What’s happening this weekend in Yorkshire

Beacons Festival

Fans of alternative music will descend on a tranquil field near Skipton this weekend (16-18 August) as Beacons Festival returns for another year. The festival offers the chance to watch both up and coming bands and cult legends on one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country without the hustle and bustle associated with larger festivals.

The festival gets under way on Friday with producer Bonobo the leading name amongst a packed programme across eight stages. Mercury nominated Ghostpoet is also bring his crafted beats and insightful lyrics to the Loud and Quiet stage, whilst up and coming and local bands offer something for fans of all forms of alternative music throughout the day and into the night.

On Saturday, festival goers are faced with a choice of LA folk-rock quartet Local Natives on the Loud and Quiet stage and post-punk pioneers Wire are on the You Need to Hear This stage, playing a set spanning over 35 years of music, no doubt including songs from seminal 1977 album Pink Flag and new album Change Becomes Us.

The festival concludes on Sunday with masked producer and DJ SBTRKT playing a set before another Mercury nominated act in the form of Django Django close the festival.

Alongside the music there are chances to produce your own souvenirs in the site’s workshops and also areas hosting films and prose performances.

Weekend tickets cost £99.50 for the weekend for adults and £15 for accompanying children. Local residents, with a BD23 postcode can pick up tickets for £60 and weekend tickets start from £35.

More information is available from http://www.greetingsfrombeacons.com/


Wakefield Seaside in the City


Seaside in the City brings all the fun of a trip to the coast to Wakefield town centre this weekend.

The event runs on both Saturday and Sunday with both days including a large beach area where visitors can relax on a deck chair or build a sand castle before taking to the water on the pedalos.

Traditional seaside entertainments such as Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and a helter-skelter are all running, with fish and chips available to complete the experience. There will also be market stalls selling a large range of produce and other products.

Entry to the beach area is free and events run between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and 10am and 4pm on Sunday.


VW Festival, Harewood House

The VW Festival returns to Harewood House from 16 -18 August for another weekend of entertainment, music and, of course, Volkswagens.

Classic Beetles and Campers will feature prominently amongst the vehicles on display, whilst those without a VW have a chance to win one, with a new Beetle the prize in the charity raffle. Prizes will be handed out to winners in the Show and Shine competition on Sunday after over 130 red, white, blue and black vehicles are grouped together to create a visual spectacle on Saturday.

The festival isn’t only for VW enthusiasts and entertainment runs throughout the day. Music comes from, amongst other, acoustic rock act Druids Brew whilst a bike display team and escapologist Rob Ray Collins will be wowing the crowds.

The festival is very family friendly with children’s entertainment, a disco and Scalextric racing all on offer, all held in the scenic grounds of the 18th century Harewood House.

Weekend camping tickets are no longer available, but day tickets are available on the gate priced £15 for adults and £7.50 for under-16s. For more information visit http://www.vwfestival.co.uk/


Whitby Folk Week


Whitby Folk Week returns for its 48th year from this weekend, with traditional music taking over the North Yorkshire coastal town.


For 2013 the organisers have put on more events aimed at younger festival goers. Some events on Monday and Wednesday will run until around 2am, with a ‘disco Ceilidh’ at the Spa on Monday and late night bars on both nights. There are also events under the heading of Evolving Tradition, with workshops and music sessions for young people and a performance of a piece developed by young performers throughout the week.

The festival continues to provide the usual entertainment for more mature visitors with a mix of concerts, workshops, storytelling, dancing, ceilidhs and street entertainment. Overall, there will be more than 600 events across 30 venues with most acts performing more than once, and some everyday, ensuring that unmissable acts cannot be missed.

Whitby Folk week runs from 17-23 August. Tickets are available to buy throughout the week at the festival office in the leisure centre. Festival tickets, for the full week, are £154, with reductions for concessions, and children half price. Day tickets are £44 for weekdays for £61 for Saturday and Sunday, with similar reductions available. For more information visit http://www.whitbyfolk.co.uk/ or for the latest news follow @WhitbyFW on twitter.


Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival

York Racecourse’s oldest, fastest and most famous races take place across four days as the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival gets underway on Wednesday 21 August.

A packed race programme culminates in Saturday’s Betfred Ebor, probably the richest flat handicap in Europe. The race has been known to provide suspense and surprises, with a winner coming in at 100-1 as recently as 2006, so will definitely be worth a flutter.juddmonte_ebor2010

But it’s not just about Saturday; the three other days boast a strong race programme with famous races.  Wednesday sees the running of the Juddmonte International, ranked in the top ten middle distance contests in the world, whilst Thursday sees the Group One Yorkshire Oaks and the Lowther Stakes. One of the fastest races of the season, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, will then be sprinted out on Friday.

As with any good race meeting, fashion also features highly at the festival. There is a Fashion at the Ebor Marquee where race-goers can show off their suits, dresses and hats and be in with a chance of winning the daily best dressed racegoer and best hat competitions. Ladies Day, on Thurday, will see the peak of the festival’s fashion with a trip to Dubai on offer for the “best dressed” winner.

The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival runs from Wednesday 21st – Saturday 24th August. Festival and day tickets are still available and range in prices. Further details are available at https://www.yorkracecourse.co.uk/racing/fixtures/welcome-to-yorkshire-ebor-festival_45


There’s plenty more on across Yorkshire, check out our what’s on pages.




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