May Bank Holidays in Yorkshire


The month of May brings a hope of sunnier days, a Royal Wedding, Tour de Yorkshire and two – yes two – bank holidays. What are you going to do with your bank holidays? We’ve been having a look at what’s on, so we thought we’d share our findings with you and give you some inspiration for getting out and about in Yorkshire. Quite a few of these activities are all-day events or ones you might want to pack up a picnic for. We do love a good picnic; it lets you take with you food you enjoy and sit outside in the sun (fingers crossed!) Don’t forget to pack the pièce de résistance for any picnic; the pork pie! We go for mini pork pies for a picnic as they’re bite size and super easy to eat with no cutlery, so we have classic plain mini pork pies or mini pork and pickle, depending on your preference… or have both, treat yourself!


7th May Bank Holiday

Peter Brears: The Real Wuthering Heights (Feb 1st – May 21st)

This exhibition isn’t just for the bank holiday, but it’s a good time to get up to Haworth in West Yorkshire. Including illustrations for ”The Real Wuthering Heights: The Story of the Withins Farms” a book Brears co-authored. These illustrations provide an insight into Withins Farms and it’s lost world – which is the location that many have presumed to be the inspiration for the location in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. The admission to the museum covers entrance to this exhibition, and the Brontë Parsonage Museum is well worth a visit itself to see the home the Brontë family lived. The beautiful stories that were written by Charlotte, Emily and Anne including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights are still iconic novels and it’s amazing to see the home their authors grew up in, as well as their personal items in the museum.


Nidderdale Llamas

If you’re after something quirky, look no further than Nidderdale Llamas, where you can walk a llama or alpaca. The treks are year round so it’s not just an event for bank holiday, but we’ve been and it’s such a fun and novel way to spend a few hours. With each animal having such a different personality, they match the animal to you and your personality. Since it’s located in beautiful Nidderdale, stop along the way or on the way home and settle down for a pork pie picnic – the views are so stunning!


A Yorkshire Walk

We’ve heard whispers that it’s going to be good weather this bank holiday weekend, so we’re looking to take the opportunity to get outside in the countryside. There’s so many walks around Yorkshire from the Dales, Moors, sea view walks and pre historic scenery at Malham. If you’re up for a challenge, go for the Three Peaks (or just one) or take it easy strolling around Aysgarth Falls – a two and a half hour loop which has a lot of photo opportunities.


28th May Bank Holiday

Harewood House Food Festival (26th – 28th May)

The Great British Food Festival’s are always a fantastic weekend for everyone – let’s summarise by saying it’s a foodies dream event. With food and drink stalls, Men V Food challenges, live music, demos by chefs and much more, plus the grounds of Harewood House – the bird garden and playground, it’s an incredible family day out for all ages. Did we mention we’re going to be there? Look out for us and make sure you try one of our delicious pork pies, baked right here in Yorkshire.


The Deep – Love your Environment (May 26th – June 3rd)

The Deep is good fun all year round. An education and conservation charity, they’ve become an international player in marine conservation to protect the oceans and raise awareness of the damage the human race are doing to them and how we can protect the beautiful creatures within. Expect to see tropical fish, sharks, sting rays, bugs, jelly fish, penguins – the list goes on. Plus a Black Pacu which is apparently a ‘vegetarian relative of the piranha’ which we’d be interested to see! The event ‘Love your Environment’ is a family fun event for half term that looks at how to protect the local environment and wildlife within it. Find yourself planting wildflower seeds to take home, spend time in the craft corner and play games such as save the sea trail. It sounds a fun learning event!


A Weekend at the Seaside

For those of us that have grown up in Yorkshire, there’s nothing like a seaside trip to the Yorkshire coast. Pack the car up with wind breaks, beach tents and a cool box full of goodies such as your favourite Yorkshire pork pies(!) and you’re set to go. Remember your beach towel to wipe off sandy feet and some sun block since we’re all crossing our fingers for some good weather. From Filey and Bridlington to Scarbough, Whitby and Saltburn-by-the-sea, there’s so much to see and we’re so lucky it’s all on our doorstep! With no need to drive too far, stay the night or just go for a day trip, it’s a fabulous bank holiday adventure!


We’ve only touched the surface of things to do in Yorkshire on May’s two bank holidays. If you’ve got some inventive ideas, we’re all ears, Tweet us inspiration! 

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