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10 Must Not Miss Exhibitions & Events in The North of England This Spring

19 May 2017


There is something going on for everyone this spring in the North of England. Here is our list of the top 10 exhibitions and events not to be missed from now until mid-June.

Foodie Events in Leeds

If you’re a foodie you will want to head to Leeds to spend the weekend eating and drinking at some of the city's food-centric events. Kick the season off at the Leeds Indie Food Festival to enjoy delicious local food and drink at some of the many events held in the city from the 11th May to the 28th May. If that isn't enough, head to the Yorkshire Pot Food and Drink festival from the 2nd June to the 4th June for some more edible fun. Make a weekend of the event and stay in our hotel in Hull nearby.

Visit the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Immerse yourself in culture and the historical riverside city of Hull this spring. The Ferens Art Gallery has undergone recent refurbishment and is reopening this spring with lots of events. Showcasing many of Francis Bacon's seminal works as part of the gallery's permanent collection, the exhibition is not one to miss. Base yourself in the heart of the city at our hotel in Hull.

Art night at LightNight Liverpool

Head to Liverpool for an art extravaganza on the 19th of May, where there will be more than 100 free events. Art spaces and famous landmarks across the city will open their door to display various performances of street dancers, films, love music, spoken word, theatre productions, arts and crafts throughout the night. Stay at one of our hotels in Liverpool or spend some time nearby in Chester or Warrington.

Walking festival in Yorkshire

Get your walking boots on for this year’s WalkFest, where you can take your pick from a programme of guided themed walks, taking you across some very special sites. From treasure hunts to hiking over moors and dales, there’s something for everyone, no matter your age or fitness level. Treat yourself to a night at our hotel in Hull for a full pamper session after your adventuring.

Manchester Gin Festival

Partial to a glass of gin? So are we! It's five o'clock somewhere in the world so head to Manchester to enjoy one of the many gin-based festivals in the city this spring. Hosted by The Gin Society, you can drink away in the name of charity. Whilst the gin comes at a cost, there will be lots of free entertainment throughout the day. Head to Manchester to enjoy the gin festival in Bolton on 26th May or Saddleworth on 2nd June, before wandering back to our centrally located Manchester hotel.

Durham Regatta

This traditional event has been going since 1834 when the local university's rowers challenged the boat captained by County Durham's Sheriff to a race. The quintessentially English regatta is the perfect way to spend the day this season. Head to the city on the 10th and 11th June to get involved.

East Lancashire Railway 1940s Festival

Experience the Lancashire Railway as it once was and party like it is 1949 in Rawtenstall, Lancashire. The festival runs from the 27th May to the 29th May. Spend the afternoon dancing to 40s swing music, shopping at vintage fairs, watching ENSA entertainers and military parade in this historical celebration. Enjoy the weekend by staying at our Preston hotel.

Liverpool Sound City

Grab yourself a ticket to one of the largest international music, digital and film festivals in the UK this spring. From Thursday 25th May to Sunday 28th May, the city becomes a hub of excitement with DJs, musicians, games, film screenings and photography exhibitions. Don't miss a beat by staying at one of our hotels in Liverpool.

Keswick Mountain Festival

There is something for every adventurer to enjoy at Keswick Mountain Festival. The festival runs from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th June, showcasing an unmissable programme of live music from headliners KT Tunstall, Peatbog Faeries and Cast. With talks from inspirational adventurers and guided activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After the adventure, rest in luxury at the nearby Hallmark Hotel in Carlisle.

Cheshire County Show

Pull on your wellington boots and spend the day enjoying some good old country fun at the Cheshire County Show. Taste some of the delicious local produce, watch live cooking demonstrations and meet birds of prey. Taking place on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Stay close by at in Chester or Warrington in one of our hotels.   Get the most out of these unmissable events in North England this spring by staying in one of our fantastic hotels.  

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