Great things to do in Yorkshire this weekend……

Gothic Weekend in Whitby!

Whitby Goth Weekend is an event held in April and October which has grown into one of the most popular gothic events in the world, attracting all generations from across the UK and around the world.

This twice-yearly event held at the Whitby Pavilion has grown into one of the most popular Gothic events in the world, attracting all generations from across the UK and around the world.

As well as Goths, there are Punks, Steampunks, Emos, Bikers, Metallers and all manner of weird and wonderful characters, all of which are welcomed through the Pavilion’s doors.

This is a rare opportunity to see live International acts, from as far away as the USA and Australia, along with dancing, drinking, eating and shopping at the massive popular Bizarre Bazaar Goth Market.

Although referred to as a weekend it includes events during the day on Friday and Saturday as well as events on the Thursday, Sunday and Monday. These include additional club nights and markets.

Whilst gearing up for the night time events, throughout the town Goths and non-Goths alike, from babies to octogenarians parade around in weird and wonderful costumes and it all makes for a wonderful and friendly atmosphere, to be enjoyed by all.

 The Harrogate Spring Flower Show

The Harrogate Flower Show is widely regarded as the UK’s largest and most prestigious independent gardening events. The 2013 spring show promises the perfect day out for garden lovers with beautiful new show gardens, a vast range of plants and garden-related products, expert advice and demonstrations, plus the UK’s biggest floral art marquee, a cookery theatre, crafts & gifts and specialist food outlets.

The 2013 version offers so much for the everyday gardener. With nearly 20 beautiful show gardens as well as over 100 of the UK’s top plant nurseries from across the country to creating spectacular displays this Spring. You will find thousands of garden-related products, with hundreds of exhibitors offering everything from conservatories to fruit cages.

Harrogate Spring Flower Show also hosts the UK’s biggest floral art marquee with 100s of beautiful, intricate works of art created by flower clubs, flower arrangers and florists, plus spectacular large scale displays.

Kitchen Garden Live offers visitors fruit and vegetable growing demonstrations, with advice on growing your own produce whatever your space and expertise. There is also advice for culinary inspiration, in the cookery theatre as talented chefs demonstrate delicious dishes featuring local spring produce.

The show offers fun activities for all the family. Children can take part in crafting, planting, spotting and much, much more.

The Harrogate Spring Flower Show is the perfect day out for all garden lovers and makes the perfect gift for someone special.

Cloud Cuckoo!

Marsden Cuckoo Day has been a well celebrated local event for over a decade with 2013 being the 21st running of the annual event.

But why the cuckoo? You may ask. Marsden’s love for this feathered friend stemmed from the fact that the spring and sunshine always came along with its arrival. In days gone by, the people of the village reputedly built a huge wall to try to prolong the cuckoo’s visit.

For those who aren’t aware, Marsden is a village in West Yorkshire with a population of just over 3000. The village is surrounded by three moors, Marsden Moor, Meltham Moor with Saddleworth Moor also being very close.

Marsden Cuckoo Day is an annual highlight within Marsden, and incredibly the whole village takes part! This community spirit creates a brilliant atmosphere and great weekend, with artistic workshops, an all-day craft fair, banner-making, a village procession, maypole and Morris dancing. The day culminates with a lively evening dance at the Mechanics Institute.

Marsden has many impressive institutions and landmarks including the Church of St Bartholomew’s and the Parochial Hall making Marsden full of history with beautiful buildings. Marsden is also the home of the Marsden Silver Prize Band, a top level brass band making Marsden rich with beautiful architecture and culture.

So, celebrate the Yorkshire sun by heading down to this quirky festival!

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