The summer holidays are in full swing and there’s no end of things to do with the family in Yorkshire. We’ve put together our top 5 local events that shouldn’t be missed, whatever the weather!
Brass Bands in Leeds Parks – from 9th August
Taking place across Leeds throughout August, these events bring big band performances to a park near you. If you’ve ever wanted to see a full brass band in action now’s your chance, with performances taking place at Temple Newsam, Golden Acre Park, Lotherton Hall, Pudsey Park, Middleton Park and several more. Pack a pork pie picnic, pull up a deckchair and get ready for some rousing musical entertainment. For a full list of dates and locations, take a look and the Leeds Inspired website.
Wensleydale Show – 29th August
If you enjoyed the Yorkshire Show last month you’ll love the 101st annual Wensleydale Show. There are classes for cattle, sheep, horses, poultry and dogs, along with carriage driving and terrier racing. You’ll find vintage cars and tractors, a band, and plenty of entertainment for the kids with a fun fair and face painting. There’ll be plenty of local food and drink on sale, and there’s even a motorcycle stunt show!
Jorvik Medieval Festival – throughout August
The Jorvik museum in York is well worth a visit at any time of year, but during August the Jorvik Group are holding a special medieval festival at several locations around the city. From special tours of historic buildings – including churches and medieval sites – to performances of The Canterbury Tales, history buffs will find plenty to see and do throughout the month. We’re looking forward to visiting the Richard III exhibition to learn more about the discovery of this famous medieval monarch.
South Yorks Aircraft Museum Open Cockpit Weekend
The South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum is a firm family favourite when it comes to days out. They have over 50 aircraft on display including civil light aircraft, modern fast jets and vintage planes, not to mention the odd helicopter! On the 22nd and 23rd of August the museum is holding a special ‘open cockpit’ weekend, where visitors can get a closer look at the aircraft and see what it was like to sit in the flying seat. Restoration projects will also be on display, so if you’re a fan of aviation now’s the perfect time to visit!
Leeds Festival – 28th-30th August
Held every August bank holiday weekend, Leeds Festival isn’t just for teenagers. The line-up includes bands as diverse as Mumford & Sons and Metallica, The Libertines and Limp Bizkit. There’s even a cinema tent set up for night-time shows. If you don’t fancy camping out for a whole weekend (and if you’re a fan of glamping we don’t blame you!) you can just go for a day instead. Tickets are still available and cost from £66.50 per person – not bad when you divide it between all the bands you’ll see on the day.