What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 3

What’s happening in Yorkshire 2017: Part 3

In our third and final post of the What’s Happening in Yorkshire series, we’re looking at what exciting events York, Hull and Scarborough have to offer in 2017!

York

York Residents’ Festival is a chance to explore this fascinating city for free! You can visit the cities best attractions for free, explore behind the scene of places not usually open to the public, and take advantage of great dining special offers! All you need is a valid YorkCard or York Student ID. 28 & 29 January. 

Step back in time with the Jorvik Viking Festival taking place this February half term! The week long celebration includes battle re-enactments, guided walks, talks and lectures, living history encampments, combat performances and loads more family-friendly events! 20-26 February.  

Let out your inner bookworm at the York Literature Festival. There are more than 60 events taking place over two weeks, with discussions, readings and performances, as well as music, comedy, cinema and theatre. 16-30 March.

Calling all chocolate lovers, this ones for you! York Chocolate Festival invites you to indulge in the Home of Chocolate and celebrate York’s confectionary history with chocolate workshops, stalls, museum attractions, demonstrations, live music and more! 14-17 April.

Whilst not one of the biggest events of it’s kind, York Pride is no less colourful and proud than any of the other pride festivals! The festival is back this year and promising to be even bigger and better than the last. 10 June.

The event of the summer in Yorkshire, the Great Yorkshire Fringe is not one to miss. With comedy, theatre, music, cabaret, activities and loads more, there’s something for everyone at this brilliant festival. 21 July-13 August.

Celebrate the amazing food and drink of the city at the York Food & Drink Festival. Following the Taster Festival on 10 & 11 June, the main festival is jam packed full of stalls, markets, workshops, live demonstrations, competitions, taste trails and lots more foodie delights. 22 September-1 October.

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Hull

In collaboration with London’s Battersea Arts Centre, Heads Up Festival presents 10 days of the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance, from the most innovative and thrilling artists. 8-18 March.

WOW (Women of the World) is a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrates women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential. 10-12 March.

With opportunities to experience the growing diversity that is the brewing industry, CAMRA will be sourcing over 130 different cask ales for the Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival this spring. 27-28 April.

The Pint of Science festival delivers interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! Topics include the mind and body, galaxies, planet Earth, and art and science coming together. 15-17 May.

BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is set to be one of the musical highlights of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, with confirmed acts including Kings of Leon, Little Mix and Stormzy. 27-28 May.

The Hull Folk and Maritime Festival is four days of music, dance and history that celebrate Hull’s rich and unique folk heritage. 20-23 July.

Hull’s spectacular, award-winning grassroots festival, Humber Street Sesh, returns for another year, showcasing emerging homegrown talent across all music genres. 5 August.

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Scarborough

At this years Coastival, you can expect to see artwork, music and performances in unusual locations as it looks to break with people’s expectations of a traditional arts festival. 18-19 February. 

Join the thousands of Goths and alternatives of all ages and walks of life for the amazing Whitby Goth Weekend. Spend the nights watching fantastic live music or the days shopping in the various ‘Bizarre Bazaar’ locations. 21-23 April.

For the third year in a row, Scarborough will be an official host town for the Tour de Yorkshire in 2017. The third edition of the race takes place between 28-30 April 2017. It encompasses all four corners of the county and takes in Yorkshire’s two UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Fountains Abbey and Saltaire. Bridlington-Scarborough 28 April.

Whether you want a new tattoo or just want to look at the amazing art work, head down to the Scarborough Tattoo Show this May, with over 50 award winning tattoo artists. 27-28 May.

Sample the best local produce at the Eat Yorkshire Food Festival in Filey, with three events throughout the year. Indulge in artisan breads, pates, pies, cheeses, cakes, jams, ciders, ales and so much more! 10-11 Jun, 12-13 Aug, 14-15 Oct.

SEAFEST Maritime Heritage Festival takes place on West Pier next to Scarborough’s idyllic harbour and South Bay Beach. A firm favourite with families to mark the start of the summer holidays, the event is now in its 19th year! 21-23 July.

If you’re a jazz music fan, then the Scarborough Jazz Festival is a must visit event for you! With a line up of world class jazz artists, this year is set to be even better than the last. 22-24 September.

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Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

Christmas Shopping in Yorkshire

With the big day only one month away, we’re kicking off our Christmas blog series with some present ideas! It’s hard every year to think of something original to buy your family and friends, but our list of local shops in Yorkshire will provide those special and unique gifts that you can guarantee nobody else will have!

Leeds

  • Great Yorkshire Shop, Corn Exchange: Support Yorkshire producers by purchasing your Christmas presents here! They sell Henderson’s Relish, leaf tea from Sheffield’s Birdhouse Tea Company, and natural skincare products from Whitby’s Sweet Cecily’s
  • The Traditional Shaving Company, Grand Arcade: For all your bearded friends, pick up an old school wet shave kit or some top-notch products to keep their beard in place
  • Chirpy, Chapel Allerton: a creative design store and workshop where you can find some unique home accessories and even take part in some workshops to learn how to do it yourself!

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  • Little Leeds Beer House, Corn Exchange: A haven for craft beers with an extensive selection of the finest beers from Yorkshire and beyond!
  • On The Wall, Boar Lane: You can find everything here from classic film posters to artsy prints, trendy t-shirts to incredible canvases
  • OK Comics, Briggate: Know a comic fanatic? Get yourself to OK Comics where they offer an impression selection of classic comics and graphic novels
  • Armadillo Toys, Chapel Allerton and Horsforth: The best independent toyshop in Leeds and a child’s dream! You’ll find a vast range of old school and modern toys to keep children entertained over Christmas
  • Yellow Sunrise, Corn Exchange: When you step into this magical shop you’ll want to buy every single one of its Japanese and Moroccan goodies!

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York

  • The Inkwell, Gillygate: A hipster’s paradise with old-school vibes, filled with vinyl records and pop culture oddities
  • Fraser & May, Bridge Street: A shabby chic boutique providing the perfect unique gifts for Christmas including furniture, jewellery and vintage prints
  • Monkbar Chocolatiers, Shambles: Your chocolate-loving friends and family will appreciate the delicious handmade chocolates from one of the most well-establish chocolatiers in the city

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  • Rafi’s Spicebox, Goodramgate: Your foodie friends will love anything you buy them from here! A family run businesses with a tantalising selection of spices and ingredients to make authentic Indian dishes
  • Snowhome, Gillygate: You can be sure nobody will have whatever gifts you buy from here, with stunning homewares from small manufacturers and emerging designers
  • Burgin’s Perfumery, Coney Street: Step into the past in this traditional perfumery offering 2000 makes from designer brands to independent businesses
  • The Yorkshire Soap Company, Blake Street: Give someone the gift of relaxation with handmade soaps and bath salts in an array of sumptuous scents
  • The Imaginarium, Blake Street: Next to the YSC you’ll find a store full of bizarre and fascinating trinkets you can guarantee nobody else will have!

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Sheffield

  • Collard Mason, Devonshire Street: A dark and moody boutique selling clothes, jewellery and homewares from independent designers
  • Sheffield Antiques Centre, Broadfield Road: A truly traditional antique shop with an awesome range from trinkets to furniture, all at great prices
  • Starmore Boss, Sharrow Vale: For the one who loves a tipple, you’ll find an amazing selection of wines, beers, whiskeys and South Yorkshire’s largest range of tequilas
  • MoonKo, Division Street: A bright and quirky independent shop where can find the perfect gifts from home to fashion pieces

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  • The Record Collector, Fulwood Road: A true institution in Sheffield, pop in for new and second-hand CDs and vinyls, and if you’re lucky you might even catch one of their signings!
  • The Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road: Celebrating everything that it great about Sheffield, with stunning metalwork pieces, and shop owner Paul who has an impressive knowledge of all things Sheffield
  • Hilary & Flo, Ecclesall Road: Venture into the jungle that is Hilary & Flo for quirky interior design pieces from all over the world. Even make a gift yourself in one of their DIY workshops
  • Sheffield Skincare Co, Crookes Road: Treat family and friends to some of the incredible skincare products homemade from natural ingredients by founder Megan

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