Wondering what to do in August? Look no further! Here is a selection of activities taking place in Yorkshire from trails round country houses to food festivals by the coast…
Great Yorkshire Fringe, 21st July – 6th August, York
This summery York festival includes a mix of comedy, variety and family entertainment at various locations in the heart of York. Venues include The White Rose Rotunda which will be a large Spiegeltent on Parliament Street.
Thorp Perrow Summer Trail, 21st July – 3rd September, Bedale
Explore some of the fascinating wildlife and gorgeous gardens with a summer trail round Thorp Perrow Arboretum.
Alice in Wonderland, 29th July – 3rd September, Harewood House
The classic Lewis Carroll book comes to life at Harewood House with classic characters to spot and a children’s trail to complete. You can enjoy a game of croquet or make a mad hatter’s hat.
Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show, 1st August
The oldest surviving Gooseberry Show in the country takes place in Egton Bridge (around 8 miles from Whitby). An annual event since 1800, the show takes place on the first Tuesday in August and there is fierce competition for the finest specimens of gooseberry!
Thornton-le-Dale Show, 9th August
The one-day traditional rural event in the pretty village of Thornton-le-Dale includes show-jumping, dog shows, a range of sporting competitions and the Knights of Nottingham Equine Stunt Show. There’s also a craft marquee and Deliciously Yorkshire food tent with a range of local delicacies.
Eat Yorkshire Food Festival – 12th – 13th August, Filey
Sample and purchase a range of local Yorkshire food and drink (options include artisan breads, cheeses, jams, meats and ales) in the quaint coastal town of Filey.
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival, 12th – 20th August, Kettlewell
Spot the scarecrows and solve a variety of riddles as you wander around this pretty Dales village. There are 3 pubs to call in on route and you can also sample a ranged of baked goodies in the local village hall.
GeorgeFest, 12th-26th August, Richmond
Richmond has loads of Georgian architecture so where better to watch this period from history come to life. Events include guided walks, ghost tours and even a spot of gin tasting (a popular tipple in Georgian times)!
Ripley Show, 13th August, Ripley
Taking place in the grounds of Ripley Castle, the Ripley Show includes a variety of trade stands, the Summerbridge and Dacre Brass Band and the 3Sixty Bicycle Stunt Team.
Tribfest – 17th – 20th August Sledmere House
The biggest summer tribute festival in the world, Tribfest takes place in the beautiful grounds of Sledmere House. The vast array of acts include tributes to Guns N Roses, Oasis, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi and Simple Minds.
NiddArt Trail, 18th August – 28th August
Visit more than 50 artists and craft producers in 37 locations throughout Nidderdale. The trail includes Pateley Bridge which is home to King Street Studios at The Old Workhouse, Lofthouse, Blubberhouses and Brimham.
Whitby Regatta, 18th – 21st August
The oldest sea regatta on the North-East coast, the Whitby Regatta has taken place in some form for the past 177 years. Activities over the 4 days include Rowing Races, RAF displays, Vintage Car Rally and a magnificent firework display.
Castle Howard Proms, 19th August 2017
Bring your union jack flags to this spectacular concert of classical music which takes place on Castle Howard’s grand North Lawn. The concert will be opened by the last remaining spitfire and includes all the usual proms favourites.
Ebor Festival – 23rd – 26th August, York Racecourse
The Ebor Festival is the highlight of York’s racing calendar and features the Juddmonte International (the richest race of the season), Ladies Day and the Betfred Ebor Day that dates all the way back to 1840. Don your finest attire and see if you can pick some winners!
Ripley Scarecrow Pigfest – 23rd – 28th August
This fun scarecrow trail has taken place in Ripley for the past 16 years and children will have fun completing a competition sheet. The scarecrows all look like pigs – well after all the the village emblem (and pub) are The Boar’s Head.
So there you go – plenty to keep everyone happy in Yorkshire this August! If you are planning a trip to this lovely region, Gorgeous Cottages have more than 160 self-catering properties in Yorkshire. Give us a call on 01642 263 249 for more information.