What's on in May

Written by: Elmtree Press

As always there is lots happening in our lovely area in May.  From plant shows to medieval re-enactments, festivals to bike races, we’ve got the lot!
Here are 10 of our favourite days out to whet your appetite!

1    The Tour de France whizzed through the county at the end of April but if you prefer a bit of two wheeled culture, how about visiting the Merchant Adventurer’s Hall on the 17th of May for a hilarious cycle based rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

2    History comes to life at the Yorkshire Air Museum on 13th and 13th May with their Elvington at War Weekend – a celebration of the skill and courage of pilots and aircrew during the War. You can join in by dressing up in period uniform or civilian clothing too!

3     There are more historical festivities of the mechanical type at Scarborough Fair with their Steampunk Weekend on the 20th and 21st May. They will have mechanical organs, steam engines, vintage cars and fairground rides all on show, while there will be steampunk market stall traders and a shuttle bus available to take steampunk fans into Filey! Filey will be transformed into a steampunk haven with performers, steam engines, tea pot racing, street organs, shops that will have you stepping back in time and pubs with lots of gin! There promises to be amazing outfits and characters galore!

4    There are lots of gorgeous classic cars to be seen at Burton Agnes. Vintage, Historic and Classic Cars, Motor Cycles, Light Commercial Vehicles, and Vintage Items of Machinery, Old & Vintage items of Nostalgia will be on display at this event on the 14th May, which is a fundraising event in aid of Marie Curie.

5    Scampston Hall is hosting the Pickering Game and Country Fair  on 20th an d 21st May this year. This excellent location provides the ideal opportunity to experience all the countryside has to offer – from all the country sports with loads of have-a-go opportunities, to fine foods and animals. All this and lots more, not just for the country sports enthusiast, but all of the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

6    The award-winning Swaledale Festival – 27th May  to 7th June - is an annual celebration of music and arts in the beautiful landscape of the three northernmost Yorkshire Dales - Swaledale, Wensleydale and Arkengarthdale. This year, as always, the Festival offers an eclectic and inspiring mix of world class classical, folk and jazz music, exceptional young artists, entertaining groups, drama, film, dance, art exhibitions, workshops, talks and guided walks in the beautiful Dales landscape. Tickets are available now from http://www.swaledale-festival.org.uk

7    The keen gardeners amongst you will be thrilled by RHS Harlow Carr’s annual Rhododendron Show on 13th and 14th May. Collect a map on your arrival at the garden to discover where the best or most unusual Rhododendron species can be found and enjoy a walk in the woodland to learn a little about these beautiful plants and pick up particular varieties in the RHS Plant Centre on your way home.

8    Spanning over 200 years, Otley Show on 20th May, has grown to become one of the most important agricultural shows in the North for livestock and handicraft exhibitors to compete in, including a wide range of competitions for children. It is a great day out for all the family with many attractions and events planned throughout the day.

9     Ingleton’s Overground Underground Festival, May – September,- has grown organically with local communities and individuals working together to put on a diverse range of events. It offers a range of activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Watch or take part. Run, cave, bike, walk, swim, get creative!

10     Malton Food Festival takes place on the 27th and 28th May and is  a celebration of the finest Yorkshire produce and cooking. It’s a real family festival so enjoy top family entertainment, live music, kids cookery, vintage fair ground and more. Malton’s huge two-day festival of food and family fun is unmissable!