Gearing up for a bank holiday extravaganza across the region

Lucinda Kaywood rides Alfie the 20th in the Trizone Discovery jumping competition at Epworth Show. Picture: Andrew Roe
Lucinda Kaywood rides Alfie the 20th in the Trizone Discovery jumping competition at Epworth Show. Picture: Andrew Roe

FRIDAY - COMEDY: Head over to Sheffield City Hall for the Last Laugh Comedy Club with a troop of comedians that are bound to make you laugh.

This week’s line-up includes John Scott, Steffen Peddie, Dave Longley and Phil Butler who has always been a popular stand up comedian, starring in big shows and playing the comic lead in pantomime. Starts at 8.15pm. Tickets cost £16. Call the box office on 0114 2789 789 for more information.

TOUR: Join theatre lovers on a tour of Leeds Grand Theatre where you’ll discover the theatre’s story, from its grand opening in 1878 through more than 130 years of history right through to the present day. This tour is aimed at families and there needs to be a minimum of one adult and one child per booking. Starts at 1pm. Call the box office on 0844 848 2700 to book. Tickets cost between £3 and £5.

COMEDY: Fosters Comedy Live at Highlight Leeds features some of the biggest names from the national circuit including Steve Gribbin, Brendan Dempsey, David Ward and Tim Clark. Tickets from £17. Call the box office on 0844 844 0044 for more information.


WORKSHOP: Does your youngster have what it takes to be a knight of Camelot? Why not take them over to the York Theatre Royal and find out with the Knight School workshop, where they’ll be given King Arthur’s challenges to complete with the chance to earn a place at his round table. There will also be games and much more to keep your little ones entertained. Starts at noon. Costs £5. Call the box office on 01904 623538 for more details.


AFTERNOON TEA: Following last year’s popularity, Bradford Theatres will open up its Winter Garden at Kings Hall in Ilkley to serve traditional afternoon tea on the August Bank Holiday. With its spectacular Edwardian spa Lantern Roof and grand staircase, this is the perfect location to an enjoy an afternoon tea of sandwiches, quiches, cakes and scones. Runs from 11am to 5pm. There is no set price, and food on offer starts at £3. No advance booking is required, but large parties are advised to pre-book with the hospitality department by calling 01274 431052.

Walk: Take the whole family over to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Wakefield and join the parks volunteers for a walk and a talk to explore the park’s interesting past, historic lakes and woodland. Sensible footwear and clothing is advised. Meet at the information desk at the YSP visitor centre where you will be met by a tour guide. Starts at 1pm. This event is free. Contact the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on 01924 832631 or visit for more information.


WORKSHOP: Again at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in Wakefield, there’s a family sculpture workshop entitled Surviving and Getting By. Ideas of environmental change and what we can do to adapt to it will be explored through collage, drawing and sculpture. Starts at 10am. Call the park on 01924 832631 for more detail. Costs £4.

MUSIC: The Greystones in Sheffield is staging a gig featuring singer songwriter Sam Gray, whose album Brighter Day was a massive hit on iTunes. Also on the bill is singer songwriter Emma Stevens who has supported Kate Nash and has a fresh and folky sound. Starts at 7.30pm. Tickets from £9. Call 0114 266 5599 for more information.

SHOW: The Epworth Show returns for its 66th year and with a line up of activities that won’t disappoint including a performance from the E.N.A dance group, a falcolnry display and lurcher terrier racing. The show takes place at the Epworth Show Field and starts at 9.30am. Tickets cost £5. Visit for more information.


MUSIC: Following their sold out run earlier this year, The Be Good Tanya’s are back on the road and stop off at Sheffield’s City Hall. The all-girl group formed in 1999 and have toured the world with their unique mixture of deep country vocals, early American folk, old-time blues and gospel. Starts at 7.30pm. Call 0114 2789 789 to book. Tickets from £20.


EXHIBITION: Weston Park Museum in Sheffield, plays host to the 100 years of Stainless Steel exhibition which marks 100 years since ‘rustless steel’ was discovered in the city. The exhibition explores a century of design and innovation and is well worth a look! Call 0114 782600 for more information. Entrance is free.

MUSIC: Tribute act, The Pretend Beatles come to Fleece in Leeds for one night only. Comprised of experienced musicians, the band promise to deliver with an eclectic mix of the Fab Four’s biggest hits. Starts at 9pm. Entrance is free.