There is such a fabulous diversity of things to do in Yorkshire in September, it is difficult to know where to start.
From culture to plant shows there is something to gladden the hearts of all of us who are dreading the onset of winter!
Staithes Festival of Art and Heritage takes place this weekend 10th – 11th With over 130 artists and 90 galleries offering exhibitions, music, talks walks and workshops, it is great place to be
Our local theatres aren’t letting us down either with their packed schedules. The Stephen Joseph Theatre is having an Alan Ayckbourn season, York’s Theatre Royal have a long running exhibition on Jorvik as well as having some wonderful plays on offer and The Scarborough Fair Collection are stepping back in time with their Silent Movie Spectacular featuring the iconic Harold Lloyd’s “Safety Last” with Howard Beaumont playing the Mighty Wulitzer.
Fairfax House in York has the intriguingly named In Pursuit of Pleasure featuring the outrageous behaviour – from exotica to erotica- of Georgian Society. You might need to go and have a sit down afterwards! Perhaps relax in the beautiful surrounding of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal where they are celebrating 30 years of being a world heritage site.
If you fancy a historical day out there are plenty to choose
from. You can visit the Victorian Court Trials at Bradford Police Museum
on the 10th, or have lots of 1940s fun with the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway over the weekend of 10th - 11th. Kirklees Light Railway is
holding a Gala Steam and Diesel Weekend on
the same dates too! Definitely a difficult choice to make.
For the animal lovers amongst us there is a lovely day to be had at the Masham Sheep Fair 24th and 25th, with sheep racing, craft fairs and sheepdog trials (don’t know how many they will find guilty!!) Masham is home to both the Black Sheep and Theakston’s Breweries which is an added bonus! Malton famous racing stables open their doors to the public on the 11th to enable you to try and spot the next Derby winner, and Nidderdale Show on the 19th offers the chance of a great day out at one of the areas agricultural shows – not to be missed!
There is floral fun too. Scampston Walled Garden is a hidden gem. Their Autumn Plant Fair on the 25th gives you the chance to stock up on winter bedding and shrubs and don’t forget to pop into the café for a well earned snack. Harrogate is famed for its beautiful floral displays throughout the year and hosts the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show at the Great Yorkshire Showground. You will be overwhelmed by the variety and quality of the exhibits.