Leeds & Sheffield Bank Holiday Weekend!

Leeds & Sheffield Bank Holiday Weekend!

The August Bank Holiday is made for a long weekend of live music, food and drink. The holiday marks the ending of summer, so make the most of it with these great events in two of Yorkshire’s major cities; Leeds and Sheffield, both famed for their great music events and excellent bars!



Leeds Festival 26-28th: One of the country’s biggest music festival, with headline acts this year including Biffo Clyro, Fall Out Boy, Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Imagine Dragons.

Temple Newsam Beer Festival 26-29th: Temple Newsam Park’s first ever beer festival, offering an excellent selection of beers and ciders, as well as delicious food and children’s activities within it’s beautiful park.

Soak & Up Yer Ronson, Mint Warehouse, 27th: Spice up your bank holiday with Mint’s end of summer day and night party, with a line up full of the best house acts around.

Chebfest, The Library, 27th: Celebrating women in heavy metal with a line up of female-fronted metal bands and burlesque acts.

Merrion Street Festival, 28th: A long weekend of fun activities and events where all the bars along the strip open their doors for a proper street festival.


The Garden Party, The Faversham, 28th: It’s not a bank holiday in Leeds without a Garden Party. The Faversham’s famous day and night party will return with Alan Fitzpatrick, Denis Sulta and Dusky.

Insomnifest, Beaverworks, 28th: For their 5th birthday, Insomnifest have loads of top DJs and six different areas to party in.

Northern Soul Bank Holiday Special, Smokestack, 28th: A more chilled way to spend your bank holiday with good old soul music you can really dance to.

Black Music Festival, Potternewton Park, 28th: An open air concert hosting the best reggae, hip-hop, grime, gospel, afrobeat and r&b artists. The perfect warm up for…

Leeds West Indian Carnival, Potternewton Park, 29th: A day of live music, entertainment, fantastic costumes, food and drink, along with the colourful parade through Chapeltown.



Cannon Hall Farm Food Festival, Barnsley, 25-29th: If you’re a foodie you’ll love this festival; as well as delicious food stalls there will be demonstrations, workshops, live music and activities for children.

The Velvet Burlesque, Library Theatre, 25-28th: A fantastic and flamboyant burlesque and cabaret festival with excellent shows as well as workshops and classes!

Bank Holiday Pimm’s Cocktail Weekender, Malin Bridge Inn, 26-28th: End the summer with a weekend full of cocktails, live DJs and a BBQ at this three day party.


August Bank Holiday Beer Festival, West Street Ale House, 27-29th: A weekend full of the best craft beers, cask ales and live music; perfect for real beer lovers.

Dirty House Party, The Harley, 27th: What The Harley does best; an epic night of the best house music with DJ ej and Ste Haley.

Big Soul Night, Sheffield City Hall, 27th: A fantastic night of the best soul music, with three rooms hosting northern soul, Motown hits and modern soul anthems.

Live music @ Leopold Square, 27-28th: Two evenings of chilled live music, with Danny Maddocks’ soulful sound on Saturday, and a jazzy Sunday afternoon with The Big Swing.

The Charged Garden Party, Dam House, 28th: An all day and night party celebrating the Dam House 10th birthday, with a special after party until 6am.

Roger Sanchez & Late Nite Tuff Guy, Area, 28th: A bank holiday special with these two top artists and other great DJs, set to be an amazing night of house and techno.


Best Beer Gardens in Yorkshire

Best Beer Gardens in Yorkshire

In celebration of National Beer Day, we’ve rounded up the best beer gardens around Yorkshire. So wherever you are you can spend a lovely day enjoying some great beer and soaking up the sun, if it ever appears!


The Fleece Inn, Barkisland – Situated in Calder Valley with stunning panoramic views from the tiled patio beer garden. Choose from a selection of Timothy Taylors, Saltaire’s Yorkshire Blonde and Black Sheep, as well as beers from Ossett Brewery, Little Valley and Goose Eye. If you go on a Sunday, try one of their delicious Sunday roasts with local meats.




The Horseshoe Inn, Levisham – Located in the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park in a peaceful and tranquil village, this beer garden offers picturesque surroundings including the Dalby Forest. To make it a full day out, go via the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for great views, and indulge yourself with the pubs amazing deep fried Whitby haddock and chips.






The Bull Inn, West Tanfield – On the banks of River Ure near Masham, enjoy a locally brewed pint in this sun trapped beer garden, looking out of the great river views. This cosy stone-built pub is traditional and charming, and ideal for walkers with many routes nearby including the Ripon Rowel and Yoredale Way.




The Mustard Pot, Chapel Allerton – A relaxed pub in one of Leeds’ best suburbs, known for its extremely well-tended and spacious beer garden. This pub is family friendly, and serves up an impressive menu, including pub classics as well as vegetarian meals.




The Ship Inn, Sewerby – Nestled in a coastal village near Bridlington, this traditional pub has a unique beer garden that boasts incredible views of the North Sea. There’s always something going on here, with regular live music and the annual Beer & Music Festival on August Bank Holiday weekend.




Waterlane Boathouse– One of Leeds’ newest additions, this pub offers a calm oasis with lovely waterside views from the outdoor seating area. Inside you’ll find exposed brick and original wooden flooring, as well as an array of beers, wines, cocktails, and delicious pizzas.





The Dam House, Sheffield – Overlooking the Old Great Dam, this beer garden has great scenery with an open view of the water, and Crookes Valley Park. The garden has plenty of seats, is family friendly, and to top it off they serve a tasty and reasonably priced Sunday roast.




The Vaults, Ilkley – A popular local spot in the warmer months, with a relaxed and homely feel, friendly and welcoming staff, as well as a great range of beers and wines and a well-priced food menu. The garden was refurbished last year, and cooks up a great BBQ every Friday during summer, and you can enjoy lovely views of the River Wharfe.




The Old Bridge Inn,  Kirkstall – Run by the Kirkstall Brewery, you can expect the best real ales which can be enjoyed in the lovely beer garden, perfectly situated by the canal. Whilst the ale is a must, so is the great pub food.




Stonegate Yard, York – Right near the stunning York Minster, but away from the hustle and bustle, this beer garden provides a haven tucked away from the city centre, with plants and lighting creating a chilled vibe. The cover over the garden also makes it great for the not so great British weather.