What’s on: get into the swing of summer

The summer is in full swing and elsewhere in this issue we highlight the forthcoming Great Yorkshire Show as a lynchpin of the county’s summer calendar.

But, of course, there are shows, events and activities taking place across North Yorkshire in the coming month. We can only scratch the surface with our round-up here, so look around to see what’s happening near you and get out to enjoy all our county has to offer.

Throughout the summer holidays, children and young people in North Yorkshire who get benefits-related free school meals can book onto FEAST activities for free, where each day they’ll also receive a free hot meal or packed lunch. There are loads of activities to get involved in, from sports and fitness camps to holiday clubs to arts, crafts, music and drama. Events will be held around the county. Find out what is going on near you.

Harrogate Carnival - credit Charlotte Graham for Harrogate International Festivals

Here is our round-up of some of the other events coming up in the county.

  • Huby and Sutton Show takes place on Sunday, 2 July, in the grounds of Sutton Park. The show offers exciting and educational displays for all the family, as well as about 250 competition classes, including horses, cattle, sheep, crafts, horticultural and home produce.
  • Duncombe Park Steam and Vintage Rally takes place ay Duncombe Park, Helmsley, on Saturday, 1 July, and Sunday, 2 July.
  • Oliver’s Mount Racing events in Scarborough in July include the Cock O’ The North on Saturday, 1 July, and Sunday, 2 July, and the Barry Sheene Classis on Saturday, 22 July, and Sunday, 23 July.
  • Thirsk Sculpture Garden reopens on Saturday, 8 July, with a major exhibition by renowned stone carver Emily Young in Gallery One.
  • Northallerton Carnival will take place in Applegarth Park from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, 9 July. Find more details on Northallerton Carnival Facebook.
  • Thirsk Racecourse hosts an outdoor cinema on Wednesday, 12 July, at 7pm when you will be able to take a picnic and enjoy the classic, Dirty Dancing.
  • Ryedale Festival runs from Friday, 14 July, to Sunday, 30 July, offering two weeks of inspiring musical performances in beautiful and historic locations. Find out more.
  • Scarborough’s Seafest Festival returns from Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, with craft and food stalls, children's activities, live music, street food and entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and a fabulous firework display. Find out more on the Scarborough’s Seafest Festival Facebook page.
  • BoxTree Productions will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream: The Musical at Valley Gardens, Harrogate, on Sunday, 16 July, at 4pm. This classic Shakespeare play has been transformed into a musical extravaganza and adapted into modern language, so that it is perfect for the whole family, with comedy characters, mischievous fairies, magical moments and fantastic original songs. Pack up your hampers, unroll your picnic blankets, stretch out your legs and join them at the Valley Gardens.
  • Events at Thorpe Perrow arboretum, near Bedale, include an outdoor concert by the Abba Sensation tribute Band on Saturday, 22 July.
  • Ryedale Show will be held at will be held at Welburn Park, Kirkbymoorside, on Tuesday, 25 July.
  • Along with Rascals Entertainment we are bringing back fun-filled free pop-up parties in our parks this July and August, with one at Harrogate Valley Gardens bandstand on Thursday, 27 July. They are perfect for younger children and parents with a mix of entertainment and activities, including magic shows, circus tricks shows and character mini discos and more. See more information about free pop-up parties. Further events will follow at Knaresborough Castle Grounds on Wednesday, 14 August, and Ripon Spa Gardens on Thursday, 24 August.
  • Harrogate Carnival, the family-friendly, multi-cultural celebration returns to the town on Sunday, 30 July. Leeds West Indian Carnival will headline the parade, with its blend of jaw-dropping costumes, infectious tropical rhythms, Caribbean culture and entertainment. Joining in  will be an amazing line-up of performers to make their way to Harrogate’s Valley Gardens for performances on the gardens’ main stage. The day continues with dance and craft workshops, international food, music and family-friendly entertainment. Entry is free.
  • Weeton Show celebrates its 78th year on Sunday, 30 July. The show, near Harrogate, regularly attracts up to 3,000 people. Attractions will include more than 200 classes of horses, sheep, dogs, produce and horticulture, traditional village games, children’s rides and races mounted and fancy dress. There will be a gun dog demonstration, terrier racing, live bands, Punch and Judy, a falconry display, vintage tractors, steam engines and cars, handicraft and horticultural classes and more than 50 local trade stands of artisan products, food and drink.
  • Easingwold Summer of Music continues with free weekend performances in the marketplace in July from The Black Marcs, Easingwold Town Band and the Taiko Kaminari Drummers. Free performances will continue most weekends until September.
Children going through hoops

Find about more events and activities around the county on these council-supported websites:

And finally, not wanting to wish away the summer, but tickets have gone on sale for the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate. The Country Living Christmas Fair, from 30 November to 3 December, offers a chance to shop in style from artisan designers. Find out more Country Living Christmas Fair and early bird tickets.

If you want to tell us about a major event you are organising for possible inclusion in Your North Yorkshire, email yny@northyorks.gov.uk