What’s on Yorkshire: Events in North Yorkshire 2023

With coast, country, sleepy villages and bustling cities, there’s never a dull moment in God’s own county. We’re already planning ahead for our Yorkshire holidays in 2023.

Events in North Yorkshire 2023

Whether you’re looking for a celebration of nature or a chance to flutter on the horses, you’ll find it right here in Yorkshire. Bring the whole family or travel with a loved one and explore vibrant cities or coastal villages.

With countless National Trust properties and music festivals, there’s something for every kind of visitor.

Get set for an incredible year with these 2023 events in North Yorkshire…

Easter in Yorkshire

Easter Sunday 2023 falls on Sunday 9th April, which means the four-day weekend kicks off from Good Friday on the 7th. There’s a whole lot of fun to be had with North Yorkshire Easter events, including plenty of family days out.

Try the Easter Adventure at Stockeld Park or climb Brimham Rocks for an Easter egg hunt. There are also fairy trails at Newby Hall or the delectable York Chocolate Festival, so check back regularly for dates in the calendar.

Whitby Goth Weekend

There are a lot of things that Yorkshire has given the world, but perhaps none so spooky as Whitby Goth Weekend. Celebrating literary greats like Bram Stoker and his Dracula, the weekend sees thousands of revellers dressing up and heading to the seaside town.

Here you’ll catch the Bizarre Bazaar Alternative Market and enjoy alternative music. It happens twice a year, so pop these year’s dates in your calendar: Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April and Friday 27th to Sunday 29th October.

Find out more about Whitby Goth Weekend here >

Three visitors dressed in black at Whitby Goth Weekend

Bridlington Kite Festival

There’s nothing like the Yorkshire coast for flying a kite – and Bridlington Kite Festival always delivers. This year’s event takes place between Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May 2023, from 10am to 5pm.

Some of the largest kites in the world will take to the skies of the Bridlington clifftops, with a kaleidoscope of colours floating about Sewerby Fields. If you know your kites, expect to see flying frogs, snakes, lizards and dragons, as well as large inflatables. You can even rent your own kite for a flying session before heading down to the beach.

Find out more about Bridlington Kite Festival here >

Scarborough Seafest

Back once again for 2023, Scarborough Seafest is one of the most anticipated yearly events in North Yorkshire. You can catch the annual maritime celebration on the West Pier from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July. Head over to the South Bay for live music, local food stalls and live cooking demonstrations.

You’ll also find arts and crafts, street entertainers, fairground rides and children’s activities, so bring the whole family along. And the best part? Admission is free!

Find out more about Scarborough Seafest here >

Yorkshire Race Days

God’s own country is teeming with racecourses, so if you fancy a flutter, be sure to fill your calendar with the best Yorkshire racing events. Kicking off the racing season is Redcar, with the Premier Day taking place on Easter Monday, 10th April. Up next, in May we have the Thirsk Hunt Cup on Saturday 6th and the famous Irish Day on Tuesday 23rd.

Up in Beverley, you can hit the night races on Tuesday 20th June and Monday 24th July. Then back to York for some daytime fun, hit the John Smiths Festival on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th July, or the Ebor Festival from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th August. As autumn approaches, Doncaster’s St Leger takes place from Friday 14th to Sunday 17th September.

A birdseye view of the grounds of York Racecourse

Whitby Regatta

Love yourself a good old-fashioned boat race? Head to Whitby for the annual Whitby Regatta, which returns this year from Saturday 12th to Monday 14th August. Celebrating more than 180 years of outdoor aquatic entertainment, the festival features rowing races and a whole host of other activities.

Bring the whole family for the Red Arrows aerobatic display team, a car rally, a fun run, a fireworks display and the incredible RAF Battle of Britain Lancaster flying display. You can even get involved and volunteer at the event!

Find out more about Whitby Regatta here >

Bridlington Pride

What better way to celebrate summer than with Pride celebrations? Bridlington Pride returns for one day only on Saturday 1st July. Hit the streets from 12pm to watch the parades, featuring costumes, bright colours and dancing.

Then it’s onward to the festival and the long awaited after party. You can catch all the action out on the streets and in Bridlington Spa, complete with drag queens, live music and art shows.

Find out more about Bridlington Pride here >

York Food and Drink Festival

Feeling hungry? We’ve got just the treat for you with this North Yorkshire event. The York Food and Drink Festival returns to the historic city of York from Friday 22nd September to Sunday 1st October.

Hit Parliament Street for a huge range of artisanal Yorkshire foods, as well as live cooking demonstrations and taste trails. There’s even a chocolate festival on from Thursday 6th to Monday 10th April. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit other York gems including the York Minster and the National Railway Museum.

Find out more about York Food and Drink Festival here >

Christmas in Yorkshire

Following on from all the festivities of Christmas in Yorkshire in 2022, the markets will return and there are all sorts of winter wonderlands across the county. Look out for traditional Swiss chalets and market stalls decorating towns such as York, Whitby and Scarborough.

There are also events for families in North Yorkshire, including Santa’s Grotto at Nunnington Hall or the Winter Wonderland at the York Designer Outlet. Keep your eye out for events at Yorkshire venues such as Stockeld Park, Castle Howard and Beningbrough Hall.

Baubles hanging from buildings in York at Christmas

There’s so much to look forward to with these wonderful North Yorkshire 2023 events. 

Has our list of North Yorkshire events in 2023 got you ready to explore the most beautiful sights in England? Enjoy a stay in style with a break at one of our Yorkshire coastal cottages.

For more inspiration on how to spend your time in our delightful county, give our guide on the most beautiful places in Yorkshire a read! You wont be short on things to do with our blog on 4 fabulous days out in North Yorkshire!