Our five favourite themes for August are quite an eclectic mix but highlight how diverse Yorkshire is. We hope you find inspiration and perhaps achieve perspiration on your day out! Check out more events on Go Yorkshire to keep up to date with the best things happening this summer.
There are always lots of fabulous country shows taking place in August. They are always a great hit with the youngsters as there is usually an opportunity of getting “up close and personal” with lots of cuddly farmyard animals. Choose from the Halifax Agricultural Show (13th) in West Yorkshire, Ripley (14th), Reeth ( (29th), Malham w (27th) and Wensleydale (27th) in the Dales. Make sure that Junior hasn’t sneaked a furry interloper into his bag on the way home!
Whitby Regatta which takes place on the 19th to the 22nd, is a fantastic attraction for all the family. It is probably the oldest sea regatta on the northeast coast and the large crowds it attracts are never disappointed. As well as sea races you can enjoy fireworks, music, a fun run, greasy pole competition, beach volleyball and don’t forget to treat yourselves to some of the best fish and chips in the country – yummy!
Wakefield in South Yorkshire, hosts an annual Seaside in the City Festival in the Cathedral Precinct. It takes place between the 13th and 14th and brings all the fun of the beach to the centre of the city! From donkey rides to sand castles, Wakefield has it all so bring your flip flops and cossies!
Music buffs will be in heaven at the fabulous Leeds Festival on the 26th to 29th in Bramham Park. It is one of Britain’s most well known and well loved festivals, and promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The line up for 2016 includes The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure, Fall Out Boy and many more. There is also an NME/BBC Radio 1 stage too! Be there or be definitely square!!
If you prefer your fun with a historical theme, Skipton Castle is pulling out all the stops with thrilling re-enactments. You can choose from Nevison the Yorkshire Highwayman 13th – 14th), Historia Normannis (20th – 21st) and you can even meet the Governor of Skipton Castle(27th- 28th). Be careful you don’t end up in the dungeons! It really is a fabulous spectacle with lots of fun for all the family!
Recommended places to stay:-
Ingrid Flute holiday cottages have lots of lovely cottages in the North Yorkshire area, perfect for a romantic weekend!
The Earl of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, would prove to be an ideal base for visiting fun places in South Yorkshire.
If you time it correctly, you could be involved in one of their fabulous themed weekends, they always have lots going on!
If you are visiting both the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire Moors, High Grange Holiday Cottages are ideally situated for touring the Dales and the Moors. Their great location is only a couple of miles of the A1M and most of Yorkshire is accessible within an hour's drive. With superb facilities you will receive a warm welcome from husband and wife team Caroline and Ian.
If you fancy a bit of outdoor living there are also lots of fabulous caravan and camping parks. Constable Burton Hall and Caravan Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Yorkshire. Situated in the old walled kitchen gardens of the Hall they have touring pitches available all summer and is an ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park or for stopping off en route to the Lake District or Scotland.
Wild Rose Caravan Park in Appleby-in-Westmorland is an ideal base to explore the Western side of the Dales and Northern Lakes. The Yorkshire Dales National Park celebrates this month it's extension by growing over a quarter in size to cover new areas in Cumbria and into Lancashire and includes the magical Howgills, Mallerstang, Appleby and the surrounding areas of the Lune Valley. This beautiful and remote areas of Yorkshire and Cumbria is one of the last undiscovered parts of Britain.
In West Yorkshire, Nostell Priory Caravan Park is another idyllic ideal base