Things to do in Yorkshire in February: Best February Yorkshire Events 2023

Last Updated on 06/01/2023

As 2023 moves full steam ahead, February is an exciting month in Yorkshire! This calendar of events shares the best things to do in Yorkshire in February, including unmissable February Yorkshire events.

Keep reading to fill your February calendar!

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Things to do in Yorkshire in February

February might feel like the final hurdle at the end of a long winter, with spring just on the horizon but don’t overlook this short month!

With love in the air this Valentine’s Day and half term rolling in, there is lots to do in Yorkshire in February! There is an excellent selection of events throughout the region just waiting to be enjoyed.

Keep reading to discover the best things to do in Yorkshire in February and to ensure you don’t miss these limited time events!

Please note, the information provided about these events may be subject to change. For the most up to date information, always check event website prior to booking.

Things to do in North Yorkshire in February

North Yorkshire has an exciting series of events lined up this February!

The region is making the most of the dark winter nights in the most magical ways! As well as plenty of other exciting happenings!

North Yorkshire Events in February

Here is a roundup of the best events in North Yorkshire in February 2023.

York Ice Trail

The UK’s biggest outdoor ice trail returns to York in 2023. A selection of beautiful carved ice sculptures transforms the city into a magical winter wonderland.

Admire the incredible sculptures and watch the talented sculptors craft masterpieces in front of your eyes. It is a truly magical way to experience York this winter!

Read my 2022 York Ice Trail review here to find out more.

Dates: 4th-5th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free

Address: York City Centre

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Dark Skies Festival

When was the last time you looked up into the night sky and were able to see the stars?

Light pollution ruins the view of the night sky for many people, but this Dark Skies Festival you can enjoy starry night skies above the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors National Parks.

From planet themed trails, star inspired crafts, and stargazing by canoe, there are many events taking place throughout the Dales and Moors as part of the Dark Skies Festival. Which one will you try?

Dates: 10th February – 26th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Multiple events, prices vary

Address: Multiple venues throughout the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors

Jorvik Viking Festival

Take a step back in time and discover how the Vikings lived in this living history festival. Throughout February, the city of York will be invaded by Vikings who are here to fight, trade and celebrate.

There are a series of events taking place throughout the festival to form the celebrations. From a Viking Feast to evening storytelling, it is sure to be a memorable event.

Dates: 11th-19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Multiple events, prices vary

Address: Various locations throughout York

Make History This Half-Term

The history of Whitby Abbey includes stories of saints, poets, and vampires! Discover their haunting tales as you explore the striking gothic ruins and take in the stunning sea views.

The museum at Whitby Abbey has been revamped to provide even greater insights into the history of this intriguing place. Plus, the sprawling site is the ideal place for a stroll to admire the views.

Join characters from the past for historical hijinks and hands-on shenanigans at Whitby Abbey this half-term. 

Discover what Abbey life was like for the monks who lived at Whitby, with songs, stories and dressing up fun about the life of monks and nuns.

Dates: 11th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £11.20/adult, £6.60/child, free for English Heritage members

Address: Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby, YO22 4JT

Stargazing Beneath Ingleborough

Join Pete Collins from Diamond Skies for a guided tour of the Dales night sky and experience the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail as never before.

A superb dark sky is one of the things that makes the Yorkshire Dales National Park so special. And with large areas completely free from local light pollution, it’s a fantastic place to start your stargazing adventure.

The evening will commence in The Old Sawmill Café with a talk by Pete about what you can see in the night sky. Then head a short distance up the trail for some stargazing, where constellations, star clusters, galaxies and the planets will be pointed out to you.

It is sure to be an unforgettable experience that you don’t want to miss!

Dates: 11th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £15/person

Address: Ingleborough Cave, Clapham, LA2 8EA

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Scarborough Symphony Orchestra

Appreciate the musical talent in the region at Scarborough Symphony Orchestra’s latest showcase.

This event will be a journey through some orchestral gems.

Ruth Gipps is a wonderful English composer and a contemporary of Vaughan Williams, Bax, Walton, Bliss et al.

Her music is unashamedly Romantic, playful and full of character. Knight in Armour was composed in 1940 when the composer was just 19 years old and was premièred at the Proms by Sir Henry Wood.

Gabriel Fauré’s Dolly Suite is a favourite among musicians and audiences and leads perfectly on to Benjamin Britten’s Soirées Musicales. This suite is based on music for the 1937 film The Tocher – five brisk, bright movements for orchestra.

The evening closes with one of the Musical Director’s all-time favourite works, Dvořák’s Symphony No.7 in D minor.

Composed between 1884-1885 and premièred in 1885, the symphony has been regarded as one of Dvořák’s best symphonic compositions.

Dates: 11th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £13/adult, free for children under 16 years

Address: Methodist Central Hall, Queen Street, Scarborough, YO11 1HQ

Planets Needle Felting Workshop

Make your own set of nine fabulous, artistic felt solar system planets including the sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Venus, Earth, Mercury and Mars.

Your finished planets can be hung individually or strung along as a garland.

You will learn how to use felting needles to sculpt wool and create different size baubles to represent the planets of the solar system.

You will also practice basic techniques of manipulating and blending wool to decorate your planets.

Elli, an experienced textile artist, will guide you and demonstrate every step of the project.

The workshop is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

All materials are provided to complete the project. Please bring your own twigs if you would like to create a mobile solar system.

Dates: 12th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £53/person

Address: Dales Countryside Museum, Station Yard, Hawes, DL8 3NT

A Beginner’s Guide to the Night Sky

Visit the Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour this February to learn from expert astronomer Neill Sanders of Go Stargazing.

Neill will be teaching you how to find your way around the night sky, identify constellations, and their brightest stars.

If the weather permits, you will have the opportunity to go outside and see the constellations for real in the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales night sky.

Your ticket includes a delicious ice cream and there will be hot drinks and other refreshments available to purchase on the night.

Dates: 16th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £15/adult, £8/child

Address: Wensleydale Ice Cream Parlour, Thornton Rust, Leyburn, DL8 3AS

Light Painting Photo Walk

Discover the unique structure of Langcliffe Hoffman Lime Kiln near Settle. This fun photo walk is going to put the structure to effective use with some dramatic light painting photography!

Learn how to capture weird and wonderful colourful lighting effects at this unique Yorkshire Dales location.

As well as mastering how to create long exposures, you will also make the invisible visible as you paint with light.

Brush up on your photography skills in this impressive setting while having fun with light painting techniques and fellow photography enthusiasts.

Dates: 18th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £32/person

Address: Langcliffe Hoffman Lime Kiln Car Park, off the B6479 Stainforth Road, BD24 9NP

National Theatre Live: Othello

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera, Rosy McEwan, and Paul Hilton.

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator, elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations.

He’s refugee of slavery. Having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Dates: 23rd February 2023

Ticket Prices: £18/person

Address: Stephen Joseph Theatre, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW

Ingleborough Dark Skies Torch Hike

Explore the thrilling sights, smells, and sounds of night as you are guided up the route of Ingleborough, by Due North Events.

You will start the walk as a group with a walk leader at the front of the group and a leader at the back.

Once you reach Crina Bottom farmhouse the route will be marked with reflective markers to the top of Ingleborough.

On return to Crina Bottom farmhouse & kiosk you will enjoy a choice of hot food and drink, and chance to enjoy the night sky from this remote location.

Those who do not wish to commit to the full route can stay in the grounds of Crina Bottom by the fire pit and stargaze from there with a toasty drink before returning with the group to Ingleton.

You must be confident walking a similar route in day light before booking onto this Torch Hike.

Dates: 25th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £30/person

Address: Ingleton Community Centre, Main Street, Carnforth, Ingleton, LA6 3HG

Silent Disco ‘Dance Off’ Ibiza Anthems versus Indie

Due to high demand, The Tipi Venue are hosting the sequel silent disco, but with a difference.

This will be a spin off between two DJ’s. You choose who is the king as you switch from one to the other from Ibiza Anthems to Indie music.

Grab a drink from the bar, pop on a set of headphones and dance the night away in Scarborough’s only winter Tipi Venue.

You’ll be lost in music as you dance the night away with likeminded, fun loving, party people.

It’s the perfect evening out for groups, parties, and celebrations.

Doors open 19:00 with the disco starting at 19:30. The event ends at midnight.

Dates: 25th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £12.50/person (pre-booking only)

Address: The Tipi Venue, Scarborough Open Air Theatre, North Bay, Scarborough, YO12 6PF

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is an art exhibition with a twist. The exhibition delves into the life and work of Van Gogh. But unlike traditional art exhibitions, this one immerses you right into the artwork.

Through intelligent projection mapping, Van Gogh’s work comes to life on the walls of St Mary’s Church, and it places you at the centre of the masterpieces. The projection lasts around 35 minutes and is played on a continuous loop.

There are also other activities including the opportunity to colour your own Van Gogh and to explore the artist’s life in a virtual reality experience (additional charge applies). This is one event you really don’t want to miss!

Read my full review of Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience here.

Dates: Until 31st March 2023

Ticket Prices: £13/adult, £9/child

Address: York St Mary’s Church, Castlegate, York YO1 9RN

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Things to do in West Yorkshire in February

After a busy January, there are fewer events in West Yorkshire in February. But you really don’t want to miss the events that are happening! Check them out below.

West Yorkshire Events in February

Here is a roundup of the best events in West Yorkshire in February 2023.

The Brontës and the Wild

The 2023 exhibition at The Brontë Parsonage Museum, The Brontës and the Wild, considers how landscape, weather and the natural world play an important role in the lives and work of the Brontës. 

Highlights of this fascinating new exhibition include the Brontë family copy of Thomas Bewick’s A History of British Birds, poetry manuscripts by Emily and Charlotte, early printed works by Patrick Brontë, copies from Bewick by Emily and Charlotte, plus two wood blocks on loan from the Wordsworth Trust.

The displays will also include items from the 2022 film Emily, including a signed copy of the screenplay.

Dates: 1st February 2023 – 1st January 2024

Ticket Prices: £11/adult, £4.50/child

Address: Brontë Parsonage Museum, Church Street, Haworth, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8DR

Leeds in Your Lunch Hour

Join Leeds Civic Trust for the return of in person ‘Leeds in Your Lunch Hour’ lectures with noted Leeds historian, Dr Kevin Grady.

The history of Leeds comes under the spotlight again in February when he presents his 16th annual series of free lunchtime lectures from 13:00 – 13:45. at Leeds Minster.

The lectures include:

  • ‘The Gateway to Leeds’: The Story of Leeds Bridge and Bridge End, 1700 to 2023 – 1st February 2023
  • ‘Millennium Square: Leeds’ Grand Project for the Year 2000’ – 8th February 2023
  • ‘Banks, Libraries, Museums and Shopping à La Mode: The Story of Commercial Street, Leeds, 1806 to 2023.’ – 15th February 2023
  • ‘University Days’: Discovering Leeds 1969 to 1975 – 22nd February 2023

The sessions are free to attend but pre-booking your space is advised.

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Yay Clay! Mindful Workshop

Is life really busy and overwhelming at the moment? Do you find it hard to dedicate some time and space just to yourself, relax and unwind?

Are you up for a fun, crafty and unusual way to spend the evening?

Then this air-dry clay mindful workshop is perfect for you! Join Creative Nenna on the 2nd February 6:30-8:30pm.

The wonderful Nenna will demonstrate the basic hand-building techniques needed to create some gorgeous clay items, but what you create is up to you; trinket dishes, candle holders, trinket bowls or wall hangings… there really is no limit, so let your creativity run wild!

After this workshop, you will go home with your very own creations, feeling satisfied, more focused, calm, and refreshed.

Once dry, you can then paint your masterpieces at home using acrylic paint.

Small snacks and hot drinks are provided, but you can also bring your own.

No previous experience necessary!

Dates: 2nd February 2023

Ticket Prices: £35/person

Address: Open Source Arts, 1A Aire Place Mills, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1JL

Stephen Hawking At Work

Explore incredible objects from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office, including some never seen by the public before.

This new special display will give an insight into the working life of the world-renowned theoretical physicist.

Come and marvel at the extraordinary contents of Hawking’s office which was acquired for the nation by the Science Museum Group in May 2021.  

Highlight objects going on display for the first time include a rare copy of Hawking’s PhD thesis, his wheelchair and Hawking’s most treasured office possession—a blackboard filled with academic doodles and jokes. 

Dates: 2nd February – 31st May 2023

Ticket Prices: Free entry

Address: National Science and Media Museum, Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ

Create A Personalised Neon Light Sign

A guided workshop to produce a unique neon desktop light sign. The light is battery powered so it can be displayed anywhere you like!

Explore freehand writing styles and simple one line image production before designing your own light sign, which can be of an image or a word.

Choose from a selection of coloured EL (electroluminescent) wire and follow your drawn design before creating a support from acrylic rod and connecting the wire to a battery pack.

Once all the components are made, you will assemble the light together onto an oak base.

  • Learn how to transfer designs from line to wire.
  • Cut, shape, and finish acrylic rod using a small saw, file, and abrasive paper.
  • Assemble simple electrical components to complete the circuit.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Dates: 3rd February 2023

Ticket Prices: £35/person

Address: The Craft House, 109-111 Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2HT

Brush Lettering A Slate Sign Workshop

Join lettering artist Nikki Whiston Inks for a fun, creative workshop learning the art of brush lettering before decorating your own slate heart to take home!

Using brush pens you will explore techniques of mark making through to joining letters, words and phrases.

You will then have a go at creating a lettering piece with metallic brush pens on the slate heart with your new found skills.

Don’t worry, there will be lettering templates to help you, or you can choose to create your own!

You will leave the workshop with your sign plus your brush pen and booklet ready to continue your practice and exploring your own style at home.

This workshop is perfect for complete beginners or anyone wanting to brush up on their lettering skills. It’s a fun and friendly workshop!

Whether you’re a keen crafter or a bride to be with wedding signage in mind you will learn a lovely new hobby with like-minded people.

Dates: 4th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £75/person

Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG

Yorkshire Games Festival

Enjoy a week-long extravaganza of games culture, design, and production at the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford. This event has a full range of session for all ages and skills.

Families can enjoy a weekend of exciting gameplay at the Let’s Play! event.

Test out games before they’ve ever been released at the Northern Games Showcase or grab a Game Talks Pass to experience a unique programme of talks from industry guests.

Dates: 4th – 10th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £25/adult, £20/child or concession

Address: National Science and Media Museum, Pictureville, Bradford, BD1 1NQ

Blaise Wool Festival

Visit Bradford Industrial Museum and experience this annual celebration of Bishop Blaise, the Patron Saint of Woolcombers, and Bradford’s proud woolly history.

The festival is part of Bradford Woolly Heritage CIC’s Bishop Blaise’s Long Woolly Fringe Festival.

Enjoy a drink at the pop-up baaaaah! Try Bradford’s Salamander Brewery’s special Blaise Ale.

You can also experience live performances, including Hall Royd Brass Band, exhibition and demonstrations from the Bradford Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers. Plus, Bishop Blaise himself will be telling the story of how thousands used to celebrate his day in February.

During your visit you can also see the fantastic permanent displays, telling the story of Bradford’s industrial past.

Dates: 5th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free entry

Address: Bradford Industrial Museum, Bradford, BD2 3HP

Bradford District Guided Walks

Bradford Council has put together a Guided Walks programme to introduce people to walking in the Bradford District.

You may be surprised at the variety of landscape and wildlife to be experienced both in the countryside and in the urban areas.

The aims of the walks are to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere in which you can become familiar with the local routes, landscapes, and rights of way. The first step in devising your own routes so you can explore further or join up with one of the local walking groups.

February guided walks include:

  • Haworth to Oxenhope – 7th February 2023 – 5.5 miles/8.8 kilometres
  • Penistone Hill and beyond – 22nd February 2023 – 7.5 miles/12 kilometres circular route
  • Low Moor and around – 28th February 2023 – 4.5 miles/7.2 kilometres circular route

All walks are free to attend.

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Heritage Tours of Leeds Central Library

Join Leeds Central Library for an entertaining tour of this grand old Victorian building in the historic heart of Leeds.

You’ll find out about the architecture, history and famous visitors, as well as visiting some secret corners!

Dates: 9th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £5/person (booking required)

Address: Leeds Central Library, Calverley Street, Leeds, LS1 3AB

Ilkley Beer Festival

The Ilkley Beer Festival returns to the King’s Hall this February. The festival offers over 20,000 pints of cask ales, craft beers and ciders, as well as wine, Prosecco and a popular gin bar.

A full line-up of breweries and beers on show will be released in the days before Ilkley Beer Festival.

The Ilkley Beer Festival organised by Ilkley & District Roundtable.

Dates: 10th – 11th February 2023

Ticket Prices: From £15/person

Address: Kings Hall and Winter Gardens, Station Road, Ilkley, LS29 8HB

Treasures of Temple Newsam

Temple Newsam is bursting at the seams with hoards of treasure!

Discover the special collections from rare breed animals on the farm to magnificent objects in the house.

Get your bling on during February half term week and take part in sparkly trails and activities across the whole estate.

Dates: 11th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £11.05/adult, £5.85/child (house and farm joint ticket)

Address: Temple Newsam, Temple Newsam Road, Leeds, LS15 0AE

Northern Ballet Presents: Merlin (Recorded Screening)

In this exclusive Northern Ballet event screening, discover how the world’s most famous sorcerer mastered his magic to unite a warring kingdom.

Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, Northern Ballet’s Merlin will take you on a sweeping epic adventure of heartbreak, hope and more than a little magic.

Choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie, expect an enchanting blend of classical ballet and unrivalled storytelling.

Dates: 12th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £12/adult, £8/child

Address: Otley Courthouse, Courthouse Street, Otley, LS21 3AN

Mindfulness at the Abbey

Steve Hart from Leeds Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Spirituality Centre leads a return of the ‘Mindfulness at the Abbey’ programme.

Sessions focus on self-care, self-esteem, and self-compassion with two led meditation practises and a short presentation.

The venue is the Rose Room in the Kirkstall Abbey Visitor Centre. To ensure the sessions are accessible for everyone, the only requested entry fee is a donation.

Dates: 14th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Donations

Address: Kirkstall Abbey, Abbey Road, Leeds LS5 3EH

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Embark on a thrilling night of adventure with a brand-new collection of short films from the world’s most prestigious mountain film festival!

The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure filmmakers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe.

Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges, and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!

There are two shows, each with an entirely different selection of films – the red film programme (Tue 14 Feb) and the blue film programme (Wed 15 Feb). Double the adventure by coming to both with a two-show discount.

An adrenaline-fuelled, not-to-be missed event with free prize giveaways that is guaranteed to ignite your passion for adventure, action and travel!

Dates: 14th – 15th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £17.50/person, £31/multi-night ticket

Address: The Electric Press, 3 Millenium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Wakefield Rhubarb Festival

Yorkshire is the rhubarb capital of the UK. And every year, the Wakefield Rhubarb Festival celebrates the vegetable!

From food demonstrations to gin experiences plus a food and drink market with over 60 sellers, you’ll discover more rhubarb recipes than you ever thought possible!

You can also enjoy live music and a rhubarb trail around the city. It will take you to bars and restaurants who are serving rhubarb-themed food and drinks throughout the festival.

Dates: 17th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free

Address: Wakefield City Centre

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Lino Print a Vintage Travel Poster

Visit Harewood House for this Lino Printing workshop with Yorkshire designer and printmaker Ellie Way.

During this workshop you’ll create your own Harewood House Travel Poster.

Taking cues from Ellie’s beautiful collection of Leeds Travel Posters; participants will design, cut and carve Lino plates.

You’ll explore colour, composition and texture through the process of relief printmaking, whilst designing your very own multi-layered Travel Posters inspired by the picturesque grounds of Harewood House.

This workshop is perfect for beginners as Ellie will guide you every step of the way and all materials will be provided.

During the session, you’ll break for a seasonal lunch.

Dates: 18th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £70/person

Address: Harewood House, Harewood, Leeds, LS17 9LG

Pudsey Health & Healing Festival

Pudsey Health & Healing Festival gives visitors the opportunity to see what is currently available in the world of holistic living. 

The festival offers complementary therapies and healing products. There are also stalls selling a range of products including nutrition, healthcare and personal care products, gemstones, jewellery, aromatherapy oils, essences, books, crafts, gifts, fair trade, clothing.

If you wish to try it, you can also speak to psychic readers, mediums, and counsellors. You will also see performers, guest speakers, demonstrations, and workshops.

Dates: 18th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £6/adult, £5/concession

Address: Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

Leeds Craft & Flea

Craft & Flea is a new spin on the maker’s market. Bringing together talented, independent makers, designers, producers, and collectors, each handpicked for their quality, on-trend products.

They don’t define themselves as a craft market or a flea market but a great mixture of local talent and finds.

Enjoy the best of the city’s local produce and makers alongside street food and flea market stalls in this brand-new pop-up market.

Although no two events are the same, most events feature makers, local produce, sustainable products, vintage collectables, home, artisan, designer, and food and drink.

Dates: 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £2.50/person, under 12s go free

Address: Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Burley, Leeds, LS6 1LJ

The Colour of Anxiety: Race, Sexuality and Disorder in Victorian Sculpture

The Colour of Anxiety brings into focus sculpture exhibited and collected in Britain between 1850 and 1900.

The exhibition examines objects that introduced colour and new materials into the sculptural process, situating them within the context of the anxiety which often weighed upon Victorian society in the face of social change and scientific advances.

The Colour of Anxiety focuses on the rise of colour in nineteenth-century sculpture by exploring how male artists responded to, and reinforced, a concept of the cis female body influenced by anxieties of the time.

Despite Victorian ideals of virginity and chastity, the representation of women in sculpture was increasingly sexualised, reflecting fears regarding the changing role of women, Black female sexuality, and racial intermingling.

Bringing together sculptures that either incorporate colour directly or imply it by means of subject matter and titles, the exhibition considers the fascination with colouring people and people of colour as a response to the perceived anxieties of the Victorian age.

Dates: 25th November 2022 – 26th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free

Address: Henry Moore Institute, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AH

Hannah Starkey: In Real Life

The Hepworth Wakefield presents the first major survey of British photographer Hannah Starkey, tracing the development of her work across two decades.

Throughout her career, Starkey’s meticulously choreographed photographs have determinedly engaged with how women are represented in contemporary culture, an issue which is now centre stage.

Starkey reveals women in moments of private reflection, alienation or social interaction that might otherwise go unseen: a woman fleetingly fascinated by another woman’s reflection, or the attentive gaze of a mother carrying her child.

On display will be photographs from Starkey’s graduation show in 1997 that immediately brought her widespread acclaim, through to a newly commissioned body of work created with young women in Wakefield in 2022.

Dates: Until 30th April 2023

Ticket Prices: £12/adult, £10/senior or student, free for members, under 18s, and Wakefield District residents

Address: The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, WF1 5AW

Things to do in East Yorkshire in February

The first signs of spring are being celebrated in East Yorkshire in February! From snowdrops to sparrow hawks, now is the ideal time to explore nature!

East Yorkshire Events in February

Here is a roundup of the best events in East Yorkshire in February 2023.

National Theatre Live: The Crucible

A witch hunt is beginning in Arthur Miller’s captivating parable of power with Erin Doherty and Brendan Cowell.

Raised to be seen but not heard, a group of young women in Salem suddenly find their words have an almighty power.

As a climate of fear, vendetta, and accusation spreads through the community, no one is safe from trial.

Lyndsey Turner directs this contemporary new staging, designed by Tony Award-winner Es Devlin.

Captured live from the Olivier stage at the National Theatre.

Dates: 1st February 2023

Ticket Prices: £16/adult, £10/child

Address: The Spotlight Theatre, 55a West Street, Bridlington, YO15 3DZ

The History of Rock

The History of Rock is a celebration of Rock music through the decades.

A jaw dropping night transporting you through the golden ages of Rock. Featuring the music of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, Guns n Roses, AC/DC, Queen and many more.

Rediscover the seeds of Rock & Roll in the 1950s, the birth of Rock in the 60s, right through to the Classic Rock of the 70s and 80s.

A must see for any fan of Rock. Experience this iconic music brought back to life by an exceptional live band consisting of some of the finest musicians and performers from around the world.

Original visual footage of the featured bands and artists is included in the show, as well as incredible concert staging and lighting.

Relive the greatest Rock songs of all time with The History of Rock.

Dates: 3rd February 2023

Ticket Prices: £26.50/person

Address: Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH

The Legends of American Country

Now seen by over 350,000 fans live and watched by millions on TV.

Europe’s number one multi award winning show The Legends of American Country returns for another fantastic night of toe tapping Country nostalgia.

The 2023 tour will showcase highly acclaimed tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Don Williams, Patsy Cline and Kenny Rogers.

Plus, new tributes to icons Hank Williams, Charley Pride, Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, John Denver and Jim Reeves with countless other well-known singalong hit songs in this must-see musical extravaganza.

The show features three fantastic singers who are all accompanied by a superb live band of musicians with that authentic Tennessee sound.

Coupled with authentic stage set and state of the art production that will transport you all the way hand clapping and toe tapping to Nashville and back in one night.

One thing is for sure, if it’s Country music you like then this is the only show in town!

Dates: 4th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £25/person

Address: Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH

Ballroom Dance with Michelle Hatton

Enjoy an elegant afternoon of modern ballroom and Latin with a sprinkle of sequence Latin on request.

You are guaranteed a warm Yorkshire welcome, whether you are coming with a few friends, as part of a group, with your partner or even alone.

Friendly faces and an informal atmosphere will ensure you have a wonderful time.

And not forgetting, the now famous, spectacular Spa scones served with butter and jam, accompanied with tea or coffee – included in the ticket price!

Dates: 15th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £7.70/person

Address: Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH


The John Godber Company presents, the iconic Bouncers.

Join Les, Ralph, Judd, and Lucky Eric as they relive a night in a Yorkshire disco in the 80’s.

Like a hideously funny Saturday Night Fever, the original Bouncers is in back town.

Everyone will be there, the DJ, the girls, boys and the fish and chip van. Unmissable!

Dates: 17th – 18th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £19.50/person

Address: Bridlington Spa, South Marine Drive, Bridlington, YO15 3JH

Masquerade Ball

Join the Daisy Appeal committee at The Manor Rooms for this fabulous glamorous evening, to mark the date of the infamous annual Vienna Opera Ball, in Austria.

Try your luck in the Casino, whilst in disguise!

The evening includes a two-course dinner, DJ, dancing, blackjack and roulette casino tables, plus a fundraising raffle.

Dates: 18th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £55/person

Address: The Manor Rooms, The Drewton Estate, South Cave, HU15 2AG

Rudston Snowdrop and Aconite Walk at Thorpe Hall

This February, soak up the early signs of spring on the Rudston Snowdrop and Aconite Walk.

Enjoy a picturesque stroll around Thorpe Hall, all in aid of Rudston Church.

The route will be accessible from 10am – 3.30pm. Wellies or walking boots are essential to walk the trail. No dogs are allowed.

Light refreshments will be available to purchase.

Dates: 18th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £7/adult, £3.50/child

Address: Thorpe Hall, Bridlington Road, Rudston, Driffield, YO25 4JE

Things to do in Yorkshire in February - East Yorkshire Events - Rudston Snowdrop and Aconite Walk at Thorpe Hall

Around The Town

A new exhibition, ‘Views of Beverley’, opened on 3 November 2022, using 19th century art from the Beverley Art Gallery collection to create a visual presentation of the Victorian town.

More unusually, however, there will also be the opportunity to see a unique short film, ‘Lost Connections’, which uses UK-wide archive film footage to present a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lost Connections is a short new film, drawing on a century of archive footage, which offers “a poetic response to the experience of the coronavirus pandemic”.

Fiona Jenkinson, curator of the Guildhall, said: “We are really pleased to have been allowed to show the film, which represents something different for us. More traditionally, though, the ‘Views of Beverley’ exhibition has allowed us to explore the story of the Victorian town in a highly visual format.”

Visitors will be able to see ‘Lost Connections’ from now until the end of January 2023. There is no need to book as the film will run continuously throughout the day.

The exhibition ‘Views of Beverley’ runs until 24 February 2023.

Dates: 2nd November 2022 – 24th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free entry

Address: Beverley Guildhall, Register Square, Beverley, HU17 9XX

Walk This Way – Beverley

A celebration of 40 years of the Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail through the work of resident artists Ian & Stef Mitchell. 

The Yorkshire Wolds Way National Trail celebrates its 40th birthday on 2nd October 2022.

The dramatic landscape, stunning views, big skies, and abundance of wildlife has been wowing visitors along the 79-mile route from Hessle to Filey every year. 

Ian works digitally to produce modern minimal limited edition landscape prints from the home and office. Drawing digitally, he distils and refines the landscape down to reduced minimal forms and shapes. Working in the picturesque tradition Ian has produced a body of work that take ‘The View’ as inspiration. 

Stef combines nature print made directly from plants gathered along the Wolds way with colourful paintings depicting a range of wildflowers seen on the trail. Imaginary floral arrangements are printed in vase forms which hold the colours and energy of the landscape walked through. 

Dates: 21st January – 18th March 2023

Ticket Prices: Free entry

Address: Beverley Art Gallery, Champney Road, Beverley, HU17 8HE

Things to do in South Yorkshire in February

There is a little bit of everything happening in South Yorkshire this February! From educational talks, to food markets and half term events, you’re sure to find plenty of things to do in South Yorkshire!

South Yorkshire Events in February

Here is a roundup of the best events in South Yorkshire in February 2023.

Snowdrop Season

For the last 20 years, the Head Gardener and volunteers have carefully and lovingly nurtured Snowdrops at Wentworth Woodhouse. Today, the gardens are littered with this recognisable flower.

Throughout February, you can take a stroll through the gardens to admire these pretty flowers as they symbolise the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Dates: 1st – 28th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £7/adult, £3/child (discounts available for National Trust Members)

Address: Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Peddler Market No. 68

Peddler Market sees thousands of people from around the country visiting each month, in search of the best independent street food in the UK.

Now in its seventh year, this monthly market returns in February after a January hiatus.

The market features an impressive collection of street food vendors for you to sample, as well as lifestyle and fashion brands and art displays. You can also enjoy live music throughout the event.

Dates: 3rd – 4th February 2023

Ticket Prices: Free

Address: Peddler Market, 92 Burton Road, Neepsend, Sheffield, S3 8BX

Cheese Afternoon Tea

Are you, or someone you know, a cheese aficionado?

Wentworth Woodhouse are paying homage to fromage this February with a specially created Cheese Afternoon Tea.

It is the perfect savoury alternative to their usual offering!

Dates: 4th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £24.95/person

Address: Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Things to do in Yorkshire in February - South Yorkshire Events - Cheese Afternoon Tea

Pink Tribute

Want a night out with the wow factor? The OEC Sheffield is the right place!

They seamlessly blend first-class entertainment with gourmet dining and the finest Yorkshire hospitality. You can always rely on the OEC to provide everything you need for a fantastic night out.

This February, enjoy an evening with Vicky Jackson as PINK with a drink on arrival, a three-course meal, and a DJ.

Dates: 10th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £35/person

Address: OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, Sheffield, S6 2DE

Chocolate Afternoon Tea

Whether you’re looking to celebrate Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or are simply a chocaholic, this Chocolate Afternoon Tea is sure to hit the spot!

This indulgent menu from Wentworth Woodhouse celebrates everything cocoa and is made using Sheffield-made Bullion chocolate.

The menu includes decedent treats such as Mexican chilli chocolate and chicken sandwiches, fillet of beef and dark chocolate toast, plus chocolate scones and chocolate fudge brownie. As well as many more delicious dishes!

Dates: 11th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £24.95/person

Address: Wentworth Woodhouse, Wentworth, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

Half Term Explorer Quest at Brodsworth Hall

Brodsworth Hall is the perfect place for an adventure this half term. This fascinating home is opening the gardens for young explorers who are ready to take on a challenge!

Join characters from the past for historical hijinks and hands-on shenanigans at Brodsworth Hall this half-term. 

Time Will Tell Theatre will be coming to Brodsworth to provide interactive story telling! Dress up, get involved with the drama and create your own stories too – it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Dates: 11th – 19th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £9.90/adult, £5.90/child, free for English Heritage Members

Address: Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, Doncaster, DN5 7XJ

Single Malt Whisky Tasting Experience

Distilled Events Ltd host whisky tastings throughout the UK and further afield and when you join one of their events you are sure to enjoy an authentic experience.

They don’t just know about whisky, they’ve worked at the coal face of whisky production, having managed iconic whisky distilleries on the Hebridean Isle of Islay.

During this special tasting, you will taste six awesome single malt whiskies from around Scotland.

You’ll hear about the history of whisky production and of the future of this ever-expanding drinks category.

You’ll hear how single malt whisky makes the incredible journey from field to table and of the slight differences in production techniques at each distillery which in turn make your favourite dram so distinctive.

Whether you are a seasoned enthusiast or whether you would like to learn a little more about whisky, this is the perfect tasting experience for you.

Dates: 18th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £25/person

Address: Picture House Social, 383 Abbeydale Road, Nether Edge, Sheffield, S7 1FS

Things to do in Yorkshire in February - single malt whisky tasting experience

National Theatre: Othello

An extraordinary new production of Shakespeare’s most enduring tragedy, directed by Clint Dyer with a cast that includes Giles Terera, Rosy McEwan, and Paul Hilton.

She’s a bright, headstrong daughter of a senator, elevated by her status but stifled by its expectations.

He’s refugee of slavery. Having risen to the top of a white world, he finds love across racial lines has a cost.

Wed in secret, Desdemona and Othello crave a new life together. But as unseen forces conspire against them, they find their future is not theirs to decide.

Othello is filmed live on the Lyttleton stage of the National Theatre.

Dates: 23rd & 26th February 2023

Ticket Prices: £16/adult, £10/child

Address: Showroom Cinema, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

February Half Term in Yorkshire

School’s out this February for the half term break! But how can you keep the kids entertained all week long?

If you’re looking for some family-friendly events or simply an outdoor adventure to burn off some energy, find all the best February half term activities in Yorkshire here.

The Best Things to do in Yorkshire in February

So, here is a roundup of the best things to do in Yorkshire in February. Which one will you be visiting first?

Have I missed your favourite February Yorkshire event off the list? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add the details!

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8 thoughts on “Things to do in Yorkshire in February: Best February Yorkshire Events 2023”

    • There are some great events in Yorkshire in February! The Viking festival is a very popular one! I missed out on tickets this year but I would love to experience it one year!

    • There are so many great things to do in Yorkshire and some impressive events happening this February! The perfect excuse for a weekend break if you ask me!

    • I’m so glad this guide to things to do in Yorkshire in February was helpful! There are so many great events taking place this month!

  1. I’ve never been a fan of rhubarb. But, I have learned that you often get to try new dishes when traveling. The rhubarb festival might be a great way to try it again and maybe find great new favorites.

    • I’m not a huge fan of rhubarb either but I am keen to visit the festival since it is so famous locally! And with so many events taking place at the festival, I’m sure I’m bound to discover at least one rhubarb dish I like!


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