January 2023

  • Burgess Premier Small Animal Show - Harrogate
    Largest and longest running small animal show in the UK, staged at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. See hundreds small animals in this amazing annual competition.

February 2023

March 2023

  • York Spooksfest - York.
  • York Literature Festival - York.
    Features a wide range of literature events such as poetry readings, talks and workshops, including advice from literary agents on how to submit new work. Various venues in York.

April 2023

  • Sheffield Adventure Film Festival - Sheffield (early April)
  • Marsden Cuckoo Day Festival - Marsden, West Yorkshire (end April)
    Enjoy artistic workshops, craft fair, banner-making, village procession plus Maypole and Morris dancing.

May 2023

  • Holmfirth Festival of Folk - Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (mid May)
  • Holmfirth Film Festival - Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (end May)

June 2023

  • DocFest - Sheffield (early June)
  • Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival - Yorkshire
    Music, dance, comedy, spoken word and events for all ages, plus craft stalls, workshops, real ale bars and camping.
  • Holmfirth Arts Festival - Holmfirth, West Yorkshire (mid June)

July 2023

  • Ryedale Festival - Yorkshire
  • Harrogate (International) Festival - Yorkshire
  • Sunderland International Airshow - Sunderland
    Thousands of spectators flock each year to this free event, featuring daring aerial displays.
  • Great Yorkshire Show
    Famous agricultural show featuring cattle parades, show jumping and rural crafts.

August 2023

  • The Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival - York Racecourse.
    Yorkshire's oldest, richest, fastest and most famous horse racing event is a highlight on the summer sporting calendar. Expect some very stylish race-goers.

September 2023

  • Great Autumn Flower Show Harrogate - Yorkshire (3rd weekend in September).
  • World Firework Championships - Blackpool
    See Blackpool illuminated with fantastical firework displays as the best pyrotechnic teams compete from across the world.
  • Great North Run - Newcastle
    The Bupa Great North Run with over 50,000 runners taking part in the event. The half
    marathon course goes from Newcastle to South Shields.

  • York Festival of Food and Drink - York
    A food spectacular showcasing local produce with markets, themed dinners, tutored tastings, cookery classes and restaurant meal deals.

October 2023

  • Last Laugh Comedy Festival - Sheffield (all month)
  • Marsden Jazz Festival - Marsden, West Yorkshire (mid October)
  • Fright Night - (Halloween)
    Britain's biggest Halloween party attracts 30,000 people. Attractions include street theatre, ghost tours and thousands of people in fancy dress.

November 2023

  • Victorian Christmas - Belsay Hall
    Meet Father Christmas in the glorious surroundings of Belsay Hall and enjoy traditional yuletide stories, songs and poems.
  • Leeds International Film Festival - Leeds
    Innovative feature and short films reflect the cutting edge nature of Leeds and highlights the best film-making from around the globe.

December 2023

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