Not Your Average Festival Guide


If you’re looking for something a little different after a season of thumping bass beats on the festival scene then it’s time to check out Yorkshire’s slightly different festivals. We’re fortunate to live in an area rich with festival offerings, and Vale of Mowbray have tracked down the more unusual festival offerings coming up on our home turf.

All Things Foodie

As you know, we love all things foodie. Whilst pork pies might be our thing, our foodie sensibilities don’t end there. First up is the big name: York Food Festival. If you’re not in York City Centre at some point between 23rd September and 2nd October, get moving and get there. This is where you’re going to find the best fayre Yorkshire has to offer and, as we know, that’s good stuff.

If you need a more regular fix then every month there is a food market in Malton. But this isn’t just your average pork pie fest. This is a mini-festival in disguise. We’re not just talking food stalls here but live cooking and live music. What’s not to like?

Beer, Beer, Beer

Fewer matches are as perfect as a Vale of Mowbray pork pie and one of the region’s finest pints. So head to the Craven Beer Festival hosted by the Craven Arms in Appletreewick near Skipton from 13th – 15th October.

Sights for Sore Eyes

Festivals needn’t just mean music, food and drink. Two Yorkshire festivals standing out this year won’t see a single drum or bass beat. The Richmond Walking and Book Festival is on from 24th September until 2nd October. Best known as “boots and books” you can spend your days being taken on beautiful guided walks in the Yorkshire Dales followed by evening talks. Another quirky but popular festival without music is the Bram Stoker International Film Festival, a unique genre film festival running from 27th – 30th October.

Back to Music

If you still want to get in the groove and enjoy some music but are looking for something a little less mainstream then Yorkshire still comes up trumps.

HRH Doom n’ Stoner running in early October in Sheffield brings together the mix of Hard Rock Hell and Hard Rock Hotels. The result: how to do the music festival thing in style. If you want more than just rock then the Whitby Blues, Rhythmn and Rock Festival is on the same weekend and worth a look-in.

An alternative music festival that is becoming more mainstream is Musicport at Whitby Pavillion running from 21st – 23rd October. This is a superb family-friendly festival that doesn’t just bring you great music but also poetry, comedy, cookery, workshops and films. There’s something for everyone.

Yorkshire Comes Up Trumps

It’s impossible to list all of the great offerings we’ve got on our doorstep, but whatever your ‘thing’, chances are you’ll find a festival to tick that box in Yorkshire. Go spread the word.

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