Haven’t got a ticket to Glastonbury? Fear not, this summer Yorkshire has a packed programme of festivals and you won’t even need to pack your wellies.
The one about music…
What you need to know: Pretty much every weekend during the summer there is a music festival in Yorkshire. The granddaddy of them all is Leeds Festival, but our pick of the bunch is Tramlines in Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park. Tickets for the three-day event cost just £75.50 making it one of the best value festivals in the whole of the country and while there are still some acts to be confirmed the line-up is pretty good too.
Don’t miss: This year’s headliners are Two Door Cinema Club, Nile Rodgers and Chic and the Courteneers, but the entire line-up is packed with quality with the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Tom Grennan and Lewis Capaldi all making an appearance.
Tramlines, Sheffield, July 19th to 21st. www.tramlines.org.uk
The one about comedy…
What you need to know: Back in 2015, Martin Witts had an idea. The York resident who just so happens to run London’s Leicester Square Theatre decided his home city was ripe for a comedy festival. Launching that July, the hope was that stand-ups would stop-off in Yorkshire on their way to Edinburgh Festival. And they did. The Great Yorkshire Fringe has grown each year and now takes over several pop-up venues along Parliament Street as well as various theatres.
Don’t miss: More acts will be added in the coming months but Fringe regular Henning Wehn has already confirmed and is always worth a look. If you want to catch the stars of tomorrow it’s worth checking out the New Comedian of the Year competition which runs throughout the festival.
The Great Yorkshire Fringe, July 18th to 28th. www.greatyorkshirefringe.com
The one about crime…
What you need to know: Every summer the genteel streets of Harrogate are taken over with talk of murder, betrayal and bloody violence. Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival attracts some of the genre’s biggest names and having originally begun as an off-shoot of the Harrogate International Festival it’s now a major event in its own right. This year’s guest chair is former probation officer turned author and script writer Mari Hannah.
Don’t miss: The festival is always a who’s who of crime writers, but among the top draws this year are James Patterson, who holds the world record for the most New York Times number one bestsellers and Jed Mercurio who will be talking about his TV hits Bodyguard and Line of Duty.
Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, July 18th to 21st. www.harrogateinternationalfestivals.com
The one about food and drink…
What you need to know: The North Leeds Food Festival arrives in Roundhay Park at the end of June and as always will be a celebration of the region’s best street food. Now in its fourth year, while food is at the heart of the event, there is also always a decent programme of live music, children’s entertainment, artisan market stalls and a per centage of the profits are also donated to Leeds Mind which supports those with mental health issues.
Don’t miss: The sheer selection of international food on offer is what people come for, but it’s also worth checking out the live demo area which will feature some of the region’s top chefs sharing their kitchen skills.
North Leeds Food Festival, Roundhay Park, Leeds, June 22nd to 23rd.