Bank Holiday inspiration

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It’s here, the final Bank Holiday before Christmas of 2021 and the first since the removing of lockdown restrictions, so here at we’ve pulled together a list of things you could do and places to visit over the long weekend.



First, it would be wrong to talk about August Bank Holiday weekend in Yorkshire and not mention Leeds Festival. While this event has sold out it’s fantastic to have the festival back and to see an array of artists from Liam Gallagher to Stormzy taking the stage. A special note must go to Leeds-based hip hop performer Graft who after winning series two of the BBC show Rap Game UK will be taking to the stage.




If you’re after something a little quieter then look no further than outside of your window. Whether you live in a town, city, the Peaks or the Dales one thing Yorkshire isn’t short of is somewhere to explore and with Welcome to Yorkshire’s website full of Walkshire inspiration you have no excuse. But if you want a real recommendation then why not head to the wonderful east coast and enjoy the beach at Hunmanby Gap near Filey.



However, after a day (or even an hour in the case of this writer) of adventuring you may be looking for somewhere for sustenance. Now we’ve previously shared a whole host of fantastic dining destinations. But as it’s Bank Holiday weekend why not take in a food festival and there are at least two to pick from – Malton Food Lovers Festival and The Great Northern Food and Drink Festival at Scampston Hall and Gardens.



©Royal Armouries Leeds


Heading into Leeds city centre, and not only has the water taxi connecting the city centre to Leeds Dock reopened, but this weekend the Royal Armouries is also bringing live-action jousting back to the region. The museum’s impressive tiltyard which was silenced by Covid last year will once again be filled with the cheers of crowds and the clash of lances on armour as four “internationally renowned knights” battle it out.



Finally, we’ll finish where we started with live music, you can catch the final Saturday of the Sheffield Music Trails, which is offering visitors the chance to see some of the finest artists in the UK performing for free at a selection of the city’s unbeatable independent venue spaces. The walking tour heads from Castlegate to Neepsend, Sharrowvale to Abbeydale Road and Devonshire Street to The Leadmill, with organisers promising that “whether you are a seasoned gig-goer looking to revisit some of your favourite haunts, or simply curious to discover what the city has to offer” there’ll be something for everyone.



Whatever way you choose to enjoy your Bank Holiday everyone at hopes you have a fantastic long weekend.