Events with a difference: Yorkshire

Forget your ordinary family outings. Yorkshire has such a wide selection of quirky and unusual events happening throughout the year that you can find something to do that will provide a talking point for months to come. Here are some of the more unusual happenings that have become annual events.

The Great Knaresborough Bed Race.

The event itself is world famous, thanks to the eccentric participants and the riot of colour and pageantry. This race is no small feat of endurance and the teams are competing not only for the honour of being first over the line, but also for other titles, such as ‘Best Dressed’ or ‘Most Entertaining.” The decorated beds and the equally decorated teams gather in the grounds of Knaresborough Castle and there is a grand parade through the medieval streets. A true extravaganza.

Festival of Angels, York.

The Festival of Angels brings a touch of magic to York every November. With snow guaranteed, visitors can sip mulled wine whilst admiring the many beautiful ice sculptures on display. With plenty of outdoor entertainment on offer and a variety of excellent restaurants to retire to in the evening, the festival is popular with residents and visitors alike. York itself is immensely beautiful and the addition of these strangely haunting sculptures helps add to the atmosphere.

Skipton Sheep Day.

Ever wanted to see a George Clooney sheep? Or perhaps an Angelina Jolie sheep is more your thing? Head over to the annual sheep day at Skipton to see their famous ‘sheep lookalike’ competition and you never know which ‘celebrities’ you’ll bump into. With plenty of activities such as a hands-on rope making demonstration and tractor rides, you can stock up with all your fresh fruit and veg at the farmers’ market, or maybe even get your photo taken with one of the celebrity sheep?

Image: “Untitled by Helen Olney, on Flickr”

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