The past few months may not have brought the sunshine of the previous year, but that didn’t stop the good people of Yorkshire from having a fine summer at the myriad of happenings in and around York.
Festivals of food, drink and music were occasionally wet and often wonderful, like the Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink, and at these and dozens more events of entertainment and culture, thousands of punters kept spirits high.
As we move into Autumn, the gatherings remain strong and many. September opened with York Beer and Cider Festival spanning the 18th to 21st by the Racecourse, and at York Food and Drink Festival around Shambles Market for the whole of the 20th to 29th.
Other events, from the niche to the popular, frequent the month too. Picks include the huge York National Book Fair, of which you can read more of further on, the quirky York Balloon Fiesta from the 27th to 30th.
October offers are equally inviting and varied. Yorkshire Whisky Festival on the 5th and One For The Road at The Fulford Arms on the 18th and 19th keep the liquid and music flowing, and Oktoberfest hits various venues in York as Yorkshire joins in the German beer celebrations. In more refined surroundings, Northern Lights returns to York Minster, with performances twice nightly from the 24th to 31st.
At the very end of the month, Halloween spooks us out with uprisings all over the ghost-filled city of York. It is also then that the nation-spanning Museums at Night opens access to culture up late in selected spaces and into the first days of November.
Which is when the chill is likely to be kicking in. Of course, the usual array of bonfires will warm you up at the many parks across the city, including big ‘uns at York Maze; remember remember the date. November also puts on intriguing and educational entertainment, notably in the form of York’s Aesthetica Short Film Festival from the 6th to 10th and 11th to 16th respectively.
Throughout all of this, the usual high standard and all sizes of shows are playing regularly at theatres across the cities. Amongst York’s vast selection includes Shrek at the Grand Opera House, Martin Carthy at The Crescent, The South at Fibbers, and The Nutcracker at The Barbican.
And if you really want to feel like Winter’s coming, there are the November early arrivals of Christmas Markets, which begins on Parliament Street from the 14th. It may be September, but already, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.