate this weekend. Whatever the weather, Countryside Live, the little sister of the famous Great Yorkshire Show, is guaranteed to be a success as 90 per cent of the action takes place indoors!

Once again, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, organisers of the event, have drawn up an exciting programme of activities and attractions designed to appeal to visitors of all ages.

If you have ever fancied yourself as a modern-day Robin Hood, have-a-go-archery should be on your agenda for the weekend or if mountain biking is more your thing, Countryside Live offers you the chance to try your skills on a purpose-built woodland course and there are demonstrations both days in the outdoor arena.

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Forge plays host to farriers from across the UK who will be showing off their skills while Ben Potter is once again joining the weekend’s line-up with his amazing birds of prey demonstrations.

Diggerland is back by popular demand – again – while the Create and Explore area offers loads of hands-on activities including bread and sausage making, willow weaving and felt making.

You’ll see the best quality cattle and sheep being judged on both days of the show, while the eye catching pigeons will be looking their best on the Saturday, and pretty poultry are on display on the Sunday.CountrysideLive

With a dedicated equine ring, see horses and ponies all day long, with the Mountain & Moorland Ridden Section a qualifier for Olympia, and Countryside Live is once again hosting the final of the Northern Show Cross Series.

The contest to find Britain’s most talented new show jumper, run by equestrian Olympic stars Graham and Tina Fletcher, is back. Young riders are put through their paces by the Fletchers, with the prize of a trip to their yard in their sights. And in total contrast, youngsters can enjoy pony rides which will feature for the first time.

Another popular aspect of Countryside Live is the Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show, and visitors can also enjoy the tug of war competitions and Richard Savory’s fun-filled Sheep Show!

Ticket Prices – Advance: Adult £9.00, Child (5-18) £5.00, Family £24.00. Gate prices: Adult £11.00, Child £6.00, Family £30.00.

Alf Tupper 10k

Just looking for a really good cross country race? – The Alf Tupper is The Answer!Alf Tupper Social Media image 1

The Alf Tupper 10k is a no-gimmicks event – a proper 10km cross country race… in the style of running hero Alf Tupper.

The Alf Tupper isn’t a contrived event with a team of sergeant majors screaming or hurling mud at you – this is a back to basics race, the mud is already here, the fences are your hurdles, the ditches and fallen trees are your challenge.

The 10k course is a good old fashioned cross country challenge held at Camp Hill, the home of Outdoor Adventure. Set in 250 acres of a private country estate in North Yorkshire, the course winds its way through woodland and open countryside,over boggy terrain and muddy tracks.

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