Summer is so close – officially starting next week, so we’re getting excited about sun, garden parties, pork pies, pork pies in the sun at garden parties… you get the idea. We realise we say this at the start of every season (call us biased) but there’s no where better than Yorkshire in summer.
In the former Tetley Brewery in central Leeds, there’s always events on whether that’s the cutting edge art and freshly prepared Yorkshire food and their events calendar is always jam packed. The sun terrace is an amazing venue to soak up the rays whilst sipping on delicious beer with friends in an amazing atmosphere. In June and July, a few events that stand out to us in particular include the ‘no stress yoga with Lucyoga,’ the ‘Family art workshops’ and the ‘tiny Tetley’ events for messy and creative play for kids under 5. There really seems to be something for all ages so have a look at their events calendar.
Knaresborough Bed Race
The Great Knaresborough Bed Race is one of the best community events in the UK – ultimate fun, you can’t help but giggle at the festivities. It first began in 1966 with 90 teams of 6 runners plus passenger take part in the fancy dress pageant and then the race as teams time trail the 2.4 mile course – even swimming across the River Nidd! It’s hel on Saturday 9th June this year and is a really fun, family friendly event! If you’re going, make sure to take a picnic with you to enjoy sat along the river bank, watching the race!
In the Vale of York, in easy distance of Harrogate and Leeds is Beningbrough Hall. There’s lots to do here for all ages borrow bikes and ride around the grounds with bikes to hire for children; there’s even one that has a carriage on the back to tow your lunch when you’re scouting out the perfect picnic spot – the bike hire is informal and they encourage you to pick one up when you’re passing and prop it up when you’re done with your adventures.
There’s plenty of walks around the grounds and as well as so many beautiful areas to sit and take in the scenery. You’ll want to keep stopping off so leave time for this and make sure to pop some snacks and water in your bag to keep you going – a pack of mini pork pies always goes down a treat here we find! Each interlocking garden has it’s own seasonal interest, from little havens for wildlife to bursts of colour, there’s even a working Victorian walled garden. Walk through the parks and woodlands and take a stroll along the river with views of the hall.
There’s also an art gallery which hosts ever changing exhibitions so make sure to keep checking back to see what’s going on there. The events and activities seem to regularly change, so keep an eye out when you’re wanting to go!
We couldn’t write a blog about Summer in Yorkshire without mentioning the seaside! Whether your favourite is Filey, Scarborough, Whitby, Saltburn-by-the-sea or somewhere in between, everyone has their favourite beach. What’s better than fish and chips on the beach, watching the donkeys wander up and down before having a quick paddle in the sea!
Visit Staithes; this little coastal hamlet appears to be passed over in favour of nearby Whitby, but has lots to offer itself. Once one of the biggest fishing ports on the North Sea, relax on the beach that’s usually less crowded than larger coaster towns, take a trip on a fishing boat and enjoy fresh, locally caught seafood. There’s some beautiful coastal walks in the area, with coastal pathways that will take you to Boulby Cliffs or Runswick Bay.
The Great Yorkshire Show
We couldn’t do a Summer events and activities roundup without mentioning the GYS. This year on the 10th – 12th July, it’s a weekend that celebrates the best of British farming as well as British produce – ever seen a sheep shearing competition? No? You’ll find one at the GYS where experienced and talented farmers showcase skilled passed down through generations and honed over time. There’s lots of stalls to go shopping and an amazing food and drink tent – where you can come say hello to us and try some of our delicious Yorkshire pork pies!
This year, Leeds Fest runs from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th August and is always a weekend jam packed with music, mud and fun (did we mention mud?) There’s some great acts on this year, including Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and Kings of Leon. It’s a great weekend of music and camping that happens every year and if you haven’t had the opportunity to attend one yet; make sure you go this year – lets keep our fingers crossed for a sunny weekend!
Eden Camp Modern History Museum
Learning doesn’t finish at school – for you or the kids! Eden Camp is an award winning museum which will take you back in time to wartime Britain. Between the sights, sounds and smells of the time from both the Home Front and Front Line, the scenes recreated give you a depth to your learning you can’t get from a textbook. There’s lots of vital events in British history covered; The Blitz, Street at War – rationing and fashions, Home Guard, Evacuation, Battle of Britain and VE & VJ Day are all covered in part one of the museum and part two covers World Battles and Wars. There’s military vehicles and equipment everywhere which includes tanks, artillery items, aircraft, submarines and you can also find yourself in an air raid shelter. With special events around the year, check their website to find out what’s going on!
We could go on forever with this blog – there’s so much to do in Yorkshire that we could discover. What’s your go-to event in Yorkshire that you do every Summer? Quite a few of these activities require a picnic – from Leeds Fest to a snack on the beach, make sure to take a pork pie picnic with you!