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Theakstons old Peculier Crime Writing Festival – cancelled but big plans for 2021

Sadly it will not be returning to Harrogate for the 17th year in 2020 – but the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival is already making plans to return in 2021 . This event celebrates the very best in crime fiction and the festival has become a firm date in the UK literary calendar. The festival is usually based at The Old Swan Hotel – which featured in the movie Agatha and famous for... Read more

The Great Yorkshire Show – 14 to 16 July 2020 – a virtual event this year!

The Great Yorkshire Show was born in October 1837 when a group of leading agriculturalists, led by the third Earl Spencer, met at the Black Swan Hotel in Coney Street, York to discuss the future of the farming industry. The result was the decision to form an organisation – the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS) – whose aims were to improve and develop agriculture and hold an annual... Read more

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race

In June, one of the most extraordinary and hilarious community events in the UK – The Knaresborough Bed Race usually takes place in Knaresbrough town centre. First held in 1966, this spectacular event has been going strong every year and sadly this year it has been cancelled for the first time. The organisers are still planning something and “Bed Race Unplugged” has been mentioned on the website... Read more

And another reason to visit South Yorkshire… Wentworth Castle Gardens

South Yorkshire is enjoying the limelight at the moment with record numbers of people wanting to see inside Wentworth Woodhouse where Downton Abbey was filmed. But only 6 miles away is a little-known attraction with lots to tempt the visitor – 63 acres of formal gardens, 500 acres of wider parkland and 26 listed buildings and monuments. Highlights include: Victorian conservatory with rare... Read more

Swalefest

The Swaledale Festival (Swalefest) is one of the most popular music and arts events held in Yorkshire each year. The Festival was founded in 1972 and was due to run in 2020 for two weeks between the 23 May and 6 June but has unfortunately been cancelled with the Covid-19 outbreak. But the event is so wonderful we thought we would review it so you can make plans to come and check it out in 2021... Read more