This weekend there is something happening to suit all tastes throughout Yorkshire and here are our top ten!
1. Beware if you are heading down the A1M this coming weekend as the Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park and queues will be expected as festival goers make their way there. Now a major event on the festival circuit this year sees the Foo Foo Fighters, Post Malone and The 1975 top the bill this year. For all those who have just received their exam results it’s a great way to celebrate.
2. Nearby in York the Ebor Festival has been taking place from Wednesday 21 – Saturday 24 August. This famous annual event is one of the oldest and fastest horse races in England and York’s racecourse is considered to be one of the finest in the country.
3. Another race, equally thrilling but very different, takes place in the city on Bank Holiday Monday. Called the Micklegate Run Soapbox Challenge, participants race in hand built carts down the ancient cobbled street. This annual event is very popular and there is a carnival atmosphere with live music, entertainment and delicious street food. The first race is at 11 am and the lasts about 5 pm, do get there early for a good view. Micklegate is turning into a an area known for its excellent restaurants and cafes and for the foody lover this area of York is worth seeking out for a good meal.
4. In the Yorkshire Dales at Skipton Castle you are invited to come and meet Sir John Mallory Governor of Skipton Castle during the English Civil War. Hear about the castle's siege and skirmishes its garrison have already fought and how the King's cause is faring in Yorkshire. It is good interactive family fun and makes a great day out.
5. On Saturday 24th August the annual Malham Show takes place under the majestic backdrop of Malham Cove. This traditional annual agricultural and family show has taken place for over 100 years old and is a wonderful spectacle. It also is a fine example of how the traditions of Yorkshire are still very much alive and thriving today in the fast changing world.
6. Another long established agricultural show celebrating its 105th year is the Wensleydale Show that takes place in Leyburn and another show well worth visiting.
7. I always find a good way of picking up unusual gifts is when I am on holiday or visiting local exhibitions and one excellent opportunity is to visit Sedbergh Artisan Market that takes place in the town centre on Saturday. Now in its seventh year, it is on from 9.30 am until 3 pm and is truly more than a market with music, children’s events and of course the town’s cafes, shops, books and hills. The quality on offer is high and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The market is held in the town’s historic centre and gives an opportunity to small farmers, cooks, crafters, market gardeners, makers and artists to display their produce and products. Almost all stall holders come from within a few dozen miles of Sedbergh and many from Sedbergh itself.
8. At Farfield Mill just outside Sedbergh, catch the popular exhibition by the arts collective Green Door an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles., ceramics and glass.
9. Eden Camp, near Malton are holding a WW11 Living History weekend. Several small groups of re-enactors including WW2 Days Gone By and Armed Forces Movement Control, will be on site over the bank holiday weekend. The groups will be portraying both military and civilians, helping to enhance the 1940s theme and allowing visitors to get up close to uniforms, clothing and kit of the period. The day will be packed with demonstrations and renown 1940s entertainers Paul Harper and Don Gentile will be performing throughout the day.
10. If you are visiting the Yorkshire Coast beware of marauding Vikings at Whitby Abbey who are waving terror along the north east coast this weekend! Explore their encampment and witness spectacular displays of combat. Hear tales of daring conquests and learn about the weapons and skills that made the Vikings feared throughout Europe. There will even be a chance for your young warriors to learn some battle skills and take part in their own Viking skirmish and hopefully tire them out for the journey home!