Things to do this Weekend in Yorkshire

With the weather forecast in Yorkshire looking optimistic, this week’s blog will feature the array of festivals that are taking place throughout Yorkshire this weekend:



Hull Freedom Festival

Offering something for everybody, Freedom is Hull’s annual celebration of the arts which presents the very best in music, dance, comedy, theatre, dance, cabaret and art. Now in its 5th year, Freedom has established itself as a mainstay in the festival calendar, popular for the eclectic line up of performers and artists that it draws in from all corners of the UK and Europe. Headlining this year’s cultural extravaganza will be Martha Reeves and the Vandellas and Indie rock legends Spiritualized. The latter will take to the Pier stage on Friday night joined by special guests Little Barrie and Windum Earl, whilst Saturday night will play host to the much anticipated Northern Soul Night, where the formerly mentioned MoTown sensation will headline with support from The Milk, Smoove & Turrell & Swiss Lips.

If these headline events don’t take your fancy, there is plenty more family fun occurring throughout the weekend. Check out the full Festival programme, downloadable from here. Planning on paying Hull a visit for the festival weekend but have nowhere to stay? Some local hotel listings are available on our official website. If you still need convincing to head to Hull this weekend, here are some highlights from the 2010 showpiece.

Leeds International Beer Festival 

The inaugural Leeds International Beer Festival is finally upon us and hundreds of beer lovers are expected to descend upon the Headrow in Leeds over the next few days. You can expect an abundance of great beer, fantastic live music and spectacular food whilst you bask in the Yorkshire sun, all against the backdrop of the prestigious surroundings and splendour of Leeds Town Hall! This first event will boast some of the finest brewers around, and most importantly it will showcase the pride of Yorkshire with a range of local brews on offer. Not only this, but there will also be an array of beers from the finest international breweries, including a dedicated US Craft Beer bar. Dont be put off by the title if you’re not beer crazy, there will be plenty of great live music to soak up, with Saturday and Sunday’s main stage headliners confirmed as Serious Sam Barrett & the Leeds City Stompers respectively. Also you can look forward to local culinary delights to compliment the beers and fill the biggest appetites.

So whether you are a  beer connoisseur or you simply want to come along and experience a beer festival for the first time, the event will have something for every taste. It is highly reasonably priced at £6 per ticket, and these are available from the official website.


Saltaire Festival

One festival that needs no introduction as it enters into its tenth year is the Saltaire Festival, with organisers promising it to be the biggest and best yet! Set in the beautiful village of Saltaire over 10 days, the village buzzes with life, energy and vibrancy and you will not want to miss it! Saltaire is another festival which has diversity at the heart of it, celebrating everything from music to art to beautiful gardens. There’s even a popular continental market to get stuck in to.  If you’re looking for a family orientated event for the weekend than look no further, there are plenty of activities to enthral the kids at Saltaire such as sculpturing workshops and harp workshops, to name but a few. A couple of the events to keep an eye out for over the weekend include Sarah Deere-Jones’ Harp recital on Saturday Night and the Saltaire Open Garden on Sunday.

A full list of events across the weekend and onwards is available from here. It is also worth taking a look at the Ticket Information before coming, as some events are ticketed and some are not.


St Leger Festival

It will be difficult to steal the spotlight from Doncaster this weekend as the 2012 St Leger Festival Week gets underway. Once again people will travel from far and wide to celebrate Doncaster’s rich heritage and culture in the 10 day long event. Variety is probably an understatement, with well over 200 events and over 60 music events offering a family day out where everyone will be entertained. And the best thing is, the vast majority of it is free. There’s far too much going on over the course of the weekend to summarise on here, but some of the highlights include the following:

–          The Romans Are Coming: The closest you will get to Rome, but within the home comforts of Yorkshire. You will see a march through town, drill displays, coin-making and the famed Gladiator Contest.

–          Doncaster Live: The biggest and best free music festival, taking place in the historic, (hopefully) sun bathed setting of Market Place. Headliners include I am Kloot.

–          Freedom of Entry Parade: Don’t miss the Rifles Regiment’s homecoming parade following their recent tours of duty in Afghanistan.

A full, downloadable PDF guide to events is available online.


Other Events:


–   Black Sheep Brewery Beer & Boots Festival

If you’re tempted by the pure indulgence offered by the Leeds International Beer Festival, but feel unassailable guilt due to the calorie overload, why not give the 11th annual Boots and Beer Walking Festival a go? Find out all the details about the perfect combination of exercise, picturesque Dales scenery, entertainment and award winning ales, here. Below is a taste of what to expect.


–   York Festival of Cycling

Found yourself inspired by Chris Hoy’s Olympic success, Rowntree Park is the place to be this weekend as the York Festival of Cycling offers FREE fun on bikes for all ages and abilities. If you don’t want to get involved not to worry either, as there will be stunt shows alongside other electric entertainment and education.

–   South Pennines Walk & Ride Festival

This weekend sees the launch of the 2012 Walk and Ride Festival.  With over 100 opportunities to explore the stunning landscape – whether on foot, on cycle or on horseback – no doubt you’ll find something to get you reaching for your boots, your lycra or your stirrups! This festival combines cycling with tea-rooms, cafes and breweries; walking with art, photography and thousands of years of local history. For more information visit the website.



And a few from our Facebook/Twitter followers:


–   Kerry Whatson Sykes:  The Penistone Show is on Saturday! Really great show!

–   Ashdale Hotels: Hazlewood Castle – Garden Party. Sunday 9th- 11am -4pm. Fancy being crowned Queen of the Victoria Sponge? Or maybe you’re King of the Carrot Cake?! A trophy and a two night break for two people here at Hazlewood Castle is up for grabs!

–   Joanne Catlow : Heritage Open Days in Kirklees – Free entry into the historic houses Red House Museum and Oakwell Hall. Follow the attached link for details of all the special places and activities in the area.

–   @YSPsculpture: We have a new exhibition exploring the legacy of Jacquetta Hawkes opening this Saturday.

–   @realalereviews: You should speak to @leedsbeer which is this weekend!


This post was written by Digital Marketing Intern Stewart Russell. Follow Stewart on Twitter @S_Russell34




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