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.

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May Half Term

Springbank Holiday family days out and events for the school May half term 2024, outdoor and indoor fun, just in case summer hasn't quite arrived.

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1st to 5th May

Open Up Sheffield

4th to 6th, 11th & 12th May 2024
A fantastic opportunity to visit artists and makers at their studios in and around Sheffield Open Up festival takes place over the following five days, but please check individual artist profile pages as not all artists open for the full five days

Saltaire Arts Trail

4th to 6th May 2023
The residents of homes, creative spaces and businesses in Saltaire and Shipley play host to over 60 artists, displaying an eclectic range of artwork.

Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival

4th May 2024
80+ fantastic stalls, world food caterers and free samples running throughout the day from 10.30am – 4.00pm at South Leeds Stadium.

Ilkley Carnival

6th May 2024
A one day celebration in the centre of Ilkley, with a community parade throughout the town, followed by shows, carnivals and stalls.

Open Up Sheffield

4th to 6th, 11th & 12th May 2024
A fantastic opportunity to visit artists and makers at their studios in and around Sheffield Open Up festival takes place over the following five days, but please check individual artist profile pages as not all artists open for the full five days

Todmorden Folk Festival

3rd to 5th May 2024
Todmorden Folk Festival is an annual festival of music, singing, dancing and folky family fun in the heart of the Calderdale valley.

Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall

27th April to 11th May 2024
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.

May Day! May Day! at National Emergency Services Museum

4th, 5th and 6th May 2024
Explore the history of air sea rescue. Get crafty and make a helicopter, jump on board our RNLI lifeboat, plan a rescue with HM Coastguard.

Are We There Yet? at Ferens Art Gallery

24th February to 2nd June 2024
A colourful journey into the imagination and experiences of disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills! Jason’s theatrical portraits and sculptures reflect aspects of his personality, memory, and disability. This family friendly exhibition is suitable for all ages and includes Augmented Reality (AR) and interactive experiences.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary at Millenium Gallery

13th January to 7th July 2024
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.

Displayful at Scarborough Art Gallery

20th January to 7th May 2024
Celebrating happy accidents and joyful mess, Displayful invites visitors to enjoy contemporary artistic responses to objects from the collection.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary at Millenium Gallery

13th January to 7th July 2024
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.

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Tudor Weekend at Bolton Castle

4th, 5th and 6th May 2024
Tudor England was a time of great change. Come and join our ‘Living Historians’ and find out how life would have differed between 1485, the beginning of the reign of King Henry V11, and 1603 with the death of Henry’s granddaughter, the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth 1.

Festival of Debate

16th April to 25th May 2024
The largest annual non-partisan politics festival in the UK! Expect another challenging and diverse programme of events, featuring an array of well-known keynote speakers

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6th to 12th May

Tudor Weekend at Bolton Castle

4th, 5th and 6th May 2024
Tudor England was a time of great change. Come and join our ‘Living Historians’ and find out how life would have differed between 1485, the beginning of the reign of King Henry V11, and 1603 with the death of Henry’s granddaughter, the last Tudor monarch, Elizabeth 1.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary at Millenium Gallery

13th January to 7th July 2024
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.

Sports Cars in the Park

5th May 2024
Sports Cars in the Park is back at Newby Hall this spring. It’s a fantastic day out for the whole family, with a great atmosphere and your ticket includes free entry into Newby Hall’s amazing grounds

Paw Patrol at Whistlestop Valley

6th May 2024
Get ready for an action packed day of steam trains, jumping pillow, crazy golf, plus appearances from your favourite PAW Patrol heroes at intervals throughout the day.

Open Up Sheffield

4th to 6th, 11th & 12th May 2024
A fantastic opportunity to visit artists and makers at their studios in and around Sheffield Open Up festival takes place over the following five days, but please check individual artist profile pages as not all artists open for the full five days

Horror Con UK

11th and 12th May 2024
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. At Magna Science Adventure Centre.

Filey Literature Festival

8th to 12th May 2024
Community festival to celebrate the spoken word.

North Leeds Food Festival

11th and 12th May 2024
A celebration of International Influence and Local Talent, expressed through International Food, Independent Drink, Music and Arts. Family Friendly with activities for all ages.

Bridlington Steampunk Weekend

11th and 12th May 2024
Market - actvitites - fashion - entertainment and more.

Priory Rose Vintage Tractor Run

12th May 2024
30 mile Tractor Run starting and ending at Farmer Copleys all in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Tulip Festival at Burnby Hall

27th April to 11th May 2024
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.

Duncombe Park Country Fair

6th May 2024
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, static engines, vintage cars, tractors and motorcycles.

Open Up Sheffield

4th to 6th, 11th & 12th May 2024
A fantastic opportunity to visit artists and makers at their studios in and around Sheffield Open Up festival takes place over the following five days, but please check individual artist profile pages as not all artists open for the full five days

Holmfirth Festival of Folk

10th to 12th May 2024
Holmfirth Festival of Folk will return for a full weekend in 2024, more details coming soon

Race The Waves Steampunk Festival

11th and 12th May 2024
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

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Are We There Yet? at Ferens Art Gallery

24th February to 2nd June 2024
A colourful journey into the imagination and experiences of disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills! Jason’s theatrical portraits and sculptures reflect aspects of his personality, memory, and disability. This family friendly exhibition is suitable for all ages and includes Augmented Reality (AR) and interactive experiences.

13th to 19th May

Yorkshire Game and Country Fair

18th and 19th May 2024
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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

17th to 25th May 2024
Join Music in the Round & Ensemble 360 as they welcome some of the world's finest musicians and stellar guest artists.

Filey Steampunk Festival

18th and 19th May 2024
This inclusive festival will celebrate all things steampunk alongside diverse entertainment, music, stalls, and burlesque acts.

Haworth 1940's Weekend

18th and 19th May 2024
A weekend of living history and re-enactments in the beautiful village of Haworth, parades, dances, military and wartime civilian activities.

Otley Show

18th May 2024
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.

Bridlington Kite Festival

18th and 19th May 2024
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.

Whitby Fish and Ships Festival

18th and 19th May 2023
A celebration of Whitby’s fishing heritage including live cookery demonstrations throughout the weekend in the seafood kitchen on Dock End, Endeavour Wharf & Fish Quay. Whitby Sea Festival will entertain us with sea balladeers and shantymen as well as local bands, a special concert, song competition and much more!

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary at Millenium Gallery

13th January to 7th July 2024
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.

Weston Park May Fayre

19th May 2024
The event is free entry and there will be lots of attractions and entertainment between 11am and 5pm to suit all of the family.

Festival of Debate

16th April to 25th May 2024
The largest annual non-partisan politics festival in the UK! Expect another challenging and diverse programme of events, featuring an array of well-known keynote speakers

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Lord Scropes Household Medieval Weekend at Bolton Castle

18th and 19th May 2024
Experience the sights and sounds of a busy Medieval kitchen responsible for feeding the garrison, see the work of the tradespeople who kept the castle running day in day out and learn how you would fight and survive as a common soldier during the Wars of the Roses.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

17th to 25th May 2024
Music in the Round hosts Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, an annual festival of classical music each May, as well as star-studded seasons each spring and autumn.

Get Together 2024

18th May 2024
Get Together is a mult-venue festival of music, arts, food and drink. The festival celebrates the very best in new and independent artists, DJs, creators, breweries and food traders.

Murder at Harewood House

16th May 2024
Murder is in our midst as the State Dining Room of Harewood House takes centre stage for mysterious evening to remember. Don your detective hats as you embark on an adventure to solve a murder that’s taken place at the House.

20th to 26th May

Sheffield Food Festival

25th to 27th May 2024
Sheffield Food Festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant food scene, showcasing our great local produce, talented chefs, mouthwatering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers.

Malton Food Lovers Festival

25th and 26th May 2024
Expect artisan stalls, delicious street food, talks, tastings, celebrity chefs, demos, festival bar, live music & much, much more!

Live At Leeds

25th May 2024
Live at Leeds in the Park is a brand new, one day festival held at Temple Newsam, Leeds.

Swaledale Festival

25th May to 8th June 2024
Swaledale Festival returns in 2024 with a broad selection of the finest musicians and artists from Yorkshire, elsewhere in the country and around the world. There will be a large number of hands-on events such as workshops, walks and craft demonstrations, with a focus on participation, landscape and climate change.

Leeds Jazz Festival

23rd to 28th May 2024
The event aims to unite and celebrate the musicians, venues, promoters, audiences and organisations who are part of the Leeds Jazz tapestry - whilst showcasing the best of local, national and international music.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

17th to 25th May 2024
Join Music in the Round & Ensemble 360 as they welcome some of the world's finest musicians and stellar guest artists.

Great British Food Festival at Harewood House

25th to 27th May 2023
Combining the nation's love of great food and drink with some of the country's most treasured locations. GBFF offers a chance to enjoy some very special time together.

Challenge Festival

24th to 26th May 2024
Three days of arts and cultrue in Bingley. Featuring outdoor cinema, live music, theatre and performance, markets and more.

Festival of Debate

16th April to 25th May 2024
The largest annual non-partisan politics festival in the UK! Expect another challenging and diverse programme of events, featuring an array of well-known keynote speakers

.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary at Millenium Gallery

13th January to 7th July 2024
At the beginning of the global COVID-19 pandemic, artist Phlegm started to document his observations of daily life in lockdown in the form of an ongoing series of artworks.

Gin Train with Wensleydale Railway

25th May 2024
All aboard The Gin Train Experience! Enjoy a full range of their award winning Gin & Tonics by Taplin & Mageean from the comfort of a private carriage travelling through the spectacular Yorkshire Dales scenery on our Railway!

Civil War Weekend at Bolton Castle

26th and 27th May 2024
Our ‘Living Historians’ are on hand to tell you more about the war of the ‘Three kingdoms’, and to give you the opportunity to handle the arms and armour of the period. In a war that split families in their loyalties, who would you have fought for?

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Are We There Yet? at Ferens Art Gallery

24th February to 2nd June 2024
A colourful journey into the imagination and experiences of disabled artist Jason Wilsher-Mills! Jason’s theatrical portraits and sculptures reflect aspects of his personality, memory, and disability. This family friendly exhibition is suitable for all ages and includes Augmented Reality (AR) and interactive experiences.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

17th to 25th May 2024
Music in the Round hosts Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, an annual festival of classical music each May, as well as star-studded seasons each spring and autumn.