Events & Days Out in May in Yorkshire

Spring is turning to summer, it's a great time to experience Yorkshire indoors and outdoors. Experience delicious Yorkshire food, wonderful county shows and celebrations of local art, music and dance.

Bridlington Kite Festival

Bridlington Kite Festival

21st and 22nd May 2022
The Bridlington Kite Festival is a vast array of giant inflatable kites, street food stalls, fairground rides and children's entertainment. It's fun for all the family and a great opportunity to see kite flyers from all over the world in action.

Saltaire Arts Trail

Saltaire Arts Trail

27th to 19th May 2023
Saltaire Arts Trail is a community arts event held annually on the late May Bank Holiday weekend. It offers an imaginative visual arts programme, celebrating the village’s rich heritage, and offering opportunities to both emerging and established artists.

Yorkshire Air Museum 1940's

We'll Meet Again - Yorkshire Air Museum

6th and 7th May 2022
Yorkshire Air Museum's 1940's event is now on for a whole weekend

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May Half Term

Springbank Holiday family days out and events for the school May half term 2022, outdoor and indoor fun, just in case summer hasn't quite arrived.

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Race The Waves Steampunk Festival

5th to 7th May 2022
Enjoy the spectacular Race The Waves event and Car and Bike Display outside, or to peruse the fabulous Retail Emporium, Entertainment and Vintage Motorbike Exhibition inside, what's not to love!All for free

Greatest Show Thornton Hall

The Greatest Show

30th April to 2nd May 2022
Roll up, roll up to The Greatest Show here at Thornton Hall Country Park. Enjoy a family fun, magic, laughter and entertainment. Circus Skills Workshop, Circus Scavenger Hunt, Magic Show and more.

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Duncombe Park Country Fair

2nd May 2022
Established in 1982 - the original country fair of North Yorkshire in the beautiful grounds of Duncombe Park. Attractions include, trade stands, craft fair marquee, farmers market the finest produce from our Yorkshire farms, static engines, vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles.

Crowds at Ilkley Carnival

Ilkley Carnival

2nd May 2022
Ilkley Carnival has confirmed the family fun day will return this year on the May Day bank holiday, Monday 2 May. ‘Our Planet’, originally chosen for the cancelled 2020 event, will remain the theme for this year, reflecting the importance of environmental issues.

Morris Dancers in Holmfirth

Holmfirth Festival of Folk

6th to 8th May 2022
Holmfirth Festival of Folk will return for a full weekend in 2022, more detils coming soon

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Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall

23rd April to 7th May 2022
Burnby Hall Gardens’ annual Tulip Festival is a very popular annual event and provides a colourful and vibrant beginning to our new season. This year, there is a cascade of colours throughout the Gardens, featuring over 15000 tulips, with 130 varieties on display.

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Be Curious

7th May 2022
10am–4pm, find out more about the world-changing research taking place at the University of Leeds, with a day of free, fun activities suitable for all the family! Design, imagine, make, do, glue, explore and more, with over 35 interactive stalls and activities, a hands-on Tinker Space, Maker Kits, performances, workshops, tours and more!

Polar Bear Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of The Year Exhibition

7th May to 17th July 2022
At Sewerby Hall

SOn loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.
On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, the exhibition features exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world.

Hinterlands Festival

Hinterlands Rural Film Festival

13th to 15th May 2022
Hinterlands Rural Film Festival celebrates the richness and variety of rural film in the heart of the Lakes and Dales. Join us in Skipton from 13-15 May 2022, for cinematic events that will make you reconsider the importance of the great outdoors in film.

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National Gardens Scheme in Yorkshire

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

Old Moor Wetlands parade

Wonders Of The Wetland

14th and 15th May 2022
Explore RSPB Old Moor and interact with a trail of giant artworks and lots of smaller art created at community and family workshops. Meet huge owl stilt walkers, say hello to our kingfisher "Ripples" and watch out for a brand new commissioned heron skulking about the paths. Enjoy crafts, activities and making a waterlily wish!

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Filey Steampunk Festival

14th to 15th May 2022
This inclusive festival will celebrate all things steampunk alongside diverse entertainment, music, stalls, and burlesque acts. However, if you are competitive and love a good challenge, make sure you pack the digestives to take part in the unique tea dueling!

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Swaledale Festival

28th May to 11th June 2022
Swaledale Festival will be back with a bang in 2022 - their 50th anniversary! A packed programme of music, poetry, workshops and much more.

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Shepley Spring Festival

20th to 22nd May 2022
Shepley Spring Festival has been running since 2007 and has built a reputation as one of the great little events early in the festival calendar. Expect the very best music and singing from some of the best national and local artists.

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Horror Con UK

21st to 22nd May 2022
The original horror convention in the UK. If you're a horror geek, this is going to be the best way to do Something Wicked May 21st & 22nd 2022! At Magna.

Thomas at Whistlestop

Day Out With Thomas

20th to 21st May 2022
Take a train ride with Thomas, meet Sir Topham Hatt and join Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty for a trainload of excitement at Whistlestop Valley.

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Word Fest Wakefield

1st to 31st May 2022
This May, local libraries and other venues across the Wakefield district are celebrating words by holding a wide range of free, exciting events and activities for WordFest. From author talks and storytelling to music and film showings, there is something for everyone!

Festival of dogs, Castle Howard

Festival of Dogs

21st to 22nd May 2022
Festival of Dogs is back at Castle Howard! We will once again be hosting a celebration of all things canine with plenty to entertain all the family, and of course our four legged visitors too!

Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival

28th May to 1st June 2022
The Jorvik Viking Festival returns. Celebrate all things viking across the city; from viking banquets to battles. Events for all ages.

Together Season Festival

The Together Season Festival

24th May to 5th June 2022
The Together Season Festival features thirteen works from local artists; curated by a panel of artists, audience members and theatre representatives. Each company will perform on the Crucible stage and audiences will experience a range of performance genres across the festival fortnight!

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Swaledale Farming Film and Photography Festival

11th & 12th May 2022
Free event will showcase farming film from the past and the present and is run by the Tees-Swale: Naturally Connected Programme in association with the FIELD project.

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Hull Vegan Festival

29th May 2022
Browse the 30-40 stalls stalls all selling plant-based food and vegan merchandise, as well as guest speakers and live music. At Hull city hall.

Aerial view of York Spring Fair

York Spring Fair

27th May to 5th June 2022
York Spring Fair & Food Festival is a brand-new event, bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire for many years, and a Food Festival which will showcase a range of artisan products - from food and drink to gifts, scented candles and dog food - from Yorkshire and beyond.

Yorshire Game and Country show

Yorkshire Game and Country Fair

21st and 22nd May 2022
The Yorkshire Country & Game Fair is held at Scampston Hall. There is a vast array of country sports with loads of ‘have-a-go’ opportunities, to fine foods and animals – all this and lots more… and it’s not just for the country sports enthusiast but all of the family to enjoy throughout the weekend.

Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire

Bluebell Woods in Yorkshire

Bluebell Woods of Yorkshire, enjoy a spring day out enjoying one of the most spectacular natural sights. Natural family days out in Yorkshire.

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Filey Literature Festival

20th to 22nd May 2022
community festival to celebrate the spoken word. Guests include Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss, The Yorkshire Shepherdess, and Frances Brody, along with local authors and poets. Main venue Evron Centre, Filey and Filey Library.

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Haworth 1940's Weekend

20th and 21st May 2022
A weekend of living history and re-enactments in the beautiful village of Haworth, parades, dances, military and wartime civilian activities.

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North York Moors Walk Fest

28th and 29th May 2022
WalkFest celebrates the 70th anniversary of the North York Moors National Park with a series of walks following the coastal stretches of the Cleveland Way National Trail, giving you a chance to walk linear stretches of the trail (with transport provided).

Priory Rose Tractor Run

Priory Rose Vintage Tractor Run

15th May 2022
30 mile starting and ending at Farmer Copleys all in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Vampire Record Attempt at Whitby Abbey

Vampire World Record Attempt

26th May 2022
Join Whitby Abbey for a spooktacular night at the birthplace of Dracula where we will be marking the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker's iconic novel by attempting to break the record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires!

Otley show

Otley Show

21st May 2022
The oldest one day agricultural show in the country, with approx 15000 visitors. Classes are held in Cattle, Sheep, Horses, Ponies, Dogs, Poultry, Pigeons, Waterfowl, Produce, Handicraft and Floral. Attractions include Trials display team, Birds of Prey display, The Sheep Show, Gun Dog display and many attractions for children.

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North Leeds Food Festival

14th and 15th May 2022
A celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Music and Arts. Family Friendly with activities for all ages.