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January - February events

January & February January and February are great months to visit Yorkshire. The landscape has a distinctive beauty and you can enjoy many attractions and events without the crowds that come later in the year. See below for a selection of events…

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Whitby Musicport Festival - 6th to 7th January 2017

Winner of the FATEA Award for Indoor Festival of the Year 2013, Whitby Musicport is a fantastic annual celebration of world music which takes place at the Whitby Pavilion Complex. Established in 2000, the event has grown rapidly, past acts include the Soweto Gospel Choir, Maalstroom (Netherlands) and Dub Colossus amongst many more. Visit 'Musicport: The Shop' on Whitby's Skinner Street for more info.

Ripon Pancake Festival

Ripon Pancake Races - Shrove Tuesday, 28th February 2017

With the streets of Ripon lined by crowds of spectators, try your luck in the traditional Ripon Pancake Races which take place within the town each year. Being an ancient tradition, as the Pancake Bell is struck from within the Cathedral, grab your frying pan and be on your marks...get ready...go! Location: Ripon Cathedral Forecourt, Kirkgate, Ripon, North Yorkshire.

Vikings at the Jorvik Viking Festival

Jorvik Viking Festival, York - 20th to 26th February 2017

Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is a city-wide celebration of York’s Viking heritage.

With an exciting programme of events inspired by this Norse monarch on offer including living history encampments, talks and of course dramatic combat performances there is something for everyone at JORVIK Viking Festival.

Discover all by visiting www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk and keep up to date with the latest news on Twitter using #JORVIKVikingFest.

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Drums at Coastival Festival

Coastival, Scarborough - 18th & 19th February 2017

The Coastival event takes place in Scarborough each February and always has an action packed line-up, including live street performances from both musicians and dancers alike as well as other varied events and workshops taking place at venues across the town. From Choir performances at the Scarborough Art Gallery to Salsa Dancing on the Spa Promenade there is something fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Dark Skies over Ribble Viaduct

Dark Skies Festival, Dales Countryside Museum - 18th to 26th February 2017

Enjoy star-studded talks, telescope sessions, planetarium shows and a variety of crafty activities at the Dale's Countryside Museum Dark Skies Festival this February half-term.