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Four upcoming Yorkshire events that aren’t to be missed

By Helen Pentith  //  Tue 1st July 2014
Sheep at the Great Yorkshire Show

The Grand Depart isn’t the only event to grace the county of Yorkshire this year. As one of the largest, most varied and most vibrant counties in the country, there’s always plenty going on – regardless where in Yorkshire you’re staying. Whether you're a Yorkshire native who’s renting an office on the Escrick Park estate or you’re simply renting a timber lodge in Yorkshire for a week or two, there are many concerts, shows, and other events that are worth a trip. maintains a complete list of the dozens of events that are taking place in the county every day, but we’ve chosen a few of the biggest and best for our list…

Great Yorkshire Show (8th-10th July)

If you’re around in July, take a visit to the Great Yorkshire Show – the largest agricultural show in the UK. For a few days in early July, Harrogate will be taken over by the Great Yorkshire Show, as 130,000 spectators visit the spa town to attend this magnificent event. There’s plenty for families to see and do, with hundreds of stalls to visit and loads of other events and displays to take in. Don’t miss this one… gates open at 7.30 am on the 8th.

York Early Music Festival (10th-19th July)

If music’s more your thing, head to York in mid-July to see incredible performances by some of the world’s top classical musicians. This year’s early music festival is set to focus on Spanish music, in addition to celebrating many anniversaries including CPE Bach. The events are held in venues across York, with some already sold out. Head over to the events calendar to book your place.

Feva (8th-17th August)

Now in its 18th year, Knaresborough’s festival of entertainment and visual arts is once again due to take over the town for a week in August. Last year’s festival featured 80 events and 24 art shows, and the organisers hope they can match that showing this year. Visitors can expert a beer festival, plays, dance performances, art exhibitions, food and drink events and much more besides. Less than hour’s drive from the Escrick Park estate, if you’re staying at the Hollicarrs Feva is certainly worth a visit.

Yorkshire Marathon (12th October)

Only in its second year, the Yorkshire Marathon is a newcomer to the marathon circuit. It’s a fast, flat route – and all 7,000 places were taken in the first few hours after registration opened. The route starts at the University of York and heads through the city centre before heading out into the countryside to the northeast of York, looping back to the university for the finish. If you’re in the area, spend a few hours cheering on the competitors – your support will surely be valued.

While you’re on holiday in Yorkshire, don’t forget to pay a visit to Skipwith Common to enjoy a day out in some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside.
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