OK, we've had to make this a top 12 because there are apparently quite a few festivals in Yorkshire this summer! No matter which part of Yorkshire you live in (you’re welcome to enter if you’re not a local too) there’s a festival happening near you over the next few months.
There’s plenty going on in the Yorkshire Dales with the award winning Swaledale Festival taking place over two weeks, 28 May - 11 June. With their celebration of music and arts in the three northernmost Dales of Swaledale, Wensleydale, and Arkengarthdale playing host to some of the world’s top classical music artists.
Staying in the Yorkshire Dales, we have the Grassington Festival (17 June - 2 July). It’s been going strong for 35 years now and improving each year with a combination of performances, visual arts and live music. Again, this one is on for two weeks so you may want to pick and choose when you want to go, if you’re travelling from further afield.
The Willowman Festival, held at the Hillside Rural Activities Park, Thirsk in North Yorkshire, (16 - 19 June) looks like an awesome fun filled family festival. Kids can run wild in the safe festival arena whilst parents can chill out in the aptly named ‘Chill Out Cafe’ and listen to some talented musicians on the main stage and acoustic stage. There’s camping and glamping available with bell tents, tipis and yurts available for hire.
Meanwhile in Beverley, we have the Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley racecourse, (17 - 19 June) offering a weekend to remember with an eclectic range of musical acts to suit all ages, a staggering amount of around 110 over the three days! They also encompass comedy, drama, poetry, film, dance and more, so be sure to check this one out if you’re over in the East of Yorkshire or looking to visit the area.
That pretty much covers us for June and there’s a bit of a break we've worked in at the start of July to allow you to have a breather and perhaps go for a short holiday in Yorkshire to refresh and re-energise for the next round of Yorkshire festivals...
Just down the road from Beverley, in Hull, is the Hull Folk and Maritime Festival (15 - 17 July) with over 70 live acts plus ‘singarounds’, folk dancing and also incorporates the Minerva Real Ale Festival - a perfect accompaniment for the music.
The next three festivals all take place on the same dates and in different areas of Yorkshire (two are actually very close) so pick wisely.
The Deer Shed Festival 22 - 24 July is a wonderful family friendly festival set in Baldersby Park, Topcliffe in North Yorkshire. They aim to please the whole family like a ‘Pixar movie’ (in their words) with a whole host of shows, comedy, headlined by Marc Watson, theatre shows, beat boxers, they even have a card ninja?! Plus workshops and of course live music! It honestly sounds like a whole lot of fun and definitely worth the trip.
You may well have heard of the next one - Tramlines Festival, Sheffield (22 - 24 July). This one’s for all you serious music lovers with big names such as Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5 just to name a few. Need I say more? Go there, have an amazing experience which you surely won’t regret.
Underneath the Stars Festival (22 - 24 July) at Cannon Hall Farm is a bold new family festival of music and arts. There’s music and dance workshops, street theatre, a giant planetarium, kids tent and of course the Cannon Hall open farm to accompany the musical lineup.
The big festival in August is of course, Leeds Festival (26 - 28 August) with a whole host of big name acts performing over the three day festival. The lineup is ridiculous with too many acts to name on here so go and check out the lineup page for yourself.
Back up to the North East Coast of Yorkshire, we find ourselves over in Hull for the Freedom Festival (2 - 4 September), a brilliant arts and culture festival covering all types of art from street theatre, music, dance, visual art and spoken word.
Cornucopia Festival at Burton Constable, just East of Hull and Beverley (23 - 25 September) offers to be a really chilled out festival in the grounds of this beautiful Elizabethan stately home creating a different kind of vibe to some of the other festivals on this list. Kids of all ages are welcome here too and with a mix of music, comedy, art and theatre there’s something for everyone at this cool and quirky East Yorkshire festival.
That rounds off our list of 12 Yorkshire summer festivals nicely. We hope that there's at least one festival here that tickles your fancy over the summer months, I know that there’s a few on my list already. If there’s any others that you feel are worth a mention then please let us know as we’re always on the lookout for what’s going on in Yorkshire.
Feel free to check out our others blogs for some top tips and great things going on in this beautiful county of ours.