When to Go

  • The weeklong Jorvik Festival in February sees York taken over by a Viking invasion.
  • Spring brings drifts of yellow daffodils to brighten the roadsides in the Dales and North York Moors; the Three Peaks Race takes place in Horton-in-Ribblesdale; thousands descend for Malton's annual food festival.
  • Agriculture is celebrated at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate in July. At the same time of year, Yorkshire’s coastal sea cliffs become a frenzy of nesting seabirds.
  • September is the ideal time for hiking in the Yorkshire Dales; the Walking Festival in Richmond also takes place in this month. Harrogate gets green-fingered during its Autumn Flower Show; and Whitby celebrates its biggest Goth Weekend around Halloween.