What’s On In… August 2023

Looking for an event to feature? Here’s our pick of the best events coming-up in June. As ever, please check individual websites for the latest details.



Humber Street Sesh
Hull Marina
12 August 2023
Tickets: £15 in advance
Humber Street Sesh returns in 2023 for its 10th anniversary. A festival for the people, by the people, it provides a platform for emerging musicians, artists and creatives from across the region and beyond.

Maritime City Guided Tours
Various dates throughout August
Explore Hull’s rich maritime history with a guided tour of the city centre. A group of dedicated volunteers, who are accredited White Badge tours guides, are offering guided tours offering visitors a chance to learn more about Hull and how the city has been shaped by its past, present and future. Choose from a short or long tour,

Freedom Festival
Hull City Centre
30 August – 3 September 2023
Hull’s flagship cultural event and award-winning international arts festival returns for 2023 with a packed five days of street spectacle and shows taking place in galleries, museums, theatres, and public spaces across the city.



Craft Fair
Burton Constable Hall
27 August 2023
Free entry
Find homemade sweets, handmade gifts, jewellery, clothes and other fun gifts at the dog friendly fair, staged in the Riding School, with free parking.

Sledmere House
18 – 20 August 2023
Tickets: from £75
Billed as the summer’s biggest tribute band music festival in the world, and staged in the stately surroundings of East Yorkshire’s finest country house Sledmere House, Tribfest will have over 50 top tribute bands across the Main Stage and in the Big Top. Along with the bands, there is plenty more entertainment across the festival stages, including the Laughing Bull Comedy Marquee and the Kidzone, plus a range of retail and catering outlets.

Bridlington Food Festival
20 August 2023
Free entry
More than 30 stalls. Local and national produce, artisan and street food, international cuisine, seafood, real ale and more.



Summer of Imagination
Doddington Hall
1 – 30 August 2023
Admission: £8.50 adult, £4.50 child (4-16 years)
Follow a trail through the Gardens to discover the stories of the King and Queens who have reigned since Doddington Hall was built. From Elizabeth I to Charles III, explore the different ages and fashions to find the hidden letters they hold and uncover a secret word. The Royal Arena will be open for art drop-in sessions each Tuesday and Royal Storytelling on Thursdays.

Grand Medieval Joust
Lincoln Castle
12 & 13 August 2023
Admission: £16 adults, £8.50 children (5 to 16 years)
Knights return to Lincoln Castle this summer, as the grounds are filled with the thunder of hooves and the clash of lance on steel at the Grand Medieval Joust. Meet the knights, choose a champion, and cheer them on as some of the best jousters in the country do battle.

The 2023 Firework Championship
Belvoir Castle
19 August 2023
Tickets: from £23 adult, £13 children (5-16 years)
Watch four thrilling firework displays as three of the UK’s best fireworks companies compete for the top spot. Each company will share a 10-minute display teamed with music before a huge finale display, plus there will be a special drone display.

The Asylum Steampunk Festival
Lincoln Castle
25 – 28 August 2023
Free to spectate, plus ticketed events from £6 per adult
Taking the Cathedral Quarter in Lincoln by storm to a time that never was – the largest steampunk festival in the world returns to Lincoln, with workshops, talks, tea-dunking competitions, market stalls and the Grand Promenade.

Open Days
Harlaxton Manor
26 – 28 August 20203
Adult £15 adults, £8.50 children (2 – 16 years)
Constructed in 1831, Harlaxton Manor is a dramatic country house set within 300 acres of parkland and gardens in rural Lincolnshire. Only open to the public on selected dates, there will be two special open days over the Bank Holiday weekend. Along with the chance to explore the magnificent House and gardens, visitors can also play traditional garden games, and enjoy the sound of a pianist.



Fire & Wild Outdoor Dining Experience
17 – 19 August 2023
Tickets: £180 per person, must be pre-booked
For the first time, Burghley will be the venue for an off-grid outdoor dining and foraging experience, where small groups of diners will enjoy a chef-table service featuring local produce and foraged ingredients cooked over fire using wild wood. A one-of-a-kind culinary journey with a five-course tasting menu created by chef and modern-day hunter-gatherer Mark Andrews. For those wanting to dig deeper into the Fire & Wild ethos and get hands-on experience in foraging and open fire cooking, there will also be a special one-off Masterclass.

Summer Fine Food Market
26 – 28 August 2023
Free entry and parking
A summer celebration of food and drink, showcasing the best in local and international produce. A host of artisan stalls and street food vendors from across the region and beyond will fill Burghley’s picturesque courtyards over the August Bank Holiday.

Defender Burghley Horse Trial
31 August – 3 September 2023
Admission: check website for details
The world’s greatest five-star equestrian event, acknowledged globally by leading riders as their ultimate competitive goal, Defender Burghley is a key date in the summer social season, drawing crowds from across the country to witness exhilarating equestrian action alongside Burghley’s famous shopping avenues.



Camp Bestival
Weston Park
17 – 20 August 2023
See website for full details and tickets – must book in advance
Set in the grounds of Weston Park, family festival experience Camp Bestival returns to the Staffordshire/Shropshire border for the 2023 event.

Summer Proms
National Memorial Arboretum
4 & 5 August 20203
Tickets: from £33.00
This year’s Summer Proms welcomes the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Mezzo-Soprano Louise Callinan, Baritone Rodney Earl Clarke and female a cappella quintet Black Voices to the stage, for a stunning evening of live music, set within the beautiful surroundings of the landscaped 150-acre grounds.

Viking Re-enactment
Stafford Castle
12 & 13 August 2023
Free entry, car park charge of £5
Stafford Castle will be invaded by a Viking hoard, as they set up their village and carry out their day-to-day activities, including cooking, weaving, leather work and other daily chores. Visitors can also expect some battles too, plus the event will also feature archery skills, children’s games area and armour, swords and shields to try out.



Jurassic Gladstone
Gladstone Pottery Museum
11 August 2023
Included with normal admission (£8.50 adult, £5.95 child, 4-16 years)
Travel back in time with a walking, growling T-Rex, Blue the walking Velociraptor, and a selection of baby hand-held dinosaurs and dinosaur props. There will also be the chance to handle real and replica fossils.

Trentham Live
The Trentham Estate
16 – 20 August 2023
Tickets: from £50
Trentham Live returns with four shows set over one weekend, featuring an incredible line-up of artists in a unique outdoor setting – the award-winning Trentham Gardens, on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent. Among headliners are McFly, Olly Murs and Kaiser Chiefs.



The Hundred
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
4, 6, 16 & 19 August 2023
Tickets: from £12 adults, £5 children (6-15 years)
Combining a short, fast format of cricket, with each game lasting less than three hours, and entertainment beyond the sport, The Hundred is making cricket more accessible and reaching a broader audience.

CarFest South
Laverstoke Park Farm
25 – 27 August 2023
Tickets: see website for details
A festival weekend bringing together the fastest cars, music from bands and DJs, food demonstrations and a host of TV, theatre, sports and music legends – all for charity.

Victorious Festival 2023
Southsea Common, Portsmouth
25 – 27 August 2023
Tickets: from £70
Set on the stunning Southsea seafront, Victorious Festival is one of the most beautifully located festivals in the UK. It not only features music, with a stellar line-up of acts, but also entertainment, comedy, food and real ale.

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    Lincoln Castle jousting

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    Humber Street Sesh, Hull

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    Burghley House Fine Food Market

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    Stafford Castle, Staffordshire

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    The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, hosts The Hundred