Festivals & Events


Here is our listing of local events and festivals for the over 50s and older people.

As the lockdown eases, we will be creating a list of festivals and events planned for later in the year.  For now, we are listing virtual festivals.

If you have a festival or event you want to tell us about, use our Event News form to get in touch.

05.10.20:  Bookings now open for Todmorden Book Festival. Tod book Festival will go ahead this year, but in virtual format from 6 to 14 November.  Authors appearing include Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess and environmental campaigner, Jonathan Porritt.   Find out more.

13.07.20: Halifax Heritage Festival to take place online.  The festival will be delivered digitally from 10 to 20 September.  A new app LoyalFree, will be used to create a self-guided trail around the town, where visitors can scan QR codes and learn more about the many hidden gems of our town. We’ll also be producing some video footage and blog posts, allowing people to find our about the Heritage of Halifax safely, and explore the town when they feel comfortable to do so. Look out for more information at Discover Halifax.

13.07.2020: Harrogate International Festival is going digital later this month. They’re taking the entertainment online, bringing world class culture to you at home. You can tune in for free, between 23-26 July to enjoy a host of artists, authors and performers.

03.07.2020: Brighouse Arts Festival.  The postponed festival will now take place from Friday 2 to  Sunday 11 October.  Find out more here.

18.06.2020: Yorkshire Wildlife Park reopens.
The park reopened on 16 June with online booking only and three arrival slots:  9.am, 11.30am and 2pm.  Find out more, or to book online go to the YWP website.

18.06.2020: Blackpool Illuminations will go ahead from 4 September until 3 January 2021.  Blackpool Shopw and Attractions have announced the dazzling light festival will take place this year with a 2 month extension to 3 January.  The live switch-on concert will be live streamed for free in association with MTV.


Links to local event and festival websites, for updates as a result of coronavirus.

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