Welcome to August! Hopefully, as you read this the sun is shining, there is not a cloud in the sky, and you are sitting in the garden with a glass of something refreshing. (I know, wishful thinking – this is England after all!) But whatever the weather is doing, August is a fabulous month for our county. Yorkshire Day is celebrated annually on the 1st because of course we have a lot to shout about being known as ‘God’s Own County’, and at the end of the month we have the bank holiday weekend. This is the perfect opportunity to make the most of an extra day off work, spend time with your family, and do something fun. Whether you are into food, history, nature, motors or crafts we have a great selection of just a few of the events happening around Yorkshire over the bank holidays.

Malton Food Lover’s Festival – 28th, 29th & 30th from 9am. Free entry

Malton certainly lives up to the name of Yorkshire’s Food Capital with this three-day event, which is one of the largest free to enter food festivals in the UK. This foodie extravaganza is jam packed full of delicious street food, artisan stalls, celebrity chefs and more. 

For the serious food aficionados, there are chef demos, tastings and lessons, and talks. Already confirmed to headline Saturday is MasterChef Champion 2021, Tom Rhodes, and Benoit Blin, from Bake Off: The Professionals will be sharing his patisserie expertise on both Sunday and bank holiday Monday. It is highly recommended you arrive hungry as there are stalls galore, street food vendors to tickle every tastebud and of course the regular food shops around Malton who offer an array of delights all year round. 

Children can get in on the action too with cooking lessons of their own, as well as fun activities and rides for them to enjoy. With live music, entertainment and a festival bar, Malton Food Lover’s Festival will have a real party atmosphere. To make the comeback of the Food Lovers Festival even greater, Visit Malton will also blend in the treasured Harvest Food Festival, which previously took place in September. 

For more information visit www.visitmalton.com

5 On the Farm Festival – 3-day weekend tickets £99 adult, £49 child. Day tickets £49.95 adult, £24.95 child. Under 2’s and Dogs free! (Blue light and local resident discounts available)

This festival at Canon Hall Farm in Barnsley is absolutely packed with fun for the whole family. There are over 25 live shows across 7 stages/areas and a huge line up of Channel 5 stars every single day. With over 70 hours of live entertainment squeezed into each day, you can easily spend the full weekend there having fun. 

The line-up appears every day so even with a single day ticket you don’t need to miss out. Enjoy talks, shows, and meet and greets from Ben Fogle, Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess, Peter Wright, and Julian Norton from The Yorkshire Vet, and All Creatures Great & Small plus many more. There are cookery demonstrations in the kitchen by well-known chefs and the children have loads to entertain them with all their favourite Milkshake characters including Peppa Pig, Blue’s Clues, PAW Patrol, Daisy & Ollie and much more. There are dog shows, arts & crafts, and even yoga. All this as well as access to the farm with all their regular activities and of course the stars of the show – the animals!

For more information and to book tickets visit www.5onthefarm.com

Whitby War Weekend – from 10am-5pm all 3 days. adults £8, over 65’s £7, under 16’s £4 and under 5’s free.

This action-packed weekend takes you back through the ages to experience the conflicts and sacrifices of war. Two battle arenas feature re-enactments from the clashing swords of the Vikings, musket shots of the American Civil War, WW2 and finally the Vietnam War. 

Wander the living history displays, see firing displays, sword fighting, axe throwing and visit the specialist and general trade stands. You can experience the thrill of a ride in an armoured tank, see military and civilian vehicles, and listen to singers showcasing music throughout the ages including father and daughter duo Jump Jive and Swing. 

There is also a licensed bar and a great variety of food to suit all tastes. For those of you who choose to camp at the event, there is also evening entertainment with acts on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. 

With some of the best re-enactment groups and societies from around the globe, you really can immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of history. 

For more information and to book tickets visit

A Tudor Jousting Tournament – The Royal Armouries. Shows daily at 12pm and 3pm

The Royal Armouries museum’s impressive jousting arena in Leeds will resound to the cheers of crowds and the clash of lances on armour, as four internationally renowned knights battle it out in an authentic Tudor-themed tournament. 

The twice daily shows will feature knights and horses, plus plenty of pomp and pageantry fit for King Henry VIII himself, as well as roaming minstrels and fools to entertain the spectators.

Royal Armouries resident champion knight Andrew Deane will be competing in his brand-new armour. The armour was commissioned in 2019 to be worn at the postponed 2020 tournament commemorating 500 years since the Field of Cloth of Gold, Henry VIII’s extravagant tournament in 1520. 

The museum is also hosting a number of exciting events and activities as part of its Tudor Summer programme throughout August.

An action-packed daily programme will feature free horse shows (12 noon & 3pm), outdoor combat and gun firing demonstrations at 1pm in the amphitheatre. The stables will be open every day for visitors to meet the real stars of our shows – the horses from Atkinsons Action Horses. 

Special weekend activities will include have-a-go archery, blacksmithing demonstrations and birds of prey flying displays.

For tickets and more information visit:
www. royalarmouries.org/event/tudor-summer

The Luna Open Air Cinema at York Minster – From 24th – 29th August, adult £16.50, child £11

Arriving on the 24th August, The Luna Cinema at York Minster is showing some brilliant films including Rocketman, The Greatest Showman and Harry Potter. On the bank holiday weekend, they are showing the classic Dirty Dancing on the 28th and Knives Out on the 29th. 

Using state of the art screens, digital projectors and bespoke sound equipment, The Luna Cinema is the country’s leading producer of open-air cinema events which are perfect for a great summer evening out. Always in stunning locations, an evening at a screening is truly a brilliant cinematic experience. 

The Luna Bar with Birra Moretti is present at all screenings serving a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as the famous Italian beer itself. In conjunction with Birra Moretti, the Yorkshire Reporter has a competition to win tickets to see Dirty Dancing on the 28th August……

To book tickets to any of the showings, visit

36th Yorkshire Classic Vehicle Show – Mon 30th 10am – 4pm Ripley Castle Harrogate. Adults £7.50, children 15 and under are free.

The 36th Yorkshire Classic Vehicle Show takes place on bank holiday Monday set in Ripley Castle’s stunning deer park. Motoring enthusiasts can browse hundreds of classic cars, bikes, vans, and commercials, as well as kit cars, customs and modern classics and trucks. 

Enjoy thrilling arena demonstrations including the popular Land Rover Display with full expert commentary. 

There are also autojumble stalls to browse and plenty of refreshment areas including the castle tearoom. As well as the cavalcade of classic vehicles, the entry fee also includes admission to the 700-year-old castle grounds, gardens, and parkland, making it a great day out for the kids too who will love exploring the woods and huge lake.

Tickets can be booked in advance online, or cash only payments accepted on the gate. 

For more information visit

Selby Camera Club Exhibition – 28th, 29th & 30th 10am – 4pm, free entry

Selby Abbey Craft Fair – Monday 30th 10am-4pm, free entry

Selby Abbey is the place to be on the bank holiday weekend for art lovers. All weekend, visit the Camera Club’s annual exhibition. Selby Camera Club was founded in 1887 when it was initially known as Selby Photographic Society. They arrange regular club nights, demonstrations, and workshops for members, as well as their annual exhibition which the public are invited along to.  Wander the aisles of the famous Abbey, choose your favourite pictures and chat to the photographers. 

On the Monday, you can also enjoy browsing the stalls of local traders and craftspeople where you can pick-up home-made produce, ornaments, and decorative items all hand crafted with love. Once you have filled your shopping bags, take the weight off your feet, and enjoy some refreshments from the Abbey coffee shop. 

For more information visit www.selbyabbey.org.uk

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