Top Summer Festivals In Yorkshire


Festival season is upon us once again, and we can’t wait to visit some of our favourite Yorkshire towns and cities to soak up some culture – and quite possibly some delicious local food! Here are our must-attend Yorkshire festivals of 2016, from June through to August!

Grassington Festival

Now well underway, but running until the 2nd July, Grassington Festival celebrates music, the arts and culture. From a celebration of Charlotte Bronte to guided walks by the river, there’s something for a huge range of interests. Take a look at their website for the full programme.

Raworth’s Literature Festival

Part of the Harrogate International Festival, this long weekend from the 7th – 10th of July hosts a diverse programme of writers and thinkers, from Julia Bradbury and Vince Cable to Mary Portas and John Suchet. With talks on economics, science, music and literature it’s perfect for those looking for a bit of culture – and of course you get to visit lovely Harrogate too.

The Great Yorkshire Show

No tour of summer festivals in Yorkshire is complete without a trip to the Great Yorkshire Show. Running from the 12th – 14th of July, there are animals, tractors, food stalls, country clothing, flower shows and demonstrations galore.

Filey Regatta

Taking place on the 16th and 17th of July, this annual regatta is a great spectacle to catch – if you’re planning on visiting Filey over the summer we recommend going this weekend! Up to 150 boats from all over the country compete in various races over the weekend, so there’s plenty going on to watch while you enjoy your fish and chips!

Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival

Running from the 4th – 7th of August and currently in its 16th year, this is the largest food festival in Yorkshire with over 90 stalls, 25 cooking demonstrations and 100,000 people expected over the 4 days. Taking place in and around St. Georges’ Square in the centre of Huddersfield, we recommend taking the train and exploring at your leisure. With 90% of exhibitors from Yorkshire, you’re sure to find a new favourite local delicacy!

Whitby Folk Week

Music lovers need to get themselves down to Whitby from the 20th – 26th August, when Whitby Folk Week takes place. A festival of traditional music, dance and storytelling, there’s plenty to fire up the imagination. You can see a full list of artists attending on their website.

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