Six of the Best: May Day events in Yorkshire

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We’re well and truly into bank holiday season and there’s plenty going on in Yorkshire over the May Day weekend.

Here are six of the best festivals and other days out to keep you and your family busy.

Lotherton hall

May 2

Dance round the Maypole and enjoy the spring bank holiday at Lotherton Hall with sports day races, brass band, spring planting and garden games.

You will also be able to catch the tail end of their first ever food festival, with hot food, locally brewed ales and a Pimms & Fizz tent. Exciting! There will also be kid’s cookery classes, face-painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castle, fun fair, crafts and ‘bubbleology’, not to mention live music.

Visit lothertonhallfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk for more information.

Gawthorpe Maypole Gala

May 7

Gawthorpe is famous for its coal carrying championships, which take place at the beginning of April, and its Maypole procession, which takes place on the first Saturday in May, which this year is May 7.

Heart and kidney transplant girl 12 years-old Kay Gadsby, left,  a member of the La Classique Majorettes, is pictured during the majorettes performance at the Rotary Club of Wakefield Gala at Clarence Park, Wakefield, yesterday, (monday).

Heart and kidney transplant girl 12 years-old Kay Gadsby, left, a member of the La Classique Majorettes, is pictured during the majorettes performance at the Rotary Club of Wakefield Gala at Clarence Park, Wakefield, yesterday, (monday).

This is great news for those of us who like to spread playtimes over as long a period as possible and it also means that after the Mayday bank holiday, we’ll still have something to look forward to, specifically decorated floats, a May Queen and maidens in white, marching bands and the generally fancily-dressed public parade for about four miles.

Wakefield Gala

May 2

The annual Wakefield May Day Gala is free and attracts large crowds every year.

Fwd: FW: Ilkley Carnival Theme Announcement 2016

Fwd: FW: Ilkley Carnival Theme Announcement 2016

This year there will be a falconry display, stilt walkers, live music, Westgate Cheerleaders, trade stands, food and drink, a family funfair, bouncy castles, sweets and candy floss, face painting, donkey rides and a stunt show.

And that’s no even the half of it.

The event runs from 10am to 5pm. If you would like to book a stall please call Cherie on 07813707567/01977514553 or email the organisers at Johnproctorandson@hotmail.com

Geronimo Festival, Harewood House

May 1 & 2

If you’re into building dens or climbing trees, or you have little ones who are, then get yourself down to the Geronimo Fesival at Harewood House, Leeds. There will also be a chance to try free running, also known as Parkour. Tickets £25 per day (£40 for two days) and the event begins on May 1, wih on site parking available.

Following the completion of installation work, the maypole will be officially welcomed back to a historic Manchester Square in Otley.
25th March 2015.
Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Following the completion of installation work, the maypole will be officially welcomed back to a historic Manchester Square in Otley. 25th March 2015. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

There will also be a thrilling zip line which can reach speeds of up to 60km per hour. For those who like things a little calmer there are fencing, archery and even baby ballet and baby yoga , not to mention characters from CBeebies.

Website: geronimofest.com

Ilkley Carnival

May 2

Busbies, Bond, bull dogs and the Beatles will descend on Ilkley on May 2 as part of this year’s ‘Best of British’ theme, which was suggested by local parents and agreed by the carnival committee who visited Bradford’s Industrial Museum to gather inspiration.

With the breathtaking headline act Knights of the Damned performing live jousting and choreographed ‘foot fights’ throughout the day, plus a visit from Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a vintage car show, children’s craft tent, Punch and Judy, funfair and parade on The Grove at 11.30am. Your feet won’t touch the ground.

Stickman Trail

Thonrton-le-Dale

If, on the other hand, you want to get away from all the Mayday-themed events and do something completley different, here’s out ‘lucky dip’ suggestion: the Julia Donaldson-themed Stickman Trail. There’s even a chance you may find a gruffalo. There are a surprising number of Stickman trails throughout the country, which you can find by typing in forestry.gov.uk/stickman into the inernet.

Activity packs can be purchased from £3 and activity sheets are available to download on www.forestry.gov.uk/dalbyforest.

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