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June Events & Activities

Review what's on in June in the Yorkshire Dales and North Yorkshire:

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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge - The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble. Full support is provided on our events.

Dales Festival of Food and Drink - Local celebrities, authors and raconteurs are on hand to encourage everyone to sample the delights of over 80 food producers at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink, set within the lush landscape of Richmondshire. Enjoy a ride on a vintage fairground attraction or relax to the sounds of a brass or jazz band, with the lush landscape of Richmondshire as the backdrop. Farming displays are designed to appeal to all the family with sheep sheering and have-a-go dry stone walling. Leading chefs invite you to watch their cookery demonstrations using local ingredients. And as you’d expect, there’s also a beer tent, filled with Real Ales from keen independent breweries.

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race - is an annual community event run entirely by volunteers and made world famous by its riot of colour and pageantry, the courage and endurance of its teams, and the glorious eccentricity of its entrants. For many years TV coverage has boosted this with the BBC's Songs of Praise programme choosing Bed Race as the theme of its broadcast. Nippon TV, Transworld Sport and others aired fragments of the fancy dress parade and gruelling race. In past years, Blue Peter, Channel Four and many others have featured the race, sparking coverage right around the world.

Appleby Horse Fair - Appleby Fair is unique in Europe and, as well as attracting around 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers, over 30,000 other visitors attend the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors’ day. It transforms the town of Appleby for the week, as it normally has a population of around 2,500. Appleby Fair has been held for certain since 1750, and probably for very much longer than that. It is held for one week every year from the first Thursday in June until the second Wednesday and is world famous, the largest Fair of its kind in Europe. It is an annual event attended by Romany and Irish families travelling to meet up with old friends, celebrate their music, history and folklore and conduct business - particularly buying and selling horses.

Grassington Festival - The Grassington Festival of Music and Arts is a veritable medley of the best music, performance and visual arts to be found in the country. This ‘grand dame’ of the festival circuit has an unbeatable reputation for putting on fantastic music, street theatre, poetry readings, magic and comedy acts. Last year’s festival goers enjoyed over 60 different acts around Grassington. This year sees the appointment of the first visual artist in residence who will have spent four months working with the community to put on a new body of work for exhibition at the Festival. Check the web site for programme information.

Overground Underground Festival – A Festival of the Ingleborough Dales - A festival celebrating the wonderful landscape, culture, history, geology and ecology of the Ingleborough Mountain area.This community led event offers an unusual and diverse range of activities and demonstrations, many of them family friendly, allowing you to experience this exciting landscape in traditional and unexpected ways. This year’s events include walking, mountain biking, art exhibitions, open gardens, talks, history, flowers, mosses, caving, climbing, music, food and much more. There is something for everyone.

The Willowman Festival - (2019 DATES NOT YET ANNOUNCED) 4 DAYS OF AMAZING MUSIC IN THE HEART OF NORTH YORKSHIRE. The Willowman Festival is situated at Lenthor Farm just off the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors near the beautiful village of Osmotherley. Lenthor Farm is full of magic and earthly atmosphere. The custodian of the land, "Mad Farmer" Derek Plews has constructed his own Pagan Stone Circle at the top of the site. It is called "Sentry Circle" and is used by local and visiting Pagans from far and wide. This also brings a great calming effect to The Willowman Festival. The site boasts some fantastic panoramic views and on a clear day from the Stones, you can see as far as Ingleton at the head of The Yorkshire Dales and across The Yorkshire Moors taking in such landmarks as far as Rosebury Topping. With Derek's kind permission we are able to utilise the weekend preceding Summer Solstice to hold The Willowman Festival. Our Main Stage features some of the most popular festival bands with all styles of music catered for. There's an Acoustic Stage in the Beer Tent, the Reggae Sound System Tent, a Healing Area, Spiritualists, Workshops, plus other attractions. There is camping available with lots of quality trade stands, a bar and a wide variety of food stalls to suit even the worldliest of tastes.

York Food Festival - ‘Yorkshire Produce - French Flavour' will be the theme, tempting visitors to experience a fusion of Yorkshire and French cuisine and celebrating York's links with France; York's twin city Dijon famously known for its mustard is now an official city of Gastronomy in France. The Gastronomic Meal of the French was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, so what better way to tickle your tastebuds than tasting some of France and Yorkshire's finest foods? The Festival's market will be its usual space in Parliament Street and St Sampson's Square and offer a bar and early evening music programme every day. Market stalls will open from 9am with some staying open late alongside the Real Ale Bar and Champagne tent, offering live music until 9pm.