Yorkshire events to look forward to in 2021-22

27 August 2021

Events in Yorkshire


Now that restrictions have been lifted across the UK, festivals, concerts and other events can once again take place across the country. Many events are therefore gearing up with dates and details being released ahead of their next scheduled event.

Yorkshire is one county that is home to some spectacular events and the past year has been incredibly difficult with these festivals having to cancel their plans.

If you love live entertainment and are staying in hotels in Scarborough or are holidaying in Yorkshire in 2021/22, then there are lots of events you can enjoy during your trip.

Read on to find out what events in Yorkshire are planned for 2021 and 2022 and for details about what you can see at the featured events.


•Scarborough Jazz Festival

•Dark Skies Fringe Festival

•Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Folk Week and Whitby Regatta

•Great Yorkshire Show


•Comedy In The Park

•Tour de Yorkshire

Scarborough Jazz Festival

Dates of event: 24-26 September 2021

Location: The Grand Hall, Scarborough Spa


Scarborough Jazz Festival will be back


The 18th Scarborough Jazz Festival will be returning in 2021 after a break due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is a perfect tonic for music lovers to wash away those end of summer blues.

The festival is famed for boasting a programme that covers a range of jazz styles and variety and the return event is set to be no different. This year the event will be welcoming musicians such as pianist Fergus McCreadie, violinist John Pearce, gypsy jazz from Djanco and jazz giant Julian Joseph with his trio.

The Scarborough Jazz Festival is rated as one of the top jazz festivals in the UK and its venue in the grand Victorian surroundings of Scarborough Spa make it one of the most picturesque to visit as well.

Dark Skies Fringe Festival

Dates of event: 22 – 31 October 2021

Location: North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales


Dark Skies Fringe Festival


National Parks remain some of the darkest places in Great Britain and the Dark Skies Fringe Festival is all about discovering, enjoying, and learning about the dark and the stars you can see as a result.

There are events for families, first-time stargazers and those wishing to expand their knowledge or astrophotography skills further.

The fringe festival that is taking place on the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales later this year is the second of its kind and came about after the huge success of February’s annual Dark Skies Festival.

Speaking to us about the event, organisers said: “The public’s interest and intrigue in dark skies increases every year and we wanted to give visitors another opportunity to experience and learn more about the National Park’s incredible night sky. This will be the first time we’re hosting the Fringe Festival as an International Dark Sky Reserve. Such a designation means we have been recognised to have exceptional starry skies. More importantly, it’s a guarantee that this incredibly precious nightscape is protected for future generations.

“Due to light pollution in many towns and cities, you will not see more than a handful of stars. On a clear night in the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales, you can expect to see up to 2,000. It’s a sight that will take your breath away. It’s possible to see the Milky Way with a naked eye when looking up anywhere in either National Park. Expect an action-packed programme for the Fringe Festival, from star-gazing sessions and night navigation to nature safaris and ghost walks. If you can’t make it to either National Park for the Festival, we’ll be hosting virtual events so you can appreciate and enjoy our dark skies from the comfort of your living room. We’ll look forward to seeing you in person another time!”

Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby Folk Week and Whitby Regatta

Dates of event: Whitby Goth Weekend (29 – 31 October 2021), Whitby Folk Week (20 – 26 August 2022), Whitby Regatta (2022 dates TBC)

Location: Whitby




Whitby is known as the goth capital of the UK for its association with Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula and the Whitby Goth Weekend is a celebration of this and the town’s history. It is an alternative music festival that usually runs over three days. In previous years thousands of people have descended on the seaside town to attend what is now one of the world’s premier goth events, which has been running since 1994.


Whitby Folk Week is a historic event that celebrates traditional music, dance and songs from the UK and throughout the week there are more than 100 concerts that take place across the town, including at venues such as Whitby Pavilion.


Whitby Regatta is a full weekend of yacht racing, rowing races and various free forms of entertainment, finishing with a prize presentation and spectacular firework display. The regatta has a history of more than 180-years and is believed to be the oldest sea Regatta on the northeast coast.

Jeff, who is from Whitby Online, told us a bit about the events you can enjoy in the town: “Whitby Events is a community-powered site which is free to use for both event organisers and event visitors. It’s been running since 2010 and although very, very quiet in 2020, has continued to run. We list events from small live music gigs and local yoga groups to Whitby Folk Week, Goth Week and of course, Whitby Regatta the latter three we recommend highly to absolutely everyone old or young.”

Great Yorkshire Show

Dates of event: 12 –15 July 2022

Location: Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate


Great Yorkshire Show


Source: Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is an iconic event and one of the biggest agricultural events in the English calendar. Every year, visitors from all over the UK and over 8,500 animals converge on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate to compete, socialise and celebrate.

Organisers are looking forward to the event in 2022 and they told us a bit about what visitors can expect to see: “The 163rd Great Yorkshire Show will be held on Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July 2022 when the best of British farming, food and the countryside will be showcased. In the judging rings, thousands of animals will compete: from cattle to sheep, pigs to pigeons and the show finishes with one of the most prestigious showjumping classes in the country, the Cock O’the North. Cutting edge equipment will be on sale and innovation celebrated with displays from big name farming brands.”

On top of the exhibitions, animals and showjumping events, there will also be first-class entertainment, cookery demos, plenty of shopping and tasty Yorkshire produce in the Food Hall!

Tickets for the event will go on sale in 2022.


Dates of event: 22-24 July 2022

Location: Hillsborough Park, Sheffield





Tramlines is dubbed as the biggest party Sheffield has ever seen as throughout the weekend the festival attracts over 70 artists across multiple stages.

There is much more than music, however, with comedy acts, pop-up cinemas, a large family area and a food and drink line-up that is unrivalled in the region.

The festival attracts stars, but it is renowned for championing local musicians and talent and for celebrating creativity in Sheffield.

Tickets for the 2022 event are already on sale and you can buy Super Early Bird tickets for £79.50+bf or a payment plan from just £9.10 per month.

Comedy In The Park

Dates of event: 23 July 2022

Location: Temple Newsam, Leeds



Comedy In The Park is the UK’s biggest outdoor comedy event and in 2022 it will be coming back to Yorkshire. This unique outdoor experience attracts the biggest and best names in comedy all on one stage!

Set in an open-air theatre, the event in Leeds will boast six of the best comics in the world for a day of hilarious entertainment. If you visit the event, which will be taking place at seven different locations across the UK, you can also enjoy various street food vendors and bars as well as the stunning grounds of Temple Newsam.

At previous events, comics such as John Bishop, Katherine Ryan, Rob Beckett, Al Murray, Judi Love and Paul Chowdhry have performed.

Tour de Yorkshire

Dates of event: 2022 dates TBC

Location: Across the whole of Yorkshire


Tour de Yorkshire


The Tour de Yorkshire has become an institution on the sporting calendar since it was first introduced by Welcome to Yorkshire.

The Tour has been missing for two years as a result of the pandemic, but back in 2019, it reached a global audience of 28 million as well as around two million people lining the route in person.

When the popular event returns it won’t be exactly the same as the Tour will be part of a broader festival that will be aiming to gain wider exposure for Yorkshire’s attractions. The Festival of Yorkshire as it is set to be called will focus on the food, drink, heritage and arts that make the county so distinctive.

Yorkshire is full of amazing events, and these are just some of the best ones that you can visit in the county. If you are interested in heading to Yorkshire on holiday, then consider booking accommodation in the Robin Hoods Bay area for your stay. For more articles like this, then take a look at our blog here.

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